Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Allen Goin, not Allen Coon

The victim in the Kansas City face-burning attack may be named Allen Goin.  Previously people had assumed it was Allen Coon based on his mother's last name, but his father's last name is Goin.

I am writing this in contrition because I have written about him under the wrong name, but also so that people searching on the one name will be helped to find the other.  Also, I'd like to note that it's a pretty good media blackout when they can cause this much confusion.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Any Comments on This Graphic?

Here is a graphic I'm supposed to share.


Created by: Online IT Degree

Any comments?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Simple Question about the Bond Market

Given the inevitability of hyper-inflation in the near future, is it a pretty simple piece of advice to almost everyone to stay away from lending at fixed rates?  Does this mean that everyone should be leaving bonds and bond-heavy mutual funds for stocks and stock-heavy mutual funds?

I know advice could and probably should be stated in a more sophisticated way, but is this simple advice valid as far as it goes?

Friday, March 16, 2012

From my employer's "diversity" newsletter



March is Women's History Month.
March is Deaf History Month.
March is Mental Retardation Awareness Month.


(The great thing about leftists is, you don't really have to mock them.  Just observe reality and the effect is the same.)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Number of Concealed-Carry Permits by State

Clayton Cramer answered (at least partly) a question I've been wondering about recently:
My spreadsheet totals 5,477,213 licensees in the twenty-five states for which we have either an exact number, or a reasonable estimate based on annual issuance, number of years for which licenses are issued, and an assumption that 80% of licenses renew or remain a resident. 
Whoa.  I hadn't guessed it was that high.  Cramer's number is an estimate based on an assumption, and occasionally double-counts, but there are also 25 states we don't have information for, most of which issue CCWs at least in theory (New York among them).  So I'll guess that the 5.4 million number is a bare minimum for the whole country.

CCW licensees really don't brag much.  I know many, many more people who claim to be "good friends with a Navy SEAL" than who claim to have a CCW.  (The latter number is one; the former number is probably forty or fifty.)