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Rob Crawford

What it comes down to is the left wants to render the sane and innocent defenseless, while leaving the violent and insane roaming the streets.

Unfair of me? Why isn't the left talking AT ALL about the incredibly high rates of violent crime in some sub-cultures? Why are they focusing on the confiscation of guns from people who have committed no crimes? What about dealing with actual criminals?

bgates

Even among individuals with major mental illnesses...the proportion committing an act of violence was only somewhat higher than that in the population without mental illness. Only about 7 percent of those with a major mental illness...had engaged in any assaultive behavior in the preceding year, compared with slightly more than 2 percent of individuals without any major psychiatric diagnosis.

Prog 1: "Conservatives keep trying to make a link between mental illness and violence, and statistically it's just negligible."

Prog 2: "I read that 7 percent of them commit violent crimes, compared to 2 percent of the overall population."

Prog 1: "My Obama! That means conservatives are three and a half times more likely than anyone else to commit violence! That's huge!"

Prog 2: "No, not conservatives - 7 percent of the mentally ill commit violent crimes."

Prog 1: "Oh. Well, that's still a single digit percentage; I'd say it's only somewhat higher than the general population."

bgates

Eyeballing this chart, there were roughly 15 auto fatalities per 950,000,000 miles driven in 2001 vs 26 deaths per 520,000,000 miles driven in 1969; that means for every 1.3M miles driven, there was a 2% chance of a fatality in 2001 and 6.5% chance in 1969.

"Only somewhat higher"? Is that how the Institute of Medicine would describe it?

Tom Maguire
What about dealing with actual criminals?

Well, that is hazardous.

daddy

The NY Times surveyed their archives back in 2000 and identified 102 killers in 100 "rampage" attacks going back fifty years. Among their conclusions:

They do not try to get away...They not only want to kill, they also want to die.

TM,

The report on our Alaskan serial killer (Israel Keyes) who committed suicide a few months back is just out. One of our moron's in the Police Department decided to give the "segregated from other prisoners" inmate a razor, and then neglected to get the razor back from our mass murderer. He was found hung by his bedsheets with razor slits along his wrist.

Israel Keyes, confessed serial killer who committed suicide, mistakenly given razor, says Alaska report

narciso

Why are there always sampling issues, with these things,1) why didn't they review the entire population, 2)how did they make sure that the rest of the sample, the 723 was random, and then the subset of 518.

narciso

Well they aren't homicidal yet, but as with the alien parasite in the Hidden, the crazy seems contagious, (re; Dorner)

http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2013/02/13/whats-gotten-into-the-water-at-cnn/

narciso

Sweden is seriously deranged as my perusal of the late Stieg Larsson and Jens Lapidus, the last is sort of a combination of James Elroy and Elmore Leonard, would indicate.

daddy

OT: The Russians are Coming.

Don't know what to make of this:

Russia signs deal for stake in Alaska’s Point Thomson field

Russia’s state-owned oil company is poised to play a major role in developing America’s Arctic natural gas under a new agreement to give the company a stake in a huge Alaskan project.

The agreement with Exxon Mobil gives the Russian oil giant Rosneft the option to buy a 25 percent interest in the Point Thomson field...

“Participation in the Point Thomson project will increase Rosneft’s access to the latest gas and condensate field development technologies used in harsh climatic conditions,”

God thing? Bad thing? Beats the hell out of me. But the Federal Coordinator of the project thinks it's a swell idea:

“You’ve got someone who has good reasons to get into this and to get a gas project developed. You want a partner who is eager to get moving,” Persily said. “They’ve got money and they want to spend money.”

Just for interest, Pt Thompson is just at the Sourdough Field in this 2nd map, which shows how close it is to the tiny spot in ANWR that is too dangerous to drill because it'll harm the caribou.

Doesn't make sense to me either.

Dublindave

Speaking of severe mental illness.... Marco reaching for the water will go down in history as one of the most bizarre moments in a political speech!!!


NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME!!!!

daddy

Don't know if he's mentally ill, but Oscar Pistorius, the Olympics runner with the artificial legs, just shot his girl friend to death.

A 9mm pistol was recovered...South Africa has among the highest rates of crime in the world and many residents keep weapons to protect themselves against intruders. But the country also has a careful vetting process before awarding gun licences...

