November 2009

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TSA Targets Snow-Globe Terrorism Threat

As I have argued before, the absence of hijackings since 9/11 is almost certainly not due to the unenhanced security provided by the Transportation Security Administration, which daily protects our nation's planes from the threat of oversized nail clippers, undeclared…



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Washington Honking Case Taken Up by State Supreme Court

The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear Helen Immelt's claim that the city of Everett violated her First Amendment rights when it convicted her of excessive honking.  As I noted this summer, the state court of appeal ruled against Immelt in…


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Balloon Parents to Plead Guilty

CNN has reported that Richard and Mayumi Heene, shown in this photo from last month pretending to be anguished about the fate of their son Falcon, who they said had accidentally flown away in a large balloon, are expected to…


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Jury Finds Florida Man Was Not “Too Fat to Kill”

Edward Ates "looked down and shook his head in court" as he listened to the jury's verdict against him on November 6.  As he did, his ponderous jowls wobbled slowly from side to side.  Or, at least, ponderous and wobbly jowls would…


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Chicago Courts Rejecting Evidence Gathered by Laser

The Chicago Tribune reports that judges in Cook County, Illinois, have been dismissing speeding tickets issued to drivers whose speed was measured with laser guns rather than boring old radar.  The traffic court has taken the position that evidence gathered…



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Korean Woman Passes Driver’s Test on 950th Try

It seems like only yesterday that Cha Sa-soon was failing her 775th written driver's test, but in fact it was February.  Cha, a 68-year-old grandmother from South Korea, had been taking the test every two days or so starting sometime…



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Latest Bad Disguise(s): Drawing on Your Face With a Sharpie

I have to go back and make sure my numbering is consistent, but I think these would be Bad Disguises Numbers 6 and 7: I am going to count these as two Bad Disguises even though they are fundamentally based on the…