Saturday, December 15, 2012

Crime and Gun-ownership

After the horrific school-shooting tragedy in Connecticut yesterday the subject of gun control is again in the spotlight. I did a little research myself on the internet to look at the relationship between violent crime and gun-ownership. Very interesting.

It seems that with enough data, either position on gun control (those demanding more and those wanting less) can make a case for their side. I recommend doing the research yourself and drawing your own conclusion.  Because the media has a job to do, and they are paid to do it. You will see only one side or the other, depending on which you care to observe. You have either the sugar-sweet, plastic-wrapped "news" that appeals to all those who are good and kind and trusting. Or, the flame-thrower variety that fires the fervor of those righteous and alert.

Stats for 2010 was common to the websites I used.  That seems to be the year of the latest figures on the subject, so my conclusions below are for that year. These are the websites:

In spite of some inconsistent indications, to me anyway, I came up with two true statements -- that is if my math and the data is correct. Take your pick:

1.) Violent crime in the year was 369 per 100,000 population (average) for the top 3 gun-owner states (58.4% of the population own guns) vs 346 for the 3 lowest (10.5%).

  • This shows that residents of the lowest rated gun-owner states would be 6.2% safer from all violent crime than those of the lowest rated gun-owner states.

2.)  Gun murders are 1.9 per 100,000 (average) for the top 3 gun-owner states vs 2.6 for the 3 lowest.
  • This shows that residents of the highest rated gun-owner states would be 36.8% safer from gun murders than those of the lowest rated gun-owner states.

The data I used is compiled/copied below. Check it out or go to the links above. Better yet, do some research yourself. Yourself.

Consider carefully anything that is presented from a single mindset. The masters of media (including radio, TV and the internet -- whether called news or entertainment) directs the minds and lives of those who do not think for themselves with proper discrimination. School systems do the same. You will get what you think. Think for yourself.

   © 2012 Ardi Keim

States with Extremely High Populations of Gun Owners(more than 50%)

  • 1. Wyoming - 59.7%
FIREARMS MURDERS Wyoming (population=.56 million)
5 firearms murders in 2010 [1.12 per 100,000 population]
-38% change since 2009
Handguns murders 0
Firearms, % of all murders 62.5%
Per 100,000 population 0.91
Firearms crimes, rate per 100,000 pop:
Robberies 4.57
Aggravated assaults 14.43
2010 violent crime was 195.9 per 100,000.
  • 2. Alaska - 57.8%
19 firearms murders in 2010 [0.5 per 100,000]
46% change since 2009
Handguns murders 3
Firearms, % of all murders 61.29%
Per 100,000 population 2.68
Firearms crimes, rate per 100,000 pop:
Robberies 21.58
Aggravated assaults 76.6
2010 violent crime was 638.8 per 100,000.
  • 3. Montana - 57.7%
FIREARMS MURDERS Montana (p=.99)
12 firearms murders in 2010 [0.8 per 100,000]
-37% change since 2009
Handguns murders 6
Firearms, % of all murders 57.14%
Per 100,000 population 1.22
Firearms crimes, rate per 100,000 pop:
Robberies 2.04
Aggravated assaults 28.3
2010 violent crime was 272.2 per 100,000.

  • 4. South Dakota - 56.6%
  • 5. West Virginia - 55.4%
  • 6. Mississippi - 55.3%
  • 6. Idaho - 55.3%
  • 6. Arkansas - 55.3%
  • 9. Alabama - 51.7%
  • 10. North Dakota - 50.7%
(For states #11 - 39  see the websites.)

