When is a killing a murder?

Thou shalt not kill.  That was number six in the series of ten things that God All-smitey insisted on his young charges, the Hebrews.  Of those ten, most contemporary societies have hung onto three as a matter of law: No killing (6), no thieving (8), and no perjury (9). The other seven suggest a rather insecure and…

In Which the Pubic Wig Is Discussed

So on Flag Day (June 14), I went to makeameme.org and typed certain factoids onto the old photo of Francis Bellamy, author of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.  I posted the image on Reddit, with the heading, “Merkins, when you pledge allegiance to the flag, remember …” The one and only commenter replied, “A merkin is a…