Lesley

Greetings from Florence, 46 degrees and partly sunny. Spent part of yesterday at one of Rick Ballard's favorite places, San Lorenzo. My daughter lectured on the Medici chapels. Students paid particular attention when she compared Cosimo I (in looks) to Justin Timberlake. Speaking of mental illness, ancient criminals were treated quite rudely, ergo, the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence which is displayed prominently in a painting by our pal Bronzino in the main church. San Lorenzo was roasted on a gridiron thus he is the Patron Saint of cooks and chefs. Next thing you know, the government will try to take our gridirons away from us. Oh dear, shouldn't give them ideas.

http://www.google.com/search?q=the+martyrdom+of+st+lawrence+bronzino&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=3q4cUa7OOIretAb5vYDACg&ved=0CDkQsAQ&biw=1222&bih=513#imgrc=UUzD-8TkPfJqoM%3A%3BCPOvkt9aq23SVM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.digital-images.net%252FImages%252FFlorence%252FSanLorenzo%252FMartyrdom_ofStLawrence_Bronzino_SanLorenzo_5296.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.digital-images.net%252FGallery%252FScenic%252FFlorence%252FChurches%252FSanLorenzo%252Fsanlorenzo.html%3B1500%3B1092

Students and non-serious adults such as myself like to giggle about the almost naked man (bottom left) bending over gathering wood for the fire flashing his backside to the horrified ladies behind him.

The afternoon was spent was Santa Maria Novella looking at the frescos in the Tornabouni chapel by Domenico Ghirlandaio and the frescos in the Spanish chapel in which a fellow next me quite spontaneously launched into John Ruskin's remarks about said chapel. Wow, life is so cool.

Last night, went over to the Syracuse campus to listen to a wonderful lecture by Ross King on his new book "Leonardo and the Last Supper." He was the same guy who wrote "Brunelleschi's Dome."

Lesley

Oh, and the Anglicans (v the Piskies) won the pancake flipping run around Piazza San Spirito on Shrove Tuesday.

glasater

When I was a kid doing a lot of reading about communism it seemed that the soviets deemed anyone not agreeing with the state as mentally ill.

Jack is Back

Wouldn't it be more focused on the part of the confiscators to simply state that anyone not in a LEO who owns a gun is crazy?

Jane:  Mock the Media

Sounds great Lesley!

Daddy, they are saying today that the girlfriend was unexpected and Pistorius thought she was an intruder. She wanted to surprise him for Valentine's day.

Who knows?

Trip Engler

But if we can save just one life by keeping guns out of the mentally ill ...

Got a grin as wide as a well, you know.

Ah, Lesley, my patron there. I once remarked to a neighbor as I carried off her sawed off limb 'How do I get the biggest stickpile in the neighborhood if I don't collect my neighbor's sticks'?
================

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Bad World.

Russians off our Arctic Coast, Soros Petrobrasing huge deep fields, the Chinese nailing down every loose hydrocarbon bond in the world and Obama is tilting with windmills and cars that won't drive to Vegas.
=======

Yeah, that's the tikket.

People don't kill people, mentally ill guns kill people.
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hit and run

TM:
I'd hate to see our President start a war on guns based on phony intelligence.

Obama started a war on guns without a plan to win the peace.

Chubby

apologies in advance for my morning rant:


the GOP ad "58 trillion dimes" which I just watched at RCP SUCKS bigtime, imo. It seems to be the same style as the weak ads that Romney ran, which style involved video and soundtrack of Democrats saying a bunch of stupid stuff, then at the end, a one second message from the Republicans. In short we never saw much about the alternative to Obama. Hardly any footage at all featuring on message Republicans, including Romney. Instead we see in Republican ads Obama, Hillary over and over and over again.

The "58 trillion dime ad's big punchline is at the end -- big whoop, a brief flash at the end telling us that Obama has spend over 58 trillion dimes, and that is not even voiced. Blink and you'll miss it, you won't hear it.

And while I'm on the subject, the talking points featuring rhetoric that talks about "trillions" of dollars rhetoric is basically talking in abstractions. The concept of trillions is incomprehensible unless it is compared to something that makes it understandable. For example, how much did the Iraq war cost? How does the 58 trillion dimes that Obama has spent compare to that? Unless the Republican ads do that, they just will not register in any meaningful way.

It bothers me that consultants are being paid large amounts of money to produce useless messaging that will accomplish nothing.

