Browsing All posts tagged under »Crime«

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: The Child and the Robbers

January 25, 2017

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By Joan Larsen I have a story to tell, a tale that lies within me, waiting to come out… a seemingly improbable story that happened in my own family… a story that has marked me, marked my family.  Like it or not, TV and the media have made us voyeurs in the most horrific stories […]

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

June 20, 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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

October 19, 2015

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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

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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 […]

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

August 3, 2015

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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 […]

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

June 15, 2015

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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 […]

A Wasted Organ Transplant: Why Patients’ Social History and Potential SHOULD Matter

May 11, 2015

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If you were faced with 100 dying people, and could only save 79 of them, how would you choose? Back in 2012, 15-year-old Anthony Stokes was denied a lifesaving heart transplant. Doctors ruled him a bad candidate because of a “history of noncompliance,” meaning he was unlikely to follow doctors’ orders concerning medications and follow-up […]

Joan Larsen Encore: The Child and the Robbers

December 17, 2014

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I have a story to tell, a tale that lies within me, waiting to come out… a seemingly improbable story that happened in my own family… a story that has marked me, marked my family.  Like it or not, TV and the media have made us voyeurs in the most horrific stories of break-ins, robberies […]

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

December 5, 2014

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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 […]

Safety Tip From Lila’s Dad: Drive Like You Know Where You Are… Even When You Don’t

September 5, 2014

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Lila has had the misfortune to live in one of the nation’s worst-rated cities when it comes to traffic. The traffic gurus define this as congestion and length of commutes. I would like to add to that: the sheer density of clueless drivers, who seem completely incompetent to maintain a steady speed or even to […]

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

August 15, 2014

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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

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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 […]

Dear Federal Trade Commission, Exactly WHAT are You Doing About Unwanted Calls and Scams??

August 1, 2014

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Too little, I suspect.   It has been The Year of Juggling Houses. Lila’s Brother has finished his new place in a neighboring county, and moved out of Dad’s old house; Lila and Hubby have just finished our new place and will soon be moving; and Dad’s old house was recently sold. When it comes […]

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

July 21, 2014

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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

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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 […]

Bowe Bergdahl Should Face Court-Martial

June 6, 2014

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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 […]

Elliot Rodger’s Frustration: Should We Teach Awkward Kids How NOT to Socialize?

June 2, 2014

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Painful and embarrassing as it would be, kindly telling a socially inept person exactly and specifically what they are doing to drive people away might just change their lives.   As the fallout continues to settle after Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara rampage, one aspect of the case stands out, an aspect that we have seen […]

The Santa Barbara Rampage: Guns Were Not the Problem

May 26, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

This is Why Pants are Far More Modest Than Skirts: Beware the “Upskirter”

March 10, 2014

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For all the religious and cultural conservatives who believe women should wear skirts for “modesty”:  think again. It’s simultaneously heartening and disheartening that the Massachusetts legislature just passed a law making “upskirting” – photographing what’s under a woman’s skirt, without her knowledge –  illegal.  Heartening that they recognize that this behavior absolutely is a violation […]

Boston Marathon Security: Going About it All Wrong

February 28, 2014

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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

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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 […]

The Common Denominator in Mass Murders Isn’t Guns. It’s Psycho-Social Isolation and Hostility.

December 27, 2013

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The question isn’t how to lock up all the guns.  The question is how to get people to come forward with their misgivings, and act on that.   After every Columbine, every Newtown, every Aurora or Virginia Tech, there is the outcry over guns.  Pundits and politicians debate limiting magazine capacity, or banning semiautomatic weapons… […]

Affluence, Toxic Parenting Buy Lenience for Horrific Teen DUI

December 13, 2013

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Texas teen who slaughtered four and injured nine gets probation because he is a victim of toxic parents and “affluenza.”  All right, then.  Lock the parents up and put any other kids they may have into state custody, and most importantly: take away that infectious wealth. Last Father’s Day, 16-year-old Texas teen Ethan Couch — […]

Chris Brown: DC Isn’t LA. Hope You Enjoyed Your Cell.

October 28, 2013

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Chris Brown in yet another brawl.  More proof that money doesn’t buy class. I had no idea Chris Brown was in my area until I opened up the news yesterday morning to learn that he was arrested for felony assault outside the W Hotel sometime around 4:30 AM Sunday. Now, first point:  the W Hotel […]