Archive for September, 2010

Violent crime continues to plummet as gun ownership skyrockets

September 28, 2010

This entire post is copied from

No, silly. That isn’t how the Federal Bureau of Investigation would characterize the results of Crime in the United States 2009.

But they did note an across the board drop in violent crime, despite the dire economic circumstances we find ourselves in.

The common assumption held by many is that crime is motivated by economic desperation. As we are in a recession and the real unemployment rate is well over 15% once you factor in the under-employed and those who have simply stopped looking, falling crime rates come as a real shock.

And they have been significant declines.

* Each of the violent crime categories decreased from 2008—murder (7.3 percent), robbery (8.0 percent), aggravated assault (4.2 percent), and forcible rape (2.6 percent).
* During 2009, 43.9 percent of all property crimes in the U.S. were recorded in the South, with 22.7 percent in the West, 20.8 percent in the Midwest, and 12.6 percent in the Northeast.
* Each of the property crime categories also dropped from 2008—motor vehicle theft (17.1 percent), larceny-theft (4.0 percent), and burglary (1.3 percent).
* Among the 1,318,398 violent crimes were 15,241 murders; 88,097 forcible rapes; 408,217 robberies; and 806,843 aggravated assaults.
* Among the 9,320,971 property crimes were an estimated 2,199,125 burglaries; 6,327,230 larceny-thefts; 794,616 thefts of motor vehicles; and 58,871 arsons.
* During 2009, the South accounted for 42.5 percent of all violent crime in the nation, followed by the West (22.9 percent), the Midwest (19.6 percent), and the Northeast (15.0 percent).

This all occurred in the same year that Americans purchased 14 million firearms—more than the combined active armies of the top 21 countries in the world. We also purchased an estimated 14+ billion rounds of ammunition during that same time period. It is also worth remembering that these purchases were made during a year where gun rights were ascendant, and Americans could carry weapons in more areas as firearm owener’s rights continued to go mainstream.

It is fair to compare these two seemingly unrelated facts? You’re damn right it is.

These data explode the fallacy told by the media, anti-gun organizations, and a shrinking number of politicians that “more guns equals more crime.”

Agave Nectar

September 26, 2010

Glycemic Value of Volcanic Nectar’s Blue Agave Nectar compared to other sugars:
Volcanic Agave Nectar 27
Safe for Diabetics <55
Honey 83
High Fructose Corn Syrup (also found in some Agave on the shelves) 89
Sucrose 92
Glucose 137
Glucose Tablets 146
Maltodextrin 150

How Does Agave Nectar Compare?
food carbohydrates x glycemic index ÷ 100 = glycemic load
12 oz. regular cola: 40.5 x 90 ÷ 100 = 36.4
fresh apple (medium) 21 x 54 ÷ 100 = 11.3
2 Tbsp. agave nectar 32 x 30 ÷ 100 = 9.6

What is the Glycemic Index?
The glycemic index is a way of measuring the relative impact of foods on blood sugar levels. Foods with a high glycemic index have carbohydrates that the body can quickly convert to sugar, which makes them more likely to cause a quick rise in blood sugar. Many popular diets (Atkins and South Beach, for example) include food choices based on the glycemic index.

To determine the glycemic index of a food, human subjects are given a portion of a single food and their blood sugar is tested at intervals. The resulting response curve is compared to a control substance (either glucose or white bread) and assigned a numerical value. Glucose (or white bread) is given an arbitrary rating of 100, and all other foods are measured relative to that. Foods that rate above 100 are foods whose carbohydrates digest very quickly and are likely to raise the blood sugar immediately, while those with an index lower than 100 have less impact on the blood sugar.

What Makes a Food Low Glycemic?
Foods with few to no carbohydrates, like meats, cheeses and fats, will likely result in a glycemic index close to zero. The fewer easily-digested sugars and starches a food contains, the less likely it is to create a spike in blood sugar. Dietary fiber, while classified as a carbohydrate, passes through the system undigested, so it has no impact on blood sugar. In fact, fiber works to help slow the absorption of digestible carbohydrates.

Combining High and Low Glycemic Foods
The glycemic index of individual foods can be used as a guideline for meal preparation, but since most of us do not make an entire meal of one food, the interaction of foods in the stomach must also be taken into consideration.

Some foods act to reduce the overall glycemic level of a meal. Similar to the effect of dietary fiber, fats consumed with a higher glycemic food can also help to curb its blood-sugar-raising property. Likewise, vinegar has been found to inhibit the digestion of starches in the stomach. So, for instance, starting your dinner with a salad dressed in italian dressing (fiber + fat + vinegar) should lessen the impact of high glycemic foods in the meal.

