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Insanity Over Mad Cow Testing

Instapundit had a link to an infuriating AP story: WASHINGTON: The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease. Oh. Well, I’m not sure that’s such a big deal. There’s no need for the government to force meatpackers to test every animal if the […]

Cell Tower

Yeah, That Sounds Like McCain

Heh.

Safer Driving Rules For the Children

Here’s a slightly annoying Chicago Tribune editorial about changes in the rules for teenage drivers here in Illinois. Basically, they’ve increased the restrictions teenagers face. The new rules include: – Night restrictions for drivers younger than 18 are moved back an hour. – Passenger limits on 16- and 17-year-old drivers are extended from six months […]

Operation Support Our Troops – Illinois

A friend of mine just reminded me of a great organization called Operation Support Our Troops-Illinois. Founded in 2003 by Debi Rickert, OSOTIL sends out care packages to our troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. They follow Department of Defense security standards and guidelines. Most of the items they send are not available through the […]

Eternal Copyright

In an op-ed entitled “A Great Idea Lives Forever. Shouldn’t Its Copyright?” in last Sunday’s New York Times author Mark Helprin tries to make the case for eternal copyright. Once the state has dipped its enormous beak into the stream of your wealth and possessions they are allowed to flow from one generation to the […]

Divine Sarah Meets the Wizard of Menlo Park

I’m pretty comfortable with technology, complacent even, but every once in a while some commonplace thing about our modern world just amazes me. One day about 120 years ago, French actress Sarah Bernhardt left the Broadway theater where she was performing and set out on a journey that took her over the Hudson River into […]

Friday Catblogging: Minky!

Fans of this blog, or at least of this blog’s catblogging, may have noticed that most of the pictures are of sleeping cats. What can I say? I am surrounded by lazy kitties. However, I recently paid a visit to my friend Cindy to take pictures of her new kitten. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give […]

Des Plaines TIF: A Strange Mix

Right on the south edge of the central triangle in the Des Plaines Five Corners/River-Rand TIF zone is a small group of odd buildings. This is the only part of the inner triangle (and the only part of the TIF district I’ve shown you) that looks like a common-sense definition of blighted, especially when seen […]

Guess Who’s Back?

Now that 24 is over, what will we do for mindless action? This.

If You Fall Well That’s Okay

So, I hear that Jerry Falwell died. I was in high school and my early college years during the heyday of the Moral Majority, a bunch of busybodies who seemed terribly worried that people were enjoying themselves in ways they did not approve. In particular, they seemed to dislike recreational sex, and they seemed to […]

Crybaby Attorneys General

Yesterday, officials at MySpace refused to turn over the names of users who were registered sex offenders to the attorneys general of several states. According to a USA Today story: Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday blasted MySpace for refusing to share the information and said no subpoena is needed for MySpace to tell […]

Ron Paul Fumbles the Ball for the Libertarian Team

I didn’t watch the Republican debates, but it sounds like it went about how I’d expect, only worse. As a libertarian, I’m interested in seeing how well Ron Paul does. I don’t agree with everything he stands for, but I like his minimalist approach to government. He’s one of the few successful politicians who can […]

Gas Out Day

Today is Gas Out Day, a day of protest against high gas prices being organized through a grass-roots effort in emails and blogs. Here is a one description I grabbed off of somebody’s blog: On May 15th 2007, all internet users are to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. […]

Good News In the International Plaza TIF Battle

I’ve been meaning to comment on this, but Cal Skinner beat me to it. Graydon Megan is reporting in the Chicago Tribune that the deal between Arlington Heights and Target Corporation is in the toilet. “Target has realized, I think, with the passage of time, increased costs and the pending lawsuits, it doesn’t make economic […]

Jury Duty: Followup

My long tale of last year’s jury duty (Voir Dire, Testimony, Verdict, Reflections) just drew a comment from a public defender named Bill: [Note: In all accounts of this trial, I’m using fake names for the people and locations.] While I can’t second guess your decision, since I didn’t hear all of the evidence, it […]

A Strange But Familiar Logic

Rogier van Bakel posts a bit of a horror story about trying to adopt a dog from a shelter. Oddly, the attendant don’t want to let him visit the kennels, instead asking him to look through a binder and pick a dog for her to bring out. Even after he finds a dog, a big […]

Making New Friends With Cell Phones

A few nights ago I was getting ready to go to bed when I heard my cellphone buzzing away in the pocket of my jacket. It does that periodically when I’ve missed a call, so I pulled it out to see I had missed anything important. It wasn’t a missed call. It was an instant […]

Friday Catblogging

Here’s a picture of Dozer doing what he does best: And here’s a special guest cat, spotted on a neighbor’s balcony:

Second Thoughts on Hate Crimes

(My discussion of hate crimes arises against the background of Bush’s veto of a new federal hate crimes bill, but I’m not discussing that bill at all.) A few days ago I blogged about hate crime laws. These laws increase the punishment for “hate crimes,” which are crimes that are motivated by bigotry. Beat a […]

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