Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
How Friars Club roasts broadened the First Amendment. He doesn’t get a lot of attention around the blogs, but Greg Beato is one of my favorite writers. Funny, incisive, and he has a knack for finding quirky histories and uncommon takes on stuff I’d never really given much consideration (like garden gnomes!).
Mexico’s bloody militarization of the drug war is finally getting some political push-back.
Here’s a regulation I’d support. When the airlines hold you in a hot, crowded plane for hours longer than you agreed when you bought your ticket, they’ve essentially taken you hostage. I have no problem forcing them to allow you to leave if your flight doesn’t depart within a reasonable period after leaving the gate. Of course, FAA ineptitude is part of the reason planes get stuck on the tarmac, too.
Free online archive of vintage TV commercials.
My city of residence’s police chief arrested for DWI. He blew .19.
States look to sports gambling to boost revenue. Contra Crisis and Leviathan, there does seem to be a bit of slackening on some personal freedom issues when the economy turns sour. It forces governments to prioritize (see the rise of drug courts over incarceration in recent years). And in some cases, the prospect of tax revenue can actually nudge some politicians past their moral prudery toward legalizing some vices.
Police release audio in Gates arrest. Looks like Crowley called for backup after Gates proved he was a legal resident of the home. Sounds like unnecessary escalation to me. Also, Eric Posner looks at Massachusetts case law, which indicates there’s really no way Gates’ behavior could have met the legal definition of “disorderly conduct.”
I’m a firm believer in the mantra that bacon makes most things better. But I may have to draw the line at soap.