Stressed Cities


WalletHub has a report posted listing the cities in the U.S. with the most-stressed and least-stressed populations. (H/T, Mark Tapscott at Instapundit) I took the cities with the stress scores in the 90th percentile or higher (i.e., the worst 10 percent) and looked up the party affiliations of their mayors. The Gentle Reader may make whatever he wishes of these data.

The Dysphoric Truth


I’m 5′-8″. That puts me within one standard deviation of average height for an adult American male but definitely on the low side of average. That fact causes certain limitations on me. For instance, no NBA team would consider me for a position on their roster. Indeed, even if I claimed to be transgendered, I’m still too short to make the cut on a good women’s team. OTOH, there are women’s sports where a man my size could dominate, and we’re beginning to see such men (who probably couldn’t be top-level competitors on a fair playing field) push women out of the winner’s circle. A man just won the NCAA women’s track championship.

Meanwhile, the LGBT activists are up in arms because the Trump Administration has released an updated version of an HHS regulation that recognizes the term “sex” as having a biologically defined meaning. The previous version of the regulation had been changed during the Obama administration to include “gender identity” within the mean of “sex.” This required health insurance companies to pay for transgender-specific services that had previously been considered elective or cosmetic. According to an HHS spokesman, the regulation was revised back to the old wording because “the regulation’s coverage of gender identity and termination of pregnancy was contrary to law and exceeded statutory authority, and that the rule’s harm was felt by health care providers in states across the country.”

The LGBT media is trying to spin that change as allowing hospitals to deny emergency room care and other normal medical services to transgender people. That’s nonsense. In fact, unidentified gender dysphoria can put patients at risk. According to the AP, a hospital’s treatment of a person who presented in the emergency room as an obese male as if “he” were a man resulted in a death. The “man” was pregnant, and the stomach pains were labor pains. Because proper intervention was delayed, the baby died.

People are entitled to live their lives as they wish so long as they don’t adversely impact others. If I wanted to self-identify as a 6′-3″ female basketball center, the world should let me so long as my rejection of Reality doesn’t cause a problem for someone else. But world should not be compelled to humor my fantasy. And the taxpayers certainly shouldn’t subsidize it.

LBGT people should be treated fairly and with the personal dignity all humans deserve. However, the mutual tolerance we should have for one another doesn’t change the stubborn facts of biology. I have a Y-chromosome. I’m male, and barring genetic abnormalities, so is everyone else with a Y-chromosome.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of reasons for the failure of Brett Kimberlin’s campaign of brass knuckles reputation management has been this inability to recruit a decent PR flack to promote his cause. Matt Osborne’s effort, especially as editor of Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread, has been a dud. OTOH, it looked pretty good compared to the mind-bogglingly stupid work we’ve seen from Bill Schmalfeldt. The Cabin Boy’s™ crudeness is perhaps exceeded only by his knack for sticking his nose into business not his own. The TKPOTD for two years ago today dealt with one of his invasions of someone else’s privacy.

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Looking over some of the Cabin Boy’s™ recent spewings on Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread and his other wastes of bandwidth, it appears that one of the burrs under his saddle is my ignoring of his offer to make his Rolodex of NIH contacts available for helping Mrs. Hoge’s find medical care when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I can only shake my head at his silliness.

First, Mrs. Hoge was receiving very excellent care from a team of physicians and other medical professionals associated with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Carroll Hospital Center. Moreover, she was also receiving care and support from the medical professionals in our extended families, including two pathologists (one a breast cancer survivor herself) and an oncologist.

Second, Schmalfeldt had sent me a no-contact order. If I had contacted him, I would have opened myself up to a possible peace order, and given the Cabin Boy’s record of untrustworthy behavior, I chose not to take that risk.

Bill Schmalfeldt knows lots of things that simply aren’t so. He will continue to rant about them for a while longer and to make a bigger fool of himself.

For a while.

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There was a third reason why I didn’t waste my time seeking medical information from the Cabin Boy™. When Mrs. Hoge first heard of his offer, she laughed, and then she asked me to ignore it.

Meanwhile, Karma seems to be cashing in some of the Cabin Boy’s™ chits that she’s been holding.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative neurological illness that never gets better. The episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign that first aired two years ago today dealt with an investigation of an alleged Parkinson’s sufferer.

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ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Skype rings once. Receiver picked up.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

ZOMBIE: (Telephone Filter) Good evening, Johnny. It’s Pete Candler.

JOHNNY: Hi. How’s life among the undead?

ZOMBIE: (Telephone Filter) Just shuffling along, I guess, but there’s been an interesting development by a certain big lake.

JOHNNY: Really?

ZOMBIE: (Telephone Filter) Yes, and some photo reconnaissance may be in order.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

MUSIC: Theme up to music out. Continue reading