I failed to give credit, or a link, to the genius who designed “Absolut Corruption.”

Just as I was writing my sarcastic take-down of the Simon/Kristol “criminalizing conservatives” whine, someone I don’t know sent me an email with the “Absolut Corruption” graphic. I quickly pasted it into the text and sent a reply email asking whether the sender wanted credit. I never heard back.

Thanks mostly to the generosity of John Amato of Crooks and Liars, my post drew about a gazillion hits. It also attracted several other links. Presumably most of that action was due to the wonderful graphic rather than the fairly ordinary prose.

And — here’s the injustice — none of that credit, and none of those hits, went to Maria at 2 political junkies, who had designed the graphic. Worse, when I saw her complaint, I promised to add a link to the original post, but (apparently) didn’t.

Now I have, long after the hit-storm is over, which doesn’t do Maria any good. So please help me celebrate Tom DeLay’s booking day by laughing once again at Absolut Corruption.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com