Amazing, though, how bloodthirsty the antis consistently are.
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I’m deadlining this week. Friend Sandy Sandfort has stepped in with an original two-parter about one of everybody’s favorite subjects: politicians moving their lips.
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TRUTH IN GOVERNMENT? YOU BETCHA! (Part I)
A Short Guide on How to Read Government “Tells”
By Sandy Sandfort
I don’t need to tell readers here that governments lie. We all know that lies are fundamental to manipulating the citizenry. This does not mean, however, that you shouldn’t pay attention to what government spokespeople say. If you know how to listen, you can gather vital intel to protect yourself and your family. By understanding why certain things are said—or not said—you can improve your chances of surviving government-created calamities and maybe even come out ahead of the game sometime.
Governments do have “tells” just like poker players. If you learn to read those tells, you have an edge over the other players at the table. Believe me, in America, with a third of a billion players at the table, you really want to have that edge.
- Wow. Somebody thinks federal employees aren’t paid enough when compared with people in “similar private-sector jobs.” The article never explains what private-sector jobs are similar to … oh, career money confiscator, thug who tells businesspeople how to run their businesses, or professional killer of nursing mothers.
- Integrity. Doctors Without Borders refuses Pentagon money to rebuild Pentagon-bombed hospital.
- There is a war on Christians. It’s being conducted in the Middle East and to a lesser extent in the regulations of western governments. Not at or by Starbucks.
- F*c*b**k: Now testing a new form of creepy.
- Yes, it appears (certain) black people are subjected to a double standard. When they run for president, that is.
- LOL. Wonder how many of the “hottest” firearms of 2015 will eventually end up on the back-to-the-drawing-board list? (Surely the noble Liberator pistol does not belong in the disgraced company.)
- Obamacare dominoes keep falling. Failure of the co-ops pushes rates up for everyone.
- Oh, Hillary, Hillary, aren’t you just the hoity-toity little miss? Making a state official go through a wanding just to get into his own office.
- In case you’ve wondered how a jury could watch a video of a cop executing a man in cold blood and still vote to acquit, it’s because authoritarian mind-warping is so very effective. Lisa Mearkle. Remember the name. Lisa Mearkle.
- Idaho deputies ask rancher to put down an injured bull. Before he can, they put down the rancher. The family tell their story. I wonder what the “official” story will be.
- In all the news about local cops getting away with murder, Jim Bovard reminds us that their federal brothers and sisters are still doing their share — and still untouchable.
- Speaking of touching, root for Jim to win that Bastiat Award at the Reason Media Awards tomorrow. (If you click on his image, you’ll see what I mean about “touching.”)
- Sorry for so much brutal linkage today. Want a little good news? Cannabis and “hippie beer” are helping small business startups to rise again after 30 years of decline. (Weird, though, that the WaPost writer thinks insufficient regulation is a threat to them.)
- And Maryland — hysterically anti-gun Maryland — scraps its ballistic fingerprinting database. After 15 years. Five million dollars. And not a single crime solved by it.
Now for a few minutes forget it all and have some funny dogs:
- Willie Nelson’s crusade against big pot. This is good. Really, really looooooong, but good.
- Project Veritas does it again, as officials at Vassar and Oberlin attempt to save poor, offended students from pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution.
- And along those same lines … (short video; H/T MJR)
- The dead “hero”: just another corrupt, threatening cop.
- Making Shakespeare politically correct. And dumb.
- Kevin D. Williamson declares Obamacare dead.
- Jose Fernandez-Partagas: one of those weirdly fascinating footnote people. I discovered him in an endnote to Isaac’s Storm. Strange life, strange (but awesome) end. Makes you want to know what made him tick.
Musings on fate, the future, and the struggle between central controllers and freedom lovers, part IIWednesday, November 4th, 2015
Take driverless cars, for instance. If we were in a less tech-perilous, tyranny-seeking time, I think most of us would be excited about them.
You and I may be skeptical about a specific new technology, but we tend not to be technophobes. We’re not ones who reject the new out of hand. We may not want to buy the first flying cars or be on the first ship to colonize Mars or the Moon, but we probably have friends who do want to and maybe even know a few who will. We jumped on computers years ahead of the average and were getting acquainted on BBSes before the Worldwide Web tempted slower adopters in.
So no, we don’t innately distrust tech.
Must get a few things done this morning, then will return to the “musings” I began the other day. Meantime, here’s some linkage …
- Never thought I’d see it, but here’s one pot-legalization initiative I hope falls on its corrupt, crony-capitalist face.
- What goes around comes around. Amazon is opening its first physical book store.
- The best cities for surviving the zombie apocalypse. Feel free to disagree.
