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John Wayne Gacy

Part of my faculty duties include teaching law and court-related courses in our graduate Forensic Psychology program. I’ve studied and discussed my fair share of predators, sociopaths, and psychopaths over the years and I find them endlessly fascinating — and often misunderstood by the media establishment which focuses on an exceedingly [...]

What’s Worse Than Having an Empire?

Robert Kaplan, of Stratfor, wrote an interesting piece for The Atlantic — In Defense of Empire:

In June 1941, during the festival of Shavuot, a mob of Arab soldiers and tribesmen led a pogrom in the Jewish quarter of Baghdad, murdering well over 180 men, women, and children. The pogrom, known locally as 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 [...]

If We Can Keep It

Richard Epstein has an interesting take on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon (the campaign finance decision) at Defining Ideas (a Journal of the Hoover Institution) :

Property and Liberty in Tandem

The basic principles of American constitutional law link closely the protection of property and liberty. That point is made powerfully by the [...]

Kobe’s Beef

Kobe Bryant is not my favorite athlete. I’m ambivalent on his past rape case — only because the evidence was sketchy and despite his legal team’s (and a local LA sports talk station’s) overly aggressive posture towards the alleged victim (the word “alleged” still has meaning, but I digress). In addition, I’m just not [...]

Bono on Jesus

An old college of mine posted this on her Facebook… interesting. You can tell he’s read C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity”.

Key and Peele and Truth

One of my pleasures in 2013 was getting to appreciate the humor of comedy duo Key and Peele on Comedy Central and via YouTube (natch). In Time (remember them) Magazine’s “Ideas Issue” they have an op-ed about humor and political correctness. Here’s a bit

But what we strive for–and what we think more people should [...]

Amicus Humorem

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a bit of P.J. O’ROurke around these parts… Today’s P.J. comes from strange quarters… an amicus (“friend of court”) brief filed by the Cato Institute in the pending U.S. Supreme Court case Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus scheduled for argument next month (and presumably decision this June). The [...]

Not Putin Up With It

Russia Today is a Russian English-language news outlet in the U.S. that is a mouthpiece for the Russian government (similar to Press TV and Iran or the various Chinese “news” channels). Liza Wahl, one of their anchors, quit on air today. Good for her.

Ukraine — Another View

Here’s a piece from Mart Helm, a former Estonian Ambassador to Russia entitled: “Moscow understands only force and the willingness to sacrifice human lives.” via a blog I‘ve been reading lately called The XX (20) Committee:

Was Hitler done with the Anschluss? No. Neither will Russia be satisfied just with Ukraine. And after Ukraine, Russia [...]