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Safer Drunk Driving?

A few days ago I wrote a post about one of the uncomfortable truths about drunk driving: As with most things, the more times you do it, the better you get. The psychology professor who explained this to me said that a lot of the impairment of mild drunkenness comes not from drunkenness per se, […]

Civil DUI?

Grits For Breakfast has now joined the discussion we’ve been having about how DUI is enforced. In his first post, he picks up on Shawn Matlock’s suggestion that DUI should be stripped of it’s criminal aspects and treated as a civil matter. I don’t like the sound of that. In fact, I want exactly the […]

We’re Dead Last! We’re Dead Last!

The story Radley Balko was in town for last month is now officially out in the open, with an op-ed in the Chicago-Tribune: At Reason Magazine, we recently took a look at how the 35 most-populous cities in the United States balance individual freedom with government paternalism. We ranked the cities on how much freedom […]

Steven Molo Comments

Lawyer Steven Molo has posted a couple of comments to my review of his book, Your Witness: Lessons on Cross-Examination and Life From Great Chicago Trial Lawyers, and I thought they were interesting enough that I’m excerpting them here: I apologize if my comment about not being an avid reader of blogs was off-putting or had […]

Will The Gay Pride Parade Be Indecent?

Arlene Sawicki of the Illinois Family Institute is concerned about, well, what the Illinois Family Instutute is usually concerned about: Chicago parades include the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March, where the Chicago River is tinted green in honor of the Irish. The Polish American Constitution Day Parade, held May 1st, celebrates the first […]

Your Witness – Review

This seems to be the right time for publishing reviews of Your Witness: Lessons on Cross-Examination and Life From Great Chicago Trial Lawyers, edited by Steven F. Molo and James R. Figliulo. Already Scott Greenfield has posted a review, and Mark Bennett posted his review just a little later. I guess it’s my turn. Your Witness consists of 50 […]

Heller: Gun Owners Get a Cookie

The Supreme Court finally released their long-awaited 2nd Amendment decision in Heller, and it seems to support an individual right to bear arms…in your own home, in D.C., if your name is Dick Heller, and all you want is a city gun permit. That’s according to Scott Greenfield’s analysis of Heller. They announced a fundamental individual right, […]

DUI Is Still Dangerous

After posting yesterday’s explanation of how drunk driving isn’t as dangerous as you might think from reading MADD propaganda, I began to worry that people might get the wrong impression. Let me clear this up: Drunk driving is very dangerous. Keep in mind, that we’re only talking about fatal drunk-driving. There are going to be a […]

The Predator Trend Continues

More coolness found at Hit & Run: This is connected to the story that Sonny Landham (who played Billy in Predator) is running for Senator in Kentucky. If he wins, he’ll be the third Predator star to gain political office. Early in his career, Landham took off his clothes in a few adult fims, so […]

In Plain Sight – a review

This new summer series stars Mary McCormack (West Wing, Murder One) as a U.S. Federal Marshall for the witness protection program. Her personal life is almost non-existent because her job requires that she keep a low profile. Or at least that’s what she tells herself. As she slowly realizes the need for more in her […]

345 Pimps?

Wow, this is pretty impressive: 345 arrested, kids rescued in prostitution busts Hundreds of people have been arrested and 21 children rescued in what the FBI is calling a five-day roundup of networks of pimps who force children into prostitution. The Justice Department says it targeted 16 cities as part of its “Operation Cross Country” […]

What Do Rush Limbaugh, Rosanne Barr, and I Have In Common?

Morons insult us because of our weight. There are plenty of reasons to dislike Rush Limbaugh and the things he stands for, but a surprising number of his detractors feel compelled to point out that he’s fat. It was the same with Rosanne Barr when she started her sitcom. Lots of people commented on and […]

Dirty DUI Secrets

First of all, thanks to Rob at the 26th St. Bar Association for taking the bait and starting a series of posts about Illinois DUI law. There’s been a lot about DUI in the blawgosphere lately, with lawyer/philosopher Mark Bennett explaining why DUI is a victimless crime—because the law does not require a victim to […]

Five Minutes Of Your Life That You’ll Never Get Back

Inspired by the work of Ken Lammers and Kip Esquire, I’ve decided to try some video blogging. My first effort is a combination of a technology test and an explanation of what might be coming in the future. Watching it, I can’t help but notice that I somehow manage to mumble and fast-talk the viewer […]

Trying to Find Out More About Illinois DUI Law

I’ve gone a month without having a drink. It’s not that I’m trying to quit or anything, I’m just not a drinker. I have nothing against booze or the people who love it, but I rarely ever get that “I’d like a drink” feeling. I probably haven’t been over the legal limit since sometime in the […]

Don’t Know Much About Economy…

John McCain has famously said he doesn’t know much about economics. A recent AP wire story by Glen Johnson illustrates as much: The presumed Republican nominee on Monday proposed a $300 million government prize to whoever can develop an automobile battery that far surpasses existing technology. The bounty would equate to $1 for every man, woman […]

Kelo Day

Arg! I totally forgot to mention that today is Kelo Day! Susette Kelo and the Institute for Justice are trying to moneybomb the eminent domain abuse issue by getting 10,000 people to donate a few bucks each today. Make your donations here. Or at least go read what it’s all about.

The End of Evolution? Right Here, Right Now.

One of my regular blog reads (I can’t remember which one) just posted a clip from the (almost) straight-to-DVD movie Idiocracy. It’s a comedy about the potential long-term effects of living in our modern civilization, in which our technology protects us from the consequences of our acts, drastically altering the evolutionary pressures that made us […]

Kirk – Spock – Shat – Pulp

Someone posted this at Hit & Run a few days ago, and despite all the weirdness, it’s kind of cool in some way I can’t explain. This is complicated, so here are a few things you need to know: The original 1960′s science fiction series Star Trek starred William Shatner as Captain James Kirk and Leonard […]

Another Comment About Police Raids

I just got another comment to my post about the Lima, Ohio SWAT team’s shooting of an unarmed mother who was holding her child. The guy calls himself “Major.” Let’s see what he has to say: Yeah, enter and clear a room with taser or pepper spray first. You people are a joke. If you […]