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February 2009 Blog Posts (3)

Life Tries to Imitate Art, and Fails

An Associated Press story now available on details a report from the National Academy of Sciences and the perilous absence of standards for forensic crime labs throughout the country. The Academy claims that the reliability of evidence and testimony generated by crime labs can vary considerably, creating a real threat to the cause of justice. I'm surprised that this stayed a secret… Continue

Added by Tim Dees on February 20, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Keeping It Unreal

Have you ever heard of a rapper named Rick Ross, or as it appears on his CDs, Rick Ro$$? Until recently, neither had I. He came onto my radar as a sign of the times, when it's better to be thought of as a criminal instead of an honest man.

Rick Ross' stage persona is that of a typical gangsta rapper. His songs (I use that word in the loosest possible sense, as I write this while listening to Rachmaninoff) boast of dealing cocaine and living the thug life with the Carol City Cartel… Continue

Added by Tim Dees on February 12, 2009 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

How Cool is Your School?

Since last October, a drama has been unfolding in southwest Washington state that could and should serve as a warning for public employees nationwide. It concerns nontraditional college degree programs, accreditation, and how much responsibility the student has for ensuring the program is legitimate.

Like many public safety agencies, the Washington State Patrol offers pay incentives for troopers who earn college degrees. Most of the time, these are pro forma procedures where you… Continue

Added by Tim Dees on February 11, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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