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A 76-to-1 ratio

The CDC announced Tuesday that 76 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were involved in the care of Thomas Eric Duncan after he was hospitalized, including a nurse now being treated for the same Ebola virus that killed the Liberian man who was visiting Dallas.

That's the number of medical staff potentially exposed to Ebola in the course of treating one patient with the disease. And it's frankly insane.

Everyone who provides care for an Ebola patient is potentially at risk of becoming an Ebola patient themselves. Even if the chance of infection is low on an individual basis, if you give the virus enough chances it will jump the barriers through sheer bad luck if nothing else.

If we are going to successfully contain the disease in a significant breakout, we need to minimize the number of people exposed. I suggest asking for one or two volunteers per patient and providing significant financial rewards for those willing to treat Ebola patients, while keeping support staff -- particularly doctors and experts -- very, very far away from the actual patient.

Frieden said as a result of the current situation, the CDC was setting up an Ebola response team for hospitals with Ebola patients, and has vowed to put a team on the ground anywhere in the United States "within hours."

This could also be a disaster. Sure, it might help to get experts on the scene, but it doesn't help if those experts are then exposed to the disease themselves and die from it.

UPDATE: And yes, cost is also an issue, though single patients over a short time period are probably manageable.

2014-10-14 18:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trust deficit

Among the problems the Census Bureau faces in getting Americans to answer questions, complained an official in a presentation last week, is that Americans consider nosy questions a threat to their privacy, especially when posed by a government they distrust. The solution? Favor the "stick" above "carrot" when mailing out questionnaires for the American Community Survey. Specifically, the official recommended emphasizing legal consequences for people who don't cough up desired data.

When officials speak in this way, it is clear that they no longer serve the public.

2014-10-14 13:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

People on welfare vote for more welfare

Take a quick look at how welfare dependency in Brazil correlates with election results there, and then consider how we can deal with the same problem in the United States. Spoiler: There's not really a good answer once you concede that government can take money from one person and give it to another.

2014-10-13 14:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Will they tell us when third-generation Ebola infections appear?

First, Ebola would burn out in Africa soon enough. Then, there was only an extremely remote chance that Ebola would break out of Africa into the western world. Then there was almost no chance that Ebola would evade airline screening procedures and come to America. Then, even if Ebola did somehow, by some miracle, make it to America, we would catch it before it did any damage. Then, we absolutely know how to stop Ebola from spreading. (Note: this involves a miracle that includes perfect humans in perfectly designed systems using perfectly unfailing equipment and procedures). And now, well, the possibility of an African-style Ebola outbreak in America, with millions of infections, remains “extremely remote.” I personally think that what is really “extremely remote” is that the situation is as under control as they keep telling us it is. I wonder what they’ll tell us when third generation infections start popping up?

Stupid question. They won't tell us when those infections appear at all.

2014-10-13 13:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

CDC claiming that travel ban would increase risk to the US

They aren't even bothering to come up with plausible lies anymore. Obama wants this virus in the US so we will be forced to dedicate research resources to treating it.

2014-10-13 12:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Union pressure tactics

UAW Local 31 dedicates an entire page of its website to listing the names and work stations of employees who have opted to exercise their rights not to be in the union. UAW Local 31 lists nearly 30 workers at the Fairfax, Kansas GM plant who are not in the union. The “Scab List” is published under the union website’s “Important Information” section.

And what will union thugs do with such a list? Use it to target those on it for harassment, intimidation, and potential violence, of course.

2014-10-13 11:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

CDC director's confidence appears badly shaken

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a top-level forum in Washington, D.C., that the Ebola outbreak is unlike anything he’s seen since the AIDS epidemic.

Funny, up until now, he was saying that he had everything under control. I wonder what changed?

2014-10-13 10:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Unemployment numbers are being faked

A liberal friend who shall remain anonymous has written to me explaining that the New York Times says the economy added 250K jobs in September, as if this was good news. What the New York Times did not tell you is that we lost 315K people out of the labor force that month.

