When It Stopped Being Against The Law

We have hordes of socons bemoaning the gay marriage ruling of he Supreme Court. Where did this country go wrong? I wrote the following in response to this commenter who was decrying the fact that the Government was no longer following God’s law and was allowing abnormal behavior. I replied:

If it is abnormal behavior shouldn’t it be punished? I think stoning to death is appropriate. Too bad we no longer adhere to the correct religious principles.

Well OK. Stoning may be too harsh. How about jail?

Well OK. No jail. Next thing you know they will think they are just like regular people and will want to marry.

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You fools lost the argument long ago. Give it up.

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Reason magazine has an article up on just where the argument was lost. How Liquor Licenses Sparked the Stonewall Riots.

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Another commenter said it was like we were drag racing toward Gomorrah.

And I said: I want a faster car.

Fortunately Eric has posted a video of the kind of car I’m looking for. And if you watch the video closely you will see two guys kissing. The horror.

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Hell in a bucket, anyone?

That’s where a lot of people say we’re headed, especially these days.

I am reminded of this classic.

(Not a new idea….)

 

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There Is A War On

An interview with a police officer – Radley Balko.

The officer says:

I had an awakening. I remember it very well. I was doing narcotics work. And so I was spending a lot of time doing surveillance in a van, or in some vacant building. You have a lot of time on your hands with that kind of work. You’re watching people for hours at a time. You see them just going about their daily lives. They’re getting groceries, running errands, going to work. Suddenly, it started to seem like an entirely different place then what I had seen when I was doing other police work. I grew up in Bel Air[, Maryland]. I didn’t have exposure to inner cities. And when you work in policing, you’re inundated early on with the “us vs. them” mentality. It’s ingrained in you that this is a war, and if someone isn’t wearing a uniform, they’re the enemy. It just becomes part of who you are, of how you do your job. And when all you’re doing is responding to calls, you’re only seeing the people in these neighborhoods when there’s conflict. So you start to assume that conflict is all there is. Just bad people doing bad things.

But sitting in the van and watching people just living their lives, I started to see that these were just people. They weren’t that different from me. They had to pay rent. See their kids off to school. The main difference is that as a white kid growing up in my neighborhood, I was never going to get arrested for playing basketball in the street. I was never going to get patted down because I was standing on a street corner. There was no chance I was going to get a criminal record early on for basically being a kid. As a teen, I was never going to get arrested for having a dime bag in my pocket, because no one would ever have known. There was just no possibility that a cop was ever going to stop me and search me.

When you watch people for hours and hours like that, you start to see the big picture. You start to see the cycle of how these kids get put in the system at a young age, often for doing nothing wrong, and how that limits their options, which pushes them into selling drugs or other crime. You start to see that they never had a chance.

I missed this the first time I read the article. The officer talks Prohibition:

I’m 100 percent against the drug war. I’d legalize drugs tomorrow if I could. What we’re doing to people to fight the drug war is insane. And the cops who do narcotics work — who really want to and enjoy the drug stuff — they’re just the worst. It’s completely dehumanizing. It strips you of your empathy. I just think it had a different effect on me because I started watching the people.

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Gun Control – Poor And Minorities Hit Hardest

From Salon Magazine

Gun control’s racist reality: The liberal argument against giving police more power

Well isn’t that interesting. And from Salon? Big surprise there.

There is no reason to expect fair enforcement of gun control laws, or even that they will mainly be used to someone prevent these massacres. That is because how our society polices depends not on the laws themselves but on how the police – and prosecutors and courts – decide to enforce the law. Especially given how many guns there are in the U.S., gun law enforcement will be selective. That is to say, they will be unfairly enforced, only deepening the injustices daily committed against poor minorities in the name of law and order.

This former DEA agent says the same thing about our Drug Laws starting about 1 minute 30 seconds in.

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“not something that we have ever fully come to terms with”

In light of the horrible massacre by an admitted racist and terrorist, President Obama has issued a renewed call for gun control.

“Unfortunately, the grip of the NRA on Congress is extremely strong,” Obama said in a clip of the interview with “WTF with Marc Maron” posted by the New York Times.

