- The courts have been so all over the place on police search issues that it’s hard to say what impact this will have. But the Supremes just declared that cops cannot prolong a routine traffic stop even for a minute without legit cause.
- Inside the strange and wonderful world of micronations.
- Emphatically NSFW, but funny: company posts a … unique Craigslist ad for engineers.
- Bet we’ve all wanted to do this at some time or another.
- Looks like a must-see documentary (though the characterization of Tasers as “rifles” needs some explanation for sure).
- Gradeschooler challenges school anti-pot propaganda. His activist mother may now face felony charges. Sick!
- This sucks, too. I’m so glad the war on pot is ending, but it just can’t happen soon enough for some.
- Whoof! Just look at all that assembled brainpower!
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For some time I’ve been mean to university students who feel entitled to a “safe space” — by which they seem to mean a space where they are insulated from ideas they don’t like.
I call these young people out for valuing illusory and subjective safety over liberty. I accuse them of accepting that speech is “harmful” without logic or proof. I mock them for not grasping that universities are supposed to be places of open inquiry. I condemn them for not being critical about the difference between nasty speech and nasty actions, and for thinking they have a right not to be offended. I belittle them for abandoning fundamental American values.
But recently a question occurred to me: where, exactly, do I think these young people should have learned the values that I expect them to uphold?
More at the link.
- Immune-system drug combo “melts” tumors. Yeah, I know there are always reports like this that eventually come to nothing. But this is pretty dramatic.
- Are you nuts, Mr. Cop??? Officer shoots (at) dog in a crowd. Fortunately misses. Dog just looked as if it was being rambunctiously friendly, too. (Here’s the video if you can’t see it on that page.)
- If you’re going to have anti-abortion laws, you’re going to have to be prepared not only to prosecute every doctor, nurse, and med-tech for murder, but to investigate every miscarriage as a potential homicide. Some countries do. Results aren’t pretty. (Via Rational Review News)
- Hm. Study seems a bit sketchy. But the result is believable: the sweat of happy people can induce happiness.
- Today is 4/20 — cannabis day. Colorado held its official celebration over the weekend. Police remind cannabis consumers not to get too cocky. Oh well.
- But I love this. The maker of Miracle-Gro, who has long seen his product in the background of pot-bust videos, knows a good opportunity when he sees one. (Last three links all H/T jed.)
- Matt Walsh to burger flippers: You don’t deserve $15/hour — and that’s okay.
Where were you on April 19?
On April 19, 1993 I was on a long drive toward a client’s headquarters when I heard the Branch Davidians were burning. For some reason I hadn’t taken the siege very seriously to that point (even though I’d taken the earlier Weaver siege as seriously as I’d ever taken anything in my life). Just a bunch of Jim Jonesy cultists, I thought. I figured the FBI would wait them out until Koresh got done with his preposterous “seven seals” manuscript, then peaceably arrest and later release most of them. Cause you know, why would the FBI want to do more harm now than they and the ATF had already done? Silly me.
On April 19, 1995 I don’t recall where I was physically. I just recall wondering how anybody could attack ATF and FBI offices and manage only to kill innocents, including babies and toddlers. Oh, why did it have to be babies and toddlers? I recall thinking, “Oh sh*t, everything gets a lot worse from here.” (Rince and repeat 6-1/2 years later.)
So where were you? Physically, mentally, politically, and otherwise during those two cruelest months?
On this April 19, I’ll be out in the sunshine, sweating as I move leftover materials from last year’s house projects to better, more long-term places. On this April 19, I’m two days past having rid myself of those three heavy boxes that were my last tangible connection to the Weaver tragedy.
The intangible connections are harder to shake. Impossible, actually. But sunshine, sweat, and decluttering help. In the end, there’s nothing to do but go on living.
And for some reason this all reminds me of that other T.S. Eliot poem, “The Hollow Men.” Don’t read unless you’re up for a downer. Complete with scholarly annotations. It was a favorite of mine when I was young and bleak. Now I’m old and much happier, but some things truly don’t change.
- The story of the reserve deputy who killed a pinned-down suspect in Tulsa County gets worse and worse. Wonder who this cop is or who he knows that entire chains of officialdom were ordered to falsify records for him? Ohhhh, wait. It says right there in the article …
- Don’t be nervous now. It probably means you’re a terrorist.
- In the future your insurance company (ugh) will know when you’re having sex.
- And of course so will “security” ‘crats in DC. ‘Cause you know we still don’t have enough surveillance. I wonder … why don’t these people ever get that this sort of excess ends badly. Every. Single. Time. It ends badly. (H/T jed)
- Oldie but goodie: Jim Bovard on this week’s earlier topic, the right to rebellion.
- Cannabis for our canines. Strictly for medicinal purposes, of course. (Tip o’ hat to jed)
- Lighter side: how those pups manipulate us into loving them.
- “Oh crap! More ammo for the ‘ban body armor’ people.” Something on the lighter side from Y.B. ben Avraham.
- And exactly who here terrorized and abused those free-range kids?
- Just another example of why people are fleeing the biggest nanny states.
- Schadenfreude is so very ignoble. Still, it’s a delightful thing to see some of the greatest supporters of Obamacare getting skewered by it.
- This is one of those things you might have intuitively perceived but never quite believed: we recall better (especially recall concepts better) when we write notes by hand rather than type on a keyboard.
- Those “racketeering” teachers and administrators really got what was coming to them. No wrist slaps here.
- Wow, looks like those girls got a two-for-one when it came to being assaulted by authority figures. (Via Codrea)
- Okay, back to the lighter side. The 13 cuddliest dog breeds. (H/T PT)
- Ban the trebuchet! (And while you’re at it, tell that writer that 1895 wasn’t “medieval.”) H/T MJR
- Princeton opts for
insensitivity discursive rape hurting people’s itty-bitty widdle feewingsfree speech and free thought. And does it for the right reasons.
