Is "splurt" really a word — or some messy mixup of "spurt" and "blurt"?

I hadn't used the word "splurt" once in 16 years on this blog until this morning, when it seemed like the precise word I wanted. It was about Biden's "you ain't black" remark: "Biden was just feeling loose and blabby and splurted it out."A couple commenters reacted: "Thanks for the visual"/"Splurted? Sounds more virus-y than blurted." Yes, it makes you picture big droplets of saliva coming out with the words — a picture that seems to have been drawn by R. Crumb.Is "splurt" even a word? I looked ...
Tags: Law, Language, Biden, Crumb, Ann Althouse, OED, Excrement, Florio Worlde, Biden rhetoric, Missouri Spurt

Sign Of The Times

The Vermont Supreme Court has ordered an attorney's interim suspension Caladonian Record reported A Walden attorney has been accused of pulling a gun on a store clerk because she was upset about a social distancing sign. The Vermont State Police... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Times, Walden, Vermont State Police, Vermont Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

Hero Grandma prevents Midland cops from shooting grandson, Austin to end driver-license holds on traffic tickets, Joe Biden is a jackass, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention: Midland Grandma a hero for putting herself between black grandson and over-zealous cops In Midland, bystander video caught police officers swarming a young black man with guns drawn after he allegedly rolled through a stop sign. They continued to point their guns and scream at him long after he'd laid down on the ground to give himself up, and from the video, it looked for all the world like he was about to be shot. The boy'...
Tags: Texas, Law, Joe Biden, Austin, Donald Trump, San Antonio, US supreme court, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Houston Chronicle, East Texas, Legislature, Midland, San Antonio Express News, Tyler, Texas Supreme Court

A big list for a whole week's worth of COVID-influenced federal sentence reductions using § 3582(c)(1)(A)

I did not get a chance to do a mid-week review of COVID-influenced grants of sentence reductions using § 3582(c)(1)(A) because this past work week seemed extra busy — though these days that just means staring at different types of websites from different computers in my house.  In any event, I have been told that my prior lists of district court rulings grants of sentence reductions that I find on Westlaw continue to be useful, so I will continue the listing tradition previously found in recent ...
Tags: Law, Fsa, United States, Iowa, Batman, Johnson, Anderson, Dorsey, Albuquerque, Parker, Bennett, Schneider, Marshall Project, Moore, Stephenson, Galloway

At the Sunrise Café...

... you can talk until dawn. With moderation, of course. None of the extremism you find elsewhere. We're not moderating with extremism, so we won't moderate out extremism. It's just that whatever you write — moderate or extreme — is going to have to wait until we, in due time, release comments from the holding pen. Then why moderate?, you may ask, but I'll bet you have more interesting things to say.And think about using the Althouse Portal to do your Amazon shopping. (The link is always at th...
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Birds, Canada, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Blog Commenting

Email leak reveals identities of sexual abuse victims in Northern Ireland

Names and contact details of 250 abuse survivors have been exposed by the body which was set up to compensate themHundreds of victims of institutional sexual abuse in Northern Ireland have had their identities exposed in a damaging email leak.The names and emails of 250 abuse survivors were revealed in a monthly newsletter of the body set up to investigate their claims and compensate the victims. Continue reading...
Tags: Children, Society, UK News, Northern Ireland, Child protection, Social Care

"On average, the human body sheds its entire bag of skin — more than a billion cells — every 28 days."

"Since the beginning of self-quarantine, I have shed my husk more than twice, casting off thousands of skin cells each second.... Household dust, a lively field of scientific study, is thought to contain domestic life in microcosm: mainly sloughed-off skin and hair, but also sweater fibers and pet dander, dried-out bugs and tracked-in outdoor dirt.... My dust is me, and the friends I can’t have over. Yours is you, and the life outside your window, and the life of every tenant before you. Gross —...
Tags: Psychology, Cleaning, Law, Wikipedia, Things, Hayao Miyazaki, Jamie Lauren Keiles, Ann Althouse, Body Parts, Coronavirus

Global outrage erupts over China's ‘draconian‘ security law for Hong Kong

Top lawyers and politicians from 23 countries express grave concerns over ‘assault’ on city’s rights and freedoms Senior foreign policy lawmakers and senior politicians from 23 countries, among them the former Hong Kong governor, Chris Patten, have warned that a new Chinese security law for the city is a “comprehensive assault” on its rights and freedoms and “cannot be tolerated”.In a strongly worded statement, the 186 signatories said they had “grave concerns” about the legislation and feared i...
Tags: Hong Kong, Law, China, World news, UK civil liberties, Chris Patten

Europe's Covid predicament – how do you solve a problem like the anti-vaxxers?

Compulsory vaccination risks boosting a protest movement gaining ground in Europe’s citiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate a politically incongruous crowd of protesters gathered yesterday. They wore flowers in their hair, hazmat suits emblazoned with the letter Q, badges displaying the old German imperial flag or T-shirts reading “Gates, My Ass” – a reference to the US software billionaire Bill Gates.Around the globe, millions are ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Berlin, US, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus outbreak

More mentions on Overlawyered’s adjournment

The nicest single thing anyone says about me this week might turn out to be from Bob Ambrogi at Legal Sites: “Let’s retire jersey number one.” Thanks! Or it might be one of the kind things Scott Greenfield says here. Here’s what I wrote in response to Scott: Thank you for those kind words. As you guessed, my choice of “adjourned” was mostly because of its legal flavor, but also signaled that I’m not retiring or going away. I like blogging! I continue to post at the group blog Cato at Liberty an...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, About the site, Scott, Eugene Volokh, Bob Ambrogi, Scott Greenfield, Accolades, Steve Bainbridge

Hung Up

The New Jersey Supreme Court has suspended an attorney for three months for conduct in his divorce when he hung up on the judge during a proceeding in which he participated by telephone. The Disciplinary Review Board described the conduct... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, New Jersey Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Disciplinary Review Board

Interim Suspension For Criminal Charges And Failure To Respond

The Vermont Supreme Court has ordered an attorney's interim suspension Caladonian Record reported A Walden attorney has been accused of pulling a gun on a store clerk because she was upset about a social distancing sign. The court order recites... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Walden, Vermont Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

"Just so we are clear on this, being black is an immutable characteristic — a physical attribute that is entrenched and innate."

"Blackness doesn’t change based on your income, musical tastes, choice of life partner, intellect or level of education. And it doesn’t fade or disappear based on how you vote. And yet we all know there is often an effort to police blackness … to determine who is really black, fully black, authentically black, conveniently black, naturally black, unapologetically black, conservatively black, asymmetrically black or blackity black. It’s a minefield of emotion, oppression, aspiration, judgment, ba...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Apologies, Norris, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Racial Humor, Biden gaffes, Biden rhetoric, Charlemagne Tha God, Michele L Norris, WaPo Norris

"The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in an Illinois federal court in support of a lawsuit filed by Illinois state representative Darren Bailey challenging certain actions of Governor J.B. Pritzker..."

"... in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Statement of Interest is part of Attorney General William P. Barr’s April 27, 2020 initiative directing Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Matthew Schneider, to review state and local policies to ensure that civil liberties are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.... According to the lawsuit, the Governor’s actions are not authorized by state law, as ...
Tags: Law, United States, Department Of Justice, Illinois, Doj, Chicago Sun Times, U S Department of Justice, Bailey, Darren Bailey, Pritzker, Pritzer, Civil Rights Division, Ann Althouse, J B Pritzker, Federalism, Jurisdiction

About that notion of using Lysol internally...

With no mention of Trump's recent remark about the use of disinfectant, Buzzfeed explains that "It Used To Be Common For Women To Use Lysol To Clean Their Vagina And Here's Why."The ads are bizarre (click to enlarge and clarify): [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Cleaning, Law, Buzzfeed, Advertising, Trump, Ann Althouse, Things That Won't Work, Genitalia

"Boxed Into a Corner: The Fight to Ban Employers from Boxing out Deserving Job Applicants on the Basis of Criminal Record"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper recently posted to SSRN and authored by Mariah L. Daly, a recent graduate The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  This paper is part of a student paper series supported by the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center.  Most of the papers in this series have come from the marijuana seminar I teach, and I blog about these papers in posts like this over at my Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform blog.  But this paper emerged from my sentencing cla...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law This, Mariah L Daly

YET ANOTHER REMINDER of exciting DEPC and OJPC sentencing project: "Drafting Contest: An Ohio 'Second Look' Statute"

I warned in this initial posting that I would be repeatedly promoting an exciting new project from a partnership of the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC).  The basic details are explained on this webpage, more background appears in  , and here are the essentials: About A robust national discussion about how best to remedy extreme and unwarranted prison sentences has prompted various new propos...
Tags: Law, Ohio, Douglas A Berman, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, DEPC, Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission, OJPC, COVID

"He could say the same thing about gay voters, women voters or voters with a pulse. If you vote for Trump, you ain't human."

The third-highest-rated comment at "Biden said black Trump voters ‘ain’t black.’ That’s a double standard/You don’t hear politicians saying that about any other group" a column by David Swerdlick at WaPo."You ain't human" is the broader statement, but it's less offensive because it doesn't treat black people as different from every other group.The "You ain't human" idea is very close to Hillary Clinton's notorious "deplorables" remark. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Hillary Clinton, Biden, Trump, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Biden gaffes, Biden rhetoric, David Swerdlick

Winking at Room Rater — with 4 pineapples.

We have 4 count ‘em 4 pineapples for #TeamSchmidt— Room Rater (@ratemyskyperoom) May 22, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Pineapple, Steve Schmidt, Ann Althouse, Room Rater

‘I was told to stop Julian Assange if he tried to flee’: on the beat with the UK’s volunteer police

Part-time special constables haven’t been in such demand for decades. What makes a lawyer, priest or fast-food worker sign up to fight crime for free? On a warm Saturday night in September last year, a man calls 999 to report that somebody has hit him in the face with a glass bottle outside a pub in west London. Special inspector Anthony Kay speeds to the scene in a police van, sirens blaring. As he and several other officers arrive at the pub, the injured man begins swearing at them, threatenin...
Tags: UK, Crime, Police, Society, Volunteering, Julian Assange, Metropolitan Police, Knife crime, Jamie, Kay, Silvia, Anthony Kay, London Special

A letter to my post-lockdown self: ‘Keep listening to the birds’

Author Bernardine Evaristo, broadcaster Hugh Pym, playwright James Graham and more pen letters to themselves, to be opened in May 2021James Graham, playwright Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Books, Science, Theatre, Life and style, Society, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Stage, Health policy, Julian Baggini, James Graham, Bernardine Evaristo, Hugh Pym, Coronavirus outbreak

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