You'd hardly know it from the wall-to-wall coverage of the George Zimmerman case, writes Gene Healy, but there's another trial going on that's at least as worthy of national attention. That's the 32-count federal racketeering indictment against James "Whitey" Bulger, a Boston mob kingpin linked to at least 19 murders, captured in 2011 after 16 years on the lam. Bulger, a former "Top Echelon Informant" for the FBI, is a monster, but he's hardly the only villain in a story where "gangster government" leaves the realm of metaphor. As Healy observes, corrupt FBI officials turned a blind eye while Bulger committed murder and other crimes.
Sex offender registries are cruel and unjust.
Virginia Is About To Require a Government License for 'Art Therapy,' Because Glue and Scissors Are 'Potentially' Dangerous
The real motive for laws like this has nothing to do with scissors and glue. It's all about protectionism.
The global total fertility rate fell by more than half, from 5 births per woman in 1960 to 2.4 today. But don't panic!