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Proposal: Police Malpractice Insurance

A proposal from Popehat’s Clark: In a better world, cops would have to buy malpractice insurance. Dangerous cops would have to pay more, leading some to change careers. Advertisements

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TSA: Unclear on the Concept

The General Accounting Administration has criticized the TSA’s “Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques” (SPOT) program, designed to help catch terrorists by detecting suspicious behavior, as a waste of money that does nothing to enhance security. The GAO said TSA … Continue reading

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DOJ and DOE(ducation) Ignore the Supreme Court

It’s no secret to followers of either constitutional law or bureaucratic politics that our executive branch agencies often try to effectively rewrite the law through their own administrative rule-making and definition of terms. It’s troublesome enough when they try to … Continue reading

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Nebraska: Just Thinking of the Children

On I-80 in Nebraska we passed temporary signs of the “road construction ahead” sort, but these said “drug dog in operation” and “police drug check point ahead.” As it turned out, there were no cops or dogs ahead. But if … Continue reading

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Mandatory Gun Ownership Is Small Government?

Nelson, Georgia, population 913, has just passed a law “requiring” every household to have a gun and ammunition. As Executive Vice President of the American Small Government Society, I demand that these so-called conservatives surrender their small government cards immediately. … Continue reading

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Solitary Confinement–Why George Will Is Still the Most Interesting of Conservative Pundits

George Will has a recent column about solitary confinement, and the law-and-order conservative doesn’t like it. [T]ens of thousands of American prison inmates are kept in protracted solitary confinement that arguably constitutes torture and probably violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition … Continue reading

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Hooray for Mississippi

There’s three words I never thought I’d put together in a sentence, but Mississippians, at least the better sort of ones, voted down a proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined a fertilized egg as a person. In addition to … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street, and Keep Occupying It

I’m not in sympathy with the OWS folks, but… Recently I saw on a blog someone more or less obliquely criticizing those who applauded the Citizens United decision that struck down limits on independent campaign spending and applaud the crackdowns … Continue reading

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Slow Learners

It’s been two centuries since Adam Smith and David Ricardo gave us the double whammy of arguments for free trade, but too many politicians still don’t get it. Congress is now considering a bill that would allow for tariffs on … Continue reading

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Idiots All–Tony Perkins Fears Queer Soldiers Edition

The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins has trouble with simple statistics. “Even the Pentagon’s biased report on the subject last year illustrated the dangers of using the military for social engineering. Retention would be harmed — 24 percent of service members said … Continue reading

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