- No surprise at all: economic freedom creates personal happiness.
- One documentarian’s fight against the absurd (and profitable) copyright on “Happy Birthday.” Looks as if she now has some powerful ammo.
- Love it. A rogue Dairy Queen has been going its own way since 1949 (though why it doesn’t just go independent and avoid the franchise fees is a question). (H/T Jim B. in comments)
- As jed noted when he sent this item: good news, but not fast enough. :-)
- Bovard on how disability law went nuts
- Lessons learned (although probably mostly not learned) from the stupid, lying, inept drug raid that burned Baby BouBou.
- #TenThingsNottoSaytoAWriter” (ever changing Twitter feed). My contributions: “You’re just in it for the money” and “You’re so lucky to be able to sit home all day.” (H/T JB)
Archive for the ‘Government’ Category
- Oh man, this creep should be Bloomberg’s next anti-gun spokesthing. “I just … um, yeah, I just found the gun right there on the bench! And as soon as I picked it up it started … um, going off all by itself! Three times!”
- I have no idea whether Ellen Pau should be fired. But this Reddit revolt is impressive in this day of corporatized Internet.
- I officially doubt this ever happened. But I can see good horror movie material here. (H/T Jim B. in comments)
- More on the Texas plan to repatriate and store the state’s gold. A hint at secession?
- Did foreign governments (including perhaps our “good friends” the Saudis) bankroll 9/11? And more importantly, why aren’t we allowed to know?
- You should read Maggie McNeill’s July 4th post “My Police State ‘Tis of Thee.” But even more, read her July 4, 2014 post “The Spirit of ’76.” Which is actually about the Roman Empire.
- Kevin Wilmeth on the larger picture of the “you MUST bake my cake” bullying.
- Seven political cartoons for your post-Fourth pleasure. (H/T Shel in comments)
But on the other hand, America isn’t becoming more liberal. It’s becoming more libertarian. (H/T MJR)
Now, if only the message could get through to our growing corps of social justice warriors, inflexible bureaucrats, authoritarian congressthings, thuggish cops, etc.
- Oh, so very much boo-hoo-hoo. Former Russian spy (and crook) claims he got screwed by the dishonorable FBI after he defected.
- “Passive Congress, Communist President, Active Supremes.” So what else is new?
- Exactly my opinion of nature.
- ICANN and Hollywood are joining forces to try to end domain privacy.
- And via Brad at WendyMcElroy.com comes word that Google is now trying to out-NSA the NSA by secretly planting listening devices on our computers via its Chrome browser (and even the open source Chromium version).
- You, too, can build your own drone. In under 30 minutes, so they say.
Was thinking this morning — no idea why — about a friend who was once arrested on the absolutely magnificent (and no doubt Victorian) charge of “tending to lead an idle, lewd, and dissolute life.” A kind of catch-all charge, I gather, for underage kids who weren’t actually caught in any specific act, but who were nevertheless up to no good.
A 17-year-old high school senior, he was busted at a college party where drugs figured heavily. Apparently that high-flown charge was originally invented by reformists committed to the belief that minors were salvageable and as yet incapable of actually leading an idle, lewd, and dissolute life.
I can confirm that my friend was already thoroughly immersed in lewdness and dissolution (which eventually killed him) but not idleness. On the contrary, he was a diligent, focused worker who got a full-time job at 18, never left it, and continued to rise in the ranks despite being stoned out of his mind half the time he was on the clock. He bought a house when he’d barely turned 21 and owned lots of toys for his genuinely idle druggie friends to steal while he was at work.
As it happened, the “idle, lewd, and dissolute” charge had to be dropped because cops made the mistake of tossing him into a cell with adults when he was underage. So the Victorians never got a chance to save his tender young self from dissolute ways. Not that they’d have succeeded in any case. Never in my life did I know anybody so determined on slow self-destruction.
Speaking of being highly functional while on drugs, a new study casts doubts on the arbitrary blood-THC levels pot-legalizing states have chosen for punishing drivers.
Creepy story: “I am the Watcher.”
No doubt the culprit’s going to turn out to be some obnoxious but otherwise harmless neighbor with a grudge. And with a large collection of Stephen King and Dean Koontz books in his library.
Forget Obamacare. The real, long-term disaster the Supremes perpetrated this week in King v Burwell was to define their job as being to help incompetents in the other branches grow the government.
Separation of powers. Yeah. Thanks, you Hamiltonian federalists.
David Codrea has landed at The Truth About Guns. Kind of a surprise. But I hope he’s landed firmly on his feet and found a forum that will allow him to do what he does best — and do well at doing it.
Until recently, I believed Joel was the only one among us who intended to betray the revolution and become dictator for life.*
However, it now appears that others harbor this
secret not-so-secret ambition. Just this week (while addressing the hotly subversive topic of pink plastic flamingos**), Commentariat member A.G. weighed in, dubiously claiming benevolent intentions, followed by Dana, who announced a more comprehensive agenda to open his term as dictator for life.***
That got me wondering. How many more intend to betray the revolution and become DfL? Good heavens, it’s possible the field is as crowded**** as the Republican and Democrat presidential races.
freedom fun question for the day is: What will you do on your first day as dictator for life?
