Monday, April 13th, 2009
Surprise! MADD tries to exploit the death of Anaheim Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart to push its agenda. As I’ve explained before, there’s really no scenario under which MADD doesn’t think an ignition interlock law would be a swell idea.
Here’s another piece on U.S. citizens getting mistakenly arrested, and sometimes deported, in over-zealous immigration raids.
Man serves his time for drug crime. Tries to get his life together, attempts to buy a house. Finds out he owes the state government $47 million. Louisiana is one of several states that still has a drug stamp law. Meaning anyone convicted of drug distribution will also owe the state a huge chunk of money in unpaid “taxes” on the illegal drugs. Doesn’t seem like a particularly helpful law when it comes to rehabilitation.
Mythbusters guys vaporize a compact car with a rocket sled.
The guy loves his cilantro.
Kanye West responds to the “gay fish” episode of South Park.
Ari Fleischer says everyone should have to pay some income tax. That isn’t going to happen, though I agree with his main point–that it isn’t healthy for an increasingly small percentage of income earners to be funding a rapidly growing federal government. Milton Friedman argued for a negative income tax for the poor instead of deductions, which seems like a more politically palatable way of addressing the problem. At least then, everyone feels the bite when government grows. Personally, I don’t like the privacy violations, money laundering laws, and control over our lives the government gets by funding itself with an income tax. But switching to a national sales tax probably isn’t going to happen, either.