I’m not excited about this.

Are you a technophile who likes signing in to your banking app with a fingerprint? Get ready for more, because banks are now capturing not just fingerprints but scans of your voice, eye and face to improve security.

Biometrics provide a layer of security beyond passwords, which are looking increasingly feeble against sophisticated hackers. Consumers’ tendency to fall back on lazy ones — like “123456” and “password” — makes them even less effective. The financial industry is rushing to invest in security at a time when cybercrime costs the global economy an estimated $450 billion a year, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. …

Geez … Why do we elect these people.

The FBI and Department of Justice are investigating Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe for receiving potentially illegal political donations. Among them is the $120,000 he received from Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang.
McAuliffe has been going back and forth on how well he knows Wenliang and whether or not the two ever met.

During an interview on Wednesday, McAuliffe referred to him as “Mr. Wong,” and said he’s only met him “once or twice,” but he’s “not exactly sure.” He also called Wenliang an “upstanding individual” and denied having personal ties to him.

However, McAuliffe wondered in an interview on Tuesday if he’s ever met Wenliang. “I’m not even sure if I’ve ever met the person.”

We’ll get it right this time.

Venezuela Drifts Into New Territory: Hunger, Blackouts and Government Shutdown

The courts? Closed most days. The bureau to start a business? Same thing. The public defender’s office? That’s been converted into a food bank for government employees.

Step by step, Venezuela has been shutting down.

This country has long been accustomed to painful shortages, even of basic foods. But Venezuela keeps drifting further into uncharted territory.

In recent weeks, the government has taken what may be one of the most desperate measures ever by a country to save electricity: A shutdown of many of its offices for all but two half-days each week.

And this.
Does Venezuela’s Crisis Prove Socialism Doesn’t Work?

… As she gained momentum, her voice rose, and her sentences became disjointed. By the end of the impromptu interview, she was shrieking hysterically about “Castro-comunismo” and some conspiracy theory about President Nicolas Maduro being a Colombian Cuban spy. After a moment of two, it was just pure rage, directed at everything: the country, the government, the people – everything. …

We probably have too many holidays anyway.

As quietly as if a church mouse did it, the Georgia state holiday known for decades as Robert E. Lee Day this year became the decidedly more generic “State Holiday.”

In a state where the “Dukes of Hazzard” once careered around in a Confederate flag-emblazoned Charger named the General Lee, the decision by Gov. Nathan Deal (R) to scratch the Southern war hero from the official celebration list should have elicited at least a few rebel yells, surely.

Instead … nothing.

Reverting two generations.

Once upon a time, liberals pushed free speech at every opportunity. They lauded Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis for protecting unpopular views via the First Amendment early in the last century, for instance. During the 1960s, Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement demanded the right to demonstrate politically on campus—and liberals championed the cause. Similar progressive cheers rang out when the Supreme Court extended the First Amendment to protect inarticulate expression, like nude dancing and flag burning.

But now liberals want to empower the government to put people behind bars for advancing political ideas, come election time. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has declared one litmus test for a Supreme Court justice: a commitment to overrule Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, the 2010 Supreme Court opinion upholding Americans’ First Amendment right to use a corporate form to criticize or praise politicians running for office. (The politician criticized in that case was none other than Hillary Clinton.) Worse still, Democratic senators have introduced a constitutional amendment that goes beyond reversing Citizens United and gives Congress substantial discretion to regulate how electoral debates are conducted.

Political creepiness is a special brand of creepiness.

Nobody in America is surprised to learn the FBI is investigating Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D, over campaign contributions. Disregard for rules is part of who McAuliffe is, and it is typical of the Clinton fundraising world.

But don’t confuse cause for effect: McAuliffe isn’t shady because he’s a Clinton fundraiser. He’s a cherished Clinton fundraiser because he’s shady.

Terry McAuliffe, Marc Rich, Mikal Watts, Arthur Coia, Rahm Emanuel, Hassan Namazee, Norman Hsu, Johnny Chung, Charlie Trie, Jim McDougal, Mark Middleton, Maria Tsia, Antonio Pan — these are all Clinton fundraisers who have been indicted, investigated, or caught up in shady fundraising.

A lack of understanding of the Bill of Rights.

University Admins Surrender to Violent Protesters, Shutter Event

If you know a good constitutional law professor, please introduce me to her. I’m confused about the First Amendment, and I need answers.

Until yesterday, for example, I never realized that forcibly shutting down a private speaking event was considered free speech. I was also surprised to learn that assaulting a police officer is now a form of protest. It certainly never occurred to me that making violent threats towards a speaker was a constitutionally protected right. In fact, I was pretty confident all three of these acts were illegal…highly illegal.