Australia thwarts ISIL beheading plot

Islamic State jihadists planned to kidnap two random people off the street in Australia and then behead them, showing the video online as a way to demonstrate their worldwide reach.  But Australian authorities discovered the plot, arresting 15 people in the country’s largest counterterrorism operation.

Do you doubt that ISIL (I’m just going to start calling them that) would like to do something similar in the United States?  I predict that instead of the large-scale mass killings favored by al-Qaeda, the new ISIL-flavored terrorism will aim at smaller-scale attacks that are easier to carry out but that still have a maximum horrific impact.  Think, beheadings. [Read more...]

Belgium will give a sex offender euthanasia

Belgium has abolished capital punishment, but it has legalized euthanasia, even for small children.  Now it will euthanize a sex offender who suffers from guilt for being a serial rapist and murderer.   The prisoner had refused a chance at early parole, afraid that he would offend again, and was refused admission to a psychiatric facility.  Belgium is too humane for other options, such as chemical castration.  So, since the prisoner requested death, the state will invoke its “mercy killing” law. [Read more...]

Has DNA evidence identified Jack the Ripper?

DNA evidence may have solved the mystery of Jack the Ripper, the serial killer who brutally murdered 11 prostitutes in Victorian England.  A shawl that was reportedly found on the body of one of his victims had blood that has been identified as having come from one of women he killed and semen that has a DNA match with a descendant of one of the original suspects, Aaron Kosminki.  But the findings are being challenged. [Read more...]

“The most dangerous position we’ve ever been in”?

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says that ISIS/Islamic State is developing a plan to “blow up” a major American city.  “We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” he said.  In the meantime, ISIS has sent a threatening  tweet with a picture of the White House next to a photo of a building in Chicago, which terrorists reportedly are calling “Obamatown.” [Read more...]

Thoughts on Ferguson shooting

We’ve blogged about the militarization of the police (here and here), but what about the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri?  Some say the 18-year-old was just minding his own business walking down the street when the police officer killed him in cold blood.  Police have put out a more complicated  story.  But let’s assume the police story is true. . . . [Read more...]

Rick Perry indicted for trying to oust drunk D.A.

A district attorney who was in charge of the public integrity unit (!) was convicted of drunk driving.  So Texas governor Rick Perry called on her to resign.  If she didn’t resign, he said, he would veto the funding for her office.  (Which he did.)

So now the Democratic machine in Austin has indicted Gov. Perry for abuse of office and coercion of a public official, felonies that carry penalties of up to 99 years. [Read more...]


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