Monday, February 28, 2011

Too Smart To Be A Quarterback Or A Cop

I don’t really know who Greg McElroy is, but he evidently desires to be a NFL quarterback, and as part of the process to achieve that desire, McElroy was required to take a Wonderlic test, on which McElroy scored a 48 out of a possible 50.  Because of his high score on the test, there is some debate as to whether McElroy’s smarts might not be a good thing in the league and thus this could bar McElroy’s entry into the NFL.

That said, scoring too high can be as much of a problem as scoring too low.  Football coaches want to command the locker room. Being smarter than the individual players makes that easier. Having a guy in the locker room who may be smarter than every member of the coaching staff can be viewed as a problem — or at a minimum as a threat to the egos of the men who hope to be able when necessary to outsmart the players, especially when trying in some way to manipulate them.

Interestingly enough, some individuals who desire to be a cop may run into somewhat similar problems if they score too high on a Wonderlic test.

A Federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a man who was barred from the New London police force because he scored too high on an intelligence test.

But what is even more interesting, in regards to the New London story, is the reasoning behind why the New London police force does not desire too smart individuals on their police force.

Robert Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took an exam to join the New London police, in Connecticut, in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

Which is it then?  If you’re too smart you cannot be commanded, or, if you’re too smart you will get bored?

Greg McElroy almost aced the Wonderlic. Is he too smart for the NFL? (first quote from this story)

Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores (second quote from this story)

Too Smart to Be A Police Officer? (third quote from this link)

Posted by John Venlet on 02/28 at 05:52 PM
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Getting Global Warming Zealots to Embrace All Things Nuclear

Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years

And such an event would eliminate many other issues enviromental zealots beat the drums for, such as over population, to name just one.

Link to small nuclear war piece via Drudge.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/28 at 03:33 PM
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Stubborn Grit

American Mercenary (AM) talks about Military Marriage, and makes some observations worth considering if you are young military man in search of a wife.  Stubborness ranks high on the scale of positive attributes, but there are some other attributes noted by AM which bear considering in a girl, and others which provide fair warning.

So, if you happen to be looking for a spouse here is where I think is a great place to start looking.  Small town girls.  If she knows how to bait her own hook, clean a fish, and grow a garden you are doing good.  Secondly girls from military families.  They usually know the score, know that it is tough keeping things together and have some grit.

Now, the girls you want to avoid.  Strippers.  I’m sure there are plenty of them out there with a heart of gold, but in my experience it doesn’t end well for Soldiers.  College girls.  Sure they are young, pretty, and smart but they also haven’t had the chance to try out their wings by themselves.  Girls right out of high school, anyone who hasn’t had a bit of living under their belt to let them have confidence in their own abilities.  You want to marry someone who doesn’t need you, who is choosing to link her life with yours in spite of not needing you.  A woman who can walk into marriage knowing that she can hold up under the strain of not having you there.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/28 at 11:25 AM
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Ted Kennedy Still Dead, His Treachery Lives On

Pamlea Geller, in a post titled Whore not Hero: The Traitor Files—Teddy Kennedy, and Judicial Watch in a post titled Judicial Watch Obtains Previously Redacted Material from the FBI File of the Late Senator Ted Kennedy, key in on the news regarding Ted Kennedy’s renting of a Chilean brothel to entertain and interview commies and leftists, scum which Kennedy had a lasting penchant for throughout his entire life.

This is all well and fine, and makes for great headlines, but I couldn’t care less that Kennedy rented a Chilean brothel to interview commie and leftist scumbag unknowns.  What I care about is the blatant pass the media and the United States government gave Kennedy, and continue to give Kennedy, in regards to his treasonous overtures to the Soviet Union, through the USSR’s then acting KGB head Victor Chebrikov, direct to Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov, wherein Kennedy also offers the commies the assistance of mainstream media’s then top talking heads Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters as propagandists in a campaign to turn the American people against then president Ronald Reagan in the hopes to ruin Reagan’s re-election.

And the worst part in regards to this news of Kennedy’s treasonous actions, which basically have been known since 1983, is the continuing praise and adoration heaped on Kennedy by representatives and senators alike, many who desire to emulate Kennedy, a scumbag of unfathomable proportions.