It was not the first time Obama has railed against the NRA. After the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre in 2012, a tragedy that Obama has called his toughest time in office, he pushed for changes to gun laws.

He proposed more background checks for gun sales and pushed to ban more types of military-style assault weapons and limit the capacity of ammunition magazines.

But he failed to convince enough lawmakers to support the restrictions.

“I don’t foresee any legislative action being taken in this Congress. And I don’t foresee any real action being taken until the American public feels a sufficient sense of urgency and they say to themselves, ‘This is not normal, this is something that we can change, and we’re going to change it,’” he said in the interview with Maron.

The U.S. constitution protects the right to own guns. Obama acknowledged in the interview that guns are an important part of many Americans’ heritage.

“It’s part of how they grew up, part of the bonding they had with their dad,” Obama said in the interview.

“The question is just: is there a way of accommodating that legitimate set of traditions with some common-sense stuff that prevents a 21-year-old who is angry about something or confused about something or is racist or is deranged from going into a gun store,” Obama said.

“That is not something that we have ever fully come to terms with,” he said.

OK, I realize this is an exercise in the ridiculous (after all I am only writing a blog post in a 12-year-old-blog suffering from years of neglect), but I am willing to attempt to come to terms with the question the president has raised.

First, I think the president ought to recognize that gun ownership is not an exclusively male phenomenon. Far from gun ownership being grounded in male bonding, statistics show that 23% of all women own guns.

Second, out of simple fairness, I think the president ought to recognize that while there never were and probably never will be laws preventing suspicious characters (whether they are angry racist nutjobs or not) from merely entering gun stores, there are, and were, laws intended to prevent this particular angry racist nutjob from buying the handgun many media stories continue to insist he bought legally.

The fact is, the man was a prohibited purchaser under existing gun laws. For whatever reason, neither the news media nor the president want to recognize that simple fact. Instead, they clamor for more laws.

What possesses them to imagine that an angry 21-year-old who burns the US flag, wants to start a race war, sees himself as a twisted sort of “Rhodesian” martyr, and is actually willing to go into a church and murder worshipers, would even consider obeying whatever additional laws they propose?

 

 

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The Origins Of The 2008 Crisis

I have no love for the bankers. But it wasn’t them. They just played along with the game because that is where the big profits were.

The game went something like this –

SJW “there are under served minorities”

Bankers – “their record of repayment is not good”

SJW – “we will rate their paper at AAA and the government will buy it”

Bankers – “we will serve even liars and foist the bad paper produced on the government” (to themselves: “the payday will be HUGE – suckers”)

In 2008 reality and fantasy collided. Reality won.

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Against Profit

 
 

If you are against profit quit eating. You profit from it.

 
 

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Alternate Headline – Armed Churchgoer Stops Rampage Shooting

Except it is not an alternate headline – it happened in Aurora, Colorado.

“Police said two vehicles ended up in the church parking lot after some sort of argument between the drivers. Police said one vehicle was chasing the other. The man who was being chased got out of his vehicle and entered the church and told people to take cover. A woman came out of the church to see what was happening in the parking lot and got shot.

Police said an off-duty officer was at a service and went outside and shot the man who shot the woman”

If only some of those people at church in South Carolina had been armed.

“After a shooting spree, they always want to take guns from the people who didn’t do it.” -William S. Burroughs.

Eric sent me an example of “take the guns from the people who didn’t do it“.

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Either way, gun control works! Right?

Speaking of things that don’t pass my smell test, here’s another piece of weirdness.

Media reports do not agree on whether the Charleston shooter bought the gun himself, or his father bought it for him.

According to CNN, Roof bought the gun himself:

One key part of this horrific scheme — the weapon — came in April, when Roof bought a .45-caliber handgun at a Charleston gun store, the two law enforcement officials told Perez and Bruer from CNN, the first network to report this development. His grandfather says that Roof was given “birthday money” and that the family didn’t know what Roof did with it.

But according to the Washington Post (and many other accounts), his father bought it for him. The WaPo story is titled ”The legal loophole that allowed Dylann Roof to get a gun“:

Dylann Roof, the man accused of a shooting spree that left nine people dead at a historic black church in Charleston on Wednesday night, should not have been able to get a gun.

