More Doctored Evidence

Not in any of the cases in which I’m a defendant. At least, not yet. No, this is about a fabricated quote used by warm monger Michael Mann in his defamation suit against Mark Steyn.

There’s no way I’m going to try to beat Mark Steyn at telling his own story. Go read it here, but what it has in common with the suits in which I’m a codefendant is a sharp-eyed person catching a seemingly minor discrepancy, in Steyn’s case, the difference between the British and American spellings of rigour/rigor.

Read the whole thing.

The Militarization of Civilian Police

Mark Steyn’s post today at NRO deals in part with the use of armed drones by the military.

For a war without strategic purpose, a drone’ll do. Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen born in New Mexico, was whacked by a Predator not on a battlefield but after an apparently convivial lunch at a favorite Yemeni restaurant. Two weeks later, al-Awlaki’s son Abdulrahman was dining on the terrace of another local eatery when the CIA served him the old Hellfire Special and he wound up splattered all over the patio. Abdulrahman was 16, and born in Denver. As I understand it, the Supreme Court has ruled that American minors, convicted of the most heinous crimes, cannot be executed. But you can gaily atomize them halfway round the planet.

That sort of killing raises some difficult questions, and the prospect of such use of drones by civilian law enforcement brought Rand Paul to the floor of Senate for his recent filibuster.

Far fetched?

The Department of Education has its own SWAT team and has used it to conduct a raid at the wrong address that left a homeowner handcuffed in a hot police car for 6 hours. Over someone else’s student loan fraud. Even the Railroad Retirement Board has armed agents. OK, I can understand that agency Inspectors General need to conduct investigations to uncover fraud and the like, but couldn’t the door-kicking be detailed out to the U. S. Marshals?

Mr. Steyn asks:

If it’s not “far-fetched” for the education secretary to have his own SWAT team, why would it be “far-fetched” for the education secretary to have his own drone fleet? … When you consider the resources brought to bear against a nobody like Randy Weaver for no rational purpose, is it really so “far-fetched” to foresee the Department of Justice deploying drones to the Ruby Ridges and Wacos of the 2020s?

Read the whole thing.

Rich Lowry Sticks It to the Mann

Mark Steyn did one of his beautifully pointed posts over at The Corner concerning “the ringmaster of the tree-ring circus” of Climategate, Michael Mann of Penn State. Prof. Mann was offended and had his lawyers send a nastygram to National Review threatening legal action. Rich Lowry’s response was Get Lost, and he reminded Prof. Mann that any lawsuit would open all the work that he has fought to keep hidden from public view to discovery and use by the magazine in its defense.

Stacy McCain comments on Mr. Lowry’s spirited response and Prof. Mann’s predicament:

Never pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel (or pixels by the terrabyte, as the case may be). Above and beyond handing Lowry the journalistic license to go rooting around in Mann’s life and career, a legal fight with Mann would provide National Review with a lucrative fundraising opportunity and a publicity bonanza. How many Drudge links, talk-radio segments and Fox News interviews would be inspired by such a lawsuit?

Nice touch mentioning pixels by the terabyte. I wonder where that came from.

In any case, the left is losing control of the The Narrative. Expect even more panic.

Mark Steyn Asks The Right Question

And he does it over at The Corner.

When some bozo statist politician tell us that we can’t do something because we don’t agree with him, the correct response should be, “Who the hell do you think you are?” We elected ’em, and we can unelect ’em, and while they’re working for us, they’re bound by the laws and constitution and not their own whims.

Meanwhile, I think I’ll have lunch at Chick-fil-A tomorrow.

Is it November yet?