A Quick Thought on the Phil Mickelson Insider Trading Case

I like Phil (he’s left-handed, I’m left-handed; we have so much in common!) so I hope he hasn’t been up to anything shady. But even if I wasn’t a fan I’d be inclined to defend him, because insider trading is an arbitrary crime used by prosecutors in an arbitrary way. As I’ve said in the past: It’s long been my position that More …

Time Machine World

Every so often, some literary/political science smarty pants will ruminate over who had the more accurate vision of the future — Orwell in 1984 or Huxley in Brave New World. Both are visions of a future dystopia (yes, kids, 1984 used to be the future), just with different varieties of societal degradation. The people who believe that the arc of history is More …

“Rampage of Biblical Proportions”

Um, this: Auburn University officials have cancelled classes and all other campus operations until Thursday due to a threat found on a wall of a campus building. A notice sent out this morning states classes will resume at 7:15 a.m. Thursday. The notice states authorities do not believe the threat is credible but asks anyone with concerns call 911 — More …

Steyn on the Knockout Game

It’s a Mark Steyn column that references C.S. Lewis, therefore, according to the bylaws of this website, I had to post it: “No justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous,” wrote Lewis — and, likewise, no law can prevent a thug punching an old lady to the ground if the thug is minded to. “A society’s first More …

He is Dead to Them

If you’re looking tips on how the Aaron Hernandez case is going to go, I imagine that this is pretty much the worst possible sign for him: The New England Patriots are offering anyone with an Aaron Hernandez jersey the opportunity to exchange it for a free jersey of comparable value, the team announced.  The exchange will be offered only More …

The Point No One is Making About Teens and the Plan B Pill

Ann Althouse: It seems to me that when you’re talking about girls under the age of 15, if there is an occasion to buy a morning-after pill, there is an occasion to report a serious crime. Um, yes, except replace “15” with “18.” And while we’re at it, just replace “a serious crime” with “statutory rape,” for purposes of clarification.

The Gosnell Blackout

Mark Steyn: But some of us have argued a consistent position on this case for over two years now: Relatively few people wish to commit mass murder on the scale of Gosnell – that’s the good news. The bad news is that the vast ranks of newspaper publishers, TV executives, editors, news producers, radio assignment editors, and reporters somehow reached More …

Gosnell

Kermit Gosnell is the kind of guy who gives abortionists a bad name, so you’re going to have a hard time finding coverage of his murder trial in the mainstream media. But if you are trying to find out more about it–and mind you, if you look very long, you’re going to see something that makes you sick–here are a few More …

If Your House Gets Robbed, Blame Rob Bell

Studies show that crime is lower in societies that have a strong belief in hell. Go figure. The study, appearing in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE, found that criminal activity is higher in societies where people’s religious beliefs contain a strong punitive component than in places where religious beliefs are more benevolent. A country where many more More …