Kennedy and the KGB

Posted by John Venlet on 02/28 at 09:02 AM
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Firmly Principled, Not “Recklessly”

InstaPundit links to a Charles Krauthammer column at National Review Online which is headlined The Rubicon of Wisconsin, quoting the following.

We have heard everyone — from Obama’s own debt commission to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — call the looming debt a mortal threat to the nation. We have watched Greece self-immolate. We can see the future. The only question has been: When will the country finally rouse itself?

Amazingly, the answer is now. Led by famously progressive Wisconsin — Scott Walker at the state level and Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan at the congressional level — a new generation of Republicans has looked at the debt and is crossing the Rubicon. Recklessly principled, they are putting the question to the nation: Are we a serious people? (bold by ed.)

I think Krauthammer has chosen his words poorly in stating that Walker, Ryan, and the “New Republicans” are “recklessly principled.”

Recklessness implies carelessness and indifference, and individual Americans who are attempting to rouse all of America to the “mortal threat” our nation faces in regards to its rapacious reliance on debt and the unsustainability of this reliance on debt are far from reckless.

Krauthammer should strike the words “recklessly principled” from his column and replace them with the words firmly principled, as this more accurately and clearly describes these individuals’ actions.

On this point I am adamant.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/26 at 10:28 AM
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Atlas Shrugged Part I - A Review

Jeffrey Falk has a review of Atlas Shrugged Part I, available for your edification (the movie was screened on the 24th).  Falk’s review is titled Atlas Shrugged Part I : The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

As the one lonely comment currently appended to Falk’s review notes, “Bummer.”

Linked via Billy Beck who notes Falk’s review under the heading “Oh Dear”.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/26 at 08:40 AM
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Health and Wellness Coaching Ripoff

After chasing around a bit today, I return home and note that there is a message on the answering machine, so I give it a listen.  A pleasant and sunny voice greets me, butchering the pronunciation of my last name, which doesn’t bother me in the least, but what follows does bother me.

The young lady speaking to me via my answering machine informs me that I can have my own personal health and wellness coach, via the wonder of the telephone.  Someone like Debbie Schroeder, possibly, who would be pleased to be your personal health and wellness coach, for a mere two-hundred and fifty-five dollars ($255.00) a month.  For the $255.00 per month, Ms. Schroeder will speak with you, on the telephone, two times, for forty-five minutes each time, pep talking you on your way to a healthy lifestyle, I guess.

I had heard of health and wellness coaches just one time prior to listening to my voicemail, and that was a chance encounter while watching Jeopardy, when a rather large, and not particularly healthy looking specimen of a contestant, informed ol’ Alex that he was a telephone health and wellness coach.  I recall remarking to the Lovely Melis, upon hearing that, that I found the concept exceptionally idiotic.  Little did I realize.

Anyway, after listening to my voicemail message, I decided that I should become better informed regarding health and wellness coaching, so I Binged up personal healthy lifestyle coach, and health and wellness coach, and if you hit those Bing links you will see that a whole new snake oil industry is metastasizing in America, as is clearly evidenced by this HealthCoachTraining.net propaganda titled The Unusual Opportunities in Health Coaching in 2011.

Golden Opportunities Growing Every Day

The health industry in the United States is a multi-trillion-dollar industry. Itencompasses one-sixth of the total economy. It is the most profitable and the fastest-growing industry that exists today. Health coaching, a niche market within the overallhealth industry, represents one of the most outstanding opportunities available tocreate a better life for yourself and your clients. The ongoing relationship between coachand client — and the trust and accountability it inspires — defines the fundamentaldifference between a health coach and other health care professionals.

Health coaching addresses the “thinking and feeling” component of wellness…

Certified Health Coaches earn over $191 per hour, working by telephone and over theInternet.* Do the math and you will see that working only 20 hours per week withoutleaving home can bring in more than $12,000 per month – that’s over $144,000 peryear! Do you work more than 20 hours per week now? Do you earn that much? Withmore bookings, and increased experience and skills, you can earn even more – a lotmore. In fact, there is no ceiling to the amount of money you can make as a HealthCoach. (*Based on an independent survey conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers showing that (sic)

coaches earn an average of $50,550 per year coaching approximately 8.25 hours a week.)

More on this snake oil industry from The Institute for Integrative Health forums (scroll down to post titled Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Invitational Summit, Wellesley, MA, September 26-27, 2010).

