Court rules we have no right to not be robbed by police

Posted on: Tue, 09/24/2019 - 23:45 By: Tom Swiss
Cartoon of police

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.
...

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.

Handguns are more lethal in mass shootings than "assault weapon" rifles

Posted on: Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:59 By: Tom Swiss
rifle and handgun. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe
But I did not expect this finding from a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, that in examining 23 "civilian public mass shootings" (a category defined by the FBI and Congressional Research Service to exclude familicides or shootings in the course of a robbery or other ordinary criminal motive) from 2000 to 2016, shootings using a handgun were more lethal than those using a rifle, while shootings using a rifle resulted in more people being shot.

The death of the "collusion" narrative

Posted on: Tue, 02/05/2019 - 11:33 By: Tom Swiss
(article photo)

It's a funny thing that even as the Clintonist mainstream media get more and more settled into the #Russiagate paranoid conspiracy theory narrative and see Russkie influence everywhere, the actual evidence revealed by Mueller's investigation confirms how bogus the PCT narrative is. Jonathan Turley breaks it down at The Hill:

Toronto pranksters hang car from bridge

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2018 - 09:39 By: Tom Swiss

A nice prank idea, but minus a bunch of points on the implementation for doing it in an area over pedestrian trails.

Car dangling from Toronto bridge cut down, but mystery of how it got there leaves city hanging

Toronto police are scratching their heads over who left a car dangling from a cable on the Leaside Bridge.

Commuters found themselves doing double takes on Wednesday morning as they drove by the empty shell of a blue sedan hanging from the bridge.

...and we're back

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:56 By: Tom Swiss

The 2016 election. The Trump administration. Mass shootings. Paranoid conspiracy theories about child-rape sex dungeons in pizza places and Russian hackers. Nazis rallying in the streets. People getting assaulted for wearing the wrong baseball caps.

And where, you ask, has The Unreasonable Man been during these troubled times? Asleep at the switch?

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