- This story is about the best and brightest leaving Russia. It has nothing to do with the U.S. — except that my email brings me daily reports about American ex-pats that sound just like this.
- “The leader of the unfree world.”
- Not long ago, this sort of privilege, with its cruel disregard for the “little people,” was granted only to puffed-up Oriental potentates and pashas in lands of the notably unfree.
- You already knew you were a terrorist in the eyes of “your” democratic, representative, passionately liberty-loving, and devoutly transparent government. Now read the criteria, such as they are, secretly used to terror-list you. Good work from the new Omidyar/Greenwald team and their contacts at The Intercept. (H/T jed)
- And speaking of the land of the we don’t feel quite so free any more …
- But worry not! Your safety is in expert hands! (Seriously, it would be hard to imagine how a public shooting could be handled worse than the one at the Navy Yard.)
- On the lighter side: Darth Vader is more highly regarded than all potential 2016 presidential candidates.
Archive for the ‘Official thuggery, bad prosecutions, and bad law’ Category
- “I know where your cat has been.” Yes, even your cat pictures aren’t safe from Internet snoopers.
- It’s time for conservatives to stop defending the police. Actually, it’s way, way, way past time. But the article is still a good beginning. (H/T Sipsey Street)
- Sometimes early birds are too early. But ohboy do I understand wanting to “pick up the bucket” just to cross it off the to-do list.
- That was a monster body blow Obamacare took yesterday. Not likely to be fatal, though we can hope.
- I don’t know who did it or why. But the elaborate white-flag operation atop the Brooklyn Bridge is sure proof that monkeywrenching is alive and well even in the age of omni-surveillance.
- Oh yes. “Gun control.” It’s always going to be soooooo very effective.
- Be forewarned, this is slightly NSFW and a little raw for BHM. But funny. Very funny.
is the best policywill screw up your life. When what you’re being honest about is firearms. Powerfully sad article from Nicki Kenyon at JPFO.
- The above is also an example of what can happen when you entrust government with your rights. So is this. Activist, denied “shall-issue” carry permit, needs help fighting back. (H/T MWD)
- Target security officer spots shoplifter. Takes standard action. Turns out shoplifter is a cop. Guess who gets fired?
- Carjacker forces way into vehicle with gun. Intended victim grabs it and shoots him. (This is also a case of another carjacker flummoxed by a stick shift. Gadzooks, you’d think if you’re going to steal vehicles you’d at least learn to drive them.) (H/T New Jovian Thunderbolt)
- The curious case of passive voice in reports of police shootings. Radley Balko says what has long needed saying.
- Former cop confirms what the Living Freedom Collective said in Rats!, the anti-snitch book.
- Eighteen things highly creative people do differently.
- Liberty or tyranny, happiness or misery, life or death. You decide. (H/T WRSA)
- And along similar lines, Paul Bonneau reminds us of a classic piece of his: “A New Berry Bush for the Garden.”
- The natives are surely getting restless when a law professor says things like this. The prof in question is Glenn Harlan Reynolds. But still …
- Yet another reminder that the Internet is full of idiots.
- Campaign challenges users to quit F*c*b**k for 99 days. (Hey, I think I’ve beaten that challenge already!)
- Malkin hands it to Bloomberg. Hands him his posterior, that is.
- And yes, that healthy anger is growing and growing.
- The Corleone family on Wall Street. :-)
- Gobsmacking. Yet somehow utterly unsurprising: vials of smallpox just stashed away, unrecorded, unremarked, and forgotten in government facility.
- Another marvelous cautionary tale from MamaLiberty.
- Officer Friendly strikes again. (Via Say Uncle)
- Elephant tears (of joy). I don’t know how true the part about the tears is, but the story is still … liberating. (H/T Jim B in comments)
- A different way of fighting addictions. Article is a little vague on whether these newish ways are more effective than the old. But it’s certainly good to see the old “you’re helpless, forever sick, and dependent only on a higher power” model of treatment getting some competition.
- Kim Jong Un is terrified of … poor-quality imitation Moon Pies??? Well, take it with a grain of salt, but stranger things have helped bring down tyrants.
- Yes, some cops should be charged with murder. And conspiracy. And attempted coverup. And …
- Obama The Great. Or why he thinks he is and is expects us peasants to acknowledge it. (Presidents do tend to be a scurvy lot, but I don’t believe we’ve ever had one more narcissistic than this guy.) UPDATE: G**gl* cached version, H/T. M. Original article has slipped behind a paywall.