What is Glycemic Load?
Like the glycemic index, the glycemic load of a food is used to characterize its potential effect on blood sugar. A food may have a high glycemic index, meaning the carbohydrate it contains will quickly convert to sugar, but if that food does not contain much carbohydrate per average serving, there will not be much impact on the blood sugar.

To calculate the glycemic load of a food, multiply its glycemic index by the number of digestible (non-fiber) carbohydrates in a single serving, then divide by 100. That number may be interpreted as follows:

* 20 and above = high glycemic load
* 10 to 19 = medium glycemic load
* less than 10 = low glycemic load


Allana’s Excellent Potato Soup

September 12, 2010


* 8 ounces cubed cooked ham
* 1 cup chopped onion
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced
* 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
* 1 tablespoon prepared Dijon-style mustard
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
* 1/2 teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend


1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, sautee ham and onions in the butter, until the onions are translucent. Stir in the mustard, then pour in the chicken broth. Add potatoes, bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender.
2. Combine the milk and cream of celery soup; stir in to the saucepan. Season with garlic powder, seasoned salt and salt-free seasoning blend. Heat through, but do not boil. Serve hot.

Amount Per Serving Calories: 346 | Total Fat: 12.9g | Cholesterol: 40mg

Orange Julius

September 12, 2010

1 cup orange juice
1 cup water
1/4 cup egg substitute (or 1 egg white)
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 heaping cup of ice

blend on high for 15-30 seconds, makes 2 drinks.


BBC – Hitler, Winston Churchill & A Director’s “overt tribalism”

September 4, 2010

Via Breitbart:

The director general of the BBC admitted Thursday that his organisation had been guilty of a “massive bias to the left” but said “a completely different generation” of journalists now works at the broadcaster.

Mark Thompson told the right-of-centre Spectator magazine that there was an institutional bias when he joined the organisation, reinforcing the findings of a 2007 internal report which concluded that greater efforts were required to avoid liberal bias.

“In the BBC I joined 30 years ago, there was, in much of current affairs, in terms of people’s personal politics, which were quite vocal, a massive bias to the left,” Thompson said.

“The organisation did struggle then with impartiality. And journalistically, staff were quite mystified by the early years of Thatcher.”Now it is a completely different generation. There is much less overt tribalism among the young journalists who work for the BBC,” he added.

via Powerline:

A few years back the Daily Mail reported on the BBC’s “impartiality summit.” The story discussed the political correctness that suffocates the BBC. Only a few years earlier, the BBC was publicly disgraced in the Hutton Inquiry. The Hutton Inquiry failed to prompt the kind of historical examination of the BBC that it richly deserves. The institutional rot at the BBC is generations old.

Biographies of Churchill note mostly in passing, for example, that the BBC systematically barred Churchill from discussing his defense and foreign policy views during the 1930’s; Sir John Reith was head of the BBC at the time. In the second volume of his Churchill biography, for example, William Manchester states that “Reith saw to it that [Churchill] was seldom heard over the BBC…” Reith wrote of Churchill in Reith’s monumentally voluminous diaries, “I absolutely hate him.”

In the fall of 1938 Churchill was scheduled to appear on the BBC for a half-hour talk — on the Mediterranean. When the Czech crisis erupted, Manchester reports, Churchill asked that the program be canceled. On the Saturday before Parliament’s debate on the Munich Agreement, Churchill agreed nevertheless to meet with (future Communist spy) Guy Burgess of the BBC. Churchill complained to Burgess, according to Burgess’s recollection, that “he had been very badly treated in the matter of political broadcasts and that he was always muzzled by the BBC.”

Why did Reith detest Churchill? In Reith’s eyes, Churchill was of course a warmonger, and Reith, not coincidentally, held Hitler in the highest regard.

Now comes word from the director general of the BBC that his organization had been guilty of a “massive bias to the left,” but that “a completely different generation” of journalists now works at the broadcaster.

Has the culture at the BBC really changed? The director general’s admission smacks of public relations rather than substance, and the folks at Biased BBC remain unimpressed.

Powerline, The BBC then and now September 3, 2010 Posted by Scott at 6:46 AM
Breitbart, BBC had “massive bias to left:” director general
Sep 2 05:37 AM US/Eastern

Blog Endorsement – SCOTUS

September 4, 2010

Justice Kennedy on Blogs

On August 19th, Justice Kennedy gave an address that included an interesting passing remark about the role of blogs. Justice Kennedy was talking about how law review case comments generally come out too late to be of use to the Court (especially in the context of deciding whether to grant certiorari in a case). As a result, when Justice Kennedy asks his clerks to look to see what the law reviews have said about a particular case, there isn’t any commentary yet. Justice Kennedy adds: “I’ve found, what my clerks do now, when they have interesting cases — They read blogs.”

From the comments:

Justice Kennedy was also the first Justice to use the word “blog” in an opinion (he did so in Citizens United).