Browsing All Posts filed under »Justice«

Crime, The Selfie Generation, the Nanny State and Self-Defense

June 20, 2016


If you are absolutely certain that you are about to die, do something.  Anything.  Put down your goddamn phone and fight.   What struck me most about the horrific mass shooting in Orlando was the extreme helplessness of everyone around the shooter.   I understand the mindset well:  no one wants to be first into the […]

Need a Place to Live in Idaho? Break In, Write Yourself a Lease, and The Homeowners Have to Accept It

April 18, 2016


This comes under the “we are a nation of idiots” category. I’m getting pretty tired of lawyers and courts failing to uphold common sense just because we don’t have a detailed, specific, nitpicky written law for every imaginable, conceivable, remotely possible thing that could ever arise. Imagine this:  you are a homeowner.  You do one […]

Victim of Terrorism? Sue Your County and Get Rich!

January 18, 2016


A widow’s lawsuit seeking $58 million from San Bernardino County for her husband’s death in a terrorist attack is unreasonable, cynical, and greedy.   If one can believe the headlines, San Bernardino County has a lot to answer for. Correctional officers torturing prisoners. Improper strip searches of inmates. Sexual misconduct with prisoners. The sometimes fatal […]

Report Crimes to the Police, Not to Your College Administration

January 11, 2016


Remember the Rolling Stone article that detailed a horrific gang rape at University of Virginia, only to be quickly retracted when “Jackie’s” story didn’t add up? Even when it became clear that Jackie’s story was not true, advocates insisted that something bad had happened, that women simply don’t invent rape allegations from thin air, that […]

Delicious Irony of the Flight of the Affluenza Boy

January 4, 2016


In a deliciously ironic twist, Affluenza Boy’s maneuvering to avoid justice has landed him in a “sanctuary” that is far worse and may even last longer than any punishment he would have received in the US. Two years ago, we expressed our outrage at the Ethan Couch case. You may remember it; a spoiled and […]

“Free-Range Kid” Legislation: Pretty Sad That It Needed a Law

December 14, 2015


A little bit of common sense may be returning to our schools. On 10 December, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which overhauls the disastrous “No Child Left Behind” law. Love it or not, the idea is to get the Federal Government mostly out of the education business and return control of curricula […]

Why are Women Criminals for Drunk Driving, but “Victims” of Drunk Sex?

October 19, 2015


The live social-media broadcast of a DUI in progress should remind us about who is really responsible for drunken decisions.   23-year-old Whitney Beall live-streamed her own drunk driving misadventure via Periscope, and ended up arrested for DUI. No surprise, but check out the 11-minute video at Huffington Post. Listen to her repeated comments about […]

No, Gun Violence is Not the Fault of Gun Manufacturers

October 12, 2015


Here we go again: some loser commits a high-profile crime that goes viral in the media, and then we have the predictable calls for gun control… some of it sensible, some, well… less so. My current peeve is with those who want to blame gun manufacturers for the actions of criminals who use guns in […]

Donald Trump: Dangerous Rhetoric

August 24, 2015


Trump’s brand of intolerant, divisive rhetoric is mightily reminiscent of a certain historical figure. Four years ago, in 2011, Donald Trump was crashing around the Presidential campaign like an obscene bull with Mad Cow Disease.  This is what we wrote at the time (go to the link for the full text): Donald Trump has thrown […]

Bikes vs. Cars: A Local Hit-and-Run Brings Out the Uglies on Facebook

August 3, 2015


Bottom line: the primary responsibility in driving is to not hit anything, especially not human beings. This month, a man was riding his bicycle down a rural road in my area when he was hit from behind by a pickup truck. The driver had the good sense to stop and ask if the cyclist was […]

Gay Marriage and Petty Bureaucrats: Power vs. Responsibility

July 6, 2015


One might think that the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide would signal an end to the matter of gay marriage. But no, now we have low-level judges and county clerks standing in the way, refusing to issue marriage licenses because they believe that their personal religious beliefs and their consciences trump the highest […]

When Is Fortunetelling “Bilking?” Or, Why is it Legal at All?

June 15, 2015


Answer: It’s always bilking. It is only a matter of degree. As Michael Wilson reports in the New York Times, a man consulted a Times Square psychic for help in winning the affections of his lady love. Over the course of the next 20 months, “she bled him dry;” he had handed over $713,975. And […]

Baltimore Riots: “Mom of the Year” Wouldn’t Be, Under Other Circumstances

May 4, 2015


It is not lost on me that under other circumstances, the famous Baltimore mom might be in jail for child abuse.   By now you have seen the headlines praising Maryland mom Toya Graham for her smackdown of her masked 16-year-old son who was among the rioters in Baltimore, throwing rocks at the police. “Baltimore […]

Welcome to the Plutocracy: S**t Flows Downhill, and You are on the Bottom

February 20, 2015


Rude little rich boy Conrad Hilton is an overgrown spoiled brat, but he may have been on to something by referring to everyone on BA Flight 269 as “peasants.” Wake up and smell the plutocracy! Americans like to think we are all equal under the law, that we all have equal opportunities, that we all […]

Rape Allegations Should Require Immediate Police Involvement

December 8, 2014


They say that women don’t lie about rape. But they do, and that hurts victims. There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the now-discredited and retracted Rolling Stone article about a horrific gang-rape in a fraternity house on the UVA campus.   Victim advocates lament that this will make it harder for other […]

Grand Jury Procedures for Cops Should be the Same as for Anyone Else

December 5, 2014


The police already operate under a different set of rules; that should make them more accountable for their actions, not less. The police are sent among us, armed with deadly force, to keep order and peace. This should not absolve them of the harm they may do in the conduct of their duties; just the […]

Toys Should Look Like Toys. Guns Should Look Like Guns.

