All The News That’s Fit For Prevarication

October 28th, 2015 16 Comments

Pinocchio

 

Really, sometimes the Grey Lady just makes it all too easy. No, no. Hillary is the Shady Lady; the Grey Lady is The New York Times.

Jameson’s Law of Convincing Argument states that if I wish to convince you of the absolute and infallible correctness of my point of view, I would be well-served not to cite sources that are known for agreeing with me or being on my side of a particular argument.

For example: I recently wrote an article for a magazine about a gun control initiative being launched in the state where that magazine is published. In the article, I quoted President Obama repeating a lie he has told frequently. He stated that, “The law already requires licensed gun dealers to run background checks, and over the past [twenty] years that’s kept millions of the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun. But it’s hard to enforce that law when as many as forty percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” [Emphasis mine.]

If I had then refuted that lie, which has been repeatedly refuted and debunked, with facts and figures from the NRA, you would have been wise to suspect me of being biased, lazy in my research, and even perhaps dishonest myself. Instead, I quoted the “Fact-Checker” column in the notoriously anti-gun Washington Post, which gave Mr. Obama three Pinocchios out of a possible four for dishonesty.

So, enter the Grey Lady, stage left, ranting wildly about the “myth” of defensive gun use, specifically as it pertains to concealed carry. The Editorial Board of the Times (wisely, no individual wished to attach his or her name to the piece) proceeded to trot out “statistics” purporting to show the relatively few (according to the Times) occasions firearms were used throughout the country for legally justifiable purposes of defense. Then the Grey Lady solemnly informed its readers, most of whom are sheltered and pampered urban and suburban dwellers unlikely to question any dishonest garbage the editorial board dishes as out, that their source for these “statistics” was The Violence Policy Center.

Oh dear, oh dear, Grey Lady, that’s just embarrassing. Anyone with an I.Q. larger than his hat size will hear alarm bells going off. Actually, the editorial board must have realized how embarrassing it was, because a disclaimer was immediately added to the effect that the Violence Policy Center’s figures were, “…necessarily incomplete, because the gun lobby has been so successful in persuading gullible state and national legislators that concealed carry is essential to public safety, thus blocking the extensive data collection that should be mandatory for an obvious and severe public health problem.”

(That, by the way, is an old trick, cynically summed up by the lawyer, Billy Flynn, in the musical Chicago, when he tap dances and sings the song Razzle Dazzle:

“Give ‘em the old flim flam flummox,

Fool and fracture ‘em,

How can they hear the truth above the roar?…

…Long as you keep ‘em way off balance,

How can they spot you’ve got no talents?”

In other words, if your argument is completely bogus, blame it in an outraged tone of voice on your opponent.)

The problem, dear Grey Lady, is that “the extensive data collection that should be mandatory” is in fact carried out and is available to anyone willing to look at an unbiased source. The United States Bureau of Justice, hardly a rabid pro-gun institution, estimates that firearms are used defensively in America 235,700 each year. Other sources, some pro-gun and some neutral, estimate legal defensive firearm use from an approximate low of one million, to a high of two-and-a-half million times a year.

You do see where this is going, right? If the Grey Lady can convince its naïve and uneducated (about guns) readers that the number of legal and justifiable defensive uses of a firearm is a tiny, insignificant amount, then no one can refute the old, emotional “if it saves just one life” gun control argument. Because the reverse of that argument is that if having a gun saves just one life, than there is no reason to ban firearms. And, in fact, as the very low Bureau of Justice figures show, many, many lives are saved by defensive use each year, a great many times more than are taken by criminals.

Then the Grey Lady went on to say, “Clearly, concealed carry does not transform ordinary citizens into superheroes.” That is possibly the only honest thing The Times Editorial Board was able to write in the entire article. Concealed carry does not transform anyone, but it does at least give him a fighting chance not to become another lamentable statistic.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4579947288001/chris-christie-and-the-media/?playlist_id=930909812001#sp=show-clips

    O’Reilly tip of the day

    “The news media can not be trusted period.”

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hello JP,

    this obviously due to a complete lack of suitable sources. It´s a more or less skillfull trial to anyhow prove their allegation.
    I remember your post about your poor Doppelgänger in which you blamed him for almost the same evidence of incapacity.
    I´m really astonished that even a big and respectable newspaper uses such rather cheap tricks to disguise their assumption as serious.
    It´s too bad for them you´ve detected that!
    I highly respect your constant fight against this sort of manipulation!

    Best wishes

    NW

    PS: I hopefully manage to read the other blogs before you overtake me again 😉

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am glad that I am taking tomorrow off from work. Tonight, as soon as I would out the door I am heading straight to my cabin. All off grid. Solar Power. Gas and wood heat. Comfy. Clean. Hunting. Reading. NO TV, NO COMPUTER, NO NEWS!

