Important New Ruling on Eyewitness Evidence

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a very important ruling on how trial courts must handle eyewitness testimony. The Innocence Project reports on the development.“Today the New Jersey Supreme Court has said that the legal architecture set by the U.S. Supreme Court 30 years ago to evaluate identification evidence must be renovated. This is a decision that will ultimately affect every state and federal court in the nation,” said Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the Innocence Project, which is aff … [Read more...]

Researcher Accuses Clement of Distorting Her Work

There are a couple of interesting developments in the legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act in which the House has hired Paul Clement to defend the constitutionality of the law. The first is that Clement apparently tried to cite lots of research about the dangers of gay parents in his filings, but without making the sources of that research available for depositions and cross-examination. AmericaBlog reports: … [Read more...]

The Racial Injustice of the War on Drugs

This report from the Washington City Paper could have been written about any large city in the country.But even with a high arrest rate, some people in D.C. can probably safely get high without worrying that the cops are coming. Those people are white people. In 2007, 91 percent of those arrested for marijuana were black. In a city whose population demographics are steadily evening out, that’s odd. In fact, adjusting for population, African Americans are eight times as likely to be arrested f … [Read more...]

Auto-Start Videos

I've heard isolated reports of auto-start videos on the site. I hate them every bit as much as you do, but I haven't seen one and I can't track down its source (we use multiple ad networks) without more information. If you see one, please get a screenshot of the ad for me. That might help me track it down and root it out. Thanks. … [Read more...]

Really, Politico?

It's bad enough that the Worldnutdaily gives Chuck Norris a weekly column, but Politico? Seriously? Yep. And it's the same ignorant nonsense we've gotten used to already. This one is all about how Obama has a secret plot to get your guns.It’s been said that guns have two enemies – rust and politicians. Rust never sleeps, and neither do those who would seek to restrict our constitutional rights. So let me tell you about a meeting you weren’t invited to, where those people were planning an atta … [Read more...]

Why the Evolution Question Matters

Kevin Williamson at the National Review Online has a rather odd position about Rick Perry's recent creationist talk. He basically says, "Okay, so Perry is an ignorant blowhard -- but you shouldn't be asking him such questions in the first place." Here's the first part:I’ll get into the question of tossing around these kinds of cultural hand grenades in a second, but first, let me note something that in my view is more important: Neither of Perry’s statements is true. Texas does not, as a mat … [Read more...]

Please. Please, Please, Please, Please.

This would make me so happy:Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, is considering a run against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur in 2012, according to Republican Party sources.Jon Stainbrook, chairman of the Lucas County Republican Party, said there is "high-level interest in the national Republican Party" in a potential Wurzelbacher candidacy."We are encouraging Joe to run," Mr. Stainbrook said. "He hasn't made any official decision yet."I'll be praying for this to happen. … [Read more...]

Parsonage Tax Breaks Too Generous

The Wall Street Journal reports on a new ruling from a tax court that makes the parsonage allowance for ministers unlimited.The U.S. Tax Court ruled that Phil Driscoll, an ordained minister and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter who went to prison for tax evasion, didn't owe federal income taxes on $408,638 provided to him by his ministry to buy a second home on a lake near Cleveland, Tenn.Under a provision of the tax code known as the parsonage allowance, first passed in 1921, an ordained … [Read more...]

The Futility of Prayer

An old schoolmate posted on her Facebook account that she is praying for Hurricane Irene to go back out to sea and not hit the US, where it will likely do enormous damage. But there is no doubt that in every single hurricane that has ever threatened anywhere, huge numbers of people in every location where it might hit have prayed that it not hit them and not cause damage. And yet hurricanes hit land and do enormous damage all the time.Pat Robertson claimed long ago that he had successfully … [Read more...]

Why the Family Research Council is a Hate Group

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters provides 16 reasons why the Family Research Council deserves to be called a hate group, including their continued use of Paul Cameron's worthless "research" and their advocacy of putting gays in prison. … [Read more...]

More Weird PR Email

I've noted before that once you get a radio show you start to get on mailing lists for public relations people, who then send you emails promoting the people they're paid to promote. And about half the time they're promoting something that is the exact opposite of what you'd be interested in talking about. Here's a great example that I received last week. Notice how informal it is and how the guy just acts like he knows me when I've never heard of him and haven't the slightest interest in … [Read more...]

Three Cheers for Tim Hardaway

You may remember that a few years ago former NBA star Tim Hardaway made some anti-gay comments on a radio show and took a lot of heat for it. He said:"You know, I hate gay people, so let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't want to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the United States."He apologized for it after taking a lot of heat. And now he's actually doing something to make a difference. … [Read more...]