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Friday, January 20th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  Ahcuah | 

    Odd juxtaposition of the day, in the monkey story, “A spokeswoman for Bristol-Myers confirmed the accident but did not know how it occurred or the monkey’s gender.” And the monkey’s gender matters why?

  2. #2 |  (B)oscoH | 

    @#1: Because the monkey’s name was “Chaz”?

  3. #3 |  InMD | 

    I’m not sure how much of an indictment that article is of the Scandinavian philosophy about the state. Yes, it’s certainly an absurd outcome but it isn’t as though we don’t see plenty of absurd outcomes along these lines in countries with different prevailing views on the role of the government. Oftentimes they’re documented on this very blog.

    Also, as a rule, I think comparing European nanny-statism to the American variety is something that needs to be done very carefully. They have problems with big government over there but they tend to be very different sorts of problems than we have with big government over here and which spring from different cultural roots.

  4. #4 |  Mattocracy | 

    “I’m not sure how much of an indictment that article is of the Scandinavian philosophy about the state.”

    It’s a huge indictment against the state in general. Nanny-Statism is always the same in one very important matter, it’s abusive force no matter where it is practised.

  5. #5 |  Joshua | 

    “it is with deep regret that this Court is compelled to find that the Government team allowed a key FBI agent to testify untruthfully before the grand jury, inserted material falsehoods into affidavits submitted to magistrate judges in support of applications for search warrants and seizure warrants, improperly reviewed e-mail communications between one Defendant and her lawyer, recklessly failed to comply with its discovery obligations, posed questions to certain witnesses in violation of the Court’s rulings, engaged in questionable behavior during closing argument and even made misrepresentations to the Court.”

    Aren’t most of these things crimes? I’m not sure that “efforts to reform the substance of FCPA” are what’s needed in this situation. It doesn’t seem that FCPA was the problem here. The problem was rampant prosecutorial misconduct, perjury, and a host of civil rights violations. The crime being prosecuted seems somewhat immaterial.

  6. #6 |  Jozef | 

    I expect less than a week until there are pictures of the purity bear with an attached Fleshlight.

  7. #7 |  tim | 

    Any guy that takes advice on sex and love from a bear called Purity is gay. He should just have sex with a girl now so he can figure it out more quickly.

  8. #8 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    •More runaway federal prosecutions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

    The US is $15 trillion in debt.
    With this brave new trend, and some brave new prosecutors, maybe they can scam and sting and forfeiture they’re way to a surplus.

  9. #9 |  lunchstealer | 

    “I know she’s cuddly, but look at me, I’m cuddly”

    Umm, did that bear just suggest itself as a surrogate for a woman in a sexually charged situation? I didn’t know Focus on the Family were endorsing the plushy lifestyle.

  10. #10 |  Juice | 

    Just watch out for macaque-eating crab.

  11. #11 |  Aresen | 

    Any kid who listens to Purity Bear probably never will get laid. His
    “children” will have a startling resemblance to Neighbor Fred.

  12. #12 |  Marty | 

    I’m still laughing at the purity bear. We have teenage girls who grew up watching Clerks in the house- I can’t imagine what would happen if they ran into a guy with one of these!

  13. #13 |  Marty | 

    I just scratched Norway off the list of family vacation destinations.

  14. #14 |  EH | 

    Nanny-Statism is always the same in one very important matter, it’s abusive force no matter where it is practised.

    Can’t the same thing be said for single-issue-ism?

  15. #15 |  Cyto | 

    I noticed that same paragraph. Particularly: “even made misrepresentations to the Court.”

    It is as if the court is saying: “Look, it might be OK to abuse citizens rights, but don’t you go disrespecting the court. I’ll get all medieval on your butt…”

  16. #16 |  Andrew | 

    If I had to guess I’d say that surfing in Chicago is heavily regulated due to the number of people ready and willing to sue the city after their loved one gets injured or killed surfing on Lake Michigan. It’s the same way with swimming.

    There are tons of lawyers in Chicago. This may well be a move to protect the taxpayers.

    I don’t think it should be the city’s responsibility to stop dumb asses from killing themselves, but that’s the way it is.

  17. #17 |  ktc2 |

  18. #18 |  the innominate one | 

    Forget the purity bear, I’m worried about what Pillowpants and Listerfiend will do to me.

  19. #19 |  Kevin | 

    This is what SWAT teams should be used for:

  20. #20 |  derfel cadarn | 

    In regard to all above mentioned articles the stupidity of them is appalling. Then the Bobo administration complains that we do not have confidence in government. With acts like these common it is not the word confidence that comes to mind.

  21. #21 |  tmc | 

    Say, that’s not a house. What’s that on the door, there? Oh. Oh dear.

  22. #22 |  V | 

    That’s a fairly sensationalist headline for Reason. Unless it’s determined a majority of child-seizures are an abuse of authority.