HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » friendly_iconoclast » Journal
Page: « Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ... 46 Next »

friendly_iconoclast

Profile Information

Member since: Fri Sep 8, 2006, 12:47 PM
Number of posts: 13,676

Journal Archives

Kansas cops can’t stop drivers just because they have Colorado plates, court rules

http://www.denverpost.com/2016/08/23/kansas-cops-cant-stop-drivers-based-on-license-plates-from-states-where-marijuana-legal/

The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. — A federal appeals court says law enforcement officials in Kansas cannot stop and search motorists for having nothing more than out-of-state license plates from states that have legalized marijuana.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday says the officer’s reasoning would justify the search of citizens from more than half of the states in the country.

The court reinstated the lawsuit filed by a Colorado motorist against two Kansas Highway Patrol officers who stopped and searched his vehicle while he was driving alone at night on I-70 in Kansas.

It found the officers violated Peter Vasquez’s Fourth Amendment rights in searching his car.
Twenty-five states permit marijuana use for medicinal purposes, with Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Washington, D.C. permitting some recreational use under state law.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Aug 25, 2016, 03:07 PM (0 replies)

A blatant double standard on background checks (long)

Two recent threads illustrate this

The first is a now-locked thread in GD about a clergyman who, with undoubtedly good intenions,
violated Oregon's new background check law.
(Disclosure: I held that he should be fined one dollar and court costs, and be sentenced
to writing a public letter of apology).

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=8120273

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028120273#post6

The story leaves out that he violated Oregons universal background check law

And was being called out as a giant hypocrite for pushing a gun control agenda while violating existing gun laws.

He is in Oregon, and Oregons UBC law makes virtually any transfer of a firearm, even temporary, a felony unless a background check and paperwork is done. He told reporters he gave the gun to a "responsible gun owner" in his congregation for safe keeping until he destroys it- a felony in that state. They did the proper checks to hand it off to him, and he promptly violated the law and transferred possession to someone else.

Opponents of the UBC law had been pushing the absurdity of the law criminalizing acts like that, so when a gun control advocate publicly admitted to breaking the law they demanded he be punished for the violation. And if he isn't it will show a double standard, if he is it will give great publicity to how idiotic it is to make it a felony to give a gun to a person who already has them so they can safely store it for you.

If you going to make a public stand for gun control and in doing so you violate existing gun laws you should expect full and well to be called out for your violations of the law and the glaring hypocrisy of demanding more laws when you can't even comply with existing laws when acting in good faith because they are so messed up.


Some did not feel that he should be prosecuted, sometimes vigorously:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028120273#post35

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028120273#post65

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028120273#post63

Most others simply avoided the awkward question.


The second is from the other gun group:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/126211399

NRA official urges Mainers to reject background checks on gun sales

In it, an NRA spokesperson is quoted as saying, in part:

“Whether or not you own a gun, Question 3 will be a nightmare for all of you,” Cox said. “It will turn law-abiding citizens into criminals overnight.”


To which the author of the OP replied:


Really? Turn law abiding citizens into criminals? How the hell does that work? Either you are law abiding or you're not. Get a background check and no problem, don't get one and you broke the law, ergo, not law abiding. Have I missed something here?

What alternative universe do these people live in? Oh, I forgot. Liburty and freedumb land. Only in a gunner's mind can this reasoning make sense.


The disinterested reader is invited to note the authorship of both...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Aug 25, 2016, 02:38 PM (8 replies)

More antigun hypocrisy: "Pastor who won AR-15 raffle may have violated Oregon law"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/pastor-who-won-ar-15-raffle-may-have-violated-oregon-law/2016/08/02/014eb924-58e7-11e6-8b48-0cb344221131_story.html


LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — A pastor in an affluent suburb of Portland may have run afoul of Oregon law when he transferred an AR-15 assault rifle that he won in a softball league raffle to a gun-owning friend for safekeeping without performing a background check...

...Lucas, of Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego, a suburban town about 10 miles south of Portland, drew national attention recently when he used $3,000 in discretionary church funds to buy as many of the raffle tickets as he could for a softball league fundraiser to send high school students to a regional tournament in California.

Lucas, 44, wanted to win so he could destroy the gun. He told the AP on Tuesday that he has received overwhelming support from parishioners...

...Last year, state lawmakers passed a new law that made transferring a gun without a background check illegal, even if the arrangement is between two private parties and no money changes hands. If Lucas were to be convicted of a misdemeanor charge of unlawful transfer of a weapon, he could face a maximum fine of $6,250 and up to a year in jail.


Congratulations, Reverend Lucas- you've joined a select fellowship:

The Society of Gun Laws Are For Other People, Not Me

You will now enjoy the company of such ...dignitaries... as Carl Rowan, Sarah Brady,
Dianne Feinstein, and Sylvester Stallone
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Aug 24, 2016, 02:23 PM (18 replies)

Gaby Giffords' Gun Control Group Endorses Two GOP Senators

http://time.com/4461211/gun-control-pat-toomey-mark-kirk-gabby-giffords/




Gaby Giffords' Gun Control Group Endorses Two GOP Senators


The gun control group founded by Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, has endorsed two Republican Senators in tough re-election fights as it seeks to expand its outreach.

