“This is a chilling document … Basically, it argues that the government has the right to carry out the extrajudicial killing of an American citizen.” ~Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the ACLU
I’m very disturbed by the drone strikes targeting American citizens. If you’re an American and this doesn’t bother you then I have to wonder whether you really understand the magnitude of this. I don’t have a solution to the problem they’re trying to solve, and I want to protect America too, but I don’t believe in this. There has to be a better way.
You can read more about this from Marci here.
Ok, so I’m thinking about reducing the frequency of the briefings. I just can’t keep up with doing them on a daily basis on top of all of the other blogging & research I do each day. Who would have thought that a professional blogger would have less time to blog than an amateur blogger? But it’s true. I enjoy doing the briefings and I really like them when they’re done well, but I don’t have the bandwidth to put out a quality daily briefing anymore. They actually get a lot of traffic (if not comments) and incoming links, but they usually take me longer than any other post of the same length. I’ve been thinking that a format like the old Michigan Politics series would be a good alternative.
And on we go. 8 people plead guilty to misdemeanors from the right to work protests. Details here. No word yet on this and this. Not a surprise really, since authority usually can do whatever the hell it wants. Especially if it’s carrying pepper spray.
More over the jump.
Dale Hansen has an excellent post on the fact that the 2nd Amendment doesn’t guarantee a right to privacy.
The reality is that while the second amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, it doesn’t guarantee the right to privacy. This pervasive NR-sponsored idea that the second amendment gives all Americans access to a nearly unlimited arsenal without any of the oversight and restrictions that accompany our other constitutional rights is the biggest impediment to solving the American gun violence crisis.
Here’s a sad.
The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation …
The airwaves that FCC officials want to hand over to the public would be much more powerful than existing WiFi networks that have become common in households. They could penetrate thick concrete walls and travel over hills and around trees. If all goes as planned, free access to the Web would be available in just about every metropolitan area and in many rural areas.
For once, maybe the government will actually do something for its citizens instead of big business.
“But the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) isn’t going to build the network itself. The agency allocates spectrum for certain uses to spur private investment—someone else will have to find a reason to build it.”
Which basically means that the Michigan Telecommunications Act comes to Washington. So yeah, it’s for big business.
Mark Brewer has an opinion piece in Detroit News on Snyder’s budget. I love his conclusion:
We’re well on our way to becoming a top 10 state for wealthy corporations. But who will want to raise their children here when we’re at the bottom in nearly everything else?
Ruth Johnson caves and issues licenses to DREAMers. Poor lady, you know she’s hurting.
Finally, I’m going to be on Night Shift with Tony Trupiano tomorrow night at 9:35pm. We’ll be talking guns. So all you folks out there who like to troll-rate me for disagreeing with you on the word “infringement” should call in. Details at www.thetonyshow.org.
I’d really like to get a weekly youtube gun debate going with someone from Michigan Open Carry, but usually the gun advocates are just too emotional to talk with. I don’t need to give up any of my valuable time to someone who can’t deal in facts. If you listen to the gun discussions these days, the proliferationists skip the facts and go directly to the “what if…?” For example, “I need XYZ because what if 18 robbers come knocking at my door?” I just don’t have the time for that imaginary bullshit. But if there is someone who can discuss it without, you know, trying to troll or troll-rate me to my face, then I’d like to do that.
My new best friend:
Off topic: The first official riders in New York City’s first subway, 1904
|Census Daily Wednesday, February 6th. On this date in 1899, the Senate ratified the Treaty of Paris, concluding the Spanish-American War of 1898. The treaty, negotiated in Paris the previous December, was opposed by 27 senators; not opposed to peace, but to the overseas territorial acquisitions. Spain ceded Puerto Rico, Guam, and — for a few years before independence — Cuba to the United States, along with selling the Philippines for $20 million. The Philippines became independent after World War II, but Puerto Rico and Guam are still U.S. territories. Guam’s population in the 2010 Census was over 159,000, while Puerto Rico was home to 3.7 million residents.
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