Morning Links

Thursday, March 8th, 2012
  • The latest edition of Cato Unbound looks to be pretty interesting. It’s on DNA testing and the death penalty.
  • Interesting look at the lobbyists who are paid to keep marijuana illegal.
  • Bunk opens a grocery.
  • So this is absurd. Let’s hope Texas doesn’t hear about it.
  • Doctor faces murder charges for prescriptions she wrote for painkillers. Note that the investigation began in 2008, the deaths she’s charged with causing occurred until December 2009, and she had her license and was still prescribing until at least the end of 2010. This is consistent with the criticism that law enforcement agents are more interested in bagging scalps and seizing assets than protecting patients.
  • Remember when media consolidation was the big fear? Now, it’s too much media. Where are you when we need you, Rupert Murdoch!?!
  • Recently laid-off manual laborer leaves a generous tip.

Digg it |  reddit | |  Fark

14 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  Ted S. | 

    Regarding the “information overload” story from the BBC, this doesn’t seem hypocritical at all: the people who worried about “media concentration” never worried about concentration in the hands of the media outlet with the government imprimatur (the BBC in the UK, CBC in Canada, or the similar in other countries).

  2. #2 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Can we please have a Peyton Manning thread? It isn’t fair to deny us this opportunity to…uhm…console…yes, console a Colts fan.

  3. #3 |  Endless Mike | 

    “Laid-off manual laborer”. Nice. You got me there.

  4. #4 |  Mike | 

    I remember reading a story about a woman from Berlin who made it to the west side. After the fall of the wall she went over to the east side to have a look and she saw an ice cream “soda fountain” store she enjoyed as a child. She walked in and she said nothing had changed. Every was exactly as she remembered it but with 25+ years of wear on it.

  5. #5 |  Jesse | 

    last night at Buffalo Wild Wings I had an $11.39 bill, and I left a $7 tip, so I tip way better than Peyton Manning.

  6. #6 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Jordan Miles case settles for $75K.

    I thought he was going to get more. Maybe he does come off well in court and/or deposition type settings. Maybe he didn’t have a good lawyer. Maybe they drew a bad judge.

    This is the case where the police planted a Mountain Dew bottle after the beating so they could say that they saw a big bulge in Miles’ pocket prior to the take down and beating. When the court wanted to see the planted Mountain dew bottle, the policemen involved said they lost it. That was one reason I thought this would be a half million dollar settlement instead of the more modest $75K.

    The linked media account says that the case is only “partially settled” so maybe there are additional plaintiffs, and we will get some long-awaited transparency regarding what really went on there.

  7. #7 |  Matthew | 

    Preface: I went to UTDallas. Go Comets! We’re most famous for our College Bowl and Chess teams. So… that’s not nerdy at all. Short version: I have no personal college sports team.

    Full Disclosure: My wife is a *rabid* Baylor fan, having done her undergrad there.

    Okay. Why the HELL would the Colts take Andrew Luck over Robert Griffin III??? Are you kidding me? Like, not foolin’? What the shit is in the water in Indiana, Radley?

    Plus, now I have to deal with a wife who will be obligated to be a Redskins fan. JFC. Pile it on.

  8. #8 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Regarding Mr. Wendell Pierce; good on him! I hope that he is successful. I shall be interested to see what stumbling blocks he runs into; I tend to assume that supermarkets stay the hell out of some areas for sound reasons.

    Regarding the Anti-Pot lobbyists; Is it cynical of me to wonder if there are any such lobbyists who are actually in the pay of criminal organisations that grow and deal Pot? I know that there was (and maybe is) a good deal of criminal backing of Dry laws where local option is the rule.

    Mr. Balko, can I ask what your take is on the Dr. Lisa Tseng case? Is she actually a doctor guilty of knowingly prescribing drugs for addicts? Or is this the usual Drug War bushwa?

  9. #9 |  PogueMahone | 

    When I see Wendell Pierce, I don’t think “price check on pork chops,” I think, “there you go again, giving a fuck when it ain’t your turn to give a fuck.”

    But if I lived in NO, I would totally shop there. God’s speed, Mr. Pierce.

    Det. William ‘Bunk’ Moreland: Boy, them Greeks and those twisted-ass names.
    Off. James ‘Jimmy’ McNulty: Man, lay off the Greeks. They invented civilization.
    Det. William ‘Bunk’ Moreland: Yeah? Ass-fucking, too.

  10. #10 |  Xenocles | 

    I guess instead of “Cut that meat!” it’s “Cut that QB!” now.

  11. #11 |  Bill Poser | 

    If Texas hears about the link between the age of responsibility and spicy food, we could end up with a lower age for Chicanos than for Anglos on the theory that Chicano children eat spicier food. Won’t that be special?

  12. #12 |  Ron | 

    Regarding the murder charges against Dr. Tseng, perhaps we could solve this issue by going directly to the police for our prescription meds? Since law enforcement fancies itself as the final judge as to exactly what our pain killer intake should be, they can be the ones to dispense it. Then when people start overdosing and dying, they can throw themselves in jail.

  13. #13 |  EBL | 

    Off topic, but did it get chilly in hell today?

  14. #14 |  Donald | 

    Mannings waiter gets the ax-

    I see the owners point, can’t run a business if the employes are going to run to the interent with info on your customers.