Friday, June 24, 2011


Metal thieves starting to hit Ann Arbor area (
I suppose it had to happen eventually. They've been a bad problem in Detroit for a while now.

U.S. Rep. Tim Wahlberg (R-MI 7th) votes against Libyan war but then votes for funding it (Jackson Citizen-Patriot/MLive)
Wahlberg represents me in congress. You need to explain this one to us Timbo.

Mid-Michigan women ill after drinking raw milk (Lansing State-Journal)
Three women were reported to have Q fever an illness associated with consuming unpasteurized dairy products.

George Orwell and Ideology (Wilson Carey McWilliams, Front Porch Republic)
"Orwell was inclined to accept the theoretical superiority of smaller, simpler political societies. In modern regimes, the individual is weak and alone, and totalitarian states accentuate this isolation in order to increase their control. In 1984, Orwell’s description parallels Tocqueville’s prophecy: the Party aims to cut its citizens off from one another and from their past, until, in the end, 'All you care about is yourself.' ”

Utah Man Posts Facebook Updates During SWAT Standoff, Gets Help From Online Friends (Popular Science)
It's good to have friends. Too bad Randy Weaver or the Branch Davidians didn't have cellphones, Twitter, Facebook and other social media back in the day.

Ten Years Gone  (Stanton S. Coerr, Long War Journal)
"As in Vietnam, the war in Afghanistan was lost before it was begun: it is lost because it cannot be won. Again our massive and superior military force is losing a campaign to a tough insurgent force. Again we are spending tens of billions overseas, and collapsing under our own weight in the field. Again our strength is being used against us. And again, by providing military answers to political questions, we are in quicksand in the developing world."