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THE DARK SIDE: What is this state smokin’?

Everyone has to have faith in something or somebody. I have faith in the actuaries who work for insurance companies. If they say women should have lower rates for life insurance than men, then I know women live longer than men on average. If they base car insurance rates on zip codes, then I know zip ... Subscribe Login Digital ...

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THE DARK SIDE: When good unions go bad

This is an example of what is wrong with public sector unions. I’m not attacking public sector unions here. They have their pros and cons. But this case is a good example of one of the cons -- excessive litigation that private sector unions and employers wouldn’t pursue. It is a 188-page decision from the Wisconsin Employment ... Subscribe Login ...

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THE DARK SIDE: The Grateful Dead meet the courthouse crowd

When I was young, it was an annual event to go see the Grateful Dead perform at Alpine Valley. You can imagine what that entailed. I never went to the extreme of traveling around the country to follow the band. Some people have always had to work, you know. But when they came to town every ... Subscribe Login Digital ...

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THE DARK SIDE: Somebody moved my bowling alley

The abuse of eminent domain in the United States is at least as old as the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Berman v. Parker, 348 U.S. 26 (1954), in which the court shamelessly held that confiscating the property of homeowners and business owners, in order to transfer it to politically-connected cronies, was a valid public use, comparable to building a public road.

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THE DARK SIDE: An Aesop’s Fable for the legal eagles

It was January in Wisconsin, and I was sitting in my dining room, watching the cardinals and chickadees at the birdfeeder through the window. I was shoveling fistfuls of fresh blueberries imported from Chile into my gullet, while I pondered how wonderful international trade is.

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On Jay Cutler and Barry Manilow

After the mighty Chicago Bears lost the NFC Championship Game to the lowly Green Bay Packers, one commentator remarked that, at this point, Jay Cutler has about as much respect in the NFL as Barry Manilow does.

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Where is all the promised promiscuity?

The Wisconsin director for some organization called the National Federation of Independent Business recently said that Wisconsin has one of the most "promiscuous" tort systems in the country. Inasmuch as I've always been a really big fan of promiscuous behavior, I figured I should check this out.

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Free GG, the Geto Boys and speech

You would think that litigation over free speech would go away. Is it really so much to ask of people that they refrain from outlawing others from saying what they want?

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They don’t know what ‘frivolous’ is

This week, The Dark Side is going to do something it has never done before - write something that everyone, even progressives, will agree with - with one small caveat: I don't expect the judges on the 7th Circuit to agree.

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On cheesecakes and Constitutions

Thanksgiving is this week, which means I'm being heavily badgered by folks who want me to make them pumpkin cheesecakes for the holiday, or at least give them my recipe.

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Vegan meals just aren’t kosher

I recently read about an Orthodox Jew in prison in Indiana who successfully sued the Indiana Department of Corrections for violating his First Amendment by giving him vegan meals instead of kosher meals.

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Why the double standard on voter fraud?

As I drove past a billboard recently, there was a press conference going on. A bunch of special interest groups were protesting that the billboard was part of a vast conspiracy to keep law-abiding citizens from driving cars.

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