Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Red Light Cameras Make Intersections More Deadly

But the politicians won't let the facts get in the way of a revenue generator. (Via Instapundit).


Town Scraps Speed Cameras - Accidents Don't Increase

Well, at least they are willing to admit what common sense will tell the rest of us.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The New $100 Bill, er, Note

In checking out the new $100 bill, I am not so inconspicously reminded that what we call the $100 bill is more correctly called a $100 note. That's what the government calls it and that's what is printed on the money. That piece of paper in your pocket is a debt obligation of the Federal Reserve and it is only as good as the Federal Reserve and whatever backs it up. The Fed owes the holder $100 for that note - $100 worth of what, exactly? Well, $100 worth of paper.

I'm a little surprised that there haven't already been calls to put King Barry on the $100 note. After all, he's done so much to make the note what it's worth today.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Economy - The Fix is In

The talking heads are all talking about a "V-shaped" recovery now and are completely discounting the prospect of a "double dip" recession. Even Larry Kudlow has joined the chorus (H/T Instapundit).

This is part of the media narrative that we can expect from now until the November elections. Those in the media will do everything they can to avoid the embarrassment that King Barry will suffer if the Republicans make significant gains in November. We will be told that everything is great, that the recovery is here and that we have King Barry's policies to thank for it. Count on it.

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Johnson City Red Light Cameras

It looks like Johnson City has made sure that there is no way to get through town without dealing with these cameras. Accordingly, I will just avoid businesses in Johnson City as much as possible. Elizabethton has a growing selection of restaurants and shopping, as does Bristol, TN. I can order online and avoid the whole mess. Are you listening, Johnson City business owners?

Here are the interections that have or will have these encroachments on liberty:
North Roan Street / Mountcastle Drive
North Roan Street / Browns Mill Road
North Roan Street / Springbrook Drive
State of Franklin Road / West Walnut Street
State of Franklin Road / West Market Street
State of Franklin Road / Browns Mill Road

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Correlation does not equal causation

Once again, we have another study that tells us how bad spanking is supposed to be. Money quote:

"The odds of a child being more aggressive at age 5 if he had been spanked more than twice in the month before the study began increased by 50%," says Taylor. And because her group also accounted for varying levels of natural aggression in children, the researchers are confident that "it's not just that children who are more aggressive are more likely to be spanked."

Really? How so? Why are they so confident? Do parents naturally spank well-behaved, non-aggressive children or is it more typical that the aggressive child gets spanked more often?

Someone ought to ask grandma. Grandma's kids didn't have high suicide rates. Grandma's kids weren't brats who thought the world revolved around them. What was it that grandma did differently? John Rosemond has a great book on this subject: Parenting by The Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child. Even if you don't believe the Bible, it shows how a centuries-proven basis for raising children was abandoned and why we are worse off because of it.

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