Biomechanical Robotic Android Intended for Nocturnal Sabotage, Troubleshooting and Efficient Repair  

Politics and other Pastimes
Favorite Blogs: Right Wing News

Conservative Grapevine


Allman's Stove

Ankle-Biting Pundits

Kitty Litter

Radio Patriots

Pam Meister aka Blogmeister USA

Third Wave Dave

Lucky Dawg News (Hiatus)

And You Thought You Were Cranky?


Dodo David

On Wings of Eagles

Alive and Kickin' Oldies

A Rose By Any Other Name

Airborne Combat Engineer

American Protest

Anonymous Opinion

Astute Blogger

The American Scratchpad

La Shawn Barber


Blue Crab Boulevard

Lorie Byrd

Captain's Quarters

Carol Platt Liebau

Rudy Carrera


Chicago Ray

Chief Brief

Christian Conservative

Combs Spouts Off

Conservative Comet

Constitutional Public Radio

Crazy Politico


Church & State


Decision '08

Richard Delevan

Dynamo Buzz

Eating Arizona


Educated Shoprat

Fear & Loathing

Flopping Aces



GOP and the City

Granddaddy Longlegs

Hell's Freezing Over

Here There and Back Again

Hillary Needs a Vacation

Hot Air

Hugh Hewitt

Illumination Inc.

In My Taxi (Liberal)

In the Right Place

Irish Pennants

Jackson's Junction


JREFForum Conspiracy Theories

Leather Penguin

Graham Lester

Let's Play King's Bounty

Liberty or Death

Little Bit Tired, Little Bit Worn

Lone Star Pundit

Marathon Pundit

Mark In Mexico

Twin Cities Chess


Michelle Malkin


Molten Thought


Mr Media Matters

Mrs Media Matters

Neander News

New Hampshire Insider


NoonzWire (Alex Nunez)

No Pundit Intended

The Nose on Your Face


Slugger O'Toole

Pajamas Media

Pajama Pack (AKA L-Dotters Blog)

Partisan Pundit

Passionate America

Pink Flamingo

Please Make It Clear


Politburo Diktat

Poor and Stupid

Radio Equalizer

Reaching for Lucidity

Real Ugly American

Regime Change Iran

Right-Wing & Right Minded

Right Wing Nuthouse(AKA Superhawk)

Satire & Theology

Fred Schoeneman

Sister Toldjah

Small Town Veteran

Roger L. Simon

David B. Smith

Shock And Blog

Some Soldier's Mom

Stolen Thunder

Stop the ACLU

The Strata-Sphere

Tel-Chai Nation

Texas Rainmaker

The Kingpin 68

Time Cannon

Tinkerty Tonk

Valley Greaser

Viking Pundit

Weapons of Mass Discussion

Wilkesboro Square


Tim Worstall


Ya Libnan (Cedar Revolution)

Add to Technorati Favorites
Thursday, May 29, 2003
What's So Bad About Feeling Guilty?

That's what Michelle Cottle wants to know.

To which I can only respond: Exactly what the hell is so wrong with a little liberal guilt--or guilt in general, for that matter? In recent years, personal guilt has fallen tragically out of vogue as psychotherapists and self-help quacks have implored us to love ourselves just as we are, regardless of the hurtful, selfish things we do. Come to think of it, it's odd that "liberal guilt" has emerged as such a common slur since Republicans in particular profess disgust over the "If it feels good, do it" mentality. Moreover, the Judeo-Christian belief system that conservatives so adore is all about guilt. We're supposed to feel bad about the terrible things we do--or those that we sit back and watch others do. Without guilt, there can be no redemption.

Of course what she misses here completely is that Howell Raines does not feel guilt (as far as I know) for things he actually did. That is NOT part of white liberal guilt. White liberal guilt is about what others did, and not just stuff that they allowed to happen, but stuff that happened before they were born. White liberals feel guilty about slavery, they feel guilty about stealing the land from the Native Americans, lord knows they probably feel guilty for the Spanish Inquisition and the Dark Ages if you press them on it.
The New York Times is reporting a story "Linking Guns and Gun Violence" from a couple days ago. It's a classic liberal bias piece, lazily reported by Eric Nagourney. Although it's only 7 paragraphs long, it's brimming with startling factoids like "people with guns are 16 times as likely to commit suicide using guns". (And people with sleeping pills are 20 times as likely to commit suicide using sleeping pills).

But what really made me swallow my gum was this floater:

The study also found that women were significantly more likely than men to be victims of gun homicides. "This likely reflects the singular danger faced by women in abusive relationships," Dr. Wiebe wrote.

This is nonsense. In point of fact, women are FAR less likely to be murdered than men. In 2001, for example, over three times as many men (10,503) were murdered as women (3,214). An estimated 8,719 people were murdered with firearms in 2001. Unfortunately, the FBI does not break out the data by weapon and gender, but even if we assume that 100% of the women murdered in 2001 were murdered with firearms, that leaves 5,505 people murdered with firearms in 2001 who were NOT women. Since we can generally assume that those who are not women are men, that means that even under the most generous assumption, women make up about 37% of firearm murder victims, while men account for 63%.

This is a classic Liberal Media Bias error--one that suits the prejudices of the New York Times. Mort Sahl used to joke that if the world was ending tomorrow, the headline in the New York Times would be "World To End: Women and Minorities Disproportionately Affected". New York Times' readers now believe that women are more likely to be victims of gun homicides.

Note: I have assumed for the purposes of this argument that women=females and men=males, so children are included in each category. However in all probability if we excluded children the effect would be that men are even more disproportionately killed by firearms than women. For example, although females make up 23.4% of murder victims, women over 20 make up only 23.1% of murder victims over 20. Using 17 years as the baseline figure, women over 17 make up only 22.1% of murder victims over 17. However, the FBI does not provide a breakdown of murder victims by age and weapon, so we cannot do the calculation I used above.


  Endorsements: "11 Most Underrated Blogs"--Right Wing News

"Brainster is the Best"--Allman in the Morning FM 97.1 Talk (St. Louis)

"This is blogging like it oughta be"--Tom Maguire (Just One Minute)

"Quite young and quite nasty"--Civil Discourse Bustard (One out of two ain't bad)

Contact Me: pcurley (at) cdwebs (dot) com

Brainster in the Media

Howard Kurtz's Media Notes: May 27, 2005

Slate Today's Blogs:

March 16, 2005

May 9, 2005

June 3, 2005

Cited for Breaking the Christmas in Cambodia story (at Kerry Haters):

Hugh Hewitt: KerryHaters was on this story a long time ago. How could the elite media not have asked these questions before now?

Ankle-Biting Pundits: Our friends Pat and Kitty at Kerry Haters deserve the blog equivalent of a Pulitzer for their coverage of Kerry's intricate web of lies regarding Vietnam.

The Weekly Standard

Les Kinsolving

Greatest Hits

What If the Rest of the Fantastic Four Were Peaceniks?

Lefty Bloggers on Gay Witchhunt (linked by 16 blogs including Instapundit)

Kitty Myers Breaks Christmas in Cambodia

Brainster Shows Brinkley Says No Christmas in Cambodia

Explanation of the Blog's Name

Power Ratings Explained

blog radio

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


  This page is powered by Blogger, the easy way to update your web site.  

Phoenix Commercial Properties

Window Cleaning Phoenix

Leather Goods, Leather Craft

Home  |  Archives