Thursday, May 21st, 2009
Yes, there are still innocent people at Gitmo.
A federal judge will hold a hearing on whether to bar the media from publishing photos of a New York legislator in handcuffs. He was arrested for tax evasion. The judge says he finds the photos “especially troubling to me” because Newsday could have used other photos. I’m astounded that this would even be considered. I wonder if the judge has expressed similar concerns when newspapers run mug shots, perp walk photos, and prison jumpsuit photos of people accused of crimes who don’t happen to be politicians?
Florida congressman wants a federal law mandating a week of paid vacation each year. Eventually, he’d require two. Best quote: “The idea: More vacation will stimulate the economy through fewer sick days, better productivity and happier employees.”
Matthew Yglesias likes the idea of taxing alcohol to pay for universal health care. I obviously disagree with Yglesias about the merits of a single payer health care system, but even assuming that disagreement away, paying for it with an alcohol tax (a) is regressive, and (b) would seem to be be somewhat counterproductive, given the almost universal consensus now in the scientific community about the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption.
Colorado Springs police department refuses to release arrest report in the case of a man who claims he was beaten for videotaping the police as they were arresting another man.
Journalism layoffs may hamper fight against the death penalty.
FTC looks to regulate blogger credibility. Another government solution in search of a problem.