Defeat of the Anti-Maskers

As a friend of mine said, “as a human being, knowing we are in an epidemic, why wouldn’t we try to help slow down the spread of COVID-19?” There’s lies the crux of the problem. The sin of anti-maskers has blinded them. These otherwise good, mostly conservative and mostly patriotic people cannot, for whatever reason, […]

COVID-19: Late June REALITY

The Internet remains chock full of COVID-19 buffoonery, if not bombastic bullshit. An ex-friend was calling for a mask-burning party. He’s got it in his thick, ignorant head that this is all a lie. I’ve tried informing him repeatedly that “stats don’t lie,” but he doesn’t understanding statistics and he’s got a little bit of […]

Fact-Checking PolitiFact

Earlier this evening, I surfed to PolitiFact to ascertain the truthfulness of a comment made by a well-known politician. Along the way, I decided to make a submission of my own. I so doing, I recognized a number of biases at play in the way PolitiFact solicits inputs. Even if all three editors are die-hard, […]

Statistics: Neither “lies” nor “damned lies”

Encountered yet another “lies, damned lies, and statistics” adherent this morning. My response: When you adhere to the rules of statistics, there are no “lies” or “damned lies.” There’s only statistics, which is neither. It’s a mathematical science, similar to the science of calculus, originally called infinitesimal calculus or “the calculus of infinitesimals”, which is […]

Why I Carry a Firearm

Back when I open carried (OC) everywhere I went, I would occasionally be asked why I carried a firearm.  I would often respond with the well-known, “because I can’t carry a cop.”  One person, a transplant from Minnesota responded with, “I don’t like firearms!”  I replied, “Well, I guess we have something in common — […]

ResistBot, Tallies, and other forms of Congressional Bias

To the Honorable Congressman X:   Please be aware that much of the anti-Trump sentiment you may be receiving these days is fake, auto-generated babble produced by a program called, “ResistBot.” When someone wants to send you their negative comment or position about President Trump, but are either too lazy to or incapable of sitting […]