Some will argue that comedy is the highest form of criticism.  I would agree, not the least because it is also arguably the most penetrating form of criticism.  Which is one reason why writers and artists throughout history have used satire to throw barbs at politicians and tyrants.  The other reason being that comedy can lightly camouflage the criticism, if done well, under a cloak of artistic intent - even as the criticism unflinchingly hits the mark.


It's all in good fun you see.  And if the target of the criticism squirms, well, people do not like a tyrant who's also not a good sport.  So let's see who flinches at this:


It's been a while since I picked up Vernon Howard's book on psychology, but I haven't forgotten many of the words of wisdom he wrote - especially when I find bits of "Do it yourself" advice like this one:  How to fix a power window for only $30 dollars and a screwdriver.  As Vernon would argue, The most inspiring thing in the world is something that works:


I don't believe statistics have much to do with wisdom and understanding.  But since Piers Morgan and the left love playing the statistics game so much, I thought it only fair to respond with some more statistics. 


You may have even heard those who believe in the United States citizenry's right to bear arms point out the many cases of totalitarian government murder of its own citizens as one the arguments against taking guns away from the people.  And you've no doubt heard numerous pundits and shills for the left bring up the high rate of murder by firearm in the United States as their most forceful argument for taking guns from the people.  But you may not have seen how the statistics of murder by dictator compare.


This is only intended as a rough analysis of the odds of dying from your own government vs the odds of dying by lone psychopathic gunman.  But the result will, I think, cancel out any objection to the crudeness of this analysis.  So here goes.


How many people were born in the period roughly covering the 20th century?  How about roughly 13 billion.1.


How many were killed by their OWN governments? ...


Roughly, about 146 million.2.  (Still low compared to another estimate.3.)


How many have been killed in mass shooting incidents in the United States in roughly that same 20th century period?  Let's start by taking the number of 980 between 1980 and 2011.4.


By extrapolation back about a 120 years, at approx. 30 per year, that makes a total of roughly 3600.


Doing the math...  What are the chances of being killed by your own government?


1 in about 89


What are the chances of being killed in a mass shooting? 


1 in 144000


That's pretty convincing if you ask me.  And the next time somebody stands on the graves of murdered children and tries to make political hay for the purpose of infringing the right of the people in America to bear arms, cast their own statistics right back in their face.


1. Population Today, February 1995

2. Gawker

3. University of Hawaii

4. News7 Denver



I've got to confess that I don't like blogging!  I know.  What am I doing with a blog then...  It was more a technical - 'see if I can do it' - kind of challenge I set for myself when I determined to set up this site and others a few years ago.  Since then I've fairly well established that I do not like writing, er...  typing. 


Meanwhile, my wife nearly drives me bananas about it.  She thinks I should be blogging left right and center.  She thinks I could be making a ton of money at it.  Maybe.  And I do, I mean my wife does with her blogs.  Thing is (sorry to have to harp on it again) I really, really, don't like writing.  And when I do, it rarely, if ever feels "natural" and almost invariable veers off into a rant.  Kind of like this one.  And no one really wants to read one long rant after another.


But tonight, I thought what the heck.  Rant away.  But now I've forgotten what I was going to type!  Oh well.

I'm sure I'm not the first to ponder why there hasn't been a better umbrella until now, or why we still deal with inside-out umbrellas.  Without having looked yet, I'm sure someone has developed an umbrella that will hold its shape in high wind.  Whether that's true or not, I haven't seen one.  But I definitely could have used one of those this morning.


So again, I found myself thinking about where that revolutionary umbrella might be.  I've half-heartedly kept an eye out in the past for a wind-proof umbrella, but have not come across anything of the sort to now.  And I'm typing this on the heels of coming in from the storm, after taking my two kids to school, fighting two giant sized umbrellas all along the way - there and back.  I kept thinking how ridiculous it was, in this day and age, that I was dealing with a half-baked umbrella design that can't even stand up to a "mild" breeze.  There has to be a better umbrella.