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NYPD’s Snooze Police on Patrol

February 21, 2016

Messrs. Kander and Ebb wrote that they wanted to wake up in a city that never sleeps, as Mr Sinatra crooned into history. Incidentally, waking from sleep in a city where no one sleeps always seemed a tad ironic.

Remembering Judge Antonin Scalia, America's juridicial rock star

February 15, 2016

Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly Saturday at the age of 79. He was loathed, loved, reviled and revered – depending on with whom you were speaking. And depending in particular on their politics and worldview.

Lionel: Making a Murderer and Documentary Distortion

February 4, 2016

Whenever you expose something that’s remained for the most part hidden from public view, the audience is bound to be shocked. “Making a Murderer” (“MAM”) exposes and shocks accordingly.


The eternal sunshine of the clueless (voter’s) mind

January 27, 2016

Americans swear they know what’s going on in presidential politics. But for their sake, they’re thankful it’s not under oath.


Lionel: Minefields That Could Explode Bill Cosby’s Assault Case

January 18, 2016

February 2 is a critical day, my fellow trial warriors. This is the day that Bill Cosby’s lawyers will argue that charges should be dismissed against him because the former prosecutor who handled the case initially promised . . . well, verbally promised, but promised nonetheless . . . not to prosecute him or, if so, by means other than that critical civil deposition. Here’s my video tutorial on the issue. 

Cyberbullying Laws: Free Speech Kryptonite

January 8, 2016

Bullying is speech that should be protected. Threatening speech is another story.      

Why the mainstream media refuse to acknowledge UFOs

December 29, 2015

There’s no subject more ignored, shunned and discounted by the mainstream media than that of UFOs.

Whither Probable Cause

December 21, 2015

Now you see it. Now you don’t. The vanishing and disappearance of probable cause.

Is Tatt All There Is? (Hardly.)

December 20, 2015

I've got you under my skin

I've got you deep in the heart of me

So deep in my heart that you're really a part of me

I've got you under my skin


This is not a fad. A quirky event. This is the end of civilization as we know it.



Media Distortion: It’s Not Just a Russian Thing

December 19, 2015

When many consumers and presenters of “news” review anything involving Russia, there seems all too often to be an almost a priori patellar and Pavlovian reaction. Why?

Derivatives: The toxic financial instrument on par with terrorism

December 15, 2015

'The Big Short' exposes and attempts to deconstruct the subprime mortgage collapse and disaster of 2008. Wait until Hollywood hears about derivatives!Add News Story here

The most sickening moment in recent mainstream media news – and that’s saying something

December 4, 2015

It was Network meets Hunger Games. One of the most unseemly media events in recent history. And no one seemed to mind. Or notice.

Mainstream media on Syria/Turkey/Russia: Clueless congeries of cackling correspondents

November 30, 2015

Before our very eyes the world is heaving in a cataclysm of change with Ankara, Washington, Damascus and Moscow front and center. But don’t wake the media.Add News Story here

Mental jumper cables: Tweaking political and religious belief

October 24, 2015

What if instead of prosecuting or incarcerating people for undesired behavior, we could merely prevent undesired thinking? Science fiction may now be science fact. 

HomeOp-Edge 'Paris terrorism: Mainstream media's new hit song'

November 19, 2015

People look at news like a popular song. They know the hits. They don’t know the catalog. I don’t think people know anything about what is going on in the world, media and legal analyst Lionel told RT. 

Hijacked and Hitchhiked: America’s schizophrenic attitude to the death penalty

November 12, 2015

There’s no room for error in the capital punishment biz. You’d think that alone would inspire the country’s distaste for it. Guess again.

Insane US gun laws fail to keep weapons from mentally ill

October 10, 2015

How can obviously insane and mentally ill people obtain guns? There should be a law! Well, there is. Sort of.

US Islamophobia: Cultural illiteracy & ignorance to blame

October 8, 2015

Many people in the US confuse the words "Arab” or “Islam” with terrorism or islamo-fascism, says media and legal analyst Lionel. This is a conflation of fear about terrorists, a profound ignorance and no sense of international perspective, he adds.

Drug abuse and addiction are medical problems, not criminal ones

October 4, 2015

If you want to cure a disease, the last thing you should do is criminalize it. You don’t stop diabetes by throwing the diabetic in jail. Drug addiction is a disease. Do the math.


The Hidden Horrors of the Driverless Car

There’s a popular social media refrain that denotes sarcastic skepticism: What could go wrong? With the advent and rollout of driverless cars, I submit, What could go right?



I was in New York City on 9/11

September 11, 2015

I was there. Front and center in Manhattan on that horrid Tuesday morning, 14 years ago this September 11. How my city responded is still a source of pride. This is my firsthand account.

What will it take for America to fix its decrepit infrastructure?

August 30, 2015

You can bet that the subject of crumbling infrastructure is not and will not be a subject of great concern for American voters during this or any campaign season. And there’s a good reason for that. Complete and total nescience coupled with profound indifference and terminal ennui.

A titular and symbolic move in the house of Murdoch inspires a left media frenzy

June 12, 2015

This week mainstream media were paralyzed in a frisson of apoplexy over the news that Rupert Murdoch was stepping aside.

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