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Thursday miscellany

Wow. I received a bedazzlement of comments on the porno-scanners post. That shows the power of, the site that gave me the idea and then linked to the piece. Several other blogistas also wrote good rants on the subject and sent readers this way (thank you).

Within the next few days, I plan to write a follow-up based on the comments (and the many links commenters provided). Right now, two article deadlines are staring me in the face, so expect a day or two of quiet. But as someone more formidable once said, I’ll be back.

Some collected links for you today. But. Before I get to those: HEY, YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO’VE ORDERED BOOKS THIS WEEK! Now that I’ve got your attention, if you haven’t yet told me what name you want me to autograph the books to, please drop me a note (books at and let me know. Most people aren’t including “autograph to” information with their orders, and when I ask, only about half answer. I’ve sent emails to everyone who has placed an order. If you haven’t received yours, please check your spam filter. I should be getting a shipment of books from Paladin Press tomorrow and hope to fill all remaining orders right away.

Okay, on to miscellaneous weirdness …

  • The good guys win one for a change — although in this case the good guy seemed to have quite a bit of money to spend on the legal battle. A treehouse grows in Greenwich Village.
  • Per Radley Balko. A D.A. buys himself a SWAT team. With forfeiture money, naturally. This is one of the problems with civil asset forfeiture that nobody talks about; prosecutors and cops become less accountable to the proverbial “people who pay the bills” and become more inclined to do whatever the hell they please. Heck, it’s “their” money. Or so they believe.
  • The BBC examines some of the most bizarrely memorable moments in the 2010 U.S. political campaigns. I think C^2 sent this for laughs. And it is funny. Well, kinda funny. In the way that watching an entire nation’s brain slip on an intellectual banana peel might be funny. In the way that watching Moe-the-politician poke out Curly-the-citizen’s eyes might be funny. The Rand Paul campaign thuggery is too sad for words.
  • Did you hear about the federal sting that resulted in mass arrests of SHOT show attendees last January? No? Well, me neither. The heroically alert David Codrea was one of the few gun bloggers to raise an alarm at the time it all came down. The news disappeared within days. Strange. Rich Lucibella, esteemed publisher of S.W.A.T. magazine just called my attention to one of the business people who got busted. I’m writing about that now. Look for the column in the March 2011 issue of S.W.A.T. (oh, these long magazine lead times!) It’s really a very creepy case. And most definitely strange. Not strange as in “unusual,” unfortunately. It’s a story of entrapment and hapless victims of the fedgov that’s becoming all too common.
  • But speaking of hapless victims … unlike the fedgov some criminals do show a little heart.


  1. Pat
    Pat October 28, 2010 5:25 am

    1) In the case of the D.A.’s SWAT team: I thought the judge had control of a court. Couldn’t he say “No guns allowed in my court.”?

    I know… he probably wanted them there, but it does seem the D.A. is taking on more authority than he’s officially allowed. I would think the judge could challenge that successfully and do away with the SWAT team.

  2. Scott
    Scott October 28, 2010 9:17 am

    Civil asset forfeiture, translated into English, means “Free Money! Free Stuff! Accountability not required”. I was thinking along the lines of Pat-doesn’t the judge(within limits) run the show in court?
    The neighbor of the woman with the treehouse must not have much to do-that treehouse looks a lot better than the one I had-mine was built from old skids and an old car hood for a roof…yet another reason not to live in a densely packed urban area.

  3. bumperwack
    bumperwack October 28, 2010 11:16 am

    I wonder…did the po-leese get this story when they were booking the guy for,oh,maybe,lets see……vagrancy?

  4. bumperwack
    bumperwack October 28, 2010 6:04 pm

    as for the shot show “bust”…this really shouldn’t surprise anyone…

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