With car sales down nearly a third from last year, retailers and businesses are coming up with ever more innovative ways to entice buyers to their lots. Hyundai will refund the car if the purchaser loses his or her job. Some companies are providing huge rebates or even free gas. And a car dealer in Missouri is offering a free AK-47.
The Senate has just passed the greatest expansion of federal hate-crime "protections" since the legislation's inception in 1968. While the original law was limited to crimes motivated by race, religion, and ethnicity, the current measure will increase federal scope to cover "sexual orientation," "gender," "gender identity," and disability.
Attorney General Eric Holder is on the verge of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate felony torture under the Bush administration.
A rash of articles has surfaced deploring pervasive rape among inmates in U.S. jails and prisons. The July 8 opinion piece in the Washington Times by Lovisa Stannow, executive director of Just Detention International (formerly Stop Prisoner Rape) inadvertently highlighted two national disgraces: prison rapes and the U.S. rate of prisoner release, a shocking 95 percent of all inmates. If this statistic is even close to accurate, no wonder our nation’s streets are awash in violent crime by repeat offenders with long “rap sheets."
The picture that emerges from 51 pages of recently declassified documents about detention at Guantanamo is one of persistent torture approved directly by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, combined with administrative incompetence on the ground at Guantanamo and a flagrant White House betrayal of military brass in charge of interrogations.