Augustus Sol Invictus: Departure Memo & Explanation

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Augustus Sol Invictus is an Orlando-area attorney who graduated from DePaul College of Law.  Recently, he declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 U.S. Senate nomination in Florida.  Discussion about his candidacy on IPR has centered on his past remarks in favor of eugenics and an April 2013 letter he wrote to fellow DePaul graduates in which he renounced his U.S. citizenship, his law degree, law firm, and claimed he would go into hiding in the Florida wilderness to prepare for civil war. Continue reading

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The Toxicity of Words

Some argue offensive words like “whore” or “slut” should be banned from usage—not in a legal sense but as a matter of social acceptability.  I believe society need not render more words as so socially unacceptable that their very utterance destroys lives, causing those that speak such words to be shunned or lose their jobs. An example of one such word in existence is “nigger.” The word is so toxic that even words that sound similar (“niggardly”) create controversy.  This, in its most literal sense, limits our freedom of speech.  Such toxicity should not be expanded to other words (context notwithstanding), no matter the outrage they cause. Continue reading

Flashback: “Magic Johnson? . . . He’s Got AIDS!”

A year ago this week, Los Angeles Clippers then-owner Donald Sterling, an NAACP honoree, sat down for an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.  Sterling had been the subject of controversy after his black girlfriend, Vivian Stiviano audio taped a conversation in which he asked that she not be seen at Clippers games with black people.  During the interview with Cooper, Sterling apologized for the comments and went on the attack against former Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson, who had called for Sterling’s removal as owner. Continue reading

Nathan Norman: Trip to Parlor Arouses Awakening

Nathan Norman posted the following on Citizen Norman’s Blog December 28, 2014.  It is believed to be satire and should not be confused with the genuine views expressed in the Commentary section.

Danish Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki wears a cross necklace

Yesterday I went to the tattoo parlor.  I gave them the design [see earlier story].  They asked if I had drawn the design on my penis with a marker.   Continue reading