A tragedy amidst a triumph

As a runner–or at least, as a person who runs, who socializes with runners–The Boston Marathon is a legendary event; for many, it represents a lifetime achievement. Merely qualifying requires an extraordinary level of physical stamina. The qualifying times for … Continue reading

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

Favorite How Reagan destroyed America

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’”   –Ronald Reagan “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘Republicans in control of all three branches of government.’” … Continue reading

John Roberts saves the Court, torpedoes the Romney campaign

The Supreme court upheld the constitutionality of the ACA on Thursday, but in doing so dealt the Romney campaign a serious blow.  He may not be able to recover.  The survival of Obamacare was a shot below the waterline, and … 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

Shock and Law: can the cops be trusted with Tasers?

When the notion was first floated to include Tasers among the tools available to law enforcement, the pitch was both simple and appealing: “a non-lethal alternative to lethal force.”  The idea was that Tasers would provide law enforcement with a … 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

In defense of reasonable partitions.

An Oklahoma woman was recently denied medical treatment after suffering a rape, because the attending physician had religious beliefs that apparently precluded her from doing her job properly.  Specifically, the doctor refused to provide emergency contraception because her imaginary friend … Continue reading