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Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, and the NSA

Arrest Greenwald? What Nonsense!

I’ll start with this: It bothers me when anyone says a reporter should be arrested for reporting what is a newsworthy story. It bothers me more than knowing that if I were to email someone in Pakistan or Russia or China those emails might be captured by one of four NSA data capture programs. 

Glenn Greenwald and I are not bosom buddies. I say that because you, the reader, should know that I’m not defending him because we’re BFFs who get each other’s back. I do not like the way this story was broken, I don’t like the paranoia that has come out of it, and I don’t care for the misshapen debate about what might be acceptable limits and balances on national security versus individual privacy. 

Bill Talley Sentenced. Who’s the ‘fraud and embarrassment’ now?

Back in March, Talley left this comment on my original post about his conviction for possession of child pornography:

Today he was sentenced to one year in jail and eight years probation for possession of child porn. According to Matt Osborne, who was present at the sentencing, the light sentence was due to the timing of his arrest. Talley was arrested in 2005 and sentenced in 2013. In 2007, Tennessee changed the sentencing requirements for possession. So Mr. Talley serves 365 days for possessing thousands of pornographic images of children.

Tennessean:

Talley first fell on hard times with a substance abuse problem that culminated when local authorities, suspecting that he was trafficking drugs, raided his condo in 2005. Along with cocaine and lots of prescription medications, investigators also found droves of child pornography.

Prosecutors charged Talley on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and drug possession with intent to sell. He has fought the charges for eight years, with his final defeat coming when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal.

In February, Talley plead guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of drug possession with intent to sell. Six other charges were dismissed.

Yes, Milt Shook, it’s always great to get the whole story before mouthing off. Bill Talley pled guilty in February to possession of child pornography.

It wasn’t just a few images, either. From Osborne’s tweets:

Thousands of images, including images of children as young as three. Pay close attention to this one:

Please tell me more about who is the fraud and embarrassment. Listen to the excuses Bill Talley offered:

  • He didn’t think selling drugs to friends was dealing.
  • He didn’t know possessing images of children as young as three being raped was illegal.
  • Malware on his computer downloaded the images, paid for them with his credit card, printed them, and stored them in his office, his car, his safe, and on his coffee table.

Anyone who believes that crap ought to be in prison with him.

Camarillo Springs Fire: Sunset, Day 2

Camarillo Springs Fire Day 2 Sunset

It has burned through at least 18,000 acres, including Sycamore Canyon and Wood Canyon, which used to have deer, bobcats, butterflies and wildflowers in them. Now I’m sure they’re a charred mess. I don’t even want to know what they look like, to be honest.

I’m pissed that our firefighters didn’t have the resources they needed right out of the gate to get this thing under control before it mushroomed into a habitat-killer. I’m going to be even more pissed if I find out it was arson, which wouldn’t surprise me given that at least two fires have been started near freeways heading uphill — this fire and the one in Chevy Chase canyon in Glendale, not far from where I grew up.

Yeah, I know conventional wisdom is that it’s all about the Santa Ana winds, but we’ve had this weather pattern for at least a year now and this is the first time a bunch of fires have sprung up out of it. I’ve heard someone tossed a lit cigarette out of their window too. Really? Someone is stupid enough to do that right where it would catch an entire canyon on fire on a day when the Santa Anas are howling?

I suspect arson. But even if it was arson, I remember the times where we had enough forestry resources to be pro-active about brush clearance and fire breaks.

Not this time. And it sucks.