Unfortunately, since the White House took direct control of the Census Bureau (which conducts the surveys that go into the employment reports), the employment reports are a pack of lies.

To get an idea of the real situation, look at the workforce participation rate, and compare it to historical rates. Then, realize that the unemployment numbers only count the people who are looking for work -- and that the Census Bureau surveys that determine whether people are looking for work or not are controlled by the White House -- and you realize that the people who should be counted as unemployed are instead being classified as having "left the workforce", perhaps because they are too depressed about not being able to find a job to try searching for one. Or maybe food stamps and welfare without work requirements are making more people choose funemployment at the expense of those of us still willing to work for a living.

And when you're done with all that, realize that the 5.9% unemployment that the Obama administration is bragging out is the lowest number since July 2008...

2014-10-13 09:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Alison Grimes is lying to get elected

She says she supports the coal industry in her ads, but her campaign staffers are confident she's lying about that.

With James O'Keefe on her tail, she had better start tap-dancing quick.

2014-10-12 13:12:43.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

You're not a liberal!

2014-10-11 12:17:02.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Deputy Sheriff tests negative for Ebola, treated for unidentified virus

Story here, from which I have extracted the relevant quotes concerning the deputy:

The Dallas County Sheriff's deputy who had some symptoms of Ebola said he broke down crying when the negative test results came in... But ultimately he was diagnosed with an unidentified viral infection and given morphine to help the pain. He should be back at work on Wednesday.

Contrast that with the treatment given to the US Patient Zero:

According to the medical records provided to The A.P., Mr. Duncan reported severe pain — rating it an eight on a scale of 10. Doctors gave him CT scans to rule out appendicitis, stroke and numerous other serious ailments. Ultimately, he was prescribed antibiotics and told to take Tylenol, then he returned to the apartment where he was staying with a Dallas woman and three other people.

So, severe pain -- severe enough to require morphine, which is pretty damned severe. An "unidentified viral infection". Sent home with antibiotics.

He's now giving press conferences saying everything is ok and he tested negative. But some tests can present false negatives. And what's the incubation period of Ebola?

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people infected by the virus can begin showing symptoms of Ebola eight to 10 days after exposure. Duncan first sought care at a hospital emergency room on Sept. 25 and was admitted three days later.

The timing on the deputy is right for Ebola. The symptoms match those of the person he had contact with.

Bottom line: I wouldn't be surprised if we see him in the news again.

2014-10-10 17:32:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Can we use the 4th Amendment against the IRS?

The Washington Times thinks we can, but is calling for Congress to pass legislation to enable it. If the 4th Amendment needed enabling legislation, it wouldn't be very effective... but the basic proposal is sound: prohibit audits by the IRS, inspections by the EPA, and so forth, unless the agency can present probable cause that a crime was committed to a judge and get a warrant signed.

It won't be enough to prevent abuse. Just look at the warrants that get signed today in the drug war. But it will be better than the current situation, so it's worth a try.

2014-10-09 16:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Since destroying hard drives worked so well for the IRS...

... the Environmental Protection Agency is now telling a judge that a hardware malfunction may have resulted in the loss of information requested by the House for an investigation. They are also claiming that the records of text messages sent by the head of the agency weren't actually required to be retained as federal records, something that Lois Lerner also asked about when she learned about Congressional investigations into her activities.

If these people were just doing their jobs honestly, they wouldn't be so worried about hiding their records from Congress.

2014-10-09 15:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reminder: the NSA is spying on us on lying about it in court

For example, if the NSA, while unconstitutionally listening to the conversations of Americans hoping to hear about plots to harm other Americans (it has revealed no such plots from among the trillions of private conversations it has monitored since 2005), comes across evidence of a bank robbery, the NSA will pass that evidence on to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The NSA routinely does this notwithstanding representations to the FISA court that authorizes its spying that it is not in the business of gathering evidence in criminal cases.

