The Story Behind the Iconic Photo – Time
HT: Mike Rowe
HT: Mike Rowe
“I have a lot to be thankful for, and you’re amongst all that.”
Spoken by a long-time client of mine in response to me telling her ‘Happy Thanksgiving.’
It always feels good to be complimented.
If you think you would rather stifle innovation to prevent bad ideas… you will stifle the good as well… If you want to put everyone in a straight jacket to protect them… then you are going to find other problems crop up that don’t lend themselves to being as easily discerned.
There are so many people who know nothing about insurance and how it works… we are paying for that, each and every one of us.
Underwritten health insurance should not be against the law….
Comments from a member on a health insurance association’s message board regarding the absolute fallacy of a one-size-fits-all NATIONAL health insurance policy. Tons of wisdom in her words.
I’m re-posting this post by Mark Perry in its entirety because I want to be able to come back and read it when I’m not so busy.
Details in BLS report suggest that earnings differentials by gender can be explained by age, marital status, children, hours worked
“The only real privilege in America is American privilege. Everybody has it… the privilege to make your own decisions and live the life you choose.”
Excellent blog post by The Munchkin Writer.
Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.
In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.
When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.
The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats.
There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat–it has no validity when most of a mugger’s potential marks are armed. People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.
Then there’s the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser. People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don’t constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level. The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weightlifter. It simply wouldn’t work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn’t both lethal and easily employable.
The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weightlifter.
When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation…and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.
When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. .. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid… It removes force from the equation…and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.