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Saturday, December 16, 2017

New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is spearheading a McCarthyite purge of sexual harassers from Congress, throwing the nation’s capital into turmoil. What counts as sexual harassment? Good question. Men accused of boorish gestures or vulgar remarks face the same disgrace as outright rapists. And never mind if the accusations lack proof and the accusers remain anonymous.

Consider the charges dredged up again this week against President Trump. You heard them last year when he was campaigning for president. One accuser, Jessica Leeds, said that more than 30 years ago Trump groped her on a plane. But reporters were not able to confirm the flight, date or even year the incident was supposed to have occurred and couldn’t track down one witness to support her story.

The same was true with the other accusers. No facts.

No wonder the public dismissed the claims and elected Trump.

Monday, Leeds and two other accusers reiterated their old, unsubstantiated charges at a press conference. In response, six Democratic senators, including Gillibrand, are calling for Trump to step down from the presidency. It’s as if the #MeToo movement lessens the standard of...



Saturday, December 16, 2017

Science requires an ambient of academic freedom that entails the free exchange of ideas, ideas that can be tested in the laboratory and eventually rejected or accepted by the rigorous scientific method. But how can dissenters be heard when medical journals have established a monolithic wall of censorship, excluding ideas different from those espoused by the smug leaders of “organized medicine” and the medical editors appointed as the guardians of truth? Difference of opinions and the freedom to express them are essential to intellectual discourse. But academic freedom is perverted and scientific truth is replaced by political ideology when only one side of an issue is allowed to be heard. This is essential what has happened over several decades with intolerance of opposite views by the public health establishment and the practice of censorship by the major medical journals in the debate over firearms. 

Unlike the criminological literature that have compiled data on both sides of the gun and violence debate, the public health establishment and the medical journals, have never published, to my knowledge, one major study or review article discussing the beneficial...



Monday, December 4, 2017

In a recent editorial “Death by gun violence — A public health crisis,” twelve editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) lobbied, or rather lambasted, Congress for not dealing with gun violence as a public health issue and guns as viruses that need eradicating. But the editorial was laden with misconceptions and a number of glaring errors. For example, consider the following claim:

“Guns do not make individuals, their families, or homes safer and they result in far more deaths to loved ones than to an intruder intending to cause harm.” To support this statement the editors cited a notorious article by public health researchers Arthur Kellermann and Donald T. Reay published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 1986.

Unfortunately for the medical politicians of JAMA, who should know better, that NEJM article has been heavily refuted, and the statement that guns in the home are more likely to result “in the death of the loved ones rather than the intruder,” has been specifically and thoroughly disproved by a number of independent investigators, including Professor Gary Kleck of Florida State University and criminologist Don B....



Friday, December 1, 2017

Every Sunday, The Telegraph publishes the ruminations of Dr. Bill Cummings, a former Catholic priest whose column consists mainly of questions, doubts, and skepticism in regard to the faith he once embraced.  Sunday seems appropriate for such reflection.  The first day of the week; the day that is recorded that Jesus Christ arose from the dead.  The day that those who profess faith in him have set aside for congregational worship, in commemoration of that event.  It is the day that thousands across Middle Georgia — and millions across the globe — meditate upon the essential truths regarding the reality that we inhabit.  A time to go beyond the melange of mere opinion regarding ultimate things, the  “great questions” of this life.  To go beyond even the raw data provided by the empirical, scientific investigation into our reality.  It is a time to commune with the source of reality itself — the source of our space-time dimensionality; the “uncaused cause” that is the cause of everything else.  After all, science can tell us the “what” and “how” of something.  But not the ultimate “why”. If it were possible to know every facet of...

Keyword(s): Christianity


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In the wake of the heinous Las Vegas shooting, the medical politicians of the American Medical Association and the public health establishment — which is to the left side of politics on just about any topic even remotely related to medicine — have rallied to the cause of gun control political propaganda, rather than science. Toward the cause, they have resumed drumming up arguments that have been thoroughly refuted in the past. And this is true for the most prestigious medical journals, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the British Lancet.

Incidentally, this repetition of hackneyed and refuted data, I suppose given the prestige of the journals, is not due to ignorant negligence but to deliberate academic hubris because they consider themselves above the academic standards they tout but do not practice, such as the importance of the exchange of ideas so essential to intellectual freedom. But in truth, there is no such academic freedom but a monolithic establishment, and articles that have had the temerity of describing the beneficial aspects of guns are not published; their authors marginalized,...



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

One year ago, the political earth stood still with the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. A majority of American voters in 30 states awarded their electoral votes and the presidency to an outsider, a businessman and reality TV star with decades in the public eye, but no experience as an elected official. He won by running against the establishment in both political parties, the media, bad trade deals, and policies of countries such as Mexico and China that he believed were not in the best interest of the American people.

