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No Way to Run a Country

I’m really tired of hearing about the debt ceiling, and I’ve avoided contributing to the cacophony so far, but I just have to get this off my chest. It’s not so much that I think one side is right and the other side is wrong. Rather, I think everyone who created this mess deserves a […]

A Brief Note to Wayne LaPierre

Wayne LaPierreNational Rifle Association of America11250 Waples Mill RoadFairfax, VA 22030 Dear Wayne, I just received your letter of July 18, 2011 inviting me to your upcoming American Values Leadership Forum at the end of September. I must say, the guest list looks like a conservative all-star lineup — Michele Bachmann, Haley Barbour, John Boehner, John […]


After reading about Jennifer’s ambition to “touch every U.S. citizen,” I was randomly poking around the Department of Homeland Security website when I stumbled on this horrifying headline: Secretary Napolitano Announces Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign Partnership with D.A.R.E. America Oh God. The DHS and D.A.R.E. That’s a partnership forged in the pit of hell. I can smell the […]

Mysteries of Comcast

So last night around 2am I sat down at my computer and…no internet. Called Comcast and accepted the automated system’s offer to reset my modem. When that didn’t work, I asked for a human being. The technician told me there was an outage in the area, but they couldn’t give me anymore information, and they couldn’t take […]

Clowns Of the Left, Jokers Of the Right

Anders Behring Breivik’s terrorist attacks in Norway are bringing out the idiots. For example, from the (more-or-less) right, there’s Cheradenine Zakalwe at Islam Versus Europe in a post titled “Why the Left Shouldn’t Gloat about Anders Breivik”: Reading through Anders Behring Breivik’s comments on the website, it’s clear that he was on the verge […]

More Pictures of Hotch

[Update: We renamed this cat “Beezle” (includes video of him playing).] I was going to blog about the President’s speech, but look! Kitty pictures. Taking all these pictures of Hotch is proving to be more difficult than I expected. For one thing, the color balance is all over the place. The room is actually lit […]


Remember Lori Drew? She’s the woman who used MySpace to play a very unkind trick on a teenage girl named Megan Meier, who killed herself. Prosecutors in Missouri, where Drew and Meier both lived, didn’t prosecute her for this, probably because saying mean things to little girls isn’t a criminal act. That didn’t stop grandstanding […]

Never Rely on Prosecutors For Mercy

Defenders of Caylee’s Law have been arguing in my comments and elsewhere that even though the rush to legislate will result in a poorly-written law, my fear that it will punish innocent parents and babysitters far more than it helps any child is unfounded, because prosecutors will use their discretion wisely and mercifully. In most […]

Maryland Revisited

I just drove through Maryland a few weeks ago, and now I’m back, this time on business. One of my on-again, off-again clients has a bit of work that I’m suited for, so I flew out here for a meeting. Yeah, that’s right. I flew. For the first time in about 11 years. My lack […]

Meet the New Cuteness

About 10 years ago, my wife had just adopted Ripley, and we were thinking of getting a kitten next, and we thought it might be fun to get a purebread kitten. We weren’t sure what breed we wanted, so we did some research on the web and at cat shows. Eventually we settled on the […]

“Caylee’s Law” Is a Bad Idea

I’ve been getting slammed in the comments to my earlier post about why Caylee’s Law is a bad idea, as has Radley Balko on his piece in the Huffington Post. Perhaps people will ease up a bit if I point out that Serena Straus, a former prosecutor in the Bronx Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence Unit, […]

Don’t Dis the iPad

I think it’s fair to say that Scott Greenfield is not a fan of Apple’s iPad. From reading his banter with Brian Tannebaum, I gather there’s been a lot of hype about how the iPad is a “game changer” for lawyers — I guess because it can serve as a thin client front-end to some […]

We All Knew This Was Coming: Caylee’s Law

I haven’t posted anything about Casey Anthony trial. I’d pretty much like to keep it that way because, really, I don’t know anything about the case. On the other hand, I know there’s a long and painful history of laws like this: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 6, 2011 Contacts: Michelle Crowder, “Caylee’s Law” petition-starter, 918-289-8479 (CDT)Brian […]

The Road to Chicago

So, after I drove to Avalon, I had to drive back to Chicago. My wife had gone to Avalon ahead of me with her friends, and I was going to meet her there and bring her home. We were planning to swing south into Kentucky to visit family on the way. Step one was getting […]