In an op-ed on CNN Monday, Americans for Responsible Solutions backed Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mark Kirk of Illinois, who are both facing tough re-election races in a year in which Democrats hope to regain control of the Senate.

The two sitting Senators voted in favor of gun control proposals after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 20 children were killed.

“In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Republican Sens. Pat Toomey and Mark Kirk broke from the gun lobby and supported a bill to help prevent felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill from obtaining firearms at gun shows and online,” wrote Giffords and Kelly in the op-ed.


As pointed out elsewhere on DU:

(L)et's look at how the Democratic opposition stacks up.
-Tammy Duckworth, Democrat, combat vet, lost both legs in Iraq. Pro-choice, pro-ACA, supports comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally, would admit 100,000 Syrian refugees into the United States. Rated 7% by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record.

-Katie McGinty, Democrat, has not held an elected office. Served as an environmental advisor to Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton, pro-business, supports gay marriage, Affordable Care Act, she is also pro-choice. Scored 100% on CeaseFire Pennsylvania survey, Expanding state background checks to cover the private sale of long guns, Requiring background checks for ammunition sales, Requiring firearms dealers to tell the police when a customer fails a background check...

...Why should we (Democrats) support Republicans (who happen to have supported some gun control) over these Democrats?




Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Aug 22, 2016, 06:29 PM (9 replies)

Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group Endorses Two Republican Senators

Source: Time

The gun control group founded by Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, has endorsed two Republican Senators in tough re-election fights as it seeks to expand its outreach.

In an op-ed on CNN Monday, Americans for Responsible Solutions backed Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mark Kirk of Illinois, who are both facing tough re-election races in a year in which Democrats hope to regain control of the Senate.

The two sitting Senators voted in favor of gun control proposals after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 20 children were killed.

“In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Republican Sens. Pat Toomey and Mark Kirk broke from the gun lobby and supported a bill to help prevent felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill from obtaining firearms at gun shows and online,” wrote Giffords and Kelly in the op-ed.

Read more: http://time.com/4461211/gun-control-pat-toomey-mark-kirk-gabby-giffords/



As pointed out by another DUer:


(L)et's look at how the Democratic opposition stacks up.
-Tammy Duckworth, Democrat, combat vet, lost both legs in Iraq. Pro-choice, pro-ACA, supports comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally, would admit 100,000 Syrian refugees into the United States. Rated 7% by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record.

-Katie McGinty, Democrat, has not held an elected office. Served as an environmental advisor to Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton, pro-business, supports gay marriage, Affordable Care Act, she is also pro-choice. Scored 100% on CeaseFire Pennsylvania survey, Expanding state background checks to cover the private sale of long guns, Requiring background checks for ammunition sales, Requiring firearms dealers to tell the police when a customer fails a background check


And this in a year when we're seeking to regain the Senate. Oy vey!


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Aug 22, 2016, 06:20 PM (39 replies)

How the NSA snooped on encrypted Internet traffic for a decade

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/08/cisco-firewall-exploit-shows-how-nsa-decrypted-vpn-traffic/


In a revelation that shows how the National Security Agency was able to systematically spy on many Cisco Systems customers for the better part of a decade, researchers have uncovered an attack that remotely extracts decryption keys from the company's now-decommissioned line of PIX firewalls.

The discovery is significant because the attack code, dubbed BenignCertain, worked on PIX versions Cisco released in 2002 and supported through 2009. Even after Cisco stopped providing PIX bug fixes in July 2009, the company continued offering limited service and support for the product for an additional four years. Unless PIX customers took special precautions, virtually all of them were vulnerable to attacks that surreptitiously eavesdropped on their VPN traffic. Beyond allowing attackers to snoop on encrypted VPN traffic, the key extraction also makes it possible to gain full access to a vulnerable network by posing as a remote user.

BenignCertain's capabilities were tentatively revealed in this blog post from Thursday, and they were later confirmed to work on real-world PIX installations by three separate researchers. Before the confirmation came, Ars asked Cisco to investigate the exploit. The company declined, citing this policy for so-called end-of-life products. The exploit helps explain documents leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden and cited in a 2014 article that appeared in Der Spiegel. The article reported that the NSA had the ability to decrypt more than 1,000 VPN connections per hour.

