Monthly Archives: December 2006

Breathtaking Stupidity in the War On Drugs

Amy Barrilleaux of WQAD reports: “(I was) made to feel like a criminal — Made to feel low, dirty. Just totally degraded,” recalled Tim Naveau, who says he’ll never forget the hours he spent in Rock Island County Jail — he says all because of his allergies. Naturally, this degradation is part of the War… Continue Reading →

An Anti-TIF PAC in Des Plaines

Cal Skinner just sent me an email pointing out a PAC called Des Plaines Residents for Responsible Taxation. Its officers are Scott Olson and Barbara VanSlambrouck, co-owners respectively of Geiser-Berner and Chromatech, both of which are threatened by the Five-Corners TIF in Des Plaines. I spoke to another Geiser-Berner co-owner, Robert Janczak, a while back… Continue Reading →

Arlin-Golf Plaza and the Residences

Photo Archive Google Earth Google Maps In my previous post, I was exploring some of International Plaza’s neighbors that are also part of the TIF district and in danger of condemnation. In the photo above, the building in the background is the Arlin-Golf Plaza strip mall. As I walked around to take more pictures, the… Continue Reading →

Just Say No to Inhalents

The Drug Czar’s blog, in a post about YouTube videos showing people using inhalents, links with some approval to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, which features a poster with these words: Sniffing Correction Fluid Can Stop Your Heart If you sniff to get high, you’re inhaling poisons that do definite damage. So stop. Before your… Continue Reading →

Moral Posturing About Richard Paey

My paying job has kept me too busy to blog much, but I’ve been thinking about a particular application of something Fernando Tesón wrote on Tuesday about how to distinguish between moral posturing and genuine moral principles: We propose The Display Test: a position is genuinely moral when the speaker can accept, without embarrassment, its… Continue Reading →