Random shots around the web:
- Radley Balko now has a home at the Washington Post. Interestingly, he’s billed as an “Opinion Blogger” rather than an “Opinion Writer” like the columnists featured at the top of the Opinions page. (In fact, he doesn’t appear anywhere on that page as I write this.) Radley plays it like an old-school blogger too: He starts with an Introduction explaining his background and what he’ll be trying to do with the blog, and then a few hours later he follows up with a substantive post about the rollback of forfeiture reforms in Utah. And then later a piece about exposing corrupt prosecutors. And a list of links. You can find his bio page — and more importantly, a Radley-specific RSS link — here.
- A Jesse Walker post about the old COINTELPRO scandal gives a hilarious example of the FBI’s technique for trying to disrupt dissident political organizations: Socialism is Gay.
- I’m sure the folks at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control do lots of good work, but it’s hard to take them seriously when they fret that Americans drink excessively, given that they’ve defined excessively to include consuming more than 3 drinks for women or 4 for men on a single occasion or any drinking by anyone under the legal drinking age.
- Spotted this a while ago and just kept thinking about it: With my limited legal knowledge, I can’t quite follow the main point nidefatt is making here about the Oregon Supreme Court’s ruling on implied consent in DUI investigations. His post did, however, contain the phrase “right to an administrative hearing.” I’m pretty sure that “right to an administrative hearing” is the “cheese food” of due process.