Stolen Valor Shot Down

Court Holds Stolen Valor Act unconstitutional In United States v. Alvarez, No. 11-210, a highly anticipated First Amendment case, the Court held six to three that the Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional. The Stolen Valor Act, 18 U.S.C. § 704, makes it a federal crime to lie about having received a military decoration or medal, […]


Murdoc’s been vaguely aware of the story about how convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin and/or associates are waging a cowardly war against their foes using various forms of harassment, legal action, and apparently SWAT-ting, but he hadn’t read beyond the headlines and lead paragraphs until today. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, I encourage you to […]

Flag Day

I’ve got a friend whose birthday is June 14th. Every June 14th I wish him a happy Flag Day. Anyway, a reader pointed out that while Google had no special “Doodle” logo for Flag Day today, Bing had this: I’ve noted the difference between Google and Bing on various patriotic-sort holidays and anniversaries before, so […]

Lawmakers want more budget

House panel wants $5.3B more for weapons The extra funds they want include money to: Keep Block 30 Global Hawks in service Keep C-27J in service Install back-up oxygen system on F-22 Continue C-130 avionics modernization 10 extra new UH-60 Black Hawks 3 extra new UH-72 Lakotas Additional PAC-3 Patriot missiles and launchers Keep the […]

The Narrative Says to Cover for Terrorists

Repeat: The Cleveland 5, the geniuses who tried to blow up a bridge for the 99%, are all Occupiers ABC News didn’t mention the Occupy movement at all. The USA Today says that they’re anarchists who just wanted to “use the cover of the Occupy Wall Street movement.” Why didn’t we hear about how the […]


It’s important to note the anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and it’s important to give credit where credit is due. But this whole narrative about how President Obama somehow stood out from the pack by ordering the raid and that others, particularly Mitt Romney, would not have done the same mystifies […]

Be skeptical. Be very skeptical.

Faith in science? Why skepticism is rising Study suggests that it’s the increasing use of science as ammunition for big-government schemes that has led to more skepticism. Murdoc thinks that the methods used in environmental scaremongering (especially Global Warming) have pretty much torpedoed any hope that a rational scientific approach to the issue is possible. […]


Gallup: Americans Favor Keystone XL Pipeline A solid majority of Americans think the U.S. government should approve of building the Keystone XL pipeline, while 29% think it should not. Republicans are almost twice as likely as Democrats to want the government to approve the oil pipeline. About half of independents also approve… The pipeline would […]