Federal law prohibits people with pending felony charges from obtaining firearms. In February, Roof was arrested and later charged with felony possession of Suboxone, a narcotic prescription drug. He was released, and the case is pending.

Because of his criminal record, Roof would not have been able to buy a gun from a store. Federally licensed gun dealers are required to run background checks on gun purchasers, and Roof’s pending charges should have turned up as a red flag.

But Roof didn’t need to go to a dealership. According to his uncle, Roof received a .45-caliber pistol from his father in April for his birthday, Reuters reports.

South Carolina is one of 40 states that do not require background checks for private gun transactions, like the one that allegedly took place between Roof and his father. Gun control activists call this the “private sale” loophole.

It’s illegal to give guns to felons or people with felony indictments — but that’s only if you know about their criminal records. In South Carolina, you don’t have to ask, so private citizens can more or less freely exchange guns.

If prosecutors can show that the father knew about Roof’s indictment but gave him the gun anyway, Roof’s father could face up to 10 years in prison.

That was my first reaction when I read about Roof’s father buying him the gun while felony charges were pending.

Anyway, no matter how they spin it, gun control laws were violated.

Is anyone surprised?

And will anyone be surprised when they say that because gun control laws did not work, we need more gun control laws?

MORE: Another WaPo story uncritically repeats a dubious assertion by unnamed government “officials”:

When Roof was arrested — about 250 miles from Charleston — he had a Glock .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun that law enforcement officials said he had obtained in April, either receiving it as a birthday gift or buying it himself with birthday money. The gun was purchased legally, officials said.

If he bought it himself with a felony pending, the gun was NOT purchased legally. Nor was it purchased legally if his father bought it for him knowing about the pending felony (and the latter seems very likely).

AND MORE: Not that it would matter to a criminal bent on mass murder, but South Carolina law also prohibited Roof from carrying a handgun without a permit.

We know how well that law worked, don’t we?

MORE: The official line continues to be that Roof bought the gun legally. Here’s today’s version from USA Today:

Authorities have determined that Roof legally obtained a .45-caliber handgun earlier this year, using money likely provided as birthday gift from his family, the official said. The weapon was purchased at gun store near Columbia, S.C.

Nonsense. It is impossible for anyone with a pending felony to buy a handgun legally in a gun store.  All buyers have to complete Form 4473, which asks these questions very plainly, and if the responses are other than those listed below, the sale cannot proceed.

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Obviously, if Roof answered “yes” to the second question, he could not have bought the gun legally. And if he answered “no,” then he committed a federal felony, and any gun purchase would have been illegal.

This is painfully simple, and does not require a feat of great logic.

What is going on?

You’d almost think the “authorities” want Dylann Roof to have purchased the gun legally.

UPDATE (6/22/15): Now that the “legal purchase” narrative is being undermined by the pending felony, they are really scrambling to keep it alive. The latest is the claim that Roof was not arrested for a felony, but for a misdemeanor:

Nothing would have prevented Roof from buying or owning it, despite a pending drug charge, according to federal gun laws.

Contrary to some media reports, Roof’s pending drug charge was not a felony. The charge is a misdemeanor, according to a review of court records, including a copy of the warrant obtained by The Greenville News.

A spokeswoman with the State Law Enforcement Division said Roof’s criminal record incorrectly listed the pending charge as a felony due to a data entry error. The record has since been corrected to reflect it is a misdemeanor, she said.

The original police printout can be read here, and it clearly states it was a felony arrest and gives a list of these substances “MDP” (apparently that’s Methamphetamine), LSD, Cocaine, and “SUB” (presumably suboxone).

But even if the record were later corrected to call it a misdemeanor, it makes absolutely no difference, because any purchase of a gun by Roof would still be illegal. Form 4473 requires a NO answer to the following:

b. Are you under indictment or information in any court for a felony, or any other crime, for which the judge could imprison you for more than one year?

In South Carolina, the penalties for Schedule I (LSD) and Schedule II (Cocaine) possession are as follows:

 (c) It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess a controlled substance unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order of, a practitioner while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by this article.

