Tuesday, October 6, 2015


I just bought 100b shares of Suburban Propane (SPH) and 2000 of Frontier Communications (FTR).  The dividend yield on SPH is 10.23%.  FTR is 8.61%.  Hard to beat those returns, and both stocks are rising in value.  Another way of looking at it is that the SPH dividends from my last purchase were already covering my annual Suburban Propane bill, and the FTR dividends were already paying my Frontier Telephone bill, and cellphone bill.

Civilization Committing Suicide

From JihadWatch:
“Bishop wants to remove Christian symbols in the Seamen’s Church,” translated from “Biskopen vill ta bort kristna symboler,” SVT.se, September 29, 2015:

Bishop Eva Brunne has proposed to remove the Christian symbols of the Seamen’s Church in Freeport to make it more inviting for visiting sailors from other religions.
The bishop wants to temporarily make the Seamen’s Church available to all, for example by marking the direction of Mecca and removing Christian symbols, as is already done in common prayer rooms at airports and in some hospital chapel.

“Making a room available for people of other faiths does not mean that we are not defenders of our own faith. Priests are called to proclaim Christ. We do that every day and in every meeting with people. But that does not mean that we are stingy toward people of other faiths,” writes Bishop Eva Brunne…

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Surprise From IRS

I received a several hundred dollar refund from IRS a few days ago, much to my surprise.  I never get refunds from IRS; usually, I write them a check for four or five figures each year.  The wexplanation arrived a few days later, and it makes me wonder if TurboTax screwed up (again).  The refund was for the Individual Shared Responsibility payment, which is the tax for not having health insurance.  It appears that either TurboTax did not ask me the right questions, or it miscomputed my taxes and had me pay this penalty when I did not owe it.  If you use TurboTax, you might want to look through your return and see if you inadvertantlly paid this penalty.

Another surprise a few days before was a warning from IRS that seemed to say that someon else had filed a tax return with my Social Security #, and encouraging me took into identity theft protection.  I have done so.  But it strikes me that if someone filed a tax return with my SSN to get a refund they did not deserve they would have been sorely disappointed.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Falling Murder Rates

The gun control crowd claims falling murder rates over the last couple of decades aren't caused by more guns, but improvements in trauma care making more murders into attempted murders.  This new paper of mine proves this is false.  Aggravated assault rates (which would include those attempted murders) are also way down.

When Psychologists Indulge Mental Illness

Channel 5 KFSM reports on a way who wanted to be blind and now is:
RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina woman says she is happier than ever after fulfilling her lifelong wish of becoming blind.

Jewel Shuping, 30, has Body Integrity Identity Disorder, which is a condition where able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled, according to Barcroft TV.

Shuping said that her fascination with blindness began when she was about 6 years old.

“By the time I was 6 I remember that thinking about being blind made me feel comfortable,” she told Barcroft TV....

In 2006, Shuping found a psychologist who was willing to help her become blind. The psychologist began putting numbing drops in her eyes, followed by a couple of drops of drain cleaner.

“It hurt, let me tell you. My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin,” she told Barcroft TV. “But all I could think was ‘I am going blind, it is going to be okay.'”

It took about half a year for the damage to take effect....

“I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth,” Shuping said. “When there’s nobody around you who feels the same way, you start to think that you’re crazy. But I don’t think I’m crazy, I just have a disorder.”

Like being transgendered.  Why would a psychologist not lose his license to practice for this?

Friday, October 2, 2015

No Wonder NFL Players Are Lobbying For Gun Control

From Politico:
Add to the list of celebrities calling for an end to gun violence a group of football players calling for gun law reform.
Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson have teamed up with DemandAPlan.org, part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, for a video public service announcement.

 From CBS;
Some headlines need a little more explaining than what’s given. The above headline doesn’t fall into that category.

Mike Rosenberg of the Reuters tweeted out Thursday a momentous occasion: September was the first calendar month since 2009 that no active NFL player was arrested:

Are Tomatoes Fruits Or Vegetables?

In Nix  v. Hedden (1893) the Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes were vegetables, not fruits.  Good thing, or who knows how V8 would be marketed.  Somewhat more factually problematic is this decision from the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling that BB guns are firearms.  From Sept. 28, 2015 Star-Tribune:
A small BB gun found in a felon’s car has been ruled a firearm by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and its possession means more prison time for him.

Since 1977, the state’s two appellate courts have repeatedly agreed with the Legislature that a BB gun is a firearm when involved in various crimes, such as drive-by shootings.

As the result of a 2005 felony drug conviction, David Lee Haywood wasn’t supposed to have a handgun. The BB gun was found in his glove compartment during a traffic stop in 2013.

He was found guilty of a felony in Ramsey County District Court and received a mandatory minimum of five years in prison.

Now if he had threatened someone with it, there might be some argument for this, but it reminds of when I lived in California and I called our local police department to see if there was a legal problem, with firing a bow and arrow in my back yard.  They informed me that under California law, a bow and arrow is a firearm.  Don't know where they found that definition.