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How Secure Channels Attempted to Intimidate a Critic and Failed Spectacularly

Secure Channels is a startup cryptographic company that's off to a rough start -- so much so that it's been reduced to using anonymous Twitter accounts to accuse a critic of criminal copyright infringement. … [Read More...]

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In Re: Writ of Pony

Hello, My name is Meggie. I am a writer and I have contributed to various blogs. I wanted to talk to you about contributing an article on your blog. I’ve been working on a couple different articles that I think your audience would find enlightening. I’m curious to know which one you think might be […]

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Poor Agostino di Duccio.  He had learned his craft under the most innovative and imaginatively expressive sculptural master of the quattrocento, Donatello.  But Agostino could not have been happy on the mountain in Carrara as he oversaw the quarrying of a shallow, broad block of marble some eighteen feet long.  Over the course of his […]

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California's City of Inglewood Can't Copyright City Council Meetings, Case Against YouTube Critic Tossed

A brief update on a case I'd written about on my old pitiful blog, where you can read more if you're interested, about the City of Inglewood, California and its ill-fated attempt to sue a YouTube critic on the basis that videos of its City Council meetings were protected by copyright.  It didn't go well, […]

Ninth Circuit Harshly Scrutinizes Law Enforcement Leak, Threatens Sanctions Against Department of Justice

What the hell is going on in America? The federal judiciary — which previously could be counted upon to be relatively complacent in the face of a culture of prosecutorial misconduct — has begun to take notice and harumph and even do something about it. In January a Ninth Circuit panel blasted state prosecutors defending […]

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If You Disagree With This Post, You're Joining A Bullying Lynch Mob

We name things based upon how we feel about them. We also feel about things based on how we've named them. Politicians understand this. When they want to downplay the invasion of a sovereign nation, they call it an "uncontested arrival." When they justify torture of the sort that we hanged people for within living […]

My Bad Use of Force Decision Shows You Shouldn't Second-Guess My Use of Force Decisions

The Blaze, Glenn Beck's tequila-sweat dream-diary, repeats a law enforcement talking point today. The talking point — "scrutinizing use of force will kill cops" — is rarely served this explicitly or uncritically. The story's about a Birmingham police officer who got pistol-whipped at a traffic stop. A suspect from the car he stopped approached him […]

Center for Medical Progress May Win Abortion-Related Prior Restraint Fight In Los Angeles

A couple of weeks ago I discussed a lawsuit filed by StemExpress — a broker of fetal tissue — against the Center for Medical Progress, the group at the heart of the ongoing video-based criticism of Planned Parenthood. I noted that a judge of the L.A. County Superior Court had issues a temporary restraining order […]

Welcome to the redesigned Popehat

We've fixed the place up some. Hope you like it. If anything isn't working right, feel free to leave a comment or else send me an email. As you can see, the most recent post will always display at the top. Below that you'll see whatever relatively new post and old post we've chosen to […]

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Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Imagine a controversial feminist, much maligned for incendiary rhetoric about gender relations. Scheduled to make a speech to like-minded people in some bastion of conservatism, she is approached by male critics, doused with several drinks, and pursued down the street by an angry, shouting crowd, quite plausibly out to do her physical harm. This scenario […]

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When Lightning Strikes An Utter Tool

Harry Vincent is a 19-year-old college student and kind of a dick. That's banal. Lots of 19-year-olds are dicks, and many of them are college students. Harry Vincent is notable because he has been struck by proverbial lightning — he offended someone online, and that person had the inclination and free time to complain about […]

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James Woods Punches The Muppet

There was an episode of the 1990s sitcom Murphy Brown in which Murphy, played by Candace Bergen, appeared on kid's TV show to soften her image. The show features Muppets; it's a transparent stand-in for Sesame Street. Murphy, true to type, loses her temper and punches one of the Muppets, eventually ripping its head from […]