When a cop brings a drug dog to your front door, he is conducting a search, so he better have a warrant before he does it. So says the Supreme Court in a judgement in the case of Florida v. Jardines handed down this morning. The fact that it was a 5 to 4 decision illustrates how tenuous your few remaining rights actually are. For more background read This Dog Can Send You to Jail.
Bitcoin is going to open an ATM in Cyrpus. Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that, unlike government operated central banks, increases supply only under rigid automated rules.
The Tennessee legislature is considering a bill that would abolish the power of police to seize property without ever charging the property owner with a crime, a practice universally referred to as theft if conducted by any other entity.
Every month, 14 million people now get a disability check from the government. In Hale County, Alabama, 1 in 4 working-age adults is on disability.
A Tunisian preacher has called for a 19-year old girl who posted her topless pictures on Facebook to be “quarantined” and stoned to death before she starts “an epidemic.” She also had the words, “My body belongs to me” written across her chest.
Only a cop could crash into a dirt bike with a squad car from behind (twice!) and then blame it on the biker, charging him with reckless endangerment. I bet cops hate it when video, showing their blatant abuses, winds up on the internet. The name of the biker is, of course, public, while the name of the cop is protected.
Bailout agreement for Cyprus will close their largest bank and seize deposits greater than €100,000. Without the bailout it might have been the first country forced out of the Eurozone. No one wants to be first, you know.
The good news is the Dow Jones is back to what it was before the financial crisis. The bad news is that the value of the dollar relative to gold has fallen faster than the improvement in the Dow.
While the U.S. government looks for ways to restrict gun ownership in “the land of the free”, the CIA is busy shipping thousands of tons of military equipment to rebels in Syria. Because the U.S. unequivocally supports the right of people to rebel against tyranny (except in cases where the tyrants are friendly to the U.S.).
The military is asking Congress for money to expand the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The want $50M for a new building to house special prisoners. This would bring the total bill for upgrading the prison to $195M.
So much for Colorado’s plan to treat marijuana like alcohol. And that’s not to suggest that alcohol regulation is exactly a great example of government restraint. The real mistake was letting government think it had the power to control either one.
The costs of war don’t end when the war ends. We’re still paying beneficiaries from 19th century wars and billions for 20th century wars. And the costs of recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are rising.