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D.C. Has Done Nothing About Its Role in Militarizing Police

reason.com — Remember how, in the wake of some of the worst responses by the police in Ferguson to even peaceful protesters (propping themselves up on military vehicles and training sniper rifles at them) there was supposed to be some sort of discussion or debate about scaling back the federal government's role in providing military equipment to law enforcement agencies across the country?

Ferguson, Obama, and the Pundit Class's Fixation on Speeches

reason.com — This is the top story at The New Republic tonight: That really is the headline. The article doesn't even call for new legislation (like, say, Rep. Hank Johnson's Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act). It just urges Obama "to use the bully pulpit to steer the national agenda in a positive direction," as though we're sitting around helplessly seeking presidential guidance.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @MattWelch: Please, Magic Speech, come and save us! -- pundits, always, for some reason. reason.com/blog/2014/11/2…

Nov 25, 2014

The punditocracy's odd longing for a "great speech" to solve our problems. reason.com/blog/2014/11/2…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @MattWelch: Please, Magic Speech, come and save us! -- pundits, always, for some reason. reason.com/blog/2014/11/2…

Nov 25, 2014

Please, Magic Speech, come and save us! -- pundits, always, for some reason. reason.com/blog/2014/11/2…

Tonight on The Independents: Let’s Try That Ferguson Show Again, Featuring Deroy Murdock, Basil Smikle, Eric Guster, Mollie Hemingway, and More

reason.com — Well, last night got a bit pear-shaped, but tonight, knock on wood, we'll be back with a fresh new episode ofThe Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, repeats three hours later), where we'll have a chunk of the same topic (Ferguson!)

Strict New Menu Labeling Rules Announced Today. Thanks Obamacare!

reason.com — In case you need a break from your outrage over Ferguson (or your outrage over the outrage over Ferguson, I suppose), here's something completely different. And it contains the phrases final rulemaking and Hot Pockets, so you know it's going to be good.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @enbrown: "And it contains the phrases final rulemaking and Hot Pockets, so you know it's going to be good." reason.com/r/11kj via @kmanguward

Nov 25, 2014

In which the phrases "hot pockets" and "final rulemaking" appear together: reason.com/blog/2014/11/2…

Did Marijuana Kill Michael Brown?

reason.com — In a radio interview on August 18, a self-identified friend of Darren Wilson's reported that the police officer suspected Michael Brown was under the influence of drugs the day Wilson shot him to death in Ferguson, Missouri. "He really thinks he was on something," the friend said, "because he just kept coming."

The UVA Rapists Should Not Have Been Expelled

reason.com — It's difficult to imagine a more callous, wholly inadequate response to a culture of seemingly rampant sexual assault at the University of Virginia (UVA) than the one its administrators practiced year after year, according to a horrifying account finally publicized by Rolling Stone last week.
Nov 25, 2014

"What UVA administrators did...is worse than trivializing: it’s an outright cover-up." reason.com/archives/2014/…

How Grand Was That Ferguson Grand Jury? A Couple of Perspectives

reason.com — A couple of perspectives on the behavior of the grand jury and particularly of Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Excerpts from a tweetstorm from lawyer and TV personality Lisa Bloom: "It is just not a very well-liked community," Darren Wilson testified at p. 238 about Mike Brown's neighborhood. Meaning despised by police....

The Improbability of Federal Charges Against Darren Wilson

reason.com — If Darren Wilson had been indicted, he probably would have been acquitted, since crucial questions about his deadly encounter with Michael Brown-questions on which the police officer's self-defense claim hinges-remain unresolved.
Nov 25, 2014

"The Improbability of Federal Charges Against Darren Wilson" reason.com/blog/2014/11/2…

America's 3 Most Fee-Ridden Cities

reason.com — Fees, fines, and petty law enforcement: Little ticky-tack violations can pile up quickly and are enough to drive even the most civic-minded citizens crazy. But they can also create an undercurrent of hostility between citizens and the government officials who are supposed to serve them.

No Indictment From Ferguson Grand Jury. Police Officer Darren Wilson Won't Face Trial for Killing Michael Brown.

reason.com — No indictment, says St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch. "No probable cause exists to file any charge against Officer Wilson," he announced. The grand jury has spoken in the case of (soon to be former) Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Brown's death inflamed Ferguson, Missouri, St.

