A federal court has, alas, upheld a Mississippi law that bars the vending of rubber dongs and other similar fun gadgets. I'm not sure about the grounds for the decision—the appeals court essentially issued a one-paragraph decision saying that the district court got it right, and I haven't been able to track down that opinion. But it is puzzling to me how this squares with Griswold v. Connecticut, the (ahem) seminal right-to-privacy case that struck down a ban on contraception as invading a private space protected by "penumbras, formed by emanations" from (among others) the First, Fourth, and Ninth Amendments. I'm genuinely curious: If there's a right to sexual privacy strong enough that the state can't prevent you from buying condoms, or from sleeping with someone of the same sex, why doesn't the same right guarantee your freedom to pick up a Rabbit at Toys in Babeland? And, equally important, if you use an Internet-enabled vibrator on a partner living across the country, does that somehow count as interstate commerce? (HT: Boing Boing)
Paul Krugman Thinks Holding Religious Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Like 'Dumping Neurotoxins Into Public Reservoirs'
The New York Times columnist misconstrues the issues at stake in the challenge to New York's restrictions on houses of worship.
SCOTUS Blocks New York's COVID-19 Restrictions on Houses of Worship, Saying They Are Not 'Narrowly Tailored'
Gov. Andrew Cuomo described his policy as a "fear-driven response," cut by a "hatchet" rather than a "scalpel."
Penguin Random House Employees Broke Down in Tears at Thought of Publishing Jordan Peterson's Next Book
"He is an icon of hate speech and transphobia."
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Urged People Not To Travel for Thanksgiving Shortly Before Boarding His Flight
The mayor is traveling to Mississippi to spend the holiday with his wife and daughter.