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Sunday-Monday tab clearing

Might have been too busy to post. Not to busy to collect tabstuff. If I fail to credit sources it’s because I’ve forgotten where some of it came from. Sigh.

  • “How to disappear without a trace.” Not in a good way, unfortunately …
  • Quietly, with almost no notice even in the financial press, France has outlawed any mailing of currency, coins, or precious metals — a ban that appears about to spread to other parts of Europe. What a coincidence that big, government-approved money launderers banks and investors don’t use mail to ship their loot resources. For the most part, only peasants do. (H/T S.)
  • Haha. Another embarrassment for Bloomy’s anti-gunners.
  • And something much more than a mere embarrassment.
  • Good phrase (right up there with “government supremacists”): Anti-liberty bigots. The supremacists and bigots hate having their own favorite pejoratives thrown back at them.
  • How is it that people who make the laws and advocate for the laws (and who really ought to be familiar with how laws work) always seem to be the last ones to get that the laws will always be bent for nefarious purposes? (Obamacare again. Of course.)
  • Um. Well, that’s … original. A tad Orwellian, but certainly an original way to address the dog-poop problem.
  • The article’s good. But whoever wrote the headline ought to be kicked back to civics class. Hey, Washington Post: If it’s unconstitutional, it’s by definition not legal.
  • No, Mike. You are not expendable. Inspiring, gutsy, creative, and possessed of a huge pair of brass ones, yes. But not expendable.
  • Now the TSA … that’s expendable. In fact, it’s the very definition of expendable.
  • You may be a terrorist if … you complain about the quality of your drinking water???
  • And to end on a little good news, you’ve probably heard that Edward Snowden is on his way to (or by now already in) Ecuador, where (with the help of WikiLeaks and a special refugee travel document to replace his revoked passport) he is seeking asylum. Uber-authoritarian Schumer has a hypocritical fit of course. (“Allies should …” er, maybe not hack each other’s computers?). But best of all is Hong Kong’s statement on why they allowed Snowden to depart despite a U.S. extradition order. Whole statement must be read: it’s short and it amounts to a great big “FU, Big Bro.”

From Ragnar’s Freedom Outlaw F***b**k page:



  1. Ellendra
    Ellendra June 23, 2013 7:15 pm

    No one with the last name “Butt” should ever be in politics.

    On the other hand, it is a good description of most pols . . . .

  2. Matt, another
    Matt, another June 24, 2013 7:53 am

    Complaining to the government could be construed as terrorism? So much for the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

  3. Mike
    Mike June 24, 2013 8:49 am

    Interesting link dug up from one of your links:

    Frightening to thing that the Internal Revenue Service will be the ones dealing with medical records. Orwellian, yes. More revealing of what the IRS has become, absolutely. The nice thing, if it can be called that, is that they’re now being so overt about it that people that previously would make remarks about tin foil are now asking about bullets, beans, and band-aids.

  4. Matt, another
    Matt, another June 24, 2013 9:17 am

    Bullets have all been purchased by DHS and will be doled out for legal uses only. No brass, no ammo. Beans have been proscribed and GMOd by the Monsanto subsidary USDA. Band-aids are controlled prescription items due to new regulations in Obamacare enforced by the big pharma subsidary FDA.

  5. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau June 24, 2013 9:37 am

    Claire, it looks like that poop delivery solution was done by volunteers, so I imagine it would work in a free world as well.

    I guess there really are two kinds of people in this world: those who think their dog’s poop on my lawn is OK, and those who don’t… 🙂

    Mike’s right, we are not only all expendable, but will all be expended in time…

    I’m thrilled about the Hong Kong action…

  6. Kevin Wilmeth
    Kevin Wilmeth June 24, 2013 12:46 pm

    I’ll bet someone in Hong Kong had fun writing that statement. That’s gotta make the short list of Most Awesomest Things to come out of a government office anywhere.

  7. jed
    jed June 24, 2013 7:02 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all that some staffer bungled the extradition paperwork. It was done, I assume, in a big hurry. Kind of like ‘we have to pass it to find out what’s in it’, but not quite as wordy.

    Completely unrelated, Twinkies should be on the shelves by the middle of next month.

  8. Shel
    Shel June 25, 2013 5:54 pm

    In Rules For Radicals by Saul Alinsky, in the chapter titled “In the Beginning,” he notes that a community organizer will be accepted by the people “if… he begins with a denunciation of exploiting employers, slum landlords, police shakedowns, gouging merchants, he is inside their experience and they accept him… They must also have faith in your courage to fight the oppressive establishment… The job of the organizer is to maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a ‘dangerous enemy.’ The word ‘enemy’ is sufficient to put the organizer on the side of the people…”

    Hence came Obama’s world apology tour. He bowed to seemingly half the population of the planet, including the Red Chinese Premier, the Japanese Emperor, and the Saudi King. He also has weakened our defenses and bent over figuratively for the Chinese. He also was so stupid he unintentionally spoke over a live mike and promised the Russian president a better deal after the elections, along with many other horrific blunders. Almost comically, he wants other countries to show respect.

    Hong Kong did a pretty good job of making its point. Now Newsmax reports Putin has now said that dealing with this issue is “like giving a baby pig a haircut: there’s a lot of squealing, but there’s little wool.” Somehow this seems to present a much different picture than the Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick dictum of Teddy Roosevelt could be expected to produce. It is very reasonable to believe the Russians and Chinese and probably others have so many agents in this country that Snowden is superfluous, so Putin is fine if he leaves.

    As the Rev. Jeremiah Wright might put it, the chickens are coming home to roost.
    And as much as he would like to pretend to care about the national interest, it’s time for Chuckie to stop squawking. Actually, if Chuckie hates him, that’s almost determinative to me that Snowden is O.K.

  9. jc2k
    jc2k June 26, 2013 6:41 am

    “No one should be charged under any law for disclosing information of human rights violations by the US government. Such disclosures are protected under the rights to information and freedom of expression,” said Widney Brown, Senior Director of International Law and Policy at Amnesty International.

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