Porchlight

Hi Lesley! Good to see you.

Chubby

again, in that ad, we hear Obama's voice through 99.9% of the ad, and at the end, and the Republican message tacked on at the end isn't even in VOICE, it is silent. That arrangment is highly symbolic of the state of the Repubican opposition to Obama imo.

Chubby

link to the ad LUN

"58 trillion dimes"

NK

Surveying shows that the more persuadable voters hear Obama, the less they like him. Look at the campaign, it was anti-Romney, no big Obama speeeches or plans. So anti-Obama ads focus on Obama-- correctly.

Jim Ryan

NPR "report" this morning: the public agrees with Obama that we've had enough about cutting the deficit for now. The public thinks it's very important but not as important as fixing the economy and creating jobs. So, they agree with Obama that it's time for the federal government to ease up on all its deficit cutting and turn its attention to spending more on creating jobs.

The listener who hadn't been paying attention for the last six years would be forgiven for inferring that Obama has slashed the deficit in his first term and should now be less of a penny-pincher and start spending some money to create jobs.

Chubby

((So anti-Obama ads focus on Obama-- correctly. ))

ads that attacked Romney verbally attacked him. This ad does no such thing, just a mere little tack-on at the end, and not even out loud. How dismally pathetic. When the Democrats attack, they do so in full voice.

AliceH

I agree, Chubby! How do you sell a big lie? By repeating it often enough it's seen as true.

What does that ad do? Repeat the lie over and over and over and over... then a 3 second silent text-only shot standing in as the entirety of the refutation?

Self-defeating.

NK

JimR-- I'm confident the muddle doesn't want anything cut-- they also don't want tax increases either, they want gas prices down, they want food prices down, they want wages up and jobs for their kids, they want unicorns and lollipops-- ALL FREE TODAY! No, at this point the muddle have to see the debt bomb go off and feel the PAIN of excessive debt and gov't spending-- they need their 401-k plans wiped out-- again, they need their house value to drop again, they need to see neighbors and family laid off. We need to get like Britain in 1980.Only then, will they agree to cut-- and we'll need another Thatcher/Reagan to lead. Sad, but true.

Old Lurker

Chubby, part of the problem is that not just LIVs, but most people just have no concept whatsoever of how big a Trillion is. It is as meaningless as "gazillion" or "light-year". From this inability to grasp the magnitude comes an indifference to all problems so described...such as the annual deficit or the national debt.

narciso

Ah, Larry Persilly, get his job again, ah here;

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-persily/palin-only-repeating-conv_b_125197.html

So it's not surprising he would act like a low end Machiavelli, this time for the Siloviki

Chubby

((NPR "report" this morning: the public agrees with Obama that we've had enough about cutting the deficit for now. ))

appeal to popularity must be at the top of the list of the logical fallacies that Obama and his followers chronically use

((In logic, an argumentum ad populum (Latin for "appeal to the people") is a fallacious argument that concludes a proposition to be true because many or most people believe it. In other words, the basic idea of the argument is: "If many believe so, it is so.")) Wiki

Chubby

OL: ((... part of the problem is that not just LIVs, but most people just have no concept whatsoever of how big a Trillion is. It is as meaningless as "gazillion" or "light-year". From this inability to grasp the magnitude comes an indifference to all problems so described...such as the annual deficit or the national debt.))

Exactly, exactly, exactly. Good morning, and thank you for stating it so well.

NK

Facts/marketing -- stubborn things. You have to know your market in order to sell. If you don't --you lose. conservatives have lost too many elections because they refuse to accept some hard facts about the voter marketplace. And they've lost those elections even though conservatives are proven right by the objective state of the world. So if conservatives have the better ideas, and the better solutions, and they lose-- time to reassess. Big Data and a negative campaign against Romney's wealth won for JEF -- it would not have won for Romney. Big Data-- plus a positive message about jobs and wages would have done better. The loss was because the muddle were in no mood to vote for a rich guy, and RR's failure to ID persuadable voters contact them through social media and drag them out to vote. Romney couldn't change the fact he was rich, but RR failed to mine over a million getable votes that would have made things very close.

Captain Hate

Don't worry, Chubby; that ad was approved by Top Men so you and I don't have to waste our time worrying about the efficacy of it. Top. Men.

