‘Free range’ parents beat the rap

In a story we have been following, those parents who were prosecuted for letting their children walk home from the park by themselves have been cleared of child neglect charges. [Read more...]

Nine killed in Charleston church shooting

A young man who had been attending a Bible study for an hour suddenly began shooting in a Charleston, SC, church, killing 9 people–six women and three men, including the pastor.  The shooter, a 21 year old white supremacist, was arrested.  The church is an African-American congregation. [Read more...]

Airport insecurity

In a recent test of airport security measures, 70 attempts were made to smuggle weapons and explosives past TSA checkpoints.  67 got through, a failure rate of 96%.

Apparently, the details from the classified report are worse than that.  Freshman Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb)–the only politician I know personally–is taking up the cause.  He wrote an op-ed piece for USA Today on the problem. [Read more...]

Prosecuting global warming skeptics

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) says that some global warming sceptics should be prosecuted under RICO  (the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations act).  He argues that some of the anti-global warming research is funded by energy companies, which is what Big Tobacco did in funding research that played down the health hazards of smoking, which brought down the wrath of RICO.  That statute has also been used against pro-life activists, with the approval of the Supreme Court.  We are seeing how unpopular ideas can be criminalized.

You have to read the estimable Mark Hemingway’s response to Sen. Whitehouse’s op-ed piece, linked to and excerpted after the jump. [Read more...]

Crime Wave

The decades-long decline in crime rates may be over.  Murders are up 180% in Milwaukee.  Other cities are showing double digit increases in violent crime.

Some are blaming the “Ferguson effect,” claiming that as a result of the controversy over police who killed an unarmed suspect–a pattern replicated elsewhere–citizens no longer respect police officers, sometimes to the point of defying them, and police officers, sometimes mobbed when they go on routine patrols, can no longer enforce laws with the vigor they need to.

I’m not sure that fully explains why people are killing each other and stealing each others’ property.   I would think the answer needs to deal with issues such as the loss of internal constraints, which in turn comes from family breakdown, radical individualism, instant gratification, the eclipse of the conscience, crime-glorifying pop culture, the dysfunctions of poverty, anemic churches, etc.    What explanations can you offer? [Read more...]

Bikers declare war against police

A motorcycle gang involved with the Waco shootout, at which 9 bikers were killed and 179 arrested, is calling for members to retaliate against police officers and their families (!).

Prediction:  Law and order is going to come back as a political issue, as riots, attacks against police officers, and other breakdowns in social order are going to spark a backlash from the public. [Read more...]


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