Carl-Bear has a graphical history of not-a-bomb scares in Boston. (Plus, of course, the real bombs The Authorities didn’t bother to get scared of.)
Archive for the ‘Government’ Category
- As you suffer through your taxes (or their aftermath), be of good cheer. You have much less chance of being audited than you’ve had in years.
- Church in a wealthy community installs a “homeless Jesus” sculpture. Woman reports the bum to cops.
- Notice to thieves: It’s not a good idea to burglarize the Pena household.
- In many places this would not be news. In darkest blue, gun-loathing New Jersey, it’s a bigger miracle than seeing Jesus’ face in a tortilla. (H/T jw)
- I think some school officials are going to be in trouble over this Sure hope so. (PT, who sent this, said she was reminded of Tonio Carolina from Hardyville. Yeah, me, too!)
- Bet you didn’t know that Jim Bovard did stand-up comedy. But he pretty much did that at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Little rough in the first few minutes. Gets better as it goes.
- Doesn’t it just stand to reason — doesn’t it just? — that the Human Ken Doll has has nothing good to say about the Human Barbie Doll? Weird old world we live in, innit?
- I know there’s absolutely nothing funny about a fatal mudslide, as the people of Oso, Washington, are learning to their horror. But at least there’s a certain strangely poetic justice to this mudslide in China.
- Government priorities. I swear, anybody as witty as Tam ought to have a late-night show of her own and be getting fabulously rich and famous.
- The homeless guy and the ATM jackpot.
- “Stop adding up the wealth of the poor.” Y’know, when you explain it that way, I see your point.
- A brief video tour of British accents. Hilariously well done!
Laird Minor, a good guy and a member of the Living Freedom Commentariat, has just published a new book. It’s called Kairos: A Proposal to Restore Federalism to the United States.
Okay, I hear the keyboards of the anarchists and cynics charging up now. I suspect I’m even hearing the sound of a few claws being sharpened out there. I suspect Laird’s expecting that.
Nevertheless, some things to note: Kairos is free for the next several days; Laird is more interested in getting it read than getting it sold, so he’s also offering a free .pdf copy to those who don’t have Kindles or Kindle-reading software, and his offer of .pdf copies will continue even after the Amazon price is no longer zero. You can share copies with your Constitutionalist friends or others who believe the fedgov can be changed “within the system.”
I’ve skimmed the book and it’s well-written and informative. Agree or disagree with Laird’s position, he offers some good history and food for thought. (Never mind that I’m one of the claw sharpening cynics myself.)
- Well, it appears that Albuquerque residents have seriously had it with their thrill-killer cops.
- Churches. Being converted into pubs.
- Did you know … that “dog whisperer” Cesar Millan came to the U.S. as an illegal immigrant? (Tip o’ hat to PT)
- Another reason for drug warriors to suspect and harass you: having a Colorado license plate. (Will having a Washington state license plate be the next sure sign that you’re a monster possessed by Reefer Madness?)
- This writer asks why “we” make children sit still in class. But she dodges the answer. That’s curious, because John Taylor Gatto and many others have addressed that question in books and articles. “We” make children sit still in school (and obey bells, and associate only with those of the same age, and study each individual subject as if it’s unrelated to any other) because our government school system is based on a Prussian model designed to produce obedient little drones.
The gunblogosphere has been all atwitter with the downfall of one of California’s chief anti-gun politicians.
Leland Yee’s scandal is particularly marvelous because he’s not just accused of the usual misdeeds. He didn’t tweet a photo of his anatomy. He didn’t (that we know of) schtupp any interns. Insider trading? Junkets paid by lobbyists? Who knows? Maybe. But what Leland Yee has been accused of by the FBI is (among other crimes) gun running.
Oh, man, that justice is truly poetic. Of course, we don’t yet know if Yee is guilty of that particular crime. And the FBI isn’t exactly known for either its integrity or its competence, these days. But the accusation reads like the plot of a darkly comic movie. International smuggling! Shadowy terrorist groups! Notorious Chinatown gangsters masquerading as upstanding citizens! Big cash payoffs!
Kurt Hofmann just wrote a terrific alert on Yee for JPFO. He managed to find an angle that nobody else has covered yet.
Kurt’s article also has a wonderful illustration by the Freedom Feens crew:
- “Forget guns. What happens when everybody prints their own shoes?” The 3D economy will transcend the state. (Well, hopefully …)
- Girl shaves head in solidarity with friend who’s gone bald from chemo. School and school district get undies in a bunch.
- Wow. This pope is gonna get hisself assassinated if he doesn’t cut it out.
- And speaking of the Vatican — just who did order up all that cocaine?
- Larry Correia gets mad over gummint “customer service.”
- And speaking of gummint … Yes, good question: why are we-the-taxpayers sending all that Pennsylvania coal to Germany, which has plenty of its own? (Only a gummint could operate this way and not go bust.)
- Mmmm. Let’s get this straight. The Navy — yes, the U.S. Navy — is databasing our traffic tickets — and anybody thinks this is merely “… starting to cross the line on mass collection of information on innocent people just because you can”? Starting???
- But hey, everybody needs to get in on the act.
- ADDED: Is is an improvement if you commit your Wacos through a court system?
CharityPhilanthropy can be shockingly self-serving. You already know that. Good article, though.
- The governments of Samoa and Belize are more fair to investigative journalists than the U.S. government is. No big surprise, really.
- Hey, God! That ain’t no way to treat those beautiful Corvettes!
- Memory is such a funny old thing. Yesterday when former Nawlins mayor Ray Nagin got convicted on multitudes of counts of corruption, the NPRistas tsked about Nagin’s long and tragic fall from the days he was the “face of New Orleans” during Hurricane Katrina. Do they actually remember what the “face of Katrina” looked like? A corruption conviction is positively lovely by comparison. (And it was for his “heroic” Katrina recovery work that he was convicted.) Just another grubby crook.
- Now here, OTOH, is a colossal fall: From world-spanning might to pants-pissing ignorami.
- And before you go thinking Americans are still superior to Brits in this regard: well, some are and some … not.