This is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. Why won't the courts or Congress act to stop it? Probably because Congress and the courts are composed of people who have embarrassing emails in their closets.

2014-10-09 14:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another sign that we are living in a police state

A Rasmussen poll reports that 70% of the population oppose police seizure of property without a criminal conviction... yet that practice remains in effect across the whole country.

2014-10-08 17:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Second Ebola patient in Dallas

The story is still developing, but it sounds like someone who entered the quarantined apartment without wearing protective gear caught the disease.

2014-10-08 16:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch: 4 ISIS terrorists arrested in Texas

Islamic terrorists have entered the United States through the Mexican border and Homeland Security sources tell Judicial Watch that four have been apprehended in the last 36 hours by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr.

It's long past time we closed the border. We can argue about what the legal process should be, but it should be a legal process not a smuggling process. And that legal process should include steps like "Don't allow terrorists or those with contagious diseases (like, say, Ebola) into the country."

The administration wants this suppressed because an actual terrorist threat would hurt his party in the elections.

2014-10-08 14:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gura files motion to block new DC gun law

The basic claim is that the 2nd Amendment does not allow for the city to require a justification for issuing a license to carry a concealed firearm. If successful, it would effectively require DC to write a shall-issue carry law rather than the current may-issue law they are proposing.

2014-10-08 09:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Campaign finance laws bite Democrats too

A campaign staffer for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley is listed as a contact on press releases for Mass NOW ripping GOP rival Charlie Baker in an apparent conflict experts say could violate state and federal laws barring nonprofits from coordinating with political campaigns.

There are a couple points to be made here.

First, participating in the political process should not require lawyers and a ton of bureaucratic red tape.

Second, Democrats who support campaign finance restrictions are regularly caught violating them. It's almost as if they trust the IRS and the FEC (and oh by the way, Lerner has worked at high positions in both agencies) to rule against their opponents and ignore their own issues.

2014-10-07 18:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

EPIC files FOIA lawsuit over CIA's Senate spying

Interestingly enough, the details being sought in the lawsuit are related to the CIA's effort to spy on, or perhaps remove information from, Senate computers being used to put together the Senate's report on the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques. The Senate report has itself been delayed until late October, just before the election.

It's also worth noting that getting ANY information out of this administration seems to require not only a FOIA request but a lawsuit over it.

2014-10-07 17:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New IG report exposes IRS coverup of FOIA requests

When the IRS scandal broke, it sparked a lot of public interest in the behavior of the agency. Judicial Watch's FOIA requests have been successful, but mostly because they have been willing to go to court to enforce them. Ordinary people without the money to take a federal agency to court have had less success with their requests:

A review of the Internal Revenue Service's compliance with the Freedom of Information Act found the agency intentionally withheld or failed to "adequately search" for requested information in hundreds of cases.

In others, the IRS released more than it was authorized, dispensing "sensitive taxpayer information," including individuals' bank records.

This is not just "accidentally" losing information due to "hard drive failures", this is actually denying that responsive information exists. And one of the things they are denying is an investigation into illegal access to the tax records of the Koch brothers.

The full report is available.

2014-10-07 16:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More IRS Abuse: audit quotas, intimidation tactics

No allegations of political bias here, just generally abusive behavior by IRS agents to the public they supposedly serve.

2014-10-07 15:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did the Obama Administration illegally access Koch tax data?

So, to sum up: it is likely that members of the Obama administration committed federal crimes by illegally sharing confidential taxpayer information with the White House for political purposes. With luck, we will find out for sure before our next president is inaugurated. The alternative is that a high-ranking White House official fabricated a baseless smear against the administration’s political opponents and passed it on to reporters to further the administration’s political agenda. Any way you look at it, this is a shameful episode in the already bleak history of the Obama administration.

There's a strong case to be made that they did access that information, and released it to reporters in an effort to damage their political opponents.

