I'm taking out my new Hobie Revolution Kayak for the first time tomorrow–today, actually–to Lake Hodges. Very excited. Expect pics, vid. #
WW1 started when Gavrilo Prinzep shot Franz Ferdinand. Germany's ban on naked short selling yesterday may be the financial equivalent. #
Dow closes -376.51. 10-year Treasury Yield drops 95 basis points. There's no way to come up with a positive spin on today. #
Ask yourself a question: if the economy is recovering so nicely, then why has the Dow dropped 800 points in the last month? #
Both the Dow and NASDAQ are essentially where they were during the "flash crash" low last week. Dow 4000 doesn't seem as silly as it did. #
The good news: Treasury prices rise, sending interest rates down. Bad news: weekly claims jump, leading indicators decline, Dow -200. #
Hawaii 5-0 is coming back. The old show had the best credits: With Zulu as Kono…and Kam Fong as Chin Ho. #
Arlen Specter can now be the mean old man who lives on the corner. Every neighborhood needs one. #
Sestak is now at 51%. You want to hear a "bitter clinger" from Pennsylvania? Watch Arlen Specter's concession speech. #
Current PA-12 Results: Critz (D) – 59.2%, Burns (R) 38.6%. So far…not good. #
Well, I've got to stop twittering for a bit. I've got to take a dog for a walk. And, no, that's not a figure of speech. #
Maybe it's too early to call either race in PA. #
PA House 12: 82 votes counted, Critz (D) leads 86%-0%. Is a disaster looming for Burns!? #
Very first election returns from PA: With 114 votes counted, Sestak leads Specter, 56%-44%. #
I wonder how the election in PA will be affected by the bad weather, and resulting low turnout. #
- YouTube now gets 2 billion viewers a day, a larger audience than all three networks' prime-time viewership…combined. http://bit.ly/9PaB2V #
- US Treasury says it took a $1.6 bil loss on Chrysler loan. Total losses from automaker loans expected to be $34 bil. http://bit.ly/9MZay3 #
- Iran reached a deal to swap low-enriched for high-enriched uranium with Turkey. Iranian press calls it "epic victory". http://bit.ly/b9BoU7 #
- …and that's when Neil exited the LM, to join me on the lunar surface. #BlumenthalSpeeches #
- So, right after Omaha Beach, my CO asked me to take a squad and find this Ryan fellow, whose brothers had all died. #BlumenthalSpeeches #
- "Mojo In The Morning" show has been contacted by Miss Universe officials about her part in a "Stripper 101" contest. http://bit.ly/aO2VCh #
- Miss USA, Rima Fakih, the first Arab American to wear the crown, is a pretty good stripper, too. | http://twitpic.com/1os9nr #
- California pot growers face a new and serious threat: falling prices. A man can't even make a decent illegal living.¦ http://bit.ly/dh6IRl #
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- Miss USA is Muslim lass. I guess that means we'll be disappointed in her swimwear shots. #
- Lemonade from lemons: The € crisis has resulted in record capital inflows to the US, keeping treasury yields.down.¦http://bit.ly/bAQAqM #
- I soooo want one of these. ¦ http://bit.ly/aK9p9j #
- Schwarzenegger has proposed eliminating the CalWORKS welfare program. Democrats, who run the legislature, want taxes. http://bit.ly/amKrzC #
- Local California governments boycott Arizona, due to new immigration law. Arizonans notice. Hilarity ensues. ¦ http://bit.ly/cFlm0T #
- Government spending is bankrupting the country. We know it. But, we will do nothing until it all comes crashing down. ¦ http://bit.ly/cMVaX1 #
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Here is a police video. It’s a warrant service on a chap who was believed to have an excessive amount of marijuana in his home.
Alas, the house wasn’t chock full of the sweet hemp of happiness. Fortunately, however, the family owned a couple of dogs, so the raid wasn’t a total loss.
Megan McArdle says it very well:
This is our nation’s drug enforcement in a nutshell. We started out by banning the things. And people kept taking them. So we made the punishments more draconian. But people kept selling them. So we pushed the markets deep into black market territory, and got the predictable violence . . . and then we upped our game, turning drug squads into quasi-paramilitary raiders. Somewhere along the way, we got so focused on enforcing the law that we lost sight of the purpose of the law, which is to make life in America better.
I don’t know how anyone can watch that video, and think to themselves, “Yes, this is definitely worth it to rid the world of the scourge of excess pizza consumption and dopey, giggly conversations about cartoons.”
And, frankly, I wouldn’t care if the guy had a room full of China White stacked up to the ceiling like he was Authualpa stockpiling gold for Pizarro. Absent a compelling physical threat from the “dealer”, there’s simply no reason for the police to launch this style of paramilitary raid on a home, especially with children present. Yet, this has become practically the standard method of warrant service. It’ll probably come as a shock to you, but I can remember a time when nightime raids on private homes were considered the hallmark of police states.
Now, it’s just called “policing”.
And if the 7 year-old kid in the video had been clipped by a stray round or richochet, I’m sure the officers involved would regret it, personally. But, they would undoubtedly say, “I was just doing my job,” a phrase that runs a close second only to “I was only following orders” in the Banality of Evil Hall of Fame.
And the idea that their choice of these tactics will eventually make such an outcome inevitable would probably never even occur to them at all.