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Here's the Anti-Marijuana Tract Some Lady Gave My 3-Year-Old Trick-or-Treater

reason.com — Last night, my daughter's school had a little pre-Halloween parade. She's 3. She was wearing a pink tutu. A nice-looking older lady was standing on the parade route handing out baggies of candy to the army of Elsas and Iron Men, none of whom were older than 9 or 10.
Oct 31, 2014

Oh! And the punchline is that the people handing the anti-pot agitprop to toddlers are ... Scientologists! reason.com/blog/2014/10/3…

Oct 31, 2014

Awful D.C. activist lady handing out bags to THREE-YEAR-OLDS containing candy bars and 24-page anti-pot pamphlets: reason.com/blog/2014/10/3…

Oct 31, 2014

Here's the anti-marijuana tract some lady gave to my 3-year-old trick-or-treater bit.ly/1wNad1E pic.twitter.com/DvJqjCgivY

Happy Ending in One Part of the Austin Case of Antonio Buehler, Arrested for Filming Police

reason.com — Details from the great site Photography is not a Crime : Deliberations in the trial of Peaceful Streets Project founder Antonio Buehler lasted five hours before a Texas jury returned with a not guilty verdict Wednesday after an Austin police officer surprisingly testified on Buehler's behalf - most likely losing his job in the process.
Oct 31, 2014

Austin police officer told he'd be fired if he testified against fellow officers. He did anyway. reason.com/blog/2014/10/3…

Why We Eat Candy at Halloween: Virginia Postrel Investigates

reason.com — As Veronique de Rugy explained two days ago, Halloween candy is more expensive than it should be thanks to really awful, protectionist sugar policies that gift U.S. companies market share and profits. But why do we buy so much candy at Halloween in the first place?

Watch The Independents Halloween Spectacular Tonight at 9 p.m. ET!

reason.com — Fridays are theme-show nights chez Independents , so tonight's was a no-brainer. I MEAN YES-EAT-BRAINS-ER, amirite? On Fox Business Network at 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT (with repeats three and five hours later), you will be treated to: * Daniel Drezner, author of Theories of International Politics and Zombies , on how various schools of American foreign policy thought are equipped to combat the triple-threat of zombies, Ebola, and ISIS.

French Town Bans Clown Costumes Amid Nationwide 'Aggressive Clown' Terror

reason.com — In Vendargues, a small French town near Montpellier, there will be one classic costume conspicuously missing this Halloween. Under order of decree by Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere, no resident age 13 or above shall wear a clown costume or clown makeup in public this October 31. So what are we looking at here?
Oct 31, 2014

RT @reason: French Town Bans Clown Costumes Amid Nationwide 'Aggressive Clown' Terror bit.ly/1nWt0b9

3rd Generation Kennedy Fears End of Prohibition Might Lead to People Making Lots of Money

reason.com — Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) has just published an op-ed in Ozy titled, "What No One is Saying about Marijuana," where he sounds the alarm that "Addiction is big business, and with legal marijuana it's only getting bigger."

Conservative Group So Terrified of Gay Republicans They’re Endorsing Democrats

reason.com — Democratic partisans are probably concerned at what might happen if the Republicans get over and get past its anti-gay history (though they'll never actually admit it). Just think of the votes they might lose!
Oct 31, 2014

Conservative group urging citizens to vote for Democrats rather than gay Republicans: reason.com/blog/2014/10/3…

LP Senate Candidate Sean Haugh, the Scariest Political Ads, and Other Midterms-Related Independents Segments

reason.com — On Tuesday night's episode of The Independents , the beer-swilling, pot-smoking, election-complicating Libertarian Party Senate candidate in North Carolina Sean Haugh came on for a second time to talk about his candidacy: Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com Townhall.com Political Editor Guy Benson and progressive strategist Richard Fowler also provided

Nightcrawler and Horns

reason.com — Nightcrawler is a steely LA noir that trains a searchlight on the TV news business, and flushes out some of its creepiest denizens. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Louis Bloom, a petty thief who's getting nowhere scavenging scrap metal for a local junk dealer.
Oct 31, 2014

My review of #Nightcrawler (Gyllenhaal brings the creepy) and #Horns (doesn’t) are up now at Reason: bit.ly/1tHPxZN

Vote Democrat for Real Libertarian Values

reason.com — This article is part of a series on the libertarian vote in the 2014 midterm election. Here's the first set of arguments from Democrats, Libertarians, Republicans. Read today's alternative perspectives from the other partieshere and here. Libertarian-inclined voters often have to make a difficult choice.

