nolanimrod on October 3rd, 2015

If you were a law enforce­ment offi­cer would you enforce the law? I mean, really? What is it in your world­view that makes you want to do it?

If I steal a car or rob a bank are you going to hunt me down and arrest me? And, if so, why?

Barack Obama has defied sev­eral fed­eral court rul­ings; have you arrested him?

The for­mer Sec­re­tary of State has bro­ken many national secu­rity laws; have you arrested her?

The for­mer Attor­ney Gen­eral was charged with Con­tempt of Con­gress; have you arrested him?

Our cur­rent Sec­re­tary of State kept his yacht in another state to avoid pay­ing taxes on it; have you arrested him?

A for­mer sen­a­tor and gov­er­nor stole money from investors and lost a bil­lion of their money in an effort to keep his hedge fund alive;  have you arrested him?

And now you want to claim there are too many peo­ple in jail.

I humbly sug­gest there are too few.

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Gives New Mean­ing to the Army Slo­gan ‘Be All You Can Be’

Obama’s lat­est Fri­day Night Sur­prise turned out to be his appoint­ment of, as the head­line in The Hill put it,

an openly gay man to lead Army

Eric Fanning, nominated to be Secretary of the Army, stands at a podium in front of U.S, and other flags and holds up his finger

Bet you can’t guess where this finger’s been!

The gay scene has a lot of fun play­ing with words and this story is no excep­tion. Early on we are served this quote:

Eric undoubt­edly has a mas­ter­ful grasp on mil­i­tary pol­icy and strate­gic defense ini­tia­tives that will serve the Army and the Depart­ment of Defense well dur­ing his tenure.”

Mas­ter­ful grasp?

That comes from

Matt Thorn, interim exec­u­tive direc­tor of OutServe-​​SLDN.

Matt Thorn? Yup. OK, I know that sounds like the nom de cine of a porn star but he is just the head hon­cho of an out­fit called OutServe-​​SLDN. And what is Outserve-​​SDLN? You might well ask, so I hyper-​​linked it so you might eas­ily look it up in Wikipedia. It appears to be an orga­ni­za­tion formed and reor­ga­nized and then re-​​formed and then amal­ga­mated to serve the legal needs of mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers who are being per­se­cuted because they are homo­sex­ual. The ini­tials SLDN stand for Ser­vice­mem­bers Legal Defense Net­work. And the out in Out­serve? Like so many words in LGBT-​​Land this needs a lit­tle decrypt­ing if you’re not com­pletely au courant. I have often been mis­lead by not know­ing the lingo. I once tuned in to a com­edy spe­cial on Show­time that was titled Out There think­ing it would be a show of really weird, pithy, out­ra­geous com­edy. Nope. Every sin­gle joke involved homo­sex­u­al­ity. Out means you are openly and avowedly homo­sex­ual. Don’t call your navel an outie if you’re not ready for some strange looks and maybe a few inter­est­ing offers.

Now that the U.S. Con­gress has expressly approved the mil­i­tary ser­vice of homo­sex­ual mem­bers and the pres­i­dent, the media, acad­eme, and a major­ity of the Amer­i­can pub­lic is OK with that it would seem that an out­fit like OutServe-​​SLDN would find itself con­signed to irrev­e­lance. But they’re still in there, rais­ing finds, reor­ga­niz­ing, and being avail­able for com­ment on an issue any actual mem­ber of the mil­i­tary would be ter­ri­fied to say one word about.

It would seem that an orga­ni­za­tion con­cerned with “ser­vice­mem­bers” wel­fare might try look­ing into the wel­fare of vet­er­ans who are dying because they can’t get off a wait­ing list and into a doctor’s office.

Per­haps if the vet­er­ans were gay. Maybe then they would be wor­thy of the atten­tion of SLDN. Or maybe even the atten­tion of the President.



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nolanimrod on September 17th, 2015

The Hot Air blog has a piece up dis­cussing the prob­lems of aging elec­tronic vot­ing machines.  The arti­cle, by Jazz Shaw, states some­thing which struck me as pretty funny:

elec­tion offi­cials are tak­ing a very wor­ried look at the no longer new­fan­gled elec­tronic vot­ing machines which were put in place after the hang­ing chad débâ­cle of the 2000 election

Why is that funny? It is funny because the Palm Beach County vot­ing machines were of the punch-​​card vari­ety, where the voter used a sty­lus to punch out a hole in the card next to his choice. I was liv­ing in Chicago when that kind of vot­ing machine was adopted. The rea­son was that the sys­tem pro­duced a phys­i­cal doc­u­ment, marked by the voter, which could be seen, touched, and counted by peo­ple so that the only tally pos­si­ble wouldn’t be an odometer-​​like counter on a vot­ing machine. This phys­i­cal, stor­able, ware­hous­able, count­able arti­fact was sup­posed to reduce the elec­toral shenani­gans the Daley orga­ni­za­tion was famous for.

