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“Excuse Me, It’s Ma’am”

I know my readers.  And I know why you come to TCJ.  You come here because this is the only place you can find the kind of scholarship you seek.  Here you can get everything from epistemology and ethics, to sectional density and ballistic coefficient.  If I can’t give it to you all the time, the commenters will. Give yourself and me a pat on the back. It’s in that spirit that I offer up this worthy viewing for the day.  Language warning.
Tags: America, Military, TCJ

Wednesday round-up

The justices will hear argument in one case this morning: Flowers v. Mississippi, which asks whether a prosecutor’s repeated use of peremptory challenges to remove black people from the jury pool violated the Constitution. Amy Howe previewed the case for this blog, in a post that was first published at Howe on the Court. Cecilia Bruni and Brady Plastaras have a preview at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. At AP, Jeff Amy and Mark Sherman report that “[t]he state, defending the co...
Tags: New York, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Oregon, Court, America, Georgia, Bloomberg, Ap, Atlantic, United States, Hawaii, Liberty, New York Times

"Only a few of the saddest, most destitute Albanians still wanted to emigrate to the States..."

"...  and that lonely number was further discouraged by a poster showing a plucky little otter in a sombrero trying to jump onto a crammed dinghy under the tagline 'The Boat Is Full, Amigo.' Inside an improvised security cage, an older man behind Plexiglas shouted at me incomprehensibly while I waved my passport at him.... A half-dozen of my fellow citizens were seated behind their chewed-up desks, mumbling lowly into their äppäräti. There was an earplug lying slug-dead on an empty chair, and a ...
Tags: Law, America, United States, States, Leonard, Gary Shteyngart, Ann Althouse, Mellencamp, John Cougar Mellencamp, Lenny Abramov, Pink Houses Ai, American Restoration Authority, Jeffrey Otter, Lenny What

Monday round-up

This morning the Supreme Court begins its March sitting with two oral arguments. The first case is Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, an appeal by Republican legislators of a lower-court ruling that requires 11 state legislative districts to be redrawn to correct racial gerrymandering. Amy Howe had this blog’s preview, which was first published at Howe on the Court. Amanda Wong and Jared Ham preview the case at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, and Subscript Law has a g...
Tags: New York, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, America, Bloomberg, House, New York Times, Npr, Louisiana, North Carolina, Flowers, Smith, The Washington Post, Cornell

The fork in the road for social media and our society

The horror from Christchurch, New Zealand, that exploded across newspaper pages and television, computer and smartphone screens this weekend captured imaginations in ways that no one could possibly have imagined beforehand. The fact that one individual armed with a semi-automatic rifle could visit such an outrage upon people worshipping in a place of religion isn’t the worst of it, awful and distressing though this event is with at least 50 people shot dead and scores wounded, some in cr...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, UK, Technology, Social Networks, America, Social Media, Communication, Society, Blogging, Web, New Zealand, Reddit, Christchurch, Facebook Live, Online Media

Brief Comments On The Changes Coming to New Zealand Gun Laws

I don’t intend to comment generally on the shooting in New Zealand.  I’m sure enough has been said already, and besides, that isn’t what I wanted to focus on. Changes are coming to New Zealand guns laws.  Big ones, if you believe the PM.  She’s hell bent on doing it.  Apparently there is support among the general population (and read especially this comment thread), but on the other hand, New Zealand gun sales have increased since the Christchurch attack. David Codrea observes that the already r...
Tags: Australia, America, Military, New Zealand, Gun Control, Christchurch, David Codrea, New Zealand Gun Laws

Rounding up some commentary on Gov Newsom's formal halting of executions in California

Given that there were no executions in California during the second term of Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger or during the two terms of Gov Jerry Brown, I was not expecting to see California's execution chamber suddenly getting a lot of use once Gavin Newsom took over.  But, as reported here, just two months into office, Gov Newsom formalize matters by ordering an "executive moratorium ... in the forms of a reprieve for all people sentenced to death in California."  Here is a smattering of commentary a...
Tags: Law, California, US, America, San Francisco, Atlantic, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Times, Gavin Newsom, Newsom, Douglas A Berman, Mercury News Newsom, San Diego Union Tribune How Newsom, Forum Gov Newsom

"Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday..."

The NYT reports.The police said that four people, including three men and one woman, had been taken into custody....A 17-minute video posted to social media appears to show part of the attack. The clip, ... may have been taken from a helmet camera worn by a gunman.... “There wasn’t even time to aim, there was so many targets,” he says at one point...Before the shooting, someone appearing to be the gunman posted links to a white-nationalist manifesto on Twitter and 8chan, an online forum known fo...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Murder, Guns, Law, Australia, America, United States, Terrorism, New Zealand, Emojis, Second Amendment, Owens, Christchurch New Zealand, Ann Althouse, Unconvincing Arguments

What Good Can A Handgun Do Against An Army?

