Disgruntled Employees Are The Real Airport Security Issue

LAX’s dry ice prankster is not an Islamic radical. He’s not a right-wing extremist. He’s not a terrorist, or even a real bomber. He is a garden-variety knucklehead working a thankless job and there are plenty like him on tarmacs throughout the country. That’s my major airport security concern. I have long believed that the…

Not All Of America Is Exceptionally Homicidal

The United States has a murder rate that stands out among rich-world countries. Over the past 16 years, it has averaged about 4.8 homicides per 100,000 people (according to UN statistics), which is about the same level as countries like Laos and Tajikstan and slightly less than Haiti and Cuba. However, the U.S. is also…

This Chart Explains A Lot About Crime In Chicago

From a July 12, 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics release: Where are the jobs for young men without college degrees? Government jobs across the country, which especially in urban America have long been a source of middle-class stability, have (partly for Tea Party-related reasons) not reappeared as the larger economy continues to bounce back. Construction,…

Greatest Hits

On the occasion of moving my official web presence to a domain I registered on a whim several years ago, lost the key information, and figured was gone forever (or just way too much of a hassle to try to regain control of anytime soon), I’m going to link to some older pieces that should…