Rob Crawford
Wouldn't it be more focused on the part of the confiscators to simply state that anyone not in a LEO who owns a gun is crazy?

Wouldn't it be more accurate to say you have to be insane to think gun control does anything worthwhile?

Old Lurker

When I was a teenager reading Hot Rod Magazine, I developed my own personal ways of measuring money. A Cadillac was $7,000. A Mustang was $3,000. A VW was $2,000. The fanciest boat on our river was $50,000.

It proved to be an invaluable device as I grew older.

Last week I read a thing about how many tons of gold Putin has purchased in ten years (a lot). From there I went to Wiki to see how much gold was owned by which country and there I found that the US owns a hugh amount of gold...more than any other country by a lot. There being so many zeros involved I sat down with a pencil and converted tons to pounds to ounces, multiplied by the number of tons in Fort Knox, multiplied by $1,500 per ounce and concluded all the gold in Fort Know would cover but a small fraction of our National Debt. (assuming I did not lose any zeros...)

narciso

I like the Huntress's hashtag better, it was 'shooting Womprats, in the T-16, back home'
or shooting skeet,

Chubby

Hi Alice,

your entire post bears repeating:

((... How do you sell a big lie? By repeating it often enough it's seen as true.

What does that ad do? Repeat the lie over and over and over and over... then a 3 second silent text-only shot standing in as the entirety of the refutation?

Self-defeating. ))

The exact same style of ad permeated the Romney campaign, so it seems the same creative team is responsible for them all. If so, that team should be fired posthaste.

NK

The voter marketplace -- OL-- so if the LIV market doesn't understand Trillions, and the PV of Soc Sec and Medicare obligations, and the macro consequences of QE, how do you sell them? Educate, show alternatives, go negative to reinforce things they do understand-- but ultimately, the LIV muddle need to see the deluge. The Dems were no where until the Iraq Insurgency (and media hype) and the housing collapse and Great Recession. But they were ready for those opportunities because they had their base fired up and they offered lollipops and unicorns to their persuadables. Conservatives have to be ready for their oportunity which is coming sooner than later. Conservatism is a different product than liberalism, you can't sell conservatism through lies. It's a harder sell.

narciso


we have a generation or two, raised on Donahue, and Oprah, and another on Stewart and Colbert,
that's not merely brainslugs, but hacking right into the medulla oblungatta.

Jimmyk

"I'm confident the muddle doesn't want anything cut-- they also don't want tax increases either"

Everyone wants something for nothing. The point is to convince them that it's not really for nothing. Even the non-taxpayers.

As for grasping 5.8 trillion, I would think putting it in a per taxpayer basis would be more meaningful. "Obama has put every taxpayer $50,000 in debt" vs "58 trillion dimes."

Old Lurker

NK, it comes down to the point made by Dr. Carson (and RSE) about how well read citizens were in the past and how illiterate and unread we are now. And even if we could/would/want-to read...what is there to read?

So dumb them down, give them candy, then control is yours.

I was always drawn to the theory about the decline of Rome being related to the increase of pewter dinnerware as the population grew richer and how the lead that leached into the tomato based foods slowly dumbed down the middle classes of the Roman Empire...and then it collapsed.

Or the theory that the France destroyed itself by chopping off the heads of the entire class of smart people, dooming the entire country to lagging the development of other previously "great" counties.

Sue

And in other news, the Russian Foreign Minister won't return Reporting for Dooty's phone calls. And Mayor Nanny wants to ban styrofoam cups.

I think we are looking for the mentally ill in all the wrong places.

centralcal

Following the discussion about the "Dime" ad, don't have much to add, except this - "volume." Not merely in loudness, but in number.

Rubio takes a sip of water during speech. In ONE broadcast day:

MSNBC rants about it 155 times
CNN does its part 34 times
FNC mentions it 12 times

I have no idea how many times it showed up on ABC, CBS, NBC in news, morning shows, daytime talk shows, evening comedy shows, etc., but I am sure it was way more times than necessary. Then of course there is the internet and its multitude of sites.

Viewers (of all political stripes) are inundated with the NEGATVIVE propaganda.

We simply do not have near enough "volume" - good message or poor message. Now that is not to excuse poor messaging, at all - not my intent.

We simply must do more on our side to increase our volume somehow. And, no, I don't know how.

