Last Week’s Links—Monday, December 12, 2011: Defense Appropriations Bill; Contempt for the 5th Amendment; The Economics of Inequality; others….

December 10, 2011
  1. A little intimidating, but true.

  2. There is a lot of buzz about this goin’ ’round my online circles. One of my faceook friends was kind enough to link to the actual bill text. I don’t want to say too much about it before I study it. Things often don’t live up to the hype.

  3. “Other purposes,” indeed. Attention is called to Sections 1031 and 1032. It sounds more like the inane ranting of a conservative pundit than an actual bill before congress:

    SEC. 1032. REQUIREMENT FOR MILITARY CUSTODY.
    (a) CUSTODY PENDING DISPOSITION UNDER LAW OF WAR.—
    (1) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in paragraph (4), the Armed Forces of the United States shall hold a person described in paragraph (2) who is captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40) in military custody pending disposition under the law of war.
    (2) COVERED PERSONS.—The requirement in paragraph (1) shall apply to any person whose detention is authorized under section 1031 who is determined—
    (A) to be a member of, or part of, al-Qaeda or an associated force that acts in coordination with or pursuant to the direction of al-Qaeda; and
    (B) to have participated in the course of planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners.

    It’s like the arguments in favor military tribunals for Gitmo detainees, now applied to everyone “who is determined” to be a “covered person”. The bill’s drafters write is determined in the passive voice, as if such determinations float infallibly down from the high heavens. You’d think maybe they would have cared to mention who, exactly, is to make such determinations, and how such determinations are to be made.  Read the rest of this entry »


My Metal Motivation: Why Gold Is Here To Stay

October 8, 2011

'B' is for 'Bubble'

The word ‘Bubble’ is brought to you by the letter ‘B’.

These are the words of an anonymous critic on my facebook stream, confident that gold is in a bubble destined for collapse. I have taken to occasionally posting the spot gold price to keep it in my readers’ consciousness. My most recent post drew criticism for expressing continued support for gold despite its $375, 20% tumble of late September, 2011. My critic continued:

Havent you learned your bubble 101 from the 08 collapse? … Not quite sure your metal motivation, but it is obviously a freight train that cannot be stopped.

My critic studied business, works in finance, and follows the stock market. I studied mathematics and I’m a lawyer. I have no formal training in either economics or finance. I do not follow the stock market. Yet, I have positioned myself so that I must justify my continued support for gold. Have I learned my bubble 101 from the 2008 collapse? You tell me.  Read the rest of this entry »


Links for Monday, June 27, 2011: Marine Killed in Drug Raid; How to Create a Job; Intro to Constitutional Law; others….

May 22, 2011
  1. Raw video: PCSD helmet cam clip shows SWAT raid and shooting

    The raid that killed marine Jose Guerena. Story above.

  2. The officers were mistaken in believing Mr. Guerena fired at them. However, when Mr. Guerena raised the AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle in their direction, they needed to take immediate action to stop the deadly threat against them.

    Police need to try to understand: when a team of them kick down someone’s door for no good reason and infiltrate with guns drawn, they are guests in the other people’s homes.

  3. I’m not necessarily agreeing that cutting government and regulations is a “race to the bottom”, but they are asking the right questions about government claims of job creation. Read the rest of this entry »