"It shows that the NSA had the ability to remotely extract confidential keys from Cisco VPNs for over a decade," Mustafa Al-Bassam, a security researcher at payments processing firm Secure Trading, told Ars. "This explains how they were able to decrypt thousands of VPN connections per minute as shown in documents previously published by Der Spiegel
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Aug 20, 2016, 02:49 AM (3 replies)

Yup! The NSA Got Hacked

Source: The Atlantic

After a never-before-seen group announced it was in possession of a trove of malware developed by the elite hacking arm of the National Security Agency early this week, professional security researchers began working to try and determine whether the code the group released was truly developed by the NSA.

Working off of hints they found in the code, which was released by a group calling itself the “Shadow Broker,” researchers guessed it was authentic—but new documentation straight from the source appears to confirm the code’s provenance.

According to NSA documents obtained by Edward Snowden and reviewed by The Intercept, several elements in the released code line up with details in the agency’s own manuals and materials.

One manual, for example, instructs agents to use a specific 16-character string, “ace02468bdf13579,” to track a certain strain of government-developed malware as it makes its way through networks. That string shows up character-for-character in one of the leaked hacking tools, “SECONDDATE.”

Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/08/yup-the-nsa-got-hacked/496643/



Curiouser and curiouser...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Aug 19, 2016, 03:36 PM (13 replies)

Baltimore terminates contract with attorney accused of neo-Nazi ties

Source: Baltimore Sun

The city has terminated its one-year contract with an attorney accused of neo-Nazi ties effective immediately, the Office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday in a statement.

Glen Keith Allen, 65, was a contract employee who worked on complex litigation as needed, officials said

The city began investigating Allen's background after the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that he had a history of supporting the neo-Nazi National Alliance.

"Allen's history with organized racism and anti-Semitism is deep," Heidi Beirich, the center's intelligence project director, wrote this week on the center's website. "Records obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) show he was a dues-paying member of the National Alliance for years.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-allen-attorney-20160818-story.html
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Aug 18, 2016, 03:35 PM (2 replies)

Watch these Trump supporters agree that putting shock collars on Mexicans is a great idea

One can only hope that this is a put-on- but given the demonstrated nature of
Don the Con and his Trumpkins, there's a good chance it isn't...

https://boingboing.net/2016/08/16/watch-these-trump-supporters-a.html

"We wanted to see how far we could push Trump's loyal supporters," says Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. So his team invited a group of Trumpkins to attend a focus group meeting where they were shown some fake Trump campaign ads, voiced by a convincing Trump impersonator.

The attendees were not told that the commercials were fake, even though the ads had proposals that were crazy, even by Trump standards: outlawing abortion everywhere except in depressed areas like Atlantic City, trapping Mexican day laborers in porta-potties and shipping them back to Mexico, locking shock collars on the neck of every Mexican citizen in Mexico so they'd get zapped if they tried to go past an invisible electric fence on the US-Mexico border.

The focus group members seemed a little surprised at first, but quickly came around to the seeing the logic of these proposals, and expressed their support. One woman was concerned about the dog collar proposal, though. She said the Mexicans were likely to cut off the dog collars and sell them.

This video is like a scary Milgram experiment.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Aug 16, 2016, 05:39 PM (13 replies)

White House sets new fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, vans and buses

Thanks to DUer DonViejo for posting this originally in Latest Breaking News:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141551746

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/08/16/white-house-sets-new-fuel-efficiency-standards-for-heavy-duty-trucks-vans-and-buses/?utm_term=.6e8ede449e19

Source: The Washington Post

The Obama administration on Tuesday finalized new fuel-economy standards for large trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles, the latest in a series of efforts aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions and weaning the nation from its dependence on fossil fuels.

The new requirements affect a class of vehicles that includes school buses, large pickup trucks, delivery and passenger vans, garbage trucks and long-haul tractor-trailers. These heavy- and medium-duty vehicles represent only about 5 percent of total highway traffic but account for 20 percent of transportation-related fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Administration officials said they expect that when the new standards are fully implemented in coming years, they will cut more than 1 billion tons of carbon pollution from the atmosphere, save nearly $170 billion in fuel costs and reduce oil consumption by an estimated 84 billion gallons.

“The standards promote a new generation of cleaner, more fuel-efficient trucks by encouraging the development and employment of new and advanced cost-effective technologies through model year 2027,” said Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, which developed the new rules in conjunction with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. “These standards are ambitious and achievable, and they will help ensure the American trucking industry continues to drive our economy — and at the same time protect our planet.”

The White House previously has undertaken efforts to curb pollution from cars and light trucks, aircraft, power plants and air conditioning and refrigeration units, in an effort to meet pledges to reduce overall emissions in the United States by at least 26 percent by the year 2030, compared with 2005 levels. During his first term, President Obama also put in place the first national policy to increase the fuel economy of medium- and heavy-duty trucks with model years between 2014 and 2018. Tuesday’s regulations build on those early measures.


We will see medium- and heavy-duty hybrid trucks in the near future,
as most of them are used in stop-and-go service, where hybrids excel.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Aug 16, 2016, 02:33 PM (0 replies)
Go to Page: « Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ... 46 Next »