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Me and Alderman Allen

As a blogger, I get to write about whatever interests me. One of the things that did not interest me, however, was the upcoming Democratic primary race for Cook County State’s Attorney. Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t even know that office was up for a vote (although I probably could have figured it […]

Why Roger Pilon is Wrong About Warrentless Wiretapping

I was going to write something about the disgraceful article by Cato’s Roger Pilon in The Wall Street Journal extolling the virtues of warrentless wiretapping of U.S. citizens, but Julian Sanchez has got that covered.

The Fear Card

Over at Drug WarRant, Pete writes about yet another way politicians and their minions use the fear card to get more money for government programs. As part of his article, he includes a mock “FEAR” credit card. I liked the idea a lot, but I wanted to try making one that was even more obviously […]

A Cinderella Affidavit

Long before I got fascinated by legal blogs, I was fascinated by legal novels. Neither is a substitute for receiving actual instruction in the law, but both are cheaper. I’ve learned a few things. Reading Scott Greenfield’s rant about informants reminded me of A Cinderella Affidavit by Michael Fredrickson. I’m not going to go into […]

Business Weak

Check out this clause in the User Agreement for Business Week magazine online: In addition, User may not: … 2. use or attempt to use any “deep-link,” “scraper,” “robot,” “bot,” “spider,” “data mining,” “computer code” or any other automated device, program, tool, algorithm, process or methodology or manual process having similar processes or functionality, to […]

Market Failure in 22-inch Winter Wiper Blades?

Chicago just got hit with some more snow, and I realized I need new wiper blades on my car. The ones I have now are not winter blades, so ice builds up in the wiper frame and prevents it from applying even pressure, allowing ice and sleet to remain on the window. My Camry bit […]

The Lima Raid and the Misuse of SWAT

My post about the Lima, Ohio SWAT team’s shooting of of Tarika Wilson and her infant son drew an angry comment from Kevin P: Ok, First of all i would say who the fuck are you to tell them how to handle things. When you become part of the SWAT let me see how you react. […]

Attorney Client Privilege: Worst Case Scenario?

In 1982, Andrew Wilson confessed to his lawyers, Dale Coventry and Jamie Kunz, that he had robbed a McDonald’s on Chicago’s south side and killed security guard Lloyd Wycliffe with a shotgun. Bound by the confidentiality of attorney-client communications, the lawyers were unable to tell anyone about Wilson’s confession. They remained silent even as another man, 54-year […]

Cloverfield – Review

[No spoilers that you wouldn't get from watching the trailers.] When your body moves, your brain coordinates the images from your eyes with balance information from your inner ear to give you a consistent picture of the world. This works fine in the natural world, but our modern world presents your brain with situations it’s not ready […]

Ron Paul Ain’t Talkin’

If you’re not a regular surfer in the libertarian blogosphere, you probably haven’t been following the big Ron Paul story, which is that around a decade ago he published a newsletter and a few issues had some stuff that seems pretty racist. The libertarian blogs have been posting a lot about this story, and every time […]

American Gangsters

Some former DEA agents are annoyed by the movie American Gangster: NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three former Drug Enforcement Administration agents filed a $55 million defamation lawsuit against the movie studio that made “American Gangster” on Wednesday, claiming it tarnished hundreds of reputations. … The movie hurt the agents’ reputations by falsely claiming in text at […]

Evolution Energy, Jury Slavery, Brooks Brothers Fashion.

Random shots around the web: Here’s one argument against evolution: One of the most basic laws in the universe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states that as time goes by, entropy in an environment will increase. Evolution argues differently against a law that is accepted EVERYWHERE BY EVERYONE. Evolution says that we started […]

Cell Worship

Bill Beckman at Illinois Review is concerned about human embryos destroyed during in-vitro fertilization: A January 2nd LifeSiteNews article covers findings following a UK Parliamentary question on IVF. Data from a government organization showed that over one million human embryonic children were killed in the UK in the past 14 years as ‘waste’ embryos from […]

Alzheimer’s, Head Tracking, The Pina Coladas Song, Underage Drinking, and Wayne

Random shots around the web: Amazing news about Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s a trick that’s just a product cycle or two from revolutionizing video games. And Microsoft would have done well to include this related trick in its Vista operating system. It seems like a bit of a gimmick, but I’ll bet there’s at least one […]

The Utility of the Ron Paul Revolution

Ron Paul was on CNN, talking to Wolf Blitzer about the racist material in his newsletters. He repudiates the content of the offending pieces, but he still says he has no idea who wrote them. I have a lot of trouble with that statement. Paul must have known there was racist material in the newsletter, […]

Paulocaust?

Something calling itself The New Republic has an article by James Kirchick called “Angry White Man” accusing Republican/libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul of racism, and it looks pretty ugly. The piece quotes from some newsletters sent out in Paul’s name during the 90s. It’s vile stuff: “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came […]

“…deviant murderers awaiting their just desserts…”

Among the issues near and dear that I shall post on presently are the disastrous decision in New Jersey to abolish the death penalty, giving much holiday joy to the various deviant murderers awaiting their just desserts on Jersey’s sadly slow death row, the Supremes taking on the supposed cruel and unusual nature of lethal […]

Some Advice for the New Top Cop

Unless the City Council does something other than rubber-stamp the Mayor’s nominee, former FBI agent Jody Weis will soon be the next police superintendent. As an observer and commentator and self-important blogger, I’d like to offer him the following advice: Your initial top priority should be to eliminate corrupt cops. Indict them, fire them, or convince them to […]

Meet the Lima SWAT Team

The town of Lima, Ohio (population 40,000) has a 14-member SWAT team. According to their web site, the SWAT team deploys about once a week. Check out these badasses: That picture is from their web site.  Here’s another one from their web site: Now that you’ve seen how these macho bastards portray themselves, would you be […]

The Wire

One of my favorite television shows comes back today to start its final season. It’s The Wire, created by David Simon and Ed Burns. Set in Baltimore, the series is one of the most realistic police dramas ever created, with a plot that weaves complications through many layers of characters and institutions. Consider the fate of Sergeant Thomas “Herc” Hauk, […]