Birthday Highlights

Uhm, well, I’m 51 today. We’ll see if we can keep ‘em (birthday’s that is) coming.

  1. So do public service teachers union come into this story or not?
  2. More on schools here.
  3. Plan and market.
  4. Powerful predictor not so powerful after all.
  5. Taking the gun rhetoric seriously for a moment.  And gussy up a false dichotomy with pretty graphics and its still a false dichotomy. Seriously. Hint … to the non-religious liberal who thinks evil doesn’t exist and all crime is just illness … read Midgely’s book Wickedness. Mary Midgely is a renknowned British moral philospher. It’s not a hard read.
  6. Or not at all. Let’s see what was Congress’ first suggestion ban “assault” rifles … you know they are used in less than 2% of crimes like the one in the news and not in the current case.
  7. And the idiot who shouted “ban all Glock’s” calls others ignorant. Let’s see, Glock makes semi-automatic pistols which are inexpensive, accurate, and reliable. The are one of a dozen manufacturers who make similar products. But let’s ban just the one. Why? Dunno. Let’s ban “high capacity” magazines, ’cause it takes a second and a half to change magazines. That’s clearly the limiting step.
  8. Slurp.
  9. So what triggered the shooter? Perhaps, the threat of involuntary incarceration in a mental health institution. Which in turns suggests he needed it.
  10. Race and shootings.
  11. Wheee!
  12. Not forgetting the economic crises.

11 responses to “Birthday Highlights

  1. 1.So do public service teachers union come into this story or not?

    See the odd thing about stories like this is why would this be part of a displinary hearing? Trying to hire someone to kill or maim your boss would get you arrested and charged with a crime (and teachers convicted of a criminal offense are automatically fired without a hearing). The fact that this hasn’t happened leads one to suspect there’s some important elements that were left out of the story to give it sensational value.

    4.Powerful predictor not so powerful after all.

    Yea but he said ‘more powerful predictor’ and it seems like it is. But it’s worthwhile to note that gun ownership is not monolithic.

    6.Or not at all. Let’s see what was Congress’ first suggestion ban “assault” rifles … you know they are used in less than 2% of crimes like the one in the news and not in the current case.

    Why is that relevant? Would you rather they ban the types of guns used in 98% of crimes?

    9.So what triggered the shooter? Perhaps, the threat of involuntary incarceration in a mental health institution. Which in turns suggests he needed it.

    Aside from mild autism, we don’t have any evidence yet of mental illness as a factor (though I suspect it will be). What I find odd is that the guns seem to have been purchased by his mother…..if she felt she was living with an adult son who had serious mental problems would she buy such guns and keep them at home?

    10.Race and shootings.

    It occurrs to me that it’s race and gender. These ‘types’ of shootings seems to almost always be by whites and always by men. At first you might think it’s related to physical strength but it doesn’t really take that much physical strength to shoot a gun yet you never hear about a woman staging a shooting rampage.

    Might it be something to do with a sense of entitlement combined with mental illness combined with testerone and maybe the particulars of Western culture that cause this?

    And happy birthday!

  2. Happy birthday!

    I didn’t bother to click over to Vox Day’s link. He’s a vain idiot, one of the better examples of the Dunning Kruger Effect alive today.

    But, yeah, the unions played a huge role in this thing — and shame on you and every one else who has hammered at the unions and their members. These people laid down their lives for those kids.

    They deserve much more from us as a nation than we are giving them, in support, in encouragement, in pay, and thanks.

  3. Doesn’t that guy’s misogyny get to you after a while, like six or seven seconds?

  4. Seems a few missing facts. First this happened in New Zealand, not the US. Second, the teacher quite so the school couldn’t fire her. Third, the hearing was whether she would be ‘deregistered’ as a teacher. It’s the last area she seems to have won, but then she still has to actually convince another school to hire her with this on the record which seems somewhat ‘aspirational’ to me. Fourth, she didn’t exactly ‘win’, but has quite a few conditions on her before she can ever go back to being a teacher again (assuming that she can get a school to give her a chance, of course)

  5. In comparision, let’s say you homeschool and hire a tutor or teacher to fill in with areas you can’t. There’s no ‘tutors union’ or ‘tutoring board’. If ten year ago I was convicted of punching the parents of someone I tutored you have no way of knowing that unless you pay for a background check (which I might thwart by using a different name).

  6. Ed,
    Thanks for the well wishing.

    “Doesn’t that guy’s misogyny get to you after a while, like six or seven seconds?” …. it’s not every post, for example the post linked does not contain any and … we all have our faults. Your bigotries are as annoying as him. Yet I link you frequently.

    And no, “unions” played no role. Unless you’re pretending if CT was right to work only union teachers (or if this was a private (non-union teacher) school) that none of the teachers would have defended their students.

  7. Boonton,
    “more powerful than what?” A 20% swing (from memory 30% Dems have guns 50-something percent GOP?). If by “powerful” you meant “not very strong” then yes, it’s powerful. If you think it’s a strong indicator on the other hand, you’d be wrong.

    Aside from mild autism, we don’t have any evidence yet of mental illness as a factor (though I suspect it will be).

    Hmm. So then a violent reaction against involuntary institutionalization would be, in your view, what? rational?

  8. Boonton,
    For example, abortion is like a 90/10 or stronger swing. That is what I’d call a “powerful” indicator. A 30-50 swing is not so powerful.

  9. Hmm. So then a violent reaction against involuntary institutionalization would be, in your view, what? rational?

    Ask Mr. Valjean over there, or Mr. Mandela over there. They know more about this “involuntary institutionalization” thing.

    Rational? What does the caged bird do when you open the cage?

  10. Ed,
    I think you misunderstand. There was a rumor (not more than that at this point I think) that the killer’s mom was threatening to put him into involuntary psychiatric detention, which it is suggested was a key element in triggering the rampage. I’m not exactly sure what connection to Nelson Mandela is possible. Perhaps you could help elucidate what you meant by that.

    Seriously, I think even if threatened with incarceration ala One Flew Over … killing 20 kids and additional adults and yourself kinda sorta shows that incarceration was warranted. On the other hand, as I pointed out “fighting” your impending incarceration is not completely irrational. On the other hand just getting the hell out of Dodge makes even more sense.

    My comment “Hmm… &c” was to point out that killing children as a response was not rational. You disagree?

  11. I think the rumor is false but the killer was an adult male in his twenties with no history of criminal activity, violence or it seems diasnosed mental illness (aside from mild autism). His mother could hardly just call someone and get him involuntarily detained for anything other than a day or two for ‘observation’….at most. It is odd, too, if the mother felt that was necessary why would she keep the house stocked with such guns?

    For example, abortion is like a 90/10 or stronger swing.

    I think pro-lifism is like that, in that if someone tells you he’s pro-life he is almost certainly a voting Republican…but abortion I’m not sure follows. You’ll find pro-choicers who still are Republican. Either way abortion is exceptional in that it is such a partisan issue. Aside from abortion could you identify another powerful indicator?

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