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Photography of Public Buildings Still Legal

As has always been the rule, if you are in a location legally, you can still take pictures of almost anything you can see from there, including federal buildings. And now, here’s an official bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security explaining it. I don’t know it it will really help, or if it will […]

Scattershot 2011-01-27

Random shots around the web: It bothers me that foreigners need advice like this to enter my country. A terrible fate for a telegenic white girl. The true face of public education and an amazingly reasonable judge. This is kind of awesome. Lindsay Beyerstein explains why the kids-getting-high-on-bath-salts story isn’t as exciting as it sounds. […]

Between Insensitivity and Despair

Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice notes Radley Balko’s report on yet another report about police shooting an unarmed civilian during a raid and then worries that we’re seeing too many reports of this kind of thing: I similarly take note of these incidents from time to time, having done so more frequently in the past […]

My Civic Duty to Intervene

A depressing story about a group of thirteen-year-olds who allegedly strong armed another thirteen-year-old to rob an iPhone contained what I considered to be a strange additional fact in the case. An 18-year-old “was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he was present at the time of the robbery and did nothing to stop it.” So, […]

To Hell With Toning It Down

(I’ve been hanging onto this for a few days in the hope of figuring out a better way to say what I’m trying to say, but it’s just not coming to me, so I’m going with what I’ve got.) In the wake of the tragic shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords last weekend, we’ve been hearing the […]