Nick Gillespie Interviews Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs

Mike Rowe
of Dirty Jobs recently sat down
with Reason‘s Nick Gillespie to discuss the problem
with taxpayer-supported college loans, the importance of a work
ethic, the burden of regulatory compliance, and his own unusual
work history. 

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Andrew Napolitano on Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Hypocrisy

Recently, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the
chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, took to the Senate
floor to accuse the CIA of spying on staff members of her committee
while they were examining CIA documents in Virginia. This may be
the first acknowledgment by any senior government official who
walks the halls of the intelligence community that the CIA engages
in domestic spying.

But Feinstein’s outrage at the CIA was for the wrong reasons,
Andrew Napolitano argues. She expressed no outrage over
NSA spying upon her 37 million California constituents (in fact,
she approved it). The behavior that she condemns is the spying on a
dozen persons in another branch of government. You get the picture,
writes Napolitano. Feinstein has no problem with experiments with
American liberties, unless she and her staff are the victims.

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Brickbat: Is That a Gun on Your Shirt?

Officials at New
York’s Grand Island High School ordered sophomore Shane Kinney to
turn his NRA T-shirt inside out or change
. When he refused, they gave him one day in in-school
suspension. School officials refused to speak to a local TV station
about the matter, but in a statement they denied any student had
been suspended for wearing a T-shirt “expressing an opinion of the
NRA or gun control.”

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Tonight on The Independents: Red Meat Wednesday, With Libertarian Porn Star/Student Belle Knox, Greg Gutfeld, Julie Borowski, Greg Lukianoff, and More!

'sup, Rothbard? |||Red Meat
on The
(Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT)
usually means too many libertarians chasing too few segments.
Tonight is no different.

Kicking off the show is
Fox News double-host
rejected Reason intern
Greg Gutfeld (read our
interviews with him from
October 2009
and March
), talking about his spanking new book,
Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

Then the Party Panel, consisting of “Progressive Messaging
Expert and all around good guy” Richard Fowler and beloved
Internet libertarian Julie Borowski of
FreedomWorks, talks about the social-issue split between Sen. Rand
Paul (R-Kentucky) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the Democratic
Party’s weak presidential bench, and NASA’s goofy study predicting

civilizational collapse

The 18-year-old porn
, Duke University freshman, and self-described
Belle Knox
stops by for an interview. Foundation for Individual
Rights in Education President Greg Lukianoff comments on the
of a UC Santa Barbara Feminist Studies professor seizing
an anti-abortion protester’s sign, calling her a “terrorist,” then
pushing her. Other topics that may or may not come under discussion
include tequila, Hillary Clinton, Bronies, and March Madness

Did you miss Kennedy’s insane interview with Akon last night?
Here it is:

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Los Angeles Cannot Find Funds in Its $7-Plus Billion Budget to Care for Roads

Muh Roads!If we need the government to
pave the roads, then how come government can’t actually seem to
pave the roads?

It’s a question to ask a lot in California, where citizens pay
significant amounts of taxes, and yet the roads are often
disasters. On the state level, the Reason Foundation notes, California
spends more per mile than the national average for its highway
system, yet ranks near the bottom of the list for road

On the local level, residents may see the same problems. Los
Angles has high state and local taxes (sales tax in the city is
) and yet more than a third of the streets in the city’s
streets are get failing grades for road repair (the Los Angeles
has an interactive map here).

What’s the solution to the problem? Not shifting resources and
rethinking priorities, obviously. Los Angeles just needs
more taxes
! From the Los Angeles Times:

One year after Los Angeles voters rejected a sales tax increase,
the City Council is looking at trying again — this time by tying
the money to the repair of the city’s deteriorating network of

Two high-level City Hall policy advisors recommended Tuesday
that lawmakers place a half-cent tax hike on the November ballot
that would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years. The proceeds, they
said, would pay to fix the most severely damaged roads and

Passage of a tax could add momentum to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s
“back to basics” campaign, which focuses on upgrading basic
services. The proposal also could help city leaders resolve a
potentially costly disability rights lawsuit filed by wheelchair
users who say buckled sidewalks block their access.

That last tax that failed required a simple majority. This one
would require a two-thirds majority to pass, so to say its chances
are as rough as pushing a stalled car up one of the city’s
pothole-covered hills is an apt if rather labored simile. Why
should anybody trust the city would spend its current revenue for
road repairs when it’s not currently spending its revenue for road

Jack Humphreville, who writes about L.A.’s budget for the
website CityWatch, said city elected officials have used money that
should have gone to road repairs to fund excessive employee
salaries and benefits. “They were grossly negligent over the last
two decades in maintaining our infrastructure,” Humphreville

Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of
Commerce, said his organization is concerned about the burden a new
tax could place on businesses and consumers. Toebben said he also
wanted to know whether the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
would pursue a separate sales-tax hike for transit services in
2016. “If you keep adding taxes, eventually you reach a point where
people say that’s just too much,” he said.

And let’s not forget, the city encouraged voters to pass a
referendum that caps the number of legal medical marijuana shops in
town and is planning to
shut hundreds of potential taxpaying businesses down

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Video: Ares Armor CEO Tries to Reason with ATF over Customer Privacy; Raid Ensues

“Ares Armor CEO Tries to Reason with ATF over Customer Privacy;
Raid Ensues” is the latest video from ReasonTV. Watch above or
click on the link below for video, full text, supporting links,
downloadable versions, and more Reason TV clips.

