The First to Present His Case

Producers Notes: Dave is quite passionate today and uses more than his usual share of the “Sailor Language” for which he is so well known. If “bad” words offend you, then don’t listen. You have been warned.  – Producer Henri

In the Proverbs we read:

The first to present his case seems right
Till the other party examines him

Down in Florida, where more than statistically it should, “Duh-ness” seems to reign, a caller to a local Chat Show poured out some of the vilest and hate-filled anti-Semitic tropes and garbage that have ever flown across the airwaves. As they should have, quasi-local Jewish leaders objected. Letters have been written, an article published (which you can read HERE if you can slog your way through the ads and popup’s that the paper in question still hasn’t figured out nobody likes or even reads) and great hoopla made about demands that the Chat Show host MUST apologize or be fired.

The problem here should be obvious, but in the event that the “Duh” factor in Florida is too thick for common sense to penetrate, let’s take a walk through this whole thing, shall we?

The Original Broadcast of Bill Mick Live, August 13, 2019 Hour 3




It’s hard to believe that we are coming up on ten years of Constitution Thursday…

September 17th is, of course, Constitution Day, the day that the framers signed the proposed Constitution of the United States. It is also the birthday of one John Rutledge, a member of the Convention that proposed the new Constitution. He would go on to be one of the original Associate Justices of the Supreme Court but left to become the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Court. A few years later, after Jay resigned as Chief Justice to become the Governor of New York, President Washington used the Recess Appointment Claus of the new Constitution to appoint Justice Rutledge back to the Court, this time as the Chief Justice. As the Senate would not be back in session until December, the new Chief Justice took his oath and then did something that virtually no other Chief Justice has ever done – he gave a very public speech in which he suggested something that in today’s Social Media world would have gotten him instantly fired. After, of course, numerous apologetic tweets and the de rigueur screaming from chat Radio talking heads, like myself, who would alternately explain what he did or did not mean by what he said.

The Senate, which finally came back in December, was not impressed. And the first Recess Appointment to the Supreme Court discovered that the People of the United States will always have the final say, even over George Washington…

You Were Working As a Waitress In a Cocktail Bar

Three of the 2020 Candidates for President of the United States have made their service in the Military as “focal” points for their campaigns. That said, they aren’t necessarily only playing that card, but they have all made their service known ála John Kerry, who served in Vietnam.

Now, Stars & Stripes has a front-page article pointing out that all three are not only dead in the water, campaign-wise, but only one of them even registered on the polls. Only one of them was even on the stage last night for the latest “debate.” Given their military service, people are asking, “What happened?”

In the history of our country, we have had plenty of Military people in our leadership posts, including the President. usually, or so it seems, Generals and Military people are held in high political esteem, right?

Well… it’s not quite true. Sure, we like Generals, but Captains and Majors? Surprisingly, we’ve had those as well, including one Private.

I think that the bigger question is why exactly do these three think that their service demands attention to their politics?

All three of these candidates remind me of one of the worst songs that everybody says that they love from the 1980s, even though we can only remember one line from it… 

You know the AR-15, but what about the AR-1? How about the AR-9?


The “AR” in each case does not stand for “assault rifle” as those who are uninformed often think. It is, in fact, short for Armalite, the firearms company that employed a generation of incredible forward-thinking gun designers, engineers, and inventors including Eugene Stoner, Charles Sullivan, Charles Dorchester, Arthur Miller, Daniel Musgrave, Robert Fremont and even the great Melvin Johnson (inventor of the M1941 Johnson rifle series).

Established in the early 1950s as a division of the Fairchild Airplane Corporation, the latter perhaps most famous today for their A-10 Warthog tank buster attack plane, Armalite leveraged aviation industry’s advances and applied them to firearms. Their engineers registered some of the first firearm patents incorporating foamed plastics in both stocks and handguards, aluminum receivers, self-lubricating alloy gun barrels, folding synthetic buttstocks, and other developments.

Before the original Armalite company tanked in 1983, they made it from the AR-1 to the AR-180, with…

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How to find and access peer-reviewed studies (for free)


The Logic of Science

The peer-reviewed literature is where scientists publish their research, and it is the source for scientific information. As a result, I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about it. I have explained how the peer-review system works (also here). I have provided advice on how to evaluate studies and how not to evaluate studies. I have explained the hierarchy of evidence. I’ve explained P values and false positives. I’ve explained why many studies are unreliable and why it is important not to cherry-pick studies. I have provided worked examples of how to dissect studies (e.g., here, here and here), and I do my best to cite studies to back up all the claims I make on this blog. Nevertheless, it was recently pointed out to me that I have utterly failed to explain something important and fundamental: how and where to…

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Perspectives of Awe


Yes, I realize that there is a certain level of repetition with some photographs and quotes, but this was necessary to illustrate a point I have been meaning to make about the power of photographs.

“What is the most badass military picture you have ever seen?”

There have been many… but two (possibly three) stand out:

USS Harder (SS-257) off the coast of Woleai during the rescue of Ensign John Gavlin, 1 April, 1944. (Source:Operation Forager)

There is a better picture from the same day which gives a bit more perspective:

From the associated Facebook post I wrote a while back:

My desktop background is a slideshow of American submarines in…

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Facing the Storm

Storms are a fact of life. That doesn’t make them any less scary or any less dangerous. Ben is terrified by thunder, and that threw a wrench into my monkey last night as I attempted to get ahead of the game. By the time we were all calmed down and back to Stable 1, it was too late to really do much.

The day ahead is busy and filled with things that should bring joy and excitement. But a pall of depression hangs over it all ad yet another veteran, unable to face his storms any longer, chose to take his life. I didn’t know him, in fact, I never met him because I was specifically forbidden to do so. But I did conduct some business with him not that long ago. About $330k worth, if you get my drift. We had a lot in common. Navy, 1st Class Petty Officers, submarines, families and an address. In the end, something had to have gone terribly wrong for this to have happened.

And what is scaring me is that it makes no sense. How is this happening and why? What is it that takes Veterans who seem happy and healthy and leaves them desperate enough to take their own lives?

Is it really just a storm?