- Eric Holder,
peacemakerpatron saint of violent cops.
- Failed rescue of Foley. Seems Obama is even more like Carter than it seemed.
- An Ayn Rand dollar?
- Smart homes are stupid. Maybe it’s just because the tech is new and just developing. Maybe … some of it’s just stupid. (Not to mention intrusive and insanely insecure.)
- I have no idea whether the cop in the Ferguson shooting was justified or not. This cop in Ferguson should be busted below the level of janitor. UPDATE: He has at least been taken off duty. It’s a start.
- This authoritarian creepazoid judge in Maryland, too.
- And beware of this guy and his thousands of thinkalikes.
- But here’s some good cheer about everyday wonders from Cornered Cat: “Illuminating.”
- It’s also encouraging that the Shaneen Allen defense fund is doing very, very well. (Via this article by Will Grigg)
Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category
- Safe spaces. Why not for geeks, too? Safe spaces for gun owners? Anarchists? Oh, the possibilities …
- So if you like both kale and bacon, does that make you a libertarian? (Via Alphecca)
- Oh, Kevin Wilmeth. Ouch.
- Only in The Onion: “The pros and cons of militarizing the police.” (Stolen from Wendy.)
- I think Egyptian officials are having a little fun at our expense.
- Not sure whether this is high-tech creepy or just Cold Warish enough to be weird. Gov’t listens in on scientists listening to marine life and … well, it’s complicated. (H/T H.)
- You have the right to remain silent. But only after cops tell you have a right to remain silent. ‘Cause if you remain silent before that it’s because you’re guilty. Got that? If not, stay out of California. Cheers!
- Why we get only idiotic reporting on guns from the MSM: one more data point. (And this from one of the reporters who was on the scene in Ferguson where rubber bullets were actually fired!)
- Craigslist: Roof Koreans for hire. :-) (H/T AG)
- MJR reminds me that it’s time to revisit Robert Peel’s nine rules for policing. Sort of encouraging that an MSM source ran that (even if a Canadian one).
- “Paper Boys.” Inside the dark, profitable world of consumer debt collection. Eeew!
- “Cigars, But Not Close.” Mark Steyn on U.S. police overkill.
- “The Low-Information Diet.” A classic from Mr. Money Moustache. Such things have been said in these parts before, but always need re-saying. (Maybe one of these days yours truly will actually listen.)
- The yellow dog project. Good idea beginning to gain worldwide traction: yellow ribbons to identify dogs who may be nervous, old, rambunctious, ill or otherwise not appropriate to approach.
- Oh rats. Device sniffs out smuggled money.
- Irony. While Obama asks Ferguson, MO, police to quit attacking journalists, press-freedom advocates ask Obama to do the same.
- In the “decline of civilization and common sense” department, two women are so terrified of an angry cat that they call 911. And this was their own cat, not some potentially rabid stranger. (H/T SC)
- “The Soros Put.” The savvy, super-connected billionaire bets $2.2 billion (17% of his assets under management) on a coming stock market crash. H/T to Silver, who also comments.
- “Who lost the cities?”
- Hint: Their close cousins lost the whole darned economy.
- Some perspective on Ferguson from a local.
- Blind “gun nuts.” Dare I call this an eye opener?
- Good one from Paul Bonneau on defending our culture from alien invaders.
- Why are so many lullabies murder ballads? Or at least sad, scary songs? One of my favorites — yet creepiest — of the type is the Irish lullaby The Castle of Dromore, aka October Winds. (Lyrics here.)
- How the economic hard times have been affecting … prostitutes. Yes, prostitutes.
- Sigh. Once again someone writes an astute, well-researched article about the catastrophe of government schooling — and draws exactly the same obviously stupid conclusion.
- And speaking of edumakation, here’s a good laugh. Students: Cease Rogeting Proximately!
- The nationwide pattern of household debt is interesting.
- Off-duty mountain rescue dog finds and saves injured senior.
I am (really) still cogitating on the topic I started the other day on defining ourselves. Comments (particularly from Ellendra and Paul Bonneau) have got my brain headed off in a different direction and I’ll simply have to wait and see if I can chase after it and catch it long enough to get something coherent down on pixels.
Meantime, here are some links, some related to that topic (though not always in an obvious way), some not at all.
- The end of neighbors. Or, this being a Canadian article, “The End of Neighbours.” The loss of neighborliness is a) not very good for us and b) exactly what we want.
- Portrait of Tom Palmer — the unlikely man who challenged D.C.’s gun laws and won. In case you missed it, Kurt Hofmann also had a good take on Palmer last week at JPFO.
- Wired (specifically the great James Bamford) interviews Snowden on (among other things) why he became a whistleblower.
- While researching for part II of “Defining Ourselves,” I went down this pathway and found the amazing variety of people and organizations who helped Jews during the Holocaust, and the equally amazing variey of ways they did it.
- On the topic of genocide … old colleague R. sent a link to this beautiful song about aftermath and rage. Patty Griffin: Cold as it Gets. Lyrics here.
