Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Morning Blog

Trying to get a little something something posted whilst the girlfriend is getting a little sleep.

So quiet. For real. Keep it down out there.

Here are some cops playing criminals. And dumb criminals at that. I'm a little confused as to why they didn't think they might have a bit of a problem with robbing people on camera. It's pretty brazen.

Oh my... Fallout from the G-20 protests in Pittsburgh continues. There was clearly a big problem during the protests (which for the record, I think were mostly quite silly), with police arresting bystanders that had nothing to do with anything. At times, passerby were ordered to disperse or face arrest while surrounded and given no where to go. Anyways, one of these people is now suing the city. Incidentally, he's an Army Second Lieutenant with military police training so he doesn't really fit the dastardly anarchist profile you'd expect...

I was hoping this would happen today! Good news: Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi has been released (again), from house arrest! I'm permitting myself a scintilla of extremely cautious optimism. I feel a little shallow though...I keep trying to find pictures of the house she spent the last seven years confined in.

Oh my...Seems like the theme for the day might be "official corruption". The county executive of Prince George's County, MD has been arrested on corruption charges. As FBI agents were at the door to his residence, he's recorded on phone telling his wife to flush a $100,000 check down the toilet. And um...he also tells her to hide a mere $79,600 in cash in her bra. Assuming that the money wasn't in the fabled $10,000 denomination, wouldn't she look...a bit lumpy? Apparently, that's what everybody's been asking. The Washington Post was kind enough to break down the dimensions of possible lumps here.

Privatize! Privatize! Privatize! Why on Earth is taxpayer money still supporting this antiquated monopoly? The postal service needs to go or be sold off to people that think they can avoid losing $8.5 billion a year.

The Presidents unbelievable inability to take steps to resolve the premier civil rights issue of our time continues here. Again, Obama is the Commander in Chief. If he were at all serious about actually ending DADT and had the political cajones of a castrated wallably, he could do it Monday morning with the stroke of a pen. The Pentagon has released a report saying that any problems with ending this policy would be minimal, the Secretary of Defense has come out in favor of ending it, the majority of the country favors ending it...The hold up is what now?

Sigh...I'm getting so tired of yelling about that.

Here's an interesting post over at the Economist concerning reform of the UN Security Council:

Any plausible UN reform starts with compromise. The Security Council needs to be large enough to be representative, but small enough to do business. It should reflect real power in the world, but aim not to reward anti-social behaviour. It should strive for the best council for today, but it cannot start with a clean sheet, because the original membership controls the reform under the original rules. Extending permanent membership would help the council, but extending the veto to a lot of new countries risks making it unworkable.

More Four Lokos lunacy. It's been effectively banned in Pennsylvania mostly because it leads to staggering levels of dumb-assery. I don't think a ban is necessary but I'm perfectly happy not having to sell the crap. Seriously, is there a need in the world for watermelon flavored malt liquor? Isn't there already enough evil out there?

Four Loko, you may have read, is the caffeinated alcoholic energy drink that has been referred to glowingly as “liquid cocaine.”

There's a rule in journalism about what qualifies as news. Essentially, it breaks down as follows: Dog bites man; not news. Man bites dog; news.

Howzabout: Jack Russel Terrier Trees Mountain Lion?

I support this entirely. Going to the airport in America is an extended humiliation. If anybody, ANYBODY happens to be flying on November, 24th, please consider opting out of the invasive security procedures. They've gone way, way too far.

“The goal of National Opt-Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change,” reads the call to action at, set up by Brian Sodegren. “No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy, and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent.”

James Fallows by the way, has been following this issue for some time. Click on the link to look through his blog.

That's it for the MoBlo. Gotta make some breakfast and go to work. Tonight, it's all about taking the girlfriend out so I don't know if I'll get the chance to throw anything else up. As always, thanks for reading

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