Bruce Schneier: “Only one carry on? No electronics for the first hour of flight? I wish that, just once, some terrorist would try something that you can only foil by upgrading the passengers to first class and giving them free drinks.”
Federal judge won’t toss the obscenity charges against John Stagliano. I think his attorney is right. This is a good chance to bring Miller v. California into the Internet age. “Community standards” means something quite a bit different now than it did then.
This smug op-ed by the guy wrongly arrested in the Snowball Fight Heard ‘Round the World is almost enough to make me support the gun-waving cop.
I fail to detect smugness in the snowballer’s article. He pretty much described the incident, talks about his job in relation to law and law enforcement, and says that while he thinks that the cop overreacted, he still hopes he won’t lose his job over the incident.
My favorite quote of the Grabar article was the closing – “legalization is supported by the same forces that promote Kevin Jennings, one-world government, Gaia worship, and legalized prostitution.” Bam!
I also liked that the comments featured some nicely articulate refutations of the article, followed immediately by commenters describing them as “drug surrenderists” and “societal parasites.”
The PJ Media article is astounding. I mean…holy ridiculous fuck. How can these people take themsleves seriously? I don’t even want other people to read the article it’s so mind numbing. Here’s a brief summary…
Basically never addressed the fact that a guy in PC Florida choked on a bag of pot because it was illegal. Obviously, this guy would’ve swallowed a bag of pot and choked on it even if drugs were legal. I guess that’s what they’re saying, they just sort od skirted that whole aspect of the story.
All adult film stars and strippers are drug addicts and have to be to do their job. Because fucking and dancing naked for shit tons of money isn’t enough of an incentive.
Alcohol is ok because the Bible says so.
Drugs are part of the counter-culture, which is bad because it’s different and not sanctioned by the Bible. Therefore, people who don’t do what the Bible says hate God. Duh!
Drugs turn people into irrational zombies, easy to indoctrinate, passive, unthinking. But not the church, you totally can’t say that about religion. We don’t do that to people, only drugs. Drugs don’t help people become good artists, musicians, or writers or anything like that.
And my favorite…Libertarians are in cohoots with the high taxing, big government, nanny state loving, gun hating George Soros. I mean, it’s just so fucking obviouis becuase of this one issue. Any other differences between the two can be disregarded.
“The crowd’s anger at the detective over this violation was palpable on Saturday. In his book “Here, the People Rule,” Harvard law professor Richard Parker eloquently defends the “political energy” of “ordinary people”: “Government must not only be responsible to ordinary people. . . . It, above all, must be responsive to them — not just occasionally, but systemically.””
They targeted the Hummer because it was a gas guzzler? Maybe he only drives it in crappy weather. I wish I had one right after the snowstorm. It would have been super practical compared to an econobox or even the other two wheel drive cop cars.
That Pajamas Media article gave me a headache trying to understand her logic. And then the comments (although at least there are a lot of pro-liberty people in the comments, and they’re, for the most part, far more articulate and logical than their opponents, who mostly seem to be resorting to namecalling, mistruths, and outright lies)
From the comment section on the peppermint oil article:
“What kids will do is fill a peppermint oil bottle with toothpicks to soak overnight, and then sell them to other kids. Peppermint can be a low-level stimulant. The school was correct in suspending her. She has to be taught that its wrong to sell things like that in school, and send that message to other kids. If she comes back and does it again, then there’s a real problem with her.”
I just can’t even begin to respond to statements like this. Perhaps soon I will have to sign my name to buy a candy cane, as they’ll be kept behind the pharmacist’s counter…
The guy with the top ten Top Ten Lists mentions his middle name as coming from a famous movie star, and that it is not manly, but he does not give it. My guess is “Marion” which is John Wayne’s real first name. Any other guesses?
I didn’t see any smugness either. Perhaps a bit too much purple prose, but he made some good points: trying to be fair to the cop but saying he over-reacted. I did like his point that merely passing a law is often meaningless – something you don’t often hear in DC.
Grabar is one of those people who says such dumb shit without the slightest bit of rational thought. It is so infuriating because no amount of logical arguement will work with people like her. It’s like reasoning with a child. Sometimes the only solution is just to slap ’em a few times and send them to bed without any dinner.
Smugness or not I think that the two larger point should be made that one you don’t pull a gun on a crowd throwing snowballs, especially if you are a cop, and two you don’t throw snow balls at someone’s car because it’s just fucking stupid. It’s dangerous for the driver and others around them. I’m venturing to guess Radley is miffed at this article because the former point is kind of, you know, a big deal.
Andrew Williams |
December 29th, 2009 at 11:39 pm
I’m sending the Graber essay to my Logic and Critical Thinking teacher for shits and giggles.
Graber’s arguments crumble even when accepted at face value. Alcohol should be legal because it’s mentioned in the Bible? Well then…
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
I guess God’s cool with it as long as it’s schwag and you make brownies with it.
Marijuana, in contrast, has always been counter-cultural in the West. Every toke symbolizes a thumb in the eye of Western values. So it follows that in order to maintain our culture, we need to criminalize this drug.
Symbolic antisocial acts must be outlawed. Got it, kids?