Sunday, April 07, 2013
Great work by Jake Tapper on CNN exposing President Obama's and Mayor Bloomberg's ignorance about guns. They both have literally no idea what the difference is between fully automatic and semi-automatic. Unbelievable. And then you have CO Rep. Diana DeGette demonstrating her ignorance, showing that she doesn't even understand what a magazine is or how it functions. But don't worry, she is sponsoring a bill banning high capacity magazines!
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
LA Magazine has a fascinating look at the science of parking. In LA, this is obviously a big deal, and hopefully they start paying attention. But it should get far more attention everywhere, as far too much real estate nationwide is wasted on unnecessary parking requirements that have no basis in science or reality.
Convicted terrorist working as a professor at Columbia? Sure, why not. She is a former Weather Underground, so she gets a pass, even though three people were killed in the attempted robbery she was a part of. Stay classy Columbia.
Friday, March 29, 2013
These a**holes in Congress just don't stop. Now they want it to be a crime to "conspire to commit" a violation of a website's terms of service, with a potential 20 year maximum penalty. Wow, literally every user of the internet could potentially be guilty. Aaron Swartz was just the beginning. Pay attention people, there is more going on in this country than just the gay marriage debate. Call or email your local Congressman and give em a piece of your mind.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The recent behavior of the police in the Chris Dorner manhunt was beyond shameful, with cops opening fire on trucks that sort of looked like Dorner's, but actually were different colors and models, and wounding innocent women in the process. This kind of behavior is completely ridiculous, but also par for the course for police in Los Angeles. I'm sure no one lost their job over this insanity.
It seems obvious to me, but not to everybody, so to reiterate: You Cannot Make the Poor Richer By Making the Rich Poorer. From Richard Epstein at Stanford's Hoover Institute.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Saturday, March 09, 2013
How A Fired Republican Staffer Became a Powerful Martyr for Internet Activists. This isn't an R vs. D issue. It is a new order vs. old order issue. And while the old order has been winning, the new order is rapidly gaining in strength. Hopefully we will soon reach a tipping point on copyright issues.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Clarence Thomas gave a great interview at Harvard Law School recently, that is well worth checking out, whether you agree or disagree with his views.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Crony capitalism strikes again. This time, it is an expiration of the waiver that prohibits unlocking cell phones. Violators face a $500,000 fine and 5 years in prison.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
In the wake of Reddit founder Aaron Swartz's tragic suicide, members of Congress and the legal community are looking at ways to staunch the prosecutorial overreach that led to Swartz's over-charging by the overzealous and corrupt US Attorney from Boston, Carmen Ortiz. Members of Congress, led by Zoe Lofgren and Darrell Issa, are collaborating on Aaron's Law, which will rewrite US computer law to stop prosecutors going after users for violating term of service contracts, while the legal community, led by Glenn Reynolds, Lawrence Lessig, and Radley Balko, among others, have put together a list of ideas to reform the prosecution system to prevent future abuses. It used to be that the rule of law meant something in this country. It would be nice to see a return to that standard, while further limiting the power of government to harass citizens that have engaged in speech they dislike (as that likely motivated the Swartz prosecution).
Saturday, February 09, 2013
The DEA Wants to Use a $37 Pot Sale to Seize a $1.5 Million Anaheim Building. President Choom had no comment.
Monday, February 04, 2013
Popular Mechanics has a great look at the re-emergence of rare earth metal mining in the United States, at a previously decommissioned mine in California. Given China's dominance of the industry, and the ever growing importance of the materials in all manner of electronics manufacturing applications, it would seem prudent for the US to make sure this venture succeeds. Fortunately, there are other mines in the development pipeline as well. But letting China control a critical industry via state-sanctioned price control should be met with the full resistance of US governmental and business interests.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Jacob Sullum looks at the problems with public health studies on gun control. Hint, there might be a bit of bias coloring the result. So when you hear that statistic constantly cited about how a gun in the home is oh so many more times likely to be used against the owner or their family than against a criminal, keep in mind it is a product of one of these studies and also disprovable and completely bogus.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Roger Kimball at the WSJ looks at the Kafka-esque nature of zoning regulations in post-Sandy Connecticut, and how they are making an already difficult rebuilding process far worse . The ways in which local officials are delaying and profiting from the rebuilding of homes should be criminal.