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The Republican Response – 2010 – For Real This Time

I’ve been commenting on the President’s State of the Union address on and off for a few years now. I do it for three reasons: (1) to force myself to read the actual speech so I feel more involved in the civic process, (2) to pad out the blog, and (3) because everyone else is […]

The Republican Response – 2010

[Note: This is not the real 2010 Republican response. It’s the 2009 response. I thought I’d post it instead of the real one to see if anybody actually paid attention. No one noticed. Which means…nothing, really. And it was stupid of me to deceive my readers in order to test them. Sorry about that. I […]

State of the Union – 2010

I usually try to make a few comments about the State of the Union address. This time, I’ve decided to include the entire text of the speech—even the parts I have nothing say about—so this post is going to be very long. Working from the official Whitehouse transcript: The White House Office of the Press […]

The Continuing Evil of Civil Asset Forfeiture

By the way, Radley Balko is not just a guy who knows how to find wacky videos. He’s also one of the most interesting investigative reporters working today. His latest piece is about some of the shocking things being done in the area of civil asset forfeiture. I’ve been saying for a while that asset […]

Economics Rap Duel

I don’t know if you’ll learn anything new from this, but for its format it’s a pretty accurate summary of the economic debate: (Hat tip: Radley Balko.

Explain or Clam Up?

Scott Greenfield has a couple of interesting items up over at Simple Justice. First of all, there’s the case of the Jew with suspicious objects on board a plane, as originally reported in the New York Daily News: A US Airways crew panicked by a Jewish teen’s prayer ritual aborted a flight from LaGuardia Airport […]


I really have nothing to say. I blog about justice and economics and freedom and government perfidy, but the disaster in Haiti right now has little to do with any of those things. I could probably find a way to link the disaster or the relief effort to one or more of my favorite topics, […]

Adventures in Avvo: Scene 2 – Take 2

Yesterday I started another one of my Avvo Answers experiments, in which I asked the free advice service the following question: Is it legal to own lock picks in Illinois? Chicago, IL And it it’s legal, are there places where you’re not supposed to have them? In particular, does Chicago have different laws? [typos in […]

Adventures in Avvo: Scene 2 – Take 1

This post at D.A. Confidential includes a link to a list of “The 6 Most Badass Skills You Can Learn in Under a Week.” Skill number 4 is lock picking, and the article refers to a Lock Picking School In A Box. which sounds like something you could make yourself by taking a lock apart. I’ve […]

Illinois’s Crazy Ex-Governor…

…is still crazy: Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he’s “blacker than Barack Obama” and tells Esquire magazine that he was a real person in a political arena dominated by phonies. Blagojevich, referring to the president as “this guy,” says Obama was elected based simply on hope. “What the (expletive)? Everything he’s saying’s on the […]

Dollhouse Episode 2.11: “Getting Closer”

What the fuck? No, really, what the fuck?

The TSA as Child Porn Ring

Here’s an angle on the TSA’s new full-body imaging that I wish I’d thought of: Wouldn’t a full-body image of someone under the age of 18 be child pornography as a matter of law? Maybe.