Tonight on The Independents: Ferguson Announcement and Immediate Aftermath, Possibly Featuring Radley Balko, Deroy Murdock, Basil Smikle, K.T. McFarland, and More - Hit & Run : Reason.com

reason.com — Alert viewers might note that tonight's scheduled episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, repeats three hours later) starts precisely when the Ferguson Grand Jury announcement is schedule to come. So, Neil Cavuto will intro the press conference, FBN will run it live, then kick it back to us for whatever time is left before 10 p.m.

An Immigrant Thanksgiving

reason.com — An elderly relative of mine recently let me in on what she described as a family secret: her housepainter father, she said, could never get a steady indoor job here in America because he didn't have proper working papers.
Nov 24, 2014

Ashamed that great-granddad was an illegal? Hell no, says @IraStoll — thank God he got in before it was too late! bit.ly/11ru5xk

Ron Paul Weighs In on the USA FREEDOM Act

reason.com — In his weekly column, " Defeat of USA FREEDOM Act is a Victory for Freedom," former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) makes it clear that the he is happy that the USA FREEDOM Act was blocked last week from further consideration in the U.S. Senate. Why?

Killing of Police Officers Down for Second Year

reason.com — The number of police officers killed by what the FBI classifies as "felonious acts" dropped nearly in half between 2012 and 2013. The statistics from the FBI were just released today. For 2013, 27 officers were killed (all shot except for one struck by a car) as a result of criminal acts.

What the International Olympic Committee Looks for in a Host City

reason.com — For your "the Masters of the Olympics prefer a police-state environment" files, here's a snippet from a new piece by the leftist sportwriter Dave Zirin: I spoke with someone connected to the International Olympic Committee who told me that Boston has rocketed to the top of their consideration list [for 2024] because of how the city was able to shut itself down after the Boston Marathon bombing.
Nov 24, 2014

Just another reason to hope the Olympics never come to your city. reason.com/blog/2014/11/2…

The War on Politics-Free Thanksgiving

reason.com — What is it about America's greatest holiday that political buttinskys feel the need to issue conversation-fer-dummies guides on how to make sure your politics prevail at the dinner table? I guess some questions answer themselves....
Nov 24, 2014

My Mattsplaining guide to talking about politics at Thanksgiving: What the hell is wrong with you? reason.com/blog/2014/11/2…

School Considered Canceling Nutcracker Trip To Protect Kids from Christmas Tree Exposure

reason.com — It's a Christmas miracle! An elementary school in a Boston suburb that was going to cancel its annual trip to see The Nutcracker has decided allowing kids to see a Christmas tree on stage will not destroy the non-Christians in the audience.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @FreeRangeKids: School Considered Canceling Nutcracker Trip, To Protect Kids from Seeing Xmas Tree. Yep. @Reason.com bit.ly/11pGVfk

Nov 23, 2014

Oy Vey: School considered canceling class trip to Nutcracker to spare kids exposure to Christmas tree reason.com/blog/2014/11/2… @lenorskenazy

School Choice Now!: Gym Teacher Drags/Pushes Girl in Pool

reason.com — Here's a great argument for school choice from the bankrupt city of Stockton, California. Watch above as physical education teacher drags and pushes a 14-year-old girl into a swimming pool.
Nov 23, 2014

School choice now!: Stockton CA gym teacher drags girl to pool vid is major WTF reason.com/blog/2014/11/2…

Forget Uber's "Asshole Problem." The Company is Now Bedding Down with Regulators to Screw Over Competitors

reason.com — It was a great run, really. For most of its brief existence, Uber has gotten nothing but great press-and deservedly so, since the popular ridesharing service has provided a great way for people in cities to work around sclerotic taxi commissions and local cartels that serve entrenched business interests rather people looking for convenient new ways of getting around in cities.
Nov 23, 2014

Forget @uber's "asshole problem." Company now working with regulators to screw competitors reason.com/blog/2014/11/2… pic.twitter.com/0cwkSyRiQP