- The warm, fuzzy (literally!) face of the police state. (H/T Jim Bovard)
- China finally going to stop stockpiling US dollars?
- You already know this, don’t you? Nevertheless, it never hurts to be reminded of the four magic statements to make to the police when you’re stopped and they want to poke around and see what they might be able to pin on you.
- Mostly for the nerds hereabouts: Rethinking cloud storage (and in particular, rethinking SpiderOak).
- “Security and privacy: Experts connect the dots as debate rages.” (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
- Via the Infamous Oregon Law Hobbit: The Skunk Party Manifesto.
- Solid scientific evidence for intelligent design! Erm, that is design by fish.
- Finally, Chaser — the famous border collie who can identify more than 1,000 objects by name and understands simple sentences is now the subject of her very own book. (Link is to an interview with Chaser’s owner/trainer, who’s pretty exceptional himself. Windsurfing and biking at 85!) You can of course get the book here. Video below and at the interview link.
Archive for the ‘Poly-Ticks’ Category
- Oops. TSA accidentally reveals that even they don’t believe terrorists are likely to attack planes these days.
- The solution? make pre-flight security-theater checks even longer and more intensive. Of course!
- Another example of how reallly, reallly, reallly good the fedgov’s “security” people are at … um security.
- Medical pricing. How it should work. How it does work at the Surgery Center of Oklahoma.
- Not everybody, Harry. Speak for your own darn self.
- Tam knocks one out of the park.
- “How to build a happier brain.” (Seems our wiring is pre-set for emphasizing the negative.)
- Dems starting to want to push back Obamacare. Hm. Could that have anything to do with 2014 being an election year? But even the non-elect of the left are seriously questioning “the most transparent administration in history.”
- Two for the weird: In case of emergency: grow beard (H/T J); and keep your finances from running away from you with … a wallet that actually does.
- You’ve heard of Bridezilla. And the Wedding Guest from Hell. Now meet The Mad Bomber Groom. Guess you gotta give him points for creativity. Not brains. Definitely not brains. But creativity.
- Experian, the worst and most pervasive of the big three credit bureaus sold data to an identity-theft “service”.
- Nooooo, really? And you say both parties are doing it?? Impossible! Quite impossible!
- Well, that’s one way to ensure that politicians actually get your message.
- Good idea. But I’d trust it a lot more if it didn’t come from Google.
- Death panels. Not a good thing. But yes, they’re real (Hellllooo, Canada!). And in the eyes of those who think we’re too stupid to make our own decisions, they are a good thing. (Terms like slippery slope and camel’s nose come to mind here.)
- Three mind-boggling optical illusions.
I don’t care — and I suspect you don’t either — whose fault the government shutdown is. But boy. Amid all the theatrics and finger pointing, one thing is so, so very clear. The Master of the Shutdown, the head of the executive branch, the guy in charge of how it’s all being done (to us), Mr. Barry O himself, is one surprisingly small-minded, vindictive, nasty little S.O.B.
Among his orchestrations:
One disgusted park ranger told the Washington Times that he and his fellows were being ordered to make things as hard on people as possible.
No doubt Obama hopes the Republicans will be blamed for these many expensive stupidities and petty outrages. Hey, lesser pettiness during the last shutdown worked for Bill Clinton. But bless the b*****d, it’s his name that’s going to be deservedly immortalized in the word “barrycade.” (I don’t know who coined that term; but if you find out, buy the genius a beer.)
I think a lot of people will understand this exactly. I just wonder how many will get something much bigger: If a spiteful president can shut down the Amber Alert system, cut off sports broadcasts to military bases, and shut people out of their homes on federal land today, how are things going to be next time when the same man — or some even more decadent emperor — has the power and the people-hating pettiness to cut off emergency medical care or barrycade major transportation routes?
Nice message you sent the antis. And nice job making Bloomy waste a few more bux.
MrColionNoir has been added to the blogroll’s Self-Defense Rights section this morning.
‘Course, as he says, it’s not only about self defense:
Source for those who can’t see the embed.