During recent national discussions of healthcare reform, the new profession of “health and wellness coach” was often positioned as a key strategy for helping people to make lifestyle changes, become more responsible for their health, and integrate complementary therapies into personal plans for health and well-being. Over the last decade, professionals called “health” or “wellness coaches” have been providing a wide range of services, both independently and under the auspices of third-party payers and employee benefits companies. Among these professionals, there is great variability in the depth and content of training and skill, as well as in the services provided. Some have conventional health professional education, while others come from a general coaching background with minimal healthcare knowledge.

And according to this Midland Health Corporation page, some $200 billion dollars, stolen from hard working Americans’ pockets, will be shoveled into this snake oil industry over a five (5) year period.

And on that note, I’m gonna go and grab a bourbon, smoke a cigar, and play in the street with gasoline and matches.  If you need some coaching on these activities, just drop me a note.  No charge.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/25 at 02:45 PM
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Dromedary Humor

...jon stewart is now the michael vick of the camel world…

Quote obtained from commentary on Attack Cartoons editorial cartoon titled hump.  Go check out the cartoon, too.

“The Daily Show” in hot water over failed camel stunt.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/25 at 11:49 AM
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Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer Channels Billy Beck

Billy Beck.

You have always heard it here first: All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war.

Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT).

“We are the United States of America,” said Schweitzer. “This talk of nullifying is pretty toxic talk. That led to the Civil War.”

Note to Governor Schweitzer:  Sir,  individuals residing in the United States of America are America, and unless you have a signed affidavit, holding the signatures of every individual residing in these United States, your “We are the United States of America” statement holds no weight what-so-ever, and talk of nullifying the the overreaching grasp of the federal government is not toxic, but rather, uniquely American.  Americans are meant to be free, not enchained.

Tea party vision for Mont. raising concerns

 

Posted by John Venlet on 02/25 at 11:34 AM
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Publicly Available Information Not Protected by First Amendment

The other day, a close friend of mine pulled out his BlackBerry, called up some program I cannot remember the name of, typed in my name, John Venlet, and lo and behold, a veritable treasure trove of personal information in regards to myself appeared on the screen.  Information such as my address, phone number, etcetera, and for a few dollars more, the program would allegedly provide a few more details in regards to my life, from public sources.

Now, what happens if an individual, or organization, opposed to overreaching government interference in American individuals’ lives, publishes such freely available, and publicly available information?  This.

For the first time, in its sixteenth year of publication, this journal of libertarian views and opinion—bound by an absolute moral resolve never to initiate force against anyone for any reason, nor to advocate or delegate its initiation—has been threatened by agents of the federal government and ordered to remove content from its website.

We have done so. When you learn, in a general way, what that content consisted of, you will be perplexed, at first, then angrier and angrier as you see what has been done to what was once a free country, and realize precisely who is most responsible for having done it.

Last August, TLE ran a piece by our frequent contributor Jim Davidson about the hypocrisy of the federal judiciary. Three federal judges had just authorized a practice in which armed government agents could feel free to trespass on a citizen’s property without a warrant or probable cause, in order to affix a GPS tracker to that citizen’s car.

Our columnist’s natural and logical response was to deprive these judges of privacy the same way they were allowing the privacy of the individuals who pay their salaries (however involuntarily) to be violated. Using only publicly available sources, he published their names, addresses, and other information. Let me state that again, so there can be no mistake: he published their names, addresses, and other such information which he had obtained from purely public sources.

This week—six months later—we have been notified, first by our domain registrar GoDaddy.com, then in an e-mail from the U.S. Marshals’ “service” that we must remove the offending article from TLE’s website, in order to assure the safety of the judges and their families. (This, of course, begs the question, why in the hell their information is publicly available if it constitutes a threat to their safety.) GoDaddy.com has refused to answer reasonable questions about this affair—such as precisely what Terms of Service we were in violation of—instead simply repeating the order to remove the material.

We have complied.

It is quite clear, in reading about this, that government officials are not happy with the free flow of information, even if it is freely, and publicly, available.  “Welcome to the insurgency.”

Federal Marshals Threaten, Censor Libertarian Enterprise

Linked via Wendy McElroy.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/24 at 05:42 PM
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That’s Just Mental, Insanely Mental

The convolutions the Obama administration, and its supporting cast of poseable characters, are willing to bend to in order to justify ObamaCare (DeathCare) have taken on a whole new cephalopodic reach.  Mental activity.