2014-10-07 14:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DC police lose fingerprints from gun re-registration applications

As if that weren’t enough, the DC police department is now forcing local gun-owners to re-submit their fingerprints (and pay an additional $35 fingerprinting fee) as part of the re-registration process —despite the fact that each of them has already been fingerprinted.

Like Lerner's missing emails, I believe this to be a deliberate action, not a mistake.

2014-10-07 13:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

This shouldn't surprise anyone, but the EPA is filled with environmental activists

Far from the required recusing to avoid the appearance of a conflict, EPA filled its senior political ranks with green pressure group activists, continuing their life’s work and coordinating with former colleagues from their new positions in government. These emails show the groups sharing jokes about EPA assurances that it isn’t waging a war on coal, and gloating about the courts serially siding with EPA as it rewrites federal environmental law.

This appears to be standard procedure for the Obama Administration.

2014-10-07 12:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It pays to pay attention to names

The upcoming North Carolina judicial election has a judge with an anti-gun history.

2014-10-07 11:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial restroration of firearms rights

Alan Gura wins another one.

Current firearm law says that anyone convicted of a felony cannot ever possess a firearm again. I don't believe that's reasonable. it's possible for someone to reform after a serious criminal act, and eventually -- in years of crime-free life -- regain the public trust. It's also the case that many crimes that are considered felonies are neither violent, nor necessarily serious. Importing a lobster in the wrong type of packaging can be a felony, and that's... frankly, insane.

2014-10-07 10:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ebola in the US

Patients being treated in Dallas, including a homeless person who may have been exposed and now cannot be found. Possible patients in Kentucky and DC, Utah and Georgia.

A lot of the early cases are going to turn out to be false alarms. Some of them might not be.

And judges who visit quarantined buildings before they are disinfected, then hold press conferences without even bothering to change clothes aren't helping.

And the anti-gun idiots are blaming the NRA for making the crisis worse by blocking Obama's pick for Surgeon General... when the main expertise of that particular pick was pretending firearms are an infectious disease that can be treated with medical interventions. Someone with a connection to reality that distorted is not going to be any help dealing with the very real health crisis we are faced with today.

If the NRA's opposition keeps Obama's first pick out of the office until Obama is forced to nominate someone actually competent to deal with the real crisis, that would actually be a benefit to the country.

2014-10-07 09:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dallas County judge entered Ebola apartment without protection

Stupidity at this level is its own punishment, but if he infects anyone else due to his stupidity, that's another matter.

And, yes, I realize that theoretically, if you don't touch anything and aren't touched by anyone, you don't need the protective gear. But people wear the protective gear because everyone makes mistakes sometimes, and airborne transmission is only a mutation away.

2014-10-06 18:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Challenging the disease theory of addiction

The drug war is based around blaming drugs for the bad choices people make. It's basically a sin and absolution system that replaces religion without requiring a belief in god or promoting real moral standards. Frankly, I don't care about replacing god -- but I do care about the effects the war on drugs is having on our society. Such as sending armed SWAT teams to serve warrants on a farmer growing okra.

2014-10-06 17:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Religion of peace my ass

Fox News found someone who had attended the same mosque that the Oklahoma Beheader attended, and got him to talk:

Megyn Kelly asked: Did the mosque talk about speaking differently in front of the media?

“Absolutely,” he said. “When they cannot do jihad physically, they attempt to do jihad by means of stealth, by endearing themselves to the media, endearing themselves to government, endearing themselves to the American people to slowly work their way in.”

So the mosques lie to the media, and the media lies to us, and that's how beheadings become "workplace violence" and Islam becomes a "religion of peace".

Islam is a religion of submission, and it commands its followers to bring death to those who will not submit. That's the peace of the grave.

And two members of the religion of peace recently arrived from Liberia have gone missing in Virginia. How long does it take a freighter to cross the Atlantic? More or less than the incubation period of Ebola?

