Doctors may no longer ask unnecessarily intrusive questions about guns in the home



So imagine that you are filling out a new patient information at a doctor’s office and come to the following questions:

  • Do have any guns in your home?
  • If so are they loaded?
  • How are they stored?

Or worse yet, while you are out of the room a doctor or nurse or physician assistant asks your child, “Do mommy and daddy have guns in the house? They do? Where do they keep them and are you allowed to touch them?”

Fortunately only a small minority of doctors are asking these questions. And in Florida, with a few common sense exceptions, those questions will be asked no more.

Florida passed a laws forbidding medical personal from routine questioning about guns. Doctors and a couple anti-gun groups sued, claiming free speech issues. The 11th circuit court handed down a decisive victory by upholding the state law and protecting gun owners’ privacy.[1]

Frankly, unless there is some compelling mental health reason, these matters have never been a doctor’s business. At that we haven’t touched on what happens to the records of those questions or forms.

When a doctor asks intrusive questions like these of a normal healthy person, it also instills a sense of mistrust. That is not a good relationship between physician and patient.

The court ruled the right way in this one. Doctors don’t need to know that.

[1]  Washington Post: Court upholds Florida law restricting doctor-patient speech about guns

[Photo Credit] “Houston Gun Show at the George R. Brown Convention Center” /. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons


They way things seem to be going

“No one should face discrimination in this country. Except rednecks, gun owners, Christians and cops. I hate those people.”

Kinda sums up the problem with the ‘new tolerance’ don’t it?

Today’s wisdom was brought to you by Marc MacYoung, author, philosopher and expert in all things violent.

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How a book that did not exist made the NYT best seller list

I Libertine

This book began as a hoax on the on the New York Times best seller list. In fact it made the top ten list before it even existed in reality. The page linked below tells the story if how I, Libertine became a New York Times best seller before it even existed.

A tip of the hat to Jean Shepherd for creating this masterful hoax on the New York Times and a significant percentage of the literary critics and teachers out there.

The Bestseller Book That Didn’t Exist: how the author of a beloved Christmas classic pulled off the Hoax of the Century


We are all too easily offended these days

2015 They year we are offended

When I was growing up if somebody said something offensive one of three things happened.

  • We all laughed.
  • We considered the source and ignored it.
  • Someone got a sock in the nose.

But that was pretty much the end of it.

Now days if someone says something that others, maybe even a small minority of people find offensive, there will be outcry from around the world. That person will be condemned, insulted, harassed and possibly even physically confronted at their home or place of business.

If that person has the bad luck to be someone working for a large enough company, the Politically Correct Inquisition will go after the company threatening to boycott and picket as long as such a hateful person works there. And one doesn’t even have to be insulting. One only has to give money to the wrong political cause.[1]

Most recently, the Politically Correct Inquisition turned their attention to General Lee’s battle flag. Calling it the “Confederate Flag” and “The Stars and Bars” (which it is neither) their outrage resulted in having it removed from two state houses, pulled off of buildings, homes and even vehicles (usually without the owner’s permission) and stores to remove confederate flags from their shelves.

Most recently, Confederate monuments and even graves have been defiled in the name of erasing history.

The direction this nation is taking is more then a little scary. A man killed a lion in Africa. Admittedly, he did not do it cleanly, nor was the hunt anywhere near sporting. In fact I consider what he did to be repulsive and offensive.

But what I think doesn’t matter. Neither does what you think. Nor does it matter what the electronic lynch mob that went after him, his employees, his home and his business thinks. As of this day’s writing, Zimbabwe wants to extradite the lion’s killer, but they haven’t named a crime yet.

But yet a bunch of so called social justice warriors took it upon themselves to attempt to ruin this man’s life, threaten his life and even harass his employees who had nothing to do with their boss’s hunting trip.[2]

The only difference between the people that went after that hunter and terrorists are that terrorists are a little more lethal. But both seek to achieve some righteous end through threats of really bad extrajudicial punishment.

Seriously people. It is time to grow some thicker skin. This is not good for the country or for yourself. Frankly speaking, living a life where nothing offends you is likely to be only slightly less interesting then watching grass grow.

Going after someone that did something you don’t like, whether or not that action was legal, puts you right up there with the lynch mobs of not so long ago.

[1] Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned under pressure after the Politically Correct Inquisition trolled California election filings and found that he gave to the campaign for Proposition 8.
Reuters: Mozilla CEO resigns, opposition to gay marriage drew fire

[2] MSNBC: Walter Palmer, Cecil the lion, and the legality of cyber-bullying

Goodbye Facebook and hello blogging

Goodbye Facebook


I’m back! After discovering some reconcilable differences, Facebook and I are going our separate ways. Those differences came down to Facebook demanding that I prove who I am with government ID and my refusal to do so.

There is some disappointment there. I will miss lots of the people I exchanged words with on Facebook. But there are no hard feelings.

Facebook is their site running on their rules and bandwidth they pay for. So they have every right to set what ever rules they like. By the same token, if I find myself unable to play by their rules I can stop using their site.

Ok, lets be truthful. I fully expect to have my Facebook account shut down in the near future so there is no real choice in the matter on my part.

Hopefully one or two people will take the time to have a look at what I post here. I know it is not as easy as Facebook makes it. But i’ll give it a shot.