Congrats to the folks at The FIRE for a significant First Amendment victory in federal court in San Francisco. As discussed here,, they assisted with a case brought by the San Francisco State University college Republicans, who had been brought up on various school charges for the sin of stomping on mock Hamas and Hezbollah […]
The time has come to update our intel on the SCOTUS Humor Quotient rankings: A lot has happened at the Court since the study was published. Chief Justice Rehnquist passed away. Justice O’Connor retired. John Roberts became the new Chief, and Samuel Alito was confirmed as the newest Associate Justice. The Justices also accepted seven-percent […]
I'm ridiculously fortunate in many ways. I won't bore you with my gratitude for my family or friends or job or material circumstances. Today I want to mention that I am thankful for people who stood of for rights that I now enjoy.
There was a time where an amateur writer's sin of pride (not to mention his fatuity of thinking anyone wanted to read what he had to say) was by necessity personal and local, limited to noisy typewriters and ink-stained journals and obsolete word processors. Now technology makes this self-indulgence nearly effortlessly global. It's not that […]
Behold Google Recipe Search. Hat tip to TJICistan.
Poll: Which is scarier? (A) Needles (2 votes) (B) Having your wrist snapped because this one fat cop is sitting on it while another cop is trying to handcuff you so they can drain your blood (0 votes) Judge Coburn: Needles. I HATE needles! (See Judge Coburn's profile) (Send a private message to Judge Coburn) […]
Wondering how, given the First Amendment, Fred Phelps and his merry band of hatebags can be hit with a huge compensatory and punitive damages verdict? Read Eugene Volokh's thoughtful, detailed, and make-you-feel-inadequate-as-a-lawyer analysis. The link has all the posts in the order posted. It's fascinating.
But I'd never heard of Felony Littering until today. (With apologies to everyone out there who thinks that "Felonious Monk" is a cool messageboard handle. All three hundred of you.)
From our friend and colleague Eightball, the redoubtable Dentist/Lawyer/Professional Student/Next Probably Some Sort of Accountant or Possibly Chemical Engineer, I learned of a thing of beauty — the first time I have seen a United States Court of Appeals discuss the meaning of the term "ho." Murphy was the case. To be more specific, United […]