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Exciting Mail

I’ve just been reading through the last few days of snail mail. I get lots of stuff purporting to be “great opportunities” or “exciting promotions.” Here’s one telling me how to “get the most” out of something. There are lots of exclamation points. The thing is, all these letters ultimately want me to pay them […]

Lake Shore Drive

My friend Ken used Google Earth to make this little movie of one of Chicago’s more famous streets: LSD.wmv (Warning! Hi-Res 41.6 MB download!) It’s all pretty basic, but I like it.

One To Beam Up

Oh No. Scotty died. 5:30 this morning. James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” TV series and movies who responded to the command “Beam me up, Scotty,” died Wednesday. He was 85. Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. at his Redmond, Wash., home with his wife of 28 […]

The War on Drugs Claims Another Victim

John Tierney has a New York Times article about Richard Paey, sentenced to a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for drug trafficking. Actually, the prosecutors in the case never proved that he was selling drugs. The law they used simply defines possession of an ounce or more of illegal drugs as trafficking. […]

The Humiliation Spreads

Looks like the Peoria Police Department has its own page of prostitution-related arrests. Apparently there were complaints, because this one comes with dating advice from the Chief of Police: If your wife is not meeting your needs, try meeting hers. It can do wonders. No wife at home? Try finding a decent woman whom you […]

Fear In London?

As I write this, Britain has 40 dead from a series of bombings. The BBC found a note on an Islamist website that claims the attack for al-Qaeda: In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate, may peace be upon the cheerful one and undaunted fighter, Prophet Muhammad, God’s peace be upon him. Well […]

Universal Shield Law, Anyone?

New York Times reporter Judith Miller was sentenced for contempt today for refusing to reveal who told her that Valerie Plame was a CIA operative. Many states have shield laws that allow journalists to protect the identity of their sources, but there’s no federal law. Whenever such laws are discussed, one of the main questions […]

Happy Fourth of July!

So there I was, standing out on the sidewalk in front of somebody’s house at midnight, holding an umbrella over my camera, which was mounted on a tripod and aimed out over the rooftops toward where some people I don’t know were shooting off fireworks. I’d had to drive around to find a place with […]