1874 painting entitled 'French retreat from Russia in 1812,' by Illarion Mikhailovich Pryanishnikov, showing French soldiers stumbling through the snow

“We are like the French troops in Russia when the snow started falling. The difference is we have winter coats and better lawyers.” –Michael Lacey, Backpage defendant, veteran newspaperman, and First Amendment stalwart A federal judge in Phoenix has rejected…

Color head shot of Maggie McNeill

Maggie McNeill possesses an intellect as acerbic as a vat of hydrochloric acid. Watching as it devours the objects of her scorn is one of the great pleasures of reading her blog, The Honest Courtesan, which she takes to daily…

Screenshot of a bespectacled young woman in an office

The recent publication of a hyperbolic study that purported to show an “astronomical” level of demand for sex workers in the Hawaii was punctuated by an odd incident that prompted two law-enforcement agencies to investigate. On Friday, September 21, officers…