Wednesday Open Thread

Due Process, what a concept

As if I didn’t loathe the media’s disgusting predilection for steering rush-to-judgement false narratives already, but ESPN’s latest 30 for 30, “Fantastic Lies,” about the Duke lacrosse team, solidified it even more last night.

Scary enough analogies to the Penn State and Jerry Sandusky events as the doc unfolded, but what interviewee Jay Bilas says […]

R.I.P. — Antonin Scalia

Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died at age 79:

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the judicial standard-bearer of the conservative movement and the court’s most provocative member, died Saturday. He was 79.

?His death means President Obama could have an unprecedented chance to try to shift the balance of the court […]

Immoral Relativism

“Child Bride: Through the Looking Glass” by Sharooq Amin

Influential (and cultural relativist) early 20th century anthropologist Ruth Benedict once wrote:

“Mankind has always preferred to say, ‘It is morally good,’ rather than “It is habitual,’ and the fact of this preference is matter enough for a critical science of ethics. But historically the […]

Thursday Open Thread

In my Humanities course yesterday we started talking about the Enlightenment… laying the foundation with Locke and Montesquieu which of course lead to a brief presentation on the importance of the concept of natural law and natural rights.

Wednesday Open Thread

Last night in my international law seminar we discussed obligations towards foreign nationals and the 1994 Singapore caning of widdle Michael Fay for vandalizing cars was discussed. 13mm thick rattan cane, 1.5m long and he was sentenced to 9 strokes and they negotiated that down to 3.

Saturday Open Thread

I’m giving a talk this afternoon on the insanity defense. The above depicts Congressman Daniel Sickles killing Peter Key… Grandson of Francis Scott Key for sleeping with Mrs. Sickles. Sickles mounted and won the first temporary insanity defense in American law. He was a scoundrel of immense proportions.

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Friday Open Thread

Paul Before Felix by William Hogarth

Monday Open Thread

Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To […]

No One Was Old Enough to Break the First Rule

This Virginia woman — a daycare worker — was convicted with running a “baby fight club”.

Sarah Jordan, 31, of Woodbridge, was the lead teacher of 1-year-old children back in 2013 at a Minnieland Academy classroom in Woodbridge. Witnesses testified that Jordan intentionally tripped children, stepped on their toes, encouraged them to fight each […]