Idaho becomes second state to restrict drone use by law enforcement, as at least one state Senator voices concerns about "high-tech window peeping." It shouldn't be a surprise that arguably the most conservative state in the union just restricted drone use, as conservatives have long had plenty of privacy concerns about drones, even if the "conservatives" you see on cable news don't share them.
Just in case we've been getting too misty-eyed about Rand Paul lately, he just told Howard University students that he never opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Yikes, doesn't everybody know that's bunk? And he spent twenty minutes on Rachel Maddow's show avoiding answering the same damn question, and Ms. Maddow wasn't even being mean to him. If he's going to pander, he's got to work on his skills. He sure won't learn them from his Dad.
The Obama Administration has argued that it should not have to disclose a court ruling that it's spied on Americans illegally. Or the consequences could be "exceptionally grave and serious" yadda yadda yadda. I would think the consequences of not disclosing the ruling would be rather grave -- must we always be compelled to allow our government to go on blundering?
Arkansas TV stations pull unusually blunt anti-Exxon ad after Exxon threatens legal action. (As you surely recall, an Exxon pipeline did recently take a dump all over Arkansas.) If Exxon really thinks the makers of this ad think that each-and-every Exxon employee hates children because Exxon makes money off technologies that make them sick, they're more thin-skinned than I previously thought possible. And thanks to the miracle of modern technology, you can see the ad in its entirety at the above link.
California may be segregating its prisoners based on race at at least five of its state prisons. Using a color-coding system, no less! As a response to gang-related rioting at its prisons, they say -- and certainly not because California's prisons are at about 150% of capacity!
The incomparable Alex Pareene writes about Reshma Saujani, the former hedge fund attorney now running for New York City public advocate, but who in 2010 ran against U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney in the Democratic primary with the improbable message that we should be nice to Wall Street. And who has since apparently scrubbed every reference to her pro-Wall Street stance (and career!) she can find. It ain't just Republicans who think we're completely stupid, folks. Wanted to "invite Wall Street to create jobs" -- like that's what they know how to do!
Finally, some good news: the National Organics Standards Board has barred the use of the antibiotic oxytetracycline in organic apples and pears, a battle we earlier described here. Some apple and pear growers contend that there just aren't any better ways of fighting fire blight, though hiring more workers to prune trees more carefully and planting more resistant varieties are, actually, two good ways. Eagerly awaiting the first idiot to tell me that you'll be happy when apple prices go up, hippie -- since, as we know, all prices always depend on one single factor!