Saturday, December 04, 2010

Not sure...

Why this woman has such an issue with an inter-agency police task force that she starts a blog about them, but be that as it may.

I can understand the officers' desire not to have their names and personal information splashed about the Intertubz. However, they should remember that they chose a career in public service. You work for the public, a lot of things that you might rather keep private will instead be public. It's those nasty public access to information laws, don'tcha know.

At any rate, one or more of the officers who have been guest stars on the above blog are unhappy about that. After intimidation didn't work, they decided to take the legal route, and have the blogger charged as a stalker.

They lost.

This is as it should be. You see, down the road of secret police agencies and secret court proceedings lies the Star Chamber, which, despite it's initial good aims, has become a a seriously pejorative term for secret courts accountable to no one.

We don't want to go there, do we?

Friday, December 03, 2010

ZOMG!!!

(Via Wired)

Terrorist robots have been sighted in Denver!!! Call out the bomb squad!!!

Murray said that suspicious objects do not automatically warrant a call to the bomb squad if patrol officers are able to determine that there is no threat. He said that the robot was strange enough to warrant precautionary measures. In the end, it proved harmless.

"A whole lot of nothing," Murray said.

Actually, no, it isn't a whole lot of nothing. Another Alert Citizen has Seen Something and Said Something. The government's programing of the sheep is working quite well. "Be frightened--of EVERYTHING!" "Different = Dangerous!" "Only the government can keep you safe!"

Next thing you know, that LiteBrite of the kids that is still in the basement will get me in a lot of trouble....

Thursday, December 02, 2010

It's a miracle I didn't get bailed out

(Via the Drudge Report)

Because it seems that everyone else did.

Why am I in this handbasket and why is it getting so warm in here?

Multiple Choice

"Someone" cuts a fence and torches 5 "high mileage" state-owned vehicles.

Option A: "Someone" was ticked off at how they had been treated by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and decided to get even.

Option B: "Someone" decided that, with the current budgets being what they are, that they new vehicles they wanted wouldn't be forthcoming, and decided that they were by dingy going to get some new wheels this year no matter what.

Option C: It was an act of random vandalism, and it's highly unlikely they'll catch the culprit.

In my current cynical mood, I just can't buy into Option C. And no matter which answer you chose, I'm betting the taxpayers of SC are going to take this one in the shorts.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Knowledge is power

So how about some knowledge about power--battery power, that is.

Sure, we can print all you want

The United States would be ready to support the extension of the European Financial Stability Facility via an extra commitment of money from the International Monetary Fund, a U.S. official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Folks, this new money can only come from one place--the same place that the Big O's Stimulus flows from--the magic creation of "money" by the US Treasury--otherwise know as "Crank up those presses, boys!" It's creation will add to the inflation pressures already building. (Calculated as it was in 1980, it's already running around 8-9%.)

Barring changes in how the economies of the world are run, we are heading for Bad Things. Time to get ready for them is running out. Don't let it run out on you.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Alcoa and the great North Carolina power grab"

A good piece on the issue of Alcoa-owned dams on the Yadkin river and the State of NC's attempt to appropriate them.

Not much to say

Apologies for the lack of blogging, but I'm caught between real world demands, a mild case of "doom burn out" and being left near-speechless at the near insanity of it all. I mean...

We have the TSA and Uberbansturmfuhrer Big Sis, along with Little Brother Pistole, apparently caving in on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (I've seen a number of reports of Nude-O-Scans being mysteriously closed down, coupled with reports of reduced crowds, at least a some airports), then threatening to give it to us longer and harder at bus terminals and train stations.

Ireland, hat in hand, is going to do whatever they have to (local and international consequences be damned) in order to get the EU and the IMF to bail them out. Spain is rumored to be next, and the EU is starting to show some cracks. How long until Germany decides that it's through funding the financially ill-behaved nations of Europe?

Intertubz gadfly Julian Assange decides to declare war on the world at large (and the US in particular) because it doesn't meet his standards of behavior. Inexplicably, he is still above room temperature. How many people and countries can you piss off before someone decides that you're better off dead? I hear he may be going after the banks next. (Link via Drudge.) That ought to be entertaining.

Judging from what I'm seeing from my own state capital and from Washington, neither side gets the message that was sent earlier this month. It appears that, barring a miracle, it's going to be politics as usual. Great. Now I have to work at voting a completely different bunch of bastards out.

And let's not forget the little issue of the Korean peninsula. After all, how dangerous could an unstable nation with even less stable leadership be? What are they going to do--pop a nuke?

Throw in our own economy, and...geeze. I feel like cleaning out the local grocery and gun stores, and having a contractor in to start pouring the bunker complex.

Here's hoping for a better mood (and muse) later this week.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

News from the Irish front

(Via The Email List That Must Remain Nameless)

Brian Kaller is a former newspaper report in Ireland. He's live-blogging the current Irish "situation" at Restoring Mayberry. I've read a bit and I plan on reading a good bit more.