Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech, Social Media

By: Thursday January 8, 2015 9:00 am

Citizens, you have an obligation to remain silent. What you say online, once upon a time an arena of free speech, can and will be used against you. Here are two creeping examples. In the UK Six British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, what the Prime Minister called a “desperately sad day for our country.” [...]

 

Americans’ Weird Belief Their Country Is Becoming a Lawless Hellscape

By: Monday November 24, 2014 5:26 pm

This is not just idle speculation, but a serious question with big policy implications. We wasted billions on some very misguided “tough on crime” approaches that have result in the word’s largest prison population, crippled the economic prospects of millions, and feed a a massive drug war that has killed thousands on the other side of our borders.

Undoing all these bad policies might depend on finding a way to convince the public about the very good news when it comes to crime rates in this country.

Protests Rock Mexico After Student Killings

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 10:25 am

After gang members in the Mexican state of Guerrero admitted that they killed 43 students, dismembered and burnt their bodies, and threw them in a river protests have hit Mexico condemning the government’s failure to rein in the crime that has ravaged Mexico for decades. While crime has been a chronic problem in Mexico – which is ground zero for the drug war – the student killings seem to have been the breaking point leading to demonstrators burning down government buildings and shutting down Acapulco’s airport.

How Crazy Is Too Crazy to Be Executed

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 3:08 pm

In her latest piece, Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones sheds light on the case of Scott Panetti—a death row prisoner who Texas wants to execute despite a decades-long history of severe mental illness and serious questions remaining about his competency to be executed.

Memo Reveals Rahm Emanuel Advised President Clinton To Achieve ‘Record Deportations’

By: Monday July 21, 2014 12:13 pm

On November 20th, 1996, Rahm Emanuel had an idea. Amidst the joy of the re-election of his friend and mentor, President Bill Clinton, Emanuel saw an opportunity for the president to help the Democratic Party maintain a perceived “parity” with the GOP on crime – record deportations. The revelation is contained in recently released documents from the Clinton Library after 12 years of being concealed.

Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters

By: Friday May 30, 2014 2:00 pm

During this past week, in Scranton, Pa., a 16-year old put two bullets into the head of a taxi driver and then stole about $500 earned by the cabbie that evening.

The teen, who showed no remorse when arrested a few hours later, mumbled a few words about his reasons. He said he murdered the cabbie “’Cause that’s what I do to people that don’t listen.”

What Would Have Happened If Elliot Rodger’s Parents Told Police He Converted To Islam?

By: Monday May 26, 2014 1:35 pm

The mother who contacted the police after seeing her son’s manifesto calling for murder and terror might have tried convincing police her son had become a Muslim bent on jihad, that likely would have gotten a response other than a “visit.” That abnormality definitely generates a response from US security services, even a hyperactive response.

Fact-Checking North Korea Propaganda about America (They’re Right)

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 12:08 pm

What kind of world is it when North Korean propaganda about the United States is more correct than crazy? Let’s fact-check and see how the Northerners did.

Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Crime

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 8:30 am

States that adopted medical marijuana laws didn’t see an increase in crime according to a new study from the University of Texas Dallas. In fact, the study found legalizing medical marijuana might be correlated with a small reduction in homicides and assaults.

Hey, here’s a way to apologize

By: Monday March 17, 2014 1:30 am

Libertarian fantasist Paul Ryan got himself in some trouble (not with his base mind you) by seeming to imply that poor people, especially African-American males, are lazy. The shock of this lay in the fact that the race and class-baiting was implied, rather than explicit.

Nevertheless, Ryan, with Presidential aspirations, spent the next few days pretending to care.

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