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Friday links

  • Being righteous and wrong (on guns, but it goes beyond that).
  • Sheriff Joe’s infamous (and deadly) tent-city jail goes away.
  • Yeah, he’d get my v*te, too.
  • Cop who violently raped small boys gets work-release.
  • ICE Homeland (Achtung!) Security Investigations teaches its agents to assess the value of assets to ensure that forfeitures are properly profitable.
  • Equifax: hacked again.
  • After reading the headline, I wondered what man would ever purchase a size small condom. Turns out the maker has that covered. Also turns out that guess who is largely responsible for keeping improved condoms off the market?
  • If you’ve been wondering how Puerto Ricans have been finding potable water after Hurricane Maria … (It’s notable how well the much-maligned Walmart has performed in the recent hurricanes. They’ve done so much right that my Walmart-boycotting neighbor has had a change of heart about them.)
  • No, this does not mean that the Yellowstone supervolcano is going to erupt soon. It only means an eruption can develop more quickly than scientists used to believe. (H/T MtK)
  • Trump does something right against the hidden taxes of Obamacare. (But why doe “right” have to be done with the dangerous instrument of executive orders?)
  • Another university finally gets the guts to take action against student thuggery.
  • Brilliant book dedications,


  1. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook October 13, 2017 9:44 am

    In the case of Obamacare, executive orders are perfectly appropriate in some cases. For example, regarding the “association health plans,” a lot of discretion is left to the DHHS to determine what is a “bona fide employer association,” or the validity of a “multiple employer welfare arrangement.” President Trump is therefore giving guidance to federal agencies in how to make their determinations (the degree of laxity to be used), which is perfectly appropriate for a chief executive. In a lot of cases, President Trump has issued executive orders that merely undid executive orders of the previous president. Then lawsuits get filed. There is no legal case for forcing him to continue the executive orders of a previous president. In those cases, he should just tell the court that they have no jurisdiction, and proceed as planned. Canceling DACA is a perfect example of that.

  2. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook October 13, 2017 11:12 am

    Walmart does more to alleviate “poverty” in the U.S. than the federal government does. Actually, fedgov exacerbates it with their “war on poverty.” Walmart hires people of very low skill, and pays them more than their work is worth. (This applies to some of their employees, not all). They provide goods that the less affluent among us can afford. Then they rescue people in the path of disasters, time and time again, by planning and executing well. Also check out the Waffle House’s response to disasters – they also plan well, and hardly ever shut down.

  3. Comrade X
    Comrade X October 13, 2017 12:04 pm

    I’ve always felt that the main entity promoting the Walmart-boycott is Costco and the unions that work there.

    BTW I boycott Costco.

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