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Balko on the Encroaching Nanny State

Here are three items, all found via Radley Balko’s blog and all dealing with government overreach. The first is from Chicago, where a group of chefs is suing the city council to reverse a city-wide ban on serving foie gras at restaurants. I don’t know that they’ll win the lawsuit. The grounds on which they’re…

Australian Free Speech Problems

It looks like Australia has a similar situation to Germany and many of our other allies when it comes to laws against criticizing religions, at least in one province. Victoria has something called the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act that prohibits “inciting hatred against a person or class of persons”, and that act has been…

Calling for Treason Charges

From the “you can’t be fucking serious” department…this will leave you staring at the screen in utter disbelief. Some idiot former military guy wants to bring treason charges against a sitting congressman for disagreeing with the Bush administration’s foreign policy. Naturally, he gets quoted by Agape Press: Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Buzz Patterson, an…

More Anti-Fun Busybodies at Work

This time it’s Chuck Humphrey. He’s filed a Federal suit, attempting to act as a “private attorney general” (his words, not mine), against a range of companies who run fantasy football leagues. The companies include CBS, Disney (which owns ESPN), and others. See the actual complaint here. He is trying to end this “online gambling”.…

Ancient Brit left a comment on a thread below, and the answer became so long and involved – and important, in my view – that I decided to move it up here to its own post. He wrote: I find it interesting that while Europe has exercised moderate control over hate groups, America has not,…

The Perils of Government Watchlists

Here’s a frightening report from a Denver TV station about the government requiring air marshalls to report at least one person a month for suspicious activity on a plane – reports that could put someone on a terrorist watchlist – regardless of whether they see any such activity. You could be on a secret government…

Balko on Carruthers Arrest

Radley Balko is quoted in this ABC News story about the arrest of BetOnSports CEO David Carruthers. He points out the futility, the hypocrisy and oppressive nature of the coming crackdown on internet gambling. First, the futility and hypocrisy: “It’s wrong for about 1,000 reasons,” said Balko, “but the main ones are it’s not gonna…

Sollum on Internet Gambling Ban

Jacob Sollum has an excellent article at Reason about Rep. Goodlatte’s misguided and authoritarian bill to ban internet gambling. That bill passed the House recently, but has not come up in the Senate. Sollum points out the many ways in which Goodlatte’s arguments for the bill are incoherent and hypocritical. For instance, he complains about…

A whole bunch of religious right groups are pressing Bush to negotiate international treaties to outlaw obscenity, according to Agape Press. They’re pushing a report from Bob Peters of Morality in Media. And you’re gonna love one of the reasons for it: Peters also noted in his communication that Muslim populations from across the world…

This is absolutely outrageous. A reader sent me this report by email about BetonSports, an online gambling site that is based in the UK. The report is from MarketWatch: Shares of online-gaming operators based in Britain dropped Monday, after BetOnSports’ chief executive was detained while switching flights in the United States, raising the prospect that…