I used such a “machine” for vot­ing. It con­sisted of a book­let with the ques­tions (list of can­di­dates) which I answered by punch­ing out holes in a punch-​​card using a pointed metal sty­lus. You could feel when the hole was punched through. Sim­plic­ity itself. No elec­tric­ity (no chance of a power fail­ure). No Inter­net (no dan­ger of hack­ing). Even I, who am famous for over-​​thinking my way into a cat­a­stro­phe, could use it.

But then, in 2000, down in Palm Beach County, the trav­el­ing Demo­c­rat freak show roared into town. Sud­denly it wasn’t good enough to count the holes on a punch card. Myopic senior cit­i­zens had to peer at the card, hold it up to the light, stroke it, rotate it, wig­gle it, feel it for dimples.

And whom did they send to be in charge of this cir­cus? Why, non other than William Daley, polit­i­cal fixer and brother of Chicago’s mayor, Richard M. Daley.

Both of whom were sons of Richard J. Daley, the man whose polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion the punch-​​card machines were sup­posed to pro­tect against. It was kind of like send­ing Al Capone to stamp out boot­leg­ging in Chicago.

William and Richie were also BFF’s with a cou­ple of soon-​​to-​​be-​​felons, Rod Blago­je­vich and Tony Rezko, but, hey — who’s counting?

So we got rid of sim­ple, fool-​​proof vot­ing machines because one of the peo­ple they were sup­posed to thwart said they were no good.

That’s why it is funny.

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nolanimrod on September 13th, 2015

Look­ing this morn­ing at the Real Clear Pol­i­tics smörgås­bord of pols, polls, and pun­dits we see, under the gen­eral head­ing Clin­ton Server Con­tro­versy:

Server Com­pany Says Emails Were Not Wiped, May Be Recoverable

and what fol­lows is a tech­ni­cal exe­ge­sis on the dif­fer­ences between erased and wiped (whether or not, to use Hillary’s par­lance, like with a cloth?). Do you really want to know the dif­fer­ence between eras­ing a file and writ­ing ran­dom 0’s and 1’s over a disk a few hun­dred times? What, at this point, does it mat­ter? She stored and trans­mit­ted secret gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments using an unap­proved, vul­ner­a­ble pri­vate net­work hun­dreds of times dur­ing her tenure as Sec­re­tary of State. One sim­i­lar offense was suf­fi­cient to drive America’s finest post-​​war gen­eral (that would be post– the war that we won, not post– the war that ended with our escap­ing by hang­ing from heli­copter skids) from his job as direc­tor of CIA in order to escape jail time. The entire Petraeus Affair, from soup to nuts, took a mat­ter of weeks. Yet here we are, a year into Server­gate, debat­ing the mean­ing of wiped.

In a way it is sat­is­fy­ing to see Hillary hoist on the Clin­ton­ian petard of stalling by doing things like ques­tion­ing the mean­ing of unfa­mil­iar, anti­quated words like is and alone. The strat­egy worked so well for her in the past. When her billing records from the Rose Law firm were sub­poe­naed she spent months look­ing for them but — darn it all — she just couldn’t find them. So while her for­mer Rose asso­ciates went to jail (at least, the ones who hadn’t had their heads blown off) Hillary scrimped and scraped in order to pre­pare for sur­viv­ing a post-​​White House exis­tence while flat broke. Then? Eureka! Right after the sub­poena ran out there the miss­ing records were, in her quar­ters in the White House, pos­si­bly behind the can­dles she and Bill used for read­ing their Bibles (which, dur­ing the Mon­ica Lewin­sky affair, they were never with­out) when their poverty pre­vented pay­ing the elec­tric bill.

It may not work for her this time. Every­thing she has put her hand to for the last six years has worked out pretty badly for us. You can win foot­ball games by run­ning out the clock but to do that you first have to put some points on the board. But there is still a year left and a lot can happen.

Keep your unabridged dic­tio­nar­ies handy.

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