I was eating when I read this….

Bloomberg, Measuring Candidates on Gun Control

New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg wants every presidential candidate to answer a 16 question survey on guns, including “restrictions on gun trace data, gun trafficking, federal enforcement of gun laws, and punishment levels for breaking gun laws.”

I predict that the Thompson campaign will fax back a seven page response, with the first page just a giant letter “F,” the second page is a giant letter “U,” … and you can get a sense of where it’s going.

I nearly had to clean my computer monitor. I hope the Thompson campaign does do this. The superficial niceties of political campaigns should be shaken up a little.

“…it has never seemed strange to me that the police sometimes fire dozens of shots at a criminal”

The always worth-reading Thomas Sowell on why police shoot at criminals so many times in a shootout:

As someone who once taught pistol shooting in the Marine Corps, it has never seemed strange to me that the police sometimes fire dozens of shots at a criminal.

Getting back to shootings by the police, now — at last — there is a study introducing some facts into controversies that have thus far been largely a matter of emotions, rhetoric, ideology, and politics.

This study shows how often the police in New York City miss when shooting at various distances during the stress of actual confrontations with criminals.

Even within a range of 6 feet or less, the police miss more often than they hit — 57 percent of the shots at that distance miss and 43 percent hit.

As you might expect, there are even fewer hits at longer distances. At 75 feet — which is less than the distance from first base to second base — only 7 percent of the shots hit.

Read the whole thing and learn why reports about the police shooting at a criminal 40 times are overblown and generate more heat than light.

When did Trekkers jump the shark?

サ Sci-fi rant: When did Trekkers jump the shark? | Geekend | TechRepublic.com

He argues with the publication of The Klingon Dictionary, which, I’m embarrassed to say, I owned a copy of. (And might still own. I think it’s in a box in my parent’s attic.) Fortunately, in my case, as puberty took hold (and the first season-plus of The Next Generation turned out to be so awful), my interest in Trek lessened to the point where I’m sad about the time I wasted on it, and too many other science fiction shows to mention.

I can’t comment on the accuracy of his selection of the dictionary as the tipping point, since that was when I was coming of age at that time, so I’m not aware of how Trekkers were perceived before that. I only remember them being viewed as freaks.

Huckabee and Adam & Eve

Apparently, Mike Huckabee’s taking some heat for believing Adam and Eve are actual distinct individuals. I’m no Huckabee fan (I might not vote for him if he is the Republican nominee), but this isn’t something Catholics should take issue with.

Pius XII, in his encyclical Humani Generis, wrote:

37. When, however, there is question of another conjectural opinion, namely polygenism, the children of the Church by no means enjoy such liberty. For the faithful cannot embrace that opinion which maintains either that after Adam there existed on this earth true men who did not take their origin through natural generation from him as from the first parent of all or that Adam represents a certain number of first parents. Now it is in no way apparent how such an opinion can be reconciled with that which the sources of revealed truth and the documents of the Teaching Authority of the Church propose with regard to original sin, which proceeds from a sin actually committed by an individual Adam and which through generation is passed on to all and is in everyone as his own.

This is just after a paragraph where he accepts evolution as a theory Catholics can believe, as long as it does not claim the creation of the soul by natural processes.

There’s plenty of reasons to have concerns about Huckabee, but this isn’t one of them.

Huckabee and Adam & Eve

Apparently, Mike Huckabee’s taking some heat for believing Adam and Eve are actual distinct individuals. I’m no Huckabee fan (I might not vote for him if he is the Republican nominee), but this isn’t something Catholics should take issue with.

Pius XII, in his encyclical Humani Generis, wrote:

37. When, however, there is question of another conjectural opinion, namely polygenism, the children of the Church by no means enjoy such liberty. For the faithful cannot embrace that opinion which maintains either that after Adam there existed on this earth true men who did not take their origin through natural generation from him as from the first parent of all or that Adam represents a certain number of first parents. Now it is in no way apparent how such an opinion can be reconciled with that which the sources of revealed truth and the documents of the Teaching Authority of the Church propose with regard to original sin, which proceeds from a sin actually committed by an individual Adam and which through generation is passed on to all and is in everyone as his own.

This is just after a paragraph where he accepts evolution as a theory Catholics can believe, as long as it does not claim the creation of the soul by natural processes.

There’s plenty of reasons to have concerns about Huckabee, but this isn’t one of them.

Huckabee and Adam & Eve

Apparently, Mike Huckabee’s taking some heat for believing Adam and Eve are actual distinct individuals. I’m no Huckabee fan (I might not vote for him if he is the Republican nominee), but this isn’t something Catholics should take issue with.

Pius XII, in his encyclical Humani Generis, wrote:

37. When, however, there is question of another conjectural opinion, namely polygenism, the children of the Church by no means enjoy such liberty. For the faithful cannot embrace that opinion which maintains either that after Adam there existed on this earth true men who did not take their origin through natural generation from him as from the first parent of all or that Adam represents a certain number of first parents. Now it is in no way apparent how such an opinion can be reconciled with that which the sources of revealed truth and the documents of the Teaching Authority of the Church propose with regard to original sin, which proceeds from a sin actually committed by an individual Adam and which through generation is passed on to all and is in everyone as his own.

This is just after a paragraph where he accepts evolution as a theory Catholics can believe, as long as it does not claim the creation of the soul by natural processes.

There’s plenty of reasons to have concerns about Huckabee, but this isn’t one of them.

Huckabee and Adam & Eve

Apparently, Mike Huckabee’s taking some heat for believing Adam and Eve are actual distinct individuals. I’m no Huckabee fan (I might not vote for him if he is the Republican nominee), but this isn’t something Catholics should take issue with.

Pius XII, in his encyclical Humani Generis, wrote:

37. When, however, there is question of another conjectural opinion, namely polygenism, the children of the Church by no means enjoy such liberty. For the faithful cannot embrace that opinion which maintains either that after Adam there existed on this earth true men who did not take their origin through natural generation from him as from the first parent of all or that Adam represents a certain number of first parents. Now it is in no way apparent how such an opinion can be reconciled with that which the sources of revealed truth and the documents of the Teaching Authority of the Church propose with regard to original sin, which proceeds from a sin actually committed by an individual Adam and which through generation is passed on to all and is in everyone as his own.

This is just after a paragraph where he accepts evolution as a theory Catholics can believe, as long as it does not claim the creation of the soul by natural processes.

There’s plenty of reasons to have concerns about Huckabee, but this isn’t one of them.