A NOTE ON MEMORIAL DAY

Today is Memorial Day, a day on which we honor our soldiers who died defending the United States of America. The U.S. has faced multiple wars during its nearly 241 years of existence, during which a total of more than 1.1 million American soldiers were killed. However, we as civilians usually take for granted the service of our fighting countrymen. Most of us spend much … Continue reading A NOTE ON MEMORIAL DAY

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT DELAYED

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS California corrections officials are delaying their new lethal injection regulations by four months, officials announced Monday, pushing back this week’s deadline until late August.   The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation needs more time to update the proposed rules after an initial version was rejected by state regulators in December, spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.   The move drew immediate criticism from a … Continue reading CAPITAL PUNISHMENT DELAYED

SERIOUSLY?! MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE PROF APOLOGIZES FOR INVITING CHARLES MURRAY

Bert Johnson, chair of the political science department at Middlebury College in Vermont, apologized for inviting to speak on campus Charles Murray, the author of the controversial book The Bell Curve – which explores the inherited and environmental factors of human intelligence – weeks after student protesters assaulted Murray and left one Middlebury faculty member injured after the speaking event. Prof. Johnson’s apology was published in the … Continue reading SERIOUSLY?! MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE PROF APOLOGIZES FOR INVITING CHARLES MURRAY

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT SET TO RETURN

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS Prodded by voters and lawsuits, the nation’s most populous state may now be easing back toward allowing executions, though observers are split on how quickly they will resume, if at all. Corrections officials expect to meet a Wednesday deadline to submit revised lethal injection rules to state regulators, trying again with technical changes after the first attempt was rejected in December. READ … Continue reading CAPITAL PUNISHMENT SET TO RETURN

PROF. ROBERT REICH: “FREE SPEECH IS WHAT UNIVERSITIES ARE ALL ABOUT”

UC Berkeley public policy professor Robert Reich has come out to support freedom of speech in light of Ann Coulter’s recent speech cancellation with the following statement: “It was a grave mistake [to cancel Ann Coulter’s speech at UC Berkeley]…. How can students understand the vapidity of Coulter’s arguments without being allowed to hear her make them, and question her about them? It’s one thing to … Continue reading PROF. ROBERT REICH: “FREE SPEECH IS WHAT UNIVERSITIES ARE ALL ABOUT”

HOWARD DEAN: “HATE SPEECH IS NOT PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT”

Howard Dean, the former Governor of Vermont who tried to yowl his way to the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, recently tweeted, “Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment,” in response to a statement made by Ann Coulter -“My only regret w/ Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building.” This tweet comes in light of the cancellation of … Continue reading HOWARD DEAN: “HATE SPEECH IS NOT PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT”