Archive for September, 2003

Samizdata.net – The media in the Gulf

Friday, September 26th, 2003

Samizdata.net has a post arguing that the media coverage of this war in Iraq was the worst war coverage ever.

Reason

Friday, September 26th, 2003

Reason has a cartoon that summarizes Wesley Clark’s campaign pretty well.

Dave Barry’s Blog

Friday, September 26th, 2003

Be honest: Do you actually care who the next governor of California is? Do you even care if California has a governor?

Neither does this blog. Thank you.

-Dave Barry

Mises Economics Blog

Thursday, September 25th, 2003

Karen De Coster points out that many of Henry Ford’s accomplishments have gone unrecognized.

Dan LeRoy on Hip-Hop & Politics on National Review Online

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

Dan LeRoy, writing in National Review Online, suggests that the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is just a far left political organization. What LeRoy fails to point out is that the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is an organization controlled by Russell Simmons who is considered to be a leader in the hip-hop world. LeRoy points out that as the rap industry diversifies there may be more outspoken artists with a viewpoint other than the typical suggestions which have been brought by hip-hop leaders.

AP Wire | 09/23/2003 | Ashcroft Limits Prosecutor Discretion

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

John Ashcroft recently said that

“In virtually all cases, prosecutors must bring the toughest charges available, yielding the toughest penalties under the sentencing guidelines,”

On the face of it this sounds like a statement that will appease Aschcroft’s tough on crime base and at the same time anger those concerned about Aschroft’s record on civil liberties. Exceptions to this suggested guidline still exist including:


_When a defendant agrees to provide “substantial assistance” in an investigation. Ashcroft said the message is, “if defendants will cooperate, the green light is on for negotiation.”

_Under so-called fast-track programs aimed at unclogging court dockets in which certain types of defendants are given a preset charge and sentence lower than that called for under federal guidelines. These programs, which will be reviewed individually by the Justice Department, are popular for common immigration and drug violations in the Southwest.

_When prosecutors decided that the original charges will be tough to prove in court because of witness access problems, suppressed evidence or some other reason.

_If the possible sentence would be unaffected by a charge under a lesser offense.

_When “enhancements” that could result in a longer sentence, such as a defendant facing multiple charges connected with the main crime, remove any incentive for the defendant to plead guilty. Enhancements for firearms offenses, however, would generally have to be included.

_On a case-by-case basis for other reasons with written approval by a supervisor.

If you look past Ashcroft’s record it sounds like his statement does not really change the current situation at all.

Privitization and Property Rights

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

Jim Henley has a post on privitization and property rights in Iraq.

Income Inequality is Nothing To Worry About

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

Jim Henley has a post stating that income inequality is not necessarily a bad thing.

TheAgitator.com: An Historical What-If: Comments

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

Radley Balko describes how the world would be better off if we had let Saddam continue on to Saudi Arabia at the time of Gulf War I. It is interesting scenario and other interesting what if’s are brought up in his comments section.

Bling-Bling Comes To Keyboard

Saturday, September 20th, 2003

For those rappers who think having a $50,000 chain hanging around your neck is showing enough bling-bling you could always carry around a $1 million keyboard.

Link via Dave Barry