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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Idiocy Of The Day

From Peter Beinart:

"Why are large chunks of the American right so freaked out by illegal immigrants? Because they are no longer so freaked out by African-Americans."

How do you even respond to that?

Terrorists? What Terrorists?

I can only imagine how disappointed some in the media must be this morning that the man who attempted to blow up Times Square with a car bomb wasn't a Sarah Palin lovin' Tea Partier.

Alas:
U.S. citizen from Pakistan arrested in Times Square bomb case
By Anne E. Kornblut, Jerry Markon and Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced early Tuesday that an arrest had been made in the failed Times Square car bombing, saying that Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old American, was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he tried to fly to Dubai on Monday night.

Authorities said Shahzad, who is of Pakistani origin and lived in Connecticut, had ...

"It was clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," Holder said at a rare middle-of-the-night news conference at the Justice Department, nearly three hours after the suspect was pulled from an international flight that had already left the departure gate. [link]
Good work on the part of authorities to nab the alleged perp before he got away.

Maybe they'll some day be as good at preventing terrorist attacks as they are in following up on them.

A suggestion: Perhaps the authorities here in the U.S. could pay more attention to watching people with funny names and of Pakistani origin as opposed to devoting so much time to grannies armed with American flag t-shirts and fold-up chairs:


And to disabled barbecue grills.

Maybe then we'd catch the bad guys before terror strikes.

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This from the mayor of the city where the attack was allowed to occur:

"If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something. It could be anything."

25 cents is about what his success rate at stopping terrorists is valued at so far.

Screw your head on right, fool.

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Odd that the authorities had no problem coming down on those militia badasses in Michigan (in a case that is quickly falling apart).  A little less focus on camo garb and more on Islamist ties to Pakistani terror organizations might be in order?

Quote of the Day

From Bruce Walker:

"Factions are the infection, and when these infect government, we are lost. The abuse of government for special interests, not just government itself, is the mortal blow to liberty."

"More Than Just Government," American Thinker, May 4, 2010

Rights For Thee But Not For Me

Let it be understood, I don't consider myself a journalist.  This weblog, as far as I'm concerned, is comparable to the "letters to the editor" section of your newspaper.  I comment on the news of the day.

But some - many - webloggers do consider themselves to be in that hallowed class.  And they'd be right and justified in thinking so.

That's why this is so important:
When Apple Calls the Cops
William McGurn, Wall Street Journal

Jason Chen is a newsman. Or is he?

That's just one question raised by the raid on Mr. Chen's home by the San Mateo County, Calif., Sheriff's Office, which carted off some computers and other electronic equipment. The search warrant appears to be the result of an investigation into whether Mr. Chen broke the law when he bought an iPhone prototype that an Apple engineer left in a bar where he was celebrating his birthday.

Because Mr. Chen reported on the new iPhone for his website, Gizmodo.com, the seizure of his computers has renewed a heated debate about whether bloggers are real journalists. Traditionally, many in the mainstream press have disparaged bloggers, though in this case at least some press organizations—including the parent company that runs Mr. Chen's blog—argue that he is a full-time journalist whose home is his newsroom. The irony is how few connect Mr. Chen's First Amendment freedoms to those for corporations that were recently upheld in a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

The case was Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United is a nonprofit corporation that produced a documentary on Hillary Clinton. It sought to distribute the film via video-on-demand back when she was running in the Democratic presidential primaries. When a lower court agreed with the FEC that the McCain-Feingold restrictions applied to the Hillary film, the group appealed and won at the Supreme Court this past January.

Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that "The First Amendment protects speech and speaker, and the ideas that flow from each." In other words, the government can't restrict First Amendment rights based on the identity of the speaker."

The classic view of the First Amendment holds all Americans are entitled to its rights by virtue of citizenship. These days, alas, too many journalists and politicians assume that a free press should mean special privileges for a designated class. The further we travel in this direction, the more the government will end up deciding which Americans qualify and which do not. [link]
"Special privileges for a designated class."  So you know, it's none other than Congressman Rick Boucher here in Southwest Virginia who's leading the charge to give journalists that special designation (see his explanation here).  Not that he's smart enough to understand the connection between the Gizmodo incident and his efforts to give journalists special rights.

Beyond that, though. by most standards Jason Chen is a newsman.  And that should have protected him from search and seizure.  It didn't. 

Not a good day for liberty.