Virtually Real


Last year America's Most Wanted host John Walsh and amusement park developer John Morgan opened up the Crime and Punishment Museum in Washington, D.C. It's fitting that Walsh now films episodes of his program there, because the museum is more glitz and show biz than education or history. It manages both to glamorize notorious killers and to perpetuate law-andorder clichés. This is a place that uses a full-scale model of a police station to prove that "crime doesn't pay."

Artifacts of celebrated crooks—John Dillinger's getaway car, a recreation of Al Capone's jail cell—sit next to props and clips from crime movies, including the bulletpocked sedan from Bonnie and Clyde. A hands-on CSI lab allows you to investigate forensic clues to solve a crime—not as an actual forensic scientist would, but as David Caruso does while playing one on TV. Don't expect to leave this place with any new insight into either crime or punishment. Think of it as the reality TV equivalent of a real museum. 

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  1. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…in order to really get the Books of the Bible, you have to cultivate such a mindset, it’s literally a labyrinth, that’s no joke

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