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Herding Cats

I gather this is an old Superbowl commercial: Herding Cats @ Yahoo! Video Sounds about right. (Hat tip: Illinois Review)

What Victims?

Does anybody know how to file a Freedom of Information Act request? Because there’s something I’ve just got to know. I was visiting the DEA site to see if they had any information about their anniversary celebration (“35 Years Of Ruining Lives For Nothing“), when I discovered something that stopped me cold: Like many law […]

Situation Wanted – Author

Last week I blogged about Kip Esquire’s pie-in-the-sky wish to be a reporter or a commentator for a news organization. Kip has no direct experience in that area, but as a blogger with a background in law and finance, he’s not totally unqualified. I’m sure he realized it was unlikely anyone would make him an […]

Irresponsible and Shameful

Obama is displaying some of that weird anti-corporate attitude that has been worrying me: President Barack Obama issued a withering critique Thursday of Wall Street corporate behavior, calling it “the height of irresponsibility” for employees to be paid more than $18 billion in bonuses last year while their crumbling financial sector received a bailout from taxpayers. Then […]

Nazi Zombies! Run!

Heh, this is a pretty cool trick: Authorities are miffed, and the news media naturally found people to speculate on how dangerous it could have been. In addition, Austin police are investigating the situation, and the vandals could face a Class C misdemeanor charge of tampering with a road sign, Whatever. This is a classic […]

Google Subpoenaed Over Anonymous Blogs In Connection With Controversial Chicago TIF Project

The attorney for Chicago real estate developer Peter Holsten has subpoenaed Google for information about two anonymously authored blogs that have been critical of neighborhood politics and the Wilson Yard TIF project. The Chicago Journal has the story: Johnson said the subpoena asks for ownership information of the blogs. Uptown Update is an active blog […]

Google Earth Meets the Prado Museum

If you’ve ever used Google Earth—or it’s online cousin Google Maps—you know you can pan around an image of the Earth and zoom in on interesting stuff. As an experiment, the folks at Google have worked with the Prado Museum in Spain to digitize 14 of their paintings and make them available online using the […]

PSA: Where’s your kit?

Got an email from Bob (not his real name.  His real name is Karl Keller*) earlier today, and it’s worth sharing: I went on a date with Kristy last night and we ended up in the emergency room. Well, that’s the short version. It’s not as bad as I make it sound. A close friend […]

In Which Direction Does Our Justice System Fail?

A few days ago, Virginia prosecutor Ken Lammers suggested that someone wanting to break into the criminal lawyering trade should try working both sides of the aisle: Personally, my hope is that working both sides will lead a person to have more loyalty to the system than a side. That’s not to say I don’t […]

Alright, Maybe the High Will Last Another Day or Two…

Despite my cynicism, I have to agree with Radley Balko that this is a good way for Obama to start his term. I’ve always believed he sincerely wanted a more open government—his legislative career made this clear—and unlike the economy, it’s a problem he truly has the power to fix on his own. More like […]

A “To Don’t” List For the Right

Andy Levy has some mostly-good advice for the Obama opposition. For example, DON’T make it personal. We don’t need another Derangement Syndrome. We don’t need people doing things like emphasizing Obama’s middle name in a derogatory fashion. How anyone would think that’s beneficial to their cause, or to the country as a whole, is beyond […]

And About That Oath…

Technically, Barack Obama didn’t swear out the correct presidential oath, as specified in the constitution. Chief Justice Roberts flubbed it, which lead Obama to flub it too. I sure hope one of the thousand or so lawyers standing nearby (or taking the oath, even if he’s not authorized to practice law) thought to dot the […]

The Highpoint of the Obama Presidency

It’s official. As of noon yesterday, Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. Despite the truly horrible history of how black people have been treated in this country, we’ve just elected a black man to the highest office in the land. It’s not the fulfillment of Martin Luther King’s […]

Those Who Can’t, Teach

Meet Police Chief Dexter Yarbrough: While the sudden suspension of CSU Police Chief Dexter Yarbrough last month came as another shocking challenge facing a transitioning administration, several campus officers say his absence comes as a breath of fresh air to the department — putting what several independent sources called his “reign of terror” on hiatus. […]

Who Wants to Be A Reporter?

A couple of weeks ago, Kip Esquire posted a New Years Day update explaining that he was changing careers. He’s made up his mind do something entrepreneurial rather than work for someone else, but, I would entertain one exception: namely this blog. Punditry and commentary. If anyone out there has any interest in hiring me […]

The White Knight and Me: A Very Short Parable, With Gun Porn

The White Knight got up this morning, and got ready to go out for the day. He took some time threading his belt through the dual magazine carrier that he carries on his left hip — never can have too much ammo, you know, and, besides, if you have to clear a stoppage with a […]

Why Not Keep Drugs Illegal?

To balance Radley’s anti-drug-war piece I linked to earlier, the Culture11 site also includes a piece by David Freddoso arguing that we should “Keep Drugs Illegal!” He makes a better argument than you usually hear, but it doesn’t really hold up. Freddoso’s first argument is a relatively new one. He asserts that eliminating the War on […]

17 Degrees Below Zero

I have to drive to a client’s office today. They say it’s -17° F outside today. (For my non-U.S. readers, that’s -27° C.) That means the air is 115° below my body temperature. If it suddenly got 45° warmer, it would still be 4° below the freezing point of water. I am really, really glad […]

Battlestar Galactica – The Final Ten

Battlestar Galactica starts its final run ten-episode tonight. If you haven’t been watching, you probably shouldn’t bother. No matter what the creators said on their Top 10 Things You Need To Know special, you really can’t catch up. Although, if you’d like a quick refresher, you should probably watch the snarky super-fast Catch the Frak Up! […]

War on Drugs: The Collateral Damage

Why do I hate the war on drugs? Radley Balko explains it for me quite nicely in his Culture 11 article, “War on Drugs: The Collateral Damage.” I highly recommend you read it.