Recall when I said this? Do you suppose this would look like great land armies getting into formation at the edges of great fields of battle and marching towards each other?  What do you think such a messy civil war in America would look like?  Bubba would be wearing a Ghillie suit, shooting a bolt action rifle, or a modern sporting rifle, and after the shot you will never hear from him again – until the next one.  And you’ll never catch him.  Police will have to decide what side to take, and if...
Tags: Washington, America, Afghanistan, Military, Venezuela, Second Amendment, National Guard, Bubba, Red Dawn, Maturin, Mike Vanderboegh, Texas Air National Guard, Handgun Do Against An Army

Do Adjacent Organic Search Results Constitute Trademark Infringement? Of Course Not…But…–America CAN! v. CDF

One of the screenshots from the complaint A charitable fundraising organization, America CAN!, has a registered trademark in the phrase “Write off the car, not the Kid.” The organization purports to help the education of high risk youths, and it claims that “100% of the net proceeds go to the kids.” So the “kid” in the trademarked phrase appears to refer to disadvantaged youths, not tax writeoffs for being a parent. As a parent, the pun didn’t work for me. The lawsuit relates to Make-a-Wish Nor...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Yahoo, Law, California, Marketing, America, Search Engines, Trademark, BPI, Ftc, Weber, Florida Bar, Cooper, Abraham

Wednesday round-up

At The George Washington Law Review’s On the Docket blog, Ralph Steinhardt discusses Jam v. International Finance Corporation, in which the court held that international organizations have the same immunity from lawsuits that foreign countries currently have and can therefore be sued in U.S. courts for their commercial activities, suggesting that the case “may be understood as a continuation of the effort to hold intergovernmental organizations accountable for violations of international law, wi...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, New York City, America, New York Times, American Legion, Round-up, Lyle Denniston, International Finance Corporation, Jam, Adam Feldman, Department of Commerce, Brunetti, Bladensburg, Goldstein Russell

The unreliable count of hate crimes

Laws on hate crimes raise longstanding questions of fairness both in theory and practice, including (when enacted at the federal level) dangers of overextension of federal criminal law and inroads on the prohibition against double jeopardy. The role of hate crimes as culture war rallying points can make things worse. In the Jussie Smollett episode, journalists came under fire for raising questions about unlikely elements of the actor’s story — Smollett had been “doubly victimized as the subject...
Tags: Law, Oregon, Uncategorized, America, Fbi, Hate Crimes, Jussie Smollett, Calif, Eugene, Smollett, WO writings, Sen Kamala Harris

The Real Immigration Problem

ICE had to simply drop off newly minted immigrants to a bus stop. Immigration officials dropped off about 50 more undocumented migrants, mostly from Central America, Friday morning at a Greyhound bus station near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where they were left to fend for themselves as overwhelmed volunteers sought help for them. [ … ] Since Dec. 21, according to the data, ICE has released 84,500 migrant family members. Of that, 14,500 have been released in the Phoenix area, 37,50...
Tags: Apple, Texas, White House, Immigration, America, Walmart, Military, United States, Tim Cook, San Diego, Wall Street Journal, Central America, Lindsey Graham, Trump, El Paso, Phoenix

Milwaukee and socialism.

WI GOP exec director: "No city in America has stronger ties to socialism than Milwaukee ... And with the rise of Bernie Sanders and the embrace of socialism by its newest leaders, the American left has come full circle. It’s only fitting the Democrats would come to Milwaukee.” — Molly Beck (@MollyBeck) March 11, 2019 From the Wikipedia article on Milwaukee:During the first sixty years of the 20th century, Milwaukee was the major city in which the Socialist Party of America earned the highest ...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Milwaukee, America, Gop, Socialism, Wisconsin, Progressive, Bernie Sanders, Socialist Party, Ann Althouse, Socialist Party of America, Molly Beck, Emil Seidel, Democrat cats in Wisconsin, Daniel Hoan

I'm reading "Tucker Carlson unapologetic over ‘misogynistic’ comments on statutory rape, insults against women."

In WaPo.Carlson was widely criticized on Sunday following a report from the nonprofit Media Matters for America that compiled and transcribed more than a dozen instances of the host appearing on the “Bubba the Love Sponge Show,” a popular radio program broadcast from Tampa [recorded between 2006 and 2011]...On at least two separate occasions, Carlson voiced opinions on underage marriage and Warren Jeffs, the former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who is c...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, America, Journalism, Howard Stern, Vox, Tampa, Apologies, Tucker Carlson, Media Matters, SJW, Carlson, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Warren Jeffs, Jeffs

Is Trump’s assault on international law working?

