More than three years after Katrina, news from New Orleans continues to churn up some of the more ugly aspects of American life. The New York Timesreports that Latino laborers working on city reconstruction have become prime targets of violent muggings:
The contemporary equivalent of Hustler Magazine v. Falwell was dismissed earlier this week. No dramatic legal proceedings, no Moral Majority sort of uproar, and hopefully probably no subsequent Courtney Love popcorn vehicle -- New Jersey Superior Court Judge Menelaos Toskos simply determined that a lawsuit against the website-turned-book Hot Chicks with Douchebags did not qualify as defamation.
Even cops can’t get any love from conservatives. Stimulus skeptics are railing against Congress’ plans to provide $4 billion to law enforcement, using the stale argument that no sort of spending will ever stimulate the economy. It’s no matter that police departments are feeling the burn of shrunken budgets and that many may cut staff in response, contributing to unemployment woes. After all, government jobs – even the grittiest ones – couldn’t possibly be considered