Empire State Building Shooting Shows Danger of Using Guns to Stop Gun Violence

By: Friday August 24, 2012 1:45 pm

Today, gun violence claimed the life of another American outside the Empire State Building. But the muddled and confusing aftermath offers a lesson as to why the preferred conservative response to mass shootings, i.e. arm more citizens, would be disastrous: A clothing designer who had been fired from a Midtown Manhattan company shot and killed [...]

Problems in Anaheim Correlated with Malapportionment

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 1:53 pm

Tensions are still simmering between local Anaheim residents and city government, particularly law enforcement, over a string of shootings that residents consider to be police brutality. At the time I noted that the problem in Anaheim had at least something to do with a mostly white leadership and a diverse population. Basically the problem comes [...]

Mass Shooting in Aurora, Colo; 12 Dead, 50 Wounded, Suspect Held

By: Friday July 20, 2012 4:47 am

NPR is reporting this morning that a man armed with a rifle (perhaps also a shotgun) and at least 2 hand guns entered a theater complex in a shopping mall in Aurora, Colorado.  As audiences were watching the premiere of the new Batman movie, the man threw what may have been a tear-gas explosive inside [...]

Zimmerman Pleads Not Guilty in Trayvon Martin Shooting, Will Invoke Stand Your Ground Law

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 11:38 am

As I’m sure you know, George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder yesterday, a charge that surprised many legal experts who expected something more like manslaughter. “It seems like an enormous swing to be able go from not feeling you have enough evidence to arrest him, to charging him with essentially as high as you [...]

Reports: Zimmerman to Be Charged in Trayvon Martin Death

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 12:13 pm

According to multiple reports, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman will be charged this afternoon in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Special prosecutor Angela Corey will make the announcement. There is no word yet on what charge Zimmerman will face, either second-degree murder or manslaughter. Corey could not file first-degree murder charges because she did [...]

Trayvon Martin Case Prosecutor to Decide By Friday

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 6:56 am

Angela Corey, the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, announced Tuesday she will make her decision on whether to charge George Zimmerman within 72 hours — by Friday. And given recent events, her decision has become tougher, especially if she leans against prosecution. Unless her investigation of the fatal shooting of Mr. Martin by [...]

Updates in the Trayvon Martin Case

By: Friday March 30, 2012 12:33 pm

Here are a few updates in the Trayvon Martin case: • You may know by now about the new surveillance video showing George Zimmerman, the assailant, after the incident. Contrary to the reports of his lawyer and his close friend, Zimmerman shows no sign of a struggle, no blood, no bruises. There is a scar [...]

The Smearing of Trayvon Martin

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 8:15 am

It was inevitable that conservatives would view the tragic death of a 17 year-old black kid as a political game where they were “losing” and had to come up with something to get back the upper hand. Thus we have a spate of revolting counter-attacks on the character of a dead teenager, as if any [...]

Afghan Massacre Suspect Had Foreclosure Problems at Home

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 6:45 am

Being the Americans that we are, we have focused on Staff Sergeant Robert Bales and his mental state rather than the 16 Afghan civilians he killed, all of whom had names too. But indulge me for a moment to address one aspect of Bales’ mental state. It turns out that he had a mortgage problem. [...]

US Policy in Afghanistan Unraveling After Massacre

By: Thursday March 15, 2012 8:15 am

While demonstrations and protests have been muted, the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier (or soldiers; still no clarity on that) has begun to unravel US policy in the war. The military transferred the soldier to Kuwait, a move that has sparked outrage among the population, who think that justice ought to [...]

“Staying the Course” in Afghanistan Only Means Combat Mission Until Mid-2013

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 6:17 am

President Obama vowed to keep to his exit strategy in Afghanistan, despite the recent tragedies, including the massacre of 16 civilians in Kandahar by what the military says was a lone gunman. “It makes me more determined to make sure that we’re getting our troops home. It’s time,” he told KDKA television of Pittsburgh, one [...]

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