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All Cars Are Under Investigation, LAPD Tells Court

CamerasIn the course of seeking data
about the Los Angeles Police Department’s automatic license plate
reader program, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked the police for some
information. Specifically, what plates cameras had captured over
the course of two years, and the department’s policies for using
and retaining what those cameras nabbed. We can’t tell you, the
cops replied, because every car we see is under investigation,
which makes it a (sshhhh) secret.

Every car. Over two years.

Specifically, in their court filing (a hearing is scheduled for
March 21), LAPD
mouthpieces wrote

Government Code section 6254 sets forth numerous categories of
records that are exempt from the disclosure requirements of the
[California Public Records Act]. One of those categories, found in
subdivision (f), exempts law enforcement investigatory records from

The ALPR data sought in this case—electronic records consisting
of vehicles’ license plates, and the date, time and location those
license plates were captured by the Department’s ALPR
cameras—constitute “records of…investigations conducted by …
any local police agency” which fall squarely under this statutory

Just so there’s no misunderstanding, the filing added, “All ALPR
data is investigatory—regardless of whether a license plate scan
results in an immediate ‘hit’ because, for instance, the vehicle
may be stolen, the subject of an ‘Amber Alert,’ or operated by an
individual with an outstanding arrest warrant.”

“May?” Well, yes, any car that drives by a camera “may” be a lot
of things. “May” opens up a fascinating world of speculation, full
of intriguing possibilities. But, as the EFF’s Jennifer Lynch


This argument is completely counter to our criminal justice
system, in which we assume law enforcement will not conduct an
investigation unless there are some indicia of criminal activity.
In fact, the Fourth Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution
exactly to prevent law enforcement from conducting mass,
suspicionless investigations under “general warrants” that targeted
no specific person or place and never expired.

The LAPD also said revealing the license plates it had tracked
would threaten drivers’ privacy. Unlike, apparently, tracking them
to begin with.

The full filing is below.

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Rand Paul Attacks Obama on NSA Spying: “Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is speaking to
students and faculty today at the University of California at
Berkeley, famously known as one of the most left-wing campuses in
the country. And as Jeremy W. Peters of The New York Times
reports, Paul hopes to use that liberal climate to his advantage,
effectively attacking President Obama from what we might call the
libertarian-left over the issue of NSA spying on American citizens.
Peters writes:

Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, says President Obama
should be particularly wary of domestic spying, given the
government’s history of eavesdropping on civil rights leaders such
as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The first African-American president ought to be a little more
conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of
domestic spying,” Mr. Paul said, previewing remarks he planned to
deliver to a group of students and faculty members Wednesday
afternoon at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were
spied upon, Muhammad Ali was spied upon, antiwar protesters were
spied upon,” he said. “The possibility for abuse in this is
incredible. So I don’t care if there’s never been any evidence of
abuse with the N.S.A., they should not be collecting the data.”

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Ukraine Pulling Troops from Crimea, Homeless Man ‘Baked’ to Death in Prison, Rand Paul May Run for Re-Election and President at Same Time: P.M. Links

  • Even from a distance, Rikers Island looks rather unpleasantUkraine is now planning to
    its troops from Crimea
    as Russian forces start taking over
    military installations there.
  • A mentally ill homeless man was arrested for trespassing in
    Harlem while looking for a place to sleep, locked up in Rikers
    Island, and then subsequently
    died in his cell
    because malfunctioning equipment caused it to
    be heated up to more than 100 degrees, officials say.
  • One of the spouses in Illinois’
    first legally recognized same-sex marriages
    has died at age 65.
    Her failing health had convinced a judge to expedite a marriage
    license for the couple before the official start date.
  • Kentucky legislators have passed a bill that would allow
    politicians to
    run for two offices at once
    , which would allow Sen. Rand Paul
    to run for president while still trying to hang on to his Senate
  • The FBI is officially joining the probe investigating missing

    Malaysian Airlines Flight 370
    , helping analyze hard drives
    seized from the pilots’ homes.
  • A federal judge has ruled that Kansas and Arizona can add
    state-specific instructions
    requiring proof of citizenship
    to a national voter registration

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J.D. Tuccille: Why Flounder Over Ukraine When We Can Be Frustrated by Venezuela?

Venezuela protestTensions escalate as a soldier is fatally shot in
the head during a clash with protesters. Government forces seize a
hotly contested public square long occupied by demonstrators, only
to see opponents of the regime return in reconstituted form. The
country’s economy teeters on the edge of collapse under the weight
of deep corruption and profoundly intrusive state policies. And the
nation’s posturing, yet elected, leader points to a powerful
foreign government as the source of his regime’s problems of
legitimacy and basic competence.

Welcome to…Ukraine? No, this is closer to home: Venezuela
under the rule of President Nicolas Maduro, a leader every bit as
thuggish as his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, but with even less charm.
With Venezuela in our own hemisphere, asks J.D. Tuccille, why
venture to the fringes of Europe to find a heartbreakingly divided
and failing nation that defies easy solutions by Americans?

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