Stateswith Below Median Populations of Gun Owners

  • 40. Delaware - 25.5%
  • 41. Florida - 24.5%
  • 42. California - 21.3%
  • 42. Maryland - 21.3%
  • 44. Illinois - 20.2%
  • 45. New York - 18%
  • 46. Connecticut - 16.7%
  • 47. Rhode Island - 12.8%
  • 48. Massachusetts - 12.6%
FIREARMS MURDERS Massachusetts (p=6.5)
118 firearms murders in 2010 [0.6 per 100,000]
27% change since 2009
Handguns murders 52
Firearms, % of all murders 56.46%
Per 100,000 population 1.78
Firearms crimes, rate per 100,000 pop:
Robberies 24.52
Aggravated assaults 30.81
2010 violent crime was 466.6 per 100,000.
  • 49. New Jersey - 12.3%
FIREARMS MURDERS New Jersey (p=8.8)
246 firearms murders in 2010 [0.4 per 100,000]
12% change since 2009
Handguns murders 216
Firearms, % of all murders 67.77%
Per 100,000 population 2.82
Firearms crimes, rate per 100,000 pop:
Robberies 45.16
Aggravated assaults 24.06
2010 violent crime was 307.7 per 100,000.
  • 50. Hawaii - 6.7%
7 firearms murders in 2010 [2 per 100,000]
-13% change since 2009
Handguns murders 6
Firearms, % of all murders 29.17%
Per 100,000 population 0.54
Firearms crimes, rate per 100,000 pop:
Robberies 7.46
Aggravated assaults 13.08
2010 violent crime was 262.7 per 100,000.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

The Limits of Evolution

There is this saying seen on Facebook: 
Everyone talks about leaving a better planet for our children. Why doesn't anyone try to leave better children for our planet?

Well, I think everyone tries, but some are better than others.  Not to mention that kids become adults, then many continue to make childlike choices.  No one is perfect. 

This is a planet on which to work out our imperfections. It's a process. Evolution does not avoid the possibility of annihilation. Then it starts again. 

I believe in reincarnation. We try till we get it right. 

Saturday, November 03, 2012


The trouble with Democrats and Republicans is those who think all the others are bad. Same with Conservative vs Liberal, Left vs Right. Thinking for oneself we may see the good in all and take responsibility for the state of the nation and the world. Opposame thinking gets us nowhere. Vote your conscience, because we each get what we most need to move ahead--economically, socially and spiritually. Gov never saves us; we do. I'm voting Libertarian.
There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is the greatest political evil under our constitution. --John Adams Letter to Jonathan Jackson 2 Oct 1780

Friday, November 02, 2012

Every Event

Every seemingly unfortunate event can be viewed in two ways:
  1. 1. as a detriment to advancement; or 
  2. 2. as a precisely executed divine opportunity for spiritual growth. I see every birth, every death, every battle, every storm and all situations and environments as opportunity. I am not a victim. I can love all as I love myself. And allow everyone the same rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that I want for myself. 
Read the Declaration of Independence.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Thursday, November 01, 2012


Some label themselves Conservative, others, Liberal. If one spends more than can be earned, he may not call himself Stupid, but the label is pretty obvious. Government doesn't earn money. We do. 

I will not vote for Stupid government.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Marriage Defined

Marriage is an agreement between two individuals witnessed by their community. 

Government's only involvement is to protect the right to make agreements. Limiting that right is wrong. Defining marriage, or any term is not a function of government, but of the culture. Culture is forever changing. 

To affect positive change in our culture is by the support of liberty in pursuit of happiness.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Essential Harmonic Enhancement Technique -- Raindrop Technique Modified for Innate Healing Support

Essential Harmonic Enhancement Technique (EHET) is a method that brings together conscious recognition of the body's innate healing ability, the bio-active qualities of essential oils and application techniques affecting energy, tissue and systemic harmony to enhance overall health. EHET evolved from other techniques, primarily the Raindrop Technique (RDT) developed by Dr. D. Gary Young, ND. After years of studying with and learning from numerous health care practitioners, including the practices of Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Chiropractic, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Gemstone Therapy, Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine, I have found this method of EHET to be more gentle and less invasive than RDT. I have also modified basic EHET for self-administration (EHET/SA). Fundamental to both Essential Harmonic Enhancement Technique methods is that the body heals itself when all is in harmony. I am not a healer, nor do I claim to treat disease. I want only to help others in understanding the benefits of balance in life for health. At Share Essence Interactive we offer training and training/kit packages to health care practitioners and anyone else interested in maintaining and improving health and well-being. Services, co-facilitated with a Certified Aromatherapist, are offered on-site, products on-line, and consultations by phone.

