Reason Morning Links: Yoo Memos See Sunshine, Sanford Makes Sense, Simon Picks Up His Notebook

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• Obama releases trove of John Yoo memos to the public. Behold the hackery here.

• There's lots for a libertarian to like in this Michael Brendan Dougherty profile of South Carolina governor and possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Mark Sanford.

• The Wire co-creator David Simon gets fed up with the Baltimore Sun's lackluster coverage of the city's police force, dusts off his reporter's notebook, and hits the pavement himself.

• Tanzania on the hunt for albino murderers.

• The Onion comes up with a possible explanation for the rise in government secrecy over the last several years.

• New Pew study says one in 31 Americans is either in jail, prison, on parole, or under some sort of state supervision.

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  1. Talk about Democracy!
    …I wish we got to vote on who the guilty ones are…. instead of all that stupid voting on rulers thing…

  2. The killers reportedly sell albino body parts – including limbs, hair, skin and genitals – to witchdoctors who make potions promising to make people wealthy.

    I told the witch doctor I was in love with you
    I told the witch doctor I was in love with you
    And then the witch doctor, he told me what to do
    He said that
    Ooh-ee-ooh-ah-ah, ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang…

  3. The Onion comes up with a possible explanation for the rise in government secrecy over the last several years.

    Wow, I think this is the third time I’ve seen this linked here. Reason is like that drunk guy at the party that keeps telling the same story over and over…

    (j/k)

  4. ? Tanzania on the hunt for albino murderers.

    At first, I thought this was going to link to a Lonewacko blogpost on OpusDei…

  5. Sanford has a lot going for him, but I think his support of Intelligent Design is going to be a dealbreaker.

  6. I thought this catch-all category was as good a place as any to report that my newspaper laid off 21 percent of its editorial staff (45 people) this morning. We all got overnight e-mails advising us of our status (for those who preferred to get the news instantly).
    To my paper’s credit, they’re giving a month’s notice. Now we’re all walking around this morning trying to discern the living from the zombies. Everybody is walking slow.

  7. Now we’re all walking around this morning trying to discern the living from the zombies. Everybody is walking slow.

    No fast zombies at newspapers? Hmm. Might be good to know for the upcoming WWZ.

  8. That David Simon story really pissed me off.

    Thanks.

  9. “I’ve often said that the test of a great nation is whether it will adhere to its core values not only when it is easy but when it is hard.”

    Yeah, Mr. Holder, you were the first to say this. Uh huh.

  10. I thought this catch-all category was as good a place as any to report that my newspaper laid off 21 percent of its editorial staff (45 people) this morning. We all got overnight e-mails advising us of our status (for those who preferred to get the news instantly).

    Oh, hell. Which paper? The weekly where I used to work announced more job cuts last week, but nobody yet knows whose jobs will be lost.

  11. My condolences. That sucks bigtime. I hope you find something as good, or better.

  12. Thanks, Jennifer, but I was retained. I’m very sad for my colleagues, though, and for the entire industry.

    That David Simon piece rings entirely true. I was a cop reporter myself, neary two decades ago. A lot has changed since then.

  13. Why wouldn’t Simon call in the state police to enforce the Maryland law that says he has to be given access to the record? If they don’t comply, then he probably has no more recourse other than a lawsuit he may not be able to afford to undertake. But, the power of his pen can hopefully move that mountain. If not, we are all screwed…

    …until the next revolution.

  14. I just read the onion piece. LMAO

  15. ? New Pew study says one in 31 Americans is either in jail, prison, on parole, or under some sort of state supervision.

    You had me until the “state supervision” category. That last one covers pretty much everybody these days.

  16. “Why wouldn’t Simon call in the state police to enforce the Maryland law…”

    Hahahahaha.

    Hahaha.

    Ha.

  17. I’ve often said that the test of a great nation is whether it will adhere to its core values not only when it is easy but when it is hard.

    I expect it wasn’t easy to pull off an end run around the pardon vetting process to get a big contributor off the hook. I wonder which core value he was adhering to then?

  18. There’s lots for a libertarian to like in this Michael Brendan Dougherty profile of South Carolina governor and possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Mark Sanford.

    Oh, come on. Can’t this wait until 2010, at least.

  19. Is this all the attention the Yoo memos get? I was looking forward to some righteous indignantion.

  20. DannyK – we’ve known Yoo was a scumbag for a while now, so it’s not like this is a huge surprise. Also, given recent events, you should understand if many people here are suffering from outrage fatigue.

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