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Model Shoot: Theresa

Here are a few of the pictures of Theresa from the model shoot I did a couple of weeks ago.

The Slow Death of Law in Valkenvania

Starting July 1, Virginia will have “traffic tickets that come with assessments of up to $3000 in addition to an annual point tax that tops out at $700 a year for as long as the points remain.” Driving as little as 15 MPH over the limit on an interstate highway now brings six license demerit […]

Model Shoot: Nicole

I did a model shoot a couple of weeks ago with three other photographers and two models. The other photographers were all more experienced than I was, so I learned a lot by watching what they did. Here are a few of the photos I took of Nicole:

The Coolest Group at the Gay Pride Parade

Photo Archive These women on motorcycles were the coolest part of the show at the Chicago Gay Pride Parade. They’d stop and hang back for a while to open up some room in front of them, then they’d punch it and come surging forward, engines growling obnoxiously as they roared past the crowd. It was […]

Gay Pride 2007: A Few More Pictures From the Party

Photo Archive Here are a few more pictures from the big party in the street. Notice the woman in black? She was in front of me on the sidelines and I got a piece of her in many of my photos. My whole collection of photos is pretty much a documentary of her visit to […]

The Most Disturbing Sight at the Gay Pride Parade

Photo Archive The guy sitting in back on the driver’s side and wearing a white shirt is Police Superintendent Phil Cline, who’s retiring soon—probably a little sooner than he planned, due to the Abbate mess. Given the long history of police harrassment of gays, transvestites and, well, almost every other group represented at the parade, […]

New Sheriff In Town

Photo Archive Tom Dart, who won the Sheriff’s office in the last election, had a large contingent at the Pride parade. I don’t know anything about him, but if this is how he rolls, maybe Cook County will be fun again.

A Stressful View of the World

Former sex crime prosecutor Sarena Straus posts a moving account of some of the unpleasant psychological aftereffects of years of seeing the world through the eyes of its child victims. I start to get the shakes. My eyes well up with tears. I want to tell my parents not to take the kids – there […]

Hey Everybody, It’s Rudy Giuliani

No, not really. But he was the first person I thought of when I saw this performer from a distance. Photo Archive Giuliani is nowhere near that attractive. Also, not so popular with gays these days. (Giuliani photo courtesy of Giuliani Time.)

Maria Pappas at Gay Pride 2007

Photo Archive I don’t know much about Cook Country Treasurer Maria Pappas, but I’ve always assumed she was evil because she keeps sending me bills for large amounts of money. I may have to change my mind after seeing her at the parade, walking the parade route and twirling her baton. There’s something I admire […]

Gay Pride 2007

Photo Archive Many gay people lead ordinary lives in the ordinary way, hardly different from the straight people all around them. But where’s the fun in that? I’ve never been to one of Chicago’s Gay Pride parades before, but I was hoping for something a little bit flamboyant.

One Reason I Am Not a Conservative

We libertarians are often regarded as part of the Republican party, or at least as part of the conservative movement. I understand how libertarianism can be seen as an extension of small-government conservatism, but I have a lot of trouble thinking of myself as a conservative. They talk a good libertarian game, but they don’t […]

Friday Catblogging

What the Heck Is an Official Language?

I don’t understand what the issue is when people talk about making English the official language. It was one of the questions at the presidential debates of both parties. Closer to home, Fran Eaton at Illinois Review links approvingly to an article by Phyllis Schlafly and to a report that Carpentersville has passed a symbolic […]

On My Reading List: The cult of the amateur

I’ve just picked up The Cult of the Amateur: How today’s Internet is killing our culture by Andrew Keen. I spotted the book at Borders and read the jacket copy, which surprised me in its ability to make me seethe with anger: in a hard-hitting and provocative polemic…Andrew Keen exposes the grave consequences of today’s […]

Watching the Detectives

Radley Balko on videotaping the police: There’s been a rash of arrests of late for videotaping police, and it’s a disturbing development… … As noted, police are public servants, paid with taxpayer dollars. Not only that, but they’re given extraordinary power and authority we don’t give to other public servants: They’re armed; they can make […]

The Eternal Question

Radley Balko comes face to face with the Eternal Question About Politicians: Are they stupid enough to believe what they say? Or is it that they think you’re stupid enough to believe what they say?

You Can’t Touch That

Just when I think the zero tolerance rules in public schools can’t get any more idiotic, this story hits the net: Fairfax County middle school student Hal Beaulieu hopped up from his lunch table one day a few months ago, sat next to his girlfriend and slipped his arm around her shoulder. That landed him […]

Milwaukee Photos

I took a couple of pictures in and around the hotel where we stayed: Somehow, I don’t think the Grand Avenue Mall is the most fun place in Milwaukee for teens to hang out. I think it was this huge list of Stuff You Can’t Do that clued me in: Here’s a close-up of the […]

Complications at the Model Shoot…

This last Sunday I got together with three other Chicago-area photographers for a model shoot at the Morton Arboretum. I’m trying to learn how to take attractive pictures of people, and this was a chance to learn and practice. I’m planning to post a few of the photos later. Meanwhile, what sort of complications do […]