Michelle Dulak Thomson

Sebelius:

The vast majority of Americans with a mental health condition are not violent. In fact, just 3% to 5% of violent crimes are committed by individuals who suffer from a serious mental illness.

If someone else has made this point, I must have missed it; apologies if anyone has. But quite apart from whether the statistic in the second sentence is accurate, the second sentence doesn't follow logically from the first. That X% of violent crimes are committed by mentally ill people tells you exactly zilch about the propensity for violent crime among mentally ill people unless you also know what fraction of the population is mentally ill.

centralcal

"Obama has put every taxpayer $50,000 in debt" vs "58 trillion dimes."

I don't personally "feel" $50K in debt (not yet, anyway). But I put $4.00/gal gas in my car yesterday. My health insurance premiums are outrageous. Food packaging is shrinking and prices growing. Taxes taking bigger and bigger bite out of my paycheck.

Isn't it more understandable to folks when it is in numbers lofo folks can grasp?

narciso

Yes, abstractions are beside the point, when the facts on the ground, are so straight forward


http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/14/3234145/former-gov-jeb-bush-talks-immigration.html

Thomas Collins
Only about 7 percent of those with a major mental illness (but without a substance-use or dependence diagnosis) had engaged in any assaultive behavior in the preceding year, compared with slightly more than 2 percent of individuals without any major psychiatric diagnosis.

Bgates at 12:13 AM has the key point. Those non-addicts with a major mental illness, are more than three times as likely to commit a violent act. Sebelius' statement shows how a public official intentionally deceives while telling the literal truth. Because those with major psychiatric illnesses are such a small part of the population, of course they would account for a small amount of overall violent crimes (although the percentage increases if one counts suicide as a violent crime).

Captain Hate

When South Carolina Repubs can't come up with anybody better than Mark Sanford to run for Congress, I feel like I'm officially in Hell.

matt

This is simply pushback with made up facts by an Administration that feels that it can lie about anything and not be held accountable.

20-25% of the prison population is judged mentally ill in one form or another.

And if you notice, there is no discussion on the Left of improving mental health treatment or programs.

When you know what a problem is and can define it and then deny it, it is in itself a form of mental illness.

NK

Well the Roman and post-revolution France marketplaces were different, and what is past is not prologue if circumstances differ. I'm focused on the USA voter marketplace now. Right now, the voter marketplave is driven by the 27 years of prosperity 1982-2008. Decade after decade of more technology, more cars, more consumer products and services, more education, bigger houses, more more more. That prosperity was enabled by demographics, information technology improvements, and the virtuous fiscal and monetary policies put into place by Reagan/Volcker. And the persuadables want to keep getting more, more more... without any cost to themselves. And they want their elderly parents to get FREE healthcare and their kids to get FREE college so they don't have to worry about that themselves. So in 2008 when the Dems were offering more more more by making the RICH pay their FAIR share-- the muddle said fine, let's do it. Reagan/Volcker were born of the failures of LBJ/Nixon/Carter/Burns (ESPECIALLY CARTERand Burns). The failures of JEF/Harry/Nancy are upon us soon, Conservatives need to educate the mudddle now, and then grab the votes when the deluge comes. Educate the muddle about the debt, about europe's collapse, keep talking about QE and high food/gas prices. When the time comes. the LIV will vote their interests.

Thomas Collins
"officially in Hell"

I was at a bar enjoying cabernet and eating chili nachos last night, CH. The widescreen in front of me was showing an interview of David Stern. I guess that counts as simultaneously being in Heaven and Hell!

Neo

Then all of TM's analysis backs up the conclusion of our "all seeing" VP ...

Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to a thousand a year from what we’re at now,” Biden told reporters after meeting with Senate Democrats in the Capitol.

But this leaves us asking the obvious question, if these new gun laws don't fix the problem, what is their purpose ?

NK

Matt@952 points out the bottomline about Sebelius' statement and liberalism generally. It's form of mental illness-- Sebelius says-- yes the mentally ill commit crimes disproportionately (ya think?) but not all crimes are committed by the mentally ill, so don't single the out the mentally ill for gun control, impose gun control on everyone. Don't try to figure that out, it's madness. Just like the rest of modern liberalism.

Captain Hate

Did whatever organ grinder's monkey that was interviewing Stern ask him if he was fining Popovich for resting Duncan, Parker and Ginobili against the Bulls; a game in which the Spurs pounded them with their non-stars?

