Category Archives: Newsfilter

If it sounds like writing

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” That was Elmore Leonard’s overarching rule of writing, but he explained 10 others in a 2001 essay for the New York Times. The author behind “3:10 to Yuma,” “Justified,” “Jackie Brown” and “Get Shorty” died Tuesday at 87. You can read Leonard’s full explanation for the “why […]

Texas Judge Forced Off Capital Case After Declaring State Death Penalty Law Unconstitutional

By Ian Millhiser on Jan 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm Late last month, Texas trial judge Teresa Hawthorne held that Texas’ death penalty statue violates the Constitution because it grants too much arbitrary discretion to prosecutors. As a result of this decision, Hawthorne has now been deemed unfit to hear a capital case: Teresa Hawthorne, […]

I will not wear Blizzard’s burqa

Regarding Blizzard’s decision to force it’s 8 million users to use their real names in a public forum to get tech support or join in any discussions, Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said in an interview that there would be  no pushback from users, because nobody expected privacy these days anyway. (At the time I write, […]

How much devastation can the gulf take?

Imagine if the Tea Party was Black

Let’s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure – the ones who are driving the […]