Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!?!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gun Deaths


 As a followup to my previous post, here are some statistics on gun deaths in the US.

Over 100,000 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, accidents, or by
police intervention.
31,537 people die from gun violence:
11,583 people are murdered.
18,783 people kill themselves.
584 people are killed accidentally. 334 are killed by police intervention. 252 die but intent is not known.
71,386 people survive gun injuries:
51,249 people are injured in an attack.
3,627 people survive a suicide attempt.
15,815 people are shot accidentally.
694 people are shot by police intervention.

Over 18,000 American children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts,
accidents, or by police intervention.
2,829 kids die from gun violence:
1,888 children and teens are murdered. 766 children and teens kill themselves.
124 children and teens killed accidentally. 18 are killed by police intervention.
34 die but the intent was unknown.  

15,428 kids survive gun injuries:
11,929 are injured in an attack.
254 survive a suicide attempt.**
3,164 are shot accidentally.
81 are shot in a police intervention.**
Every day, 282 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, accidents, and police intervention.
Every day, 86 people die from gun violence: 32 are murdered; 51 kill themselves; 2 die accidentally; 1, intent unknown.
Every day, 196 are shot and survive: 140 shot in an assault; 10 survive a suicide attempt; 43 are shot accidentally, 2 are shot in a police intervention.

Every day, 50 children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts,
accidents, and police intervention.
Every day, 8 children and teens die from gun violence: 5 are murdered; 2 kill themselves. Every day, 42 children and teens are shot and survive: 33 shot in an assault; 1 survives a suicide attempt; 9 are shot accidentally. 

The NRA's solution is more guns on the street.  Are they crazy, or what?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

When CA Leads Will Others Follow?

"Several blocks long, a line of vehicles formed early Wednesday at the Sports Arena parking lot."

What?  Is there a big sporting event going on at the Sports Arena?  No.  The LA police department is having a gun buyback and LA residents are turning in their guns...voluntarily!

Maybe this is what we need.  To hell with the politicians in Washington.  They aren't going to do anything anyway.  People at the local level, people who are concerned and patriotic, need to initiate such programs country wide.  

As discussed by The Pragmatic Pundit:

"2 Wars to Spread Democracy = 6,658 Deaths; Democracy in America = 110,000 Deaths"

 Furthermore he adds,

"Add in suicides and accidental deaths as a result of hand guns and the figure nears 400,000...over 30,000 deaths a year."

And the NRA's solution is to arm more people!  Is that crazy or what?  Come on people.  Have some common sense.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


OBAMA WINS!  (Called 15 minutes after polls close in the West)

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Stimulus Did What?!?

We have continually heard from our right-wing "friends" that the stimulus did nothing to help the economy.  Below are a few graphs that illustrate what was happening before the stimulus and what has happened after the stimulus.  There charts are available over at Mosler Economics.  I found them via Applesauce.

The stimulus certainly had an effect...and most of it was good.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

If Republicans Are The Fiscally Responsible Ones, Why...

...are we better off with a Democrat in the Presidency?

I have posted before about how the economy does better when there is a Democrat in the White House.  Here is another measure of how the economy does better with a Democratic President.  Take a look at the figure below.

This figure comes to us from our friends over at Bloomberg Businessweek.  

What it shows is that if you took $1000 and invested it in a S&P tracking fund at the beginning of Kennedy's term in 1961 and only took gains during subsequent Democratic presidencies, you would have ended up with $10,920 on Feb. 21 of this year.

Similarly if you took $1000 and did the same thing starting with Nixon's term, you would have only $2087.

In other words, you earned almost FIVE TIMES as much under Democratic presidents as under republican presidents.

Tell me again, which party is better for the economy?

Friday, February 17, 2012

John McCain Admits It.

Here is what he said,

"We're dumb, but we're not stupid,"

Man, these guys just keep writing ads for the Democrats.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The War Is Over... least as far as I am concerned.

And the winner is:


No doubt.  Winner!   Clear and simple.   It is the best.  Game over!

I grew up with the development of least personal computers. 

When I started college, oh those so many years ago, we used slide rules to do calculations.  I still have my Post bamboo slide rule.  It got me through my undergraduate studies.  We did not have access to the mainframe computer and personal computers were not invented yet.  Hell, we did not even have calculators.  My calculator was the slide rule and a piece of paper.

