Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
I meant to blog this months ago, but last May, Esquire interviewed torture memo author John “Testicle Crusher” Yoo, and in the introduction noted that Yoo has–wait for it–a “libertarian temperament.” Are we bad at explaining what this whole liberty thing is all about?
UK cops break into the wrong home, leave message for owner with refrigerator magnets.
Coming to San Francisco: the composting police! Get your corn cobs in your coffee grinds and you’re looking at a $1,000 fine.
The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism has been in the works for quite a while. Looks like it goes on sale next week.
FCC commissioner says “fairness doctrine” could apply to the Internet. I happen to be sympathetic to Commissioner McDowell on this issue, and I’d certainly be the last one to underestimate the government’s desire to control just about everything, but this sounds a bit far fetched. I can’t even envision what an “Internet Fairness Doctrine” would look like. Would I have to hire conservative and libertarian bloggers? Would libertarians even be factored into the “fairness?” How about Greens? Nazis? Who gets to decide what ideologies get a chunk of spectrum?
Mississippi Innocence Project Director Tucker Carrington has been appointed to head up the state’s DNA task force, which will draw up recommendations for collecting and preserving DNA evidence. Carrington’s a terrific choice. Good on Mississippi for getting this one right.
The New York Times’ Timothy Egan has some nice words for our reason cover story on Nanny State cities, and some harsh words for nannyism. The comments, however, are disappointing.