January 25, 2013

Journal of Predictable Results

Brazil gives prison inmates a holiday vacation... but thousands don't return

More than 2,400 Brazilian inmates are on the run after they were granted a holiday vacation home but surprised prison guards by failing to come back. Of the 26,486 given furloughs for good behavior over the Christmas and New Year's holidays, prison systems from 26 states and the Federal District report five percent remaining at large. Perhaps more surprisingly, however, is that the majority of 45,000 men and women willingly returned.

That really is surprising. Brazilian prisons are not known for their comfortable conditions. And as for the following, well, I told you so.

Obama recess appointments unconstitutional

A federal appeals court has overturned President Obama's controversial recess appointments from last year, arguing he abused his powers and acted when the Senate was not actually in a recess.

Heh. "L'├ętat, c'est moi!" Um, not so much.