Reaction to Mutilated Animal Imagery Accurately Predicts Political Leanings

reason.com — One of the most fascinating things about political ideology is that it's likely much more genetic than most people realize. Of course "nurture" matters, but there's strong evidence that people are also born with certain features and personality traits that predispose them toward leaning liberal, conservative, or libertarian.

Maine's Governor Brags About His 'Robust Authority' to Quarantine Healthy, Ebola-Negative Nurses

reason.com — Yesterday Maine's governor, Paul LePage, said he would "seek legal authority to enforce the quarantine" of Kaci Hickox, the nurse who returned to the United States on Friday after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. But he did not specify which "legal authority" he had in mind.

Rand Paul: GOP Brand "Sucks" Like Domino's Pizza

reason.com — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants the GOP to avoid the political equivalent of the Domino's Pizza Noid. The Noid was the late, ulamented mascot of Domino's Pizza long before the company admitted just how bad its pizza really was. From The Hill: Paul acknowledged Wednesday a problem that many Republicans admit only privately: their party brand "sucks."

This Is What Legalizing Marijuana Did to the Black Market in Colorado

reason.com — On New Year's Day, when Toni Fox became the first state-licensed marijuana merchant in Colorado to serve recreational customers, nearly 200 reporters crowded into the 3D Cannabis Center while hundreds of customers waited patiently outside the store. "It was controlled chaos," she recalls with a smile. "We saw close to 500 people that day.
Oct 30, 2014

This is what pot legalization has done to the black market in Colorado reason.com/archives/2014/…

Seven Reasons to Vote for the Libertarian Party

reason.com — This article is part of a series on the libertarian vote in the 2014 midterm election. Here's the first set of arguments from Democrats, Libertarians, Republicans. Read today's alternative perspectives from the other partieshere and here. Why should libertarians vote for the Libertarian Party? The short answer is that "libertarian" is right there in the name.

Voting Republican Is the Smart Choice for Libertarians

reason.com — This article is part of a series on the libertarian vote in the 2014 midterm election. Here's the first set of arguments from Democrats, Libertarians, Republicans. Today's alternative perspectives from the other parties will be up shortly. You only have one vote. How best to use it to advance liberty?

2014’s Willie Hortons: Hysterical “Soft on Crime” Campaign Ads Make a Comeback

reason.com — Americans are, without question, safer today than they were 10 or 20 years ago. Between 1992 and 2012, violent crime in the United States dropped by 49%. Yet Americans consistently believe that crime is increasing year after year.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @davidminbklyn: Want to understand how mass incarceration happens? Politicians run ads using scare tactics like these: reason.com/blog/2014/10/2…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @davidminbklyn: Want to understand how mass incarceration happens? Politicians run ads using scare tactics like these: reason.com/blog/2014/10/2…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @lauren_galik: I wrote about the hysterical "soft on crime," Willie Horton-style campaign ads airing in a # of states: reason.com/blog/2014/10/2…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @lauren_galik: I wrote about the hysterical "soft on crime," Willie Horton-style campaign ads airing in a # of states: reason.com/blog/2014/10/2…

"A Blatant Lie": Texas Prosecutor Rod Ponton Responds to Reason

reason.com — On October 21, 2014 Reason.com published " Sex, Spice, and Small-Town Justice: The Purple Zone Raid," my article and video that showed how "a rogue prosecutor makes the drug war personal." The next day, Rod Ponton, the prosecutor mentioned in the video and article, sent us the letter below, which he also posted as a comment on this Facebook post.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @radleybalko: Texas prosecutor objects to scathing @anthonyLfisher expose. Texas prosecutor probably now wishes he hadn't. reason.com/archives/2014/…

Oct 29, 2014

Texas prosecutor objects to scathing @anthonyLfisher expose. Texas prosecutor probably now wishes he hadn't. reason.com/archives/2014/…

Who Will Legalize Marijuana Next Week?

reason.com — A week before Election Day, it looks like at least one of the four major marijuana initiatives will pass, while the other three races are too close to call. Here is a rundown of the latest polling, arranged by likelihood of passage: Washington, D.C.
Oct 29, 2014

It's mindblowingly awesome that this is a legit political question RT @MattWelch: So, who will legalize pot next week?reason.com/blog/2014/10/2…