Favorite Character

14 Nov
November 14, 2018

In the MCU, Chris Evans’ Captain America has been my favorite. Even more than Downey’s Iron Man, Evans brings the Captain to life.

Metal Tuesday- Skillet – Awake and Alive

13 Nov
November 13, 2018

Another new discovery on the streamings. It sounds kind of like Amaranthe, but with a slightly harder edge.

And the Guns Fell Silent – +100 Years

12 Nov
November 12, 2018

Yesterday was the centennial of the Armistice. The great booming guns of World War I fell silent. The great slaughter of men and nations stopped.

However, the vengeance and avarice of the Allies in 1918 ensured that it would not be “The War To End All Wars.” It’s not that I can’t sympathize/empathize/understand why France and Great Britain pushed for such punitive measures against Germany. An entire generation of the best and brightest were almost wiped out – dead or wounded so badly they would never be productive in society again – in just four years. Generations of treasure were evaporated.

I’m not condemning the leaders of 1918. I’m reminding the leaders of today and tomorrow of one of history’s great lessons.

Friday Quote – Roman van Ree

09 Nov
November 9, 2018

Don’t be fooled by the words “socialism” and “communism”. Once you come to understand what they mean in terms of economic freedom you will know that they are anything but social, and have nothing to do with community. They simply mean “centralization of power in the hands of the people that make up the state, in the hands of the master class.

They are nothing but euphemisms for “slavery”.

Mid-Term Reaction

08 Nov
November 8, 2018

On the national front, the Democrats get the House and the Republicans keep the Senate. I mostly agree with Rob’s assessment that the House Republican’s failure to do what it promised kept the base unmotivated to help save it from an aggressive Democrat push.

On the Florida side, Miguel’s correct that we dodged a bullet by DeSantis’s hairbreadth win. More importantly Friend’s defeat for Agriculture. It looks like Scott and Nelson are headed for a recount, which wouldn’t have happened if Scott hadn’t caved after Parkland. Don’t fucking do favors for people who won’t vote for you anyways. I swear that politicos should have that tattooed on their palms.

As for the amendments? It was kind of a mixed bag from my perspective. Probably the most controversial was granting the right to vote to felons, which I voted for because if you’ve served your time and released, then you should have all the rights and responsibilities of a citizen restored. Speaking of the citizenry, they decided we needed to ban offshore drilling, vaping in offices, and greyhound racing. Because when special interests can buy the right legislators, they buy themselves an amendment. And all of these crossed the two-thirds needed for an amendment to pass – which was supposed to stop this bullshit in the first place.

And starts the long slog to 2020.

Voting For or Voting Against

07 Nov
November 7, 2018

J.D. Tucille has an insightful piece over st Reason on reducing political violence. One of the big takeaways is that recently people belong to a party not because of what the party stands for but who the party stands against.

Money quote:

If the government can reach into virtually every area of life, can grant or deny permission to make a living or enjoy pastimes, and has a documented history of abusing such authority for petty and vindictive reasons, why wouldn’t you be afraid of your enemies wielding such power? How could you avoid growing fearful and angry over their anticipated conduct once they took their inevitable turn in office? And what would you say—and eventually do—to stop them? Especially, if you were a little unhinged to begin with.

I know for this midterm elections, there were several races where I was not voting for a candidate, but against their opponent.

Metal Tuesday- Weezer – Africa

06 Nov
November 6, 2018

Okay, so not technically metal. Fuck it, this is my blog. And I have a fondness for this song. Weezer’s cover is one of the better ones I’ve come across.

Umm, What?

05 Nov
November 5, 2018

We’ve been taking the cats to get their shots. We’re down to the last one.

Wife To Be: We need to make an appointment for Colonel.

Receptionist (after a few moments typing): Have we seen him before?

Wife To Be: Yes. Why?

Receptionist: Because I’m not seeing Colonel. (Types a moment) The only one we haven’t seen recently is Kow-Low-Neel (this is she how pronounced the name).

Wife To Be (before I can step in): Yeah, that’s him.

I think I rolled my eyes hard enough to give me a headache.

Friday Quote- Jonathan Haidt

01 Nov
November 1, 2018

There are people who are less emotional and more reasoned. They’re called libertarians.

Not sure if I have the quote exactly right. I heard this on a recent Science Salon podcast. Damn near had an accident due to sudden burst of laughter.

This Is Why I Hate Qualified Immunity

01 Nov
November 1, 2018

The Innocence Project, known for helping free people who were unjustly convicted is helping a former prosecutor fight to get his job back.

Why was he fired? For not breaking the law.

Eric Hillman was an Assistant District Attorney in Nueces County who unfairly lost his job in January 2014 after he found an independent witness who was not included in police reports from an intoxication assault prosecution. Hillman, who also served as a Harris County (Houston) police officer for 21 years, was ordered by a DA’s Office supervisor to keep the information about the witness to himself, saying it did not have to be turned over to defense lawyers because it came from an independent investigation.

After he was fired for refusing to “follow orders,” Hillman sued to get his job back, arguing that Texas law should protect prosecutors who refuse to break the law and hide evidence that aids the defense. Earlier this year, the Innocence Project and the Innocence Project of Texas urged the Texas Supreme Court to take up Hillman’s case, arguing in a friend of the court brief that these employment protections are critical to ensuring that innocent persons are not wrongly convicted.

He was fired for doing what prosecutors should be doing. What if he had followed orders and the defendant was erroneously convicted? Could Mr. Hillman be sued for violating the defendant’s rights? Nope. He would have qualified immunity.

It’s time to remove that crap. Let prosecutors have to carry malpractice insurance. That will make them more diligent in their duty instead diligent in improving their conviction rate.