November 24, 2014


And Airsoft isn’t really a toy. Here we go again. In Ohio, a 12-year-old boy has been killed by police who mistook his Airsoft pistol for a real gun. We have been here before: the outraged parent, the makeshift memorial at the scene. I will be the first to tell you that police across the […]

Drunk Sex: When Will Women Be Seen As Responsible Decision-Makers in Sexual Matters?

October 20, 2014


The “No means no” slogan of the past couple of decades hasn’t really helped much where sexual misconduct on campus is concerned. Enter a new slogan, “Yes means yes.” It sounds good in theory – affirmative consent all around before any activity is initiated – but it fails to resolve the single biggest problem in […]

There Has Been Too Much Abuse. Demilitarize the Police NOW.

August 15, 2014


Ferguson, Missouri is only the latest case of local governments unleashing military-grade weapons and military tactics against their own people. How is this any different from the abuses we criticize in other countries? In 1992, this is what riot police looked like during the Rodney King riots, which were among the most violent and destructive […]

Can We Avoid Dumb Marijuana Legalization?

August 8, 2014


By Laura Chapman Controlling drug abuse: is legalization really the right answer? After plummeting crime rates in Washington and Colorado, the legalization of marijuana in the US is looking increasingly likely by the year. Over half the American public believe the change in law will have positive results and are pushing for personal use of […]

Hey South Carolina: I Was a 7-Year-Old Latchkey Kid

July 21, 2014


Thank God it was the 1970s, so my Dad didn’t end up in jail, and I didn’t end up in foster care.   In the news we hear of a South Carolina mother who was jailed and lost custody of her 9-year-old daughter for allowing her to play unsupervised at a local park (with a […]

Law Enforcement Has Officially Gone Insane: Teen Sexting as Child Porn

July 11, 2014


Teens experimenting with their budding sexual urges is normal. Cops giving a 17-year-old boy an erection against his will and then photographing it as “evidence” is just SICK.   By now most of us are aware of “sexting,” that indiscreet practice of sending nude or partly nude photos of oneself to one’s love interest.   As […]

Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

July 4, 2014


It’s worth remembering that the “founding fathers” of our country were brave enough to stand up to what they saw as tyranny. They were willing to risk their personal and political fortunes, their freedom and their very lives to oppose the Crown over issues like unfair taxes, curtailment of credit, being forced to accommodate soldiers […]

Bowe Bergdahl Should Face Court-Martial

June 6, 2014


I served a full career in the military. I have been deployed to war zones. I have served in the Pentagon. I have lost friends to this “Global War on Terror.” So yeah, I definitely have an opinion on this one. As it happens, I never much approved of our policies post-9/11. I viewed the […]

The Santa Barbara Rampage: Guns Were Not the Problem

May 26, 2014


A desperately unhappy and angry young man goes on a deadly rampage using a knife, his car, and guns as his weapons. But we’ll only agonize over the guns… not the car, not the knife, and not the man. A very lonely and unhappy Elliot Rodger, angry at years of perceived slights, jealous of others’ […]

A SWAT Team for Every Home!

April 25, 2014


Back in September, around the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attack, we pondered the nation’s dangerous slide into a mentality of sacrificing some of our freedoms – so hard-earned back in the 1770s – for a little temporary security, and not even very good security at that. One of the worrisome developments we noted was […]

The Ethan Couch Case Revisited: More Outrage, But One Fierce Victim

April 21, 2014


Remember Ethan Couch, the Affluenza Boy? The spoiled rich kid who slaughtered four and injured nine (some permanently) while drunk and speeding on a dark residential road? Whose parents had never disciplined him for anything, ever, no matter how serious? Whose lawyers argued… successfully… that young Mr. Couch couldn’t be held responsible for this horrific […]

General Sinclair’s “Lenient” Sentence Not Really All that Lenient

March 24, 2014


Firebrands like Rep. Jackie Speier call the sentence “incompetent” and “sordid.”  I call it “fair.”  Here’s why. Maggie Ybarra, writing for the Washington Times, reports on the outrage over the perceived “lenience” of Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair’s sentence  – a reprimand and a $20,000 fine – following his trial for sexual assault and adultery: Lawmakers […]

Time to Overhaul Our Marijuana Laws

March 21, 2014


Marijuana laws vary widely by state, creating a confusing and frankly unfair patchwork of legal pitfalls and penalties for the public. Marijuana is legal for medical purposes in 20 states and in DC.  It is legal to grow it, sell it, and consume it for pleasure in Washington State and Colorado.    As Wikipedia’s summary shows, […]

Boston Marathon Security: Going About it All Wrong

February 28, 2014


It’s time for America to stop letting terrorists win. The Boston Marathon this year will feature new security rules in response to last year’s bombing near the finish line.  No backpacks, no handbags, no strollers, no bulky clothing, no fluid containers over one liter, no large flags or signs, nothing at all larger than an […]

Before You Buy That All-Terrain Vehicle: Where Can You Ride It?

January 6, 2014


An explosion in ATV ownership, coupled with a lack of public trails for their use, is a recipe for disappointment.  It is not a license to trespass on private property. When we moved to our current home with its two acres of woods, Hubby mentioned it at work.  “Ooooohhh,” said one of his co-workers, “Can […]