False Rape Accusations

I got to thinking about the Kavanaugh case and the #IBelieveSurvivors movement. As folks who follow my work know, I’m a data junkie. I don’t believe anecdotes. I want evidence, facts, data. I agree totally with what Robert Heinlein said: “What are the facts? Again and again and again – what are the facts? Shun…

Guns And Home Invasion

Well, since guns have been in the news a lot lately, I thought I’d discuss my experience with guns. I grew up on a cattle ranch, and just about every boy I knew got a deer rifle when they were twelve years old. We were all taught gun safety by fathers, uncles, and in my…

Translation Required

OK, here’s the text to translate … Source #1 was approached by an identified U.S. Person, who indicated to Source #1 that a U.S.-based law firm had hired the identified U.S. Person to conduct research regarding Candidate #1’s ties to Russia. (The identified U.S. Person and Source #1 have a long-standing business relationship.) The identified…

Two Decades of Diminishing Hatred

As many folks know, inter alia I’m a numbers guy. I figure if I can measure something, I can understand it. In that regard, I got to thinking about “hate crimes”. These are crimes where the motivation is deemed to be hatred of some group. The FBI has statistics on hate crimes against various racial,…

Making The Shortlist

Here, in alphabetical order, is a short list of objects. What do they have in common? ax baseball bat baton bayonet brick broken glass car chain saw crossbow crowbar flashlight garden tool gun hammer hand torch hatchet knife machete meat cleaver metal pipe motorcycle oar pick-axe piece of wood pitchfork pole rock scissors screwdriver shovel…

A Presumption of Guilt

For a little light reading, I was browsing through the new FBI crime statistics for 2016. There’s a variety of interesting stuff in there which I may write about some day, but along the way, I noticed a curious thing. They give two different numbers for how many people were arrested for the crime of rape.…

Charlottesville Redux

Sometimes I think I’ve wandered through a wormhole into a strange parallel universe. Once again I find myself skating on the underside of the ice. Here’s the backstory. For months, ever since the election, the left-wing fascists of Antifa and others have been rioting in the streets, beating people up, breaking windows, setting fire to…