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Cops Seized Couple's $160,000 Wine Collection-And Want to Destroy It All

reason.com — Earlier this year, after a months-long undercover investigation, Pennsylvania state police agents served a warrant on the home of Arthur Goldman, an attorney, and his wife, Melissa Kurtzman. The police, who had made undercover buys at the home before, easily found what they were looking for. And they found lots of it.
Dec 20, 2014

Pennsylvania state police raid house, seize 2400 bottles of wine. Victims fight back! reason.com/archives/2014/… @baylenlinnekin @keepfoodlegal

Dec 20, 2014

RT @reason: Pennsylvania couple seeks return of wine collection stolen by state, writes @keepfoodlegal's @baylenlinnekin. bit.ly/1HeQRpX

Elizabeth Warren Doesn't Understand Regulatory Capture. That's a Problem for a Would-Be Regulator.

reason.com — In my most recent Daily Beast column, I wrote that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who is the darling of progressives, was right to be pissed at the way in which last-minute changes were stuck into the #CRomnibus budget bill that covers discretionary spending by the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2015.
Dec 20, 2014

.@SenWarren doesn't understand the concept of "regulatory capture." That's problem for a would-be regulator reason.com/blog/2014/12/2…

Obama, Who Tried to Censor "Innocence of Muslims" Vid, Says Sony Shouldn't Have Pulled The Interview

reason.com — What a difference a couple of years make, eh? Here's President Obama talking at today's press conference about Sony's decision to yank The Interview after being hacked and threatened: "We cannot have a society where some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States," Obama said.

Rand Paul Is More Right About Cuba Than Marco Rubio

reason.com — The Republican response to President Barack Obama's historic opening toward Cuba this week has generally been awful and dispiriting to behold. Sen.

Please Do NOT Watch Our Videos on North Korea Because We Are Afraid, Said No One at Reason EVER

reason.com — You read the news (or know someone who does), so you're up to date on how Sony has pulled the plug on The Interview, the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy about journalists who try to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The decision not to show the movie in theaters came after threats of violence.
Dec 20, 2014

Please Do NOT Watch Our Videos on North Korea Because We Are Afraid, Said No One at Reason EVER reason.com/r/11vm via @reason

Dec 19, 2014

Please do NOT watch OUR North Korea vids because we are very afraid, said no one @reason EVER reason.com/blog/2014/12/1…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @PositiveEnerG: Here are a series of Reason TV videos that mock, explore, and expose North Korea - Reason.com reason.com/blog/2014/12/1…

Dec 19, 2014

Whatever you do, just DON'T WATCH @reasontv's videos about North Korea. Because terrorism! reason.com/blog/2014/12/1…

Drop Comedy Bombs, Not Real Bombs: Why Not "Drop" The Interview on North Korea?

reason.com — The Wall Street Journal, not usually in favor of government support for the arts, argues that the United States government should buy the rights to Sony's The Interview and then release it into the public doman. It would surely find itself to North Korea via any number of bit torrent sites and the like.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @nickgillespie: Drop Comedy Bombs, Not Real Bombs on North Korea #TheInterview "as funny as a communist food shortage" reason.com/blog/2014/12/1… #SonyHack

Dec 19, 2014

Drop Comedy Bombs, Not Real Bombs on North Korea #TheInterview "as funny as a communist food shortage" reason.com/blog/2014/12/1… #SonyHack

Tonight on The Independents: Our 10 Heroes of Freedom! Starring Peter Suderman, Michael Malice, David Boaz, and Special Guest Stars!

reason.com — Remember Reason's 35th anniversary special honoring our 35 Heroes of Freedom? Well, more than a decade later,The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with repeats three and five hours later) will be unveiling its very own Top 10.

Rand Challenges Rubio's 'Isolationist' Stance on Cuba

reason.com — Sen. Rand Paul called out Sen. Maco Rubio on Twitter, criticizing his Cuba policy as isolationist. It's the latest battle in the war of ideas between the senators, who represent two very different strains of Republicanism when it comes to foreign policy.

Did the Red Cross Let Its Fear of the Occupy Movement Interfere with Its Disaster Relief?

reason.com — If you paid attention to Superstorm Sandy in 2012, you probably know that some of the centralized institutions charged with disaster relief, such as the Red Cross and FEMA, performed very poorly. You may also have heard about Occupy Sandy, an Occupy Wall Street spinoff devoted to helping people after the storm; by all accounts it performed very well.

