Saturday, August 20, 2011

Riots and Jails

After Riots, England's Prison System Nearing Capacity - Global - The Atlantic Wire:
In the wake of rioting in London and elsewhere across the country, England's prison system is nearing operational capacity. A total of 86,654 people are now behind bars, the Associated Press reports, with just 1,500 spaces left unused. Over the past week, English prisons have taken on a net gain of 700 people; 1,300 have appeared in court for riot-related charges. The prison population is rising at a rate of more than 100 people a day, the BBC reports.

Obviously the thing to do is build more jails. Maybe in a public private partnership. That would be the way we would do it here I think.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rick Perry Might Not Want To Poison You

Perry Reveals Plan For Total U.S. Anarchy: ‘Put A Moratorium On All Regulations’ | ThinkProgress:
"We’re calling today on the president of the United States to put a moratorium on regulations across this country, because his regulations, his EPA regulations are killing jobs all across America."
Or maybe he does.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Libertarian Economics In A Nutshell

The Futile Stupidity of Laws Against “Short Selling” « International Liberty:

"The bans on short selling are classic examples of Mitchell’s Law. Politicians do stupid things such as bad monetary policy and corrupt housing subsidies. Those misguided policies cause bubbles that eventually pop. But rather than learn that bad policies are foolish, they use the economic damage as an excuse to implement additional forms of intervention such as short-selling bans. The only constant is that the political class gains more power and control.

* Caveat: I’m only commenting on public policy, not how you should invest your money. I’m only a policy wonk. I know less about financial markets than Barack Obama knows about economics"
The thing that I find most baffling about so many conservatives is that they will make perfect sense for 90% of an argument and then completely fuck away their credibility with BS like this. The bulk of the article this is pulled from is quite sensible and I do agree that restrictions on short selling are stupid and pointless. There was absolutely nothing to be gained by adding these two paragraphs at the end of the article other than to have a little red meat in it.

NRA Telemarketer Amusement

Stupid Quote of the day - Maureen Chao edition

Maureen Chao Should Be Fired | Oliver Willis: "US Vice-Consul Maureen Chao told Indian students on Friday that her “skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians” after a long train journey, according to Indian media — referring to people from the southern state of Tamil Nadu."

Things I am Tired of - Dale Earnhardt Jr being called "A Kid"

The man is 36 years old. He is older than Jimmie Johnson. He is only 4 years younger than Jeff Gordon.

Let the man be a man.

Stupid defendant of the day - Nova Scotia Edition

Man asks judge to call him Jesus in court - Nova Scotia - CBC News: "A 31-year old man who asked a judge to address him as Jesus Christ in court, has been convicted of assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-wife and assaulting his two-year-old daughter."

As I predicted yesterday ... T-Paw is out

Pawlenty Drops Out Of Presidential Race | TPMDC: "After finishing a distant third in the Ames straw poll, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on Sunday told supporters on a conference call he's dropping out of the presidential race, the Associated Press reports."