    I need a break from the world and get away from the news providers is a big part of it, because stuff like you wrote about above just stuns me. I know to expect it, but even in my middle years at forty-two it makes me sigh and shake my head… just want to turn it off and take a break.

    TD Bauer
    Wisconsin

  4. Anonymous says:

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4585076285001/assessing-the-debate-moderators/?playlist_id=930909812001#sp=show-clips

    Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Goldberg discuss the reason people do not trust the main stream media.

  5. Anonymous says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/the-five/videos#/v/4586352462001/p/1040983441001

    More media bias as CNBC Moderators attack the Presidential candidates during the debate.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dear JP,

    I realize this is off-topic, but I would sincerely appreciate it if you would refrain from referring to Hillary Clinton as a lady, shady or otherwise, when she so clearly is not one. Thank you!

    Shannon

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have a very nice off grid cabin in the northwest woods of Wisconsin. The closest town has a population of about 75 people and is located a pleasant fifteen minute drive away. There is no local police force. If there is a problem I rely on the County Sheriff’s Department.

    This past Friday night I was at my cabin. At 10PM it started to rain when I decided to turn in for the night. Around 3AM I wake up from what had been so far a good night of sleep. I flop around in my bed for a ten minutes, then decide since I am partially awake that I will go outside for some fresh air and see what the weather is doing. It is dark out, drizzling, and I grabbed my flashlight as I slipped on my boots and headed outside.

    I stroll around my car out in the yard and peer into the woods with my flashlight to see if there is any animal out there staring back, like I usually do when night strolling at my cabin. After several minutes I start heading back for the door, and as I am stepping up on the covered deck I notice wet boot prints on the decking – Not mine either. Looking at the wet prints I see they lingered near my porch door and one of the windows there, and then headed back off the deck the same way they had come on. Somebody had been to my remote cabin VERY recently, lurking around in the dark, checking it out, despite my SUV sitting there indicating somebody was there for the weekend.

    I am all alone at my cabin, so I am immediately startled and on alert and cursing at myself that I didn’t notice the boot prints earlier when I walked out – normally I am aware of my surroundings and things that don’t belong like that. I quickly go inside, wondering if the thing that woke me up was possible hearing somebody walking on my deck, and wondering if they were still close by and watching me wander around the yard at 3:20AM.

    I re-lock the doors, place a call to the county sheriff (non emergency number) about a possible trespasser. I explain the situation. They ask if I feel I am in danger because they can send a squad over but it would be about twenty minutes or more before they arrive, I tell them no, that I was just startled and more concerned than anything. I go back to bed and don’t sleep a wink, but am at least somewhat comforted that I am armed and that I know how to use my personal defensive weapon if I need it.

    Twenty minutes or more away… that is long time to have to wait for law enforcement if the situation above was a dangerous one. Somebody who wants to break into my SUV and steal something, or break into the closed section of my porch and steel some hunting gear is not a dangerous situation, and to me is not provocation for a confrontation with me and my gun – steal my shit, I got excellent insurance and my life is not worth risking for a hunting backpack with some doe pee, a buck calls, a field first aid kit and left over half eaten sandwich. However, if that trespasser made any attempts to enter into the living space of my cabin that would be an entirely different situation, and twenty minutes or more for law enforcement to arrive is what it is…that’s the price for having a remote cabin or home. But being armed and relying on my guns to protect myself or loved one in a home invasion scenario also is what it is… and I will defend myself with deadly force.

    In the above situation I did not need my gun, so is not an example of a gun saving a life or stopping a crime. But I had it there if I did. I could have needed it. Luckily I did not.

    Twenty or more minutes for law enforcement to arrive… I’ll keep my guns, thank you very much.

    TD Bauer
    Wisconsin

    • Anonymous says:

      You bet your sweet ass, TD. You bet your sweet ass! Stay safe…

    • TD,
      Some quick comments.
      First, I’m sorry you had an incident, even a minor one. Such things are unpleasant and rattle you; while you’re at work, you’ll be worrying about your place, and while you’re there you’ll be worrying about who’s lurking outside. It’s one of the reasons I always have a dog with me; they are wonderful, loving, early warning systems that sleep on your bed.
      Second, it was very wise of you to report the incident to the police. The odds are that nothing will ever happen again (in fact, the odds of anything happening are miniscule), but if, God forbid, something should ever happen, you need to have a paper trail to support you in today’s litigious world. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this, but if you ever again have any reason to suspect someone is out there, immediately call the police so that you are established as a homeowner in fear for your life.
      Finally, in regards to your “twenty minutes or more:” when I applied for my concealed carry license and told the sheriff’s department why I needed one, the deputy at our local substation, trying to reassure me, told me that IF he was at the substation when I called, and IF there was no traffic on the two-lane into our valley, and IF there was no other emergency, and IF the weather was fine, he could be at our house in about ten minutes. All I could think was that ten minutes was a long time to take a beating, a longer time still to try and fend off a man with a knife, and an eternity to try and sweet-talk someone with a gun.
      Stay safe,
      JP

