I feel really bad for Cecil-the-Lion. But it’s hard to feel like we, as a country, have any standing to be morally outraged about the death of a lion when you watch the video of Samuel-the-Black-Man get shot in the face during a traffic stop over a missing license plate. Hamilton (Ohio) County Prosecutor Joe Deters… »
President Barack Obama plans to make Pell grants available to a limited number of prisoners as part of a pilot program. Pell grants are federal loans for tuition, books, and other education expenses that are available to low income students. Prisoners are people, though our system tends to treat them like undead… »
In an alternate universe, Defaltegate ends after the AFC Championship game. Tom Brady strides to the podium and says “I like the footballs with as little air pressure as possible, I didn’t know we crossed the lower threshold. When the refs informed me, we went out and scored 478 points in the second half. I’m Tom… »
Since Roger Goodell broke the Internet on Tuesday by upholding Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for deflating footballs, every NFL fan and critic has suddenly turned into a lawyer. »
By now you’ve heard that Walter Palmer is the worst man on the planet. This Minnesota dentist apparently travels the world looking for animals to kill — for fun — but this time he shot a “famous” majestic creature, Cecil the Lion, of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Cecil is like the Alex of Hwange. He was more… »
John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight segment covered the full gamut on the stupidity of mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent drug offenses. He talks about how the laws were passed out of fear, applied in a draconian way, and never actually addressed the problems associated with drug use. Most importantly, even as… »
Local county clerks have played a surprising and disturbing role in the gay marriage debate. For all the people who complain about gay marriage as if the gays are going to hump open Stargate to a war-like dimension, county clerks are pretty much the only people who have to do anything to make gay marriage happen.
My mother currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was not born there, but there’s a half-decent chance that she ends up dying there. People and things collect in places like Tulsa, Oklahoma. Who the hell knows how they get there? Not everyone can be an astronaut when they grow up and not everyone can live in Oklahoma… »
We have new case law on butt-dialing. Like, an appellate court has actually weighed in on whether or not you have a legitimate expectation of privacy when you accidentally call somebody on your phone. And it turns out you have no expectation of privacy. If you accidentally dial somebody, anything you say that the… »
Gawker is not trying to make itself a more “respectable” media organization for the benefit of gay corporate executives across the land. Reddit is not imposing a modicum of censorship to make fat black people feel safer on the internet. Online media is trying to become a “kinder, gentler” place for corporate… »
Here’s a fun stat: a new report cataloging over 10,000 incident reports to the FDA found that robot surgeons were involved in 144 patient deaths and 1,391 patient injuries.
Political conventions aren’t as fun as they used to be. Both parties long ago sucked all the life out of their quadrennial meeting by making a truly open convention all but impossible and sidelining anything but a glistening portrait of party unity. After the Chicago DNC of 1968 maybe this was for the best, but you… »
There was big news from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) late last week: the Commission found that gays and lesbians were protected from employment discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The thing about fetal tissue is that it’s really quite useful. Fetal tissue is the avocado of body tissues. It’s so useful that we still don’t even know how useful it can be. My wife and I are about to have another baby and we’re going to pay thousands of dollars to save as much umbilical cord tissue stuff as we can,… »
The NCAA, that assemblage of moralizing wet farts whose interests include ruining young peoples’ lives and making college administrators rich, was dealt a blow yesterday as the true depths of their nastiness was revealed in court filings released in the Todd McNair case. »
My second son is going to be born soon. Chances are, he will aslo be black like my first one. Those are the kinds of things you think about when you stop laughing at this video. »
If you are a man, you have to sign up for the draft — the Selective Service System — when you turn 18. There’s heck to pay if you don’t, heck I tell ya. That’s still the case even though we haven’t had a draft since Vietnam, and are extremely unlikely to have one again — unless we trip some kind of interstellar… »