May 30, 2011
Egged on by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the leaders of the Group of 8 nations announced Friday that the Internet was too important for governments to leave ungoverned. Cyberspace needs a legal framework that promotes human rights, the rule of law, privacy, security and the protection of intellectual property, they declared, and they pledged to work on one. Good luck with that. The declaration reflects the wrongheaded wish of many foreign leaders to tame the Net, particularly freewheeling Web-based businesses and online speech.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1986
What Giari may not realize is that the threat of imprisonment, no matter how long or short, is a major deterrent to the commitment of minor crimes. Removal of this threat would remove the cause for many people to think twice before committing a criminal act. The main purpose of imprisonment is not punishment or rehabilitation, but to deter others from becoming criminals. For example, drunk driving is still considered to be a minor crime in this state. A main deterrent to drunk driving is the humiliation of being put behind bars, even if only for a few hours, if you are caught.
January 15, 2012 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been campaigning furiously in South Carolina in an effort to revive his sputtering presidential campaign, said Sunday morning that the Obama administration has gone “over the top” in criticizing Marines who were videotaped urinating on Afghan corpses. “Obviously, 18, 19-year-olds make stupid mistakes all too often,” Perry said in an appearance on CNN's “State of the Union.” “... What's really disturbing to me is just, kind of, the over-the-top-rhetoric from this administration and their disdain for the military.” The Marines have not been charged with any crimes, but the Geneva Conventions forbid desecration of the dead.
June 12, 2011
UNDERRATED David Chang : Up to now the arc of a celebrity chef peaked at cookbooks and circling the kitchens of the world on basic cable, but the man behind the delicious Momofuku empire in New York is breaking the mold. This month "Lucky Peach" launches, a quarterly food writing journal in partnership with McSweeney's that features recipes, off-kilter essays and fetishistically sharp design consistent with the publisher's track record. Tasty. 'Let Me In' (2010) : Based on box office numbers, horror fans were skeptical about this reworking of the subtly haunting Swedish import "Let the Right One In. " Yet apart from a few moves that ramped up the gore, the American translation retained the original's unsettling core, thanks in part to Chloe Moretz's chilling child vampire and director Matt Reeves' understatedly assured hand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1987 |
In a ruling that both sides agree could cause pornographic film makers to move their operations out of California, a state appellate court Tuesday upheld the pandering conviction of a San Fernando Valley film producer. In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal upheld the conviction of Harold Freeman of Encino, the first film maker prosecuted under a 1982 state law aimed at increasing penalties against pimping and pandering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1987
When the California Legislature enacted an "anti-pimp" law in 1982, it was trying to combat prostitution, not film making. Nonetheless, overzealous state prosecutors in Los Angeles used the law against Harold Freeman, a producer of sexually explicit films, whom they charged with paying actresses to engage in sexual acts before the cameras. By a 2-1 vote an appellate court recently upheld this bizarre use of the law.