My Random Tangents

Politics, Law, Humanity, Opinion, Thoughts, and Hobbies

Cycleport Motorcycle Protective Gear

In the spring of 2007 I purchased a Cycleport Ultra II Air Mesh Kevlar Jacket and Air Mesh Kevlar Street Jeans. I already owned an Aerostich Roadcrafter but wanted to try Cycleport’s mesh Kevlar offerings for the summer. [Read the rest of this entry...]

Aerostich Motorcycle Riding Suit Review

In the fall of 2006 I purchased an Aerostich Roadcrafter motorcycle riding suit. I decided to write a review of this suit:

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Studying to Pass the Bar Exam

I graduated from law school in May of 2009, and took the July 2009 Illinois bar exam.  I passed, and thought I would share my study approach in case that information is of use to other bar exam takers: [Read the rest of this entry...]

Slower Traffic Keep Right (Yield the Left Lane)

I ended up driving nearly 500 miles yesterday to go find a new house that is closer to my new job.  Much of that driving was on interstate highways, and I sadly encountered quite a few drivers who couldn’t manage to yield the left lane to faster moving traffic, making the drive longer and less enjoyable than it needed to be for everyone involved. [Read the rest of this entry...]

My Thoughts on the Laws Surrounding Illegal Drugs

My thoughts on the state of the law surrounding illegal drugs are below: [Read the rest of this entry...]

Blackbird – A Web Browser for African Americans?

When I first read the story about Blackbird, a web browser for African Americans, I thought it was a joke. Sadly, some people seriously believe that African Americans need a special web browser.  As an African American, I must say that that I find this to be bad (and offensive) idea: [Read the rest of this entry...]

My Thoughs on Clemency For Former IL Governor George Ryan

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), joined by other politicians, has asked President George Bush to commute the sentence of former IL Governor George Ryan.  My thoughts: [Read the rest of this entry...]

My Thoughts on Gay Rights

This article addresses my thoughts on the issue of gay rights, from the perspective of a heterosexual male who is engaged to the woman he has dated for nearly 5 years. [Read the rest of this entry...]

There is No Justification for Racism

I recently had the displeasure of experiencing some racism in my personal life. A racist white person felt it was proper, while drinking a beer near me (I’m an African American), to use the word “nig*er” to disparage the language skills of a 3rd party. The person who made the racist remarks was a drunk whose opinion is of no consequence to me. What I did find to be disturbing was the way that several other people attempted to justify his racist remarks. Each of the rather poor justifications that were given, and my responses, are below: [Read the rest of this entry...]

Obtrusive Anti-Spam Verification Systems – a bad idea

Spam email is not fun for anyone, however I’ve seen some people go about combating spam in the wrong way: [Read the rest of this entry...]