Matt Drudge on Journalist Surveillance

Mr. Drudge is, needless to say, connected in media circles. In this case his sentiment likely stems (in part) from this story: Journalists fume over DOJ raid on AP

The AP’s president and CEO, Gary Pruitt, called the action “a massive and unprecedented intrusion by the Department of Justice into the newsgathering activities of The Associated Press.”

“We regard this action by the Department of Justice as a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news,” Pruitt wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday.

Whistleblowers and investigative journalists have been clearly warned, and every DC politico is well aware of the situation. Play ball. That’s the message.

Forcing  journalists and would-be whistleblowers to walk on eggshells is not a positive societal development, historically speaking. Yet it is a continuing bi-partisan trend.

The old and occasionally abused axiom that if you aren’t angry, you aren’t paying attention applies here.

More: Justice Department Investigation of AP Part of Larger Pattern to Intimidate Sources and Reporters

Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech to Congress

If we had more politicians like Dr. Paul, disastrous events such as the housing bubble and Iraq & Afghan wars could have been avoided. Here’s a clip from 2001 where he warns of the developing real estate bubble.

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

“How to live before you die” via TED.com. Worth a watch. RIP, Mr. Jobs.

Justice, At Last

Reuters:

Maine legalizing switchblades for one-armed people

Maine lawmakers on Wednesday approved legalizing switchblades for people with one arm, moving close to becoming the first state to make such an exception to laws that ban use of the spring-action knives.

Backers of the measure say legalizing switchblades would eliminate a need for one-armed people to be forced to open folding knives with their teeth in emergencies.

The Bangor Daily News gives us more details:

The measure, requested by an amputee in western Maine who rides horses, received final House approval Tuesday and faces a final Senate vote before being sent to the governor. The bill limits the blades to 3 inches in length.

Paul Dumas Jr. requested the bill. Dumas says that with only one arm, he can’t react quickly enough in emergencies when he needs to cut a piece of rope. Dumas, a lawyer, says he’s tired of opening knives with his teeth and the bill would remedy that.

Maine is not alone in carrying the torch of justice. Lawmakers everywhere are making headway in the battle against our society’s most serious problems.

Why, just last week Barry Bonds’ girlfriend testified about the testicular shrinkage he allegedly experienced as a side effect of steroid use. In a federal case. Yes, let’s raise taxes to pay for bs like this.

By the way, I’m 99% sure non-spring-powered knives like the one below are legal everywhere in the states. I’ve owned a dozen of them over the years, and they’re extremely simple to open with one hand. Assuming they aren’t rusted shut.

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