Rob Crawford
I was always drawn to the theory about the decline of Rome being related to the increase of pewter dinnerware as the population grew richer and how the lead that leached into the tomato based foods slowly dumbed down the middle classes of the Roman Empire...and then it collapsed.

Minor flaw with that theory: the Romans had no tomatoes. Tomatoes are a New World crop.

(And from what I've read, the lead levels in their skeletons weren't remarkably high. This despite using lead white as makeup and occasionally using ground lead as a sweetener.)

Rob Crawford
But this leaves us asking the obvious question, if these new gun laws don't fix the problem, what is their purpose ?

The true focus of "gun control" is the second word, not the first.

squaredance

There is definitely a generational cut off in general literacy, critical thinking, and broader cultural literacy and personal intellectual culture. I would place the divide somewhere around those born before 1962 or 63 and those born after. After 1963 there are successive waves of dumbing down at something like 10 year intervals. I noticed, with horror, this first cadre when I was a lecturer at a (quite famous) university in the 1970s. I often spent much of my time just explaining language and basic logic and argumentation to students, even though this was not the subject matter at hand, It has got worse after that. At least back then there was an attempt to actually impart knowledge. Now there most often is not. Now the teachers are as ignorant as their pupils. It is just a Democrat voter factory, and, no, the Science and Engineering depts. are not immune from it either.

The other thing is that even among the educated there is general ignorance and a complete lack of thinking skills. It is amazing talking to academics today. It is all heavily polticized jargon and shibboleths that one can get out of them. They have little awareness at all of how ignorant, weak minded and intellectually dishonest they are. They actually think that this change that has occurred these last 50 years is "progress" rather than decadence and rot.

One wonders how it can ever be corrected.
How do we raise up the crop when it is in the fields>

It is quite shocking, this dumbing down, and it affects a majority, IMO, not a minority of the citizens.

I know common workers from my childhood with only High school educations that had better educations and better personal intellectual cultures than some Ph.Ds i meet today.

NK

Question-- what is a "Colt Black Powder Revolver" ($400value? one was burglarized in town this week.

Old Lurker

Rob, please don't confuse me with facts. I likes me theories and am too old to change them!

:-)

AliceH

Posted by: Michelle Dulak Thomson | February 14, 2013 at 09:46 AM

Fundamental and excellent point!



NK

OL@1015-- I like the cut of your jib sir!

Jane:  Mock the Media

Does this strategy remind you of anyone else?

#...Al Qaeda and other jihadists have the goal not just of establishing a system of Sharia law but of hollowing out any existing state institutions that could threaten their own base of power."

marlene

From the Anchoress: "When,in a world full of urgent issues,a sip of water becomes the nonstop topic of an entire news cycle,then willful distraction is at work.And,sadly,working."
I agree with her observation.

sbw

A Colt Black Powder Revolver was an interesting piece with each cylinder loaded with gun powder and a ball.

The firing mechanism was a cap placed on a nipple at the rear end of each cylinder that, when rotated to the barrel with the pull of the trigger, was set off as the hammer fell on the cap.

Not a terribly safe piece because an errant spark could drop into a neighboring load causing the powder to burn without the ball being lined up with the barrel. Kaboom!

Sealed cartridges are safer.

sbw

"each cylinder" s/b "each slot in the cylinder"

Captain Hate

I agree with her observation.

It keeps the MFM from having to discuss the points he raised on the lack of content on anything the JEF stated in that pompous, boring rerun speech he keeps giving.

Rob Crawford
Rob, please don't confuse me with facts. I likes me theories and am too old to change them!

:-)

I understand. :-)

NK

Black powder revolver not a great 7/11 or liquor store stick up weapon. got it.

JJ

Thanks for the post, TM. The left's argument is made so that they can "not miss an opportunity" and it's a repugnant Joe-Biden level of doublespeak.

I suppose on an argument level it's like saying 100 people will walk through a dry forest with a box of matches but only one will light a match and burn the forest down so... people with matches don't start forest fires, statistically speaking.

Practically, what this argument covers over (intentionally or ignorantly) is the sad health treatment of those who have done the shootings, caused by those who want to "respect the privacy" of the mentally ill -- or whatever they call what they are supposedly doing for the mentally ill. So, yeah, one person with matches can burn down a whole forest...