In graduate school we had access to a main frame.  We programmed in FORTRAN and used punch cards to enter the program.  Most of you out there probably don't even know what punch cards are, let alone have had the fun of punching your own cards and verifying them on the card punch machine.

When I started working in industry, the computing was still done primarily on the mainframe.  At least now, we had someone else to do the card punching.  We were lucky to get one computer run completed per day.  Usually, you submitted a run during the day, and got the results the next day.  We also had access to a timeshare terminal with a paper punch tape for entering and storing computer programs.  However, it was expensive to use, required you to do your own programming, and was only used when very specialized  programs were needed.

Handheld calculators started to come into being during my transition from college to industry.  They were very expensive and could not do much more than add, divide, subtract and multiply.  Actually, they could do logs and exponents also which was a great advantage at the time.  The company bought you a calculator.  You were not expected to buy it for your self.  They were too expensive.  (Now I suspect the company would say you have to buy it.  It is too expensive for the company to buy.  How times have changed!)

There was a long, slow transition from mainframe computing to desktop computing.  First you had mainframe terminals, usually at a central location that you went to, rather than having it on your desk.  The computer department fought tooth and nail to prevent giving up control of the computing services.  I  had a personal computer on my desk at home before I had one on my desk at work.

Eventually, though, we all had one on our desk.  By the time I quit working "for the man", and started working for myself, the mainframe was dead, and all computing was being done at the desktop.  Fifteen years prior, the company I worked for build an entire three story building to house a mainframe computer that had less computing power than what I have on my desk.

Through all of this, I was a Windows man.  It was what we used at work.  It was what I used at home.  It was what I used in my business.  Two of my sons, however, are in the entertainment business.  They use Macs.  And they always touted how great Macs are.  Finally, about a year ago, they convinced Mrs. Critter to buy Apple.  We bought a iMac and an iPad.  I've had a year to compare them.

I have three Windows computers in my office, one desktop and two laptops.  Where do I spend my time?  On the iMac and the iPad.  No doubt about it.  They both are much easier and more intuitive to use than my Windows machines.  Right now, while I am writing this (on the iMac), I am listening to music being streamed from the iMac to the sound system on my TV through AppleTV.  Was it hard to set up?  No.  I had a couple of thousand tunes on an external hard disk on one of the Windows computers.  I brought the disk to over to the iMac, plugged it in, open iTunes, and with one or two clicks loaded them all into the iMac.  I went to the TV, open AppleTV, clicked on Music, clicked on play, and bingo, the house is filled with music.  I can do the same thing with video and movies. 

Sorry Bill.  I admire your philanthropic work but Steve has beat your butt when it comes to computers and integrating the things we like to do with them. And I haven't even mentions the applications that come with it, like iMovies, iDVD, GarageBand, iTuneU.  Hell, they even have a free app to develop books with video and audio components.

I tell you.  These computers are amazing.  Congratulations Steve Jobs.  You may have been a son of bitch to work for, but you developed one hell of group of products. 

A job well done, Jobs.  The world will miss you.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Republicans Talk, Democrats Do

Once again, we have an example of republicans just talking and Democrats actually doing something.  Check out the figure below

This is a chart showing prosecutions for Medicare fraud.  Republicans are always talking about Medicare fraud.  But note, it is during the Democratic presidential terms when prosecution of Medicare fraud increases, during both Clinton and especially now during Obama.  Bush I and Bush II were relatively flat.

What a surprise.

Republicans talk, Democrats do. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Republican VS Democrat

Picked up over at Ronald Reagan Was a Horrible President.

Newt Is A Bad Catholic

Good Catholics tithe 10% of their income.

In 2010, Newt and wife #3 earned $3,162,424. Their total charitable contributions were $81,133.  That's only 2.6% of their income.  As part of that charitable deduction, he did report $9,540 in donations to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the church that they attend in DC.  If that is his only Catholic charitable donation, then he contributed only  0.3% of his income.  Shame, shame, shame.

To be good Catholics they should have contributed $316,242.

On Tuesday, Romney is going to release his tax returns.  Let's see if he is a good Mormon and tithes his 10%.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Romney Supports Obama

 Today, Romney lent his support to Obama.  Maybe he didn't mean to, but listen to what he said.

Here is what the Democrats will do with this clip.

The republicans better hope that Romney does not get the nominations.  After all, why do they want an Obama supporter running for president?

You can watch the whole segment here at the Rachel Maddow Show.

Friday, January 13, 2012