Three jurors believed that Michael Dunn was right to fear Jordan Davis and his friends. Here’s what that means.
My suspicion, when I heard the verdict in the Michael Dunn trial—after the jury asked the judge if they could convict on a lesser charge—was that there was a single, recalcitrant juror who thought Dunn was justified. The jury could agree that Dunn had attempted murder, but couldn’t settle the question of whether he murdered.Someone, I figured, was either convinced of Dunn’s fear, or thought he offered a credible account—Davis might have had a gun, and might have tossed it after driving away.
Calling your child ‘Facebook’ is a strange sign of the times. But the rise in firearm names is an even more alarming representation of society.
Yahoo, Terminator, Scrotum, Burger King.What reads like a deranged movie plot is instead just four of the 61 monikers that parents in Northwest Mexico are now banned from naming their children after one family called theirs’ “Facebook.”But yet going all wild, wild west on your child with a name like Remington or Colt after a weapon that kills one person every 17 minutes is A-OK corral here in America.After three books and a decade of studying name choices and their impact, Laura Wattenberg, creator of BabyNameWizard.
Despite low unemployment and near universal health insurance, Vermont is facing an epidemic of heroin addiction.
The fairy tale of Vermont—that it’s all small towns, ice cream, maple syrup and smuggler’s notches—has stubbornly persisted in the national imagination, even if Ben and Jerry have long since cashed in and moved on. There’s never been enough concentrated wealth for gross inequality or the massive urban centers that tend to serve as laboratories for crippling social problems. Certainly, vice as it is commonly understood reared its head in the past, most notably during what was essentially a local flirtation with organized crime in the prohibition era when alcohol flowed through resort towns from across the Canadian border.
An 82-year-old activist, a carpenter and a Vietnam War vet got 45 years in prison for breaking into a secure nuclear weapons facility and splatter human blood on the uranium storage building.
It sounds like the setup for a bad joke: armed with flashlights and bolt cutters, an 82-year-old nun and two accomplices—a carpenter and a Vietnam War veteran—break into one of the most secure nuclear weapons facilities in the country. The trio dodge barbed wire, motion sensors, video cameras and sleepy guards to get to the heart of the plant, where they splatter human blood and spray paint biblical references on the main uranium storage building.
Award-winning director Oliver Stone sides with Venezuelan politics at recent Students for Liberty Conference.
Did a free and fair election return Lyndon Johnson to the White House? In respectable company the answer to this question is non-negotiable. For the director of The Untold History of the United States, however, a vote for Johnson was a vote for a “psycho” who knew about, and helped cover up, the coup that put him in president Kennedy’s chair.For more than a trivial number of Americans, Oliver Stone’s JFK is part of the Rosetta Stone of American darkness—the pattern of corruption and criminality that conspiracy theorists trace in an unbroken line from World War Two to the present day.
Beyond the far reaches of Google lies a web so “deep” even the FBI had difficulty busting drug trades and decoding usernames.
Two major bitcoin heists worth millions of dollars have struck in the cyber world beyond the reach of Google into what is known as the “deep web.”This vast realm of cyberspace comprises some 90 percent of the internet and allows users to travel and communicate in an untraceable anonymity that even the NSA has difficulty compromising. Users are accorded freedom from big menaces such as censorship and political oppression, as well smaller ones such as privacy-invading marketers.
The Texas gubernatorial candidate didn’t flip-flop, she just voiced what a large percentage of Americans already think of this hot button issue.
Wendy Davis, Texas gubernatorial candidate, and feminist icon in the making, recently came under fire for allegedly committing the cardinal campaign sin of flip-flopping. The alleged flip-flop in question is not on just any old issue either, but abortion, the issue that put Davis on the national political map.Headlines on sites like Gawker, which previously cheered Davis’s exploits, trumpeted the perceived travesty, “Wendy Davis Is Pretty Much Fine With the Abortion Ban She Filibustered.
Addicts need medical support like heroin maintenance, which is illegal in the U.S. thanks to the war on drugs.
A great entertainer overdosed on heroin two weeks ago. He was found dead, a needle hanging from his arm. Dozens of empty drug baggies were found strewn around his apartment.He was considered a fantastic actor. Influential. Powerful. Insightful. Potent. Everyone, by this time, knows this man’s name. It’s been plastered across the media landscape not just in the United States, but worldwide: Philip Seymour Hoffman.In the days since, there’s been all kinds of chatter about the evils of heroin or the need for better drug education.
The U.S. government long considered its collection of Americans' call records to be a state secret. Now the Director of National Intelligence admits it would have been better if Washington had acknowledged the surveillance in the first place.
Even the head of the U.S. intelligence community now believes that its collection and storage of millions of call records was kept too secret for too long.The American public and most members of Congress were kept in the dark for years about a secret U.S. program to collect and store such records of American citizens on a massive scale.The government’s legal interpretation of section 215 of the Patriot Act that granted the authority for this dragnet collection was itself a state secret.
Despite his titanic role in America’s quest for civil rights, the greatest domestic movement of the Twentieth Century, LBJ has been largely underappreciated—even ignored—until recently.
History often casts its glow fickly. Sometimes we get a sense of how one will be reflected in its light contemporaneously. Sometimes it takes a little longer to sort things out.In 1865, when an assassin’s bullet felled Abraham Lincoln, his loss was felt immediately and his place in the presidential pantheon all but assured. Though he had elicited withering criticism during the course of his four-year presidency, the sixteenth president had lived to see the Civil War to its bloody end, keeping the Union whole while putting a constitutional end to the odious institution of slavery.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
Under a sudden avalanche of criticism, CIA director John Brennan said President Obama can ‘ask me to go.’ Will he?