- Big court victory for the Second Amendment this week. Like all court victories, flawed. But still big.
- Why antigunners own stocks in gun and ammo companies.
- I wasn’t sure they’d ever do it: The Free State Project now has the 20,000 pledgers it said it needed for critical political mass. I wonder whether they’ve checked to see if all those pledges are current and good. I know I withdrew mine around the time they started the move prematurely. The FSP is an intriguing effort that’s made waves. More power to it and all its people. How well they can stand against the rising tide of “socialism” is anyone’s guess.
- Resist the VAT or any other national sales tax. Always and forever. (I’ll never understand those for whom “tax reform” means “more taxes.” Or those who believe that the income tax will magically go away when some new tax is imposed. Do they not know how government works?)
- Yet another American Muslim cries for reform of a decrepit faith. Not Obama-style pandering.
- F*c*b**k removes the pages of medical marijuana dispensaries and legal recreational pot shops. This had just happened to one of my interviewees on the morning I met with him.
Archive for the ‘War on Some Drugs’ Category
- “Ayn Rand Made Me a Communist.” Um … you’d probably have to be a regular New Republic reader and already know how Jacob Bacharach is one; he doesn’t actually explain, except in a vague-ish indirect way. It’s still an interesting essay, though.
- Question not asked: If this homeless guy can do all this, then why is he homeless?
- Not a bad analysis of how the R-Party is coming apart at the seams. Leaves out factors you and I know well, but seems right in its basics.
- Georgia state representative commits civil disobedience to get medical marijuana to sick kids.
- Yeah, it’s a Communist hellhole. So we’ll open and close today’s news with Commies. But Cuba is beautiful, as these aerial photos show. And ohhhh, those empty white-sand beaches! This link was sent to me by a Panamanian taxista who helped make my couple of days in Panama City six years ago a pleasure. I’m pretty sure he’s been to Cuba.
And a bonus: Canada for President, courtesy of MJR, who knows a thing or two about all that. NB: Brief NSFW language.
- Wow. But not surprising. The ATF and the Obama administration, via Fast & Furious, supplied drug lord El Chapo with .50 cal weaponry.
- Zombie ships ply the ocean in hopes of paying just the interest, not the principle, on shipowners’ debt. One more place all that central bank bubble capital has been going for the last eight years.
- Right analysis? But completely crazy proposed solution to global bubbles.
- With state legislatures in session, it’s become political silly season. Most of the goofy new bills will never pass, so you can stop sending me alarming emails about junk that might not even make it out of committee, okay? But politicians are getting their jollies with bills enabling random acquaintances to deprive you of your gun rights, create new gun bans even in southern states, and requiring “journalists” to register with the state. Yeah, that one’ll really meet the First Amendment test, for sure.
- Good news, however! Although politics clearly rots your brain, you may be pleased to know that, contrary to recent reports, cannabis probably doesn’t.
- Being the grey man in a surveillance society. (Jim Bovard, who led me to this link, gets called out for one of his notable failures in the grey-man department. OTOH, I don’t think Jim has ever aimed to be grey.)
- Or you could become the opposite of the grey man. Like this first guy in the world to travel with a passport chip in his hand. (Via David Codrea.)
- RIP, Bitcoin? Despite this week’s developments, I don’t know whether Bitcoin is dead or not. I’m outside the Bitcoin universe. I do know, however, that there has always been good reason to watch from the sidelines before jumping in. The volatility. The out-of-thin-air nature of the currency. The ability of small groups to control it. And — above all — the fact that true believers have promoted Bitcoin at me as though it were the second coming of Jesus. Never a good sign, that.
- She got jilted at the altar, sold all her stuff and became a world traveling writer.
- Will people now have to start watching their “threat scores” the way they have to watch their credit scores? Given the notoriously bad and biased information that goes into marking us as “threats,” that could be a real challenge.
- Mental Floss tells the story of German teens who rebelled against Hitler. Another fascinating, little-known bit of history.
- To call it the gun issue even the NRA won’t touch might be an exaggeration. But the problem of non-violent ex-felons being denied gun rights does hit blacks harder than the rest of us. (Thank you, War on Drugs.)
