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December 2011



Open Thread

Happy New Year!

The blind spots of progressives

Glenn Greenwald has a comprehensive must-read election piece about the problems with progressives who put all criticism of Barack Obama off-limits and dismiss Ron Paul out-of-hand.

Progressives and the Ron Paul fallacies

Whatever else one wants to say, it is indisputably true that Ron Paul is the only political figure with any sort of a […]

You’d think it would be hard to steal a motel

After all, you can’t load it in the back of a truck, or sneak it out after dark. But apparently motel theft isn’t as unlikely as you might think.

Tewksbury Owner Fights Feds’ Attempt To Seize Alleged Drug Motel

Caswell’s lawyers say a comparable amount of drug activity happens at any budget motel, but the […]

And the execrable Caballes v. Illinois marches on

As many of you know, I find the decision written by Justice Stevens in Caballes v. Illinois to have the jurisprudential value of the what comes out of the other end of the sniffer in question.

At the time, some of the more level-headed realized that this was a potential future nightmare, with police using […]

Political Updates

Ron Paul: Drug War In U.S. Has Racist Origins by Ryan Grim in the Huffington Post.

Gary Johnson Goes Full Libertarian: “I am excited. I am liberated. And I am committed to shaking the system as it has never been shaken before.” Mike Riggs at Reason reports on Gary Johnson’s official entry into the […]

A message I’d like to see sent to the U.S.

In this article: Legalization a Controversial Weapon in Mexico’s Drug War, we find the usual talk about Latin American leaders calling for discussions of legalization, and Kerlikowse’s nonsense rebuttals.

But I enjoyed the go-it-alone suggestion:

This has led some advocates to suggest Mexico should go it alone. At the very least, they say, allowing drug […]

Siobhan Reynolds, R.I.P.

Sad news. Pain treatment advocate and leader of the Pain Relief Network Siobhan Reynolds was killed this weekend in a plane crash.

See Radley Balko’s excellent post on Siobhan along with his links to others who have written tributes.

I never got to meet her, although I corresponded with her on occasion, and she liked […]

Bought and paid for

DEA, IRS give local police ‘holiday gift’ from confiscated drug money

OAKLAND — Federal agents issued the ultimate stocking stuffer Thursday when they gave more than $1.2 million in drug money confiscated from a former Hayward medical marijuana store to five Bay Area police agencies.

Defy the will of local citizens, ignore state law, and […]

Open Thread

I’ll be traveling to spend the holidays with my parents. For all those who are traveling, drive safely – don’t take any chances, and if you get tired, pull over and take a nap. Tired driving is probably the worst impairment for driving out there.

With the holidays, the roads will also be heavily patrolled. […]

Jury Nullification

Jurors Need to Know That They Can Say No is an extremely important OpEd by Paul Butler in the New York Times (and that makes it additionally important because of the reach).

This is something that we’ve talked about for years, here, but it’s really nice to see a well-written compelling piece on jury nullification […]