The real world

I am completely stealing the following from SHG at Simple Justice.*

Here is a brief context: It seems that Oberlin College in Ohio, long known for being far left of the People’s Republic of Portland, was all a twitter in April about the impending speech at the college by Christina Hoff Sommers, who denies that a “rape culture” exists on college campuses. Some students were angry and they authored a “Response to Sommers’ Talk: A Love Letter to Ourselves.

I have no interest in the “rape culture” debate. Still further, you would have to be stark raving mad to send your kid to Oberlin when the tuition and fees at this little college in Ohio run $64,266 per year excluding books, mandatory health insurance, and personal expenses. I do like satire, however, and that is particularly so when it is extremely well-done.

Look and listen to this brilliant satire from the “Oberlin College Choir”:

RGK

*While Scott and I disagree about many things, his blog remains the best and most thoughtful legal blog around. The consistent quality of his work sets a standard that few can match. I don’t even try any longer.

 

Bring me the head of Charlie Brown!

Image credit: Grooch (January 7, 2015).  Did you know that European Court of Human Rights in June of 2014 upheld France's ban on wearing full-face veils in public, rejecting arguments that the ban undermines freedoms of religion and expression. Ironically, it did so, because the Court concluded that banning Burkas promoted social cohesion in France. How's that for satire.

Image credit: Grooch (January 7, 2015).

Did you know that the European Court of Human Rights in June of 2014 upheld France’s ban on wearing full-face veils in public, rejecting arguments that the ban undermined freedoms of religion and expression? It did so because the Court concluded that banning the hijab promoted social cohesion in France. So much for France’s commitment to free expression (or the slightest understanding of irony).

On a more fundamental level, I have always thought that Charlie Brown was a whiny little bitch. Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown, a 1986 short film, perfectly captures my sentiments.

Take a look:

Je ne suis pas charlie, and pass the Freedom Fries!

RGK

The death of innocence

If as a federal trial judge you handle habeas corpus cases involving the death penalty your sensibilities will never be the same. What do I mean? Take the beheadings in the middle east as an example. I have had death penalty cases that make those rather quick killings look merciful.

Let me be illustrative. Take a little girl. Rape her. Terrify her. Despoil her. Then kill her inflicting the most pain possible and pose her in an obscene position for the authorities to find. Leave that image forever burned into the memories of her parents. Beheadings? Child’s play. ISIS better up its game if it desires to remain competitive in the horror business. Advice: ISIS please read American law books, you will learn a lot from our monsters. We have the really good ones.

That brings me to satire. There are historical figures we should venerate because they wrote with the irony that shocks and illuminates and stays with us forever. Jonathan Swift comes to mind. Example: On Irish beggar children: “A young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.”

And Swift takes me to the Onion and the death penalty.  A dear friend, a former law clerk, and a real lawyer who despite her gender spits on the idea of trigger warnings sent me this: Death Row Guard Has Always Had Soft Spot For The Innocent Ones. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

"Saying he’s seen 'a lot of people come through here in [his] day' and met prisoners of every type, longtime Louisiana State Penitentiary death row guard Dwayne McFadden confided Wednesday that he’s always had a bit of a soft spot for the innocent ones. . . . McFadden says he always goes a bit easier during cavity searches of inmates who didn’t commit capital offenses."

“Saying he’s seen ‘a lot of people come through here in [his] day’ and met prisoners of every type, longtime Louisiana State Penitentiary death row guard Dwayne McFadden confided Wednesday that he’s always had a bit of a soft spot for the innocent ones. . . . McFadden says he always goes a bit easier during cavity searches of inmates who didn’t commit capital offenses.”

Have a nice day!

RGK

Hat tip: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (داعش).

 

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