The procedure below is written for those who have some experience using the original Raindrop Technique and the use of essential oils. There are certain precautions to take when using essential oils, so do consult your health care practitioner or a professional in the use of the oils if you have questions or concerns. If you would like to learn more and obtain a supply of the oils used, please visit Share Essence Interactive online. The attributes of the essential oils listed below are from the Essential Oils Desk Reference. This excellent reference text also has a section on the Raindrop Technique.

The Essential Harmonic Enhancement Technique:  
Preliminary notes for facilitator and receiver: Wear loose clothing. Maintain relaxing setting, limit conversation. Remove jewelry. Have plenty of water available to drink before and after administration of technique. Be healthy and positive in intent. This is more important than technique itself. The intent to allow the healing energies available to be most effective in allowing positive change on all levels for the receiver. Facilitator: Have nails clipped short. Stand in mountain poise for better body alignment and right frequency. Do everything in threes (3X) for harmonic resonance. If receiver is sensitive – pre-dilute oil by applying a high-quality vegetable oil or V-6 from SEI. Maintain contact with client once technique starts. The order of oils application is according to major component and "personality" of the oil. But sequence can be shuffled (as well as adding or deleting oils) to match personality and symptoms of the receiver. Perhaps work out with client a three-word affirmation (e.g., Health is Love.) to use during application—one word per stroke of each three-stroke sequence repeated silently by each. 
1. For both facilitator and client, self-apply the blend, White Angelica, to wrists, shoulders, top of head, over heart and upper back (T-1) to counter unwanted energy exchange and neutralize same. Brings a sense of strength, protection and security. (Note: This blend is not included in the Raindrop oils kit, but it is a good addition to it.) 
2. With receiver lying face down and feet exposed, apply oils to feet. This will prepare spine energetically to receive the oils and help the body self-correct balance and alignment. Put 6 drops of the blend Valor in each hand and rub together. Then place palms on feet, right hand to right foot first (for male receivers), then left hand to left. (For females, place the left hand to left foot first.) Hold till energy change is felt evenly in both feet. 
3. Apply 2-3 drops of each of the following seven essential oils to the spinal reflex area on the feet using the Vita Flex technique: Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Cypress, Marjoram, Wintergreen, and Peppermint. Start the technique at the heel, moving to the inside, then to the side of the big toe. For males do right foot first 3X, then left. Females — left foot first. Do each oil on both feet before going to next oil. This process itself has a very beneficial effect on the body. 
4. Expose back from hairline to sacrum for oils application process. 
5. Dropping the oils on spine from about 6 inches up harmonizes the oils with the aura or energy field of the receiver. Stand in the mountain poise (knees slightly bent and feet shoulder-width apart) at the head or along side facing client's feet. Feather stroke with very light touch of fingers from sacrum to atlas (hairline). Note: If receiver has MS or spinal injury, then reverse direction. Vary finger stroke rhythm to keep body alert. Feathering will stimulate the energy centers and awaken the receptors along the spine. The oils in order of use are listed here with properties and variation in technique, if any, for each: 
  • Valor (4-8 drops up the spine): Balances energy and oxygenates the area; relaxes and aligns—a precursor makes others work better, last longer. Feather up three times. (Preform application method(s) for each oil three times.) 
  • Oregano (4-8 drops): Anti-microbial; anti-inflammatory; immune stimulant; anti-aging. Feather up. 
  • Thyme (4-8 drops): Same as Oregano. 
  • Basil (2-4 drops on each side of spine about 1 inch away): Modulates, engenders trust and is used as the transition between the harsh oils (oregano, thyme) and others. It is antispasmodic; anti-microbial; muscle relaxant; anti-inflammatory. After feathering, do the Spinal Tissue Pull. Using all 8 fingers, make 1-2 inch clockwise circles along side of spine, applying downward pressure pulling muscle away from spine and relaxing toward spine. Up one side, then the other. 
  • Cypress (2-4 drops on each side): Strengthens in grounding way; improves circulation; strengthens capillaries; anti-infectious; antispasmodic. Feather out to sides to facilitate circulation. Finger-Straddle up spine with a finger on each side in muscles, vibrating as you pull upward. End with 3 small tugs up into base of skull (occiput) to better allow oils to penetrate brain stem. 
  • Marjoram (4-5 drops on each side): Marjoram is cleansing; invigorating; antispasmodic; antiviral/bacterial; muscle relaxant: Feather up. Do clockwise Circular Hand Massage (4-6 in. diameter) with palms together, thumbs overlapped. Apply downward pressure in 3 CW circles on lower back, one side of spine. Move hands up one hand-width and do 3 more. Continue up till whole back is covered, then do other side. Repeat 2 more times each side.
  • Aroma Siez (4-5 drops on each side): This blend is anti-inflammatory; muscle relaxing; for synergy; calming; balancing, summary. Feather out to the side muscles. Do the Palm Slide with one on each side of spine, pulling muscles back on near side and pushing away on far side of the spine. Alternate hand over hand from sacrum to neck. 
  • Wintergreen (4-8 drops on center of spine): For nervous system maladies, including sciatica, wintergreen is antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and reduces blood pressure. Feather straight up center of spine using one or two fingers of each hand. Circular motion up center, full body action. No downward pressure. 
  • Peppermint (6-10 drops all over the back): This oil is used last to drive other oils in. It is anti-microbial, anti-tumoral, digestive stimulant and analgesic. Feather up and out over the whole back, not just from center. Standing at the head, Vita Flex with all four fingers of both hands up the back on both sides of the spine--alternating from one side to the other. (Aroma Siez can be added at the end if client is less able to process chemicals. Or dilute with myrrh when applying.) 
  • Valor (again — 4-8 drops) helps promote body memory of the conditions of health. Feather up and out using fan strokes. 
6. Ortho Ease massage oil (15 - 20 drops): Helps seal in other oils. Massage at least three times with moderate pressure using the Indian Rub. It is like the Palm Slide, except goes all the way across back from side-to-side, not just from alongside the spine and out to the sides. Apply to the entire back, shoulders and neck. 
7. Apply hot, moist towel over thin, dry towel on length of back. (Remove dry towel if not hot enough.) Cover with dry towel. Use cross-hands back stretch technique, pushing hands apart, one toward shoulder and the other toward the hip in a pulsing motion. Alternate sides of spine. Repeat 2X. 
8. Cover to keep receiver warm; then let "cook" for 8 to 10 minutes. At any time if sensation is too "hot" apply vegetable oil to area. 
9. Have receiver turn over onto back for stimulation of the lymphatic system. With back of receivers head cupped in hands and little fingers together at center, tug at base of skull by movement of both middle and index fingers—without moving hands or forearms. Pull and release bottom back edge of skull in an even, flowing movement for a full minute. Done properly, the toes will move in accord with each pull/release movement. 

