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Chicago Taking a New Direction in the War on Drugs?

The Chicago Police Department has been facing some looming shortages of money and manpower. Whenever any law enforcement entity faces such problems, we libertarians have a stock solution: Stop wasting money on the War on Drugs. Use the people and equipment for something more important. Which brings me to Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis, who has […]

More On My Theory of Our Current Economic Crisis

A few months ago, John McCain was lambasted by some of the punditry for his commenting that the fundamentals of our economy are strong. I never had a problem with what he said. The fundamentals of our economy were strong: Unenployment wasn’t very high by historic standards, our farms and factories and business offices were […]

Who’s Getting My Vote?

Reason magazine asked a number of libertarian writers a few questions about the upcoming election. Since my questionnaire was apparently lost in the mail, I figured I’d save them the trouble of updating their article by posting my answers here. 1. Who are you voting for in November? Bob Barr of the Libertarian party. If […]

Open Letter to a Hospital

I’m not really going to send this, but… NAME OF HOSPITAL REDACTEDAttn: Billing Department Dear Sir or Madam, Earlier this year, a family member made several visits to your fine hospital. The treatment was excellant, and we are glad to have such a fine medical resource located so conveniently. Shortly thereafter, however, we started receiving bills […]

Someone New

Being an irredeemable cynic, this pretty much sums up my feelings about an Obama presidency:

You Know Your Economic Recovery Plan Sucks When…

A few days ago, Treasury Secretary Paulson was using heavy-handed tactics to make banks take billions of tax dollars. Now there’s this: WASHINGTON – An impatient White House served notice Tuesday on banks and other financial companies receiving billions of dollars in federal help to quit hoarding the money and start making more loans. “What […]

Crabcakes VECO

Lindsay Beyerstein has a cruel streak.

The Reality of Crime

I love procedural crime dramas. The shocking discovery of the evil deed, the villain vanished in the wind, the victims’ relatives screaming at the police to do something, another victim missing but not found yet so perhaps still savable, the mobilization of the entire police force to help, the frenzied press ramping up the pressure, the […]

Save the Goth Chick, Save the World

So, this new movie, Push…it’s Heroes, right? You see that too, don’t you?

Meet Rachel Jay

Peek at the portfolio of any hobbyist model photographer working in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and you’ll probably find a picture of Rachel Jay. A marketing manager by day, for the last two and a half years Rachel has been one of Chicago’s busier hobbyist models at night and on the weekends. I’m using […]

Welcome Back Roger

Movie critic Roger Ebert has a blog, and it’s a pretty good one. It’s well-written, of course, and Roger was an early adapter of a lot of computer communication technology (anybody else have fond memories of Cinemania?), so he’s clearly comfortable with the medium. I suppose he could link to other bloggers a bit more, but […]

Heck Of a Blog, Brownie!

I can’t tell if this is for real. I’m not sure what it is.

Secrets of the Bailout

There’s no way this could be hiding anything important.

Taking Pictures of Models

I got interested in model photography about the same time all my friends got tired of me taking their pictures every time we got together. I’ve taken about thirty-five thousand photos to date, so I no longer notice the flash going off, but it clearly bothers everyone else. I wanted to find someone to work […]

Rick and Brittany

Some friends of mine got married last weekend, and I took a bunch of photos. I just thought I’d post a few of them for the fun of it. I remember when I was the guy waiting at the altar. It’s a nervous moment. Drat. Just missed the kiss. Once upon a time, some bridal […]