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The Great Museum Flash Scam

Virgina Postrel writes, The anti-photo policies of museums don’t necessarily make sense, except as some kind of revenue enhancer. Prohibiting flash is one thing. And I don’t blame the Louvre for blocking photos in the often-crowded Italian painting gallery. But prohibiting all photos in an uncrowded museum filled with works in the public domain is […]

Reason Pillow Girl

Glenn Reynolds, while reporting that this is the sixtieth anniversary of the bikini, has decided this this is blog sweeps week. I figure I better do my part. Here’s an image of the infamous Reason magazine pillow girl in a nifty little cowgirl/bikini outfit.

Giving Rush Limbaugh a Hard Time

Rush Limbaugh had another run-in with the drug police: Rush Limbaugh was detained for more than three hours Monday at Palm Beach International Airport after authorities said they found a bottle of Viagra in his possession without a prescription. It’s a perfectly legal drug. Who really cares whether or not he has a prescription? Assholes […]

Jeff Fest 2006

I stopped in at the Jeff Fest (a.k.a. The Jefferson Park Community Festival) on the northwest side today. It’s one of the many festivals going on this summer in Chicago. (My photos can also be seen as a slideshow without the commentary.) Here’s Chicago’s most famous Elvis impersonator: A few more sites around the fest: […]

From the Halls of LAX…

This happened back in April, but it’s worth telling, because you just can’t make up this kind of stupidity. At Los Angeles International Airport, employees of the Transportation Security Administration discovered that passenger Daniel Brown was on the no-fly list, so they grabbed him before he boarded his plane and interrogated him, despite the fact […]

Opening the Floodgates

One year ago today, the U.S. Supreme court ruled on the Kelo decision, confirming that governments could use their eminent domain powers to take private property and hand it over to private developers for private use. All that was needed was the thinnest of public use justifications, such as that the new owners would use […]

Sex Over The Phone

Thoughts upon viewing the video for “Sex Over The Phone” by The Village People: I hope string ties never become trendy again. (Although, for all I know, they already are.) Production values for music videos have come a long way. Those guys have some serious mustaches. Did phone sex lines really have to take your […]

High Crimes and…

I’m not a fan of impeaching U.S. Presidents for unimportant crimes—or worse, imagined crimes—but if a Democratic Congress ever impeaches George Bush, I would be highly amused if they got him for flag desecration. Public Defender Dude has more to say. Alright, it’s a bad idea…but there’s a certain cosmic sense of justice to it.

Carnival of Liberty #50

Carnival of Liberty #50 is up at TuCents. Previous carnivals: Carnival Of Liberty #49 at Liberty Corner

Naked On the Bus

I should read Leslie’s Omnibus more often. I missed a really good story that would have made for a great pictorial feature. The World Naked Bike Ride plans to hit Chicago and at least 25 other cities around the world Saturday as a peaceful protest against international oil consumption, according Chicago ride organizer Aurora Danai. […]

What Should Mike Read?

Mike at Crime & Federalism wants reading suggestions. He prefers practical non-fiction and enjoys “books that are that are hybrids of insight and practicality.” Here are my suggestions: Armchair Economist by Steven Landsburg. It’s about thinking carefully about incentives and how people respond to them. Good for thinking about public policy, but I’ve also found […]

“It’s a Number”

White House press secretary Tony Snow had this to say when asked for the President’s reaction to news that the U.S. military had suffered its 2500th death in Iraq: “It’s a number,” said Tony Snow, the White House press secretary. “Every time there’s one of these 500-benchmarks, people want something,” Snow added at his near-daily […]

How To Succeed At Crime

Want to commit non-violent crimes and not get prosecuted? According to an AP piece on Yahoo, it’s not as hard as you might think: Dan L’Allier said he witnessed 45 tons of the New York loot being unloaded in Minnesota at his company’s headquarters. He and disaster specialist Chris Christopherson complained to a company executive, […]

I’m Fiji

You’re Fiji! As calm, relaxed, and removed from life as they come, you’re just so chilled out, it hurts people to see you.  Everyone aspires to be where you are, but most of them just can’t put their stress away.  Little do they know that even you sometimes have inner turmoil and struggles!  For the […]

Beyond the Cheddar Curtain

The wife and I are off at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. If I get any good photos from the show, I’ll eventually post them. Meanwhile, for those of you living outside the area, here are a few sights typical of a journey into Wisconsin:

Googlebomb Not Working Too Well…

Maybe it’s too early to be checking, but I don’t think the whole plan to Googlebomb Egypt is working very well. I can’t find the Free Alla site in the top 500 responses for “Egypt” on Google. Heck, it’s not even in the top 500 responses for “Free Alla”. And when I visit the site […]

Googlebombing For Alaa

On May 7, Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd El-Fatah (علاء أحمد سيف الإسلام عبدالفتاح) was arrested there during a protest. As part of the world-wide response, several other bloggers have have created the Free Alaa blog to chronicle his ongoing detention and legal troubles. You may have noticed that I didn’t link to the Free Alaa […]

Cash For Kidneys, Part 2

[This is a followup to Cash For Kidneys, Part 1.] One of the things that would bother me about donating a kidney is that I’m using it. Granted, living with one kidney isn’t much of a hazard. You really only need one to do the job, and having a spare isn’t all that useful since […]

Cash For Kidneys, Part 1

Virginia Postrel, who recently donated a kidney to a friend, has an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about the disincentives of becoming a donor: My parents were appalled. My doctor told me, “You know you can change your mind.” Many people couldn’t understand why I didn’t at least wait until my friend had been […]

Police Shootings that Make You Go Hmmmm…

Radley Balko has been researching police shootings of innocent citizens during SWAT-style drug raids. It’s surprising how often this happens and how little press it receives. Recently, Balko was researching a raid back in March that scared the hell out an elderly couple when he came across a letter to the editor from a man […]