- Seattle. Cops. Humanity. Hm. We’ll see how this works out
- I used to know a fair bit about the pre-WWII history of aviation. I could have bored you silly with tales of how Henri Coanda almost invented a jet plane in 1910 and how Jacqueline Cochran won the Bendix Race. But I never knew this.
- It’s touching that after all they put him through that original whistleblower cop Frank Serpico still has such hope for justice. (And it certainly is a good sign that the worst gangsters are finally starting to be fired and charged with felonies rather than being rewarded with paid vacations and excuses.)
- Beaten up by thugs. Then clobbered again by insurance companies and bad federal law.
- The poor WaPost is worried about the “growing insurrection.” So very, very much the poor WaPost fails to understand.
- Just how bad is the growing growing student loan mess?
- More info on why the DoJ is so desperate to conceal info about its stingray searches and interceptions. Oh, there’s so much to hide!
- What? You didn’t already know this?
- And this, too: “When everything is a crime.”
UPDATE on Joel’s siding bleg. He’s getting there, but could really, really use another $400. Just that much more. Yeah, I know it’s tax time and the fedgov thinks you should give your extra $400 (or $10 or $25) to them, instead. But hey, which is a better cause? Keeping walls around Joel’s computer so he can provide years more of his great blogitude? Or buying … oh, one weld on a CIA drone so you can help kill peasants in Nowhereistan?
- Seems cops and the U.S. Justice (sic) Department will go to amazing lengths to hide their newest tracking methods from us.
- A must-read for philosophical Libertopians: “Welcome to the Arena in the Clouds” by Max Borders.
- Guerrilla civic improvement. (H/T AG)
- It takes 13,000 words for the Columbia Journalism Review to say it and those words are thoughtful and worth reading. But bottom line: in their zeal to confirm an agenda, Rolling Stone’s staffers chose to mistake the behavior of a manipulative liar for the behavior of a poor, traumatized victim. (To their credit, RS and writer Sabrina Erdely cooperated fully in the exposure of their own screwups.)
- The poor, discredited brontosaurus is back.
- And here’s your feelgood story for the day: young wife refuses to pull the plug on her brain-injured young husband. And he eventually walks out of rehab on his own two feet.
- MamaLiberty reviews Jackie Clay’s Summer of the Eagles.
- Somebody in the mainstream media finally questions whether it’s right to destroy mom & pop businesses that aren’t sufficiently politically correct. Glad ordinary folk don’t even need to ask questions like that.
- Back when the RICO statutes were first passed, libertarian alarmists predicted that they’d be so misused that the feds would soon be busting penny-ante poker games. Well, it seems they’ve been misused for just about everything except that. But here’s one of the most creative turns of the RICO story.
- David Boaz notes that the final stage of socialism is when you run out of toilet paper. Talkin’ to you there, Venezuela.
- Feinstein continues to be a laugh a minute when it comes to tech knowledge. (H/T MJR)
- The Daily Beast interviews Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
- Opting out of email. Yeah. Sounds like a great idea when you have a &^%$##/! administrative assistant at your beck and call. To the rest of us this advice sounds as clueless as “let them eat cake.”
- Psychology Gone Wrong: The Dark Sides of Science and Therapy Sounds like an important book. Here’s a good overview.
Drat! I told Jim I’d include his latest in yesterday’s links post. Then I forgot. So here you go. A question follows.
President Obama recently suggested that mandatory voting could cure some of the ills of American democracy. Mr. Obama observed that compelling everyone to vote is one way to “encourage more participation” — perhaps the same way that the specter of prison sentences encourages more people to pay taxes. While there are many good reasons to oppose mandatory voting, compulsory balloting could help Americans recognize what their political system has become.
Mr. Obama declared that “the people who tend not to vote” are “skewed more heavily toward immigrant groups and minority groups … and there’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls.” If minorities vote at a lower percentile rate, that is sufficient justification for destroying everyone’s freedom in the name of equality. The fact that blacks had a higher turnout rate than whites in the 2012 presidential election is not permitted to interrupt the progressive victimization narrative.
Mr. Obama declared, “It would be transformative if everybody voted” …
Yup. You damn betcha it would be transformative. Transforming a once-free country into a third-world statist hellhole. For starters.
Picture it: you get tased or jailed for “failure to v*te.” The IRS adds a “failure to v*te” tax right next to your “failure to buy Obamacare” tax. Your most robotic neighbors drag themselves to the polls and robotically vote for whoever promises more goodies.
Nah, not gonna happen. Well, not the part about tasing, most likely. The rest of it? Oh yeah. Mostly there already.
While we’re on the subject of third-world politics what are some of your “favorite” ways that the U.S. is being made over in the image of Woody Allen’s Bananas?
- When you’re a bazillionaire, your April Fools jokes may be lame, but they can be pretty elaborate. (H/T MJR)
- Let me see if I understand this. It’s okay for the government to blackmail, extort, threaten violence, and steal all the assets from Silk Road. But it’s wrong if individual government agents do it. No, no matter how I try, I can’t wrap my head around whatever principle they’re going by.
- Showering with the fedgov.
- I always love these articles on how being a
grumpy curmudgeonly doom-bearing sky-is-fallingworrywort can actually be good for your work.
While I disagree with some of the contentions in this article (e.g. that it takes no skill to wield a knife!), it does offer some food for thought on why it just might be okey-dokey after all to bring a knife to a gun fight. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
Oooh! Ooooh! I want this job! (H/T jed)