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Month: May 2014

Weekend links

It’s funny how so many “bad guys” think they’re the “good guys.” Woman has neighbors’ home bulldozed because she doesn’t approve of them. National mortgage database: good for regulators, bad for the rest of us. Financial secrets of the Amish. (Never mind the wide-eyed yuppie tone; the info is good.) While I’m dubious about Bitcoin, the underlying problem is real. And speaking of people who helpfully fill in potholes, no good deed goes unpunished. (H/T MJR for 2) Why Christians may regret getting government endorsement for prayers at public meetings. Now there’s a question nobody should have to think about.…

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Your Mencken for the Day

Prophesy is a dubious business. The best-regarded prophets keep things vague enough to mean anything some follower wants them to mean. When that won’t work, there’s also the “just move on” method for handling the aftermath of more specific prophesies (which Gary North found handy after Y2K). Another fave of failed prophets is the “it actually happened just as I predicted, but nobody noticed” method recently favored by Harold Camping. (These both have multitudes of amusing variations.) Creative editing centuries after the fact often helps to ensure the reputation of a less-than-accurate prophet. H.L. Mencken clearly needs none of those…

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Operation Choke Point: freedom, guns, and civilization

When I first started reading about Operation Choke Point, I wasn’t even sure it was real. Or perhaps it was real but egregiously exaggerated. The more I read, the more ominous the future looks. The great Maggie McNeill has an excellent overview. (H/T S.) David Codrea covered it with an eye to its effect on gun rights. Then came back again for a broader look. My worries are broader yet. Covert ostracism of groups of people — any group of peaceable people — starts a dangerous (to the point of deadly) trend. Covert ostracism by private corporations at the direction…

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Sunny day ramble

It was one o’ them days today. But it was sunny. It was Stress, Incorporated. But Sol was beaming down on blazing green grass. And you know, that springtime green, it does blaze. So I drove the dogs out to a place in the woods where a landowner has set a picnic table in a grassy clearing beside a beaver pond. And I enjoyed a sandwich made to order at the grocery store down the road, which has a fine little deli. Ah. That helped. Driving home, two teenagers with shovels scooted out of my way. They were on the…

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Now JPFO’s back on F*c*b**k, too.

As of this afternoon, JPFO has a F*c*b**k page — and it’s all thanks once again to the Amazing Nicki. JPFO lost control of its old social media feeds late last year for reasons too grim & complicated to go into. It took social-media whiz Nicki no time at all to get new ones going. Now, of course, comes the long slog of winning back all those JPFO Twitter and FB followers — and there were thousands. So please … spread the word. I swear, just watching Nicki work wears me out. I think I’ll go have a Bloody Mary…

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Monday links

JPFO has a brand-new Twitter feed managed by the amazing Nicki. Obama’s war on government watchdogs. Very nice tribute to Don Kates. Of course the growing cybermilitary will never be used against thee and me. Never. How could you even think such a thing? But now that you have thought such a thing, you can be sure that the NSA, the Pentagon, and a whole bunch of rich government contractors know what to do about it. (H/T H) But while we’re on the subject: “What a toilet hoax can tell us about the future of surveillance.” Eeeeeew. In other non-news:…

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You know you live in a small town when …

… you go to the hardware store looking for a tool to cut a stubborn piece of molding off a wall and the clerk offers to loan you his Sawzall. —– A motorist repeatedly flashed his headlights at me as I was on the highway about to hit the town limits this afternoon. Sure enough, there was a cop lurking next to the first business around the curve. I realized it’s been years since another driver gave me that signal. Has that particular little courtesy gone out of fashion? Or have people been scared away from it by hostile traffic…

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