Beltway Slugs .
Apr 30th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Beltway Slugs. These slugs we like. A similar informal, spontaneous jitney system operates in the Bay Area, I've heard. Haven't heard of one in L.A., except during the bus strike. [Hit & Run]

Police defend gun amnesty ‘success’ .
Apr 30th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Police defend gun amnesty ‘suc­cess’. Police reject crit­i­cism that a gun amnesty has not had an impact on weapons held by real crim­i­nals. [BBC News | Front Page | UK Edi­tion]

That’s because gov­ern­ments don’t care about weapons used by criminals–those weapons help the gov­ern­ment, by scar­ing the sheeple into accept­ing even more gov­ern­ment con­trol over their lives. The only crim­i­nals who take advan­tage of a “gun amnesty” are those want­i­ng to get rid of incrim­i­nat­ing evi­dence against them.

Iraqis killed in protest .
Apr 29th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Iraqis killed in protest. Thir­teen peo­ple were report­ed­ly killed when US forces fired upon demon­stra­tors. [BBC News | Front Page | UK Edi­tion]

bq. Wit­ness­es quot­ed by the French news agency, AFP, said the demon­stra­tors had been mark­ing Sad­dam Hussein’s birth­day when the Amer­i­cans opened fire.

The report said pro­test­ers were car­ry­ing por­traits of their oust­ed leader and Iraqi flags when they approached a school manned by US troops.

I guess the demon­straters didn’t get the word that they were sup­posed to be danc­ing in the streets cel­e­brat­ing his over­throw.

Nonsmoking Paradise .
Apr 28th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Non­smok­ing Par­adise. See how the ban on smok­ing in bars is improv­ing the qual­i­ty of life in New York. [Hit & Run]

bq. The night life for which this city is so famous is under­go­ing a meta­mor­pho­sis as bar patrons who smoke are spend­ing time on the side­walks rather than spend­ing mon­ey inside ever since a city­wide work­place smok­ing ban took effect on March 30.

”It’s cre­at­ing a social scene in the streets. The streets are becom­ing the new bar,” said David Rabin, co-owner of Lotus, a sup­per club in the Meat­pack­ing dis­trict. ”That’s not good for the neigh­bors try­ing to sleep, and it’s ter­ri­ble for busi­ness.”

Cal­i­for­nia has sim­i­lar­ly dra­con­ian laws, and busi­ness­es here have devel­oped a way to cope. In the past year I’ve seen a num­ber of cafes and restau­rants locat­ed in strip malls here in Kore­atown remod­eled so that their front “wall” is moved well back into the store, leav­ing most of the seat­ing area tech­ni­cal­ly out­side but still pro­tect­ed by the roof and two walls. The mild cli­mate in Los Ange­les makes this com­fort­able almost the entire year.

From grabbe : “When your daughter asks for a pony, don’t tell her that it’s too expensive; after all, if you had your last twenty years of tax money back, she could
Apr 28th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

From grabbe:
“When your daugh­ter asks for a pony, don’t tell her that it’s too
expen­sive; after all, if you had your last twen­ty years of tax mon­ey
back, she could have ten ponies. Tell her the truth: that the IRS has
tak­en her pony and giv­en it to an evil dic­ta­tor in North Korea who
will prob­a­bly eat it.” — unat­trib­uted
[End the War on Free­dom]

News.Com : “The software will be able to read music files encoded with ACC, a format that Apple says ‘compresses much more efficiently than older formats like MP3…
Apr 28th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

News.Com: "The software will be able to read music files encoded with ACC, a format that Apple says 'compresses much more efficiently than older formats like MP3...while delivering quality rivaling that of uncompressed CD audio.'" [Scripting News]

And a format which is proprietary to Apple and can't be read by any other software, I presume.

President’s brother Jeb gives gun owners shot in the arm .
Apr 28th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

President’s broth­er Jeb gives gun own­ers shot in the arm. The Gov­er­nor of Flori­da, Jeb Bush, has thanked the Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion for help­ing elect his broth­er Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States in 2000.

Mr Bush, the keynote speak­er at the gun lobby’s annu­al con­ven­tion, said that, based on exit polls, 48 per cent of the vot­ers in the 2000 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion were gun own­ers.

NRA sup­port played a key role in sev­er­al states, includ­ing Flori­da, where the vote was so close that the Supreme Court even­tu­al­ly had to set­tle the mat­ter of dis­put­ed bal­lots, and in Ten­nessee, home state of George Bush’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic oppo­nent, Al Gore.

Were it not for your active involve­ment, it’s safe to say my broth­er would not be Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States,’ the younger Bush said on Sat­ur­day. []

Pre­sum­ably he’s a clever enough politi­cian not to come right out and say, “Thanks, suck­ers.”

Embedded Reporters A Good Idea .
Apr 27th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Embed­ded Reporters A Good Idea. In some respects, this has been a ghost war. We know that 125 Amer­i­cans were killed. We know that there are about 6,400 Iraqi pris­on­ers of war. How many Iraqi civil­ians were killed? How many Iraqi sol­diers were killed? This we don’t know. We were told there were fierce bat­tles here and there. Where are the corpses? Either there are thou­sands of Iraqi bod­ies lying around rot­ting, or 400,000 or so Iraqi sol­diers are not dead, wound­ed or in cus­tody. Where are they? Did they just go home? Did they take their per­son­al weapons with them? What are their plans? [Charley Reese]

This is some­thing I’ve been won­der­ing about too. Before the inva­sion start­ed the Cru­saders were claim­ing that the Iraqi sol­diers would all sur­ren­der, but that didn’t hap­pen. So where are they?

When some Iraqis defied the Crusader’s script and fought back, the Cru­saders claimed that they were Repub­li­can Guard and Fed­day­een loy­al­ists who were only fight­ing because they would be killed by the Iraqi peo­ple if they lost. And yet, they stopped fight­ing abrupt­ly and there have been no sto­ries of thou­sands of corpses mys­te­ri­ous­ly appear­ing. So what hap­pened to them?

Libertarian Enterprise — Letter from Jay P Hailey — a good test to see if you’re a libertarian.
Apr 27th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Lib­er­tar­i­an Enter­prise -

Let­ter from Jay P Hai­ley
— a good test to see if you’re a
lib­er­tar­i­an. Hehe. [tle] [End the War on Free­dom]

bq. Take your favorite, shal­low, nar­row racial stereo­type


Now, Pic­ture them well armed. Big, shiny new guns and rigs.

If any of this scares you, you’re prob­a­bly not a Lib­er­tar­i­an by tem­pera­ment.

&n"> Product announcement .  The slick Windows interface for Radio from Social DynamX (a partner of UserLand) is now available for download .  It should be up in the store soon.&n
Apr 24th, 2003 by Ken Hagler

Product announcement.  The slick Windows interface for Radio from Social DynamX (a partner of UserLand) is now available for download.  It should be up in the store soon.  It offers the following:

1) Spell check.
2) A slick Windows editing surface.
3) Tabbed browsing.
4) Outlook style news aggregation.
5) Simple image insertion.
Here is a screenshot:
add_pict2: Adding a picture step 2
  [John Robb's Radio Weblog]

This looks like a very interesting idea, but unfortunately it requires Radio to be running on the same system. That doesn't work for me, since I run Radio on my Mac laptop so that I can use it both at home and at work. I do access it from my desktop PC when at home, and it would be nice if this app could access the copy of Radio on my Mac from my PC.

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