Creepy Creepy Donald Trump

Published: The Good Men Project (February 27, 2016)

Let’s discuss the history of presidential creepiness. In this election, this is a discussion that really matters.

We can start with the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, who raped his 14-year-old slave Sally Hemmings.  Nearly a century later, Grover Cleveland became the first president to get married in the White House. His bride? Frances Folsom, who at 21 was more than a quarter-century Cleveland’s junior and as an infant had been babysat by her “Uncle Cleve” back when her father was still his law partner. Flash forward to the Great Depression and you will find First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, whose maiden name was… um, Roosevelt (she was his fifth cousin once removed). And let us not forget Bill Clinton – husband of America’s probable future first female president, Hillary Clinton – whose well-known philandering may very well have crossed the line into sexual harassment or quite possibly even rape. read more

Rapers and Murderists Everywhere!

Published: The Good Men Project (February 23, 2016)

My friend George recently told me that his friend’s mother, who watches the BBC on a regular basis, uses the word “raper” instead of “rapist.” At first I scoffed at this revelation, but upon further reflection I started to wonder: Why do we say “rapist” instead of “raper?” Do we say “murderist” instead of “murderer” or “killist” instead of “killer?” read more

The next Supreme Court justice and the future of the Internet

Published: The Daily Dot (February 22, 2016)

When it comes to the field of cyber law, it’s rather ironic that the next Supreme Court justice will replace the late Antonin Scalia. After all, the famous constitutional originalist revealed in 2012 that, if he had his druthers, his successor would be University of Chicago law professor Frank Easterbrook, a man who once compared studying Internet law to creating a hypothetical field in “horse law.”

“Lots of cases deal with sales of horses; others deal with people kicked by horses; still more deal with the licensing and racing of horses, or with the care veterinarians give to horses, or with prizes at horse shows,” Easterbrook argued. “Any effort to collect these strands into a course on ‘The Law of the Horse’ is doomed to be shallow and to miss unifying principles.” So too, he claimed, withthe Internet. read more

#MisfitsUnite! – An Aspie’s Call for Social Change

Published: The Good Men Project (February 20, 2016)

I’ve been writing about living with Asperger’s Syndrome for more than three years, and during that time I have received a curious response from many readers outside of the HFA (or high-functioning autism) community. Although many of them strongly identify with my descriptions of not understanding “the game” behind social interactions and therefore struggling to “fit in,” they’re not sure what to make of the fact that they have these problems but aren’t autistic themselves. Three questions usually arise: read more

Why I Admire Hillary Clinton’s Toughness

Published: The Good Men Project (February 18, 2016)

Whenever I write nice things about Hillary Clinton, I’m compelled to preface them by mentioning that I’m a Bernie Sanders supporter. Inevitably I receive angry letters insisting that no one who truly Feels The Bern could say anything positive about his current arch-rival, but the reality is that I don’t simply respect Clinton out of a desire for party unity. Although ideologically I align more closely with Sanders, Clinton has a certain intangible quality that I believe doesn’t get nearly enough credit: Sheer grit. read more

John Lewis is a legitimate civil rights hero – and, unfortunately, a liar

Published: The Good Men Project (February 16, 2016)

It isn’t fun to accuse someone like Rep. John Lewis of being a liar. Without question, Lewis is a legitimate living hero, a man whose legacy as a civil rights activists in the 1960s has earned him a lasting place of honor in American history books.

That said, the tremendous respect which he is due for his achievements in the past does not entitle him to a free pass for dishonesty in the present. This brings us to his recent attack against Bernie Sanders – and, more specifically, his attempted distortion of Hillary Clinton’s own record. read more

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s evolution on Internet freedom

Published: The Daily Dot (February 14, 2016)

Say what you will about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia–and pundits and people on both the left and the right have been doing just that since his passing on Saturday–but when it comes to Internet freedom, he may have been one of the great legal minds of our time.

Let’s start with a 2005 case in which an Internet service provider named Brand X sued the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. The central issue was whether companies that promised high-speed Internet access had the right to use the faster infrastructure available to big content providers. To determine that, the court needed to first determine whether the Federal Communications Commissionhad the right to label cable broadband companies as providing an information service (which would mean they could deny them access) or a telecommunications service (which would mean they could not). Although the court ruled 6-3 in favor of the FCC’s right to do as they pleased, Scalia joined liberal judges Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter in offering a powerful dissent. read more

Thanks for the Automated Valentine!

Published: The Good Men Project (February 13, 2016)

First, I just want to add that I’m a big fan of Film Brain, the British movie critic whose web series “Bad Movie Beatdown” manages to intelligently deconstruct some of the worst motion pictures ever made. Since our Twitter conversation inspired this piece, I figured it would only be appropriate to preface this article with a gratitude plug.

Now for the tweets themselves:

An option to “Autocompose a Valentine” kinda takes the romance out of it, wouldn’t you say? read more