Archives for July, 2002

I’ll be on 105.1 FM

I’ll be on 105.1 FM at 5:15 today, the Don Kroah Show, talking about this piece from today’s Wash Times (also ran in Chi Trib). Tune in if you can…

Posted on Jul 31, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

“OPERATION WHITE SPIDER”: If we

“OPERATION WHITE SPIDER”: If we needed any more evidence that the FBI is a national joke, here it is. Tiring of the fight against Al Qaeda, the Bureau has turned its attention toward eliminating the old rub-and-tug from our nation’s strip malls. According to this press release, the feds have just busted a ring of Oriental massage parlors that (surprise!) doubled as brothels. The bureau

determined that owners and operators of Korean massage parlors, health studios, and modeling studios used their businesses as a front for illegal activities to include prostitution. These businesses, operating in several communities throughout east Tennessee, generated millions of dollars in illegal proceeds. It is alleged that this network of owners and operators worked together to conceal this activity from law enforcement.

“As we continue our global war against terrorism”, said [Special Agent Joe] Clark, “it is crucial that the FBI, in partnership with local law enforcement, continues to address this type of criminal activity that has such a negative effect on our communities in east Tennessee. These businesses operated in our back yards, in our shopping centers, and near our schools. Our investigation determined that this activity not only affects neighborhoods in east Tennessee, but neighborhoods in many communities across the nation.”

Posted on Jul 31, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

A third recommendation: tune into

A third recommendation: tune into ABC at 10 PM tonight to watch John Stossel’s special “War on Drugs: War on Ourselves.” Nobody debunks government propaganda better than Stossel, and the anti-drug crusade is something that desperately needs debunking. Here’s Deroy Murdock’s sneak preview of the special.

Posted on Jul 30, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Here’s something else you should

Here’s something else you should attend. Wednesday night there’s a fundraiser for Max Pappas, who’s running as an independent for state rep in the 2nd Hampshire District of Massachusetts. Speaking at the event are my boss David Boaz, who’s always excellent, and P.J. O’ Rourke.

Max is a good guy, and deserves your support. I’ve been trying to help him think of campaign slogans. Best so far, in my view, is “Pappas for State Rep.: The Best Scandals Are Yet to Come.” I think it combines Reaganite optimism with Clintonian flair. Details for the event:

Wednesday, July 31, 2002, 6 – 8 p.m.
Shelly’s Back Room
1331 F Street, N.W., Washington DC
202-390-4333
info@maxpappas.com
$25 per person suggested contribution

Posted on Jul 29, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

FEDERALISM UNDER THE GUN: Come

FEDERALISM UNDER THE GUN: Come to Cato tomorrow at noon for a policy forum featuring myself, Bob Levy, Andrew Hruska of DOJ and Todd Adkins of the NRA. Or if you can’t come, watch it live on the web. Here are the details from the flyer:

President Bush’s key crime-fighting program, Project Safe Neighborhoods, puts flesh on the NRA motto “we don’t need new gun laws, we need to enforce the gun laws on the books.” But it does so by federalizing the prosecution of gun possession crimes ordinarily left to the states.

Meanwhile, gun rights supporters in Congress want to use federal power to reform state tort law. They’re pushing legislation that would shield firearms manufacturers and sellers from ongoing municipal lawsuits over gun violence.

Are those initiatives authorized by the Commerce Clause? Will they help protect our Second Amendment rights? Or do they undermine the Tenth Amendment and the doctrine of federalism? Please join us for a vigorous debate on gun laws and the Constitution.

Posted on Jul 29, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

I started out watching Sex

I started out watching Sex and the City because it annoyed me. But gahd, now it’s starting to depress me. The constant agonizing over men and marriage. The pathetic spectacle of women on the back half of their 30s out on the hoof trying to bang a sailor on shore leave. Carrie and Samantha looking like walking pictures of Dorian Grey, their faces begging for botox. The increasing tenor of desperation that fills each episode. But yet I can’t turn away. It’s a cultural car wreck.

