Morning Links

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
  • Andy Richter is coming back! This news made my morning.
  • Chart of marijuana arrests in the U.S. since 1966. As public attitudes about the drug have eased, arrests have gone up.
  • Mississippi passes a law to compensate the wrongly convicted. Now if they’d just do something about the people actually responsible for those convictions.
  • Guy dupes the Sun into running fake story about a woman used Google Earth to catch her husband cheating. Not terribly surprising for the Sun to run with a sensational, fact-challenged story. But then damned-near everyone else picked it up, too.
  • Massachusetts legislature wants to ban dirty pictures of old people.

    MORE: Per the comments, looks like I may have been duped by the guy pretending to dupe the Sun with the fake story.

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  • 21 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  z | 

      I’m all for personal freedom, but you gotta have some limits, no naked old people.

    2. #2 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      #1- is 60 realy that old?

      As far as the mary-j graph, I find it somewhat odd that arrests trended downward during the Just-Say-No Nancy years, but skyrocketed during Didn’t-Inhale Bill’s….

    3. #3 |  primus | 

      This is age discrimination; It should and will be struck down for that reason. If I want to look at wrinkles, so what?

    4. #4 |  nemo | 

      “…ban dirty pictures of old people.”

      Thank you Radley! LMAO! How much more stupidly inane can things get? I shudder to think of it…

    5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

      A perfect example of how threats to the First Amendment driven by sex hysteria don’t all come from the Bible Belt.

    6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

      What bothers me most is the part about the mentally handicapped. It’s not even questioned when laws are passed that curtail the rights of the mentally handicapped under the blanket claim that they don’t have the power to consent.

      I guess I didn’t see that part of the Constitution where it says that retarded people are condemned to the same limited rights of a child for their entire lives. But I guess it’s ok, because it’s backed by the good intentions of people who believe it’s their god-given mission to save people from themselves.

    7. #7 |  Spotted On The Web, April Fool Edition | Popehat | 

      […] Via the Agitator, how a man hoodwinked the Sun tabloid into running a story that’s now been picked up around […]

    8. #8 |  David | 

      I have a ton of questions on the proposed MA law.

      I wonder how and why they picked 60 as the cut-off age and on what basis they feel the need for such a law?

      How do they plan on enforcing this?

      If you’re 63 years old, how do you prove the age of a printed photo taken when you we’re 59?

      Can a person take a nude photo of themselves on vacation(at one of those resorts where old guys let it all hang out) or does the MA law apply to all MA residents at all times?

      Will MA residents 60 and older be effective banned from things like Adult friend finder?

      How many more ridiculous ways fan they find to land people on sex offender registries who pose no threat to anyone?

    9. #9 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I used to limit models to those under 25. I now shoot models in their mid-forties. Naked. Give me a few years and I’ll probably be shooting models in their sixties.

      What constitutes “old” changes the closer you get to get to it.

      I don’t think a law like this could stand up to scrutiny even from a Supreme Court that regularly identifies new exceptions to the Bill of Rights.

    10. #10 |  Aresen | 

      Massachusetts legislature wants to ban dirty pictures of old people.

      On the bright side, since I am offended by the images of most congressmen, it could mean I don’t have to look at their pictures in the media any more.

    11. #11 |  Michael Pack | 

      I’ll bet if someone handicapped or over 60 is caught growing a few pot plants they’ll have all the ‘rights’ of other ‘drug dealers’.I’m sure it’s happened many times.

    12. #12 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

      Radley, I know you don’t toke but if and when it ever gets legalized the agitator is going to have to join a blunt circle with the agitated.

    13. #13 |  Linda Morgan | 

      His name may not appear on the bill, but you still got to figure that Leon Phelps was somehow behind that proposed law in Massachusetts.

    14. #14 |  Kyle | 

      “Chart of marijuana arrests in the U.S. since 1966. As public attitudes about the drug have eased, arrests have gone up. ”

      I’d hope we can flip that around and say “as arrests have gone up, attitudes about the drug have eased”. I like that chain of causality more.

    15. #15 |  Patrick | 

      Don’t you mean: Sun copies article from Times, random guy claims it was a hoax and tricks The Agitator?

      Because while the story itself warrants skepticism, it seems it really was told by Mark Stephens, not by some guy on the internet pretending to be him.

    16. #16 |  J sub D | 

      Chart of marijuana arrests in the U.S. since 1966. As public attitudes about the drug have eased, arrests have gone up.

      I love that chart and link to it from time to time. The most surprising part (to me) is the dip during the Bush I presidency.

    17. #17 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      The comments on Granny Porn made up for all the fascist comments on cop articles I’ve read lately.

      If Sophia Loren goes into porn, I want to see it at any age!

    18. #18 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #17 Boyd Durkin

      If Sophia Loren goes into porn, I want to see it at any age!

      I have a friend at work who has the hots for Martha Stewart. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t talk about Martha. I think he’s about 10 years younger than her, too. Eye of the beholder, I guess…

    19. #19 |  Z | 

      I remember drooling over a co worker and having the following exchange with (another) coworker

      L: -smirk- Know how old she is?
      Z: Dunno….like 28?
      L: 53

      All I’m saying is, lets not rush into any overbroad, age specific porn legislation.

    20. #20 |  Stormy Dragon | 

      Am I the only person who though _Andy Richter Controls the Universe_ was a great sitcom and Foxs was nuts to ruin it?

    21. #21 |  Stephen | 

      I love to watch the way news stories spread through the system. If you can get your bogus info accepted by one outlet, it spreads like a virus to all the others.

      I was once paying attention to an ebola outbreak in Uganda. The BBC suddenly reported a daily jump in deaths from 14 to 70. All the other outlets ran with that number. I e-mailed the author of the article saying that it should only be about 19 or so and that 70 would be new news. He just changed his number to 19 with only my e-mail to stand on. I got to watch my number spread all over the place. Just a minor thing but it was illuminating.