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Humanity and Hope in a Confederate Prison

The New York Times Opinionator has an interesting story on a Southern prison called Cahaba Federal Prison located in Alabama and run by a Kentuckian Methodist minister:

For more than the obvious reasons, Civil War soldiers in both armies despised military prisons. Not only were the inmates held against their will, but the hunger, filth, [...]

Overdue

Hell freezing over soon. Whether it’s due to an ESPN columnist actually daring to stray, ever so slightly, from their (facts-deficient) corporate narrative, or me actually breaking my ESPN.com boycott, ever so briefly, I’ll let you decide.

You can argue about whether such a statue is appropriate, or what type of role Paterno played [...]

Same As It Ever Was (Tax Edition)

Somewhere in Hell is an especially hot place for these bureaucrats of a bygone age (and perhaps their institutional descendants). The AP has the story on when Holland collected back taxes from Jewish Holocaust survivors returning home and a young woman’s fight to return the money:

Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college [...]

What? We Were Members of the Insertion Team!

Let it be known… that it will soon be against the law for cops in Hawai’i to use the services of a prostitute. Hawai’i House Bill 1926 — the description of which says:

Prostitution; Sex Crimes

Description: Amends the offense of prostitution to clarify that a law enforcement officer shall not be exempt from the [...]

Free Speech Battles

RT'd an essay on PC censorship by @MarkSteynOnline. Now getting accused of agreeing w/Steyn on EVERYTHING, which proves Steyn's point.

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 16, 2014

I know Patton Oswalt is not well-liked around these parts… Heck, apart from his role as Remy in Ratatouille and his epic Star Wars rant on Parks [...]

In Class With Floyd — Judicial Appointments

Tonight in my Judicial Process course we will be discussing, among other things… the politics of judicial appointments… A little of this: And this:

And this:

And this for judicial elections…

European Kleptocracy

Everyone’s favorite British Member of European Parliament, Daniel Hannan is at it again… tilting against his favorite windmill. From the Daily Mail UK:

Viewed from Brussels, the Westminster expenses crisis looks Lilliputian. Call that a scandal? Bath plugs and massage chairs, patio heaters and lightbulbs? How paltry. How quaint.

Viewed from Brussels, the Westminster expenses [...]

Still Hypocritical

Vote Dry… cuz your Congressman was going to wet his whistle anyway… serf. From The Atlantic:

In a yet-to-be-gentrified area of Northeast D.C., a nondescript warehouse was unusually lively last Saturday afternoon. Inside? A spirited bottling party.

The Ivy City warehouse is home to New Columbia Distillers. Started in 2012 by Michael Lowe, New [...]

Yammerin' Hank

Hank Aaron knocks from out of Left field. In the immortal word of Darth Vader… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.

Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said [...]

Wednesday Open Thread

On this date in 1940 Vidkun Quisling (right center) took “control” of Norway sealing his post War fate and making his last name synonymous with “collaborator”.