May
28
2015
7
May
27
2015
4

Droughtshaming continues to grow as a California social movement, or perhaps ‘mob.’

Begun, the water-based Stasi snitching in California has:

Take Los Angeles resident Jane Demian, for example. She recently got a letter from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Water Conservation Response Unit, about an unverified report of prohibited water use activity at her home in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of L.A. Demian says she was called out for water runoff onto the sidewalk, driveway and gutter, and the unauthorized “washdown of hardscapes” like the walkway to her house.

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Besides not knowing whose water she’s getting in trouble for, Demian also doesn’t know who called her out. She thinks it may be another neighbor down the street, getting revenge after she previously complained about a noise violation from his house.

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May
27
2015
5

Quote of the Day, Memory And The Supreme Court Follies edition.

Megan McArdle, while discussing the increasingly amusing flailing about by the Left over King v. Burwell:

…contrary to apparently popular belief, “drafting error” is not a magic word that forces the Supreme Court to give you a mulligan.

Read, as they say, the whole thing.  There’s some good bits in there about why it is that our legal system has a certain bias against leaning too heavily on individual memory as evidence.  Simply put: people remember things essentially by telling themselves stories in their heads.  When the story changes, the same people will often forget the old version.  And they can get a nasty, but legitimate shock when actual evidence appears that demonstrates that the new story is incorrect.  This is actually an interesting neurological… condition? Situation? Party trick? One of those, anyway.

Moe Lane

PS: I can’t help but notice that a lot of the non-lawyer defendant arguments about King v. Burwell are starting to sound like rationalizations for why the Left should be angry about the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in King v. Burwell.  Go figure.

May
27
2015
3

Tweet of the Day, I’LL Give It A Witness.

That is, indeed, the way to record something on your phone. Horizontal, not vertical.

May
27
2015
9

Clinton Foundation finds itself drawn into FIFA soccer corruption scandal.

Short version, because this a soccer scandal: FIFA is the Grand Poobah of soccer.  They just indicted a remarkable bunch of higher-ups in it for endemic corruption, bribery, and general chicanery over World Cup bids.  This is genuinely a Big Deal for pretty much the rest of the world, not least because FIFA’s been smelling for decades now.

But now to the important bit: which is to say, its effect on American domestic politics. I’d like to make it clear that I was joking this morning on Twitter by speculating on FIFA’s relationship with the Clinton Foundation; I didn’t really expect to have that confirmed.  Silly, silly me.  I should have known better, really. Reality is always going to win these things: (more…)

May
27
2015
4

My Watchdog.org post on civil asset forfeiture is up.

Found here.  Short version: Larry Hogan vetoed it, and I kind of wish he hadn’t. Civil asset forfeiture is kind of massively uncool.

May
27
2015
7

Big Labor seeks LA minimum wage hike exemption for companies that hire Big Labor.

Full points for chutzpah: “Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.”  And, here’s the funny part: there’s a section of the Right that actually hopes that the unions manage to get this. Of course, most of the aforementioned section live in Texas…

Via  (more…)

May
27
2015
3

Tweet of the Day, Try Not To Think About This Too Much edition.

I didn’t follow my own advice; and now my brain hurts.

Yes.  Yes, I know.  Yes, I really want to believe that that’s some elaborate prank, too.  Alas, it rings just a little too true to be anything except remarkably tin-eared idiocy on Sam Schulman’s friend’s part.

May
26
2015
1

‘The Murderous Toy.’

Wait, Joe Bethancourt did the parody? Wow. I never knew.

…Nope. No version immediately obviously available on Amazon.

May
26
2015
10

The ‘Point Break’ Trailer.

I cannot but think that this might have been a bit of a mistake.

May
26
2015
1

Tweet of the Day, Congratulations To @YR_AlyssaDC And @Seanhackbarth! edition

May you two be very happy together.

May
26
2015
0

My wife likes “The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes.”

She says that it’s a good, accessible read.  Which probably means that if you’re into that sort of thing, you should pick it up.  I’ll probably read it myself once she’s done with it.

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