On Sept. 11 I watched as so many good people put their lives in peril to save others, and I wondered whether I would have had the courage to do the same. I doubt it. But there were no burning towers at Penn State. Doing the right thing to protect a small boy would have taken very little.
The story of Stella Liebeck came to stand for all that is moronic about our legal system and culture. Liebeck sued McDonald’s in 1994 after spilling a 49- cent cup of coffee in her lap as she was wheeling away from a drive-thru window in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She hit the liability jackpot, winning a $2.86 million jury award as compensation for this minor nuisance.