For centuries, international law has functioned as an instrument of nation-states working in concert, acting out of a sense of legal obligation. Since World War II, this combination of state practice driven by legal obligation—in the form of both treaties and customary international law—has served as a prime mechanism for shaping and addressing complex global responses to pressing planetary challenges.  In practice, international law has helped to construct a system—exemplified by the United Nat...
Tags: Books, Featured, Human Rights, Leadership, Law, China, Russia, Immigration, America, European Union, Austria, United States, George Orwell, Nato, United Nations, Venezuela

Trump Wants $8.6 Billion for Worthless Wall

Donald Trump is asking Congress to pass his budget bill includes $8.6 billion to help pay for his worthless wall. I do not want a wall. We do not need a wall. Mexico will not pay for a wall. America will not see a dime from El Chapo. Instead,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Congress, Mexico, America, Donald Trump, Trump Wants

Mixing up the clichés at the NYT: "Will Trump Trade the Future for a Hill of Beans?"

That's the headline for a piece by The Editorial Board, with the subtitle "The outlines of a potential trade deal with China suggest President Trump once again is prioritizing superficial gains over America’s long-term economic interests."The bean cliché never comes up in the text of the column, though actual beans — soybeans — are part of the discussion, which created the temptation to use a bean cliché in the headline.His decision to go it alone, rather than making common cause with longstandi...
Tags: Law, China, Fiction, America, Metaphor, United States, Commerce, Nyt, Jack, Humphrey Bogart, Trump, Hotten, Editorial Board, Ann Althouse, Trump and foreign policy, Trump economics

"Alex Trebek announced a few days ago that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and that he plans to keep working as he fights the disease."

"Let me be clear: This is not an elegy. I hope Alex will be hosting 'Jeopardy!' for a long time to come. It’s impossible to even imagine the show with anyone else. But he’s been doing one job so long, and so well, that I think we sometimes take him for granted. Let’s make sure that we appreciate the man as long as we have him. 'Jeopardy!' contestants are, by strict policy and even the weight of federal law, kept far away from anyone who actually runs the game. Apart from what home viewers see on...
Tags: Law, America, Jeopardy, Alex, Alex Trebek, Perry Ellis, Meade, Ken Jennings, Ann Althouse, Althouse + Meade, Alex He, Art Fleming, Alex Trebek Meade

Symposium: The “intensely factual” question of physicians’ admitting privileges

Robin Fretwell Wilson is the Roger & Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and Director of the Epstein Health Law & Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law. Last month I lost someone close to me after an infection that began as double pneumonia ravaged her body. In the space of a day, a mother of nine in the prime of her life slipped away. It was so improbable. So permanent. And if that loss was not tragedy enough, the husband she left behind contracted MRSA, an antibiotic-resista...
Tags: Health, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Cdc, America, Catholic, Louisiana, DOE, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, U S Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh, Hellerstedt, 5th Circuit, Louisiana Texas

Forced to Work or Forced to Pay Over and Over Again Until Perpetuity?

While the major news media hastily assessed the repercussions of last week’s sudden conclusion of the second Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, what has been transpiring for the past several months at the highest court in South Korea may also deserve much attention and commentary. Since October of 2018, the Supreme Court in Seoul has ruled several times in favor of the Korean plaintiffs who were “forced to work” in various industrial expansion endeavors during Japan’s Annexation period, ...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Featured, Supreme Court, China, US, America, Unesco, Military, United States, Seoul, Nagasaki, Hanoi Vietnam, ODA, Republic of Korea, Nippon Steel

New Mexico Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce Universal Background Checks

News from New Mexico: ALBUQUERQUE – A bill to expand background checks on private gun sales in New Mexico that’s awaiting the governor’s promised signature is presenting a key question for law enforcement as it heads for her desk: How do they expect to enforce it? Debate over the bill exposed a rift in the state over gun rights before it won final approval in the Legislature this week and was sent to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has described it as common-sense reform. A large majority of s...
Tags: America, Military, Gun Control, New Mexico, Albuquerque, Don, Legislature, University of New Mexico, Dona Ana County, Santa Fe County, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Cibola County, Joshua Kastenberg, Tony Mace, New Mexico Gun Laws, Adan Mendoza

Women in law: a legal timeline

In celebration of International Women’s Day, explore our interactive timeline detailing women’s legal landmarks throughout history. Covering from 1835, when married women’s property laws began to be reformed in America, through to future considerations on how the English judiciary system can continue to improve diversity, delve into the key milestones of women’s legal history. In addition, discover the global female pioneers of the legal profession, such as Arabella Mansfield, who was the first ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Law, America, Canada, Feminism, Multimedia, International Women's Day, Timeline, Oxford University Press, Women's History Month, Timelines, Arabella Mansfield, Women in History, Oxford Public International Law, Clara Brett Martin

"Do we want a livid warrior or a happy one? Someone eager to name and shame enemies, the way Donald Trump does, or someone with a less Manichaean outlook?"

