The carnage must stop! A call for cell phone legislation


High school students are sick of the deaths and demand government action. They are bravely walking out of school and demanding our politicians act NOW or they will vote them out of office when they turn 19. This message is inspirational and I am in solidarity.

Teenagers have a lot to answer for. Even without a single gun, they are busy killing our children and our adults at an alarming rate, and although we have laws, more are needed.

New teen drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash. According to the AAA, teens have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States. 963,000 drivers age 16-19 were involved in police-reported crashes in 2013, which is the most recent year of available data. These crashes resulted in 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths.

Consider that: More than 2,500 deaths annually by young people who drive carelessly. Furthermore, these statistics are likely to only get worse. Research indicates that “distraction” is a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate to severe teen crashes. Twelve percent of distractions that cause these deaths are due to cell phone usage.

To put this into perspective, it would take 168 Parkland-like mass shootings YEARLY for gun violence to come close to the carnage visited upon our roads by teenage students.

I understand many students are lamenting their inability to feel safe in their schools. I sympathize. But to put this issue into perspective, I suggest their teachers spend a little less time whipping them up into a frenzy of fear and have them consider this: If they wish to feel safe, they should find a way to spend as much time in school as possible. Stay off the streets.

Since 1990 (17 plus years, which is roughly the entire lifetime of the student population), there have been 22 shootings at elementary and secondary schools in which two or more people were killed. By contrast,100 school age children are accidentally killed each year simply riding their bikes or waking to school. And on top of that we have the hundreds of yearly deaths caused by students killing themselves and other drivers due to driving while distracted to school.

Perhaps the answer to this ongoing road carnage is home schooling. But school shooting and auto death statistics pale when compared to deaths among children 19 and under that take place at home. As many as 20,000 deaths, and seven million disabling injuries take place on the home front.

There are dangers all around us, but certainly some common sense legislation could dramatically cut down on the death rates. There isn’t a whole lot we can do about the dangers faced at home, which include fires, poisonings (misuse of the medicine cabinet contents), falling furniture and TVs, suffocations, etc. We may have all the laws we can reasonably pass to deal with these dangers. But I suggest we find ways to learn whether these student protesters are truly serious about putting an end to the carnage they themselves are causing. Toward that end, I look forward to the following legislation, which will save thousands of lives daily.

As we saw, texting accounts for 12 percent of the moderate to severe traffic accidents, that account for the roughly 2,800 yearly deaths caused by teenage drivers.  Thus, the following law will save 343 deaths (20 Parkland shootings) yearly:

From age 16-21, a person can either own a license to drive, or a cell phone, but not both.

I am certain that when the young people of America lead the rest of us by example, giving up their right to the deadly mix of both car and phone, the adults of our nation will be moved to curtail some of their second amendment rights as well.

A well regulated militia and a free people


I’ve heard a lot of dismissive attitudes and pooh poohing over the idea that the need for a well regulated militia does not translate to the personal right to keep and bear arms.

Consider this:

The movies Dunkirk and Darkest Hour portray an incredible yet very true danger faced by the British people that took place in our own lifetime: the destruction of their standing army. This would have made them even more vulnerable to a Nazi invasion and from there a loss to their freedom (and the lives of all Jewish Brits).

When Winston Churchill commissioned all citizens with private boats to serve as a military flotilla to retrieve the army, he was calling forth the militia into action. This action saved the army.

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Passing the buck in Broward

The slipshod work of both the local Broward County sheriff’s department and the FBI continue to be the real story in the Broward County school shooting. President Trump wants tougher laws and that’s fine, if insufficient. Heads need to roll for the complete dereliction of duty on the part of those who ignored their job in crime prevention here.

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Justice is perverted by the removal of the death penalty

The Federal Government is contemplating whether to seek the death penalty in the murder of two young girls by Ms-13 gang members. Story here.

Gangs reserve for themselves the right to carry out capital punishment. Meanwhile the state, in outlawing or refusing to carry our capital punishment, too often seeks to unilaterally disarm itself in its war to defeat the enemies of public safety. Let’s hope it does not do so in this case.

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What’s going on with the Mueller investigation?

Everything began and hinges on the “salacious and unverified” (Jim Comey’s words) Steele Dossier. This Slate article does its best to make further investigation sound promising, but I sure don’t see this investigation going anywhere. If and when Mueller puts together a conspiracy based on this narrative, it will crumble under cross examination. I’m happy to be proven wrong, but I sure as heck understand why Trump would fight like heck against this investigation, seeing how the Clinton Campaign paid unnamed Russian operatives to deliver the dirt to the FBI.

This article doesn’t go into any detail as to all the glaring problems with the dossier. I don’t blame Slate for that – it’s the point of the article to rehabilitate the dossier and Steele’s reputation. It’s written, in fact, because the whole story is being effectively discredited.

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Love the Libertarian as yourself

Yaron Brook, Executive Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute, recently told Dave Rubin ( that Judeo-Christian religion is unreasonable if not downright inhuman because of the demands these and other religions place on people. He gives a spirited defense of free enterprise, and then contrasts it with what he sees as the illogical demands of religions, in particular Christianity and Judaism.

“Me thriving does not entail exploiting you (described as ‘lying, cheating, stealing, murdering you.’),” Brook explained. Quite the contrary, me thriving is me trading with you (which he described as creating many win-win, mutually beneficial situations). Continue reading “Love the Libertarian as yourself”

Alabama Republicans: Vote for the other guy: Here’s why

For the good of your country,  for the good of the Trump agenda, for the good of the GOP, sometimes you have to let the other guys win. Sometimes a strategic long term victory comes from a strategic withdrawal.

First, remember this: the Democratic party strategists are praying you vote him in.  But that is the strategist. The rank and file independent moderate voter, who has more important things to thing about, will think you are craven and stupid for doing so. The left is already licking its chops over distracting them from their troubles so they can focus them on ours. If you want to do the Democrats a favor, vote for Roy Moore.

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