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Fantasy Football Champion!

December 29, 2010 3 comments

I won Radley Balko’s Fantasy Football league this year! My team was the Panmictic Partyers.

Now if the New England Patriots can prepare as much as I did they should easily duplicate my feat and win it all.

Oh, and I’m happy Tucker Carlson didn’t get his way or I would have never won.

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Why isn’t the ACLU fighting for civil liberties that conservatives care about?

December 14, 2010 1 comment

They are.

Plug “TSA” and various incarnations of “where’s the ACLU” into Google, and you’ll get a long list of similar complaints from blogs, comment threads, and discussion groups. A flury of conservatives on Twitter made the same compaint. Many linked to this November 16 post by William Teach, which appeared on the self-explanatory blog, Stop the ACLU and was cross-posted on the popular conservative site Right Wing News. It’s titled, “Finally, The ACLU Is Concerned About TSA Groping….Oh, Wait, They’re Not”.

Radley Balko actually looked up what the ACLU has done. Turns out “not only has the ACLU not been silent on this issue, they’ve been way out in front of just about everyone else.”

Is it really too much to expect conservatives to just check the ACLU’s website to see what they’re actually doing.

Fantasy Football

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

I want to apologize for my recent hiatus. Other than regular work, it’s been draft week for fantasy football for me so I’ve spent most of my free time doing that. I’ve read a lot of good policy stuff too – I just haven’t had the time to properly comment on it. My problem with time management is that when I get into something I tend to spend almost all my time concentrating on that particular activity even if it’s largely trivial like fantasy football. By golly, I want to be the best at it. I’m super competitive. Some people think I’m angry when playing games; honestly I’m having a great time! I promise I get back to blogging soon; my free time should increase now that I’ve drafted in both my leagues.

Networking can improve both your career and your fantasy football team.

I’m in a league with Radley Balko of Reason Magazine and The Agitator – I’ll be pretty excited for my team, the Panmictic Partyers, to beat him in week 2. 


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Making America Drug-Free, 6 Dead Dogs at a Time

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Police killed 6 pit bulls during a bust of a marijuana grow house.

When the dogs began attacking officers and one another, police shot six of them to death and trapped the other 15.

Alejandro Campos-Rivera, 37, who lived at the home, was charged with unlawful production of cannabis plants and animal cruelty. His bail was set at $750,000 Saturday morning.

(h/t: Dan Savage)

The dogs were likely being trained for dog fighting.  I’m all for stopping dog fighting, but murdering them is a funny way to help.  This story reminds me of this CATO article by Radley Balko I read way back. 

One of the most appalling cases occurred in Maricopa County, Arizona, the home of Joe Arpaio, self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America.” In 2004 one of Arpaio’s SWAT teams conducted a bumbling raid in a Phoenix suburb. Among other weapons, it used tear gas and an armored personnel carrier that later rolled down the street and smashed into a car. The operation ended with the targeted home in flames and exactly one suspect in custody—for outstanding traffic violations. 

But for all that, the image that sticks in your head, as described by John Dougherty in the alternative weekly Phoenix New Times, is that of a puppy trying to escape the fire and a SWAT officer chasing him back into the burning building with puffs from a fire extinguisher. The dog burned to death.

"Protecting Kids" is always a red flag

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Stories like these always remind me of why we need a smaller government.

(via Reason Hit &Run Blog)
Categories: radley balko, regulation
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