(d) A person who violates subsection (c) with respect to:

(1) a controlled substance classified in Schedule I (b) and (c) which is a narcotic drug or lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and in Schedule II which is a narcotic drug is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned not more than two years or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.

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(3) cocaine is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned not more than three years or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.

What this means is that regardless of whether his offense was listed as a felony or misdemeanor, Roof was not allowed to have legally purchased a firearm.

AND MORE: Reading the actual charge in the linked police report, it gets even more complicated, and more serious.

The report states that Roof was charged with a violation of Section 44-53-370(b)(1), which is not mere possession, but possession for sale:

SECTION 44-53-370. Prohibited acts A; penalties.

(a) Except as authorized by this article it shall be unlawful for any person:

(1) to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver, purchase, aid, abet, attempt, or conspire to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver, or purchase, or possess with the intent to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver, or purchase a controlled substance or a controlled substance analogue;

(2) to create, distribute, dispense, deliver, or purchase, or aid, abet, attempt, or conspire to create, distribute, dispense, deliver, or purchase, or possess with intent to distribute, dispense, deliver, or purchase a counterfeit substance.

(b) A person who violates subsection (a) with respect to:

(1) a controlled substance classified in Schedule I (b) and (c) which is a narcotic drug or lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and in Schedule II which is a narcotic drug is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, for a first offense must be imprisoned not more than fifteen years or fined not more than twenty-five thousand dollars, or both. For a second offense, or if, in the case of a first conviction of violation of any provision of this subsection, the offender previously has been convicted of a violation of the laws of the United States or of any state, territory, or district relating to narcotic drugs, marijuana, depressant, stimulant, or hallucinogenic drugs, the offender must be imprisoned not less than five years nor more than thirty years, or fined not more than fifty thousand dollars, or both. For a third or subsequent offense, or if the offender previously has been convicted two or more times in the aggregate of a violation of the laws of the United States or of any state, territory, or district relating to narcotic drugs, marijuana, depressant, stimulant, or hallucinogenic drugs, the offender must be imprisoned not less than ten years nor more than thirty years, or fined not more than fifty thousand dollars, or both. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person convicted and sentenced pursuant to this item for a first offense or second offense may have the sentence suspended and probation granted and is eligible for parole, supervised furlough, community supervision, work release, work credits, education credits, and good conduct credits. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person convicted and sentenced pursuant to this subsection for a third or subsequent offense in which all prior offenses were for possession of a controlled substance pursuant to subsections (c) and (d), may have the sentence suspended and probation granted and is eligible for parole, supervised furlough, community supervision, work release, work credits, education credits, and good conduct credits. In all other cases, the sentence must not be suspended nor probation granted;

(2) any other controlled substance classified in Schedule I, II, or III, flunitrazepam or a controlled substance analogue, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, for a first offense must be imprisoned not more than five years or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.

What this means (assuming the linked police report is correct) is that the charge is in fact a felony charge after all.

 

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Huh?

I don’t post as often as I should, but right now I’m curious about something.

Since when does a white supremacist gunman, lover of racist states like Rhodesia, apartheid South Africa, and the Confederate States of America have black friends?

According to a number of reports, many of the man’s Facebook friends were black. And in various news reports, some of his black friends are actually quoted:

Last Wednesday — exactly one week before the Charleston church massacre — Roof told his friends and neighbors at the park that “he was looking to kill a bunch of people on Wednesday” at the College of Charleston, Scriven said.

The friends assumed Roof, known for his dry sense of humor, was joking.

“He’s weird. You don’t know when to take him seriously and when not to,” said Scriven, who is black.

The College of Charleston said Roof had no connection to the public university.

Another black friend (assuming this sicko had friends) confirms the same thing:

“I never thought he’d do something like this,” said high school friend Antonio Metze, 19, who is black. “He had black friends.”

Roof used to skateboard while growing up in the Lexington area and had long hair back then. He attended high school in Lexington and in nearby Columbia from 2008 to 2010, school officials said. It was not immediately clear whether he graduated.

“He was pretty smart,” Metze said.

