Monday, April 6th, 2009
Joe Klein jumps on the pot legalization bandwagon. It really feels like we’re nearing a breakwater moment on the pot issue. Stats guru Nate Silver seems to agree.
Steven Wright, the informant in the Ryan Frederick case, says he was promised he’d get leniency in his own case in exchange for his testimony against Frederick. Color me surprised. Of course, prosecutors deny any promises were made.
In these tough economic times, we need to band together and sacrifice, America. Unless you’re an already well-paid employee of the federal government. In which case you can expect a pay raise.
Why Natalie Cole should be able to buy a kidney. This is where egalitarianism gets absurd. Because we don’t think wealthy people should have better access to donor organs than poor people, the solution is to stick with a strictly voluntary system, in which case the vast majority of all people needing an organ wither and die on the wait list.
The U.S. Chamber has released its rankings of “business-friendly” members of Congress. Next time someone accuses libertarians and other free market proponents of being corporate apologists, send them this Tim Carney analysis of the Chamber’s list. Ron Paul, for example, scored lower than 90 percent of the Democrats in the House. Pro-free market, anti-tax Republicans scored lower than left-liberal Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. When you look at the issues the Chamber considers pro-business, it pretty quickly demolishes the notion that free markets and big business have much of anything to do with one another.
British man turns in found cell phone. Police arrest him for “theft by finding.” Reddit user writes up brilliant Monty Python-esque sketch depicting what the whole incident might have looked like.