You should not be suspicious that four security cameras in four different locations around the old Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City all happened to go blank almost simultaneously just before 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, just before the truck bomb blew.
It’s perfectly normal, natural and happens all the time.
The fact that the federal government has tried to keep these tapes and their magic blank spots hidden from public eyes should also arouse no suspicion in you. None.
Go about your business.
Lots happening, little time to post. But there’s this: I made #91 on the Hall of Wackos. (Should be higher, in my humble opinion.)
To which a friend added this comment, though I don’t know if the guy will allow it:
“Only 91#? I know Trey, and believe me, he belongs in the top 5. With
every person he meets for the first time, he puts a handgun and an
American flag in front of them. If you reach for the gun, he shoots
you with his own gun. If you reach for the flag, he stabs your hand
with a fork. Apparently, the correct answer is to pull out your own
gun and your own flag. He married the woman who also had a pocket copy
of the Constitution. Also, that photo is outdated. He has warpaint
permanently tattooed across his face. And he no longer wears clothes.”
I have a news-ish column in this month’s D Magazine questioning whether the anachronism known as constables in Dallas go way too far.
Short version: Constables, who have a necessary role, are doing too much, becoming too militarized, and don’t have enough oversight as they increasingly become — of course — revenue agents.
With several anti-American leaders, plus Qaddafi, making speeches to the UN today (see what I did there?) I was reminded of that other kook who used to live in the government housing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Which brought me to this.
In 50 years America’s food, wine and beer selection has gone from Wonder Bread and Bud Light to the single best developed nation.
If you’re reading this over a gourmet lunch item and craft beer, hug a capitalist — because that’s why.
Orwell’s name is more worn out than airline jokes, but there’s a reason.
Today’s Moment of Clarity
Today is the anniversary of the day used to justify warrantless searches, citizen scrutiny, expanded wiretaps, and legalized torture.
We call it Freedom Day.
Bookmark this stocking stuffer. Because everyone should have one.
The best broadcast journalist, the best ‘stache.
Rock on, John.
UPDATE: Via PeterK, this from the ‘stache man himself:
It’s time for a change.
In one month, I leave ABC News.
In October, I will join the folks at Fox.
I plan to do a one hour prime time show every week on FBN, the Fox Business Channel, and contribute to various existing programs on Fox News Channel.
I’m grateful to ABC News for allowing me to do stories that challenged conventional wisdom, and occasionally enraged many of its viewers. But it’s said that everyone should change jobs every 7 years. I’ve been at ABC for 28 years …
In my new job, I want to dig into the meaning of the words “liberty” and “limited government”. ABC enabled me to do some of that, but Fox offers me more airtime and a new challenge.
I’m still considering what I will do with my own show, one hour each week. Economics certainly. Exercises in understanding libertarianism. My “take” on the issues of the day. Kind of like this blog. In fact, maybe we’ll call it, Stossel’s Take?
I ask you for your ideas. A studio audience? Should I wander around Congress?
To be continued…