- It figures. There are actual scientists studying that great (and I really mean it) problem of modern life: why the heck all those electrical cords tangle into Gordian knots just by being left lying around.
- Via jed: Order restored to universe as Microsoft gives back all those other-people’s domains it managed to crash.
It has been so freakin’ BUSY! I’m sorry for the “lite” posting, but when I do have some time, summer tempts me to spend it elsewhere than the computer.
While articles are being written, doors are also being painted, junk heaps reduced, and projects planned.
I even (I blush to admit) spent time last week prepping artwork to submit to the county fair.
- I thought the Hobby Lobby decision was the right one. I also think the owners of Hobby Lobby appear to be flaming hypocrites on the subject of contraception.
- Right from the moment of legalization, Washington state authorities have treated cannabis use with gentle good humor. The latest: a series of ads about things that it’s now legal — but not necessarily smart — to do while stoned.
- One-armed man fined for riding bike with only one handbrake.
- It might be no surprise the Microsoft security people just broke a chunk of the Internet The surprise (to me at least) is why the fedgov would give one private company control over another private company’s e-turf in the first place.
- The way various govs have been treating Uber and Lyft is such a perfect example of the real agenda of government: protect the cartels.
- So apparently Chris Christie still thinks he has a shot at running for president. He’s playing pro-gun this week.
- Dumb robbers.
- Dog just hanging out in its own backyard. Cops canvassing neighborhood for a lost toddler (who turns out to be snoozing in his own family basement). Guess what cop does? Yeah. Again. But once again, the dog’s dad is on a take-no-prisoners quest for justice. (H/T furrydoc)
- Okay, let’s have some better dog stories. Including this happy cop and “vicious” pit bull story via naturegirl.
- And how about … dog returns wedding ring missing for five years.
- New study warns against trying to cheer some folks up. Yeah, I can see that, for sure. Sometimes you just need validation and sometimes those cheery platitudes are just plain grating. Still … where comes the point where you just tell Debbie Downer to quit whining and fix her own life?
- So former shooting hotshot and alleged historian Dick Metcalf. still hasn’t bothered to learn the meaning of the term “well-regulated.” And now the left is loving on him. (H/T RC) Bob Owens gives the useful idiot a touch of what he deserves.
Forget that. Cartoon time. Here’s one for Joel (via Never Yet Melted):
And one for all us makin’-a-livin’ arty types lost out here in Cyberland:
(H/T Jim Bovard)
Here are three longish reads to keep you busy just in case you don’t have anything better to do this summer Sunday:
Ninety-nine things that make people happy. The article itself is short. Following the links will take you down various informational rabbit holes.
After several decades of increasingly warlike violence against Americans, the ACLU finally takes serious note (pdf). (H/T RL)
- The federal no-fly list is unconstitutional. So says a judge. Not (apparently) because the fedgov is arbitrarily and secretly denying people their right to travel, but because it’s not offering a good enough appeals process for arguing our way off. Don’t expect much to change.
- Gadzooks, it appears that the pampered darling Chelsea Clinton is even more out-of-touch than Mommy C. (Via Never Yet Melted)
- Church knowingly hires registered sex offender (pedophile) as pastor. The predictable happens. But I suppose you could say this dude was a step above their previous pastor. Or … um, maybe not.
- The security state as a bumbling giant. Gads, I love you, Borepatch. Love that bit of coding you blogged about, too.
- Happiness is being a loser. Well, maybe not exactly. But this 2012 article nails how I perceive matters. I know positive thinking works for natural-born positive thinkers. But those of us who were born to see the glass as half empty have reasons — and a certain wisdom. Trying to force optimism has never done anything but make me grumpy from disappointment.
If you’re wondering when part II of my “observations on being obsolete” piece might be coming along — fear not. I’m working on it. it’s just that I’m also deadlining on three articles, too. So a little more patience.
In the meantime, always remember: “
We Our Lords and Masters Shall Overcome.”
And if that isn’t the most
inspiring embarassing thing you’ve seen all year, I’d like to know what is.
- The government has finally gone too far! (Says Jim Bovard, a man who’s fond of a good cheap cigar.)
- Why time seems to speed up as we get older and some creative ways to slow it down.
- I hope Tesla’s recent bold move of open-sourcing its patents pays off. History and a good guess says it’s likely to greatly benefit the electric vehicle industry as a whole, but not Tesla, specifically.
- Off-grid goes upscale. Especially offshore.
- The naked self-interest of the managerial state. No surprises, but telling, nevertheless.
- 50 photos from the past that’ll get you thinking.