A judge recently found that California’s death penalty, as it is administered, is cruel and unusual punishment, serving no identifiable purpose. Digging in to the opinion, Burt Likko finds a perverse conflict: an effort to comply with one part of the Constitution leads to a violation of another.
In case you’ve grown weary of the silliness involved in public anxiety about a guy who makes duck decoys for a living seemingly not liking gay people all that much, there is a different sort of silliness for you to contemplate instead: yet another proposal to Balkanize the most populous of these United States.
A few thoughts on recovering one’s reputation for good moral character from very public past misdeeds. There should both a skeptical eye cast towards those who have been dishonest in the past and room for redemption from mistakes made in the past — but when does the latter overcome the former? Is it enough to have stayed out of trouble?
California Dreaming: A Look at How the Right-Wing Media and Republican Establishment are Conning Their Own Senior Citizens – Literally
The Chair of Citizens United teams up with conservative news sites to offer Republican senior citizens the right-wing version of the Nigerian prince scam.