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Monday, March 21st, 2011
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22 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  cjp | 

    It’s a good thing Dre never made a song called “Fuck tha Michigan Supreme Court.”

  2. #2 |  The Mossy Spaniard | 

    That’s a shame about Ralph Mooney. I always wanted to play the pedal steel, but I don’t have $5,000 and eight legs.

  3. #3 |  Ahcuah | 

    Regarding the missiles in Libya, is there anything in our treaty/obligations with the United Nations that might provide Obama with authorization, given the limited US involvement (so they say) and the approval from the United Nations?

    Not advocating, just asking.

  4. #4 |  CRNewsom | 

    Question about the first link (UK drug war): Isn’t the word ‘narcotic’ supposed to be dealing with opioids? Why are marijuana and cocaine in the same category? I’m pretty sure that the powers that be would call air a narcotic if they thought it would help their (lost) cause.

  5. #5 |  Mattocracy | 

    @ Ahcuah,

    There very well might be. But the UN doesn’t trump the constitution. And the constitution doesn’t mention the United Nations anywhere. And ya know, congressional approval for war and all that.

  6. #6 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “There seems to be a building consensus among the U.K.’s political class that the war on drugs has failed.”

    I think a hell of a lot of Americans feel this way too. Problem is, this faux-democracy we live in is not related to Public Opinion. Airplane Czar
    sticking her hands down our trousers, Drug Czar throwing live grenades into our homes, War Czar telling us Banana Republics need to be invaded, all with taxpayer money. How did infallible despots, with no accountability to the people, crawl into our gov’t? Did any US Citizen ever *vote* these assholes into office?

  7. #7 |  Ahcuah | 

    @Mattocracy

    Is lobbing Tomahawks and then standing back “war”? How about attacking the Somali pirates? How about a military action against another nation that frees hostages? How extensive must executive military action be before it is war?

    And if it is part of a treaty, that too is the “law of the land.”

  8. #8 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The UN is a legitimate entity when it supports USG actions…and the UN is irrelevant when it doesn’t.

    Are discussions regarding the legality of US actions a waste of time? Laws are numerous and vague enough as to obfuscate every issue and move attention to the debate instead of the illegal action. Then, everyone in the USG gets promoted or retires with immunity to a yacht regardless the outcome of the debate. The USG does what it wants when it wants and any legal debate is just for the dancing angel-pinhead crowd.

  9. #9 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Dr.Dre AP story: Was the writer late for dinner or something? Brevity is a virtue, but WTF?

  10. #10 |  This Is What Progress Looks Like | Inertia Wins! | 

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  11. #11 |  kant | 

    @CRNewsom

    Question about the first link (UK drug war): Isn’t the word ‘narcotic’ supposed to be dealing with opioids? Why are marijuana and cocaine in the same category? I’m pretty sure that the powers that be would call air a narcotic if they thought it would help their (lost) cause.

    well medically speaking a narcotic is anything that is sleep inducing so it doesn’t only apply to opiates. But that having been said, cocaine, amphetamines, etc. are clearly stimulants. Narcotics is just a nice scary catch-all term. It’s also nice because you can lump the dangers of one drug to all drugs or dangers of other drugs to that one drug even if it doesn’t apply, by using that term. Gives new meaning to the phrase “one for all and all for one”

    RE: Michigan supreme court
    If only we could get the illinois supreme court to rule the same way.

  12. #12 |  Mattocracy | 

    “Is lobbing Tomahawks and then standing back “war”? ”

    If someone launched 110 cruise missiles into our country, I think we’d call it war.

    “How about attacking the Somali pirates?”

    When they kidnap US citizens, it’s an attack against the US. I’d say it’s legitimate to use or military to protect our own people when attacked. Libya didn’t attack us or citizens abroad. And in these cases, the attackers were killed. We didn’t attack a whole country at large.

    “And if it is part of a treaty, that too is the “law of the land.”’

    Treaties can be unconstitutional. I don’t really consider unconstitutional laws as legitimate, but I suppose that’s subjective.

    “How extensive must executive military action be before it is war?”

    Also subjective, but I’d say once our leadership uses our military to destroy stuff, it’s pretty darn war-like.

    There are a dozen or more countries that we could justify attacking based on what Gaddafi is doing. Like…Iraq… So it’s wrong to attack Iraq even though they had a crazy-ass brutal dictator but now Libya is ok? Not even the NCAA exercises such obvious double standards.

    I hope you take this as a personal attack. It’s not meant to be. When the UN and our government engage in hypocrisy like this, I think these are questions everyone starts to ask.

  13. #13 |  Mattocracy | 

    Nor do I mean to imply that you, Ahcuah, approve of the Iraq War. I have no idea if you do or not so I don’t want to put words in your mouth.

  14. #14 |  Windy | 

    The Gift of FDR and Stalin « LewRockwell.com Blog
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/82647.html
    “Unlike the Democrats and the Republicans, I am no fan of the UN. And I never forget that the UN was formed by FDR and Stalin to facilitate their global rule and global wars, from which much money was to be made, which is why Rockefeller gave the land for that ugly UN office building.”

  15. #15 |  BSK | 

    Mattocracy-

    We don’t even need 110 missiles launched. We declared war on two nations after 19 guys crashed a bunch of planes.

  16. #16 |  Highway | 

    I don’t know how many folks noticed on the Dr. Dre story, but there was another story comparing the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to the Cleveland Orchestra. When you’re worried about making your symphonic orchestra as good as Cleveland’s, you know some priorities are messed up (in the Reason Saves Cleveland series, the orchestra was mentioned frequently as something good in Cleveland, pointing up the fact that priorities are considerably screwed up).

    Hey Detroit, worry less about your orchestra and more about your terrible population troubles.

  17. #17 |  Jeff | 

    So when the cops in the UK screw up, they send flowers?

  18. #18 |  Cyto | 

    From the fine article, the DC restaurant owner was convicted of an “open container” violation in 2008 – an incident which involved getting clubbed by a cop and charged with assault on an officer and disorderly conduct. The judge threw out the add-ons, but convicted on the open container.

    The open container conviction is under appeal. WTF? 3 years down the road and they haven’t resolved a simple BS charge like “open container”? Wow, the wheels of justice turn slow.

  19. #19 |  Mister DNA | 

    A lot of people in my family are bummed about Ralph Mooney. My dad was a pedal steel player and he pretty much worshiped Mooney.

    Also, Ralph Mooney co-wrote the country standard, “Crazy Arms”.

  20. #20 |  Righhhhhttt... | 

    It’s irrelevant whether or not it is constitutional, as the Congress long ago gave up the majority of its power regarding military action. I agree with supporting the rebels. I have mixed feelings about direct military action. I’d prefer the President had went to Congress and asked for a resolution authorizing the use of military force. However, members of Congress apparently prefer to just whine instead of actually *doing* anything -pro or con. Though an unrepentant statist myself, I’m still disappointed the whole checks and balances thing has been thrown out for arguably the most important of government activities.

  21. #21 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The news that the UK “political class” is against the Drug War concerns me. I’m for broad legalization myself, but if this report is true I may have to reconsider. The British Political Class hasn’t been right about much of anything since WWII.

  22. #22 |  mack520 | 

    The iMac specs are incorrect. The Rev A iMac had a 3 gig hard drive- not 30.

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