The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Alabama Man Indicted for Murder, Sodomy of His Daughter, 8

  Hiawatha Robinson, 38, had three previous felony convictions — for burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana — as well as a conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence. Despite his extensive criminal record, however, Robinson was not in jail when police say he killed his daughter during a sexual assault: Hiawayi Robinson’s father, Hiawatha, […]

Suspect Arrested in Phoenix Shootings

A 21-year-old man, Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., was arrested Friday in connection with a series of shootings in Phoenix: Police arrested a man Friday for a string of seemingly random freeway shootings in Phoenix, adding that they had linked the man’s gun to four of the 11 cars hit. . . . Department of Public […]

Social Justice, Matt Damon and the Hollywood Fantasy of Prostitution

Am I the only one who remembers what Hollywood did to Tom Clancy’s The Sum of All Fears? Clancy wrote a 1991 Cold War thriller that portrayed a terrorist collaboration between an East German nuclear physicist and Palestinian radicals. However, by the time it emerged as a movie in 2002, the cinematic arbiters of political […]

Did She Have a Tumblr Blog?

Nickole Dykema was arrested Tuesday. Florida is the Weird News Capital of the World, but sometimes the news from Florida is so weird it seems too weird even for Florida: A Florida woman has been arrested after police discovered over 3,500 weapons in her mobile home. Deputies arrived at the Brooksville residence of Nickole Dykema […]

What Happened at Delta State?

Shannon Lamb, 45, had recently completed his doctorate degree at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississppi, where he also taught online courses. Monday, according to police, Lamb murdered his live-in girlfriend, Amy Prentiss, 41, at the home they shared in Gautier, Mississippi, then drove 300 miles to the Delta State campus, where he murdered history […]

Equality: Women Raping Women

Gayle Newland of Cheshire, England, is on trial for five counts of sexual assault. Prosecutors say that Newland, 25, invented a false persona, “Kye Fortune . . . a half-Filipino, half-Latino young man,” in order to trick a woman into sex. “Kye” claimed to have been disfigured by surgery for cancer and convinced the victim […]

Don’t Do This, Ever

So-called “sexting” is such a disastrously bad idea that I shouldn’t even have to explain why it’s a bad idea. Here is the thing: The “sexting” participant provides his or her partner with evidence — a permanent digital record of text messages and images — that the partner can then use as he or she […]

Murder City, U.S.A.

Violent crime in Baltimore has escalated to the point it’s actually worse than Detroit. Baltimore’s homicide rate has increased 56% this year compared to 2014, and every day brings new headlines about the bloody crime wave: The son of a high-ranking Baltimore police commander has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of his […]

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