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Censoring the Gay Kids, Fitna, and Movies About Iraq

Random shots around the web: From the “What decade are you in?” file: At the direction of Newark Public Schools Superintendent Marion Bolden, school personnel used markers to block out the image of student Andre Jackson and his boyfriend, while allowing photos of heterosexual students kissing to remain. The photo was on a tribute page […]

In the Bookbag: A Splendid Exchange

I just received a copy of A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World by William J. Bernstein. He’s got a website, and he’s apparently a fan of Windypundit because he comped me a copy of the book. (I guess this blogging thing is finally starting to pay off.) A Splendid Exchange looks like it’s going […]

Dim Bulb or Bright Idea?

Here’s an interesting local law: The same week millions of people across the world are encouraged to turn off non-essential lights for 60 minutes during the second annual Earth Hour, the Village of Homer Glen is being honored for adopting one of the most comprehensive lighting ordinances in the state. … The ordinance limits how […]

To a Prosecutor Concerned That I Might Nullify

If you are a prosecutor, it’s possible you found this because I’m a potential juror and you were Googling my name. I already wrote something like this in response to a question on Mark Bennet’s blog, so I might as well spell it out here. (And yes, I’m in kind of a bad mood.) This […]

Design, Deportation, Dead Dogs, and the DEA

Random shots around the web: Meet the interior design cartel and other people who want laws to keep you buying their services. Another item for the list of signs that we have too many federal law enforcement employees: “The government pulls people suspected of being here illegally out of airplane lines and then pays to […]

Sepak Takraw, Time Travel, Home Defense, and Our Robot Masters

Random shots around the web: I’m not a sports fan. To me, all sports coverage sounds like this. What time travel would really be like. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the right to bear arms in Heller, I want to get one of these for home defense. And I want to paint it like this. Here’s […]

Five Years Later In Iraq

We just passed the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, and the staff of Reason magazine have been looking back to 2003 to review their positions on the war in Iraq then and now. I figure I might as well go on the record about where I stood then and where I […]

Click Here For an FBI Raid

There’s no way this could possibly go wrong: The FBI has recently adopted a novel investigative technique: posting hyperlinks that purport to be illegal videos of minors having sex, and then raiding the homes of anyone willing to click on them. Undercover FBI agents used this hyperlink-enticement technique, which directed Internet users to a clandestine […]

Obama’s Big Speech on Race

Everybody’s still talking about Obama’s speech on race, so I might as well put in my two cents. Was it self serving? Of course. He’s a politician in an election year. But I mostly thought it was damned good. Too many politicians, when confronted with embarassing statements by a friend, will either dissemble—”I didn’t know”, “that’s […]

What’s Up With Bear Stearns?

I’ve been trying to make sense of what the Federal Reserve has been doing with Bear Stearns. My usual source for smart thinking about financial issues, Kip Esquire, is so far silent, so I’m trying to figure this out myself. It’s not going well. The argument against government bailouts of private businesses is that it’s […]

Spitzer’s Women

As is often the case, a lot of women are getting hurt by the Spitzer scandal. My wife feels particularly bad for Spitzer’s wife Silda. Aside from cheating on her, Eliot Spitzer also seems to be dragging her to all his humiliating press conferences. As Maggie Gallagher puts it: No animal would plan for its […]

Resigning Is Not Enough and Way Too Much For Spitzer

There have been some rumors that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is trying to bargain with the feds over his involvement with a prostitution ring. Apparently, he’s offering to resign the governorship in return for a walk on the charges. This is wrong for two reasons: First, it’s not much of a punishment. Thousands of […]

The Hookers Aren’t the Real Problem With Spitzer

I’m still riding high on the Elliot Spitzer hooker scandal. What a tool. Note that I didn’t call it a sex scandal. That the governor of New York was having sex with these women is not the problem. (Mrs. Spitzer might have a different opinion.) No, the problem is that he was hiring hookers. To […]

Schadenfreude for Spitzer

Oh my. According to the New York Times, New York Governor Elliot Spitzer has just been—as they say—”linked” to a prostitution ring…which I assume means he was fucking a bunch of hookers. Normally, I wouldn’t care at all. I don’t normally give a damn care what consenting adults do with their time and money. However, Elliot Spitzer […]

All In The Game

I woke up last night and had to leave the bed and move to the couch to get some sleep because my wife was snoring like a motherfucker. Later, I drove my wife to a bead store that was gettin’ its ass out of the business so she could take advantage of the fucked up […]

The War on Tiny Little Baggies

Not satisfied with making my city the butt of jokes for banning foie gras, some moron in the City Council wants to ban tiny little plastic bags, because, you know, people sell drugs in them: Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) persuaded the Health Committee to ban possession of “self-sealing plastic bags under two inches in either height […]

It’s Okay to Look at Naked 13-Year Old Girls If They Have a Headache

Jacob Sullum at Hit & Run tries to ruin our day with this summary from a court brief: Savana Redding, an eighth grade honor roll student at Safford Middle School in Tucson, Arizona, was pulled from class on October 8, 2003 by the school’s vice principal, Kerry Wilson.  Earlier that day, Wilson had discovered [drugs] […]

Why I Love Economics

Over at Simple Justice, Gritsforbreakfast left this comment: My college major was economics, and I was downright angry when, after learning all the theory, it became clear that nearly every “assumption” economists said make free markets “work” was actually, demonstrably false. E.g., people have perfect information, make rational choices that maximize their self-interest, etc.. For […]

Crashes, Chases, Economic Standup, and an Important Career Tip

Random shots around the web: Gideon has a great crash reel. Here’s a pretty good top-ten list of movie car chases. Scott has an explanation of Mankiw’s 10 Principles of Economics. Important career tip: Don’t ask your employer to get you a hooker. (Hat tip: Randozza)

Costs and Benefits of Being #1 at Incarceration

Scott at Simple Justice is always a source of fascinating issues, and recently he wrote about the Pew report on incarceration: The Pew report has been the subject of intense interest around the blawgosphere.  This is the report that tells us that we finally reached a 1 in 100 incarceration rate (and far higher for minorities) and the […]