- Bob Owens takes apart “smart guns.” Not that you’ll be surprised by any of the info. But being Bob Owens, he says it thoroughly and well.
After a day of record-setting heat and several weeks of that unfamiliar element, sunshine, today dawned gray. The sky is a solid, featureless mass. For hours, thunder has rumbled near-constantly off in the distance.
No lightning visible. No dramatic boomers. Just a perpetual drumroll, first from the southwest, then from the northeast. Ceaseless.
Its full day outside but the house lights are on, pallid, greenish, and barely seeming to illuminate anything. No mere human-generated watts and volts can penetrate the preternatural gloom.
On goes the perpetual rolling of the sky, moving closer now. I get an inkling of why primitive people conceived of gods — and feared them.
A time or two I’ve heard about somebody’s suicide and secretly thought they did the right thing, saving themselves or their families years of living hell. Other times, suicide has seemed like a rational, or at least a reasonable, choice after a life well-lived but now winding down.
But Robin Williams? Robin Williams??? Of course he had demons. He laid them out before the world. But he also had such energy, empathy, manic joy, delight in a world whose every sound and action seemed to pass through him as if he were a human translator of all things wacky and strange. Robin Williams killing himself?
No, it’s just too … impossible.
- Does it strike anybody else that these “enchanted” (or enhanced) versions of everyday objects are mostly annoying, infantilizing, or both? (Do like the luggage tracker, though!)
- Wow. Lawnorder. Protect and serve. A pair of cop parents collude to kill their daughter’s boyfriend — immediately after meeting him. (H/T MtK)
- Oh panic! Oh hysteria! Oh, Fox how could such an idiotic article have made it past your BS filters? Somebody, somewhere, sometime might carry a gun into a bank. Which would be deadly! Catastrophic! And cause firefights to mow down innocents! (Never mind that we don’t have a single fact to back our “expert” assertions.) Oh, the horror. Quick! Bring me my smelling salts! (Tip o’ hat to LA)
- Bob Owens: Walmart SWAT-ing looks worse every day. That poor guy.
- Okay, I know you’re busy giving all your spare cash to ME. And of course that’s as it should be ;-). JKJKJK. But pal Nicki has a fundraiser going for her local animal rescue. You might want to take a look. It started as a “save my cat” plea, but when the beloved kitty didn’t make it, she started directing the contributions to charity.
- Speaking of Nicki, she’s done an aaaaaa-freakin’-mazing job with JPFO social media. But I don’t know how she stands to engage up close and personal with those chronic hoplophobics.
- And speaking of cats, how ’bout a war-driving kitteh? Yikes!
I’ll be back with more later on yesterday’s “defining ourselves” post. Apologies for the abrupt and wandering conclusion. I was blogging after my usual bedtime last night and suddenly realized my brain wasn’t keeping up with my keyboarding fingers.
I’m working on a blogosaurus post, which I hope to have within the next few days. Meanwhile, here’s some randomness for you.
But first (and absolutely foremost), many thanks. Your generosity and support have been mind boggling. After the first red-hot week the roof-raising bleg looked as if it was going to stall out.
But nope. Old friends and new have just kept the funds coming. Robbie, Ava, and Kitsu the cat will all thank you for the dryness this winter. And you darned betcha, so will I.
Now, on to randomness, trivia, and the collection and dispersal of linkage …
- David Codrea goes digging for the grass roots of the latest “local” anti-gun group … and guess who he finds? Nice detective work, David.
- Salt Lake City police investigate themselves for the slaughter of a dog in its own backyard … and guess what they find?
- But enough bad news about dogs. Here are a pair of good things. An IKEA store puts life-size cutouts of shelter dogs to show customers how well those needy dogs would go with their new IKEA furniture. And just for laughs: Sofa Dogs!
- And via naturegirl in comments: Valiant elderly dog, unwanted by two owners gets the home she deserves.
- Heartwarming: Long-lost brothers find each other after 70 years.
- Heartbreaking: Ryochiji prepares to say goodbye to his cabin in Serenity Valley as fire threatens. Hoping for the best with those precautions you’ve taken, Ryochiji.
- Have you taken your Obama loyalty oath yet? It’s despicable that some of his pet senators are calling on him to bypass our “representatives.” Economic morons. Constitutional morons. Moral morons. And did I mention … morons?
- Yes, you had to pass the bill so we could find out what was in it. Okay, so now we know. And the more we know the less we like.
I just came home from morning errands to find my street blocked by serious PUD equipment. Seems they’re doing major electrical work that they neglected to tell anybody about.
I have now apparently been “officially” notified that my power will be out most of the day today. Thank heaven I have no deadlines. But I had hoped to catch up on email. I’m seriously overdue with a few people. Sorry, guys; you’ve waited this long and now you’ll have to wait a few hours longer. (And no, I haven’t gotten that generator yet and it’s still going to be a while.)
I’ll take this opportunity to shingle a wall. See ya’ll later.
And thanks for the BIG boost to the roof-raiser today. Much appreciated!