Arlington, TX voters dump cameras AND pro-camera mayor

Arlington, TX voters dump cameras AND pro-camera mayor

Voters in Arlington, Texas took matters in their own hands earlier this month and outlawed the use of red light cameras. The ballot proposition terminating the city’s photo ticketing program was adopted with 60 percent of the vote. By nearly the same margin, voters also ejected pro-camera Mayor Robert Cluck in favor of Jeff Williams, […]

Baltimore’s version of Sergeant Schultz

Baltimore’s version of Sergeant Schultz

Many of us remember the great character on HOGAN’S HEROES of Sergeant Schultz. His standard answer to everything was a parody of the excuse that didn’t work for some other Germans at Nuremberg – “I know nothing – I was only following orders.” Check the folks who are supposed to be in charge of the […]

Obama’s Green Loan Program dumps $2.2 billion on taxpayers

Obama’s Green Loan Program dumps $2.2 billion on taxpayers

Taxpayers are on the hook for more than $2.2 billion in expected costs from the federal government’s energy loan guarantee programs, according to an audit by the Government Accountability Office that suggests the controversial projects may not pay for themselves, as officials had promised. The green program loan guarantees were created in a 2005 law […]

British judge rules against postal voting

British judge rules against postal voting

Daily Mail, UK – Postal voting is ‘wide open to fraud’ and should be scrapped in its current form, a top judge warned last night. Judge Richard Mawrey, who sits in judgment on election fraud cases, said ballot-rigging was now a ‘probability’ in some parts of Britain due to the extension of postal voting. Mr […]

Word: Education gobbledygook

Word: Education gobbledygook

Levi Folly, Education Week – Several years ago, a popular department head opened a meeting by asking small groups of us to share what was “happening in our firehouse.”… For some of us at the table that day, the meeting was over before it began. “I don’t work or live in a firehouse,” one colleague […]

ACLU app lets Android users secretly tape the police

ACLU app lets Android users secretly tape the police

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey has released an Android app designed to be used by people who want to secretly record police activity without running the risk that the mobile device will be seized. Called Police Tape, the free app allows the user to record video and audio discreetly. For one thing, […]

The anatomy of a traffic ticket

The anatomy of a traffic ticket

Editor’s Note: The LA Times just ran this editorial decrying the excessive surcharges added to ordinary traffic tickets. The Times points out that surcharges make up about 80 percent of the total ticket cost, so a $100 traffic citation ends up costing $500. The editorial also points that traffic ticket revenue has been declining in […]

A new Miranda Warning?

A new Miranda Warning?

Dear City of Tucson Mayor and Council, I think that there is an opportunity for the City of Tucson to lead the nation in the concept of fewer deaths of citizens in the hands of the police. I am suggesting that the City of Tucson and the Tucson Police Department adopt a policy to add […]

New jobs going to those 55 and older

New jobs going to those 55 and older

While it has been no secret that ever since the quote-unquote recovery virtually all job gains have gone to older workers, those 55 and over and ever closer to retirement, April merely confirmed this demographically disastrous trend, and of the 255K workers added in the household survey when broken down by age group, more than […]