Current Affairs


Whereas, South Florida Should Become the 51st State

That's the view of the City of South Miami, at least, or to be more specific it's the view of three of its five commissioners. By a 3-2 vote, the city commission has, for the second time, passed a resolution…


Mom Calls C-SPAN Show to Tell Her Sons to Get Along

Connection to the law: tenuous.  But too good not to mention. The set-up: two brothers, one Republican, one Democrat, were on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" show yesterday, talking (and of course arguing) about bipartisanship. This show allows people to call in…


Ferguson Grand Jury Evidence (WARNING: NON-COMEDIC POST)

Not that the outcome isn't a real hoot, but this is really just to provide a couple of links for those who are interested. First, this New York Times page has all the grand jury evidence in one place, including testimony,…



CIA Admits It Spied on Senate Investigation of CIA

Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), Mar. 11, 2014: [I have] grave concerns that the CIA's search [of Senate computers] … may have undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities…


Government Bravely Prosecutes Nun for Embarrassing It

On January 28, unexpected snow postponed the sentencing of 83-year-old Sister Megan Rice and two fellow activists in Knoxville, Tennessee. They face up to 30 years in prison for "willfully damaging federal property" (which they did) and "sabotaging national defense material" (which…



If They Violate Your Privacy in the Woods, Do You Make a Sound?

Not if you don't know about it, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, who, incredibly, is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Mike Masnick writes at techdirt about an amazing exchange between Rogers and Prof. Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at…


Judge: “Tell Congress to Go to Hell”

This is one of those judges who's appointed for life, but my guess is he'd say what he wants to say regardless. On his blog Hercules and the Umpire, U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf (D. Neb.) explained a couple of weeks…