Bad Behavior

Spare the Teen, Spoil the Rod

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Teen bodies and teen sex are like psychological napalm triggering the worst-case-scenario meltdowns of parents, lawmakers, and prosecutors across the country. Certainly, having a sizeable chunk of the population besieged with explosive hormones, sporting a still-developing prefrontal cortex, cell phones, and an astounding ability to do dumb shit is a lot for any society to contend with.

The Schizophrenic and the California Brood Mare

Natasha Vargas-CooperApril 29, 2016
Quinn Dombrowski
Quinn Dombrowski

The flourishing free market of sperm, eggs, surrogates, uterine transplants, and embryos has outpaced functional regulation and ethical consideration. Consumers, donors, and clinics are exploiting an under-regulated marketplace to get what they want (namely, babies and money), and the results are gruesome.

Christmas Card from a Drunk (and Twelve Hookers) in Van Nuys

Natasha Vargas-CooperApril 12, 2016
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The Los Angeles Police Department officers who handcuffed me and put me under arrest on the side of Interstate Highway 10 were very polite. They informed me of my rights and allowed me to sit in the front seat of their black and white—still cuffed—on the way to the Van Nuys jailhouse in the San Fernando Valley.

How to Shoot a Suspect in the Back, Reasonably

Natasha Vargas-CooperMarch 29, 2016
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Beyond the racial prejudice of juries and district attorneys, a major—and frequently ignored—factor as to why county prosecutors fail to indict cops who maim or kill unarmed citizens is a handful of Supreme Court and federal cases that exalt police discretion over common sense.

Fear and Insanity in Michigan

Natasha Vargas-CooperMarch 22, 2016
Carolyn Coles
Carolyn Coles

Jason Brian Dalton, the alleged mass shooter who left six people dead in random street attacks this February, told police that he believed his Uber app was controlling his mind and body. According to Det. William Moorian’s report for the Department of Public Safety, Dalton, who worked as an Uber driver, claimed the company’s new logo appeared as “the Eastern star and a devil head popped up on his screen and when he pressed the button on the app, that is when all the problems started.”

Dalton claimed that the devil figure in the Uber app gave him assignments, providing him with general navigation, and then took over his whole body to the point where he didn’t need drive the car at all because the Prince of Darkness (under the cloak of Uber) was in control.

Really, Really Bad: Michael Jackson’s Bibliophilia

Natasha Vargas-CooperMarch 01, 2016
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Wellcome Images

The British cable channel Sky Arts caused a fracas last month when they announced that Joseph Fiennes would be playing the late Michael Jackson in a one-off comedy about a road trip Jackson reportedly took with Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor to escape New York City after the terror attacks of 9/11.

This Is Not a Simulation

Natasha Vargas-CooperFebruary 16, 2016
Ralph Hockens
Ralph Hockens

Here’s what Gregory Merritt, a supervisor at the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services knew.

He knew that eight-year old Gabriel Fernandez had a BB gun bullet lodged in his chest but that he never received medical care.

Twilight of the Superpredators

Natasha Vargas-CooperFebruary 02, 2016
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Joe Biden, proud superpredator hunter. / Joe Mud

In the early 1990s a conservative criminologist at Princeton, John J. DiIulio, scanned the horizon and predicted that a new superbreed of hoodlums was coming like a demographic tidal wave. Over a twenty-year span, DiIulio forecast, 270,000 juvenile offenders would roam the nation’s streets, looking to rob, rape, or assault law-abiding citizens.

Texas Foster Care Is an Unconstitutional Snake Pit

Natasha Vargas-CooperJanuary 19, 2016
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On January 8, the state of Texas filed to appeal U. S. District Judge Janis Jack’s December 2015 ruling that the Texas foster care system is a place where “rape, abuse, psychotropic medication, and instability are the norm.” Jack’s blistering 260-page report makes for brutal reading.

Waiving the Age of Reason

Natasha Vargas-CooperJanuary 05, 2016
Brennan Lashever
Brennan Lashever

Most kids start to learn their multiplication tables in the third grade. Their storybooks—typically illustrated, with only a few sentences per page—begin to give way to short chapter books. A year later, they are taught the difference between sedimentary and volcanic rock.