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Jared Loughner's AboveTopSecret postings (Gabrielle Giffords shooter) - 01/11/11

Jared Lee Loughner - shooter of Gabrielle Giffords - allegedly posted to the conspiracy forum AboveTopSecret.com using the handle erad3, and they've published the comments here. He created four threads and posted an additional 126 comments; none of them give an accurate picture of his political leanings or hint at what was to come. In almost all of the comments it's difficult to tell whether he was being completely sincere or whether he was engaging in some form of trolling, mind games, or just mental exercises. Many of the comments and all the threads use incorrect syllogisms, which he...

James O'Keefe Landrieu "wiretap" shows how entire political class is endangering the U.S. - 01/29/10

The recent arrest of conservative provocateur James O'Keefe for trying to "interfere" with the phones of Senator Mary Landrieu is, in itself, not overly interesting. However, what makes it very interesting is that it shows just how far down the road to Idiocracy we are and how much danger we're in as a nation. For instance, almost all of those discussing the case showing an inability to perform such simple tasks as reading a PDF file and accurately reporting on its contents. Those who demonstrated such mass stupidity are listed below, divided into three groups.

Obama gives INTERPOL immunity from U.S. law; Constitution doesn't apply; precursor to ICC? - 12/28/09

On December 17, Barack Obama signed "Executive Order -- Amending Executive Order 12425" [1] which lifts Ronald Reagan-era limitation on how the international police force INTERPOL can operate inside the U.S. From Andrew McCarthy of National Review (link): Interpol's property and assets are no longer subject to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects...

What assimilation policy? - 03/14/03

Eugene Volokh discusses this Guardian article [1] in two posts: first [2] and second [3]: But if the Le Monde correspondent, and others who have made this point (both in the anti-war context and outside) about other European countries, are right, then it shows that the French and other Europeans have made a very bad mistake with their immigration policy, assimilation policy (or nonassimilation policy), or both.

Could the sniper have been caught earlier? - 11/30/02

Orin Kerr has a link to an NYT article [1] that apparently says that the sniper could have been caught earlier with more and better mega databases. He thinks "that it took the police lots of uses of databases, information sharing, and citizen-informant work to catch the sniper." I'm going to comment on the database part. I haven't read the NYT article, but anyway: