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Duke Lacrosse

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Member since: Mon May 19, 2014, 11:03 AM
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Advocate for all people who are falsely accused of crimes.

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Texas concealed firearm permit holders commit only a TINY fraction of crimes in Texas.

Clearly they are among the most law-abiding people in the state of Texas.

As required by state law, the Department of Public Safety tracks statistics on crimes committed by permit holders. Here are the conviction rate statistics for the year 2015:

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/RSD/CHL/Reports/ConvictionRatesReport2015.pdf

The DPS also tracks demographic information about permit applicants, denials, etc. to ensure that there is no racial or ethnic bias built into the system. Here is a page with links to the demographic data for the year 2015, sliced and diced in many ways:

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/reports/demoreportscy15.htm
Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Wed Aug 17, 2016, 10:40 AM (45 replies)

Enola Gay, in honor of August 6

Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Fri Aug 5, 2016, 07:35 PM (2 replies)

VIDEO - Ronald Reagan tells Soviet jokes

Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Mon Jul 25, 2016, 11:42 AM (0 replies)

No, nobody really wants to ban "all" guns (except for guns in the hands of government employees.)

Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Mon Jul 25, 2016, 10:57 AM (10 replies)

In honor of the 48% of Britons who voted to Remain, I present The Remains.

Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Fri Jun 24, 2016, 11:44 AM (0 replies)

Reshaping the post-Ottoman order: America must get the politics right

A thoughtful, non-partisan, and exceptionally well-written opinion piece by David Ignatius published in The Washington Post.

Excerpt:

Opinion writer May 23 at 2:38 PM
ANKARA

A tour of the war zones in Iraq and Syria with the top U.S. commander ends, appropriately enough, here in Turkey, the strongest power in the region and the place where the modern troubles began a hundred years ago with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

The abiding strategic fact about the current war against the Islamic State is that it’s part of a bigger process of reordering the post-Ottoman structure of this part of the world. We don’t know what the outcome will be or what the borders will look like; the United States isn’t even sure what it wants, as the local powers scramble for their selfish interests. But this is the big story we often miss, amid the drone strikes and terrorist bombings.

My trip with Army Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the U.S. Central Command , distilled two themes:

● American military power remains overwhelming. We’re still the arsenal of democracy, to use that hoary phrase, and once the American war machine gets going, it brings devastating firepower on adversaries such as the Islamic State. Now that our military is finally being employed more aggressively against the terrorist group, this enemy is in retreat and, unless we lose patience, it will eventually be shattered.

● American political power, by contrast, is limited and confused. We have conflicting goals. We talk about maintaining unitary states in Syria and Iraq, yet we’ve now created what amounts to a safe zone for Syrian Kurds and their allies in northeast Syria. As Operation Provide Comfort did for Iraqi Kurds 25 years ago, this will encourage an autonomous Kurdish zone. If American strategists have a vision to reconcile these conflicting aims, I don’t see it....

Link to the whole piece for your edification and enjoyment:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/defeating-the-islamic-state-means-getting-the-politics-right/2016/05/23/a23d90f0-20fa-11e6-aa84-42391ba52c91_story.html
Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Tue May 24, 2016, 09:54 AM (20 replies)

How to say "My hovercraft is full of eels" in many languages

I love this site that I just discovered:

http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/hovercraft.htm
Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Fri Apr 8, 2016, 04:19 PM (0 replies)

Ancient DNA shows European wipe-out of early Americans

The first largescale study of ancient DNA from early American people has confirmed the devastating impact of European colonisation on the Indigenous American populations of the time.

Led by the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), the researchers have reconstructed a genetic history of Indigenous American populations by looking directly into the DNA of 92 pre-Columbian mummies and skeletons, between 500 and 8600 years old.

Published in Science Advances, the study reveals a striking absence of the pre-Columbian genetic lineages in modern Indigenous Americans; showing extinction of these lineages with the arrival of the Spaniards.

"Surprisingly, none of the genetic lineages we found in almost 100 ancient humans were present, or showed evidence of descendants, in today's Indigenous populations," says joint lead author Dr Bastien Llamas, Senior Research Associate with ACAD. "This separation appears to have been established as early as 9000 years ago and was completely unexpected, so we examined many demographic scenarios to try and explain the pattern...."

Bolding added for emphasis.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160401144502.htm
Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Wed Apr 6, 2016, 04:05 PM (13 replies)

Vanity Fare - Hitchin' a Ride

I woke up with this 60s classic ear worm playing in my head. It brings back memories of a time when hitchhiking was reasonably safe where I lived. The song was a modest hit in the UK when it was released in 1969. It was much more successful in the USA, hitting #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in early 1970.

Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:47 AM (2 replies)

Do Jury Blacklist entries work both ways?

I have served on many juries but never for a contribution by someone who was a member of my Jury Blacklist.

Of course most of my blacklistees are usually on suspension so they don't post much, but I find it interesting that I have never been tapped to adjudicate their posts.

I think having the blacklist work both ways would be reasonable.
Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Fri Mar 18, 2016, 08:43 PM (54 replies)
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