January 28, 2006

Podcast Feed

Here's an RSS feed with just the podcasts from this site. The best way to subscribe is to copy and paste that address into a podcatcher; in iTunes, select "Subscribe to Podcast..." under the Advanced menu.

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January 25, 2006

January 23, 2006

Tory Story

I look at the Conservatives' imminent victory up north in today's AmSpec column.

UPDATE: For some reason 9/11 conspiracy theories have infested the comments. This is no different than Holocaust denial, and I've cleaned it out of the thread. If you want to spew that poison, go to someone else's website. Here's the Popular Mechanics feature that debunks all the most popular theories. The stuff I've expunged is covered under "No Stand-Down Order" and "Intercepts Not Routine."

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January 19, 2006

Podcast #1: What's Up With Hillary?

That's right, I'm taking the plunge: Here is the first ever JohnTabin.com podcast. In this inaugural edition, I'm joined by David Weigel and we discuss Hillary Clinton: Her "plantation" comment, her politics, her political skill, and a couple of her potential challengers for the Democratic nomination. The conversation runs 18 minutes, 57 seconds.

Download the .mp3 here.

You'll hear some static at a couple of points; my cell phone (a Sidekick II) was next to me while we were recording, and it periodically interfers with audio equipment (it does this to the car stereo, too). I won't make that mistake next time.

The RSS 2.0 feed for this blog is here. If you copy and paste that address into a podcatcher (in iTunes, select "Subscribe to Podcast..." under the Advanced menu), you'll get each new edition automatically. (For those who are interested, Brandon Fuller's MT-Enclosures plugin is what makes this work.)

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Michael Goodwin writes on Hillary in the New York Daily News

Mickey Kaus reacts to Goodwin

Arriana Huffington -- and her commenters -- are unhappy with Hillary

Dave objects to Kaus selling Russ Feingold short

Rasmussen poll: Warner vs. Allen in Virginia

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January 18, 2006

Random Acts of Federalism

In today's AmSpec column, I look at the confused relationship between the Supreme Court and the Controlled Substances Act.

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January 13, 2006

Sam's the Man

Democrats can't stop Alito and would be foolish to try-- so I argue in today's AmSpec column.

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January 07, 2006

How Far? This Far

Matt Welch has a quiz for pro-war libertarians.

Here are answers from Max Borders. Here are some others.

And here are mine...

1) Should the National Security Agency or CIA have the ability to monitor domestic phone calls or e-mails without obtaining judicial approval?
Yes. The question shouldn't be whether they monitor data or not, but how they use it. If it isn't admissible in court, and there are sufficient safeguards against targeting of political enemies (intelligence officers collecting and leaking Senator Sleazy's emails from his mistress should be illegal), I don't have a problem with gathering intelligence from domestic communications. (But note that "envelope"-type data doesn't and shouldn't require a warrant to be admissible.)
2) Should the government have the ability to hold an American citizen without charge, indefinitely, without access to a lawyer, if he is believed to be part of a terrorist cell?
No, not if it isn't proven before an appropriate magistrate -- which needn't necessarily be a standard criminal court -- that he has joined said terror cell. Once proven, though, an American who joins a terror cell probably ought to be understood to have renounced his citizenship.
3) Can you imagine a situation in which the government would be justified in waterboarding an American citizen?
Yes. American citizens are in fact waterboarded quite regularly during military SERE training (which prepares those most likely to be captured to "Survive, Evade, Resist, and Escape"). But I assume Welch is referring to civilians. Yes, I can imagine it, though it seems relatively unlikely. (And again, proven terrorists should probably be considered to have effectively renounced their citizenship.)
4) Are there American journalists who should be investigated for possible treason? Should Sedition laws be re-introduced?
Not that I know of; No.
5) Should the CIA be able to legally assassinate people in countries with which the U.S. is not at war?
6) Should anti-terrorism cops be given every single law-enforcement tool available in non-terrorist cases?
Bad writing alert... If the question is should tools available in terrorism cases be available in non-terrorism cases, then no. If the question is should tools available in non-terrorism cases be available in terrorism cases, then yes.
7) Should law enforcement be able to seize the property of a suspected (though not charged) American terrorist, and then sell it?
8) Should the U.S. military be tasked with enforcing domestic crime?
Not generally, though most of the current exceptions to the Posse Comitatus Act are sensible. The drug war exceptions carved out in 1981 should be abandoned, though.
9) Should there be a national I.D. card, and should it be made available to law enforcement on demand?
No. I'm open to persuasion on this question, but I don't see what good it would do.
10) Should a higher percentage of national security-related activities and documents be made classified, and kept from the eyes of the Congress, the courts, and the public?
Congress, no (though I do think that Congressmen who leak classified information should get in big trouble for it). I don't know about the courts and the public; that's the sort of thing that requires case-by-case judgments, which is what Congressional oversight is for.
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January 05, 2006

Whatcha Gonna Do With All That Junk?

Dave Weigel notes, in a throwaway line from the Popmatters Best 50 Albums of 2005 (see number 15), that last year was one where "the Black Eyed Peas learned that they could sell records faster if they sucked harder."

Man, is that ever true. Last month Hua Hsa had a great takedown of the BEP's "My Humps." If you think Hsa exagerates by calling this single "proof that a song can be so bad as to veer toward evil," you probably haven't heard it. And I'd advise against seeking it out, since it gets stuck in your head and makes you want to break things. Grrrr...

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January 01, 2006

Happy New Year

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