Posted on Jul 28, 2002 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

NOTE TO SELF: Don’t wise

NOTE TO SELF: Don’t wise off to thug with gun. From the Police Blotter in July’s Intowner newsletter:

17th and Corcoran: 2 men who had finished having early morning breakfast at Annie’s Paramount Steak House confronted by 2 men at gunpoint and when one asked, “What are you going to do–shoot me?”, he was shot four times in the legs, followed by both men being robbed. [5:30 AM, Sat., 6/29]

Posted on Jul 28, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

I just finished Malcolm Gladwell’s

I just finished Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, an interesting little book on the forces that drive social epidemics, by which I mean fashion trends, ideas, and other memes (not STDs and the like). In a point not central to the book, Gladwell discusses drug abuse and makes an interesting observation:

In the 1996 Houshold Survey on Drug Abuse, 1.1 percent of those polled said that they had used heroin at least once. But only 18 percent of that 1.1 percent had used it in the past year, and only 9 percent had used it in the past month. That is not the profile of a particularly [addictive] drug. The figures for cocaine are even more striking. Of those who have ever tried cocaine, less than one percent are regular users. What these figures tell us is that experimentation and actual hard-core use are two entirely separate things.

Granted, there may be methodological problems with relying on a survey that requires one to admit to a crime. (Though I’m not sure that very many people would be dissuaded from answering honestly because of the infintesimal risk of prosecution associated with the survey). But this information gives the lie to the idea that once given hard drugs we’d all act like lab rats pressing the lever for more cocaine pellets.

Posted on Jul 27, 2002 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

ANOTHER DRUG WAR RANT: Have

ANOTHER DRUG WAR RANT: Have you heard this hideous story? “Officials at a South Dakota school confined students to their classrooms for several hours while a police dog toured the rooms, sniffing children as young as 6 to check for drugs, according to a lawsuit filed against the school.” Sioux Falls, South Dakota is apparently undergoing a preteen drug epidemic sufficient to warrant terrorizing kids and treating them like prisoners.

Meanwhile, UPI reports that the prison system in the United States has become a virulent petri dish teeming with STDs because of the prevalence of prison rape. A significant percentage of inmates subjected to this hell are of course nonviolent drug offenders. If there is such a thing as progress in human affairs, someday we’ll look back on our drug policy as the atrocity it is.

Posted on Jul 27, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

BLAME CANADA: “Ahh, the amazing

BLAME CANADA: “Ahh, the amazing Canadian health care system: slavery is the secret ingredient that makes it work so well.” Link and comment courtesy of Aaron Lukas.

Posted on Jul 26, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

I don’t know what’s happening

I don’t know what’s happening over at the Agitator.com. Balko’s gone in the hospital to “get an organ removed,” and has begun blogging under the name of “Bunnie Foo Foo.” Strange sauce, my friend.

Posted on Jul 26, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

VOLUNTEER VOYEURS: My op-ed on

VOLUNTEER VOYEURS: My op-ed on Operation TIPS is up on the Dallas Morning News site.

Posted on Jul 26, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

I WON’T BLOG, DON’T ASK

I WON’T BLOG, DON’T ASK ME: I’m busy and feel uninspired. Whaddaya want from me?

Posted on Jul 25, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Taking a break from hectoring

Taking a break from hectoring Americans about foreign aid, Bono is now attacking his countrymen for Euroskepticism. He’s urging the Irish to ratify the once-rejected Nice treaty, which would expand the European Union:

“For god sake, if we miss this chance, what are we then? When I participate in meetings with politicians in Europe then they always bring this up,” said Bono in a radio interview.

There’s a good reason for further erosion of Irish sovereignty and assimilation into the monstrous European superstate: if the Irish don’t go along, they’ll embarass Bono when he’s meeting with politicians. Link courtesy of Libertarian Samizdata.

Posted on Jul 23, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

POETRY OF HATE: JenRaj pretty

POETRY OF HATE: JenRaj pretty much sums up my feelings on Sting, the tantric twit.

Posted on Jul 23, 2002 in Uncategorized | Comments Off