• Donald Trump wants to see Obama’s report cards.
• Glenn Greenwald and Wikileaks scratch Guantanamo’s putrid underbelly.
• Can Ron Paul 2012 do better than Ron Paul 2008? The New York Times sums up half a dozen reasons why the answer is yes.
• Pilot Patrick Smith, in Salon, finds the TSA’s ‘liquids and gels’ rules utterly absurd. I don’t know if the best response is a polite “they are indeed” or a more strident “no shit Sherlock.”
• In light of the TSA’s largely unopposed assaults on passengers’ liberties, this Joseph Schumpeter quote bears reflection:
“Humanity does not care for freedom. The mass of the people realize they are not up to it: what they want is being fed, led, amused, and above everything, drilled. But they do care for the phrase.”
• The new New York: Buy a knockoff, go to jail.
• Bonus: A friend who lives in Cape Town shared this photo he took of a wine-bottle label.
Suggestions for future government warnings: “Don’t drink and take a shower, you may slip and fall.” “Don’t drink and screw, your condom could slip off.” Also, “Don’t drink and drink, ’cause man is your dumb head gonna hurt.” You’re welcome, South Africa.
Rogier is a Dutch-born, New-England-dwelling multi-media maven (OK, a writer and photographer) whose dead-tree publishing credits include the New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Reason.