Monkey see, Monkey serve

Not infrequently, a prospective restaurant client will ask, “Do my waitstaff and bartenders need alcohol permits in order to work?” Maybe. I can say this, though: No work permits required at this restaurant. Sayonara. (HT: Althouse).

Liquor license suspended after topless ‘midget wrestling’

… is the title of this article. (Source.) The 60-day suspension is stiff but, as the Mayor said, “It’s meant to send a message to other businesses in town that this won’t be tolerated.” I had no idea that topless ‘midget wrestling’ was an issue in Canton, Illinois. Now I do.

Another Georgia town celebrates closing of strip club

This picture will save at least 1,000 words: “Byron City Councilman Michael Chidester applauds as the Cafe Erotica sign falls Friday morning in Byron.” And another 1,000 words: “Jeff Laborg, pastor at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins, gives a shout and waves a Bible in the air as the Cafe Erotica sign comes down [...]

The only thing we have to fear, is beer itself …

… and not one State’s attempt to jack-up the tax on it — or says Orin Kerr of The Volokh Conspiracy here. A California assemblyman, Jim Beall, has “proposed raising the beer tax by $1.80 per six-pack, or 30 cents per can or bottle. The current tax is 2 cents per can. That’s an increase [...]

Religion & Poles

(Source.) A follow-up to my post below. The picture is entitled, you guessed it, “Peep Show.” Now that just ain’t right.

Politics & Poles

This month Harper’s Magazine is featuring Mr. Fish, 178 Cartoons from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Fish, we’re told, “lives in Los Angeles, California. He never asked to be born. Occasionally, he laughs his head off. His mother has no idea what he’s up to. She cries easily. For more information, date him.” He sounds bipolar, [...]


“Breasts are not genitalia, and drivers don’t gawk at the word ‘love’ — a First Amendment problem,” is the title of an Althouse post. In case you’re wondering, the buttocks is not genitalia either, although some have believed it so. “Millions May Be at Stake in Suit Over Hit NBC Game Show” appears in a [...]

Everything is new(d) again

I’ve been working and playing. My playtime has been with our first baby, Ms. Audrey Jane Wiggins. She’s a hoot. Born on January 8, she’s been a non-stop machine, keeping her parents (especially mom) busy changing, feeding, rocking, gazing and laughing. I love it when Audrey smiles, even if the grin’s just a “gas release,” [...]

The "adult" in adult entertainment

If you’re a grammar snob, or maybe you’re just terrified of sounding less-than-literate, check out The Grammarphobia Blog. Yesterday’s entry: adult entertainment. There we learn that “[t]he use of ‘adult’ as a euphemism for sexually explicit (as in ‘adult cinema’ or ‘adult entertainment’) dates from only 1958, according to the OED. The earliest published reference [...]

The Party of the First Part

I just finished reading The Party of the First Part, by Adam Freedman. What a super book. I wasn’t sure what to expect, given that reading about ‘words’ and their origins can be like, well, yucky. None of that here. Mr. Freedman’s writing is devilishly sharp, crisp and probing while maintaining a light feel. I [...]