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Radley Balko:

When it comes to its stated mission—keeping school-age children from trying illicit drugs—the D.A.R.E. program has been a failure. But D.A.R.E. does have a fun history of teaching kids to turn their pot-smoking parents in to the police.

It happened again last week:

The 11-year-old student is in 5th grade at an elementary school in Matthews.  Police say he brought his parents’ marijuana cigarettes to school when he reported them.

Matthews Police say he reported his parents after a lesson about marijuana was delivered by a police officer who is part of the D.A.R.E. program, which teaches kids about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

“Even if it’s happening in their own home with their own parents, they understand that’s a dangerous situation because of what we’re teaching them,” said Matthews Officer Stason Tyrrell.  That’s what they’re told to do, to make us aware.”..

Police arrested the child’s 40-year-old father and 38-year-old mother on Thursday.

Both were charged with two misdemeanor counts each of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were not jailed and were released on a written promise to appear in court…

Police say both the 11-year old and a sibling have been removed from the parents’ house by social services.

Proving once again that pot ruins lives. Not because of the drug itself, but because of what the government will do to you if they catch you with it.
Another win for public education: teaching kids to turn in their relatives and be good wards of the state.

Although, I assume this 11-year-old was never told that if he reported his parents to the school he would be snatched out of his home, his parents would be arrested and charged, and he’d be placed in the custody of the state… that level of detail must be covered in a more advanced course.

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NR’s Rich Lowry:

Texas already looms large in its own imagination. Its elevated self-image didn’t need this: More than half of the net new jobs in the U.S. during the past 12 months were created in the Lone Star State.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 214,000 net new jobs were created in the United States from August 2009 to August 2010. Texas created 119,000 jobs during the same period. If every state in the country had performed as well, we’d have created about 1.5 million jobs nationally during the past year, and maybe “stimulus” wouldn’t be such a dirty word.

What does Austin know that Washington doesn’t? At its simplest: Don’t overtax and spend, keep regulations to a minimum, avoid letting unions and trial lawyers run riot, and display an enormous neon sign saying, “Open for Business.”

Nice, I’ve always said the problems with Texas are clearly not economic—rather, they are called Texans.

I’ve been told I should try Austin, which fits my basic theory of the best places to be. You want to look for a blue city—often the state capital or at least county seat—surrounded by a larger sea of red.

This way you can enjoy a free-minded local culture stuffed inside a free-market regional economy.

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Even though it’s caused me to be slightly more circumspect about the people i have crushes on, apparently Eric was caught in Israel earlier today.  Did I mention that he was insanely hot?

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Ambers reports Obama faces a critical decision:
[T]he Justice Department is preparing to ask a federal judge to stay her ruling ending enforcement of the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning gays in the military. But my sources insist that, as of last night, the White House, meaning President Obama, had not signed off on that course of action even though the Justice Department sent the White House a legal brief in near-record time.

Perhaps the decision has been made by now, but the last time I checked, senior officials were still debating both what to do and how to do it, cognizant that an appeal of the ruling could turn the party’s activist base from petulant to pissed off in a matter of seconds.

There are no neat delineations in the universe of who is arguing for what, but there are several schools of thought about what Obama should do.
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I figured out a while back that the universe didn’t have me set up for a life of conventional experiences.  The latest example?  A friend who I had a huge crush on in law school just fled the country after killing both of his parents in a schizophrenic rage:

After allegedly stabbing his parents to death, a Staten Island man has escaped to Israel, sources said.

Eric Bellucci, 30, took his parent’s Honda pickup truck and drove to Newark Airport, where he boarded a flight to Israel.

Israeli cops, with help from the NYPD, are hunting him Bellucci, law enforcement sources told The Post today.

Just…  wow…

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I know I give the South a lot of shade but I was pleasantly surprised to find out about this moving speech by a gay Fort Worth city councilman on the recent spate of gay teen suicides:



I was especially surprised to see how everyone in the room applauded him.  Quite a moving speech.

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I don’t much care for House but apparently this quote came from the show (so it can’t be all bad):

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