Author Archives: JohnJ

About JohnJ

Law student, currently studying for the Illinois bar exam. Iraq vet.

You Are Not A Beautiful Or Unique Snowflake

You Are Not A Beautiful Or Unique Snowflake

So a high school teacher tells the graduating class

Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and

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Rick Perry’s Big Gay Ad

Rick Perry’s Big Gay Ad

Republican candidate for President Rick Perry released a new ad recently, titled “Strong”, and it’s getting tons of attention.

The key line is this: “there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”
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“Labeling can be problematic.” No Kidding.

It’s a study!

Black youth are arrested for drug crimes at a rate ten times higher than that of whites. But new research shows that young African Americans are actually less likely to use drugs and less likely to develop substance use disorders, compared to whites, Native Americans, Hispanics and people of mixed race.

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How To Make Friends

Robin Dunbar says that 150 friends is the most you can have.

Dunbar has found 150 to be the sweet spot for hunter-gatherer societies all over the world. From the Bushmen of Southern Africa to Native American tribes, a typical community is about 150 people. Amish and Hutterite communities — even most military companies around the world —

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Another Minority Report

Does the PCL-R test have a place in the criminal justice system? Henry Richards thinks so:

PCL-R scores can help predict how an offender might behave in a variety of situations. They’re useful to crime scene analysts who create profiles of perpetrators. Test scores can also help predict how someone might perform on conditional release (bail, probation, parole).

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Animal Crackers

Did you hear that the Journal of Animal Ethics wants you to abandon the use of the word “pet” in favor of “companion animal?” Here’s how one news site reports it:

“We shall not be able to think clearly unless we discipline ourselves to use less than partial adjectives in our exploration of animals and our moral relations

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Sex & Candy

Given the content of this post, it’s probably best to disclaim that I alone am responsible for the opinions expressed here.
A police officer got into some trouble for saying that, well, I’ll just quote from the article.

An international series of protests known as SlutWalks, sparked by a Toronto police officer’s flippant comment that women should avoid

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How To Be An Extremist

How To Be An Extremist

Kathryn Schulz gave an interesting lecture (video queued to 9:58, but feel free to watch the entire thing):

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No Law For The Wicked

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Fayette County man is acquitted of a battery charge after spitting on a member of the controversial organization tha tcame to West Virginia to demonstrate during the days following the Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion.
The jury in Charleston Municipal Court found Billy Spade

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Probably The Most Disgusting Thing You Will Read This Year

It’s not just the details of the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl, it’s the attempt to actually blame her for it:

The video led the police to an abandoned trailer, more evidence and, eventually, to a roundup over the last month of 18 young men and teenage boys on charges of participating in the gang rape of an

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“I blame the press”

It started with a Facebook status update. Upset at the media’s coverage of Charlie Sheen, someone took up for American soldiers dying in Afghanistan.
“Charlie Sheen is all over the news because he’s a celebrity drug addict,” it said, “while Andrew Wilfahrt 31, Brian Tabada 21, Rudolph Hizon 22, Chauncy Mays 25, are soldiers who gave their lives this

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