As previous Commerce Clause cases have all involved physical activity, as opposed to mental activity, i.e. decision-making, there is little judicial guidance on whether the latter falls within Congress’s power…However, this Court finds the distinction, which Plaintiffs rely on heavily, to be of little significance. It is pure semantics to argue that an individual who makes a choice to forgo health insurance is not “acting,” especially given the serious economic and health-related consequences to every individual of that choice. Making a choice is an affirmative action, whether one decides to do something or not do something. They are two sides of the same coin. To pretend otherwise is to ignore reality.

That ink spit in Americans’ eyes emanates from one Senior Judge Judy Kessler of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, who quite evidently is attempting to take vagueness to a whole new level.

Federal Judge Rules Congress Can Regulate “Mental Activity” Under Commerce Clause (pdf of ruling can be read at this link)

Linked via InstaPunk, who comments on this development under the heading Quam Semper Tyrannis.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/24 at 02:11 PM
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“Talk in Person”

In a post titled Higher Ground, Joan of Argghh! speaks to the effectiveness and reach of what those of us do, i.e. blog about the evils of government and the “The Endarkenment.”

Now, think about all that you’ve written, read, seen, commented on out here in the wilds of the social media.  Now, do a quick reality check. For example: I work with sensible, fun, gun-toting Conservative young persons who have neither seen, read, or ever commented on anything that hasn’t occurred to them by way of a major media outlet. The things we’ve been hammering on for months? No idea. Gobsmackingly clueless.

We’re losing faster than we’re winning in the information game, (we always have) and marching on the streets will NOT get a fair shake in the media. I know I’m tilting at windmills with this little blog effort, but if I can convince you to TALK IN PERSON with people you know, eye-to-eye, you will have a larger effect on the future of this country than all the hopes that the MSM will someday come around. And we call ourselves the party of reality? We’d better see ourselves as the party of Real People with Real Friends.

Solid advice.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/24 at 11:24 AM
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Some More Pleasant Sounds

In winding my way through the internet this morning, I’ve heard (read) much noise about shooting, from many different quarters.  Stepping outside, a few moments ago, to enjoy a very small cigar (thanks, Matt) and a cup of coffee, under gray skies and blazingly white fresh snow, I heard much more pleasant sounds.  Sounds which herald coming changes in the seasons, and which ease worries.

Take a listen, if you care to.

Tufted Tit Mouse

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Cardinal

Black-capped Chickadee

There were a half-a-dozen others, singing/calling, but you get the idea.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/24 at 10:59 AM
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It’s Good to Be ABSOLUTELY Aware of Where They Stand

And according to a Wisconsin police union president, whether the police agree or disagree with their governor’s politics, they would “absolutely” carry out any order given to them ... even if that order included using force against their fellow Americans gathered in peaceful protest. (bold by ed.)

That little nugget of information was gleaned from Tracy Fuller, executive board president of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association.

Just following superior orders, ya know.  Exclusive: Troopers would ‘absolutely’ use force on Wisc. protesters if ordered, police union president tells Raw

Linked via Causapatet whose link to the story is filed under the heading Of course we would ... shoot you.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/24 at 10:31 AM
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Elite Treatment or Equal Treatment?

So, will Jeffrey Cox, former deputy attorney general for the State of Indiana, who encouraged use of live ammunition against protestors in Wisconsin, be subjected to the same scrutiny as Travis Corcoran?

Sure, Cox is no longer pocketing Indiana residents hard earned dollars, but are cops searching his home, evaluating his mental stability, holding any weapons Cox may own, due to Cox’s tweet, as they are doing to Mr. Corcoran for his blog post?

Report: Ind. official urged cops to shoot protesters

UPDATE:  Live ammo reality check via RobertaX.

Riot police did use live ammo to remove the protesters in Wisconsin. You think maybe the pistols at their hips are loaded with blanks? However, because those protesters, no matter what I think of their politics (addled), are not all that much dumber than average, the police only had to use the threat of deadly force, plus a few less-lethal helps used as needed.[1]

Wake up and smell the reality: every time Officer Friendly deals with you in an official capacity, there’s live ammo involved; just because it doesn’t go “bang,” that doesn’t mean it isn’t in use.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/23 at 08:18 PM
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