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October 19, 2005
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*Chris Lynch thinks it's time to start thinking about Larry Walker as a serious Hall of Fame candidate. I'm not sure about that one, but Walker shouldn't be penalized for his home park, as he really has been a fine hitter everywhere he's been.
*Powerline has the text of a motion to dismiss the second indictment of Tom DeLay. It certainly sounds like DeLay has valid grounds to dismiss the indictment, on the basis of the statutes at issue not covering his conduct and, possibly, improper venue. (There's no shame in being acquitted on technicalities when you are charged with a technical offense in the first place). But then, criminal defense attorneys often make arguments that sound persuasive until you see what the facts or law really are; I don't know enough about the Texas statutes in question to know if this holds water.
*Jeff Goldstein notes the massive allocation of resources to arrests for marijuana possession. I'm generally - if somewhat weakly - in favor of criminalization of marijuana (in part on a broken-windows theory), but the problem with enforcing the law against pot is that you end up with a choice between (1) using vast resources better spent elsewhere or (2) enforcing the law in an arbitrary manner (and as we all know, a law arbitrarily enforced is far more susceptible to being a law discriminatorily enforced). This is one reason why I think the federal government, at least, should get out of the pot-busting business and leave to local governments the decision of what resources to allocate to this area.
*Here's a bizarre headline about North Korea: "Report: Kim has chosen 2nd son, an NBA fan, to succeed him."
David Stern's long arm grows ever longer.
*I haven't looked at the legislation in detail, but I agree with Instapundit that a Congressional effort to promulgate rules for the handling of detainees is a good thing, for reasons I've explained before.
*This, also via Instapundit, just amazed me. Next up, UK Committee on Un-Islamic Activities? We're at war, and our allies are rotting from within.
*A stolen vote of the type you won't hear much about.