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Some Very Succinct Legal Writing

Have Opinion, Will Travel posts a rather succinct notice of appeal by someone acting pro se. I hope I never have to file a criminal appeal. But if I ever have to sue someone I’m going to use this line in the complaint: You have been hereby served notice you’re not getting away with this […]

Action Item

I think this guy used to be a manager at one of my former employers. Actually, we had few people like that. (Hat tip: Zonker)

Mel Gibson and those F*****g Jews

Got this bit about Mel Gibson’s recent DUI bust from Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, “You mother f****r. I’m going to f*** you.” The report also says “Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me […]

Lebanon in a Nutshell

Top two AP wire stories on Yahoo: Hezbollah politicians back peace package Hezbollah fires new rockets into Israel And so it goes.

Too Much SWAT, Part 2

In response to an article I wrote last month about Police Shootings that Make You Go Hmmmm…, a Chicago SWAT team member named Erick left an interesting comment. I responded to part of it yesterday in Too Much SWAT, Part 1. Here’s the rest of Erick’s comment: In response to raids including non-violent crimes let […]

A Great Idea From the Instapundit

Glenn Reynolds blogged the arrested-for-photographing-the-cops story too. Of course, he did it earlier. In his commentary, he offers this terrific idea: I think we need civil rights legislation making this kind of arrest illegal. Treble damages, plus the right to civil forfeiture of any police property or equipment used in the arrest. Oh, and respondeat […]

Ignorance of the Law

The story is a little vague, and there may be more to the incident, but it seems a Philadelphia police officer has proven his ignorance of the rights of the free press: PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia family said they are outraged over the arrest of one of their family members. The family of Neftaly Cruz […]

Too Much SWAT, Part 1

In response to an article I wrote last month about Police Shootings that Make You Go Hmmmm…, a commenter named Erick writes: I’ve been on the Chicago Police SWAT team now without incident for over a year. SWAT teams don’t just take random phone calls from anonymous callers, gear up and go smashing in peoples […]

The Value of Land Under Eminent Domain

Radley Balko says this: In Tacoma, Washington, the “Sound Transit,” a government agency, offered a landowner $439,000 for a piece of property in 2004. Finding the offer low, the landowner sued, and eventually lost in the State Supreme Court. Now, the Sound Transit is offering just $240,000, citing a “reassessment” of the property’s value. That’s […]

Zombie Dance Party

You don’t really need to know the rest of this story about a “zombie dance party” to appreciate this paragraph: Police say the group was uncooperative and intimidated passersby with their “ghoulish” makeup at a time when officers were on high alert in reaction to a bulletin about men in other states who wear clown […]

No Trackbacks Here

I’ve never really understood how trackbacks work. In fact, for over a year now, trackbacks haven’t been working. I get lots of notices of spam trackbacks, but not a single legitimate trackback ever. I assume something in my Movable Type blogging software is swallowing them up, but I don’t know where it happens. I’m giving […]

Windypundit 2.0.01

Earlier I pointed out the exciting changes to Windypundit when it became Windypundit 2.0 (summary: rounded corners). Now I bring you the next step: AJAX. That’s right, the hottest new trend in web site technology. The Windypundit page now makes background queries back to the Windypundit server to update its content. In keeping with the […]

SWAT CounterAttack

Item 1: One of the things bouncing around the libertarian blogosphere is Radley Balko’s recent whitepaper for the Cato Institute called Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America. It’s about the absurd creation of SWAT-style teams for seemingly even the smallest towns. These teams often create violent confrontations where they appear not to […]

Ripley v.s. Rain

The rain always wins. Ripley is a curious and active cat, except when it rains. Then he retreats to the only room in the house that doesn’t have windows, the main bathroom, and hides behind the door. Because, you know, there’s water falling from the sky! Here he is during yesterday’s downpour. We put down […]

Windypundit 2.0

Windypundit is now Windypundit 2.0. “Web 2.0″ is the big buzzword going around the web these days. There are lots of discussions of what constitutes a Web 2.0 site—interactivity, interoperation, customization, Ajax, user-designed content, blogging, social networking, syndication, wikis…the list goes on and on—and the web business bigshots are all picking sides and trying to […]