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Humanity and Hope in a Confederate Prison

The New York Times Opinionator has an interesting story on a Southern prison called Cahaba Federal Prison located in Alabama and run by a Kentuckian Methodist minister:

For more than the obvious reasons, Civil War soldiers in both armies despised military prisons. Not only were the inmates held against their will, but the hunger, filth, [...]

Same As It Ever Was (Tax Edition)

Somewhere in Hell is an especially hot place for these bureaucrats of a bygone age (and perhaps their institutional descendants). The AP has the story on when Holland collected back taxes from Jewish Holocaust survivors returning home and a young woman’s fight to return the money:

Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college [...]

What? We Were Members of the Insertion Team!

Let it be known… that it will soon be against the law for cops in Hawai’i to use the services of a prostitute. Hawai’i House Bill 1926 — the description of which says:

Prostitution; Sex Crimes

Description: Amends the offense of prostitution to clarify that a law enforcement officer shall not be exempt from the [...]

Free Speech Battles

RT'd an essay on PC censorship by @MarkSteynOnline. Now getting accused of agreeing w/Steyn on EVERYTHING, which proves Steyn's point.

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 16, 2014

I know Patton Oswalt is not well-liked around these parts… Heck, apart from his role as Remy in Ratatouille and his epic Star Wars rant on Parks [...]

European Kleptocracy

Everyone’s favorite British Member of European Parliament, Daniel Hannan is at it again… tilting against his favorite windmill. From the Daily Mail UK:

Viewed from Brussels, the Westminster expenses crisis looks Lilliputian. Call that a scandal? Bath plugs and massage chairs, patio heaters and lightbulbs? How paltry. How quaint.

Viewed from Brussels, the Westminster expenses [...]

Still Hypocritical

Vote Dry… cuz your Congressman was going to wet his whistle anyway… serf. From The Atlantic:

In a yet-to-be-gentrified area of Northeast D.C., a nondescript warehouse was unusually lively last Saturday afternoon. Inside? A spirited bottling party.

The Ivy City warehouse is home to New Columbia Distillers. Started in 2012 by Michael Lowe, New [...]

HHS Secretary Sebelius Resigning

This is what passes for accountability these days. A good, if long overdue, start. From ABCNews: The president will nominate Budget Director Sylvia Burwell to replace her.

Sebelius approached President Obama about a month ago and asked to step down after the health care sign-up numbers were released, two senior administration officials and a confidante [...]

Wednesday Open Thread

On this date in 1940 Vidkun Quisling (right center) took “control” of Norway sealing his post War fate and making his last name synonymous with “collaborator”.

Rick Perry -- MIA

No, this isn’t a story about Rick Perry being derelict in his duties. It is about his trip with a group called the BentProp Project to Palau in the Pacific to look for the remains of World War 2 MIAs. From the Trail Blazers Blog at The Dallas Morning News: Gov. Rick Perry announced [...]

Urine Trouble

Reports have been circulating in the lamestream media about urine in chlorinated swimming pools creating a toxic combination — cyanogen chloride — that the UN has declared a chemical weapon and which if taken in large quantities over a long period of time can lead to health problems. Here’s the L.A. Times version of [...]