they can thank “blackboard jungle” for that one.

This excellent and thorough Village Voice article on the outdated, arbitrary, and capricious knife laws in New York City is about “gravity knives”, but those laws share the hallmarks of most weapons-related legislation: They were passed in an emotional atmosphere fanned by perceptions and media coverage They have little to no basis in demonstrable facts or science Their intent […]

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peel’s principles of policing.

Sir Robert Peel, who in his tenure as Home Secretary established London’s Metropolitan Police in the early 19th century, set forth nine principles of policing. They are as follows: 1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment. 2. To recognise always that the […]

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mul-ti-pass.

So I found myself at the K-Marts yesterday to procure some kid shoes and some mothereffin’ Cold Water Tide laundry detergent LIKE A BOSS, when I walked past a life-sized poster display of THIS: And I swear to you, my first thought was “It’s official. We’re living in the Fifth Element future.”

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news from absurdistan, item #2,912.

Fifth-grader points finger in gun-like fashion; gets suspended from school. “Level 2 Lookalike Firearm” sure sounds a whole lot less idiotic than “pointing your index finger and thumb”. Public education is on the ropes in this country not because we aren’t spending enough money on it, but because the lion’s share of it goes toward […]

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i give it two out of five ches.

Reason.com has a nice little bit of snark on Rolling Stone Magazine’s insipid “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For” article. For those of you who don’t want to drive up the click counter at Rolling Stone: one Jesse A. Myerson basically repackages the main pillars of the Communist Manifesto to appeal to modern-day […]

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click it or ticket.

Libertarian/conservative small-government fruitcake New Hampshire doesn’t have a mandatory seatbelt law for adults. The New Hampshire seatbelt use rate is 75%.* Neighboring Massachusetts, the Northeastern bastion of progressivism and Laws-Will-Fix-It-ism, has a mandatory seatbelt law. The Massachusetts seatbelt use rate is 73.20%.* Is it that we New Hampshirites have enough common sense that we don’t […]

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