Saturday, January 08, 2011

Have you noticed?

In the wake of the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and others, a certain group of folks are absolutely foaming at the mouth that "Sarah Palin put a target on her--it's her fault!". I've also seem various comments that blame Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and other well-know conservative media figures. (I'm still waiting for someone to blame George Bush, however.)

But you know who we don't see being blamed? Jared Loughner, the shooter. I haven't seen one of the usual suspects who have gotten worked up on the subject of this wacko being at fault for shooting 18 people, 6 of who died. I view this as further proof that the phrase "useful idiots" is only half right when applied for our side's point of view.

Not no

But Hell No!

President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.

I'll stop using it before I'll sign onto a scheme like that.

This will bear watching

Representative Gabrielle Giffords has been shot outside a grocery store in her Arizona district. Given the nature of the shooting (in the head), one has to wonder about the motive. I hope this isn't the start of something I've been afraid of.

Edit, 1625: Latest via Drudge is that Rep. Giffords has survived the shooting, contrary to many earlier reports. Apparently there were several "prominent people" in the crowd, so I'm still very curious as to motive. The shooter seems to have been captured alive, so we should find out something at some point.

Edit, 1642: As noted by a commenter at Roberta's blog, the left is in a frothing at the mouth frenzy. Find any news story that has comments and read a few.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011


ESR holds forth on Hacker Literacy. The comments are worth the rather long read as well.

I guess I'm going to have to try this Pratchet fellow. Not much on Tom Lehrer, but I guess it could have been a function of when I encountered his work. Done the rest.

I like the sound of that

"Ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi". That's nearly as satisfying as "Former President Obama".

Not so much

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

I hope that sounds familiar to you--it's the text of the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Which, according to the California Supreme Court, no longer applies in California. I hope the defendant in this case, who obviously isn't a choir boy, is able to appeal it to the US Supreme Court. Because choir boy or not, what California is doing to him, they can now do to any citizen of the state, or any visitor. I also have no doubt that police agencies, always perfectly willing to take the "easy way" (read "extra-civil rights") when it comes to "catching criminals" (IMHO) are watching this one and waiting.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Situational Awareness

Apparently, this guy needed some.

Philippine police investigating the New Year's Eve shooting death of a local councilman did not have to look further than the last photograph the victim took. That photo led to the arrest of two suspects

The picture, taken outside the councilman's house in metropolitan Manila, clearly shows a man aiming his gun from behind the victim's smiling three-member family, seconds before he was shot.

It's an amazing picture. The gunman is clearly visible, off to the left of the family. How you could miss him, I'm not sure. Yeah, it's a holiday, yeah, he's distracted. But if you're in a position where you are going to make enemies, it seems that you should pay a bit more than "normal" attention to your surroundings.

"Government has a habit of looking out for itself"

(Via the Drudge Report)

Ya think? Europe now, America later if we don't body slam this one now.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Well, I really should have said this yesterday

However, this holiday period has been devoted, at least in large part, to home renovations, and that means my time has been even more at a premium. I've seen a lot more of my attic than I'd rather...

But Happy New Year to all!