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Archived Since:February 15, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Trust Us. We Have An Excellent Reason To Take Your House(s)

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Scott Meiner, Americans for Forfeiture Reform San Antonio Express News reports on the attempted forfeitures of two houses owned by Dr. Sindy Chapa, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Latinos Media and Markets at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. “Chapa hasn’t been charged with a crime, and an [...]

Tennessee Tales: A Review Of Misappropriations, Missing Funds, Improper Accounting, & Stolen Drugs

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Recent tales of asset forfeiture abuse in Tennessee sparked my curiosity as to how Tennessee law enforcement departments are handling (or mishandling) seized property. I am looking for credible accounts (relevant to asset forfeiture)...Show More Summary

First they came for the elephants, and then there was no one left

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

I have always enjoyed the old Soviet humor, and I thought I’d share this one that I found in my notes:   A flock of sheep were stopped by frontier guards at the Russo-Finnish border. “Why do you wish to leave Russia?” asked the guards? “It’s the NKVD!”, replied the terrified sheep. “Comrade Beria has [...]

Nita Ghei’s Column On BATFE’s New Asset Forfeiture Authority

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

  Scott Meiner, Americans for Forfeiture Reform Nita Ghei has a great Op-Ed at the Washington Times on the new authority given to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF or BATFE) to seize and administratively forfeit property allegedly involved in Controlled Substance Act offenses. Show More Summary

Legendary Federal Judge Richard Posner Endorses Marijuana Legalization

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

The entire speech is worth listening to, but for those interested in Posner’s statement on marijuana you could start listening at about the 54th minute:   -Eapen Thampy

But Bush Said the Man Has a Good Heart

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

This is causing some consternation in Georgian newspapers. (Or at least the English-language papers.) Russia needs a “leap forward” to rejuvenate its sprawling defense industry, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, harkening back to the ambitious industrialization carried out by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in the run-up to World War Two. “We should carry out [...]

Best Amicus Brief Ever

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

-Eapen Thampy Here’s page 1.   The rest of the brief is here. Hat Tip: Todd Bussert

Thursday Afternoon Big Brother Rap Blogging

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

-Eapen Thampy I thoroughly enjoyed this effort from the Juice Media. I like to think that George Orwell would appreciate it too:   Hat Tip: Mitch Richards

Natasha Schull’s Refreshing Skepticism on Gambling Addiction Intervention

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

-Eapen Thampy You should read this MIT News article about addiction researcher Natasha Schull’s groundbreaking research on gambling addiction. Excerpt: Now, in her new book, Addiction by Design, published this month by Princeton University Press, Schull delves into the lives of such gamblers. In particular, she looks at compulsive machine gamblers — not the folks playing [...]

“I am a Sex Offender — For Life”

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Folks, it’s Lenore from Free-Range Kids, back here because I just got this email and it points very clearly to the path we must take: CHANGE THE SEX OFFENDER LAWS which are, as this “offender” himself notes, harsher than those we mete out for murder — even when what we’re talking about is CONSENSUAL SEX [...]

From Cato: Asset Forfeiture Horror Stories

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Via the excellent Walter Olson at Overlawyered: -Eapen Thampy, Americans for Forfeiture Reform

9th Circuit Appellate Court Rejects Government’s Argument That Claimants Who Deny Currency Ownership To The Police Concede Article III Standing To Challenge Attempted Forfeitures

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Scott Alexander Meiner, Americans for Forfeiture Reform Michael Simard prevailed on a civil asset forfeiture and Article III case or controversy standing question before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The federal...Show More Summary

Leah Maurer on Experiencing a SWAT Raid in Columbia, Missouri

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Jason Zepps hosted a community sound-off on this afternoon’s “Shadow Convention” coverage of the War on Drugs by Huffington Post Live. I wanted to point this segment out as it contains an account of another marijuana SWAT raid by the infamous Columbia Police Department. Leah Maurer narrates at 11:05; I am providing a rough transcription [...]

Photo of the Day

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

I’m in Georgia (the country) this week to give a talk to a student group. I’ll be in Tbilisi tomorrow, but here’s a nice morning shot of the Georgian countryside where the conference is being held.   –Radley

Sunday Morning Peace Blogging

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

-Eapen Thampy In the Washington Post, “Caravan for Peace crosses U.S. to highlight the failed War on Drugs“, excerpt: This  August in conjunction with the Mexican Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, a high profile Caravan of Peace is crossing the U.S., starting in San Diego/Los Angeles area, heading east along the U.S.-Mexico border [...]

The Real Meaning of Free-Range Kids

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Long before I was given blogging privileges on The Agitator this past month, I was a reader of Free-Range Kids. Ironically, the person who put me onto the blog was Karen DeCoster, who doesn’t have children, but is wonderfully-opinionated and fun to be around. Lenore Skenazy, who runs the site, became famous four years ago [...]

“What have you learned as a police officer about life and society that most people don’t know or underestimate?”

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

-Eapen Thampy Thought this discussion on Quora was worth flagging, excerpts: High-speed chases look like fun because they are. Take away alcohol and stupid, and the world would require about 90% fewer cops. Once you become a cop, very few of your non-cop friends will ever again treat you the same way.

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