NJ – Sex; UK – Terror; Portugal – Drugs; SC – Money

April 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

14-year-old posts nude pics of herself, is charged with kid porn:

A 14-year-old New Jersey girl has been accused of child pornography after posting nearly 30 explicit nude pictures of herself on MySpace.com — charges that could force her to register as a sex offender if convicted.The case comes as prosecutors nationwide pursue child pornography cases resulting from kids sending nude photos to one another over cell phones and e-mail.

Terror cops in Wales mistake jazz musician for terrorist:

“Britain’s crazy anti-terror laws lend themselves to being brought into action by any kook, something that’s been borne out again recently after a jazz musician in Wales was subject to an armed terror-squad raid after a tipster told them they thought he was a terrorist (he has brown skin, a soundproofed recording studio, and drinks “ethnic” West Indian beverages).”

Also from , a friendly reminder near Newcastle that the UK is becoming more Orwellian every day. The poster probably has a little camera and microphone in it to record any “suspicious” derision of the poster itself. The person who took that photo is probably now on the no-fly list.

Waaa? Portugal Decriminalized all drugs eight years ago:

On July 1, 2001, a nationwide law in Portugal took effect that decriminalized all drugs, including cocaine and heroin. Under the new legal framework, all drugs were “decriminalized,” not “legalized.” Thus, drug possession for personal use and drug usage itself are still legally prohibited, but violations of those prohibitions are deemed to be exclusively administrative violations and are removed completely from the criminal realm. Drug trafficking continues to be prosecuted as a criminal offense.

While other states in the European Union have developed various forms of de facto decriminalization — whereby substances perceived to be less serious (such as cannabis) rarely lead to criminal prosecution — Portugal remains the only EU member state with a law explicitly declaring drugs to be “decriminalized.” Because more than seven years have now elapsed since enactment of Portugal’s decriminalization system, there are ample data enabling its effects to be assessed.


The political consensus in favor of decriminalization is unsurprising in light of the relevant empirical data. Those data indicate that decriminalization has had no adverse effect on drug usage rates in Portugal, which, in numerous categories, are now among the lowest in the EU, particularly when compared with states with stringent criminalization regimes. Although postdecriminalization usage rates have remained roughly the same or even decreased slightly when compared with other EU states, drug-related pathologies — such as sexually transmitted diseases and deaths due to drug usage — have decreased dramatically. Drug policy experts attribute those positive trends to the enhanced ability of the Portuguese government to offer treatment programs to its citizens — enhancements made possible, for numerous reasons, by decriminalization.

Thanks for the tip-off Daphne

Last holdout Gov. accepts millions of dollars in federal economic-recovery funds:

Gov. Mark Sanford’s “month-long fight over stimulus money placed South Carolina in the national spotlight and put him at loggerheads with President Barack Obama” … bla, bla, bla….Wonkette gives a much more entertaining wrap up of the situation. Oh Wonkette, how I love thee with thine rapier witt, more biting than a serpent’s tongue. How I wish that I could have you as my own private “DC Madame”. Rawr!

the last three holdouts in the country — Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin and even Mark “Queen Welfare Queen” Sanford — have decided to accept allllllllllll of their allotted portions, after ranting for months and months about how accepting that money would destroy their state economies and add trillions in new terrible debt and force them raise taxes to 14,000% within a week just to pay a SINGLE TEACHER. Mark Sanford, of course, accepted this toxic money while still calling Obama a moron for allowing him to do so, because now he’s just going to launder it.

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