      • Anonymous says:

        Good points JD. I wish I had another dog. The wife is allergic but we do have a small yorkie-poo that we got about a month after our other dog passed. Even though he is only 11lbs soaking wet, he is a good little guard. Unfortunately when I head to the cabin alone, which is often as the wife is a city-gal, the dog stays home to keep the wife company. We need to get another dog, even if it is another small hypo-allergenic breed so that I can bring one along to the cabin.

        The wife and I go through ‘scenarios’ a few times a year on what she should do (and myself for that matter) if we ever find ourselves in certain situations similar to the one I mentioned above. It is something I have learned to do from the various defensive gun courses I have taken over the years – have a plan so you can think as clearly as possible when under stress. Something I always tell her to say if she needs the police to arrive ASAP is to tell them she is in fear for her life, and that is they ask her if ‘so-and-so’ is armed that she should tell the police that she believes they are even if she doesn’t know or thinks they are not. ALWAYS presume the bad guy is armed, if possible flee to safety to avoid the situation because nothing is worth getting hurt or dying over, and if you can’t flee or are being pursued then you defend your life with deadly force.

        Heading back up there this coming weekend for another three day hunt. …I’ll probably be leaving the outside porch light on because it was just plain creepy when I think about what happened… I have thought about buying and installing a game-camera inside the enclosed section of my porch facing towards the main door – they have them now that link via WI-FI or 4G networks so hunters can get pictures emailed directly to their cell phones as soon as a picture is taken. The design is for monitoring game animal activity around hunt sights as you well know, but it would also work well as a cheap security system. Install that, and perhaps a couple signs that the property is under camera surveillance and I would think most be trespassers/looters looking for a quick score would hopefully think twice before engaging in nefarious activities on my property.

        TD Bauer

      • Anonymous says:

        You do not have to be in the middle of no where for the police to arrive to late. There were reports in Detroit of people calling 911 and the police coming an hour later if they came at all. If the call was home invasion then the police took their sweet time responding. I think lately they have been improving, but twenty minutes is still a long time to wait if you are facing an armed home invasion.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello TD,

      thank God it went out well.

      Be safe!

      NW

  8. Anonymous says:

    The problem with a lot of these statistics, is that they do not represent REALITY–I mean, how many buhzillion incidents go unreported? Most folks I know who have ever used a gun to deter anyone, never even considered bothering anyone else about it. Why would they? The problem was solved, as it has been throughout history without any burning desire for “documentation”. No need to bother law enforcement if’n you can handle a situation yerself, right? I had just such an incident with some scary lookin’ CREEPS blocking my driveway late one night where I lived in a very isolated part of Appalachia. Twenty minutes woulda been some kind of record involving an unlikely proximity coincidence for any law enforcement in that area! So most folks were well accustomed to dealing with uninvited intruders themselves–call it local tradition, passed down fer generations, begun well before there was any organized law enforcement of any kind! When these rude suckers blocking my driveway refused to leave after I politely asked them too move(a risky thing for me to do in and of itself, I will admit), I reckoned they needed a lesson in backwoods manners, so I got my 30-30, walked back up along my long, long driveway in the dark, and shot once over their car, then again for emphasis and dramatic effect as they went roaring away, kicking up gravel and dirt and almost plunging off my narrow, rickety wooden bridge over a fast moving mountain stream(which woulda likely fixed their hash permanent-like, had that occurred–it was quite a drop off’n that bridge!). They certainly never came back; problem solved. Never occurred to me to REPORT it to any official. Now, if these sleezy-lookin’ intruders had decided to further the confrontation, I would have escalated the tactics as necessary–but such is rarely necessary in such circumstances. They would have highly regreted it had they been so stupidly aggressive–I on my own turf in the dark(with a rifle), backed up by a LARGE(10+) pack of LARGE protective canines all around my shack, all of which were already on the alert and worked up–I agree with J. P. that dogs are ENORMOUS advantages in deterring intruders and giving one peace-of-mind security! How many potential serious incidents have been thwarted BECAUSE of a warning shot over the aggressors heads, or just visibly brandishing a weapon? Untold numbers–but that’s the key–being untold, they don’t make it to “official” statistics…….L.B.

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