The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to. - Seattle PD press release
Wednesday was the 79th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition; even regular readers may be impressed (to put it kindly) to hear that I’ve already scheduled a column on the subject for the 80th anniversary next year. In honor of the occasion Reason did a profile of “The Man in the Green Hat”, semi-official bootlegger to Congress, whose exposure of hypocrisy in those simpler days helped to bring Prohibition down; it’s the first video below, and every link before it was provided by this week’s champ, Jesse Walker. The first and fourth links between the videos came from Radley Balko, the second from Mike Siegel, the third from Marc Randazza, the fifth from Cthulhuchick, the sixth from Feminist Whore and the last two from Grace. The second video (which is a cute, funny little satire) was contributed by Furrygirl.
- NYPD uses Orwellian surveillance tactics to find and arrest artist who produced posters criticizing NYPD’s Orwellian surveillance tactics.
- The real story here is a “privacy pragmatist’s” easy acceptance of trust violations, intrusive surveillance and extracurricular FBI spying.
- Synthetic kid-band sings sickening propaganda intended to promote mindless obedience to authority.
- Read and remember: all prohibitionism is the same.
- The Calvin and Hobbes search engine.
- Deranged cop shoots puppy, then issues owners parking ticket. Owners sue city, go to media. Cop officials return to house, give them another ticket and threaten them for going to media.
- Milwaukee Police Commission rules that the law does not apply to cops, and that they can disobey superiors without consequences.
- Cops murder man, then steal his daughter’s cell phone on which she had recorded the shooting.
- Military officials announce new target in Afghanistan: “children with potential hostile intent.”
- Reporter’s Pearl Harbor story published for the first time after 71 years.
- Amsterdam to establish concentration camps for “anti-social” residents.
- The truth about cancer scares.
- What DNA actually looks like.
- Hazmat crew dispatched to “protect children” from exposure to “dangerous chemicals”: A mercury thermometer at a high school.
- Cop admits he plants drugs on random cars in hotel parking lots to “train” drug-sniffing dogs.
- A community college bans construction work over “men working” signs.
- Even the smallest horse bite can be harmful to newborn babies.
- A new prohibitionist scheme: licensing of smokers.