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Category: War

The scandal

Unlike Joel, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Petraeus scandal. Oh, not the sex part. What’s emerged about that so far is pretty dull: middle-aged married man boffs attractive, slightly younger married woman. This is news? (The British, who do sex scandals with more color and athleticism than anybody, must be laughing at us for getting excited over this.) But what a marvelous cast of characters — from the “victim” who’s a more sketchy character than her anonymous stalker to the infamously shirtless FBI agent. When somebody makes a movie out of this — and they must — it should be…

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Monday links

Tribes. (Aka help Tam, Queen of Snark, and maybe win some cool gunstuff.) Hm. Happy life? Meaningful life? Choices … choices … How to devise more secure passwords. (Yeah, we’ve been here before; always a good reminder, though.) I know some cynics think Obama and Eric Holder will kill recreational cannabis in Washington and Colorado. They’ll try. But this is a battle they’re going to lose. The new legalization is already making waves in Mexico. And having a very, very real effect on prosecutions in Washington state. Hey, look! Europe has turned the corner and is headed for financial stability!…

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Wednesday links

Great anti-drone ad from the New York Civil Liberties Union. And speaking of the (many) reasons not to give trust or power to police … if the eye-witness account is true (something that might be confirmed by a necropsy on the dead dog), this cop should never walk among civilized beings again. This really deserves a blog post of its own, but I couldn’t stand to write it. Beware: this makes the standard cop-puppycide case look loving by comparison. (H/T Wendy McElroy) Let’s change the subject and do some badly needed lightening up. Here’s a quiz for you: Which politicians…

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On 9-11: To all who stayed true

I wasn’t going to write anything to mark this anniversary. I can’t stand the annual rehashing, the verbal digging up of the dead, the demand that we always remember, remember, remember — but somehow never analyze, reflect, or correct. Then Jim Bovard reminded me of something that really matters. He noted that Thomas Szasz, who just died, was one of the prominent libertarians who stayed true to his principles after that handful of villains wrought their havoc 11 years ago. So many didn’t. So many people who claimed to be libertarian tossed their alleged principles out the window as fast…

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The War on Us

Everybody’s up in arms about this. They’re commenting up a storm. And we dare not let this event pass without giving it a hard, though quick, kick where it hurts. But c’mon. A) The article is just one idiot’s ill-informed concept of insurgency. (The Tea Party; oh please!) B) Is there one, single person here who doesn’t already know, who hasn’t known for years (and years!), that the U.S. military is gearing up for a War on Us? Heck, their shock troops — the militarized cops, the intimidators of the TSA, and all their verminous their ilk — have already…

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Monday links

I guess there’s always hope. Man recovers sports car that was stolen from him 42 years ago. “The notion of leaving money in private pockets is never considered — perhaps because it would be an unnatural act.” The return of SOPA. Just starve the beast. Bravo, Judy Morris! Now mind you, if you intend (for heaven knows what reason) to link to any page belonging the London 2012 Olympics organization, you’re only allowed to do it if you’re not being mean to them. So, since I know what nice folk you all are, here the link to their terms-of-use page.…

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Thursday links

Chortle! Pro-gunners use gun buyback program to fund a shooting camp. (Tip o’ hat to PT.) Best explanation yet of the LIBOR scandal and its implications. Or are we suffering too much scandal fatigue to care? Here’s James Howard Kunstler’s take: “All this points to a dangerous new period of political history, a deadly Hobbesian scramble to evade the falling timber in a burning house as the rudiments of a worldwide social contract go up in flames.” Agree or not, the man writes like a demon. Yet another reason to avoid airports. I am not delusional enough. Talk about local…

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Wednesday links

In the news you can use department: “Situational Awareness” by our own MamaLiberty. Nice work, Mama. Though I’d like to know more of the background of this particular incident, it appears that the War on Food continues to ravage the Country Formerly Known As the Land of the Free. (H/T/ JS) “A Biblical Threat to National Security.” And you plan to persuade Muslims how? that the U.S. military isn’t conducting a holy crusade against them? (Tip o’ hat to J.B.) “Who Destroyed the Middle Class?” Sooooooo, do you think PBS would report this sympathetically if a Caucasian family decided to…

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Friday links

A certain “victim of the American drug war” has wisely said goodbye in her own inimitable style to posting about her experiences as a snitch. Apparently, she’s been in this mood for a long, long time — though I suppose it’s “statist” of me to say so. Speaking of statist, a gifted Virginia schoolboy has been suspended for touching the American flag. We may live in a police state. But at least we can still drink our troubles away. Idaho is going to permit Five Wives vodka to be sold after all. But only after a famous lawyer threatened to…

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