Court rules we have no right to not be robbed by police
Cartoon of police
Tom Swiss Tue, 09/24/2019 - 23:45

You might think that if police stole your stuff, you'd have some legal recourse.

But the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled otherwise.

Via Forbes:

While exercising a search warrant in 2013, Fresno police raided and seized $50,000 from Micah Jessop and Brittan Ashjian, two businessmen suspected of illegal gambling (neither was ever criminally charged). Worse, the two claimed that police actually grabbed $151,000 in cash and $125,000 in rare coins, and “stole the difference” above what was reported on the inventory sheet. Critically, the $225,000 that was allegedly stolen wasn’t included on the inventory report for seized property or booked into evidence.

Arguing that the alleged stealing violated their constitutional rights, Jessop and Ashjian sued...

"Green Army Women" make militarism more gender-neutral

Posted on: Mon, 09/23/2019 - 14:34 By: Tom Swiss
Plastic Army Women

With BMC Toys adding "Green Army Women" to its icon "Green Army Men" plastic toys, militarism becomes a more gender-neutral phenomenon. Hooray.

Via NPR:

"My name is Vivian. I am six years old. Why do you not make girl army men?" wrote Vivian Lord to BMC Toys.

To Jeff Imel, the president of BMC Toys, which makes the iconic Green Army Men figurines, it was a worthy question and one he had mulled over for years.
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A brief primer on "assault weapons" and "assault rifles"

Posted on: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 13:16 By: Tom Swiss
Soldier of Nazi Germany with Sturmgewehr 44
A brief primer on firearms history and technology, especially on "assault weapons" and "assault rifles". Semi-automatic rifles are a 19th century technology, not some brand new evil of the 21st century. They have been common since the 1930s. And the AR-15 itself, which does not introduce any new core features over earlier semi-automatic rifles, has been with us for over a half-century. It just looks different than older rifles.
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