Some devices send out mysterious compelling signals to our brains, demanding to be used. A toothbrush and a vacuum cleaner, not so much. But as my friend Andy Lippman observed, a TV “needs watching”. Frodo’s ring wanted to be worn, and a gun wants to be fired at something. There are guns and guns, and [...]
Archive for the ‘Feeling Safer Yet?’ Category
Keith says he not only doesn’t use his cell phone when driving (CWD), but doesn’t talk to people when they are driving. Good for Keith, and the NTSB, which has recommended a flat ban on using cell phones while driving, hands-free or not. Our designated ‘conservative’ columnist, Debra Saunders, weighs in with one of her [...]
Well, this makes sense–if we make it nearly impossible for felons to regain their right to vote, they’ll surely want to regain their right to fire weapons instead.
Commenting yesterday on how the United States discovered Bin Laden’s whereabouts: “I would assume that the enhanced interrogation program that we put in place produced some of the results that led to bin Laden’s ultimate capture,” said former Vice President Dick Cheney on Fox News. That’s right! He would assume it. He wouldn’t try to [...]
Tom Coburn took 9/11 first responders hostage — and might have won.
George Bush insisted that the only way to fund the auto companies’ bridge loan was to take it from funds earmarked for enhancing automobile fuel efficiency. This will help oil prices stay higher, allowing governments like Iran’s to buy off its population with subsidies. I’m sure that the mullahs in Tehran are delighted.
Only Mark Kleiman could get to the heart of the FBI’s counter-terrorism challenges with a bike and a hair dryer. He’s quite right: the FBI’s “transformation” ain’t pretty. Just last month, a Senate report found that FBI headquarters did not meet security standards to handle classified information. The new head of intelligence at the FBI [...]
The FBI turns 100 this month. Here are 5 gifts I’d love to get the Bureau: 1. An electronic case file system that actually works. 2. Phone books that stop labeling analysts “support,” the catch-all category for non-agents that lumps analysts with secretaries, janitors, and mechanics. 3. Filling the 38% of international counter-terrorism supervisor positions [...]
Finishing up John Lewis Gaddis’ The Cold War: A New History, a passage on the Marshall Plan resonated with me, in chilling fashion. Gaddis observes (pp. 103-104) that the exhausted Soviet Union could never have competed with the Americans in resuscitating European economies after the Second World War: The Americans had another advantage, however, that [...]