Some Tabs and Quick Takes

Some tab plus some tabs equals some tabs.

In reality, people have been wrongfully accused and convicted of murder after someone misinterpreted their call for help, while those who used 911 call analysis against them face little or no consequences. I documented more than 100 cases in 26 states where Harpster’s methods played a pivotal role in arrests, prosecutions and convictions — likely a fraction of the actual figure.

The profile is more than disturbing and features some things I knew and others I didn’t. Still, I was struck by this quote: “Watching his early videos,” she said, “it’s really obvious that he wanted to become famous.”

This generated two thoughts. First, a lot of our current politics seems driven by people who just wanted to be famous and found a way to do so (think Rush Limbaugh and Tucker Carlson off the top of my head). Second, it is deeply troubling how being a protofascist is a route to popularity. (Granted, the needed audience to be “famous” is not necessarily all that large, especially in the internet era).

In the year election denial went mainstream, 2000 Mules held the distinction of being too ludicrous even for the right. D’Souza had something of a public meltdown when both Fox News and Newsmax allegedly declined to promote the film, perhaps out of fear of being dragged into yet more billion-dollar defamation lawsuits related to claims of election fraud. (Trump lambasted Fox for refusing to “show or discuss the greatest & most impactful documentary of our time.”) Ben Shapirosaid on his web show that “the conclusions of the film are not justified by the premises of the film itself,” and former Trump administration Attorney General Bill Barr, during his testimony in the January 6 committee hearings, laughed at D’Souza’s allegations and called the geotracking data “singularly unimpressive.”

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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. CSK says:

    “He will make many calls and have many meetings.”

    Gee, how informative.

  2. Beth says:

    Matt Walsh is evil and has blood on his hands. I couldn’t get through that article. It was too upsetting.

  3. Kathy says:

    We had a large HP copier at the office for over 5 years. It had four paper trays, two of which could hold 1,500 or 2,000 sheets each. Nevertheless, it was chronically out of paper.

    I found out why when we changed suppliers and HP came for it. the tech opened all paper trays to check they were empty, and this caused a coworker to say “those panels on the bottom hold paper?”

  4. Jay L Gischer says:

    You know, when the discussion covers both cross-dressing and dumb mistakes with personal computers, I always think of this.