"Someone poised to reciprocate Trump’s nastiness or someone incapable of it? I’m not entirely sure which type is more likely to defeat him. But I know which gives us a better chance at healing America — if that’s even possible — and moving us past a juncture of crippling animosity. It’s the type that Hickenlooper represents and maybe even exemplifies.... Optimism, warmth and joy matter. They propelled Ronald Reagan to the presidency. I think they’re even a small part of the Alexandria Ocasio-Cor...
Tags: Law, Senate, Happiness, Elizabeth Warren, America, Reagan, Ronald Reagan, John Kerry, Johnson, Rhetoric, Kerry, Smith, Donald Trump, Fdr, George W Bush, Kamala Harris

Wednesday round-up

At The Daily Caller, Kevin Daley reports that “Christian baker Jack Phillips and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission … have resolved a legal dispute that set Phillips’ religious beliefs against the state’s public accommodations law”; the settlement “provides that the Commission will close an ongoing anti-discrimination probe of Phillips’s Masterpiece Cakeshop,” the subject of a high-profile Supreme Court case last term, “if Phillips withdraws a federal lawsuit alleging state officials were subj...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, America, United States, New Jersey, Commission, North Carolina, Chevron, Economist, American Legion, Round-up, Copyright Office, Mark Joseph Stern, Phillips, International Finance Corporation

The surprising lives of Myanmar's logging elephants

Myanmar's logging industry has a very particular kind of employee: elephants.While many captive elephants are subjected to horrible treatment, Myanmar's logging elephants live twice as long as elephants kept in zoos and are "semi-captive".While they are treated exceptionally well for captive elephants, are logging elephants truly treated humanely? None There's something unique about the logging industry in Myanmar. After a logger fells, say, one of the country's numerous and valuable teak trees,...
Tags: Work, Asia, Africa, America, Society, Thailand, Innovation, Violence, Myanmar, State

"I'm way past 50, and was dissatisfied with my tiny circle of 'friends.' They were angry, miserable people, who..."

"... due to our vicious political climate, couldn't have a discussion about anything else. It was exhausting to be with them. The answer? I went back to school. I'm now in my second semester at a four year college, working towards a BA in American Studies.... Thankfully, the students have accepted me as one of their own, and I have new friends and activities to keep me motivated. I also bought into the 'meal plan,' so I hardly even have to cook anymore. I show up, swipe my card, and have a great...
Tags: Education, Law, Relationships, Aging, America, Introverts, WaPo, Confucius, Ann Althouse, Carolyn Hax

Gun Control In Portugal Serves As A Beacon Of Warning For Gun Owners In America Portugal has the most restrictive gun laws in all of Europe, apart from the UK. But in several aspects, Portuguese weapons law is more severe and extremely perverse because it has a lot of dubious subjective prohibitions. Therefore, our law is – by far – the worst I know in any democratic country. I believe it violates Constitutional Rights and the basic structure of our legal system that is constructed around the principles of the Portuguese Republic Constitution. The Portuguese ...
Tags: Europe, Japan, UK, America, Eu, Military, Portugal, Marine Corps, Gun Control, Vietnam, Sako, Vitor, Fudds, Carlos Hathcock, EU gun ban, Portuguese Parliament

Monday round-up

Steven Mazie reports at The Economist that the oral argument last week in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, an establishment clause challenge to a World War I memorial shaped like a cross on public property, “added credence to the widespread hunch that the Supreme Court will save the Peace Cross[:] The question is how bold the justices will be.” At his eponymous blog, Ed Mannino notes that several justices expressed disapproval of “the highly-criticized three-part test set fo...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, America, West Virginia, Cnn, Npr, Lemon, American Legion, Round-up, John Roberts, The Supreme Court, Roberts, International Finance Corporation, Nina Totenberg, Jam

Permitless Carry In Kentucky

News from Kentucky: The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed a permitless conceal carry bill. Senate Bill 150, backed by the National Rifle Association, will now head to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk after a 60-37 vote in the House. It allows Kentuckians 21 and older who can lawfully possess a firearm to be able to conceal it without a permit. Gov. Bevin said Friday afternoon to Gray TV that he would sign the bill. “It doesn’t break new ground. It simply says that people do indeed have the ...
Tags: Kentucky, Senate, America, Military, House, Gun Control, Bill, Matt Bevin, National Rifle Association, Bevin, Kentucky House of Representatives, Kentucky Kentucky, Gray TV, Kentucky Gun Laws, Kentucky Open Carry, Gov Bevin

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