- Funny timing. Last evening I started reading a 30-year-old tome by a naturalist/environmentalist. He mentioned the then-dire ozone hole; you may remember the OH as the terror that was going to make livestock go blind and give us humans shocking rates of skin cancer. I’d forgotten all about it. Bet you had, too. Then I check my morning news and up pops a Smithsonian piece asking whatever happened to the ozone hole.
- Ouch. Even if Ammon Bundy manages not to get himself Wacoed, he faces financial oblivion for the Oregon standoff (H/T MJR). Meanwhile, Oath Keepers and III Percenters pay a call on the FBI.
- Too much suffering and struggle for freedomistas lately. Michael Werecat Dean details how he faces life-threatening health problems while giving his all to Freedom Feens. The Feens audience is generally younger and hipper than most here at BHM, but the show is a wonderful outreach vehicle and MWD has always been a passionate supporter of other freedomistas, including me.
- For people who complained that her The Book of Barkley: Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever was more about humans than the dog, Brigid writes a brief “book” about her dog Abby’s thoughts. Hilarious. Because it’s so right.
- The five “best” drug scares of 2015.
- This year’s weirdest science stories.
- Fourteen — maybe 15 — ways to avoid the Obamacare tax. (Per A.G. in comments.)
- Thirteen things credit card companies know about you that might make you cringe.
- Well, thank heaven it wasn’t “gun violence.”
- Another Darwin Award nominee, courtesy of absorption in mobile device. How embarrassing to die of pure stupid. But hey — at least it wasn’t “gun violence”!
- In praise of Glock.
- Ross Douthat on cracks in the liberal order. Not meaning “liberal” as in that thing that “progressives” don’t want to be called these days, but “liberal” as in some fundamental values of western civ and western gov.
- Forget mere Pastafarianism. In some parts of the world it’s better to be a Zuist.
- Cool photos of small, futuristic houses. Gotta laugh at the assertion that these are all “cheap,” though. The first one pictured starts at more than $300k, and that probably doesn’t include the land. But they’re all fascinating and some of them actually are budget-minded.
- Of the new Omni-bust budget deal Jim Bovard sez: “Republican congressional leaders are like a football coach who believes the secret to winning is to punt early and often.”
- Rand Paul sez stop the bill — and he has some fairly decent ideas for alternatives.
- OTOH, Marijuana.com sez there are a couple of decent provisions in the 2,000 page monster sellout.
- On the other other hand, the USPS announces a completely unsurprising but curiously retro policy on carrying publications that contain — gasp! — ads for the dreaded Demon Weed. One wonders why they couldn’t have just kept their mouths shut and carried the mail, given that the times are changing.
- FIJA-philes win another “jury tampering” case. (H/T jed)
- This book sounds intriguing. Possibly futile, but maybe a good picker-upper for the freedomista remnant. And who knows? Millennials are showing a heartening interest in liberty; it might inform and encourage them, too. It’s Robert Curry’s Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the power of the American idea. Review by John Tamny. And of course … Amazon link.
- Ya really gotta wonder how people discover such stuff. Apparently you can break into Linux systems (with Grub2 bootloaders) by pressing the backspace key 28 times. A fix is already in the works. (H/T MJR)
- Cabin Porn! (via Kyle MacL in comments). Not yuppie tiny-house pretensions, but the real deal.
The Miskatonic Manuscript
By Vin Suprynowicz
323 pages, Mountain Media, December 11, 2015
When last we saw rare-book dealer Matthew Hunter and the beautiful, dauntless Chantal Stevens they were searching for the lost testament of James, a much-rumored scripture by the brother of Jesus, a document powerful forces would kill to suppress.
That was in Vin’s first Hunter-Stevens novel.
Now they’re back. Back at their shop, Books on Benefit in Providence, Rhode Island. Back with their distinctly motley crew of friends and associates (including a writer of vampire tales who may take his role just a little too seriously and a small person named Skeezix whose uncanny affinity with cats makes me wonder about his genetic heritage).
And of course they’re back to searching for another rare manuscript. This time there’s nothing biblical about it — unless you worship at the altar of H.P. Lovecraft, whose work the lost document is. Some of the characters in The Miskatonic Manuscript literally do worship at that altar, being members of the Church of Cthulu.
- They shouldn’t have euthanized the alligator. Should have given him a medal.
