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Don’t know how I missed this last year: “Alabama scores as #21 on overall freedom and does much better on economic than personal freedom, as one might expect from a highly socially conservative state. Nevertheless, Alabama does well on some personal freedoms, such as smoking bans, cigarette taxes and gun control. Alabama has a strangely [...]

Please watch this excellent new film about protecting your constitutional rights in a police encounter and then head over to FlexYourRights.org!

Now lets make sure Governor Riley does the right thing.

and politicians will not hesitate to pander in the face of tragedy. Megan Meier’s death is certainly a tragedy, but a restriction on “bullying speech” could not have prevented it. Reactionary laws, which are all the rage these days, don’t really make us safer or solve the problems they’re passed to address. Mostly such laws [...]


Via Alex Tabarrok

Bill Brand, RIP

One of my favorite beer bloggers, Bill Brand, has passed away. He was a reporter for the Oakland Tribune and wrote a regular beer column entitled “What’s On Tap?” as well as contributing to the Bottom’s Up beer and wine blog. I had just discovered his excellent reportage this past summer and I’m sad to [...]

I (heart) The Onion

Via Kevin

Here’s a great recent piece from Salon on the debate over whether Autism is actually linked to childhood vaccinations. A taste: Offit also uses the vaccine-autism debate as a case study in how easily society misconstrues science. We are all too eager, he believes, to hold up a single, unverified scientific study as fact. Instead, [...]

Named for the Japanese vine that covers much of the south, these fellows definitely had it covered at the Birmingham Folk Festival. They hauled it all the way from Marion, Alabama to do some pickin and grinnin for us and, if you missed it, here’s a small taste of what you missed. Here’s Old Joe [...]

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know my posting output has fallen off of late (and by late, I mean about the last two and a half months). All apologies for that. I’ve been devoting my time to other things in the interim and haven’t been able to give my blog or [...]