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What I Did Last Week

I spent most of last week doing stuff for my paying job, and I thought it might be interesting to blog about that. I was planning a series of posts on the wonders of the X12 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) guideline for the Benefit Enrollment and Maintenance (834) transaction required by the Health Insurance Portability […]

For Whose Benefit?

I haven’t posted much in the last week because I’ve been real busy at my day job, but now that I just finished off a big chunk, I wanted to talk about one very interesting thing that happened last week. I’m referring, of course, to the re-arrest of Lindsay Lohan. Everybody bemoans the large amount […]

Saving Grace

Saving Grace is a new series on TNT starring Holly Hunter, the latest film actor to make the jump to the small screen. She plays Grace (natch) Hanadarko, an Oklahoma City police detective battling her own personal demons. You might say she’s slightly flawed. She’s an alcoholic, exhibitionistic, sexual addict with anger issues. She blames […]

Think I’ve Got Enough Disk Space?

2581.49 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity 1198.79 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space Yeah, me neither. I think I’m going to buy another terabyte.

Get The Party Started

I love cover songs. When one artist is covering a song with a well-known version by another artist, I can’t help but think of the earlier version while listening to the new one. The contrast between the old and new versions in my head creates musical tension unlike any original performance. Case in point: Here […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Well, Amazon Order Tracking says that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is on the way. The shipping origin is right here in Illinois, so when Amazon shipped it yesterday, it only took three hours to reach Chicago, but Amazon put in a request to hold the package until tomorrow. I actually thought about driving […]

Whose Freedom of Religion?

Members of the religious right sometimes complain that Christians like themselves are losing their religious freedom. In my experience, those complaining loudest are all too often deploring the loss of “rights” such as the right to have government-paid teachers force children to recite prayers, or the right to force everyone else in the country to […]

The End of the Harry Potter Series

[Be sure to read the comments: I wrote the first few of these here, but a lot of people have contributed some truly funny endings.] The end of the Harry Potter series, as written by Mario Puzo (The Godfather) : Replacing the fallen Dumbledore as head of Hogwarts, Professor Minerva McGonagall proves to have balls […]

John From Cincinnati – Review

John From Cincinnati is all about angry stupid people. But not uninteresting angry stupid people. The show was created by David Milch, co creater of NYPD Blue and Deadwood. Set in the California surfing town of Imperial Beach, the show is in some sense a family drama, revolving around the spectacularly dysfunctional Yost family and […]

More Lies About Terrorism and Drugs

The Drug Czar’s blog, Pushing Back, links aprovingly to a story in the Record Searchlight of Redding, California: The nation’s top anti-drug official said people need to overcome their “reefer blindness” and see that illicit marijuana gardens are a terrorist threat to the public’s health and safety, as well as to the environment. John P. […]

What I Learned About Cops and Lawyers

It’s time to tell you how my traffic ticket saga ends. First, however, I should tell you how it started. About a month ago, I was driving on a local expressway when I entered an area with some construction off to the side of the road. At about the same time, I came up behind […]

Monitoring Michael Chertoff’s Guts

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff recently announced that he has a “gut feeling” that Al Qaeda is up to something this summer. Wired magazine beat me to the joke:

Fight! For Your Right! To sleep.

John Kass breaks this shocking story about life in the city that banned foie gras: Window washer Sam Hardison has been charged by City Hall with another crime of the century: Falling asleep on a CTA train, with a cookbook in his lap. So the poor guy may have to pay City Hall a fine […]

More About Finding a Lawyer

Commenting on my description of how I picked a lawyer, Gideon says: Interesting stuff there: He presumes that proximity to the courthouse means familiarity with the court At first I didn’t understand why he thought it odd that I assumed a lawyer close to the courthouse would be more familiar with it. Re-reading what I […]

A Labor Action by Cook Country Prosecutors?

They’re not allowed to strike, but some Cook Country prosecutors aren’t showing up to work today: As many as two-thirds of the 520 prosecutors staffing Cook County’s felony courtrooms are expected to be no-shows, officials in the state’s attorney’s office said. Prosecutors throughout the 835-lawyer office are being urged to attend today’s County Board meeting […]

Finding a Traffic Lawyer

For reasons I explained in a previous post, I decided to hire a lawyer to handle my court appearance for a traffic ticket. I was going to write about my day in court, but I thought maybe I should explain how I hired a lawyer. As in most things, I used the web. I did […]

What I Learned About Scott’s Law

About a month ago, my wife and I were on our way to dinner at a new restaurant when a cop pulled us over. I got a ticket. Then we continued to dinner, which sucked. When I got home that night, I did some research on the law I had allegedly broken. It’s listed in […]

Legal Sweatshops

So you’re thinking of going to law school, eh? Apparently, lawyering is not the great job it once was. If you can’t land the job you want—especially if you’re from a bottom-ranked law school—you’ll probably have to find some scutwork to help pay off those massive student loans. That means work in a legal sweatshop […]

175 Photos of Chicago Gay Pride Parade 2007

Photo Archive For whatever it’s worth, I’ve posted 175 Photos of Chicago Gay Pride Parade of 2007.

Some Other Sentences Worth Commuting

Since President Bush has shown himself to be in a forgiving mood by commuting Scooter Libby’s sentence, perhaps he like to address a few other excessive sentences handed down by the federal courts. If so, he could start with these federal prisoners identified by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) as having received very harsh sentences […]