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A Slightly Larger Step

When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon in 1969, everyone heard him say, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But that doesn’t really make much sense, does it? “Man” and “mankind” mean the same thing in this context, so he’s saying that mankind took a small step […]

Tiny Flowers

Malkin Madness

Michelle Malkin 5777 W. Century Blvd. Suite 700 Los Angeles, CA 90045 Dear Ms. Malkin, I don’t really know who you are, but it’s all over the blogosphere that you are apparently upset about this picture of you in a bikini: Actually, I see you’re claiming that isn’t a picture of you. You’re saying it’s […]

Friday Fun Links

Via The Agitator, JibJab’s The Last Photo I Ever Took Contest From my friend Ken, I bring you Kitlers. That’s so wrong. Way-cool video of low-flying fighter jets.

Jury Duty: Reflections

[This is the fourth and final part a series about my jury service. Previous parts were Jury Duty, Day 1: Vwar Deer, Jury Duty, Day 2: Testimony, and Jury Duty, Day 3: Verdict.] [Note: In all accounts of this trial, I’m using fake names for the people and locations.] Quick story I can’t believe I […]

Jury Duty, Day 3: Verdict

[This is part 3 of a series about my jury service. Part 1 was Jury Duty, Day 1: Vwar Deer and Part 2 was Jury Duty, Day 2: Testimony.] [Note: In all accounts of this trial, I’m using fake names for the people and locations.] I get to the courthouse at 8:45 and head down […]

Jury Duty, Day 2: Testimony

[This is part 2 of a series about my jury service. Part 1 was Jury Duty, Day 1: Vwar Deer. My day job is beating on me right now, so I’m running a little behind in posting these.] [Note: In all accounts of this trial, I’m using fake names for the people and locations.] The […]

Jury Duty, Day 1: Vwar Deer

I had jury duty last week. I started writing about it last Monday, but I had to stop when I got picked for a trial. As my group of jurors passed through the courtroom’s outer vestibule, I noticed a couple of neatly-dressed but clearly upset Hispanic people. Something about a them said family. I’ve been […]

“Gonna come back to haunt us.”

So-Called Austin Mayor has a video clip of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham explaining what’s wrong with some of the legal shortcuts proposed for the trials of accused terrorists.

Solar Transit of ISS and Atlantis

Via Jesse Walker at Reason, the coolest thing you’ll see today. Astrophotographer Thierry Legault used a telescope and camera to catch a picture of the sun at the exact moment when the International Space Station passed between the sun and his position on the Earth. It was just after the Atlantis shuttle had undocked. Awesome […]

Jury Done

Jury Duty is over. The trial is finished. I made some notes at the end of each day, and I’m going to develop those into a three-day series about the whole experience. I’ll post the first one on Monday, and run them in one-week-delayed real time. I know criminal lawyers often like to hear about […]

Jury Duty (continued)

I woke up around 6:30 am and got ready for my day of jury duty. After showering, I started to prepare myself for the security checkpoint. As I mentioned yesterday, I normally have a lot of stuff in my pockets and I wanted to thin it out. So I just took my keys, my wallet, […]

Jury Duty

I have been called to serve as a juror in Cook County, Illinois. I’m self-employed, so I don’t have an employer to pay me for jury service, but the good news is that we have a one day/one trial policy which means I will be stuck there for only a day unless I get assigned […]

Dear Michael Wynne,

How about you go fuck yourself? How about that? Sincerely, An American Citizen. [end of letter] From an AP wire story: Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday. The object is basically public relations. […]

Lammers Brings Back Some Memories

Over at CrimLaw, Ken Lammers is running a new CLTV episode about his move to a new town. The footage is kind of poor because—as he was winding down his defense practice before starting his new job as a prosecutor—someone stole his good video camera. Ken’s new job is with the Wise County prosecutor’s office, […]