Happy New Year Links

Sunday, January 1st, 2012
  • Scott Greenfield rounds up the best criminal law blog posts of 2011.
  • Roundups of funny/obnoxious Tweets and Facebook posts from the past year.
  • And yet 90 percent of them will still get reelected in November.
  • Here’s a video of a guy making iced tea. It’s better than it sounds.
  • Mayan apocalypse watch: Hundreds of blackbirds drop dead from the sky in Arkansas; Ohio has an earthquake; Vanderbilt played in a bowl game.
  • Obama says he won’t enforce detention provisions of defense bill he just signed. Funny thing is, he’s using a signing statement to get around enforcing them. Which he promised during the campaign he wouldn’t use. And of course now that the bill is law, future presidents won’t be bound by Obama’s signing statement.
  • The DEA continues its obstinacy on the Adderall/Ritalin shortage. Sort of typical of them to fight “abuse” by limiting overall supply, which really just punishes the people who need the drugs. (I take Adderall w/ prescription. Yes, it’s a pain in the ass to find.)
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25 Responses to “Happy New Year Links”

  1. #1 |  Aresen | 

    Well, at least there wasn’t a nut-punch to start the year!

  2. #2 |  Nick T. | 

    Re: Obama. So weird. So he can decline to follow certain portions of bills HE signs? So then he can certainly refuse to enforce provisions of very old laws like the ones that make Marijuana illegal, right? Well I’m sure he just needs more time.

  3. #3 |  Aresen | 

    Nice to see Greenfield’s acknowledgement of your work, Radley.

  4. #4 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    “Sort of typical of them to fight “abuse” by limiting overall supply, which really just punishes the people who need the drugs. (I take Adderall w/ prescription. Yes, it’s a pain in the ass to find.)”

    I sympathize; I get severe, debilitating sinus headaches which can only be alleviated by pseudoephedrine, so I buy it every time I see it in a pharmacy (whether I’m out or not) because there have been many times when I needed it and found that every in pharmacy in town was either out or refused to carry it any longer due to the regulatory hassle.

  5. #5 |  Mike Haubrich | 

    During the Bush administration too many people were willing to accept abuses of Executive authority, even those who hated Hillary Clinton and I couldn’t figure out how they would accept it knowing that she stood a good chance (at that time) of being the next president. Why couldn’t they see that a reduction of oversight of the Exec branch by Congress would give a potential Clinton presidency more authority than they wanted her to have? And now that Obama has it, he is no less restrained than she would have been. In fact, he has been more willing even than Bush/Cheney to abuse executive authority.

  6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

    And yet 90 percent of them will still get reelected in November.

    Luckily, the government has been instituting measures that will allow the them to suppress the demonstrations, riots, and rebellion that will likely occur when the approval rating actually drops to zero. You know, domestic attack drones, control over the internet and cell networks, authority to use the military for extra judicial mass round-ups and incarceration, etc. You know, all that stuff that makes America the “land of the free”.

  7. #7 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I don’t believe in using drugs to control my ADHD, so I choose the alternative option of making the lives of everyone around me miserable.

  8. #8 |  Dan S. | 

    As to Obama’s signing statement, am I a relexive cynic for thinking that could be used in the election: “Sure I signed the bill, but I’m not enforcing these horrible provisions. My opponent on the other hand…”

  9. #9 |  Mattocracy | 

    When you outlaw medicine, the sick and needy become criminals.

  10. #10 |  pierre | 

    Hey Radley, just go buy some meth, or even better make your own. It’s all the same stuff.

  11. #11 |  johnl | 

    There are drug interactions with Adderall that you should have been warned about. It might be possible to game those in a controlled way to lower your Adderall dosing for a while to build up a reserve to carry you through a wait. Not ideal but it’s easier to drink some coffee and smoke a cigarette than to shut down the DEA.

  12. #12 |  croaker | 

    @11 until they outlaw tobacco and caffiene.

  13. #13 |  EBL | 

    Thanks for the apocalypse watch signs! Well that augers for a good year? Or maybe not.

  14. #14 |  picachu | 

    Dave Krueger “Luckily, the government has been instituting measures that will allow the them to suppress the demonstrations, riots, and rebellion that will likely occur when the approval rating actually drops to zero. You know, domestic attack drones, control over the internet and cell networks, authority to use the military for extra judicial mass round-ups and incarceration, etc. You know, all that stuff that makes America the “land of the free”.”

    And when every bit of that is actually done the majority, not just some but the majority, will still proudly say that America is the freest country in the world.

    Patriotic idiots not recognizing the loss of freedom is what allows a police state to happen.

  15. #15 |  Jim Wetzel | 

    As far as that goes, what’s to bind Obama to his own signing statement? His integrity? That would make me laugh, except that at this point in the history of the Empire, the best laugh I can come up with is more of a thin wheeze.

    I didn’t think the indefinite-detention law was really all that significant, directly; Prexy already has the power to throw you or I into the slam forever without it … because, after all, who’s going to stop him? His torpedoes are going to obey their instructions, regardless. What I did think was ominous is that they’re dropping all false rectitude, and all pretense of being limited by our “civil liberties.” When they’re feeling so confident that they get so brazen, then things really have changed.

  16. #16 |  Jeff W | 

    I was listening to a podcast about Gamecock football and the hosts were really worried that Vandy is our first SEC game of the year…

    So yeah, end of world.

  17. #17 |  David | 

    Would it be intrusive to ask what you use Adderall for?

  18. #18 |  Sara Mayeux | 

    USA Today has a far more optimistic take on that blackbird/Arkansas story, if you need some encouragement for 2012: http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/story/2012-01-01/arkansas-dead-birds/52322058/1

  19. #19 |  Alex | 

    Is this signing statement deal not a violation of the Constitution along the lines of the line-item veto?

  20. #20 |  Stephen | 

    The yellow adderall pill are actually better for their real purpose because they are time release pills. The pink generic version is not time release and dumps the whole amphetamine dose rather quickly and is more subject to abuse. I know people who use these the pink ones with alcohol to get a cocaine like high. Not a good thing because one of them is headed for disaster. I feel like I don’t even know him any more.

  21. #21 |  2nd of 3 | 

    “You know, domestic attack drones”

    When and where has an attack drone ever been used in a domestic police case, or even proposed for such use? Every single example I can find is for search and rescue and or surveillance. Though it has it’s own civil liberty issues, surveillance =/= attack. You might as well say police helicopters are “attack” copters since we use them in warfare too. Perhaps you exaggerate for effect; that’s only bad when the government does it after all.

  22. #22 |  Matt | 

    @Stephen

    Adderall and Ritalen are very similar to Cocaine anyway even without alcohol. Also, the drugs you are describing are classified as different drugs by the FDA. The “extended release” version and the regular version have different delivery systems and are classified differently.

  23. #23 |  Xenocles | 

    “And yet 90 percent of them will still get reelected in November.”

    That’s because most of the people who respond negatively to the poll are actually saying “Congress needs to get it together and vote with my guy, who is awesome.”

  24. #24 |  Mike Haubrich | 

    From what I understand, signing statements are not binding on future (or current) administrations so they are not considered “line-item vetoes.” It is just a statement on how the executive plans to prioritize provisions of a particular bill.

  25. #25 |  Jay | 

    @ #21-
    2nd of 3, Sorry I can’t find it, but I remember seeing a link here to a story about a drone being used in Arizona. I don’t remember the specifics.

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