Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Smithsonian ‘Upgrades’ Its Security

I went to the Smithsonian (Air and Space and the Natural History Museum) during the long weekend, and the security now includes having to remove everything from your pockets as if it were an airport, having your items sent through … Continue reading

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Five Armed Terrorists Have An Eighty Percent Chance Of Breaching TSA Security

And I mean all five of them, not just one of them. There have been a spate of articles about how long it takes to get through TSA airport security. But what’s amazing–in a bad way–is how bad it is … Continue reading

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A Constitution? New Columbia HAZ IT!

A while ago, I wrote about the U.S. mainland colony’s attempt to gain statehood through the “Tennessee option”: Aides to Bowser said a broader push for statehood would follow a process known as the “Tennessee model.” When Tennessee was admitted … Continue reading

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D.C. Statehood And The Tennessee Option

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is pushing hard for D.C. statehood, and she seems to have hit on an interesting strategy, the “Tennessee Strategy” (boldface mine): Aides to Bowser said a broader push for statehood would follow a process known as … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, DC

Oregon Militants Discover Criminal Justice Reform

Oregon militants are very butthurt by our criminal justice system: “It turns out that if you do leave, they end up charging you later, and they are pressing everyone here it sounds like with that same felony charge of interfering … Continue reading

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Benevolent Dictator

It would appear that poisoning the children of Flint and letting students attend schools infested with rodents and mold in Detroit is even too much for Republican Governor Rick Snyder, since state-appointed Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has finally been fired. … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Education

The Logic of Brute Force

Erik Cameron, a Chicago resident, describes how he was treated by the Chicago PD on his way home from work (boldface mine): A number of Chicago police officers came around the corner from Rush Street running, weapons drawn. They were … Continue reading

Posted in Authoritarianism, Civil Liberties