2014-10-06 16:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mask-wearing, shotgun-wielding prankster meets concealed-carry

Stupidity has consequences. I figure this time, the "prankster" got less than he deserved. This sort of prank has no place in real life.

2014-10-06 15:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Holder's legacy

Presidents and elected officials are often described as being concerned about their legacy -- the things they leave behind for future generations. For a legislator it is usually some major piece of legislation that bears their name; for an executive branch official, it's a little more nebulous, because their legacy is built from the things they do every day, the little decisions they make over time that add up to big things.

Holder's legacy is the rule of law. Not the rule of law as we know it, but the rule of law left beaten and bleeding in a dark alley. There's also a more detailed look at some of the many issues implicating Holder in Fast and Furious and the IRS scandal.

2014-10-06 14:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

California governor vetos drone warrant law

The right not to be surveilled by a police drone capable of tracking an entire city's worth of individual movements will not be respected in California, where police can deploy such devices -- functionally similar to a police officer on 24/7 surveillance of every person in a large city.

This is a stupid move by the governor. It may get him some law enforcement support, but it will lose him support from civil liberties groups tired of being watched by everyone.

2014-10-06 13:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS allegedly erased records in another lawsuit

In its latest court filing, NetJets claims the IRS has been concealing evidence. Its lawyers say the computers of three key IRS employees were wiped clean, including the computer of “an excise-tax policy manager and a key decision maker regarding the application of the section 4261 ticket tax to whole and fractional aircraft-management companies.”

On the one hand, this is pretty much exactly what happened with Lerner's emails. The hard drive they were supposedly stored on "failed" and then was erased deliberately as part of the IRS effort to protect the sensitive information on the device. It's suspicious because it results in hiding the data. But it's also standard procedure when disposing of hard drives. But then, why wasn't data needed for lawsuits preserved on servers when the hard drives were lost?

At this point, we've had so many hard drive failures and missing emails that claiming it isn't deliberate is difficult. Criminals in government should not be allowed to escape justice because they were able to hide the evidence successfully.

The article linked above says House Republicans should use the budget process to prevent any more email "accidents". I have no idea how he thinks that the budget process would stop any of this. At this point the only thing that will stop it is a court order to seize physical control of any remaining evidence.

2014-10-06 12:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

GhostGunner

New advancement in 3d-printing firearms: A computer-controlled CNC mill that can produce an AR-15 lower. It starts from 80% lowers and brings them to completion. It is, for now, legal to use (but as I understand it, not legal to sell the results without appropriate licensing).

2014-10-06 11:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why are anti-gun activists so violent?

Robb points to one who would kill you and your entire family with a smile if you value your guns. Charles Cooke points to many more examples, including people talking about making calls to 911 if they see someone openly carrying a firearm -- even where that practice is legal, the owner is peaceful, and the gun is holstered.

This practice has already resulted in at least two deaths.

2014-10-06 10:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dem official thinks we should scrap the Constitution

"We need a new constitution," Brazile tweeted. "Here’s how we save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths and the 1 percent."

This sort of comment from the Democrat Party vice-chair of voter registration and participation makes me feel so confident in her desire to maintain the integrity of our elections and the legitimacy of our government.

2014-10-06 09:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mary Landrieu is not helping

2014-10-05 20:03:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

And now for some good news

2014-10-04 09:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reason has a thoughtful piece on book banning

The same "liberals" who claim to want to defend free speech also want to ban books, movies, and other forms of speech -- if that speech is used to advocate for political positions.

2014-10-03 14:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Second Amendment Foundation wins another one

A federal judge has sided with the Second Amendment Foundation on key points of an on-going legal action against the City of Chicago that challenges the city's municipal code regarding gun ranges inside the city.

One step at a time, the worst of the gun control laws are being rolled back, and gun rights are advancing into enemy territory.

Hat tip to SaysUncle for the link. As he notes, their web guy should be doing more to get these releases out quickly.

2014-10-02 18:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More information about the IRS documentary

This article has details from the documentary about the targeting of conservative organizations.