Hey Conservatives: U.S.'s Cuba Policy is the Very Definition of Failed Government

reason.com — As Robby Soave noted and Ed Krayewski noted recently, there's muy partisan bluster surrounding President Obama's decision to change the United States' relationship with Cuba from 50-plus years of failed attempts at isolating the Castro brothers' personal tropical-island prison.
Dec 20, 2014

If our Cuba policy is supposed to enrich the Castros & limit Americans' freedom, it's working. Otherwise, not so much reason.com/blog/2014/12/1…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

reason.com — The concluding installment of Peter Jackson's misbegotten Hobbit trilogy is an action-packed muddle. There are some terrific shots and scenes, and of course the digital effects are top-of-the-line. But the story, a continued inflation of J.R.R.

150-Year-Old Christmas Tradition Cancelled for 'Safety' Concerns

reason.com — Every year since, oh, 1860, brave Brits in Brighton, England, have participated in a Christmas Day dip in the sea. It sounds like New York's Polar Bear Club tradition. But this year, in Brighton, the 150-year-old romp has been cancelled due to "health and safety concerns."
Dec 20, 2014

150-Year-Old Christmas Tradition Cancelled for 'Safety' Concerns reason.com/blog/2014/12/1… via @reason

More Bad News for Rolling Stone: Jackie Used Dummy Texting Service, Sent Email to Crush Implying Drastic Measures

reason.com — While at this point nothing could redeem Rolling Stone's tall tale about a gang rape at the University of Virginia, it's remarkable that new details further undermining Sabrina Rubin Erdely's shoddy reporting are still emerging on a daily basis-and each is more revealing than the last.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @reason: More Bad News for Rolling Stone: Jackie Used Dummy Texting Service, Sent Email to Crush Implying Drastic Measures bit.ly/1Gyw16B

An Interview with Eldridge Cleaver

reason.com — The Black Panthers scared the hell out of America in the 1960s. Emerging from the ghettos of Oakland, they scorned the establishment black leadership as Uncle Toms and took to the streets demanding "total liberty for black people or total destruction for America, " in the words of Minister of Information Eldridge Cleaver.

Movie Theaters Forced to Cancel Showings of Team America: World Police

reason.com — After Sony Pictures announced yesterday that it was pulling the release of The Interview, a film about two American journalists sent to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un,from its scheduled Christmas Day release after threats of movie theater terrorism, several theaters across the U.S. said that they would show Team America: World Police instead.
Dec 19, 2014

“Blocking replacement screenings of Team America can really only be described as next-level cowardly bullshit” reason.com/blog/2014/12/1…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @petersuderman: Blocking Team America replacement screenings for The Interview is some next-level cowardly bullshit: reason.com/blog/2014/12/1…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BlanksSlate: "Blocking replacement screenings of Team America can really only be described as next-level cowardly bullshit" reason.com/blog/2014/12/1…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BlanksSlate: "Blocking replacement screenings of Team America can really only be described as next-level cowardly bullshit" reason.com/blog/2014/12/1…

On Cuba, Score One for… the Popes? And Who's Against Opening Relations Anyway?

reason.com — The Associated Press reports on some of the first moves that led to the announcement the United States would re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba, from the Vatican: Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross.
Dec 18, 2014

Meow! NewJersians "shouldn't be punished with economic sanctions for continuing to vote for the same failed policies" reason.com/blog/2014/12/1…

'Your Eyes Are Kind of Messed-Up Looking,' Says Cop Interrogating Girlfriend of Man Wrongly Killed By Cops

reason.com — There's a new development in the death of John Crawford, the man gunned down by police in an Ohio Walmart last August. He was holding a fake gun at the time-an air rifle that he had picked up off the shelf of that same store.
Dec 18, 2014

Remember the guy shot dead at WalMart after picking up an air rifle? The cops cruelly interrogated his GF, on tape: reason.com/blog/2014/12/1…

Rand Paul Says 'Embargo Just Hasn't Worked,' Backs New Cuba Plan

reason.com — Some encouraging Rand Paul news: the libertarian-leaning Republican senator is breaking with many in the GOP-including several possible presidential rivals-to support President Obama's new Cuba plan. On Wednesday, news outlets reported that the U.S. would reestablish diplomatic ties with Cuba for the first time in decades.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @reason: Rand Paul Says 'Embargo Just Hasn't Worked,' Backs New Cuba Plan bit.ly/1uX5eIR

Vermont Kills Single-Payer Health Care Plan After Tax Hikes Prove Too Hefty

reason.com — Vermont is saying a sad goodbye to its hopes of enacting America's first single-payer health care system. The reason the state says it won't pursue the plan is that it's just too expensive. Even Democratic Gov. Pete Shumlin, who hoped the system would be a highlight of his political career, agrees that the tax hikes necessary to fund the system would have been prohibitive.