Sunday, October 15, 2017

Which is worse, Gun or Dog violence?

As I was petting my friends loving pit bull this morning, I couldn't help but think about the stories I've heard of people getting mauled by this breed of dog.  I have been influenced to fear this dog.  If this breed is so bad,  Why not ban it?   The same with guns.  Why not ban them?   The merits of gun and dog ownership may be different, tempting you to reject this analogy, however people get joy and comfort from both.   What about the negative effects?   Dogs bite over 4 million Americans each year,  resulting in 20-30 deaths.  There are far fewer gun injuries,  less than 100,000, yet guns are more often fatal with over 30,000 deaths from guns (including suicide).  I would say guns are worse.  

The question is how to reduce violence while respecting the rights of the millions of owners of non threatening guns/dogs.  Why do responsible gun/ dog owners have to be treated like criminals,  with their liberties taken away?  

What if something you or I enjoy was used for evil causing its use to be restricted or banned all together.   This has already happened.   Congress decided that making too many electronic transfers of my money is bad,  so my bank restricts me.   Even if my son in college was in dire need.   What evil am I being prevented from perpetrating?  When I fly,  I'm treated as a potential terrorist.   If I bought a gun,  I would be treated as a potential mass murderer.  Do we really want to restrict our citizens  and treat them as a composite of all potential evil?  I hope not.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Until I met one

I looked down on Black people.  Until I met one.
I made fun of Mexicans.  Until I met one.
I was afraid of Russians.  Until I met one.
I laughed at the Polish.  Until I met one.
I thought Iranians were crazy.  Until I met one.
I thought Jews were weird.  Until I met one.
I thought Muslims were scary.  Until I met one.
I really hate your kind of people...
You know what to do.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Are You a Croaker?

Ever since I read the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, I've tried NOT to be a "croaker".  I've given up on trying to predict the future.  Instead, I think that today is the best time in history to be alive and I feel good about the future.  Tough times come and go, but if you sit and wait for the worst, you might miss out on prosperity.

Here's an example from over 200 years ago.  
There are croakers in every country, always boding its ruin. Such a one then lived in Philadelphia-a person of note, an elderly man, with a wise look and a very grave manner of speaking; his name was Samuel Mickle. This gentleman, a stranger to me, stopt one day at my door, and asked me if I was the young man who had lately opened a new printing-house. Being answered in the affirmative, he said he was sorry for me, because it was an expensive undertaking, and the expense would be lost; for Philadelphia was a sinking place, the people already half bankrupts, or near being so; all appearances to the contrary, such as new buildings and the rise of rents, being to his certain knowledge fallacious, for they were, in fact, among the things that would soon ruin us. And he gave me such a detail of misfortunes now existing, or that were soon to exist, that he left me half melancholy. Had I known him before I engaged in this business, probably I never should have done it. This man continued to live in this decaying place, and to declaim in the same strain, refusing for many years to buy a house there, because all was going to destruction; and at last I had the pleasure of seeing him give five times as much for one as he might have bought it for when he first began his croaking.

Friday, January 20, 2017



  1. (in bridge, whist, and similar card games) a playing card of the suit chosen to rank above the others, which can win a trick where a card of a different suit has been led. 
  2. a valuable resource that may be used, especially as a surprise, in order to gain an advantage. 

It's ironic that our new president's name is Trump, "a suit chosen to rank above the others" and "may be used, especially as a surprise".