Blowhard, Esq. writes:
- Michael Lewis says the “Ray Rice video of the financial sector has arrived.”
- Eric Holder’s legacy of duplicity, incompetence, and obliviousness. BoingBoing reminds us that he pioneered the Too Big To Jail doctrine.
- Fifty percent of Americans think crime has increased over the past two decades when in reality it has nearly halved. “To be precise, the F.B.I.’s count of violent crimes reported to law enforcement has declined from a rate of 747 violent incidents per 100,000 people in 1993 to 387 incidents per 100,000 people in 2012, which is the most recent year for which it has published complete data. This reflects the fact that over this period, the homicide rate has fallen by 51 percent; forcible rapes have declined by 35 percent; robberies have decreased by 56 percent; and the rate of aggravated assault has been cut by 45 percent. Property crime rates are also sharply down,” writes Justin Wolfers.
- Virginia Postrel defends ousted Forbes columnist Bill Frezza. “Judging, or even acknowledging, the risky behavior of female college students has become a cultural taboo,” she writes.
- Does “sexual violence” include “discounting the partner’s feelings regarding sex; criticizing the partner sexually; touching the partner sexually in inappropriate and uncomfortable ways; withholding sex and affection; always demanding sex”? The University of Michigan thinks so.
- Is incest a “fundamental right”?
- Have Americans lost control of our government because of too many complex laws? I’d say yes, but the problem goes hand-in-hand with the country being too big. Richard Epstein, in his book Simple Rules for a Complex World, discusses the issue of statutory rules written a priori as being inferior to judge-made law written in response to actual controversies.
- It’s decorative gourd season, motherfuckers.
- A French pulp fiction cover: