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Legal Double Standard? Age of Consent and Sexual Misconduct

By now, many people have heard of this story:

“TAMPA, Florida (AP) — A 23-year-old middle-school teacher [Debra Beasley Lafave] was charged with having sex with a 14-year-old student in a classroom, at her apartment and, once, in a vehicle while the teen’s 15-year-old cousin drove.”

You can read details of the encounter here, such [...]

Photo of the Week

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The United States turned Saddam Hussein and 11 of his deputies over to Iraqi legal custody on Wednesday, an official said, the first step toward trying the former dictator on charges expected to include the massacre of Kurds in 1988 and the invasion of Kuwait two years later. Saddam will remain [...]

The Common Good

Instapundit points us to an absolute gem:

Headlining an appearance with other Democratic women senators on behalf of Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is up for re-election this year, Hillary Clinton told several hundred supporters — some of whom had ponied up as much as $10,000 to attend — to expect to lose some of the [...]

The Uncanny Valley

No, I’m not talking about Dolly Parton’s sternum. Via IgwanaRob, here’s an interesting article about videogame realism:

In 1978, the Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori noticed something interesting: The more humanlike his robots became, the more people were attracted to them, but only up to a point. If an android become too realistic and lifelike, suddenly [...]

What a Wonderful Smell You’ve Discovered!

Not quite the grabage shute in Star Wars, but nasty nonethless. London’s Natural history Museum recreates scents from the past to give museum goers a natural sense of what the time period was like:

“Re-creating the breath of a T-Rex for a huge model dinosaur in London’s Natural History Museum posed challenges all of their [...]

Ahead of Schedule

U.S. Transfers Sovereignty to Iraqi Govt.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The U.S.-led coalition transferred sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government two days early Monday in a surprise move that apparently caught insurgents off guard, averting a feared campaign of attacks to sabotage the highly symbolic step toward self-rule.

Just because you have a deadline, it doesn’t [...]

Ludicrous on a Level Heretofore Unmeasured by Man

The Spoons Experience alerts us to a news story that beggars belief:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli-made bullets bought by the U.S. Army to plug a shortfall should be used for training only, not to fight Muslim guerrillas in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. lawmakers told Army generals on Thursday.

Since the Army has other stockpiled ammunition, [...]

The Abu Ghraib-Auschwitz Connection

Davids Medienkritik quotes (and translates) noted German feminist Alice Schwarzer’s article about the Abu Ghraib photos:

The first (photo) shows a hooded victim on a pedestal who, with his arms outstretched like the crucified Christ, symbolizes the world?s sufferings. ? The second photo shows a pile of naked men that reminds us of pictures from [...]

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“If you’re yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning.”

–Griff Niblack

1st Amendment Concerns

Jeff Jarvis is all het up over the FCC, fines for indecency, and the effect on Howard Stern. He says:

I’m most angry at my colleagues in the media. They stood by and let this happen because it was happening to someone else — to radio, to Stern.

Other radio and TV stars and [...]

Low-Carb Rip Off

I’ve been saying this for a while:

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Popular low-carbohydrate diets are leading Americans to poor health and spawning a rip-off industry of “carb-friendly” products, health experts and consumer advocates have said.

“When unproven science becomes a sales pitch, some people get rich and the rest of us get ripped off,” Jeffrey Prince [...]

Protest Warrior High

Man, all I remember about High School was Art, Gym, playing D&D on Wednesday afternoons, and Bard’s Tale in-between. Read the story of a mensch who gave a damn about something, stood up for it, and defended what he believes in a way I’d be hard-pressed to do at my current age. I wish I’d [...]

Photo of the Week

Pilot Mike Melville waves as he sits atop SpaceShipOne as it is towed following his historic flight of the world’s first privately funded rocket plane beyond Earth’s atmosphere at the Mojave Airport in California, June 21, 2004. SpaceShipOne, designed by aerospace designer Burt Rutan and funded by billionaire Paul Allen, reached a height of [...]

Ouch.

From Lileks, Christopher Hitchens administers a brutal review/spanking of Michael Moore’s comedy Fahrenheit 9/11:

Thus, in spite of the film’s loaded bias against the work of the mind, you can grasp even while watching it that Michael Moore has just said, in so many words, the one thing that no reflective or informed person can [...]

Nick Berg and Paul Johnson

Because we’re listed on Google and Yahoo, this blog gets several hits a day from people doing web searches on “Nick Berg beheading video,” “photos Paul Johnson murder Saudi,” “Berg murder photo,” etc.

As the administrator and a poster of this blog, I’m not posting any photos or video clips here that depict either of [...]