Legislatures at Work

Tear-Gas Filibuster Fails in South Korea

One of the many things I will be giving thanks for tomorrow is the South Korean legislature: Just to be clear, this wasn't tear gas "fired at S. Korea lawmakers" by some outsider – it was fired at them by…



Good Reason to Kill #19: Cheated at Monopoly [Updated]

In the realm of parlor gaming, previously only Yahtzee has sparked this kind of murderous rage. (Arguably also Dungeons & Dragons, but I think that case was more about an alleged abuse of the great power granted to a Dungeonmaster and so not…



Kansas Budget Battle Says “OK!” to Domestic Violence

That's a slight exaggeration, depending on who you ask. According to this report (also this one), no one is currently being prosecuted for misdemeanor acts of domestic violence committed in Topeka, Kansas, because of a dispute between the city and county…


San Francisco Manages to Spend $700K for a Wheelchair Ramp

I couldn't be more in favor of full access for the handicapped – just suggesting that the cost of building a ramp should be something less than $700,000. The San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that a 10-foot ramp being installed in…


Bad News for Those in Quest of Roadkill

In May, I reported that it looked like it would soon be legal in Illinois to take or possess "fur-bearing mammals found dead or unintentionally killed by a vehicle along a roadway," given that the state Senate had just passed the…




Here’s Just How Dysfunctional Our Government Really Is

You've probably heard something about how the country is trillions in debt, and that because we can't control the deficit we need to raise the national debt limit again so the government can legally borrow more money. Now it looks…