What is wanted is administration managed by professionals who have experience in what they administer...

What is really needed are more ballon-popping counter arguments to let the air of all the propaganda floating around.


NK

TomM- congrats on getting an insta-link to this post.

Jack is Back

OL,

You're assuming all those bricks of gold are still there in Ft. Knox. Has anyone ever seen them? Are there independent audits of their reality?

henry

Speaking of mentally ill, agressor in Prosser self-defense incident attacks Justice Roggensack 6 days before primary. Justice Bradley provoked the whole thing by running at Prosser with fists raised during the whole Walker Act 10 protests / SC ruling events. If the violent mentally ill are ok for the WI SC, why single them out on guns?

henry

Plus, no Obamacare Medicaid entrapment for WI. Walker will expand BadgerCare to cover more people than the ACA Medicaid piece would have. Libs forecast apocalypse, Assembly Speaker Vos puts it better Our focus will continue to be reducing people’s reliance on government programs.

NK

Henry-- now I'm angry with you. If connecticut had walker and your legislatute and SCt for a couple of years, it could be a paradise. Instead we have drunken Dan Malloy and the Teacher unions-- so it's Blue State Hell for us.

narciso

A common element in all this, is the Big Lie, blood thirsty terrorists, become innocent shepherds, rounded up and turned in for a bounty,
(Levick Grp think) An attempt to liberate a country from a ruthless microfraction of Baathist, becomes an 'occupation for oil' a conscientous public servant, is a vain, ignorant
demagogue,

speaking of the last point, Ericson has to engage in triplethink to endorse Sanford, after the childish tantrum he had the fall
before last.

henry

NK, we accept refuges from blue hells. I even have an in to the local Greek community to help you feel at home. ; )

Enlightened

"I think we are looking for the mentally ill in all the wrong places"

Let's start with leftwingers and particularly dumbsh-ts like DuDu who suck on the MSM teat as their lifeblood. The most important news item of the day all day ad infinitum for two days is Marco Rubio drinking water, and/or a cop killing cops or their innocent children is touted as a Hero.

How will we ever define real mental illness if the arbiters of assigning the label are - mentally ill?

Captain Hate

narc, I've been doing battle @ AoS with the Sanford fans. I'm thinking the entire state of SC has gone full retard; I blame Spurrier.

Al Reasin

During the MD senate hearing on our NY style gun control bill, it was pointed out that the law making it criminal to lie on the FBI form for the background check is NOT being enforced by state or federal law enforcement. Why aren't people who fail the check not arrested. It was reported that the shooter in Newtown tried to buy firearm(s) and failed; so why was he rejected and why wasn't he arrested if this is true. If true and he had been arrested, Newtown would not have happened. Why is this being ignored!

NK

henry-- alas I am a lapsed Greek (except for my stubborness-- see RobC). You may get my son though, he's graduating StLou U this year, plays recreational soccer and is a soccer referee who should go on to do pro games, and dare I hope, some day be a national ref (MLS).

GUS

A war is coming. Liberals have gone FULL COMMIE, and we stand in their way.
George Washington had a similar problem back in the day.
He didn't give them his gun.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

--That means 96 percent of violent crimes—defined by the FBI as murders, robberies, rapes, and aggravated assaults—are committed by people without any mental-health problems at all.--

Haven't read the whole thread but every one of the sources and cites used by Tom is a crock of s***.
This can't be overstated; by limiting "serious mental illness" or SPMI to only psychoses and mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar they are pulling a very fast one indeed. It's like saying only the NFC can possibly win the Super Bowl because we don't recognize the AFC as a serious persistent football conference; SPFC. (What can't a stupid acronym be applied to?)
By those criteria a psych/sociopath is not mentally ill or has no mental health problems at all.
They are artificially distinguishing between psychoses or mental disorders, which are generally biochemically based and usually somewhat treatable, and personality disorders which are not well understood and are generally not treatable. Both categories are very serious mental illnesses.
Among the PDs are narcissistic PD, or anti social PD, histrionic PD, borderline PD and psychopathy and or sociopathy.
Anti social personality disorder is virtually the definition of career criminals as opposed to someone who is "normal" and has a one time violent episode usually due to overwhelming circumstances. From wiki

"A 2002 literature review of studies on mental disorders in prisoners stated that 47% of male prisoners and 21% of female prisoners had antisocial personality disorder."

