SXSW Deaths Show Why Texas Needs Science-Based Drug Laws

The drunk driver who killed two people and injured 23 others last night in downtown Austin deserves what’s coming. It won’t be pretty. Police haven’t released his name, but reporters say the culprit was Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21. For his crimes, he could very well be sentenced to death.

Apart from the Texas-style justice that will inevitably be dispensed, this shocking and horrible event should also trigger a serious discussion about our drug laws, particularly on policies that have been scientifically shown to reduce the rate of drunk driving. Continue reading

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Hunter S. Thompson Was So Damned Right It Hurts

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It occurred to me the other day that in his final years, Hunter S. Thompson somehow managed to predict America’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, the NSA scandals, the financial crisis, the Arab Spring and the clampdown on journalists that we’ve all watched play out after his death in 2005. Now, I’m obviously biased toward the Good Doctor, or I wouldn’t be writing on a blog named “Gonzo Muckraker,” but hear me out on this one.  Continue reading