Reason's Superlative Prison Issue, And A Note About Anonymity

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  1. TJIC says:

    Damnit!

    (1) my super l33t knowledge of your real identity is less l33t than it used to be

    (2) I've had that issue sitting on my table for a while and still haven't opened it. Should have!

  2. firehat says:

    Hahvad Law, eh? Fancy boy.

  3. This makes the fact that you just came up with a special Batman-like signal a bit anti-climactic, doesn't it? I mean, why do we need a special signal now if we know who you are and can just call collect?

    I'm puzzled, though, about your hatred of rabbits. Seems to me they've done nothing but good for society. And look at how they helped Alice figure out some of the really important things in life!

  4. Scott Jacobs says:

    a) I would like to award firehat one whole internet.

    b) yeah, anyone reading that piece that reads your stuff here would be able to put together that it was you.

  5. Ken says:

    Rick, the Popehat Signal is to call Popehat's minions…I mean dear readers … for assistance. It's not to call me. The Ken signal would look like an outline of Comic Book Guy.

  6. Scott Jacobs says:

    The Ken signal would look like an outline of Comic Book Guy.

    Only with less hair… :)

  7. David says:

    Wait– You're that guy?!

    I quit.

  8. Chris says:

    Congrats on the byline.

  9. Dan Weber says:

    I could swear I've read that Reason piece before, and possibly recommended it to others. I have enough trouble remembering what I ate for breakfast, though, so I can hardly remember if/when I read it 5 months ago. Maybe I just feel like that because I've read it here in other forms.

    Someone on another website accidentally leaked Ken's last name several months ago. They took it down but not before it got lodged in my brain.

  10. VPJ says:

    Hrmmm…I thought Ken would be taller.

  11. G Thompson says:

    Dammit, I wanted the mystery to last forever…

    Right the next anonymous blawger of awesomeness that appears has to keep the mystery close and GOVERN THEMSELVES ACCORDINGLY!

    *runs*

  12. RB says:

    Guess you'll have to abandon the mask, cape and tights when doing pro bono from now on. Too bad too, you're an attractive man.

  13. Tam says:

    "GOVERN THEMSELVES ACCORDINGLY!"

    Too bad the internets was already awarded upthread.

  14. David says:

    Well, "Ken", it looks like they fell for it. Well played.

  15. eddie says:

    Never heard of you.

    ken at popehat, now that's someone I've heard of.

  16. Good luck with the new-found… 'nonymity'. (I know that's not a word, but it should be).

    I hope that this change doesn't lead to a precipitous drop in the 'snark to respectability' ratio at the 'hat. Because that would be a great shame.

  17. IGotBupkis, Sailing the Economic Seas Betwixt Scylla And Charybdis says:

    >>> America’s criminal justice system

    I've long since noted that the phrase structure of the above is ambiguous.

    [adjective America's - >] [adjective criminal - >] [subject justice] [] [subject criminal] [< - subject modifier justice system]

    I've long since noted that there appears to be a tendency to put the emphasis on "criminal" when used in regard to "justice system". It does seem aimed at committing crimes against justice.

    Any system aimed at "order" as more important than "justice" kind of meets that criteria.

  18. IGotBupkis, Sailing the Economic Seas Betwixt Scylla And Charybdis says:

    >>> I’m puzzled, though, about your hatred of rabbits. Seems to me they’ve done nothing but good for society.

    Clearly, you have no experience of either the Pythonoverse or the Buffyverse. Everyone familiar with them knows the dangers of bunnies. With or without big nasty pointed teeth.

  19. IGotBupkis, Sailing the Economic Seas Betwixt Scylla And Charybdis says:

    >>> a) I would like to award firehat one whole internet.

    I would rather segregate all the asshats into one of their own.

    *sigh*

    One can but dream.

  20. IGotBupkis, Sailing the Economic Seas Betwixt Scylla And Charybdis says:

    *sigh* One of the downsides to using arrows without having an arrow character in the toolset. Now, the key question, can this thing handle two-byte unicode?

    [adjective America's →] [adjective criminal →] [subject justice] [←subject modifier system]

    vs.

    [adjective America's →] [subject criminal] [←subject modifier justice system]

    Option 1 puts the "criminal" to the "justice system".

    Option 2 puts the "justice system" at the "criminal".

    We should have option 2 but all too often wind up with option 1.

  21. John Kindley says:

    Patrick's turn.

    My internet detection skills must be seriously lacking, since I failed (a few months ago) where Marc Stephens succeeded. (Is that creepy? It's not like I tried for more than a few minutes.)

    You California anti-SLAPP lawyers aren't all buddy-buddy are you?

    On the substance, it's kind of a dilemma, isn't it? I mean, "any defeat" should be taken as "a humiliating rebuke" by the prosecutor, shouldn't it, "in part because of the government’s overwhelming resources, in part because of judges’ and jurors’ tendency to defer to law enforcement, and in part because many [defendants] aren’t particularly sympathetic," and especially because the government gets to choose what cases it prosecutes? The only fact in mitigation is that "declining to bring charges in a high-profile case can be a career killer." Best not to be a prosecutor.

  22. raptros-v76 says:

    To me, Ken, you let the cat out of the bag, or the bag out of the cat, when you posted those pictures from your office on twitter. Did you know that google maps has a 3d view of LA?

  23. Ken says:

    That's one of the more pointlessly elaborate methods anyone has used, but I like your moxie.

  24. Noah Motion says:

    I totally knew your real name was Ken. Totally.

  25. Joel would have so happy for you. I know that I am.

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