Jerry Mitchell and Molly Parker over at the Clarion-Ledger have several items today on our state's approach to mental health issues. There's a heart-rending story about the suicide of a patient recently released from Whitfield, a detailed piece on the deep cuts to mental health funding, and an article on the lack of adequate housing for mental health patients. I've had quite a bit of experience with people suffering from mental health problems, and I can't stress enough how strong the link is between crime and poor mental health. If you doubt me, ask your local sheriff.
The New York Times has a study on the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts. To no one's surprise, the study concludes that the Roberts Court is the "the most conservative one in living memory." For those that don't follow the USSC that closely, there's an interactive feature that matches you to a justice based on your responses to several questions.
Dana Priest and William Arkin of the Washington Post have been working on a project for the past two years on our nation's intelligence infrastructure, and the fruits of their labor can now be found at "Top Secret America." The project has been widely praised. I'd say that I look forward to reading what they've uncovered, but I'm not exactly sure I want to know...
Finally, if you haven't seen Inception yet, you're missing out. I haven't had that much fun watching a movie in a long, long time. The hotel hallway scenes alone are worth the price of admission, especially once you find out how it was done.