- No, Colbert. The problem isn’t that you don’t have to show ID to buy ammo. The problem is that you do have to show it to buy Sudafed. This is how tyranny creeps its creepy little way into our heads.
- Barack Obama … um created Donald Trump.
- Two good ones from TZP: Bear Bussjaeger’s “Speaking Ill of the Dead” and William Lehman’s guest commentary, “Controlled Violence, or Pistols and Other Things that Go Boom”. Subscribers to TZP alerts got an early look at both of these.
- Guess you have to consider the source; she was his ex-wife for a reason. But I thought Mary Weiland’s plea not to glorify her ex’s death was both unusual and eloquent.
- New York begins to crack down on resisters of the so-called SAFE Act. And where did they get those 4473s, anyhow?
- Be happier without F*c*b**k.
- Jim Bovard tries to go home from making a speech and gets investigated as a terrorist bomber.
- Seems this adorable little drug “kingpin” learned her trade from her rough, tough, posturing DEA daddy.
- Yeah, I know there’s a difference between fantasizing and actually taking steps toward committing torture, murder, and cannibalism. But seems to me that when you use the power and tools of your profession to choose and track specific victims, you’ve crossed that line. I’ll bet the appeals court would have seen that clearly had Gilberto Valle been anything other than a cop.
- Washington, DC: 2161 pot busts in 2010; six — count ’em, six — as of early November this year.
- You might be shocked to know just how rich the top dozen are compared with We the Peasants. You won’t be surprised to hear that government policy helps keep them gaining over the rest of us.
- Best commentary I’ve seen about Zuckerberg’s planned philanthropy: It excludes the great and crucial value of freedom. And there’s this, too: it’s not about charity, it’s about influence. And oligarchy.
- Nicki’s theory on the San Bernardino jihadis: a case of premature detonation.
The Miskatonic Manuscript by Vin Surprynowicz isn’t officially out yet. Release date is December 11, but I just received a beautiful hardcover review copy.
The teaser on the dust jacket says in part:
What if Rhode Island horror writer H.P. Lovecraft didn’t just imagine the “resonator” in his 1920 short story “From Beyond”? What if Henry Annesley actually built the machine that allowed him to see into the Sixth Dimension -– and allowed creatures from The Other Side to invade us here? …
[And] “What if they fought a War on Drugs . . . and someone fought back?”
Good questions — especially that second one.
This is the second in the adventures of rare book dealers Matthew Hunter and Chatal Stevens, who you may have enjoyed in The Testament of James
Having just returned a very good book (one of Terry Pratchett’s final novels, Dodger) to the library this morning, I’ll get right on this and have a review soon.
Oh, and the censorship on the sexy lady’s backside (which is more visible when you click to embiggenate) is mine. Didn’t figure The Duffys would want nekkid butts on their website. But the classic Boris Vallejo art (and Carl Bussjaeger cover design) is on full display over at Vin’s (and sometimes The Brunette’s) blog.
Back with a full review closer to the eleventh.
- For some reason, the NRA sat on its review of the notorious Armatrix iP1 “smart” gun and just recently released it. They probably didn’t mean it to be hilarious, but it is.
- Ten ways to lessen your chances of being killed in a terrorist attack.
- #BlackLivesMatter may get all the press, but Tommitrise Collins, college student and new mother, is a lot more impressive.
- Wendy McElroy found this one first, but it should be spread far and wide: thanks to asset forfeiture, U.S. cops now steal more property than all the nation’s burglars combined.
- What The Hunger Games movies say about feminism and war. I read this week that Jennifer Lawrence was initially frustrated with her character Katniss’ reluctance to fight and to lead, but eventually came to understand that it’s one of the character’s great strengths.
- Newly discovered spider named after a Lord of the Rings character. No, not Shelob.
- Well, I’m sure that’s one good reason to fire the head of the DEA. But somehow it hardly seems the biggest reason (to fire the head of the DEA, send all its agents off to work at McDonalds, burn the agency to the ground, and salt the land on which it stood).
- And speaking of the progress on pot, good on you Canadians.
- Hillary: She Who Must Not Be Mocked. (Here’s Nicki’s take on the mysterious phone call. And the video some Hillaryite objected to.)
- Finally dogs painting poetically and dogs wet and dry.
- 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.