Your Random-Ass Roundup: The Petraeus Affair Now Involves Olivia Pope. (Seriously.)

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Congratulations, America: this Petraeus mess has now officially morphed into an episode of Scandal. [...]

Your Monday* Random-Ass Roundup: Heard 'Em Say

Believe it or not, I’ve been known to be a jackass. Ask anyone who had the misfortune of knowing me in college. Or a couple years ago. I really hope President Obama isn’t asked about it anytime soon:

Anyway, lots of things have happened since our last Monday roundup. Here’s a few of them, [...]

Good Lookin' Out?

Dr. Conrad Murray, now most famous as Michael Jackson’s doctor, told supporters today that he appreciated their support but couldn’t respond to their e-mails or phone calls in recent weeks because of all the scrutiny. So he posted a YouTube video. Because that’s better.

Billy Mays's Autopsy.

Cocaine. That explains everything. Don’t know how I missed this.

Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup: Acting Stupidly

Because of technical difficulties and an unusually busy work day, this almost became Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup. Sorry I’m late again.

DougJ at Balloon Juice: “We’re a country where a uniform and a badge entitles you to arrest people for speaking loudly on their porches.”

Your PostBourgie-approved weekend reading material:

First things first, Stacia, [...]

Drug Decriminalization and Racial Inequality in Pop Culture.

Our homie Jeremy Levine wrote a paper for one of his doctoral courses called “Social Structure and Culture in the Study of Race and Urban Poverty” (which is led by the eminent sociologist, William Julius Wilson) that became a post over on his dope blog, Social Science Lite. He was gracious enough to let [...]

Changing Strategies In "The War On Drugs."

Matt Yglesias has a good post on alternatives to the current “war on drugs” approach to policing:

What we need is less emphasis on drugs and more emphasis on actual problems associated with drugs. For example, consider a town with two crack dealers. Dealer One sells twice as much crack as Dealer Two, but Dealer [...]

Coming Out of the (Cannabis) Closet.

Will Wilkinson has penned a particularly thought-provoking essay about marijuana:

If we’re to begin to roll back our stupid and deadly drug war, the stigma of responsible drug use has got to end, and marijuana is the best place to start. The super-savvy Barack Obama managed to turn a buck by coming out [...]