Twenty Years
Sep 17th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

I’ve now had the domain name for twen­ty years.

The inevitable result of being a good cop
Sep 12th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

West Vir­ginia cop fired for not killing a man with an unload­ed gun. He did what police offi­cers are sup­posed to do — put him­self at risk to save a life. [Radley Balko]

What Mader did upon arriv­ing at the scene is a hell of a lot braver course of action than sim­ply open­ing fire when the sus­pect doesn’t imme­di­ate­ly dis­arm. What Mader did is in fact exact­ly what we want cops to do when some­one is in cri­sis. It’s also pre­cise­ly what law enforce­ment offi­cers say they do on a dai­ly basis — put them­selves at risk in order to save lives. Mader should have been given a medal.

Of course the out­come of this guy being a good cop is com­plete­ly pre­dictable: he was fired. Also, two oth­er cops showed up who were per­fect­ly will­ing to mur­der the guy who Mader wouldn’t.

Apparently his message was heard
Sep 8th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Fer­gu­son Activist Dar­ren Seals Found Shot and Dead in Burn­ing Car in St. Louis. 29-year-old activist Dar­ren Seals was found dead in a burn­ing car in the Riverview sec­tion of St. Louis this week, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Seals became an anti-gun vio­lence activist after being shot in 2013, and in 2014 was among the first pro­test­ers in Fer­gu­son, accord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Post.

Seals helped found the group Hands Up Unit­ed and was a vocal oppo­nent of African-Americans vot­ing Democ­rat as a bloc. “Just because they’ve got the D next to their name, that don’t mean noth­ing,” Seals told the Wash­ing­ton Post in 2014. “The world is watch­ing us right now. It’s time to send a mes­sage of our pow­er.” [Hit & Run)]

The dan­ger of send­ing mes­sages like that in a police state is that the peo­ple in charge might actu­al­ly get the mes­sage and decide to send back one of their own.

Another phony crisis
Sep 6th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

New Round of Fearmongering Over Texting and Driving. If you went by the breathless reporting on texting and driving, or the word of law enforcement or "traffic safety advocates" you'd think at any given moment someone is careening to their death because they or another driver had their eyes on their cellphones and not on the road. [Hit & Run]

I'll consider believing that phones are some sort of serious threat to driver safety that must be banned once they ban things that are unquestionably more distracting in cars, like small children.

Quote of the Day
Sep 4th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

An elec­tion is the act of choos­ing a new paint job for the tank which is plow­ing through your house and crush­ing your chil­dren.

Kent McMani­gal

Quote of the Day
Aug 17th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

…Any adult human — and most chil­dren past a cer­tain degree of matu­ri­ty — ought to car­ry a knife. Oth­er­wise you’re just a chimp with a hair­cut.

Rober­ta X

Going green: Morocco bans use of plastic bags
Jul 1st, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Going green: Moroc­co bans use of plas­tic bags [AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)]

I’ve writ­ten in the past about how absurd it is for Amer­i­cans to wor­ry about Mus­lims impos­ing Shari­ah law in the US. Now, it seems that it’s the Mus­lims who have to wor­ry about Amer­i­can Shari­ah laws being imposed in their coun­tries.

A good example for us
Jun 9th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Vir­tu­al Nations. Good read of the day: “The Soma­li Poten­tates of Sub­ur­bia,” an Awl piece about the var­i­ous seces­sion­ist paper states that sup­pos­ed­ly exist in Soma­lia and are actu­al­ly run from abroad. A quick excerpt:

Awdal State wasn’t declar­ing inde­pen­dence from Soma­lia. It was declar­ing inde­pen­dence from Soma­liland, a seces­sion­ist move­ment that’d declared its inde­pen­dence from Soma­lia two decades pri­or. And the Awdalites didn’t want their own inde­pen­dence. They want­ed auton­o­my (includ­ing their own pres­i­dent) with­in Soma­lia. And when I say “Awdalites,” I don’t actu­al­ly mean peo­ple in Awdal. The hall with all those awk­ward dancers was in Min­neapolis, Min­neso­ta. The gov­ern­ment elec­tion lat­er that year took place in Lon­don. And the pres­i­dent they wound up elect­ing was a middle-aged dude liv­ing per­ma­nent­ly in Ottawa, whose day job was stuff­ing fly­ers into a local paper.

[Hit & Run]

Clear­ly the Soma­l­is have the right idea. If only we could restrict the US Pres­i­dent to a mean­ing­less role filled by some­one with a day job shuf­fling fly­ers.

Quote of the Day
May 20th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Do I as an indi­vid­u­al have a right to use force upon my neigh­bor to accom­plish this goal? If I do have such a right, then I may del­e­gate that pow­er to my gov­ern­ment to exer­cise on my behalf. If I do not have that right as an indi­vid­u­al, then I can­not del­e­gate it to gov­ern­ment, and I can­not ask my gov­ern­ment to per­form the act for me.

Ezra Taft Ben­son

People used to go the other way
May 18th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Developer Of Anonymous Tor Software Dodges FBI, Leaves US. An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: FBI agents are currently trying to subpoena one of Tor's core software developers to testify in a criminal hacking investigation, CNNMoney has learned. But the developer, who goes by the name Isis Agora Lovecruft, fears that federal agents will coerce her to undermine the Tor system -- and expose Tor users around the world to potential spying. That's why, when FBI agents approached her and her family over Thanksgiving break last year, she immediately packed her suitcase and left the United States for Germany. "I was worried they'd ask me to do something that hurts innocent people -- and prevent me from telling people it's happening," she said in an exclusive interview with CNNMoney. Earlier in the month, Tech Dirt reported the Department of Homeland Security wants to subpoena the site over the identity of a hyperbolic commenter. [Slashdot]

It's depressing that I can now say that I'm old enough to remember when people defected to the US.

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