Attn, DC Reasonoids: Happy Hour Tues., Oct. 24; Say So Long To Tim Cavanaugh & Hello To Radley Balko


We'll be having a Reason Happy Hour on Tuesday, October 24, at the upstairs bar at Dragonfly, 1215 Connecticut Avenue NW, in Washington, DC.

The fun starts at 6.30PM and will go as deep into the night as you make it go.

Some things we're celebrating:


the addition of Radley Balko to our staff as a senior editor, effective October 30. Currently a policy analyst at Cato, a columnist at the Fox News website, and the force behind the excellent blog, The Agitator, Radley is also the author of the great investigative piece in our October issue about Cory Maye, the Mississippi man originally sentenced to death for killing a cop during a no-knock raid. (Radley's work on the case has actually helped Maye gain a reprieve from his death sentence.)

the naming of Reason's Hit & Run as one of the "Top 10 Political Blogs" in the newest issue of Playboy. In naming us as some of "the best brain food on the web," the bunny mag enthuses that Hit & Run is "a fine source for all the latest news on what you're not allowed to do today and a relief from the left-right bickering." For details–and absolutely no pictures!–go here.

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the publication of our November issue, featuring the widely discussed cover story, "Attack Ads Are Good For You!", whose author, David Mark, has appeared on C-SPAN, The Daily Show, and other shows to defend good old-fashioned negative campaigning. In fact, catch him tonight doing his negative thing tonight on CNN's Paula Zahn show, around 8PM ET.

Among the things we're not celebrating but will have a drink to anyway because it will dull the misery a little bit:

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the loss of Reason's longtime web editor and Cthulhu enthusiast Tim Cavanaugh, who is leaving Reason to become the web editor of the Los Angeles Times' opinion page. Tim's contributions to the print and web editions of Reason are massive and incalculable, and he'll be sorely missed. We wish him the best of luck in his new gig, which starts in November. In the meantime, he'll be at Dragonfly next Tuesday and you can buy him a drink and tell him he's making a big mistake in person.

The coordinates again: Tuesday, October 24, 6.30PM, upstairs at Dragonfly, 1215 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

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  1. One question: Does Balko share Cavanaugh’s obsession with keeping mankind out of space?

    Just kidding, Tim. . .I had to take one final, parting shot. However, I do plan to get together with my new buddies, Burt Rutan and Paul Allen, to abduct you and dump you on (or, rather, in) our secret moonbase next year. We’ll set you up with a wireless connection so that you can remain gainfully employed.

    Remember my warning about the Chicago Tribune! Danger! And remember Lou Grant’s advice: “When I told you to pick a company to investigate sexual harassment, I didn’t mean this one.”

  2. Is Mr. Balko’s nickname “Boo?”

  3. I’ll try to show up. No promises, but I’ll try.

    Farewell, Tim. Congrats on the new gig. Sorry I missed the previous thread on this subject.

  4. I will miss Mr. Cavanaugh. A major reason I frequent this blog even though I am not a libertarian is because of the sense of humor and light touch (and funny headlines) so many posts here have, and Cavanaugh was the most consistently funny writer here. I also enjoyed his frequently displaying tribal loyalty to Catholicism even though he not only doesn’t believe Christianity is true but once implied that he held the extreme (and certainly incorrect) position that Jesus Christ never even lived. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  5. once implied that he held the extreme (and certainly incorrect) position that Jesus Christ never even lived

    Well, the guy ascended into Heaven when he was around 30, and we all know that life begins at 40.

  6. Why do none of the Reason editors smile in their pictures?

  7. There’s little to smile about in libertaria these days.

  8. taking over the la times one libertarian writer at a time…

  9. I do smile! Check it out here, here, and here. Gillespie is just trying to give me one last kick in the ass.

    Thanks for all the well wishes, here and on the previous thread.

  10. Why do none of the Reason editors smile in their pictures?


  11. when you say Tim is cthulu enthusiast, do you mean he practices chaos magick invoking the lovecraft pantheon? or he just likes the books?

  12. Wow, that was a good…uh… 7 seconds of David Mark on CNN.

  13. I thought Matt Welch had that job already? Man am I confused. Well, we sure will miss ya Tim.

    Probably apropos of nothing, but this news makes me think of a Simpsons episode, where a cult deprogrammer is listing his accomplishments, and says “I got Paul McCartney out of Wings” and Homer retorts “You idiot! He was the best one!”

  14. Nick:

    Tim’s contributions to the print and web editions of Reason are massive and incalculable, and he’ll be sorely missed.

    I can’t say it any truer than that. I’m sure gonna miss Tim but perhaps if this means a wider exposure for his thought, our loss will be liberty’s gain.

    I thought Matt Welch had that job already?

    Yeah, now what does Matt do there?


  15. Hey didya notice that H&R tied for second for fun in Playboy’s Top 10 Political Blogs list? This is owing, no doubt, to the Gratuitous New Wave Links which I post in the Friday Fun threads.

    Here’s the most recent one:

  16. Those are more like grimaces than smiles.

    I have to confirm it with the head office, but I don’t think the plot to take over the LA Times originated from our branch of the international conspiracy.

    The libertarians are the worst fellow travelers ever. Too much free lancing for our tastes.

  17. republicans are paying to get lieberman elected.

  18. Anyone notice that Tim bears a slight resemblance to John Derbyshire (at least in pic #1 that he linked to)?

  19. Tim,

    You’ll now be sharing a paymaster with Jeff P.

    Good luck with the “Oxygen” “CMS” at the LA times “site.”

    If they offer any stock options, ask for free mousepads instead.

  20. Radley will continue with The Agitator I hope.

  21. Radley will continue with The Agitator I hope.

  22. You’ll now be sharing a paymaster with Jeff P.

    I was going to mention this, but feared it would be rude for me to make Tim start his new job all depressed and everything.

    I guess he passed his drug test. I’m going to tell myself he cheated, because I feel better that way.

  23. The “Tim” will be missed on these pages.

  24. Congratulations Tim.

    I am thrilled to see that this little magazine which I have read for a decade has become a proving ground for influential jobs in the national media and makes consistent headlines for excellence at H&R.

    I will raise a toast of Oregon’s own Dead Guy Ale in your honor, good luck Tim.

  25. No more Tim? Does that mean no more tediously long and boring blog posts? Money.

  26. I checked my records, I’ve been a Reason subscriber for 18 years. We’ve both come a long way.

  27. tim, you dick don’t leave us…have you seen the picture of that new guy…he looks like he is going to beat the crap out of us.

  28. Why do none of the Reason editors smile in their pictures?

    I was wondering the exact same thing. Anger and shocked indignation seem to be the order of the day.

  29. I’m one of the people who came over to because it was the only place to go to for sucksters after went under.

    I will sincerely miss Tim Cavanaugh’s insight and wit.

    Good Luck, Tim!

  30. Tim,

    You will still have to answer for the “Nearly Headless Nick” Post.

    You thought we forgot, but our hatred has only grown.

    Have you checked in our your children?

  31. I will sincerely miss Tim Cavanaugh’s insight and wit.

    Yeah, same here. Good luck, Mr. Cavanaugh!

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