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There Should Be No 'Punishment' Phase When a Culture War Ends

reason.com — Dozens of supporters of gay marriage, including many noted journalists and scholars, have signed on to a statement today calling for an end to the kind of public outrage that haunted ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich when people discovered he once donated money to the opposing side.
.@SShackford argues that no tribunals/reparations are due after victory in a culture war reason.com/blog/2014/04/2…
"Winning a culture war isn't like winning an actual war. You're not stopping an invasion (or initiating one)." buff.ly/RJIS1W

The Overwrought 'Blurred Lines' Backlash

reason.com — The feminist crusade against "the rape culture," whose aggressive zealotry has long eclipsed what positive contributions it may have made to tackling real problems, has now descended into outright silliness with a war on a hit song. But it's silliness with a nasty authoritarian edge.

Gene Healy Talks About Kill-List Record of ‘Most Transparent Administration’ in History

reason.com — Last night's episode of The Independents included a conversation with Cato Vice President (and Reason.com columnist) about his piece yesterday on President Barack Obama's miserable transparency record, particularly when it comes to his system for killing people. You can watch the video below: Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com

New Clemency Policy Could Free 'Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands' of Drug War Prisoners (and Yes, That Would Be Constitutional)

reason.com — Today Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced new criteria for expedited consideration of clemency applications by President Obama, focusing on prisoners serving sentences longer than the ones currently imposed for similar offenses. "Older, stringent punishments that are out of line with sentences imposed under today's laws erode people's confidence in our criminal justice system," Cole said.

Successful U.S. Action in Libya Leads to Jihadists Controlling Secret American Bases There.

reason.com — Without getting sidetracked with "What About Benghazi?" questions ( which are well worth asking), check out this new story from The Daily Beast's Eli Lake. It tells you all you need to know about the sagacity of Barack Obama's unilateral and unconstitutional commitment of U.S. forces in Libya.
Read @thedailybeast's @elilake: US action in Libya leads to jihadists controlling bases built by Americans reason.com/blog/2014/04/2…

Brickbat: Losers

reason.com — Officials at Nebraska's Lincoln Public Schools have apologized for passing out a flier at one school telling students not to tell on bullies because "the number one reason bullies hate their victims is because the victims tell on them."
Nebraska school district apologizes for telling bullied kids to shut up & take their beatings. reason.com/r/Zeg @reason

Of Course Recidivism Is High When Everything Is a Crime

reason.com — A new report released this week from the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that slightly more than three-quarters of released prisoners will end up arrested again within five years. The report has not gotten a whole lot of attention, though Caitlin Dickson delves into the stats over at The Daily Beast and tries to draw out some meaning.
"Of course recidivism is high when everything is a crime." reason.com/blog/2014/04/2…

A Constitutional Case for Gay Marriage

reason.com — When liberals and conservatives argue they often talk past each other, deploying arguments that seem like winning ones to them but that the other side views as irrelevant or unimportant. So the Cato Institute has done a great service by filing a brief in Virginia's gay marriage case that makes a conservative argument for the liberal position.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is Neil Patrick Harris’ One-Man Show

reason.com — Neil Patrick Harris hurls himself into the title role in the new Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which opened last night at the Belasco Theatre in New York City on West 44 th Street.

4 Questions to Ask Your College (or Your Kid's College) If You Care About Intellectual Freedom

reason.com — Former Reason Editor in Chief and current Bloomberg View columnist Virginia Postrel offers up "four specific questions that demand factual answers" to gauge a college or university's commitment to the free and open exchange of ideas. The whole list is a must-read but this one caught my eye especially because it's so true and generally underappreciated: 3) What is the administrator-to-professor ratio?
RT @vpostrel: “@nickgillespie: 4 questions to ask your college (or your kid's) if you care about free speech reason.com/blog/2014/04/2…
@nickgillespie: 4 questions to ask your college (or your kid's) if you care about free speech reason.com/blog/2014/04/2…
.@vpostrel: 4 questions to ask your college (or your kid's) if you care about free speech reason.com/blog/2014/04/2…

Chris Christie Opposes Pot Legalization Because He Doesn't Want New Small Businesses or Tourists in His State

reason.com — Last night on his radio show, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wanted to make sure everyone knew he really, really doesn't think it's cool to legalize marijuana. After all, think of the potential consequences! "Go to Colorado and see if you want to live there," the governor said.
@govchristie opposes pot legalization because he doesn't want new businesses or tourists in his state. reason.com/r/Zfu via @reason
RT @reason: @govchristie opposes pot legalization because he doesn't want new businesses or tourists in his state. - bit.ly/1id2LJu

Powdered Alcohol Tentatively Approved; Cue Moral Panic and Good Times!

reason.com — Bringing us one step closer to a Jetsons-esque future, powdered alcohol is now, in fact, a thing. But whether it's a legal thing remains to be seen. Various media reported earlier this week that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) had approved seven varieties of "Palcohol," powdered alcohol packs that can be combined with water or other mixers to form "instant cocktails."