- 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 ‘Official thuggery, bad prosecutions, and bad law’ Category
- Lenore Skenazy (once again) demands that kids — and their parents — be free to walk free.
- It’s fascinating just how many ways the $15/hour minimum wage is backfiring. J.D. Tuccille has yet another. (And it’s great to see his Disloyal Opposition blog back again!)
- Via Sipsey Street: It’s no surprise, but soooo gratifying that the number of guns being manufactured has doubled during the Obama regime.
- Yep, as I guessed yesterday, Chrysler is handling the hack-a-Jeep (or anything else we make) fix staggeringly poorly.
- Also yesterday I said that no writer had ever come up with a description of heaven that wasn’t snoozeworthy. There was one who did: Mark Twain, of course. Here’s an HTML excerpt from “Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven.” (Project Gutenberg also has free Kindle and ePub versions. Not sure whether those are complete or also just extracts). And here’s an Amazon link in case you want to spend actual money on a complete copy.
- Muslims and dogs.
- States that have legalized cannabis show a remarkable decrease in deaths from opiod overdose.
- Much though I respect animals, I think this is a bad idea. (H/T PT)
- On the other hand, we could use some pretty basic changes of policy (and of heart) toward our beloved companions. This man lived on the streets for two years because no homeless shelter would accept him with the dog who’d devoted a life to him. (Fortunately, help eventually stepped in.)
- Ohhh, how the IRS loooooves Obamacare!
- Two on Sandra Bland (and on the expectation that serfs must obey any command of their masters): Orin Kerr concludes, “But this is America, and we didn’t fight a revolution to make that the only choice.” And Jacob Sullum’s “Sandra Bland’s Arrest and the Expectation of Meek Subservience.” Suicide or murder? Bottom line is that Sandra Bland didn’t belong in jail in the first place. She was there only because she — a mere peasant — bruised some statist thug’s ego.
- Perfect example of another “good cop.” And note how supporters flocked to defend him and make him out to be the victim. Did any of his authoritarian cheerleaders care about the four-year-old girl Mr. Weepy Cop molested? (No, she probably “made him do it” or “was asking for it”.) What an utterly disgusting spectacle. (Via Wendy)
- While the specific features of this “Swiss Army knife” jacket may not turn your crank, the basic idea is a great one. Many, many possibilities!
- I’ve watched several cancer patients, who knew they were terminal, spend their last months in an agony of hopeful chemo. At the end, they bitterly regretted putting themselves through it. I’m glad such exploitation of the desperate might soon come to an end.
- Eleven things to quit right now. (Might be more helpful if that list came with some how-tos …)
- Theodore Bikel has died. He was one of those amazingly talented people.
- The late Dr. Seuss has him beat, though. He’s managed to come up with a “new” book years after dying. (Amazon link)
- Judge bans Bong-a-Thon from the town of Stoner — yes, Stoner — Colorado. (H/T jed)
- Yet another reason to prefer older cars.
- Remember those bootable drives with the prep info? Mark, aka Greylocke, their creator, is adding files of surgery basics. And he’s still looking for somebody to take over the project.
- You might be surprised to learn that single-family housing is nothing more than a racist, classist plot. In Seattle, anyhow. (Sigh. Another formerly livable city is about to complete its spiral down the tubes.)
- Ten things you didn’t know about the Apollo 11 moon landing. Forty-six years ago this month.
TPTB want to take guns by fiat from millions of Social Security disability recipients.
Because having trouble balancing your checkbook equates exactly to being a dangerous loony who’s going to go shoot up a mall. No due process needed. (H/T EA)
- I’ve lost count. How many “anti-violence” activists and “anti-violence” groups have been busted now for weapons violations, assaults, or homicides? A big number.
- The fedgov can’t manage to charge a single mega-banker for wrecking the U.S. economy through fraud and malfeasance. But the state of New York (via the ever-present, ever-righteous Cyrus Vance, Jr.) can manage 184 counts against a tiny, family-owned bank that was apparently just trying to police itself.
- Uh oh. No surprise. Sandra Bland, that young woman who “committed suicide” in police custody last week was reportedly a vocal activist against police brutality. Well, guess they showed her, didn’t they?
- The science behind introversion and extroversion. (Yes, this subject fascinates me; you can tell.)
- Cannabis may help treat bone fractures. Darn! Why didn’t somebody tell me that two months ago?
- The house that saved their marriage. Most of us don’t have the resources, but I’ve thought this sort of living arrangement would be great ever since, as a teenager, I read about writer Mary Wollstonecraft, who (clear back in the 18th century) had a similar living arrangement with philosopher William Godwin.
- The velociraptor poodle?
- Joel already blogged this one, but it’s too good to pass up. This wannabe robber survived, but if there’s a non-fatal runner-up category for the Darwin Awards, he’s a shoo-in. (I read in another article that, in addition to everything else, the helpful customer was a high school wrestler.)
- 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.
- California’s gun-running anti-gunner Leland Yee pleads guilty.
- This is the first article I’ve read from Bloomberg’s new anti-gun “journalistic” venture, The Trace. As I’ve heard, it seems to meld legitimate-looking reporting with Bloombergian hysteria. Oh yeah, “street toughs” are just looking to get their hands on M1s so they can commit “common crime.”
- A former federal judge denounces the majority of the sentences she ever passed. (Why do these uber-establishment types always wait until afterward to take a stand?)
- Can the bacteria in your gut affect your mood?
- Well, then, how about the nerve in your gut?
- Business Insider calls these the “funniest” emails associated with Hillary Clinton. Nothing funny about the reminder that those who seek to rule us are as stupid and inept as they are scary.
- Finally, have some gorgeous weather photos courtesy of jed in comments.
- 10 careers with the most psychopaths per capita. One is actually slightly surprising.
- Apparently artificial intelligence has reached the stage of producing bright but balky adolescents. (H/T PT)
- Well, not quite down to just two choices. There’s always a third choice when it comes to dealing (or not dealing) with out-of-control governments: creative disregard.
- A most epic community-wide checkpoint refusal. (Tip o’ hat to MSJ)
- Coming someday to a country near you? As of last night, only 40% of ATM machines in Greece still had money in them.
I’ve been collecting links on the Confederate flag idiocy — collecting links and absurdities by the thousands, it seems — then closing the pages again and letting them go.
I hope to have something to say about this cultural cleansing and how rapidly it’s consumed the brains of heretofore sane individuals and corporate managers. But frankly, the whole business is so flabbergasting I haven’t yet thought of the right words.
Joel had some appropriate words about it of course. I’ll try to find some good words myself.
- 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.