Category Archives: Civil Liberties

And They Wonder Why the Jails are so Full ….

Olivia With the Loop 20 More on the excessive number of federal criminal laws in this Wall Street Journal article:  “As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared.”  The point really is that the number, complexity and pervasiveness of federal criminal … Continue reading

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Evolution in Action, Redux

Donna 6-3 Driving back from Michigan yesterday, my “evolution in action” comments from yesterday’s post were illustrated once more.  I encountered at least two idiot drivers who deserve to die horribly, albeit hopefully in a solo crash against a bridge … Continue reading

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A Large Bottle of Catchup

Andrea I’ve got my wifi back.  Actually, I’m off wifi altogether and instead Ethernet-wired into the Internet.  Very definitely an improvement.  (For two days we were at my 100 year-old mother’s house in northern Michigan, and, needless to say, her … Continue reading

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Speaking of Awful Legislation’s Bad Names

Catie & Fabrics 13 After yesterday’s reminder of the tendency of legislators to put irresistible names on horrible legislation, here’s another one:  “The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011.”  As Julian Sanchez notes over at Cato@Liberty, “What kind … Continue reading

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Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Jessika 24 Radley Balko gives us a powerful article in HuffPost decrying efforts to institutionalize outrage over the Casey Anthony verdict.  (If you don’t know who Casey Anthony is, you’ve not lived within viewing distance of a tabloid, Fox News … Continue reading

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Halley Dances 39 Over at the ACLU since I left for Colorado (as one might expect, following is a non-trivial number of entries — and I’m only touching the highlights of mostly civil liberties-related items to be found at the … Continue reading

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Bridget On this day after July 4, a few postscripts: First, a nice, brief article debunking the social conservatives’ constant refrain that the U.S. is a “Christian nation.”  (Thanks, Jimmie!) Second, if America’s history were presented as a Facebook page, … Continue reading

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Wrapping It Up

Seanna 17 Looks like we’ll be heading home today. A combination of needing a vacation from the vacation, Patricia wanting to take possession of The Dog, and already being away from home for two weeks, has forestalled our westward progress … Continue reading

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Christine The Problem with Illinois Department Radley Balko has written a nice piece for The Huffington Post summarizing the issues with the Illinois wiretap law as it applies to audio recording cops.  His best points: An actual conviction under the … Continue reading

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Erika 18 This Guy Puts It Nicely Department It’s all very sad, the way we have given away our rights, in fact asking, begging officials to strip them away from us for the sake of feeling a little safer. Much … Continue reading

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