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A Quick (Okay: Long) Look at the Machinery of the MCPPA…

… and a look back at how to solve the problem of the armed village idiot… There’s folks who say (I’m one of them) that the MCPPA is one of the best carry permit laws in the country.  They — we — have a point.  Quick digression:  I’m occasionally praised for being one of the […]

Scattershot 2009-09-28

Random shots around the web: On a per-capita basis, Jericho, Arkansas has got to be the worst-run town in the country. A lot of trouble comes from people forgetting this: “The sad truth is that the parties who seek to develop sophisticated and sensible schemes for state control quickly lose control over the administrative process […]

Cop vs. Nurse Over Forensic Blood Work

Via the mysterious Dr. X comes an interesting lawsuit that touches on the issue of medical professionals performing forensic tests, a subject I recently blogged about. Here’s how Frank Main at the Chicago Sun-Times describes it: Lisa Hofstra said she was the “charge nurse” in the emergency room on Aug. 1 when the officer approached […]

The Sex Crimes of Children

As a libertarian, I’d like our government to be a lot smaller, but even I acknowledge that there are a number of essential government functions. One of the most important of these is the justice system. That’s why it angers me so much that our justice system (at all levels) has drifted so far from […]

Scattershot 2009-09-21

Random shots around the web: How not to conduct an emergency drill. Scott Greenfield: So badass he doesn’t remember how to give up. I agree with Peter Suderman: Patrick Swayze’s coolest movie was neither Ghost nor Dirty Dancing. …as well they should.

Sunday Song Lyrics – Tits On The Radio

I haven’t done a Sunday Song Lyric in a long time, but I just recently heard a cut off the Scissor Sisters’ debut album, Scissor Sisters , and I found an insight that I have to share: Creamsicle sky while the sun sets in the west Where are the queers on the piers, heard they […]

The Village Idiot Position in Minnetonka is Filled [Updated]

[Update, 12/29/09: the village idiot himself weighs in; see the comments.] Here we go again . . . Near as I can figure out, Josh Hendrickson of Minnetonka MN, didn’t have anything useful to do last Saturday, so he headed on down to the Obama Worship Seminar at the Target Center, where thousands and thousands […]

I’m not really an expert; I just play one in real life. Maybe.

There’s been an interesting discussion of manufactured apparent expertise over at SJ, which appears to have inspired Bennett to weigh in here.  The spark for the discussion was one of the many blogs that not-quite-promises to generate huge wads of cash for lawyers by gaming social media and them what loves it: The thought of […]

Larry Gelbart, R.I.P.

He wrote a book (book) called .Tootsie and what I feel is one the best written comedies of my time – Oh, God!. He also had great success in movies with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum He wrote the book (script) for the Stephen Sondheim musical , alongside the likes […]

Scattershot 2009-09-14

Random shots around the web: Not the craziest religion I’ve ever heard about: godchuck. (Warning: Plays Music) My wife and I have had conversations like this.  

Norman Borlaug, R.I.P.

Nobel prize winning agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug died yesterday at the age of 95. If history is just, people a thousand years from now should still be talking about him. I wrote about him here.

September 11

On September 11, 1944 the first US soldiers crossed into Germany. The 80th Infantry Division under Major General Horace L. McBride — part of the Third Army, commanded by George Patton — secured the bridgehead at Dieulouard. Within a few days, the 4th Armored, under John Wood, would cross at the bridgehead.

What Does the AMA Say About Forced Catheterization?

A few days ago, when I wrote about a guy who was forcibly catheterized to test if he was driving drunk (he wasn’t) it seemed to me that this violated the requirements of medical ethics that medical procedures should only be done with the consent of the patient and for the benefit of the patient. At […]

Scattershot 2009-09-07

Random shots around the web: Norm Pattis continues his quiet war against his former sensei. Eric Turkewitz has some interesting things to say about his wife’s ass. Fascinating discussion of medical responsibility for Michael Jackson’s death in the comments at Kevin M.D. A new book about a heroic former prosecutor being stalked by someone she […]

What Are the Medical Ethics of Forced Catheterization?

I don’t understand how stuff like this happens: According to the suit, police arrested Jamie Lockard, 53, on suspicion of drunken driving in March. A Breathalyzer test showed he was under the legal limit, but Officer Brian Miller doubted the findings. Lockard and his attorney claim in the suit that police took him to Dearborn […]

The Silence of the Lames: MPD Edition (Updated)

See update, below.  Timmy Dolan isn’t taking the disgrace of his deparment lying down; he’s issued a stern memo decrying . . . . . . the criticism.  Sigh.   The Minnesota Metro Gang Strike Force scandal continues to unravel; hopefully some of the various coverups will, as well, sooner than later.  Among the latest […]

Of Exigent Circumstances and Radio Dead Zones

When it comes to judicial oversight of law enforcement intrusion into our privacy, I’m pretty suspicious of claims of exigent circumstances. For example, I don’t believe the claim that terrorism investigators need to conduct warrantless surveillance because there’s not enough time to get a warrant. Some places have judges stationed at sobriety checkpoints to speed […]

“This is not a democracy, sir.”

Let’s go to the tape. Do watch the whole thing, from beginning to end, but after you do that, let’s start watching it, again, starting at 3:40 into it. 3:50 MPD squad, lights and sirens on, screams to a stop, and two cops leap out and join the struggle. The one furthest from the camera brings […]

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