Morning Links

Monday, October 13th, 2008
  • Some forty states are forking over millions in subsidies so Hollywood will make crappy movies within their borders.
  • So which is worse, here–the physical pain, or the embarrassment?
  • Promising possible new treatment for Alzheimer’s.
  • Orange County, California sheriff decides requirements for concealed carry permits ought to be stricter, begins wholesale revocation of existing permits.
  • As we continue to lose control of Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO decide it’d be a good idea to further alienate the country’s people by stepping up the drug war there.
  • Pets, or appetizers for your current pet?

  • We Hoosiers are always overachieving.
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  • 22 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  j.d. | 

      Speaking of overachieving hoosiers, did you hear about the two contenders for the US Congressional district hooking themselves up to lie detectors? A novel idea, if only lie detectors were completely reliable. I still get mail from Sodrel out here in DE

    2. #2 |  freedomfan | 

      Regarding the revocation of people’s concealed carry permits, does the ruling against the D.C. gun ban have any impact here?

      One way or the other, the idea that an ordinary citizen needs permission from the government to carry a gun runs contrary to our basic system. If there isn’t specific reason to restrict an individual (e.g. conviction of a violent felony), then the state should have to leave him alone.

      I agree that “avid shooter” isn’t a good reason for an exception to the no carry rule. The problem is that there shouldn’t be a no carry rule. That the default status in California is “no carry rights” is the malfunction, not that people haven’t properly applied for their permits.

    3. #3 |  chance | 

      I read another article a few days ago where a sheriff had decided to stop enforcing evictions of home owners. His reasoning was that in many cases the bank had not bothered to find out whether the holder of the mortgage was in fact the person living there or someone renting from the owner, so too many people were being evicted with no notice. Here is the article:,0,6213711.story

      I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand I think it is despicable and unjust when someone who is paying their rent on time and doing nothing wrong finds their stuff on the curb. On the other hand, I get very nervous when a LEO selectively enforces laws, even laws I disagree with.

    4. #4 |  TomMil | 


      I think that selective enforcement problems lie in why the selection is being made. Intent matters. LEOs often choose not to enforce the law when the perp is a family member or another law enforcement officer and that is a cause for concern but it is quite a different thing when a LEO chooses to forgo enforcement of a law that will create a greater injustice than it prevents. Also, providing notice is a matter of Due Process of Law and the tenants should be entitled to that. So he is in fact, enforcing the constitution.

      No as far as that link to the X-ray photo is concerned, let me be the first to say, “Rectum? Nearly killed him!”

    5. #5 |  James D | 

      Ahhhh ….. ACORN is finally getting caught for what they’ve done for years. About time ….

    6. #6 |  Cynical In CA | 

      Mike Carona set the bar very high when it came to corruption in Orange County. Many of those CCW permits were pay-to-play.

      Of course, while I believe in no laws other than “do no harm to others, then do as you please,” why carry a concealed weapon when wearing a sidearm in plain sight has such a chilling effect on another’s evil designs?

    7. #7 |  Edmund Dantes | 

      If you dig into it a little, you’ll find a lot of the banks haven’t even followed the basic rules for evicting a landlord. The sheriff’s department was going out to these places to find that contrary to the law the banks hadn’t notified the tenants as required in Chicago.
      Nor did they have teh documentation to back up that they had notified, etc.

      Similar stuff has been happening (outside of this story) in court rooms where banks have been unable to prove they actually own the titles to the places they are foreclosing on. The banks got really really sloppy in all of this stuff because they just assumed they’d never actually have to deal with this stuff since housing prices always go up. Now they are getting caught with their pants around their ankles and they want the government to do the work they are supposed to do.

      It’s refreshing to see public servants say to them “Uhhh… hold on one second. You haven’t done this properly. You’ve failed to do your basic due diligence on this eviction, and until you do I can’t evict these people” We aren’t talking about a missed period or dotted i either. We are talking wholesale total incompetence when it comes to these foreclosures.

      Of course some people that have rightfully been served are being helped by the officer’s blanket refusal on any evictions, but I’d rather see us err on the side of the ones that have done nothing wrong with a couple bad guys getting a free ride rather than the alternative of making sure we get every single last bad guy even if it means rousting out a disproportionate amount of good guys to do it.

    8. #8 |  dsmallwood | 

      no comment, other than to laud #7
      Edmund Dantes

      that’s a great online name

    9. #9 |  el serracho | 

      little context on that orange county story – we’ve got ourselves a new sheriff in town seeing as the old one is under federal indictment. there was quite a bit of cronyism with those gun permits. just sayin’

    10. #10 |  chance | 

      Your points are taken, to an extent, but I have little doubt the permit-revoking sheriff thinks her actions are as justified as the other sheriffs. IMO if the law is bad, we should change the law, not the enforcement.

    11. #11 |  Rob | 

      If I assume that the wikipedia article on ACORN is fairly accurate, the accusations against them are definitely over-hyped.

