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 »


Links for March 15, 2011: Backlog O’Links #1

February 13, 2011
  • One way to stimulate an economy is to get your foot off of it’s neck.

  • It is a crime, work? So I guess I’m a criminal. It is a crime to be working. lol.

  • I’m glad this point of view is getting out there. On one hand, I can see how the gold standard would constrain a growing economy. On the other hand, no, I don’t trust those people with the printing press.

  • Read the rest of this entry »

  • Links for December 13, 2010. A little bit of raid, a little bit of Wikileaks, a little bit of fire.

    December 12, 2010

    Journalistically irresponsible photo of an unrelated SWAT team.

  • Dan Viets, Tebeau’s attorney, says the November 1 raid on Camp Zoe involved about 80 federal agents and they “didn’t find so much as a roach” on the property.”There were several dozen federal agents from all the alphabet soups — IRS, DEA, ATF — backed up by local cops who came onto the property with federal subpoenas,” Viets says. “They basically asked for business records, which they got.”

    The DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the specifics of the ongoing investigation.

    An official statement published on the Camp Zoe website says “one patron was arrested for previous warrants unrelated to Camp Zoe.” The message also says, “the same day the DEA seized all the money in the Camp Zoe bank account — which included most of the gate receipts for the Spookstock 9 weekend. This money was to be used to pay staff, artists, security, production (lights & sound), trash pickup, etc. for the festival weekend. It was also to be used for the basic bills for Camp Zoe to get the business through the winter.”

    Grand theft campground. Absolutely abominable. Those who do not speak out against the War on Drugs tacitly support this. On a lighter note, I used to listen to a podcasted radio program hosted by Dan Viets out of KOPN Columbia, Missourim, called Sex, Drugs, and Civil Liberties. It does not seem to have podcasted since last July, but man it was great. Dan, you are an inspiration.

  • Is the violence drug related, or prohibition related? It is tough to tell from the article….

  • New chaiman of the House monetary policy subcommittee.

  • Rep. Ron Paul, Chairman, Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee

    Jurisdiction: Domestic monetary policy, currency, precious metals, valuation of the dollar, economic stabilization, defense production, commodity prices, financial aid to commerce and industry

    Oh yeah! Bring it!

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  • Backlog O’Links for August 30, 2010: Old stuff that’s not even newsworthy anymore.

    July 25, 2010
    1. World Socialist Party (US) | Making Bread

      Daryl Larson, who farms 1,500 acres in Kansas sold nearly half of his wheat crop but will keep the rest in the silo in the expectation that the prices will at least climb further. Most analysts would concur with Mr Larson’s strategy of holding on to some grain for added profit. The [Socialist Party of Great Britain] only asks: why do some in this world face destitution and hunger, while others hoard food to obtain higher profits?

      Farm subsidies complicate the issue, but the simple answer is: Daryl Larson, the producer of the food, has the perfect right to do anything he pleases with it. He was under no obligation to make the food. Similarly, he is under no obligation to distribute the food. If Mr. Larson were forced to sell his grain at prices he did find agreeable, he probably not stay in the wheat business for very long.

      If we added farm subsidies into the mix, then, depending on why the subsidies were paid in the first place, there could be a basis upon which to demand that Mr. Larson make some concessions to taxpayers….

    2. AFL-CIO NOW BLOG | Public to Lawmakers: Tax the Rich1) Aren’t you glad that the public has no authority to confiscate and redistribute your private property?? 2)Never trust anyone who classifies tax cuts as ‘spending’. 3) This article quotes labor secretary Robert Reich who believes that the ‘fundamental cause’ of the financial crisis is wealth disparity. If not for wealth disparity, the argument goes, Americans would not have needed to borrow so much. I’ve never heard this one before…  Read the rest of this entry »

    Links for May 17, 2010: The Real Drug War, Fiscal Irresponsibility, Fun with Gold, others….

    May 16, 2010
    1. But despite all the anger the raid has inspired, the only thing unusual thing here is that the raid was captured on video, and that the video was subsequently released to the press. Everything else was routine. … Raids just like the one captured in the video happen 100-150 times every day in America.

      According to Montgomery, when the couple’s neighbors inquired about the raid, they were told that the SWAT team had merely conducted a drill, and no shots were fired. When neighbors learned from the family that this was a lie, they began writing to the department and the Daily Tribune to demand answers. When the couple discovered the police had videotaped the raid, they requested a copy of the video. Montgomery said in her email that the copy they were initially given had no audio, and the incriminating (to the police) portions of the video had been removed.

      On February 23, the Daily Tribune published its first story on the raid. The paper made its own request for the SWAT video, which the police department initially denied. On April 20, Jonathan Whitworth pleaded guilty to a single charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He wasn’t even charged for the minor amount of marijuana in his home (marijuana for personal use has been decriminalized in Columbia). He was issued a $300 fine. On April 27, the Daily Tribune made a formal request for the video, which it received on April 30, with full audio and with no visuals removed.

      This is the war on drugs: Blatant terrorism, shameless deception, and desperate cover-ups. It happens in cities across the nation every day. I’m ready to end this madness whenever you are.   Read the rest of this entry »