Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Biden Still...Still...STILL Not Telling the Whole Story on Domestic Abuse

I have again written to the Office of the Vice President of the United States to ask Vice President Biden to begin acknowledging facts on the issue of domestic abuse, and to stop pretending that this is solely a problem of men abusing women.

Indeed, more than 250 studies, reviews, and analyses indicate that women initiate (i.e. not acting in self-defense) domestic violence against men approximately as often as the reverse occurs: http://www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control issued a study in 2007 and found that, within heterosexual relationships in which there was non-reciprocal violence (i.e. only one partner was becoming violent), the woman was the violent party in slightly more than 70% of the cases: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2005.079020.


The misinformation on domestic violence needs be cease, so that we can begin to help ALL victims of domestic abuse, big and small, male or female.

Stop Abuse for EVERYONE (www.safe4all.org)

The Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women (www.dahmw.org)

Monday, July 23, 2012

No Easy Answers to Prevent Future (Aurora) Tragedies

I'm not a member of the NRA, but I'm fairly certain none of its members were unmoved by the Aurora tragedy. The position in defense of the Second Amendment is not one of valuing some abstract Constitutional right over the lives and safety of innocent people, but rather recognizing that the only people affected by gun legislation are law-abiding citizens.

Norway has a much more stringent gun policy than the United States. That policy didn't avert the tragic mass shooting perpetrated at the camp on the island of Ut√łya, last year. That gunman was already planning on breaking the law against murder, and thus had no qualms about breaking a law against gun possession. Then we can look at the school shooting in Pearl, MS, in 1997, when Assistant Principal Joel Myrick went to his truck to retrieve a gun, which he used to subdue the assailant without even firing a shot. Lives were saved by the use of a legally owned gun.

That doesn't mean that arming every citizen is the answer, any more than stricter gun-control measures are. There are no easy answers, no matter how much we wish it were the case.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

BeneGram's 2012 Final Forecasts

Will I have my third perfect Women's Final Four (2005, 2009)? We'll see.

WOMEN: Maryland, LSU, Baylor, Stanford. Baylor over LSU in the final, 57-53.
MEN: North Carolina, Ohio State, Michigan State, Baylor. Baylor over Ohio State in the final, 76-73.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Andrew Breitbart: Fearless

I almost always take pause when someone famous passes away. My mind whirs while I begin thinking of everything (s)he did or said. It's true about people I know, too.

But this came as a shock, plain and simple. Rarely has someone this relevant, this current, gone so suddenly.

AB crammed about 120 years of guts and work and lack of fear of confrontation into 43 too-short years. Honor to him. Condolences to his family and friends.

And everyone else is going to have to step it up a notch from now on.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Little-Known Fact About Leap Year

The adjustment known as leap year goes even further than some people know. To be even more precise and keep the earth from gaining or losing too much time, every year that is a multiple of 100 but not a multiple of 400 will not be a leap year. For example, 2100, 2200, and 2300 will not have 366 days, but 2400 will.

Hope everybody made the most of today.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Two Writing Titans

Just about everyone who has a blog has Andrew A. Rooney to thank.

Yes, that Andrew A. Rooney. The one who was often caricatured as a cranky old man who griped about absolutely nothing at the end of 60 Minutes. A small fraction of those dismissing Rooney knew that he was a writer long before becoming, reluctantly, a television personality. Of his days as a war correspondent for The Stars and Stripes or his years as a newspaper columnist.

Whereas many of my fellow Gen-Xers were watching MTV and reading Mad Magazine, I was reading Andy Rooney's collections of old columns, and would occasionally envision myself commenting equally breezily on life's big questions as on life's more mundane things, bringing observations to light, and causing millions of people to think, "Yeah! I thought I was the only one to notice that..."

I would often nod my head in agreement with things Andrew A. Rooney (as he preferred to be known) wrote or said, and would shake my head when I would disagree, but such is the case for every pundit, columnist, or blogger. I imagine that many of those who would ridicule Rooney for his weekly segments on things such as cereal boxes would rush to Twitter or Facebook or [ahem] Blogspot to tell the world the great new cheese they sampled the other day at WholeFoods.

I was less familiar with the writings of Christopher Hitchens, but whatever I did happen to read of his wowed me with his command of the English language and what to do with it. Yes, one could agree or disagree with his ideas, but no one could seriously attack him for his prose. In a semi-conscious state from a hospital bed, Hitch was able to come up with far deeper thoughts than most people could on their best days.

Andrew A. Rooney was far older than Christopher Hitchens, but Rooney, like Hitchens, "retired" only out of necessity, not for a want to stop writing. With both, we get the feeling that a great practicer of a faded art was taken from us far too soon.