Interesting stories of the day, from rrnd

34) That MIAC report on militias
Delaware Libertarian
by Steve Newton

"I get sick and tired of the repetitive nature of viral, repeating
internet stories that fail to add anything new to a story besides
innuendo and personal spin. This is particularly the case since all
the MSM outlets and most of the blogs are now running with pretty much
only the brief Columbia Daily Tribune story on the issue of that
controverisal Missouri Information Analysis Center report on the
Modern Militia Movement. Let's start there, however, because what
interests me is the official response to the story ..." (03/16/09)

19) New Zealand: Selling sex legally
BBC News [UK]

"In terms of attitudes towards prostitution, New Zealand and Europe
are almost as diametrically opposed as they are in geography. Kiwis
have opted for wholesale liberalisation of the sex trade, while
Europeans are increasingly restricting it. ... Since the Prostitution
Reform Act of 2003, brothels have been allowed to operate more or less
freely. Sex workers have the same rights as everyone else. In the eyes
of New Zealand's law, the oldest profession is just like any other.
This policy stands in marked contrast to Europe. In 1999 Sweden
criminalised the purchase of sex services, and several countries are
introducing similar laws in an attempt to combat
trafficking." (03/17/09)

33) Smile, you're on cop-car camera
by Steve Chapman

"One night last summer Raymond Bell was pulled over by a Chicago cop
and arrested for driving under the influence. Officer Joe D. Parker, a
23-year veteran, reported that upon getting out of his car, Bell was
stinking of alcohol, lurching, and unable to walk a straight line or
stand on one foot. An officer with his stellar record would normally
prevail against a DUI suspect. But in this case, Bell had something on
his side: a video camera mounted on the dashboard of Parker's squad
car that told a radically different story. Far from revealing a
staggering drunk, reported the Chicago Sun-Times, the video 'showed
Bell appearing to be perfectly balanced,' passing the sobriety tests
that Parker administered -- and being refused when he asked to take a
Breathalyzer. Prosecutors watched the video and promptly dismissed the
case. They are now considering charges against Parker. That episode
raises the question: Nine years into the 21st century, why isn't every
squad car in America equipped with a dashboard video
camera?" (03/16/09)