As a close observer of both acute schizophrenia and acute personality disorders, the idea that the former is a serious mental illnnes and the latter is not and can be excluded from this discussion is absurd. Anybody who doesn't think PDs are an extremely serious mental illness is a fool or an idiot, possibly both.


Old Lurker

OT but important anyway...

I see most of my JOM guy friends are here this morning but I reserve the right to repost this tonight to obtain comprehensive assistance.

I need a new book series! Help me, help me.

I have exhausted all Jack Reachers, all Bob Lee Swaggers, all Mitch Rapps, all Gabriel Allons.

I will no longer read any of the "brand name writers" who "co-write" with some name in small print (Clancey, Patterson, Cussler).

I really really tried to like the Master & Commander books but just could not make them click for me.

Anybody have any suggestion?

Thanks. Amazon and iTunes will thank you too.

indianink

" Anybody who doesn't think PDs are an extremely serious mental illness is a fool or an idiot, possibly both."

....a democrat. Let's go for a 3fer.

narciso

I think Brad Thor has gone around the bend, but his early work, like Lions of Lucerne, were good,
his character is a former SEAL turned Secret Service, and free lance operative,

Rob Crawford

I figured out why the Dorner admirers -- left and "right" -- so annoy me.

He was a stereotypical bad cop.

o He admitted to committing assault and battery because he didn't like someone's smart mouth

o He lied under oath to create a criminal accusation

o He was unable to admit his errors

o He considered himself above the laws he wanted to impose on everyone else

Apparently his decision to falsely accuse, murder, and terrorize cops is enough to turn him from a bad cop to a good cop in the minds of WAY too many sociopaths.

narciso

He seems to model his behavior on Denzel's character from 'Training Day'

NK

OL-- it's dry history-- but I always have a hankering to re-reaed Samuel Eliot Morison's WW2 history of the US Navy.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

--I need a new book series! Help me, help me.--

Bertie and Jeeves?
Not too many SEALs but there was a petulent goose or two, a homicidal gentleman's gentleman and one very nasty Aunt. :)

NK

Dorner was a liar and a bad guy. Then, he became a homcidal maniac. He may have been suffering from the same delusions all along, but when his delusions became homocidal, in the end civil society had to use violence to stop him and protect the innocent. Dorner created the rules that stopping him meant killing him.

Tom Maguire
The vast majority of Americans with a mental health condition are not violent. In fact, just 3% to 5% of violent crimes are committed by individuals who suffer from a serious mental illness.

If someone else has made this point, I must have missed it; apologies if anyone has. But quite apart from whether the statistic in the second sentence is accurate, the second sentence doesn't follow logically from the first.

An excellent point.

And one of the linked articles mentions the futility of international comparisons, which break down for similar reasons.

Imagine Society A (Switzerland?) where 1% of the mentally ill are violent but -0-% of the sane population is violent.

In A, the mentally ill are responsible for 100% of the low crime rate.

In Society B (Mexico?) 2% of the mentally ill are violent but 10% of the sane population is violent (You'd have to be crazy *not* to be shooting people preemptively down there...).

I haven't made up a number for the mentally ill percent of total population but let's use 5%. Then:

(a) Mexico does a worse job with its mentally ill than Switzerland, yet...

(b) the proportion of crime committed by the mentally ill in Mexico is trivial.

matt

There are two separate issues. Dorner the psychopathic murderer and the allegations against the LAPD. Dorner conflated these into a single issue for the morons.

We have a cop problem. These days, too many of them are ready to go to the extreme in way too short a time frame. They are in some cases way over-armed for normal police duties.

But then a Dorner comes along or an Adam Lanza or the scumbag in Aurora.

The LAPD was under Federal supervision for its racial/ethnic and corruption/violence issues for a number of years, including 2008 when Dorner left the force.

One of the most difficult things to teach is good judgment. Just as we have murderous psychos abroad, we also have cops with little common sense. I don't know what the answer is.

Chubby

it seems to be part of American tradition to romanticize outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, etc.

Jane:  Mock the Media

I like Brad Thor too and he's a big conservative as evidenced by his twitter feed.

Had a long commute last night and heard Howie Carr say John Kerry has $193 million in his bank account. This is a man who has never had a job outside of gvt. Oh and none of it is Teresa's.

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