Pamela Geller had a right to organize the "Draw the Prophet" contest, where two wannabe jihadists were killed trying to carry out a terrorist attack, and she shouldn't be chided for supposedly abusing that right. When extremists use deadly violence to suppress speech that offends them, tut-tutting "just because you can do it doesn't mean it's a good idea" is both unseemly and misguided. But, writes Reason contributing editor Cathy Young, Geller and associate Robert Spencer are terrible poster children not only for free speech, but for combating Islamist extremism—because they routinely blur the lines not only between "anti-jihadism" and a war on Islam, but between criticism of Islam and Muslim-bashing.
Nonmedical use of prescription analgesics did not become more common, but it did become more dangerous.
Forensic experts claim there is no way Larry Swearingen raped and killed Melissa Trotter. The state is still putting him to death.
Problematic deforestation continues, but the "lungs of the earth" are still breathing.
Plus: delusions about the First Amendment, hype about the Apple Card, and more...