Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Morning Newsdome: Nationwide violent crime at a 40 year low

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM

>> Criminologist are shocked that violent crimes in the country are at the lowest rate in nearly 40 years despite the recession and high unemployment. Even the rate of burglary and auto theft fell. Somehow I'm not sure this applies to Atlanta. (the New York Times)

>>The Supreme Court ordered that California release 30,000 prisoners from their overcrowded prisons today, citing that the current conditions violate the Eighth Amendment. The overstuffed prisons caused "needless suffering and death" and suicide rates were 80 percent higher than the national average. But, California, please keep these coming. (the New York Times)

>> NATO bombed Tripoli, Libya, last night more than twenty times in 30 minutes, the heaviest round of bombing yet. Three people are dead and dozens injured—all in the name of protecting Libyans of course. (the New York Times)

>> Jim Daly, president of far-right Focus on the Family, said they've "probably lost" the fight to deny marriage equality: "I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture." When he puts it like that, you almost feel bad for the outdated homophobes. (Mother Jones)

>> And finally: Christian-radio broadcaster Harold Camping said the Rapture he predicted for Saturday, May 21, did actually happen. So why is his self-righteous ass still here? Well, according to Camping, it was a spiritual Rapture and the world will still be completely destroyed on Oct. 21, the other real Rapture. Until then, his station will go back to playing Christian music. How could anyone deny that logic? (Washington Post)

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