Morning Links

Friday, April 24th, 2009
  • Video of a pair of lungs breathing outside a human body.
  • John Stossel on drug prohibition and the carnage in Mexico.
  • Florida judge rules baggy pants law unconstitutional.
  • Officer threatens woman over police radio. Police chief lies about how much he knew about the incident. Another officer forwards the audio to a local news station. Guess which of the three was deemed to have “violated department policy?”
  • Fifth Circuit strikes down a Texas law requiring a license to legally call yourself an “interior designer.”
  • Charlie Lynch’s sentencing has been postponed again. The good news is that the judge seems quite sympathetic to Lynch. The bad news is that he’s hamstrung by mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which means the least amount of time Lynch could get would likely be five years.
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  • 10 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I wish they would amend the whistle blower law to give some kind of legal protection to those that expose questionable police behavior, including anyone who records cops in action whether or not the action is misconduct.

      I’m not holding my breath, though.

    2. #2 |  Marty | 

      thank god it’s within my rights to call myself an ‘interior designer’ and wear baggy pants…

      if they’d only stop those pesky no-knock raids and strip searching our teenage daughters at school…

    3. #3 |  Chuchundra | 

      Baby steps, Marty. Baby steps.

    4. #4 |  wunder | 

      Re: Officer threatening woman …

      Always with the passive voice. I love it. Oh, yes, “the ball was dropped.” Are you kidding me? No one initiated or participated in lying, deceiving or covering up. The ball was simply dropped.

    5. #5 |  Aresen | 

      Stossel’s piece is straight up what we have been saying all along.

      What is really needed is a politician at the “serious presidential contender” level who is willing to do a Goldwater on the issue: i.e. Stand up and take a hell of a beating to establish the position in the political mainstream. The pol will probably go down hard for it, but it would make it possible to move the debate into the mainstream.

    6. #6 |  SusanK | 

      What frustrates and maddens me about Charlie Lynch’s case is the judge’s belief that it would be a “waste of time” to depart from the sentencing guidelines. He needs to grow a pair of balls and just do it, even if he thinks the appeals court will overturn him.
      The best way to win an appeal is to go in as the side that won in the trial court. The judge could write a sentencing order that would make overturning him incredibly hard and he seems to not be willing to even try that. I don’t buy that he’s conflicted or sympathetic. I think he’s just playing to the public.

    7. #7 |  fwb | 

      Charlie Lynch –


      The jury should have overridden the law and told the judge to FO.

      Tiochfaidh ar la!

    8. #8 |  chris | 

      The Lung Video is way cool,in a twisted sort of way.

    9. #9 |  JS | 

      It doesn’t matter what the judges say. In many towns in America If you wear baggy pants the cops are going to harass you anyway.

    10. #10 |  jsh | 

      Pardon the threadjack, but have you seen this?

      CAPTION: “The Truth” by Painter Michael D’Antuono which will be unveiled on President Obama’s 100th Day in Office at NYC’s Union Square. (PRNewsFoto/NOAH G POP FAM)