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The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options – CRS Report R42937

The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options – CRS Report R42937

Since the early 1980s, there has been a historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population. Some of the growth is attributable to changes in federal criminal justice policy during the previous three decades. An issue before Congress is whether policymakers consider the rate of growth in the federal prison population sustainable, and if not, […]

Ambrose Bierce birthday: “To My Liars”

Ambrose Bierce birthday: “To My Liars”

Ambrose Bierce was born on June 24, 1842. “To My Liars” By Ambrose Bierce (Originally appeared in the Wasp, November 11, 1882) Attend, mine enemies of all degrees, From sandlot orators and sandlot fleas To fallen gentlemen and rising louts Who babble slander at your drinking bouts, And, filled with unfamiliar wine, begin Lies drowned, […]

Byrd Rule (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Byrd Rule (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Byrd Rule The term, named for Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), refers to an amendment to the Congressional Budget Act that bars the inclusion of extraneous matter in any reconciliation legislation considered in the Senate. This provision defines different categories of extraneous matter in any […]

Assorted Links  3/4/12

Assorted Links 3/4/12

Do economists lie more? – “Yes. And it seems the effect is causal: studying business and economics makes you more likely to lie” Who Needs a Warrant? Florida Cop Dresses As Power Company Repairman to Gain Access to Home Election hacked, drunken robot elected to DC school board . . . . . . . […]

Assorted Links – 2/16/12

Assorted Links – 2/16/12

The German-Style Board Game Revolution – “A Euro-style game fan I spoke to referred to Monopoly, Life, and the like as ‘Amero-trash games.’ Settlers of Catan originated in Germany, as did most of the rest of its ilk; Germans are famously crazy about board games, and mainstream German magazines often review games along with new […]

Assorted Links – 2/14/12

Assorted Links – 2/14/12

And police departments need this why? THIS is what police departments need: the DecoLiner! Tiny Crimes by the Thousands – “While the big crimes tend to cause the greatest outrage, and hence get the most attention, it’s the little ones, the ones we consider inconsequential, that have the big numbers. Thousand, tens of thousands, of […]

Assorted Links 2/12/12

Assorted Links 2/12/12

“The PPACA Mandate: The Government’s Best Case” – “We are all familiar with an individual mandate that was authorized by the U.S. Congress and notoriously upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court: the affirmative duty of persons of Japanese descent to report to a Civil Control Station. Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1943).” And […]

Assorted Links 2/9/12

Assorted Links 2/9/12

“The screwed generation: Libertarian, not liberal,” by A.J. Dellinger, Salon, February 6, 2012 – “We are the generation that continues to pay into Social Security with every paycheck but suspects we may never see the benefits of it. We are the recipients of degrees that don’t mean much from educational institutions that teach less and […]

Assorted Links 2/7/12

Assorted Links 2/7/12

Hide From Google – a how-to from WIRED Corporatism Is Not the Free Market – “Young people coming of age in the Internet’s decentralized and wide-open market of ideas and merchandise can’t be expected to show enthusiasm for a system that protects entrenched corporations from the forces of competition. Moreover ‘the legitimacy of corporatism is […]

Chinese America

Chinese America

photo credit: besar bears The truth is that early Chinese immigrants in California and the rest of the West were no different from white Europeans. They embarked on the transpacific journey with ambition that a contemporary Chinese folk song called “as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky.” They were just as […]