Wednesday Links

Almost two years after being cleared of child pornography charges after videos of his children playing naked were found on his phone, Todd Hoffner has returned to his job as head football coach at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Hoffner’s ordeal began with his arrest in August 2012, just two months after Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child molestation and related offenses.

– Last week, Louisiana’s House of Representatives voted 67-27 against repealing the state’s sodomy law, despite the fact that such laws were declared unconstitutional (and therefore rendered unenforceable) by the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas. Christian conservatives claimed that repealing the law would make it harder to prosecute sexual predators, but we all know this is really about hating “teh gays.”

The Supreme Court began hearing arguments this week in a case that will decide whether Aereo–an online subscription service that lets users watch broadcast TV on their computers, smartphones, or tablets–violates the copyrights of broadcasters. Broadcast corporations claim that Aereo is “stealing their content.” Bullshit. As Aereo’s lawyers have pointed out, broadcast TV is freely available over the public airwaves, and all the service does is provide viewers with a special antenna that allows them to pick up those TV signals on a device other than a television.

The Missouri mayor who said that he “kind of agreed” with the views of Neo-Nazi spree killer Frazier Glenn Miller resigned on Monday after a raucous town meeting in which residents called for his impeachment. Daniel Clevenger, the now former mayor of Marionville, Missouri (pop. 2,225 at the 2010 Census), had a history of making anti-Semitic statements, writing in the past that “[t]he Jew-run medical industry has succeeded in destroying the United State’s workforce” and that the “Jew-run government backed banking industry turned the U.S into the world’s largest debtor nation.”

-And finally, the New York Police Department’s latest attempt at social media outreach has backfired hilariously. On Tuesday, the NYPD’s official Twitter account asked users to tweet photos of themselves with the NYPD and tag them #myNYPD. Many users did just that, tweeting photos of police brutality at the hands of the NYPD. (The photos can be seen here.) An organization with as many black marks on its record as the New York Police Department should have known better than to ask for the Internet’s help in whitewashing its public image.

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