Links for March 21, 2010: Backlog O’Links 2

March 13, 2011
  • It just makes sense.

  • But it’s been a challenge to convince anyone otherwise. “This is the heart of the problem—money from the Byrne grants,” Piper says. It’s money for overtime. Money for promotions. It’s policing for profit.”

    This great Philadelphia Weekly cover story highlights the embarrassing racial disparity among marijuana arrestees. There is also a great discussion on police incentives to boost pot arrests to show they are making use of stimulus money. And for what? Marijuana prohibition is simply crooked all around.   Read the rest of this entry »


  • links for 2010-02-09

    February 10, 2010
    1. John Birch Society | Obama Making Same Mistakes as FDR

      Here's an "atta boy" for the John Birch Society: highlighting the foolishness of some of FDR's New Deal policies. I still find it hard to believe that an American president actually set minimum prices for food and destroyed food at a time when an unnaturally large portion of Americans were dirt poor. Please, someone, tell me that this isn't true, and that we didn't have such a fool for a president. —Now, in the 21st Century, we had a "cash for clunkers" program wherein the government bought thousands of functional automobiles and destroyed them.

    2. World Socialist Party (US) | American Public Opinion and the S-Word

      Interesting poll results on the terms "socialism", "capitalism", "government-managed", and "free market".

    3. John Birch Society | The Real Problem with Pro-choice Men

      "After all, we limit choice all the time. For instance, doing so is the very business of government, and a law by definition is the criminalization of a choice; it’s also the business of religion, whose teachings may label certain choices as sins." — Another reason I'm not a Bircher. Again, I like their economic stuff, but this is not the language of the libertarian. On whether abortion is "murder", think of it this way: We have a right to shoot those who invade our homes. We call it self-defense. Women also have a right to expel those who invade their bodies. It is called self-ownership. I'm sorry if Selwyn Duke finds self-ownership to be a "tough sell" because it has some unpleasant implications. It would take a dedicated blog to explain those implications in full, and I'm not going to sugar-coat those implications to make them an easier "sell". Reality is unpleasant at times. For now count me as a man who would not criminalize abortion. Read the rest of this entry »