    12. #12 |  Brandon Bowers | 

      There’s an interesting bit in that Afghan drug war piece:

      the accord also accommodates objections from some of the 26 NATO nations that contribute troops to the 50,000-strong NATO force. Attacks on drug “facilities and facilitators supporting the insurgency” are to occur only if the NATO and Afghan troops involved have the authorization of their own governments, a provision that will allow dissenting nations to opt out of counternarcotics strikes.

      So, participating countries have the right to opt out of the absurd “drug war” part of our Afghan occupation. Basic retention of sovereign authority to not enforce another country’s laws in a third country. Our defense secretary is not happy about that part.

      “Afterward, Mr. Gates said that the accord would allow “some to do things that others did not want to do,” and added, “It’s better than nothing.”

      He is not happy that other countries can decide not to enforce our laws in another country. I suppose that that fits with Bush’s foreign policy.

    13. #13 |  Edmund Dantes | 

      The other thing to remember about ACORN is they are legally required to submit every registration sheet to the state. They mark up which ones they think are bogus or created by an employee to inflate their commission, but they aren’t allowed to not send them lest they be charged with somehow selectively removing valid registrations.

    14. #14 |  PSYOP | 

      That dildo x-ray…oh, dear God. I thought that was an endoscope that a proctologist had somehow lost. God, that is the worst thing I’ve seen in a long time – that HAD to HURT!

    15. #15 |  bobzbob | 

      Radley again falls for the mindless hysteria being pushed by the GOP. There is not one shred of evidence of vote registration fraud here, let alone “vote fraud”. People move, people die, and their names never get taken off the rolls because the registrar never gets notified. The result is that a large percentage of names on the rolls everywhere are no longer active.

    16. #16 |  Radley Balko | 

      Radley again falls for the mindless hysteria being pushed by the GOP.

      Wait, I thought I was always falling for the mindless hysteria being pushed by left-wing bloggers!

      I don’t know how Indy got to 105 percent. I just think it’s funny.

    17. #17 |  James D | 

      Your first mistake #11 is to assume wikipedia is accurate ….

      And bobzbob, gimme a break … ACORN is now in trouble in like 15 states (Connecticut, Wisconsin, Indiana, Nevada, New Mexico, etc) for this kind of stuff?! Yet another shady organization that Obama is tied to … ‘but they just want to help people vote’ … yeah, illegally for Obama.

      Pretty easy to find links like this:

    18. #18 |  AnRyan | 

      I hope the article on Alzheimer’s disease is for real. I just lost my grandma to Alzheimer’s last week. She had been fighting the disease for 6 painful years. It also took a huge toll on my mother, the caregiver. Such a horrible disease.

    19. #19 |  Rob | 


      Wikipedia has people of all political stripes attempting to keep articles accurate. Your sources, not so much.

    20. #20 |  Frank | 

      #6 “why carry a concealed weapon when wearing a sidearm in plain sight has such a chilling effect on another’s evil designs?”

      Because the Wet Panties Brigade of the Brady Campaign freaks out whenever they see a gun in the possession of those not engaged directly in protecting them. Until Virginia reformed their gun laws, it was legal to carry openly (defined as visible on three sides), unless the local police called it “disturbing the peace”. Basically, if someone called the cops because you had a gun on your hip, you were disturbing the peace and subject to arrest and confiscation of the firearm.

      And the Alzheimer’s report would be good news for Terry Pratchett (Ringworld series among others). He did a nice article about his condition for the Daily Mail last week.

      The dildo x-ray: Well, that beats the patient I took in that had a live 20mm shell past PONR.

    21. #21 |  H4 | 

      If you are going to bring up the ACORN voter irregularities, the least you could do is at least bring some coverage of the GOP’s shenanigans over the past 8 years. For a good review of the topic, take a look at Greg Palast and Robert Kennedy’s efforts on the subject. Voter caging, intimidation, and redistricting, all well covered by Palast’s research.

      Could the 105% be attributed to out of state students in the Hoosier state’s universities. ACORN probably is going to far in their efforts, but it’s intented to counter the GOP’s efforts to get rid of millions of legal voters. It’s rather sad that the only time this issue gets coverage is when the GOP stirs it up, with a straight face…

    22. #22 |  Pepito | 

      Provided the person applying for the permit isn’t a felon why shouldn’t being an avid shooter be reason enough to get a CCW? Of course I’m one of the kooks that doesn’t think one should have to aply for any CCW permit. Out here in WV just cause is personal defense. Fill out the form (which is a couple of pages, that’s it), pay the tax ($75 if I remember correctly) and take a firearms safety course ($250, but it’s a private company so they can charge what they want) and your done. Strangely enough we’ve got a pretty low crime rate. Wonder when the politicians are going to realize that when the citizens are armed they can fight back against the criminals? Oh wait never mind, we’re stuck with the criminals making the rules right now.