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Acouple of things from the other blog: Maggie McNeill gives a nice overview of the different styles of laws about prostitution. My road trip gives me an excuse to address one of the sillier arguments against libertarianism.  

The Road to Avalon

So I just drove from Chicago to the Jersey Shore, and boy are my arms tired… Knees. I meant to say, boy are my knees tired. They got really stiff from sitting in one position for 20 hours of drive time over 2 days. I wanted to leave on Thursday morning, but a couple of […]

Scattershot 2011-06-23

I’m going to take a break for a week or so (maybe), but here are a few random shots around the web: I’ve always wondered why the TSA doesn’t make it easier for passengers at security checkpoints to mail packages that they’re not allowed to take on planes. I believe Jennifer has stumbled on the […]

Yet Another Reason Obamacare Is a Bad Idea

The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. – F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit An AP story by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar explains a glitch in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA): WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s health care law would […]

A Note To Potential Employers Who Stumble Across This Blog

I’ve had a few job interviews recently, and although the subject has never come up, it seems likely that, in this day and age, someone at one of these companies is probably going Google me, and the first thing they’ll find is this blog. Uh-oh. So…If you found this blog because I applied for a […]

A Dumb Story About Pee

No here’s a dumb story from Portland, Oregon: When an apparently drunk man peed in a Mount Tabor reservoir around 1:30am last night, he set off an unprecedented chain reaction. A security officer who had been watching the man and his four friends drinking from the reservoir guard tower alerted police, then called on the water […]

In Which the TSA Picks on Someone Smarter Than They Are

Jonathan Turley links to yet another story of TSA idiocy: The family was going through security when two TSA agents singled Drew Mandy out for a special pat down. Drew is severely mentally disabled. He’s 29, but his parents said he has the mental capacity of a two-year-old, which made the experience that followed at […]

X-Men: First Class – Review

I saw X-Men: First Class on Saturday, and I know some other reviewers don’t agree, but I thought it was the best superhero movie I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve not seen any of director Matthew Vaughn’s other movies, but on the strength of this one, I think I’ll have to. It’s that good. […]

Professor Levitt’s “Daughter Test”

Over at Nobody’s Business, I explain why Professor Steven Levitt’s daughter should have the right to become a drug-addled prostitute. No, really.

Joel Rosenberg R.I.P.

Ah, dammit: Joel Rosenberg – husband, father, mensch On Wednesday afternoon, June 1, 2011, Joel had a respiratory depression that caused a heart attack, anoxic brain damage and major organ failure. Despite the very best efforts of the paramedics and the team at Hennepin County Medical Center, Joel was pronounced brain dead at around 5:37pm […]

Towards a Definition of Reasonable Doubt: A Modest Proposal

I’m not sure, but I think I may have just taken a huge step toward solving one of the toughest problems in criminal law: The meaning of reasonable doubt. It is famously difficult to define this standard for members of the jury, which is a problem, because they’re supposed to use it to decide if […]