Smart or not, a week after chatting with his friends about killing college people, the guy commits mass murder in a black church.

It’s easy to conclude the man is mentally ill, and I would like to think that he is.

Because if he is not mentally ill, then this does not pass my smell test.

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Over Medicating Veterans

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I was in the Marine Corps for 11 years and did two combat tours before being medically discharged. After coming back home, I was put on 40 different medications over the course of five years. In 2012, after watching a documentary, I decided to try cannabis. I felt more relaxed after one joint than I had after tons of combinations of pharmaceuticals. I threw away my pills and my quality of life is better than it has been in years.

I think it is very important to note that cannabis is not a cure for PTSD, but in combination with therapy, it can open a whole new world for you.

H/T ‘Operation Overmed’ Highlights Veterans, Pharmaceuticals, And Medical Marijuana

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500 Miles

Suggested by Kathy Kinsley.
 
 

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The War On Abused Children

I’m having a conversation with an avowed Prohibitionist. He says that only 5% (the number of signatures gathered for a ballot initiative) of the Ohio population favors an end to Prohibition and he assumes that 5% are all users. My response (slightly revised):

The usual number is about one in ten. And another 4.5 in ten are disgusted with the effects of prohibition. They are sick and f’n tired of the police state, the racism, the expense.

In DC – which is mainly Black – they got 70% of the vote.

Now the 1 in 10 number is interesting. If you leave out tobacco about 1 in 10 of the population are “addicts” and not just to one substance. They substitute. It is called Polydrug Addiction. Now what else do we know? About 1 in 10 of the population has PTSD. To my knowledge no major study has ever been done to find out if there is a correlation between the two groups. I have been on the look out for that for about 13 years.

So why hasn’t such a study been done given that we know cannabis is helpful for PTSD? And in extreme PTSD cases heroin. And post US Civil War we had “the soldier’s disease”. War induced alcoholism.

How would a war on the traumatized look to the average American? They would be appalled. Once Prohibition is out of the way it will come out. And those who espoused Prohibition will slink away. “I was always against it” will be the catch phrase for 80% to 99% of the population. (Just like Nazi Germany post WW2 – the Nazi supporters evaporated) After all who wants it known that they favored a war on the traumatized?

Well, we have a few on this site [no link provided to protect the guilty] who favor such a war. And it is not like I haven’t been pounding the above information around here for years.

And BTW what has caused most of that PTSD in America? Child abuse.

Now what would you think if instead of a “War On Addiction” it became known as a “War On Abused Children”. It will. And none of you espousing the War around here will be able to get away with “I didn’t know”. I have been saying it for years.

And who will be helping to make the PTSD/drug use connection? Veterans.

Have a nice day my oh so moral friends.

Drug War Nazis indeed.

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Houston? We No Longer Have A Problem

The space probe that landed on a comet, once thought to be dead, is now alive.

To scientists’ relief and delight, the Philae spacecraft that landed on a comet last fall has woken up and communicated with Earth after seven long months of silence, the European Space Agency announced Sunday.

Philae became the first spacecraft to settle on a comet when it touched down on icy 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November. But the solar-powered probe came down with a bounce and ended up in the shadow of a cliff instead of in direct sunlight.

There is a back story on that. The lander is programmed in Forth. It has 10 Forth chips (RTX2010) running its equipment.

The Philae spacecraft that landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P) had an experiment on board that was driven by a FORTH language processor, the Intersil HS-RTX2010RH.

And that brings me to a little story. I’m working on a Polywell Fusion Reactor and we are using Forth as our control language.

The Line Frequency Meter you see displayed here was developed by the Proton Boron Team (PB Team), and is part of the beginning of the Proton Boron Fusion experiments. It uses one of the control processors developed for those experiments to read the Line Frequency, and feeds that data to the meter.

Our project lead electrical engineer, M.Simon, has worked with Clyde W. Phillips Jr. (Head of IT), often using the forth language in programming industrial controls during their nearly 40 years of association. Simon notes that way back in 2006/2007 when he began studying Polywell Fusion, he planned to use the Forth language to control the experiments and the power plant (once the power plant was developed). Simon and Clyde find that the way they write Forth makes it by far the easiest programming language to read — which greatly improves productivity, testability, quality, and reliability. M. Simon – our CTO – insists on using Forth because in his experience it greatly reduces software development time. A significant benefit to a project of this magnitude.