Unlike previous GOP presidential candidates, Donald Trump connected with voters in Rust Belt states who were ignored in the past. He talked about jobs, trade deals, coal, infrastructure, a border wall, tax cuts, repealing Obamacare and putting “America First.” After supporting phony Democratic presidential nominees for years, these blue-collar voters gave Donald Trump the margin he needed for victory.

To win, Donald Trump had to defeat 16 career politicians and establishment Republicans in the primaries and a “Never Trump” candidate that disgruntled conservatives fielded in the general election. Of course, he also had to...



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Che Guevara, an icon of the left, thought that socialism and egalitarianism would create a “new socialist man” dedicated to the common good without the need of material incentives to work and live. Che lived long enough to see it did not, although he persisted. Socialistic policies have instead created deranged individuals who resent the success and blame others for their failures, and at some point become killers.

It does not bode well for us as a society that we have a broken criminal justice system with revolving prison doors that panders to criminals and forgets the victims. We have the popular culture of Hollywood, which led by producers like Harvey Weinstein and actors like Kevin Spacey, glorify antiheroes. We have a mainstream liberal press that sensationalizes crime and grants celebrity status to mass killers, while it has moved so far to the left that it has become a propaganda organ of the Democrat Party. It glorifies sex, vulgarity, and violence, and then clamors for gun control and not crime control. And if the popular culture glorifies antiheroes, the media sensationalizes mass murder: Every shooting rampage is supposedly the “worst case of a single...

Keyword(s): gun violence, guns, socialism


Monday, October 30, 2017

As part of the recent flood of complaints of sexual harassment, a woman declared that 89-year-old former President George H. W. Bush touched her buttocks through her clothing while he was seated in his wheelchair. She added that Bush told her a mildly off-color joke: “Who’s my favorite magician? David Cop-a-Feel.”

The former President has been confined to a wheelchair for years because of Parkinson’s disease. This disease causes tremors and rigidity, but also dementia in its later stages. For example, recall the late Muhammad Ali, who was reduced from a world-champion athlete to someone who could barely speak. Or recall the late Saint John Paul II, who was reduced from an inspiring speaker to someone who could not speak at all.

All this raises important questions:

● When a man is physically impaired and confined to a wheelchair, if he attempts to give a standing person a hug, is it amazing that he can only reach as high as the buttocks?

● We are told that women are fully capable of serving in ground combat. But we are also told that women are so fragile that being touched on the buttocks through clothing by an old man in a wheelchair causes them...



Friday, October 27, 2017

While the mainstream media is chasing their tail about supposed Trump-Russia collusion, the scandal involving Uranium One unfolds to expose a Clinton-Russia connection as well as a stunning coverup by the Obama administration.

Rather than reporting real news, they continue to churn out phony news that Russia swayed the 2016 election with Facebook ads and a hodgepodge of other thus-far debunked Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theories.

The Clintons' chief political go-to guy Mark Penn recently disproved the conspiracy theory that Russia swayed the 2016 election with $100,000 in Facebook ads. Penn wrote in The Wall Street Journal that in the end, only $6,500 was spent on "actual electioneering" and most ads "did not solicit support for a candidate."

Even if $100,000 was spent on actual electioneering, compare that to the Clintons' multi-million-dollar influence-peddling scheme going on while Russia was conspiring to grab 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves with the acquisition of Uranium One.

As I wrote in a March column, Uranium One is a Russian-owned uranium mining company that lobbied the Obama State Department through a firm co-founded by Hillary...

Keyword(s): FBI, media, Russia


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In a recent letter to the editor in The Telegraph (Macon), Mr. Colin Frayne began his letter by pointing out the need for “factual information” about guns. He cites the statistics that for 2016, “36,861 total annual deaths [were] from guns, of which 58 deaths were from terrorism.” And compares it to Japan, which allegedly had only one firearm death that same year. Statistics are not like pictures that tell a thousand words. They must be carefully analyzed. Unfortunately, in the hands of the mainstream liberal media, statistics are frequently tortured and made to confess to almost anything favoring the gun control agenda. That is why gun statistics must be carefully cross-examined in search for the truth.

Mr. Frayne cited the Financial Times for his data, but he could have cited CBS, NBC, ABC or CNN. They are parroting similar disinformation. For example, the purely propagandistic article, “How the US gun culture compares with the world in 5 charts — CNN (October 4, 2017) had previously propounded more or less the same data cited by Mr. Frayne.

However, unlike, Mr. Frayne — who did not tell the readers that of the 36,861 total annual deaths, two-thirds were...

Keyword(s): guns, homicide, statistics, suicide