Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, April 5, 2015 8:10 pm

Odds and ends for April 5

He is risen. He is risen indeed.

Cops in California are using a 1930s-era anti-lynching statute to intimidate protesters. Prosecutors so far have declined to press those charges, but it’s only a matter of time until a right-wing nutjob decides to try to make an example of someone.

Speaking of California, its people are in serious denial about its extreme drought, now in its fourth year. About 94% of the state considers the drought serious, but 61% still favor voluntary measures to deal with it. Y’all need to wake up.

Likely presidential contender and perennial horse’s ass Mike Huckabee thinks I’m a member of the “militant gay community,” inasmuch as that’s whom he’s blaming for the backlash against Indiana’s bigoted “religious freedom” statute. Who knew that Christians who take the Second Great Commandment seriously were militant gays? My wife certainly had no idea.

We have a system that treats you better if you are rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent and this case proves it.” (Previously.)

In Florida, relatives of officers of for-profit charter-school companies are enacting legislation to divert money from public schools to charter schools. But none dare call it a conflict of interest, let alone a crime.

Randi Harper, somewhat unwillingly turned into an activist by GamerGaters and perpetrators of online violent and/or sexual threats, got SWATed — someone called in a false tip to police that led a SWAT team to raid her apartment. Her experience could have ended with her dead, or at least her dog. Fortunately, both are alive and well. She talks about what you need to do to protect yourself from such potentially deadly “pranks.” For the record, given the risk of gunplay anytime heavily armed cops storm a home, I think this “prank” should be treated as attempted manslaughter, at least. (h/t: Chip)

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh draws a useful distinction between what he does and much of the “news” you see in print and online today: Instead of taking a tip and building it into a story, too many reporters just run the tip.


Thursday, March 12, 2009 9:41 pm

Cheney’s ring of killers??

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh is now saying, although he hasn’t published this anywhere yet, that we have an “executive assassination ring” that reported directly to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, outside the military chain of command (at the top of which, you’ll recall from Civics 101, sits the president).

I have no way of knowing whether this is true. And the facts that Hersh 1) hasn’t published anything about this (yet) and may be as much as two years from doing so; and 2) appears to be saying he let slip more than he intended, are big red flags.

But if it is true, it’s got all sorts of constitutional, legal and practical ramifications, irrespective of the moral question of whether the people of the United States ought to be in the assassination business. (For the record, if we whacked Osama bin Laden I surely wouldn’t cry, although I would prefer he get due process in a legitimate court. I also believe that any great power, once seized, will be abused.)

Hersh also mentions what he believes were illegal domestic CIA surveillance activities not heretofore brought to light. Again, I have no idea whether this is true.

Emptywheel offers some commentary and commenter discussion here.

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