Morning Links

Thursday, March 19th, 2009
  • You know, the judge is kinda’ right, at least in this case. And to be honest, given the mass of wrongful Dallas County convictions DA Craig Watkins has helped bring to the light of day, you’d think a member of the Dallas city council would have more important things to worry about. Like why his city and county have allowed so many innocent people to be convicted.
  • Speaking of “you’d think they’d have more important things to worry about….”
  • Old photo shows KGB spy Putin posing as a tourist during a visit from Ronald Reagan.
  • Jack Shafer may well be the country’s best drug war journalist, if only because of his efforts to keep other drug war journalists in line. Here, he takes on a Washington Post piece improbably claiming that PCP is making a “comeback.”
  • Tucker Carlson blasts John Stewart. And he makes some good points. I’ve always thought Jim Cramer was a clown. But Stewart’s jihad against Cramer made Stewart look like self-righteous bully. And I say this as someone who’s generally fond of Stewart’s interviewing. Or at least I was before Obama moved into the White House.
  • Never thought I’d say this, but good for Maxine Waters.
  • So there a dog people, and then there are “dog people.”
  • Washington State officials warning citizens that NCAA tournament pools are illegal. Why not play the lottery instead?
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  • 63 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  EdinTally | 


      Re: Tucker

      Really? Good points? It was one long personal attack that attempted to make Stewart look like he was “crazy”. Have you jumped the shark?

    2. #2 |  Warren | 

      Am I sick for wanting that bestiality report read to me by Bill O’Reilly?

    3. #3 |  Radley Balko | 

      Have you jumped the shark?

      I have no idea what that means. Are you suggesting I’m pulling ridiculous, shameless stunts in a desperate attempt to boost my sagging readership? Because that’s what “jumping the shark” would mean in this context.

      I don’t see any ridiculous stunts. I’m not desperate. And my readership is going up, not down.

      I seem to have written a couple sentences you disagree with.

      Get over it.

    4. #4 |  Steve Verdon | 

      Really? Good points? It was one long personal attack that attempted to make Stewart look like he was “crazy”. Have you jumped the shark?

      Just curious you really think that without Cramer we’d not be in the current financial mess we are in? That was what Stewart was implying.

      And the idea of sitting on the biggest new story of the last 50 years to….what exactly?

      Sure maybe Carlson has a grudge to settle, but c’mon those two things sound laughably stupid.

      If these two claims stand up despite Carlson’s personal animosity towards Stewart, then Radley is right, he does have a point or two that make sense.

    5. #5 |  Michael | 

      I thought it was interesting that the woman with the laptop thought she was going to get her ex in trouble. Then, they find, only, her video. Nothing on him.

      I see that as justice! I guess, I, also, see it as a lesson in “what goes around comes around”. If she would have not tried to screw her ex over, her indiscretions would never have been discovered. But when you find yourself up to your ass in alligators, remember, all you set out to do was drain the swamp!

      She screwed herself!

    6. #6 |  Andrew Williams | 

      Good to see Shafer keeping the Post’s feet in the fire. I’ve admired his work since I first read it in the Washington City Paper.

    7. #7 |  Larcenia J. Bullard, D-Miami | 

      I warned you!

    8. #8 |  Samsam | 

      Regarding retroactive tax increases:

      In short, no problem, it’s been done many times before.

    9. #9 |  old | 

      #43 | Chris in AL | March 19th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

      Does Congress have the authority to implement a new tax on money that has already been paid?

      I don’t believe it will get past the Senate, and if it does, the law will be declared un-constitutional. Of course, as another poster stated the constitution means less and less. But I think where money is involved the constitution still has some strength, after all taxing these bonuses isn’t the same as torturing terrorists, or torturing people who you payed other people to say were terrorists. We shall see.

    10. #10 |  andy | 

      I’m with you on John Stewart. His show has gone downhill ever since the election in it. I thought it was just because he couldn’t make fun of Obama, but in reality the writing has just been terrible. Anyway, his attack on Cramer was pretty stupid, and I only heard about it through the news channels because I don’t watch the show much anymore. After I heard it a few times, I wondered why Stewart would keep attacking Cramer. He never gets that serious about jokes and it’s just weird to see him try to be that serious.

    11. #11 |  James | 

      Glad to see Carlson does not hold a grudge for Stewart ending his career. Crossfire was a polarizing pointless show. All it was about was getting two people to argue across the table and no consensus reached. I was very glad when Stewart showed up and pointed out the show’s absurdity.

    12. #12 |  Drew | 

      Mr. Balko, FYI: the link to the Carlson piece is actually a print link, which means that anyone who clicks through is then prompted to print the page. That probably wasn’t intended. :)

    13. #13 |  Wayne | 

      Regarding that “dog people” thing — a dog performs oral sex on a pig — how can you charge the pig under a bestiality statute?