Gambling scandals like Daily Fantasy Sports need prosecution, not regulation
The Congress granted “fantasy sports” (betting on individual player outcomes, instead of team outcomes) an exemption to federal anti-gambling laws. The natural outcome of this was that fantasy sports gambling would be refined into a lively market, and that’s what we got the daily fantasy sports (DFS) world. We’ve now learned that one of the top DFS sites was breaking one of the cardinal rules | Read More »
Europe goes protectionist on data, ends Safe Harbor system
The European Union has this fantasyland idea that regulation can fix the privacy problem; or at least with respect to private corporations. EU Directive 95/46/EC on Data Protection, which took effect in 1998, prevents private businesses from sending data outside of the EU. The massive regulatory state does not have to comply with any of its privacy protections. However international commerce is greatly threatened by the | Read More »
“Banned books” are a lie told by leftists to feel good about themselves
A banned book is a serious matter. There have been books banned in US history. For example, a number of cities banned Elmer Gantry. Further, the federal government at times banned materials in the District of Columbia under the Federal Anti-Obscenity Act, which was better known for banning the use of the US Postal Service to send obscene materials. Those bannings, while rare, did happen. | Read More »
Tor is a tool of (fortunately incompetent) criminals
The Onion Router (better known as Tor*) is one of the favorite tools of the scum of the Internet. Thieves, terrorists, child pornographers, drug dealers, and more all love to use Tor (and Bitcoin) to run their operations. Fortunately the creeps and their software aren’t very good at this, because the FBI is blowing open holes int he whole system to catch child pornographers.
Freedom From Religion Foundation: America’s Islamic State
The Islamic State, when not torturing and murdering its neighbors, has been destroying religious monuments and artifacts, particularly focusing on artifacts of Baal worship, and other pre-Islamic architecture. Sounds crazy right? But here at home we’ve got the Freedom From Religion Foundation, seeking to destroy all religious monuments it deems heretical. And nobody seems ready to stop them.
On Benghazi, Kevin McCarthy opens his mouth and removes all doubt
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. , the man who would be the next Speaker of the House, should have held his peace rather than run his mouth like a clown on Benghazi, handing Hillary Clinton some support for her false talking points.
The C-SPAN monopoly is obsolete. We can do better.
Back in the 1970s, we had a vastly different technological climate than we have today. The ability to capture and record the proceedings of the US Congress, and bring that audio and video into people’s homes in real time, was something that only cable and satellite providers could accomplish. But we’re now over 36 years since the first C-SPAN broadcast. The ability to send a | Read More »
George Pataki is right on Edward Snowden
This isn’t about politics. This isn’t about Presidential campaigns. This is about a man who is standing up and saying something that’s right, against the hordes of the press who are trying to convince us otherwise. George Pataki is right on Edward Snowden.
Harvard Internet Monitor: Bias of Omission in Action
Harvard University, possibly the most overrated institution of learning since the Great Library of Alexandria, has launched a new Internet Monitor Dashboard. They claim that the goal is to drive policy, so it’s not surprising that the dashboard turns out to be an agenda-driven piece of work missing key information.
Hey, House Republicans: You have ONE JOB. Don’t botch it.
The pressure is mounting in DC as the threat of a “government shutdown” looms. In one corner, we have the President, who has announced in fundraising emails that he’d rather let food stamp recipients go without, than allow Planned Parenthood to be defunded. In the other corner are the Republicans. The Senate’s worthless under Mitch McConnell, so we’ll focus on the House. Will they oppose the | Read More »
It’s confirmed. Donald Trump is sliding in the polls.
I don’t know if it’s because he’s been low T Energy lately, having to skip events to get his beauty sleep make late-night business deals, but the evidence is in, and it’s impossible to dismiss: Donald Trump has hit a peak, and is sliding down in the polls. He might yet rebound, but for now we have to see if he can stop the bleeding | Read More »
Ann Coulter goes full Know Nothing
Most Americans have a warm view of immigration. It makes us feel good when people will put down their lives to come to our country, choosing to throw their lots in with ours. However there’s long been a strain of anti-immigration sentiment in this country. It flares up now and then, such as when the Know Nothing movement put up the American Party before the | Read More »
Happy Birthday to Who? Copyright lost to the famous song lyrics.
The lyrics to the commonly-sung Happy Birthday song have long been believed to be under copyright. But some believe otherwise, and due to a variety of technical reasons, the US District Court for the Central District of California struck a blow against that song’s purported ownership. It may be entering the public domain!
Tech at Night: Will regulation block innovation yet again, with LTE-U?
The technologies abound to give us faster and faster Internet access, in more and more convenient ways. But when it comes to wireless Internet, we have a spectrum shortage. Frequencies allotted to wireless Internet are in short supply. One way around that was the idea of LTE-U, using unlicensed spectrum ranges to give people more options for LTE Internet. Unfortunately the wired providers are having | Read More »
Trump and Walker down in new CNN Poll. Fiorina and Rubio up.
If the new ORC International poll for CNN is to be believed, Carly Fiorina’s thumping of Donald Trump was noticed. Trump is down 8 points from the previous CNN poll, losing a quarter of his prior 32% support, while Fiorina gained 12 points from a barely-registering 3%. Have we, at long last, reached Peak Trump™?
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, Chris Christie
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, John Kasich
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, Rick Santorum
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, Scott Walker
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