I don’t usually announce new additions to the blogroll, but maybe it’s time I start.
The libertarian world first noticed Jennifer as a commenter on Reason magazine’s Hit&Run blog, where she could usually be counted on to say something intelligent and snarky.
Jennifer’s actually a professional writer, with columns published in the Hartford Advocate and the New Britain Herald. One of my favorites is her piece on the Connecticut law against playing poker for money, which has an exception for games played among friends:
“It’s an illegal activity,” Young explained. Before anybody can play Internet poker without going to jail, “there has to be a law on the books permitting it.” And there isn’t. So the Advocate asked: where card games are concerned, would it be accurate to say that which is not allowed is prohibited?
“It is prohibited,” Young agreed.
Unless it’s among friends. So how long does it take for two strangers to legally qualify?
“We haven’t really traveled down that road … I think it’s something the courts would have to work on,” Young said.
The Advocate also wondered if sexual activity could form the foundation of a legal friendship. If you meet a stranger at six o’clock and have sex with him at six-fifteen, can you legally play poker in the afterglow?
I’ve been reading Jennifer’s blog, Ravings of a Feral Genius, for a couple of years now, but I only just realized I never added it to my blogroll. Until now.
Welcome to the blogroll, Jennifer.