An aside (and a question). MrColionNoir recently teamed up with the NRA for a series of videos. This has led some on the other side to get sniffy abut the NRA’s alleged history of racism.
This cry of “racist!” and “pandering!” is being made mostly by people who identify as Democrats. So my question is, how can they be so upset over NRA racism — while turning a blind eye to the fact that their organization was the party of slavery, the party that founded the KKK, wrote the Jim Crow laws, and opposed anti-lynching efforts? Even into modern times the Dems were the party that “stood in the schoolhouse door” and the party of the axe handles. Sure, by the 1960s some Dems belatedly took the side of blacks, although they did it with the insulting intent of “managing” black populations.
Heck, credible sources note that Martin Luther King was a Republican, as were most blacks of his day because of the longstanding oppression they’d suffered at the hands of the Democrats.
I still say a pox on both R and D houses, of course. And on the ever-compromising NRA (despite actually behaving like a gun-rights group this year). But if any taint of racism, ever, is sufficient to discredit any organization in the eyes of the NRA sniffers, how can they possibly justify being Dems?
Okay, it’s a rhetorical question. We all know how they do it — by maintaining a double standard. Or choosing to ignore those parts of history they find inconvenient. Still …
I haven’t been at the computer much today. Have actually had Things To Do and a Life To Live. But several times in my very brief newsly perusals, I’ve encountered the oh-so-shocked question: “Did Holder Lie Under Oath?”
The question always leads to this or something like it — Our Esteemed Attorney General denying all knowledge of targeting any reporter under the handy-dandy (to tyrants) 1917 Espionage Act just days before getting caught doing exactly that. He personally signed the warrant to go after Fox Newsy James Rosen as a “co-conspirator” in the supposed espionage.
It’s not the targeting of reporters that’s so fascinating here (though that, too; since Nixon, no one else has dared).
It’s this: How could anybody in this age of well-earned cynicism expect anything other than lies from any of Our Glorious Rulers? Especially from one who’s already weaseled his way through years of Fast & Furious?
Of course he lied under oath. That’s the norm for power these days.
Holder? He’s just doing what’s done. Just following his boss, the famous Professor of the Constitution who’s more opposed to that document than any previous president since Lincoln. And who uses vox populi as a cover for the fact that he thinks he’s the one-and-only, far above law or anything else vox dei.
I totally understand getting angry and outraged about all of the above. What I can’t understand is anybody whose age and IQ are 12 or above being shocked, aghast, amazed, appalled, astonished, astounded, dismayed, offended, stunned, upset — and hey, Mr. Roget, you forgot scandalized.
Yes, we know the MSM is woefully out of touch. But we usually assume it’s mostly out of touch with things going on beneath the glossy surface. How is it even possible that people who watch politicians for a living seem so stunned observing the obvious?
- “Sovereignty without Territoriality?” (H/T Hobbit)
- Anybody seen Mud yet? A friend recommended it glowingly and it’s at 98% on RottenTomatoes.com — almost unheard of for a live-action feature.
- Become your very own spy agency with these secret! NSA! Google! Tips! (Creepy, and a far cry from a Orphan Annie Decoder Pin). (Tip o’ hat to JJ)
- Speaking of creepy: Skype. It could have been very non-creepy. But it’s a M*******t product; so what can you say? It’s creepy. (H/T Wendy McElroy)
- Oh, that laugh-a-minute IRS. Turns out they also gave supposedly “private” info on conservative groups to a liberal group. And there’s so much more of this tale still to come out. Does Big O really think it can be hushed up with a couple of IRS resignations?
- I’ve been meaning to do something deep and profound with that excellent PBS piece on the Stockholm Syndrome and money printing. Since I’m not brilliant this week, I’ll just link for the edification of anybody who hasn’t already seen it. Good one, definitely.
- One of the all-time great opening lines: “The friends of freedom are accustomed to being beaten like a rented mule in Washington.” (Bovard reviews James Antle’s Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped?