At the Saturday Café...

... it could keep you up all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Coffee, Photography, Law, Ann Althouse

Buy Here Pay Here

My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Florida. One week ago I put a down payment down on a used 2007 car. I brought from a BHPH dealer. The people told me the car was in great shape and nothing was wrong with it. We signed the contract and left. 2 days later the transmission gave me a problem but no warning lights or check engine lights ever came on. We took it to a mechanic who plugged it to a machine only to discover a lot of code. Turns out there was a code for the tran...
Tags: Florida, Law, Cars and Dealerships

Getting Fired: Can I Be Denied Promotion/Fired if Current Employer Finds Out About Convictions

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: California Ive been working at my current job for about a decade and am up for a promotion. The problem is that I was convicted of two misdemeanor DUIs over the last 5 years (most recent conviction was about 7 months ago, although the arrest was over a year ago). My employer has no knowledge of either conviction and neither my current position or my potential future position would require me to drive for work or have a valid driver...
Tags: Law, California, Employment and Labor

Law: Bobby Witt Jr. shows a lot, but is he a top-three pick?

The Texas high schooler has star potential, but he might not be enough of a sure thing to be at the very top of the draft.
Tags: Texas, Law, Baseball, Bobby Witt Jr

"... a fresh human turd — yes, a turd! — her own, one hoped..."

For the new installment of the "Bonfire" project — where we're reading passages from Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities" — I offer this, from Kindle Location 3222:Nick Stopping said he had dinner the other night at the home of Stropp, the investment banker, on Park Avenue, and Stropp’s four-year-old daughter, by his second wife, came into the dining room pulling a toy wagon, upon which was a fresh human turd — yes, a turd! — her own, one hoped, and she circled the table three times, and neithe...
Tags: Law, NYC, History, Language, Drinking, Tom Wolfe, Park Avenue, Yanks, Ann Althouse, Excrement, Stropp, the Bonfire project, Smollett Smollett, Tobias Smollett, Nick Stopping, Asher Herzfeld

A fascinating history of conservative activism on college campuses (Michael Simkovic)

A fascinating, albeit intemperate and sensationalist, perspective on the history of conservative activism on college campuses is available here. The essay discusses strategies such as... [Author: Michael Simkovic]
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"They had it all planned out for me... I’d ask, 'When do I sing?' and they’d say, 'Shut up and have a drink.'"

"'You should sit like this and look like that and play the game of bed partners.' You really had to do things that go against your grain for gain. I wouldn’t.... I want to do it my way. I have no regrets."Said Ethel Ennis — who "eschewed national celebrity for a quieter life in her hometown," Baltimore, where she was "a beloved performer and jazz advocate" — quoted (from 1979) in "Ethel Ennis, Singer Who Walked Away From Fame, Is Dead at 86" (NYT).AND: Here she is singing a beautiful rendition o...
Tags: Music, Law, Baltimore, National Anthem, Nixon, Richard Nixon, Ann Althouse, Ethel Ennis, MeToo, Said Ethel Ennis

Key army reports ‘hidden’ from new Deepcut inquest

Evidence on barracks life will not be given at hearing this week into death of Private Geoff Gray, letter claimsAn inquest into the death of a teenage army recruit has been plunged into controversy ahead of its opening this week. The Ministry of Defence has been forced to deny claims that key internal reports cataloguing life at Deepcut barracks, where four trainee soldiers died from bullet wounds over a seven-year period, will not be submitted as evidence at the inquest into the death of Privat...
Tags: UK News, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Deepcut, Geoff Gray

Latest Manafort sentencing memorandum from Special Counsel pulls few punches

As reported in this Politico article, a "federal judge should consider giving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort a sentence that would send him to prison for at least 17 and a half years, special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing made public Saturday."  Here is more from the article about the filing and the legal context now: Manafort faces a pair of sentencing hearings in the coming weeks in Virginia and in Washington where judges will determine what punishment he should ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington, Virginia, Fbi, United States, Dc, Jackson, Alexandria, Trump, U S District Court, Ellis, Mueller, Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI, Robert Mueller, Douglas A Berman

Dianne Feinstein has the guts to stand up to the children. That's not easy!

Who knew Dianne Feinstein could be so savage?— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) February 22, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Dianne Feinstein, Ann Althouse, Using Children In Politics, Kyle Morris, Green New Deal

"Low-level employees were asked to perform duties they described as demeaning, like washing her dishes or other cleaning — a possible violation of Senate ethics rules, according to veterans of the chamber."

I'm afraid I must do a third post on the NYT article "How Amy Klobuchar Treats Her Staff." I just want to focus on the subject of a U.S. Senator asking low-level staff to do cleaning and the journalism of calling it "a possible violation of Senate ethics rules, according to veterans of the chamber."Why can't we have better reporting? Who are these unnamed people who make vague statements about ethics rules? Is this good journalistic ethics? What makes someone a "veteran of the chamber"? Could yo...
Tags: Cleaning, Law, Navy, Senate, Journalism, Brooklyn, Queens, Amy Klobuchar, Anthony Weiner, Kamala Harris, Amy, Normal, Don, Weiner, Kamala, NICOLAI

Hello again, reparations

Ten years ago I wrote this piece for City Journal pronouncing slavery reparations dead as a national cause. Now, as Astead W. Herndon reports in the New York Times, presidential candidates are getting behind the word: Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) affirmed her support, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “also said she supported reparations for black Americans impacted by slavery — a policy that experts say could cost several trillion dollars, and one that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sande...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, New York Times, Kamala Harris, Calif, Reparations, Elizabeth Warren D Mass, City Journal, Elizabeth Warren Kamala Harris, Sens Kamala Harris, Jeff Stein Washington Post, Astead W Herndon, Barack Obama Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders

"There's a gender imbalance in many African-American neighborhoods. Mass incarceration is largely to blame."

The title of this post is the sub-headline of this new Governing piece with the main headline "Where Have All the Black Men Gone?." Here is an excerpt: Governing reviewed the latest population estimates for all black adults ages 18 to 64 in Census tracts where they totaled at least 2,000. In those neighborhoods, there were only a median of 81 black men for every 100 black women. The imbalance was greatest in 380 neighborhoods, where there were fewer than two adult black men for every three adul...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Bureau of Justice Statistics Black

No Probation For Multiple Ethics Violations

The Kansas Supreme Court has rejected probation in favor of suspension in a matter involving misconduct towards an elderly couple who had received bad tax planning advice and retained the attorney to pursue relief. From the hearing panel report finding... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Kansas Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

Recording Title Will Changing Deed from Tenants in Common to Joint Tenancy Trigger a Tax Reassessment

My question involves real estate located in the State of: California A California home is owned by siblings as equal share 'Tenants in Common'. The siblings wish to change the Deed to 'Joint tenancy with the right of survival-ship' to avoid probate in the event of the death of one of them. No new owners are being added and it is only the type of ownership being changed. Will this trigger a tax reassessment or have any other tax implications?
Tags: Law, California, Real Estate Ownership And Title

Hiring: Is Signing 2-Page Job Offer Legally Binding (Non-Compete)

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: NJ I recently received a job offer in NJ. The company has some trade secret technology. It includes a statement similar to the one below: Your employment with the Company is for an indefinite term and nothing in this letter modifies your at-will employment relationship with the Company. Further, your employment will also be subject to the Company’s “Personnel Policies,” your entry into a Confidentiality, Invention Assignment and No...
Tags: Law, Employment and Labor, Company, Company s Personnel Policies, 1st Company

Why is the white album the Beatles album that has sold the most copies?

It's the double album, so it's the most expensive, and yet it's sold 24 million copies, while "Abbey Road" has sold only 12 million. They don't multiply by 2 because it's a double album, I don't think.The white album (officially called "The Beatles") is by far the highest-selling multiple-disc album, and it's also the fourth highest-selling album of all time. Ahead of it, in addition to "Thriller," are 2 Eagles albums.My question is, why the white album? It's more of a grab bag of songs. I like ...
Tags: Law, Riaa, Beatles, Don, Abbey Road, Ann Althouse

Horny/hungry, f**kless and losing patience...

In the comments to this morning's post about Robert Kraft's arrest for paying for hand jobs, Meade wrote:Robert Kraft was horny, f**kless and losing patience.An aide, joining him on a trip to Florida, had googled and found a high-priced escort service for his boss while hauling their bags through an airport terminal. But once onboard, he delivered the grim news: He had lost his cell phone before reaching the gate, and with it, the contact information for the escort service.What happened next was...
Tags: Cleaning, Florida, Law, Prostitution, New York Times, Amy Klobuchar, Kraft, South Carolina, Klobuchar, Meade, Robert Kraft, Ann Althouse

"It’s really simple, people: don’t fat shame. You can shame Trump for a million other things. Being fat isn’t a character flaw."

"I hate Trump but why is it OK to fat shame anyone?"/"I am the most ardent human being against Trump, however, as a former very obese person as a young kid, this just isn’t necessary... Attack his policy, his demeanor, his callous nature, the fact that he is empty inside... Please stop."From "Advocates want critics to stop fat-shaming Trump" (NY Post).ADDED: Trump is an extremely successful, dominating person, and yet somehow his enemies make me feel that he's a bullied outsider in need of a fri...
Tags: Law, Fat, United States, Shame, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump and bullying, Trump NY Post

"The immediate reaction is born of pure emotion, prompting phrases such as 'Oh my God!' and 'He did what?' to escape your lips without thinking, to cause the breath to catch in your throat and the eyes to pop in your head."

"Friday’s news stops you in your tracks, immediately flooding your mind with more questions than you know can be answered, sending your thoughts into a spiral of tangled emotions. Anger, disgust, disappointment, shock, denial, disdain . . . all of them with the right to course through your veins, even as you await the avalanche of detail that is sure to follow the initial revelations. Sadness, too."From "Troubling charges against Robert Kraft leave us wondering what to think" — Tara Sullivan is ...
Tags: Law, Prostitution, Football, Wealth, Kraft, Emotion, Trump, Jussie Smollett, McDonald, Stormy Daniels, The Boston Globe, Charles Barkley, Robert Kraft, Smollett, Ann Althouse, Laughing

Another call to fix good-time credit after FIRST STEP good-time credit fix

David Oscar Markus has this new Hill commentary headlined "A small next step for criminal justice reform: Fix good time credit." Here are excerpts: The current federal system awards good time credit — 15 percent — for all prisoners who behave.  That means for every year done in prison, you receive 54 days off in good time credit. For a long time, the Bureau of Prisons only gave 47 days of credit, but the First Step Act told BOP that 15 percent was really 15 percent and prisoners should get the ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, David Oscar Markus

Craigslist Counterfeit Item Sale

My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: California Hello All, Long story but I'll do my best to make it short. About two weeks ago I was placing and replying to craigslist ads for wholesale items that I resell on ebay and amazon. I contacted a seller who we'll name Scammer 1, he replied and answered some questions to sell me some vitamins that are extremely hot right now and moving quickly after negotiating we decided on a price equating to $1250 total. We decided on a meeti...
Tags: Law, California, Consumer Law

Insider sources say Apple is shutting its east Texas stores to escape the jurisdiction of America's worst patent court

The Eastern District of Texas is home to a crooked court that is in the pocket of patent trolls, handing down ludicrous rulings in favor of the trolls, whose "head offices" are tiny, unoccupied offices in empty, dusty office buildings, the rent on which entitles patent trolls to claim that their rights are being infringed in the demense of the Eastern District's terrible judges. A report in Macrumors cites "five sources familiar with the matter" and claims that Apple is now planning to shut...
Tags: Apple, Post, Copyfight, Texas, News, Law, America, Patent Trolls, Patents, Dallas, Trolls, Eastern District of Texas, Eastern District, Plano Texas, Mess With Texas, Frisco Texas

Other Injuries: Are You Suffering from Pain

Seattle Chiropractic Spine & Injury Center, our number one priority is your health. If you have suffered from a car accident injury, work injury, sports injury, or have neck or back pain, Seattle Chiropractic Spine & Injury Center will assess your injuries thoroughly using the newest exam equipment, provide a full spine analysis, and offer low force chiropractic care, stretching and home exercises.
Tags: Law, Accidents and Injuries, Seattle Chiropractic Spine Injury Center

Brexit: what happens the next day if there is no deal?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, what will be the immediate impact on your finances, rights and travel plans?In a sentence You’ll have to request a green card from your insurer if driving to Europe after 29 March Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Money, Investments, Insurance, Eu, European Union, UK News, Consumer affairs, Banks and building societies, Foreign Policy, Health Insurance, Pensions, Motoring, Travel Insurance

Andrews Federal Credit Union CD Specials: 6-Month CD at 3.25% APY

Andrews Federal Credit Union has a few share certificate specials that may be of interest. Thanks to reader Mark for the tip. 6-month CD at 3.25% APY (2/25-3/2 Only Military Saves Week Special) 84-month CD at 3.45% APY 8-month CD at 2.86% APY Each individual member limited to one Special 6-Month Certificate during the promotional period. Must be funded with new money OR the member must have a checking account, debit card, and direct deposit of $750 or more per month. All special share cert...
Tags: Marketing, Military, Mark, Andrews Federal Credit Union, Deals & Offers, Andrews Federal Credit Union Application, American Consumer Council Check

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