- “What I did after police killed my son.”
- The food insecurity lie.
- 12 graphs showing why people get fat.
- Oh, Canada. What you’ve reduced your people to. Airhorns? Seriously? Airhorns against thug barbarians? (H/T L.A.)
- Couple of weeks ago I linked to Ryochiji’s farewell to his Serenity Valley cabin as he prepared it as best he could against approaching fires. Good news; his cabin survived. Barely, but it made it.
- Yep, that would be about par for the course for U.S. surveillance priorities.
- Um … I’m really not sure why various news media keep presenting this as amusing. I know socks often go mysteriously missing. But 43 (and a half!) … you’d think the family would have wondered. (Tip o’ hat to S.C.)
- Kent says goodbye and thanks to JPFO.
Archive for the ‘Official thuggery, bad prosecutions, and bad law’ Category
- “Work’s for Squares.” The (unsurprising?) decline of labor-force participation.
- But on the good side of that subject … Wally Conger reviews my How to Kill the Job Culture despite the fact that it’s been out of print for several years. Hm. If I can find those old files or get somebody to OCR the book for me, maybe a Kindle edition is in order?
- Ken at Popehat says yes, there is more to that incident of the teacher arrested over his SF novels. Ken also opens with the best description of media-cop relations I’ve ever read. (H/T jed in comments)
- Making the rounds today: Video of a polite young man shutting down cops who demand to search his home.
- Eichmann: still evil but perhaps not so banal.
- Same old story, same old song. Once again everybody’s a “terrorist” except of course the actual terrorists. (per Shel in comments)
- Economics as explained by The Simpsons. I’m not sure whether it’s a bad thing or a good thing that somebody proposes to teach economic principles this way in college.
- Not being urban, I hadn’t heard of the phenomenon of turning HOV lanes into toll lanes for those prosperous enough to pay for better “highway service.” Figures that Robert Poole (who loves all things “privatization” even when they’re really just all things crony capitalist) would be for it and agin’ the activists opposing it.
- Tam? Tam, where have you gone? Your blog was one of the stones on which the gunblogosphere was built.
- Doctors getting fed up with their profession. No surprise. Not really news. But an interesting perspective from a physician.
- “Who owns your children?” Bayou Renaissance Man asks after last week’s case of a family subjected to an international manhunt for disagreeing with their son’s doctors.
- What do you know about MaidSafe? Is this the future of communications privacy? (H/T PB in comments)
- Teacher arrested over school shootings — that he wrote about in novels. David Codrea notes that we don’t know the whole story, but it doesn’t sound good.
- Puppy love. Between a cheetah cub and a yellow Lab pup.
- What? Eric Holder a hypocrite? Nooooo.
- Why, that would be as unthinkable as saying cops are lying thugs or that they get away with things that would send the rest of us to prison.
- Why, that would even be like saying that feds and local cops are conspiring to keep information out of the hands of judges. Couldn’t happen. This is Murrica!
- Isn’t that cute? The NSA has its own search engine just for sharing information about us.
- Sigh. Another hopeful libertarian project collapses into a rubble heap of fraud and scandal.
- Oh well. Here’s something useful (and maybe even fun) to do while waiting for Truth, Justice, and the Murrican Way to triumph: make your own knife without power tools. (link fixed!)
- ADDED: Per jed in comments on today’s other post: pit bull saves kid from swarm of bees. (Needed a little more good news here.)
New phone app Five-O:
A new phone application invented by some crafty teenagers will help citizens to keep track of incidents of police violence. The app called “Five-O” allowed users to record and document interactions with police, submit ratings of law enforcement, and allow people to see how their departments compare to others. Users can also rate specific officer’s behavior and ratings are public for everyone to view.
Inventor Ima Christian spoke to Business Insider about her invention: “We’ve been hearing about the negative instances in the news, for instance most recently the Michael Brown case, and we always talk about these issues with our parents,” she said. “They always try to reinforce that we should focus on solutions. It’s important to talk about the issues, but they try to make us focus on finding solutions. That made us think why don’t we create an app to help us solve this problem.”
“Five-O” also contains a “Know Your Rights” section, where users can gain access to vital constitutional rights information in order to protect themselves during interactions with police.
Gives ya hope for the kids growing up today. And for freedom.
Bigt H/T MtK!
- Eric Holder,
peacemakerpatron saint of violent cops.
- Failed rescue of Foley. Seems Obama is even more like Carter than it appeared.
- An Ayn Rand dollar?
- Smart homes are stupid. Maybe it’s only because the tech is new and just developing. Maybe … some of it’s actually 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)
- 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.
And that “is not open for discussion.”
Orwell in Ferguson.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remember when “making a federal case” out of something meant it was a super-serious matter? Well, not so much now. (H/T G)
- Did development of modern human beings require diminished testosterone?
- Did it also require … but wait, let a neuroscientist tell you her brilliant ideas. The TED talk. The transcript. (Good one, LA!)
- Funny. Don’t recall Jesus ever saying that you’d be able to recognize his disciples by their
worksmulti-million dollar residences.
- Eleven things humans do that dogs hate. (But wait just a minute. My pups love to get hugs from the right person.)
- I was going to save this until next Independence Day after Chris dropped the link into comments last week. But naw. It’s good any time: “Why I don’t pledge allegience (or why I won’t swear fealty to a sovereign lord).”
Will aim for having part II of “Poverty vs Poverty” later today. Not sure when.
Meantime, don’t forget to keep a roof over my head!
- Okay, I get why Americans abroad with a deadly disease (and their families) would want to be cared for in the U.S. I understand that the fedgov has some obligation to protect U.S. citizens in other countries (though that’s often more theory than practice). What I don’t get is why the CDC would go out of its way to bring an incurable infectious disease to these shores. I don’t care how many “precautions” you take. We’ve seen how well “precautions” often work.
- “The app I used to break into my neighbor’s home.” Covert key copying goes high tech.
- The criminalization of parenthood.
- Forget those sell-by dates. Here’s a site that tells you how long food really lasts. (And IMHO, they’re still being conservative, particularly when it comes to less risky foods.)
- Wendy McElroy on the NSA and social control.
- Weird Al Yankovic, grammar maven. :-)
And don’t forget: JPFO is auctioning off Aaron Zelman’s shotgun commemorating the Battle of Athens, Tennessee. Very cool. One of a kind. Auction runs through August 12 at noon.