After process is complete, have receiver drink plenty of water.  Staying hydrated will assist in cleansing the body of toxins and ease any discomfort in that process.

Remember: Our intent is not to heal, but to allow healing on all levels by harmonizing with the energies available for the highest good of all.


Saturday, June 30, 2012

For the People?

Obama says, "This November you can remind the world how strong economy is built -- not from the top down, but from a growing thriving middle class." 

I see it differently. My response to that Facebook posting is: 

Middle class? You mean we who still have jobs and pay the taxes so that those without jobs can have "health care" (read "Disease Management") and the super rich crony capitalist pharms
 and Monsanto can continue to meter out the poisons and faux food that keep us just sick/well enough to need their primitive drug programs while outlawing natural ways like real (raw) milk, energy medicine and long known cancer cures. What happened to gov for the people?

Yes -- tell the world in November. Not that RomneyCare will be any better.  Consider Gary Johnson.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

What Is the Limit to Liberty?

An email from Minnesota for Marriage asked me to support defining marriage as between one man and one woman. They also gave me the option of receiving no more emails. This is how I responded:

I do want to continue receiving emails from you, but not because of your mission. Rather, I want to keep abreast of how you are doing on it, as I will be working to allow all people in Minnesota to choose th
eir partners by their own free will.

Remember? That is what the Constitution protects--our liberty. Government does not have the power or the right to limit our choices, but must protect them, as long as those choices hurt no one.

God gave us free will. The state cannot limit that divine gift.

My wife and I are are straight, and would not choose otherwise. We do not want others to choose for us, so we will not choose for them.