The state has rested its case in the sentencing phase in the capital murder trial of Brian Horn. Horn, 37, was found guilty Wednesday of in the kidnapping and murder of [Mansfield, LA resident] 12-year-old Justin Bloxom. The jury of six women and six men from East Baton Rouge Parish deliberated for 45 minutes before returning the guilty verdict. Now, the jury has to decide whether Horn should receive the death penalty or spend the rest of his life in prison. The state is seeking death. If one juror does not [agree to death], Horn would be sentenced to life in prison. read more
Former Transportation Security Administration officer Jason Edward Harrington: The agency was the product of a panicked national moment -- fertile soil for poor decision-making -- and irrationality was etched into the TSA's DNA. Like most passengers, the average screener regrets the atmosphere of "permanent emergency" that has permeated airport checkpoints since 9/11, a reactionary culture passed down from TSA leadership year after year. ... A decade in, we've now spent a billion dollars on the [behavior detection] program despite the fact that it's based on pseudoscience, and there's no proof it has turned up even one terrorist threat. Many of the Behavior Detection Officers I knew at O'Hare thought their program amounted to walking around all day getting paid good money for doing nothing. read more
Russia's actions "don't pose the No. 1 national-security threat to the United States," Obama said in the Hague, the Netherlands. "I continue to be much more concerned, when it comes to our security, with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan." Does Obama really think there's a serious chance that Manhattan could get nuked? He almost certainly does.
The probability guru Nate Silver concluded that nuclear terrorism represents a far greater risk than conventional terrorism, adding that "a more rational antiterrorism policy would focus resources heavily, perhaps almost exclusively, on threats of nuclear and weapons-of-mass-destruction terror." read more
A new bill in Kansas would give police officers who are the subject of a citizen complaint the right to answer no questions until they are given the complaint and all documenting evidence. It also would require the citizen to swear an affidavit swear an affidavit before the complaint will be investigated, and if any portion of the complaint was later shown to be false, face prosecution for perjury. "No respectable police detective would conduct an investigation this way," writes Radley Balko. "Any police interrogator will tell you that you never let a suspect know everything you know about the allegations against him." read more
Frozen, the Oscar-winning Disney cartoon adapted from Hans Christian Andersen, is a vehicle for pro-gay propaganda as well a promoting bestiality, according to a Christian radio show in Colorado. "You wonder sometimes if maybe there's something very evil happening here ... I wonder if people are thinking: 'You know I think this cute little movie is going to indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian or treat homosexuality or bestiality in a light sort of way.' Pastor Kevin Swanson of the Reformation Church, who hosts Generations Radio, denounced the film as "very evil", and that Disney was "one of the most pro-homosexual organizations in the country". read more