Strictly for laughs, okay? I realize the temptation to find a certain “conservative” Supreme Court justice and give him a fair but extremely brief trial before … ahem … may be tempting once one holds the dictator seat. But let’s keep it light today.
Go for it.
* In the extremely unlikely chance that such an opportunity should arise.
** Let our NSA overlords anxiously ponder the significance of that one.
*** Presumably very short life, just before being liquidated by the usual mob of deviously plotting henchpersons.
**** Though surely not as loathsome, scurvy, and scrofulous
- More surprises from the most transparent administration in history.
- That DoJ gag order against Reason was even more unreasonable than it seemed.
- Though I gasp at his apparent belief that U.S. cops aren’t hardass enough, Kevin D. Williamson is once again perspicacious. He says we’re seeing “peak leftism.” We can surely hope so, because if the current crop of ranters and banners goes much farther, we’ll end up with full-blown fascism.
- Drug addiction: It isn’t what we’ve been told. (This book by the writer of that article looks like a must read: Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.)
- Ah, so impressive. Four percent compliance. That’s how free people do it, baby. :-)
- What if book authors got paid according to what readers actually read? Some writers are about to find out.
And don’t forget to v*te for The Zelman Partisans!
- How will we ever survive without our precious national raisin reserve?
- And from the same government that confiscates farmers’ raisins, we now have the mad attempt to force rich suburbs to accommodate poor minorities. Your neighborhood is racist if it doesn’t comply.
- No wonder more states are quietly rebelling against the federal control of all things. Here’s one more small rebellion. (H/T L.A.)
- How one criminal with an obsession discovered and revealed the obnoxious, illegal Stingray program. (Yes, “they” really were “beaming rays” into his house.)
- “Same sex marriage, Tolerance, MYOB, Get Off My Lawn & the Constitution.”
- Seventeen years ago, a hacker collective tried to warn us. Nobody listened.
- Even those guys probably couldn’t have predicted the NSA targeting our anti-virus software.
- Oh well. Have some funny dog fails.
- You thought maybe the TSA was the fedgov’s worst example of idiotic “security”? Hey, at least the TSA puts on an impressive pretense. OTOH, it appears that the Office of Personnel Management actually gave root access for all those now-hacked personnel files to contractors in Argentina and … yes, here it comes: China.
- How Orange is the New Black misrepresents women’s federal prisons. Yes, but it’s a good show. And the memoir it’s based on is even better. More lesbian sex in the Netflix version, but the horror of petty people in power comes across even more strongly in the book.
- What searching for Sasquatch can teach us about science.
- Okay, time to have your little heart warmed courtesy of LarryA.
- Yeah, I’m like this about dogs in movies, too. Never yet have been able to watch Old Yeller or Turner and Hooch. (NFI)
Nicki aims both barrels at one Dr. Rosen who imagines himself qualified to instruct patients in the use (or non-use) of firearms.
And Nicki notes the various new attempts to eliminate guns and gun owners without actually attempting any unpopular banning.
Then Y.B. ben Avraham writes about the rabid “boycott, divest, and sanction” movement that’s the latest respectable facade for hatred of Jews. Yes, you can have issues with Israel and a state without animosity toward Jews; but as Y.B. reveals, that’s not what BDS is about.
- If somebody in private enterprise did this — let alone did it again and again — heads would roll, congressthings would hotly hold hearings, new regulations would strangle business, and the fedgov would mutter about the need to take over entire fields. But … oopsie! (H/T MJR)
- Here’s one more for the “one term in office and one in jail” concept of term limits. Better yet, former Honorable Speaker Hastert is going down not for some real crime, but for one of those faux crimes that Congress itself invented.
- “In praise of uncertainty.”
- The art of running from the police. Sad truth via LarryA.
- Okay, guys. You want one. I know you do. (Also MJR)
- How to tell whether this week’s Worst! Ever! Drug! stories are telling the truth.
- Woman quits job to build beautiful bamboo houses.
- :-) How investigative journalists justify their existence.
- “How Baltimore Became Pottersville.” Bovard riffs on the glories of HUD.
- Why Mozilla’s decision to attempt to push all sites from http to https could be a disastrous mistake. (H/T jed)
- Perfect example of fake “science” to support an agenda. But in the “science works” department, the apparent fraud was discovered by other researchers. Discovered a little late, but …
- Cumulative stress, chronic pain, dealing wisely with it, and being free. (Tip o’ hat to SC)
- Good piece on free speech and attempts on the left to suppress it. Fortunately (if belatedly) outrage against censorship is also starting to arise from the left. (H/T MJR)
- Who knew bears liked coffee? (Also MJR)
- Chris Pratt (aka Star-Lord) apologizes in advance for anything offensive he might say on his upcoming media tour. (Too bad he’s yet another Hollywood anti-gun hypocrite — a Fudd, too, it seems — ’cause that’s funny.)
- So’s this: dogs enjoying their car rides.