Fourth Amendment Win, Sort Of

Remember the guy who went through airport screening with the 4th Amendment written on his naked torso? This naturally resulted in grief from our airport overlords, the low-paid, low-intelligence, power-tripping TSA.

Flash forward and he won in court, featuring a requirement that the TSA agents there be educated in the First and Fourth Amendments. This may help in one place, in a small way, but it does not undo the absurdity and overreaction that is TSA and the entire Homeland Security aparatus.

Seems About Right

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Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
River (Stowaway)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
Inara Serra (Companion)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
Honest and a defender of the innocent.
You sometimes make mistakes in judgment
but you are generally good and
would protect your crew from harm.

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AutoZone is Convenient

But seriously? I would consider trying elsewhere for a part next time. Too late for this weekend, since my brother is planning to stop at one for a part for working on the truck for us Sunday. I like my local store, and it’s right around the corner, but that is unacceptable corporate behavior. No that the company I work for would behave any differently, but we aren’t a theft target and are pretty secure from non-employees. Ironically, there is a small time auto parts place in town that I’d never likely have gone to anyway, which I am already making a point never to use due to that family having been behind the local swearing fine (since held to be unconstitutional and rendered moot in a review by the state).

Via Jeff Soyer

RIP George McGovern

We remember him best for the 1972 blowout to a crookedly leftist republican, but George McGovern increasingly became a Libertarian Hero. Read it if you haven’t; it’s a great appreciation, and includes details you may not have known.

I remember the 1972 election well, because I already followed politics to some degree, and favored Nixon. When we held a class election between the two candidates, I was almost the only one who voted Nixon, foreshadowing how our parents would vote in Massachusetts, but not in other states.

Odd, too, that I favored Nixon after his imposition of wage and price controls, which infuriated my father. I couldn’t believe the government had the right to do such a thing. We make fun of the hapless Carter, and it is well-deserved, for all he was far better than Obama, but Nixon piled on Johnson to create the basis for economic conditions Carter (and Ford, and Reagan initially) faced. But I digress.

It is a good man who can observe, inerpret and accept reality, admitting he was once wrong in some regards. Without ceasing to be right in others. Well done.

Borlaug Again

Here is my original Norman Borlaug at 90 post, updated to fix a dead link. It also provides another instance of Carter not being all bad, though it seems like getting Africa on its feet has tended to be more of a Republican/conservative thing, much as ending slavery, civil rights, desegregation, and equal treatment were/are. Obviously he is three years deceased, now, as Deb mentioned, but always worth celebrating.

I suppose Carter’s support could be explained by his religiosity, having been the last Democrat of the evangelicals and what we now call “the religious right,” plaguing the Republicans.

Billions and Billions Saved

Glenn notes the 90th birthday of my hero, one of the greatest men ever, Norman Borlaug. There is a post at Hit and Run (link updated to avoid 404, think it’s the same post) he points to, and an old but still relevant article.

I noticed the age of the article because it spoke of the living American Nobel Peace Prize winners, and the undeserving Jimmy Carter wasn’t among them. Ironically, Carter was mentioned later as one of the few major proponents of Borlaug’s efforts to do for Africa what he did for the rest of the underdeveloped world. Apparently too many people consider Africa not worthy of being saved. This is why Carter isn’t always bad or misguided.

The odd thing is, I first learned of Borlaug in Sunday school, waaaay back in the dim recesses of time, before I rebelled against being dragged to church by my mother. I also find the whole thing fascinating from the perspective of having been an aggie in high school. Yet… I don’t recall him having been mentioned at any time during any of my years in school. Just in Sunday school, while his efforts were still in full swing, and on blogs more recently.

Serve billions and people love your burgers. Save a billion give or take, and people forget you ever existed.

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