Black Open Carry in Dallas

Here’s my tweet with the link to the story:

I happen to think anyone, black, white, Hindu, Cherokee, Chinese, Maori, Indigenous Australians or whomever else you can think of walking around carrying a loaded weapon out in the open in public is a fool and asking for trouble, but hey, what the fuck do I know? I’m just a dirty fucking hippie (who grew up hunting).

Quick Rundown

What’s Ferguson taught us?

The police can shoot young African-American men with impunity.

The police can pretty much do whatever they want to whomever they want whenever they want. It’s your fault. 

The militarization of police forces across the nation is almost complete.

Militarized behavior by the police is now pretty much an accepted and normalized fact of life, especially after the Boston Marathon Bomber Manhunt.

We’re passed “free-speech zones” now. Remember how quaint those were? If you’re protesting, peacefully or not, the police are going to bust you up. Furthermore, the police can raid the places where peaceful protestors gather and confiscate their supplies. Due process is not necessary.

Reporters and journalists can and will be arbitrarily detained and/or tossed in jail. This began during the BP oil spill, increased with Occupy in New York and now is intensifying in Ferguson. The police will shoot journalists in the back with bean-bags and rubber bullets even if the journalists have complied with police demands.

The airspace above the affected areas can be completely closed to the media even when there is no risk.

Have I missed anything?

How’s that freedom taste?


What we have here . . .

. . . is the epitome of bad policing. 

It’s like Gov. Nixon called Eric Cartman on the phone and said, “hey, you’re in charge of the police effort in Ferguson now.”

UPDATE: the officer in the video has been fired. 

“Begging Your Pardon, Chaps, No Blog Today”

From the Onion archives:

Pip Dawkins, 19th Century Street Urchin

“I’ve gone and eaten me very last piece of paper to stop the rumblings in me gullet,
so I’m afraid I’ve nothin’ what to write on…”

Open Thread on anything worth/not worth posting ! :-)

Wherein I Have . . .

. . . random thoughts on post-modernism. 

Random Comment on the State of the Nation

I was gone for more than six weeks and in that time did not read or watch any American news, even once. 

As Alejandro the Brazilian Spanish teacher from Los Angeles said to me in El Salvador, “there’s bullshit everywhere, it’s just different bullshit.”

But this place? This place is fucking insane, like rubber-room, straight jacket bonkers.

Ferguson pic of the day

@ryanreilly : ‘Cops telling people to keep moving
outside the restaurant where @aterkel and I are eating’
WaPo liveblogging

We have a race for NY Gov

   Stirling Newberry has a right-on post on the NY Governor race.

   As a NYer, I admit to having voted for Cuomo, mostly on the expectation he would follow in his father’s footsteps. Unfortunately, this apple fell far from the tree and Andrew Cuomo has proven to be just another politician more concerned with catering to power and wealth than the welfare of the general citizenry.

When last we spoke, it seemed a quixotic quest to overthrow the sitting elected governor. But since then something happened, the New York State Gov.’s quest for an unplanned exit, backfired, and now he will have to defend his record. This is still not even fight, but the odds are evening, and this is not good for the governor, who wanted to have a clean slate, shown everybody that there was no getting away from him. From D-New York down to the smallest parties that they could vote for, their was no choice at all. It would be Cuomo, wherever you looked to vote. Because the Republican was a non-starter.

      Thank you, Stirling.

Read Stirling’s blog post

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas Is Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power

New York Times, By Manny Fernandez, August 15

Austin, TX – A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts on Friday, charging that he abused his power last year when he tried to pressure the district attorney here, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to cut off state financing to her office.

The indictment left Mr. Perry, a Republican, the first Texas governor in nearly 100 years to face criminal charges and presented a major roadblock to his presidential ambitions at the very time that he had been showing signs of making a comeback.
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Weekend Jukebox : Uncertainty- “Take it or Leave it?” Songs

A big subject – post away! If you are uncertain what to post, give us some song that’s been running through your head this wacko week.

1. Billie  Holiday: Don’t Explain


2. The Clash  – Should I stay or Should I go?

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Friday Catblogging: “A cat may look at a king” (even in Ferguson)

Feline gazes, any kind, welcome here this week…

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Reporters Arrested!!!

How many exclamation points should be added to the headline above? I sure hope three is enough to reflect the shock of the news that reporters from both The Huffington Post and The Washington Post were arrested last night in Ferguson, Missouri. Worse – they were just doing their job, sitting at a McDonald’s, writing copy, when a SWAT patrol entered and ordered everyone in the restaurant to leave immediately. The reporters were arrested because they refused to give the police their names. Worst of all – one of the reporters had his head slammed into a window, entirely gratuitously, and was given no apology by the police!!!!

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The Most Wanted Man In The World

Wired, By James Bamford, August 2014

The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, I have been trying to set up an interview with him—traveling to Berlin, Rio de Janeiro twice, and New York multiple times to talk with the handful of his confidants who can arrange a meeting. Among other things, I want to answer a burning question: What drove Snowden to leak hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents, revelations that have laid bare the vast scope of the government’s domestic surveillance programs? In May I received an email from his lawyer, ACLU attorney Ben Wizner, confirming that Snowden would meet me in Moscow and let me hang out and chat with him for what turned out to be three solid days over several weeks. It is the most time that any journalist has been allowed to spend with him since he arrived in Russia in June 2013. But the finer details of the rendezvous remain shrouded in mystery. I landed in Moscow without knowing precisely where or when Snowden and I would actually meet. Now, at last, the details are set.

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USAF Drone Pilot proposes robot dogfighter

 U.S. Air Force captain Michael Byrnes says “A tactically autonomous, machine-piloted aircraft … will bring new and unmatched lethality to air-to-air combat,” Byrnes writes in Air and Space Power Journal.

Byrnes focuses on famed fighter pilot John Boyd’s classic observe-orient-decide-act decision cycle — the “OODA loop” — which predicts that victory in combat belongs to the warrior who can assess and respond to conditions fastest.  It’s a battle of wits in which computers are superior, according to Byrnes. “Every step in OODA that we can do, they will do better.”

It’s a bold proposal — one the Air Force as a whole has showed little interest in pursuing. Only the Navy has openly discussed adding air-to-air missiles to jet-powered drones. Considering the bureaucratic resistance, Byrnes worries that the flying branch could eventually have no choice but to borrow dogfighting robot technology from the sea service.

He’s only a captain.  I expect that’s the end of his career!

Final Photos of the Summer

You can find the last batch of photos, about two dozen of old town Queretaro, here.

If you are interested in reading about Mexico you can go here. I’ll be writing up at least one more blog post on Mexico and probably another one on the whole archeology field school experience. Those you can find at

Here are the links to all of this summer’s travel photos by adventure:


Belize Field School

Silk Road

Peoples of the Silk Road