2014-10-02 17:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama's Intel briefing attendance record only 42%

He's not even bothering to do his job. He'd rather attend fund raisers and golf.

2014-10-02 16:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Religious tests for the 2nd Amendment?

A shooting range has decided to ban muslims from shooting at their facility. I think I agree with Sebastian that this is a bad idea. My reasoning is pretty simple: an individual's faith is only one aspect of their identity. Some who follow Islam are decent individuals who get along in the modern world reasonably well. Some who follow Islam are fanatical murderers waiting for the right provocation to explore into suicidal jihad.

In America, you have rights regardless of what religion you follow. You can argue whether people should be required by the government to serve everyone (arguably justifiable for race due to past history; less readily justified for other things, but unlike sexual orientation, religion is formally listed in the law). Given that it is formally listed, refusing to serve someone because of their religion is going to be ruled illegal by the courts for the foreseeable future.

I think it is much more effective to allow anyone who wants to shoot at a shooting range to do so, provided they are not a criminal and they don't do anything as an individual that would get them kicked out for offending other customers. After all, if an individual is offending other customers with threatening or offensive behavior, they can be asked to leave and banned from returning in the future as an individual.

It doesn't have to have anything to do with their religion.

2014-10-02 15:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Astroturf: It's not just about guns

Isa Infante, the liberal Green Party candidate running for governor in Tennessee, is hiring people to create profiles on social media, such as Reddit, pretend to be an average user, then push for her “progressive” agenda.

Not exactly news to anyone that this sort of thing happens. If the People do not want to elect you, politicians will attempt to create a new People who will. Whether that's imaginary twitter followers, fake friends on facebook, or outright vote fraud.

Don't ever be fooled by a modern politician who claims to represent you. They represent themselves, and the best we can hope for is to pick someone whose interests mostly align with our own -- including the interest in the rule of law, liberty and constitutional government -- and then kick them out when, not if, but when they are captured by the system.

2014-10-02 14:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dem State Rep in CT charged with 19 counts of vote fraud

I'm not sure what to make of this case. There are 19 charges against Christina Ayala, mostly related to elections between 2009 and 2012, for voting in districts that did not match her actual address. That's fraud, but if it's one person voting in the wrong district, it seems a rather small scale fraud that could easily happen by mistake... except 19 elections in 3 years? That's a lot of elections and suggests some of them involved multiple votes.

In order to properly understand this case, I think we'd need to have the prosecutor explain the decision to prosecute it while referencing information he knew but did not decide to charge.

2014-10-02 13:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

One reason why few people want to run for office

One individual who decides to run for his "village board" -- surely a relatively low political position on the totem pole -- gets an organized campaign of harassment:

Neighbors who had put out my signs received nasty, anonymous telephone calls (as did we). Dead animals were thrown onto our driveway. I received a ticket for not having shoveled my walks within a 24-hour time frame (an ordinance which is almost never enforced); and someone complained to the village that our backyard, filled with my grandson’s toys, was an eyesore.

No normal person wants to put up with that. No normal person would inflict that kind of pain and suffering on someone who is, at the end of it all, a neighbor and a political opponent, not a criminal or even a cad. Just someone who wants to run for political office.

This is how political machines keep ordinary people out of office.

2014-10-02 12:08:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McDaniel campaign still in court over runoff loss in primary

They are arguing over filing deadlines while ballots have been printed and absentee voting has already started.

2014-09-29 15:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Freedom Index

It purports to be a tool for ranking nations in the order of the user's selected importance on various freedom measures, including things like gun rights, limited government, free speech, property rights, drug rights, corruption, and so on.

It produces some interesting and sometimes counterintuitive results that make me question the input data a bit. But the basic idea seems sound, and it's an interesting though experiment.

If I was going to actually use this to determine the best place to live, though, I would need measures for technology, infrastructure, economic stability... etc.

2014-09-29 14:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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