Author: David Goodman

About The Author

David Goodman

David D. Goodman is an MIT Graduate and a telecommunications entrepreneur. He first serious compositions were his patent applications, and those led to writing under various other topics when moved by spirit or insight. He has been published on the Holocaust and American spectator sports, and covers issues of public policy for Lady Freethinker.

The Undeniable Link between Animal Cruelty and Violence Toward Humans

When the FBI began to compile a database of animal abuse crimes at the beginning of this year, the Washington Post reported the development as “A Big Win for Animals.” Other journals similarly focused on the added protection afforded those four-legged and other creatures. As accurate as these may be, the FBI created the database for a decidedly different reason, citing the link between animal cruelty and violence toward humans. The evidence is overwhelming. The most colorful examples are those of serial killers and school shooters. Albert Desalvo (the Boston Strangler), Jeffrey Dahmer, David Berkowitz (Son of Sam,) Lee...

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NJ Legislators Renew Bid for Comprehensive Animal Abuse Registry

A bill introduced in the NJ legislature in 2014 called for registration of all state residents ever convicted of animal cruelty. The bill got stuck in committee that year and went nowhere in 2015.  But it has now been introduced as Senate Bill 213 and Assembly (i.e. house) bill A1291 in the 2016 legislative session. The new bills consist of the same 2014 language, as follows: “The Legislature finds and declares that: (1) Reputable studies in the fields of psychology, sociology, and criminology have consistently demonstrated that violent offenders often have childhood or adolescent histories involving serious, intentional acts of animal...

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First Convict added to Tennessee Animal Cruelty Registry

On January 1 of this year, Tennessee established the first state registry of people convicted of animal abuse. Sixteen days later, Michael Henley was convicted of felony cruelty for beating his dog to death with a shoe, and a court clerk added that name as the first registered entry at the beginning of March. It is not particularly easy to get on the Tennessee list.  Securing convictions in animal cases is very difficult in any event, and many defendants “plead down” to a misdemeanor, something that would exempt them from this new registry. Henley was discovered when his roommate...

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Right to Vote Challenged in Ohio in Attempt to Raise the Voting Age

Seventeen-year-olds in Ohio have been able to vote in all primary elections since 1981, provided they would turn 18 by the time the final elections were held in November. That right was threatened this year by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, who decided that the law did not pertain to presidential primaries. But nine 17-year-olds filed suit, and a state judge ruled in their favor on Friday — so the 2016 Ohio primary will include these young voters after all. The secretary issued an instruction manual for election officials last year, explaining that 17-year-olds can vote “solely on...

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Missouri GOP Wants to Amend State Constitution to Allow Discrimination Against Gays

A proposal to placing an amendment to the Missouri state constitution on the November ballot provoked a 39-hour filibuster and intense lobbying before it finally passed on March 8th. Missourians will now have to decide whether religious organizations should be shielded from penalties if they oppose same sex marriage. In particular, the bill “prohibits the state from imposing a penalty on a religious organization who act in accordance with a sincere religious belief concerning same sex marriage, which includes the refusal to perform a same sex marriage ceremony or allow a same sex wedding ceremony to be performed on...

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