- Is the USDA silencing scientists?
- Love (in a not-so-loving way) Conquest’s third law of politics.
- A happy (though also mysterious) dog tale via Shel in comments.
- Cop shoots murder victim’s mother in the leg; misses dog.
- EU Parliament votes to protect Snowden against U.S. extradition.
- Reforming school policing. While The Atlantic fails to ask some basic questions, its heart is definitely in the right place.
- It’s all part of the school-to-prison pipeline. And good old “zero tolerance.”
- :-) Everything you need for household repairs.
- Cannabis fights liver cancer.
- I’m not sure why even some good, aware people continue to be surprised that there is no justice from the Department of Justice.
- Amish man sues to buy firearms without photo ID.
- Those secretive, usually warrantless stingray units? Turns out they can record the content of phone calls; not just act as a locator. (H/T MJR)
- Liberalthink: We MUST have the $15/hour minimum wage even if it puts people out of work.
- The news just gets more dire for Obamacare’s race to the bottom.
- Kevin Wilmeth asks, “How cool is Marilyn Williams?”, who defended her home with a precision air rifle (aka “sniper rifle” to the media).
- I’m not sure how the term “social justice warriors” (SJW) came into such popular use. But I don’t like it. It’s too easy for the SJWs themselves to see that as a good thing. I think we should use a term nobody could learn to love (and a more accurate term, besides): pecksniffians.
Just now. 74 to 21.
I posted about Orwell, Rand, and CISA last week.
The data in question would come from private industry, which mines everything from credit card statements to prescription drug purchase records to target advertising and tweak product lines. Indeed, much of it is detailed financial and health information the government has never had access to in any form. The bill’s proponents said the data would be “anonymized”.
Cisa would create a program at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through which corporations could share user data in bulk with several US government agencies. In exchange for participating, the companies would receive complete immunity from Freedom of Information Act requests and regulatory action relating to the data they share. DHS would then share the information throughout the government.
Well. All I can say is thank heaven those freedom-loving small-government Republicans are saving us from the excesses of those Eeeeevil big-government Democrats. Whatever would we do without them?
Or did the gods invent Mondays in the first place just to spite us?
Winter arrived yesterday evening and today we took our first dogwalk in it. That is, I stomped along determinedly while the dogs, in their rain jackets, stared at me aghast and demanded, “Can we go home now?”
While winter here in the NorthWET doesn’t involve six-foot drifts of snow or 30-below temperatures (ah, fond memories of Wyoming and Minnesota!), it tends to arrive as suddenly as if someone up there dropped it on our heads. Cold needles of rain are here to stay.
And of course this is the day that the driver-side door handle on Old Blue decided to explode — firing springs around the cockpit and thereafter refusing to open anything. Yes, today is the day I have to start rolling down the window and reaching outside to open the door.
Until I can figure out the fix. Peferably not in the rain.
It’s also the morning tens of thousands of identical spam messages decided to clog up my email. Literally tens of. Or so the counts and the sluggishness of the email works tell me. Repeated attempts to blacklist the sender and irretrievably delete the mails before their arrival succeeded only in sending them to the spam folder, from which I had to transfer them to the trash folder for a mass purge. After closing and reopening Thunderbird to kick it into gear again. And logging onto the the provider’s website when that wasn’t working.
Finally either something I did or something my provider did stopped the mailstorm.
So mary&^%$#@email@example.com, I missed out on your tens of thousands of attempts to send me millions of Nigerian dollars. And BTW, I am not your Dear One. Not even close, baby.
Now pardon me if I go off and nurse my disgruntlements. Meanwhile, have a few good reads:
Nicholas Johnson and the WSJ bring a touch of honesty to the latest in victim disarmament.
Eric Peters talks about people who like to boss other people. (Big H/T LS)
And to end on a cheery note, the great Kevin D. Williamson talks about what’s going right with the world. And … um, what Rotarians and free markets have to do with it.
- It’s just talk so far. And European talk, at that. So take it FWIW. But if banks impose negative interest on customers, controls on withdrawals won’t be far behind.
- NSA-proof wallpaper? Faraday cages for all! (H/T Laird in comments)
- We must have common-sense sword control NOW!
- Fedjudge says DEA raids on legal dispensaries in California are against the law.
- The more news and studies that emerge about Obamacare, the more horrible that horrible program looks. (When companies can manage to get around federal regulations, this is the way humane and profitable health care gets done.)
- Peter Schiff writes an eloquent obituary. Not just for his father, but for freedom.
- If you’ve ever wondered how
silencerssuppressors work, here you go.
- And finally, Paul Rosenberg offers some tremendous good cheer (and reason for hope) after a Saturday night at Starbucks.