Saturday, March 21st, 2009
Do bailouts spell the end of America? Terence Corcoran says no, but that may only be if Congress and the Obama administration loosen the reins on the private sector, and let them innovate and produce us out of the recession. It’s not encouraging that neither of the two major parties even pays lip service to concept of individualism anymore. And a good faction of the right, including much of its commentariat, is out and out hostile to commerce and consumerism.
Best Buy seems to be running an interesting, limited-time promotion (might not be safe for work, or those with delicate sensibilities).
State senator in Arizona gets an error-riddled letter from a student asking shy she slashed the state’s education funds. She sends a mean letter back pointing out how dumb the student is. Turns out, the student kid is developmentally disabled. Oops.
Another “this is what the Internet was made for” link: www.explainthisimage.com.
Baton Rouge paper says that if it’s allowed to stand, a recent Louisiana appeals court ruling would give police officials almost complete discretion in determining what police records are made available to the press and public under the state’s open records law. The police union is asking the state’s supreme court to go even farther.
Holy irony. Google forced to remove street view photos due to complaints about invasions of privacy. In Britain.
Florida man freed after surveillance video shows he did not attack police officers as indicated in police reports, but that the police officers actually rushed him and beat him to the ground. The officers, of course, were long ago cleared of any wrongdoing by one of those extra-thorough, new-professionalism internal investigations.
So last month, the Missouri State Police circulated a memo instructing officers to look for Ron Paul, Bob Barr, or Libertarian Party bumper stickers as indicators of possible terrorism. This month, an officer with the state’s Internet Crimes Task Force told a local TV station that there’s no reason for adults to play the Animal Crossing Wii game other than to prey on children. Turns out, lots of adults play the game.