Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Stuff below the fold

TPMBarnett writes:

Read it and weep:  "Memo Cites Legal Basis for Killing U.S. Citizen in Al Qaeda."
As a U.S. citizen, the government can now kill you in advance of your actually committing a crime - simply by knowing that you are likely to act in a dangerous manner.
Related item two: There is a big kerfuffle here in the Philippines about a used drone (spy drone not killer drone) found here in the Philippines by some local fishermen.
Supposedly it was used in wargames in Guam, which crashed and floated here, but the leftists don't believe a word of it and suspect it was being used to spy out the local communist militants NPA.
It is suspected they are used in the south to target the Abus, which might be legal, but the commies are none of the US's business...
Spying on domestic militants would be illegal and it is not just the left who is leery of Americans violating Philippine sovereignty
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 Related item three: Naomi Wolf on domestic spying in the USA. She is about as left wing as you can get, and the article is from the UKGuardian.
EPA director "regrets" spying on farmers. From the Gateway pundit, who is about as right wing as you can get.
 Daily Tech asks: Can a US Citizen shoot down drones? when people from Barbara Boxer to Rand Paul are planning bills to stop domestic spying, you know it is a problem.
Drones are smaller and quieter than the Black helicopters that the paranoid on C2CAM always worried about....reminds me of the saying: You're not paranoid if it's true.


 Related item: A revolution in the works? By Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds:  summary: When government takes over everything, the extremes fight to take over government.
As science fiction writer Jerry Pournelle wrote in 2008, "We have always known that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. It's worse now, because capture of government is so much more important than it once was. There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time -- not during most of your lifetimes, and for much of mine -- and it will probably never be true again."

Garrison Keillor at the Writer's Almanac remembers the late (and very non PC) cartoonist John Callahan.
He was an extremely controversial cartoonist, not afraid to be politically incorrect. The newspapers and magazines that published his work received constant letters from offended readers. Callahan targeted everyone, including disabled people, and many readers didn't realize that he himself was quadriplegic.
One cartoon shows a bookstore with an angry female cashier saying: "This is a feminist bookstore! There is no humor section!!!" In another, a sheriff's posse is standing around an empty wheelchair with the caption: "Don't worry, he won't get far on foot." He drew an exercise class for quadriplegics with the aerobics instructor saying: "O.K., let's get those eyeballs moving." 
Callahan's website is HERE.
Links From Instapundit:

Is that the same thing as maintenance sex? More here.
Been there, done doing that...


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