The Elephant in the Police Cruiser.

“Why is everybody supporting Chris Dorner?” is becoming a popular question, and almost nobody is answering it correctly. Karen North, a professor at USC, suggested in a CNN interview that “people have a history of rooting for antiheroes, Butch Cassidy, … Continue reading

The NBC/Sandusky edit: much ado about fluffing.

There’s a lot of noise being made about the revelation that NBC edited the Bob Costas interview, and how this may be grounds for a successful appeal.  This has prompted a widespread outcry about NBC, the justice system, and renewed … Continue reading

The law, and unintended consequences

A politician–Lyndon Baines Johnson, I think–once said that when considering the impact of legislation, one shouldn’t think about how it could be used, but rather how it could be abused.  Regardless of who said it, it is a remarkably apt … Continue reading

Favorite Jerry Sandusky death watch begins. A rapt nation watches with bated breath

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach, was found guilty tonight on 45 of 48 counts of molesting young boys in his care.  He will remain in jail until his sentencing in September, while his attorneys prepare a futile … Continue reading

Favorite The myth of the “Muslim Terror threat”

Fox News co-host Eric Bolling recently defended the NYPD’s spying program by claiming that “every terrorist on American soil has been a Muslim” a preposterous claim that needs to be forcefully addressed, since it is so patently false as to … Continue reading

Optional, but acceptable: A sanctioned killing.

There were two new developments in the Trayvon Martin shooting this week of note, only one of which rattled my view of the case.  First, it was revealed that George Zimmerman sustained injuries in his confrontation with Trayvon Martin, but … Continue reading