To keep the project running donate !

And if you can’t donate – tell your friends. Heck. tell your friends even if you donate.

Proton-Boron Facebook Page. We like likes.

Proton-Boron – Twitter

Proton-Boron – main web page

There is another back story to all this. MPE Compilers were used to develop the code that ran on Philae. When I originally started designing Proton-Boron hardware I contacted MPE for support. And they were kind enough to supply a version of their compiler to use on our hardware. But Clyde and I decided that we wanted to roll our own and have the compiler resident on the chip instead of a PC. That has been accomplished. None the less we wish to thank Stephen Pelc and the gang at MPE for their support.

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Just Like The Soviet Union But With Democracy

Reason Magazine has a story about Secret Police and Informants.

It happens at Ole Miss.

It happens at Florida State.

I think this explains why kids are turning against prohibition. Notice the pig about 5:30 into the video. And for all you animal lovers I mean no disrespect to pigs. But when a supposed human turns into one…..
 
 

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“Nothing To Do Anymore With Environmental Protection”

From a Climate Summit Past:

Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection, says the German economist and IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer. The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated. – Ottmar Edenhofer

Figures it would be a German letting the cat out of the bag. Those old impulses die hard, mein Fuehrer.
 
 
H/T Watts Up With That.

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All your records are belong to us!

Another day, another gigantic Big Hack Attack.

Not to sound like a nutjob, but sometimes I wonder who is hacking who.

OPM officials said as recently as Thursday evening that they believed 4.2 million people—including 2.1 million current employees—were affected by the breach, but the background-investigation form breach suggests the number could be larger. The stolen records include people who were screened by the federal government for certain jobs but decided not to accept the job after the background check was concluded, as well as people whom the government declined to hire.

Several U.S. lawmakers briefed on the investigation into the breach said they believed the hack emanated from China, though the White House hasn’t confirmed this allegation. Chinese officials have said they weren’t involved.

On June 4, OPM announced that its systems had been hacked and began notifying current and former federal employees that their Social Security numbers and other personal information could have been stolen. Other federal agencies, including intelligence agencies, aided the investigation, and officials soon learned that a wider network of data was compromised.

So… Does this mean we’re supposed to be so worried about Chinese hackers that we surrender ever more privacy in order to prevent loss of our “privacy”?

Is the NSA capable of such antics?

Can there be false flag hack attacks? If so, how the hell would anyone ever know? And (especially in light of the postmodernist left/right moral morass) how the hell is anyone supposed to believe anything?

Sorry to sound serious. I only meant to be sarcastic.

(And far be it from me to question the timing.)

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Without The Police, We’d Be At The Mercy Of Lawless Thugs

From Reason Magazine:

Cops in Santa Ana, California, donned ski masks to break and enter into a local medical marijuana dispensary, raiding it with guns drawn in a May 27 police action. They then proceeded to remove surveillance cameras and recording equipment, but they didn’t remove it all. Video from a camera they didn’t disable also caught the officers eating what appear to be marijuana edibles, then acting in a way to suggest they had become intoxicated, with one officer even joking that she’d love to kick a marijuana activist present at the raid, Marla James, an amputee, in the “nub.”


 
 
And for the title of the post H/T to Reason commenter The Late P Brooks

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What Is Slavery

What is slavery? Well let us suppose Jewish rules applied (look up Jewish laws on slavery if the topic interests you). It is saying, “You can manage my life better than I can.”

What does government tell us these days? “We can manage your life better than you can.”

I really wish the anti-slavers applied that proposition to all realms. Well hope does spring eternal. But it is unwise for me to run my life on it. I have a police state to contend with. A not extremely severe one (yet) to be sure. But still.

H/T Popehat where the topic came up for discussion in the comments.

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It Is Starting To Become A Trend

I started posting this phrase around a few months back and now I’m staring to see it more and more frequently.
 
 
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
 
 

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