Category Archives: Terrorism

One More Slip of the Security Rachet: The Boston Marathon Edition

One of Boston’s (many) saving graces is that it’s full of hard-headed stubborn people. While that might sound like damning with faint praise, in an era where our putative political leadership perpetually craps its pants, it’s refreshing to know that … Continue reading

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Keeping Terrorist Sabotage of Our Infrastructure in Context

Or, it’s the natural disasters, stupid (boldface mine): Our energy systems are so big, complex and spread out, that they are doomed to fail on occasion, sometimes in ways that cascade catastrophically through the system. The electrical grid is especially … Continue reading

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Security Theater: The Waiting In Line Edition

After the Sept. 11 attacks, I remember that my family’s synagogue in DC tightened security for the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). It always had some security: elected officials and Israeli embassy staff often attended, so there was … Continue reading

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Whitey Bulger Was More Of an Existential Threat Than Most Terrorists Are

Seriously. That’s not to say terrorists aren’t murdering bastards. But Judge Bruce Selya, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeal for the First Circuit–which includes the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (God save it!)–began a recent opinion with the following … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, Massachusetts, Run Ya Bastids!, Terrorism

Thoughts on the Irrationality of Giving Up This Much Liberty to Fight Terror

Conor Friedersdorf has a good post about the too-high price too many are willing to pay to stop terror (emphasis his; boldface mine): Of course we should dedicate significant resources and effort to stopping terrorism. But consider some hard facts. … Continue reading

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Gun Rights: Veering Into Terrorist Territory

Why stop at threatening non-violent citizens groups like Moms Demand Action, when you can go after the real threat? The professoriate: This past week, Kutztown students, faculty and staff were first learning of the university’s new weapons policy which opens … Continue reading

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Playing At Delegitimization and Insurrection: How the GOP Is Turning Into a Political Wing of a Paramilitary

So it appears that the new president of the National Rifle Association is actually more radical than Wayne LaPierre (boldface mine): Porter has called President Barack Obama a “fake president,” Attorney General Eric Holder “rabidly un-American” and the U.S. Civil … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the Bombing in My Neighborhood

My thanks to everyone for their kind words and offers of help over the last couple of days. This post might appear haphazard and scatter-brained (or more so than usual), but my building was evacuated–much of Back Bay is a … Continue reading

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White Supremacists Assault the U.S. Judicial System…

…and no one seems to give a damn: A mere two months after another TX prosecutor from the same jurisdiction had been shot dead, a district attorney for Kaufman County, TX (and area outside of Dallas) and his wife were … Continue reading

Posted in Racism, Terrorism, The Rule of Law

So Remind Me Again Why We Spend All That Money on ‘Homeland’ Security

Oh yeah, getting rid of civil liberties too. After eleven years, you would think the Orwellian-named Department of Homeland Security would be able to keep people banned from entering the country from entering the country. You would be wrong (boldface … Continue reading

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