Kennedy Will Be Gay Marriage Swing Vote, New Dragon Ball Series Expected, Picking Up the Pieces in Baltimore: P.M. Links

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    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the important Obergefell v. Hodges gay marriage case today. Justice Anthony Kennedy is likely to cast the deciding vote for a divided court.

  • Toei Animation announced a new Dragon Ball series after a 20-year hiatus.
  • The governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency in Baltimore and issues a curfew in response to the riots. The National Guard has also been deployed.
  • President Obama asked Americans to do some "soul searching."
  • The delayed Orioles-White Sox game will happen on Wednesday.
  • An unlikely critic of John Oliver's anti-sweatshops rant.
  • The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education addresses Paul Nungesser's lawsuit against Columbia University.
  • Cleveland public school teachers fight a proposed dress code… for teachers.

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  1. The delayed Orioles-White Sox game will happen on Wednesday.

    If they wanted to show an empty stadium why not just have the Rays play the Indians?

    1. Hello.

      Soul searching?

      What’s that?

      1. I think it’s like Kung Fu fighting.

        1. Those cats were fast as lightning.

    2. You clearly didn’t see how empty the White Sox-Royals series at US Cellular was.

      1. Oh, so YOU were the other person there

      2. It was brilliant to build a ballpark right in the middle of one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the USA (even though that’s where the old one was). It puzzles me why anyone would go to a night game there, even day games seem pretty sketchy.

        1. Urban Renewal!!!

        2. When Alex Gordon dove into the fans to catch that foul ball, I was fairly certain he was going to get shanked and murdered.

          In all seriousness though, I can’t wait for the Sox and Orioles to finally play. I added Ubaldo Jimenez two days ago looking for a spot start in my fantasy league and now I have to keep him on my team for a couple of days.

  2. Cleveland public school teachers fight a proposed dress code… for teachers.

    Uniforms!

    1. Clothing is not optional.

      1. Hey! Teacher! Leave your clothes alone!

        1. +1 brick

        2. Now I have to put in the new Pink Floyd album.

          1. I like it, I’ve listened to it several times since it came out (I know, liking Pink Floyd makes me uncool around here).

            1. Well, that makes two of us that are uncool.

              1. And my axe!

                I mean, uh, me three.

            2. Make that four.

            3. It does? Well shine on, you crazy loser.

            4. You’re welcome to like them. I had a friend who played Pink Floyd or Grateful Dead for three years straight in college. Other than Piper at the Gates of Dawn, I really can’t listen to anything by either group and enjoy it. I mean, Pink Floyd isn’t The Eagles, but I can’t listen and enjoy.

            5. Huh, my understanding was that you like pretty much anyone EXCEPT Springsteen, Dylan, and The Eagles.

    2. I think I’ve seen this video…

      1. Happy ending?

        1. Massage teachers?

        2. That’s the one.

      2. Was she in a library?

      3. There seems to be a whole lot of them on the toobz…

        “Are you gonna paddle me now, Ms. Daniels?”

    3. You know who else liked to wear cool uniforms?

      1. Sassanid cataphracts?

        1. Parthians got you beat, bro.

          1. I think you’ll find the historical record say quite the opposite.

            *sits back smugly, tilts contos at a rakish angle*

            1. Historical record? I’m talking about my Rome: Total War campaign!

      2. Michael Jackson?

      3. Elie Wiesel?

        /ducking

        1. That’s quite the gasser there, Ted.

        1. Was that an attempt to blind the opposing team?

      4. New York Zouave Regiment?

        1. *applause*

          Any day I see “Zouave”, is a good day.

  3. An unlikely critic of John Oliver’s anti-sweatshops rant.

    That’s from before he became Krugtron the Invincible (his words, not mine).

    1. I thought it was Krugabe?

    2. I do enjoy it when Boudreaux gets on a rant. Muy entertainmente!

    3. Nah, that’s from Paul Krugman the Economist, not Paul Krugman the Political Pundit.

  4. The governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency in Baltimore and issues a curfew in response to the riots. The National Guard has also been deployed.

    Right-wing dog whistle words! Look who used them besides Ronald Reagan!

    1. I love that these assholes think they should be able to tell grown adults when they need to be indoors.

      1. What about “reporters” and cameramen, they gotta be inside too?

        1. No fly zone. For your safety.

        2. Good question. They have to be “out” to do their jobs, right?

          1. So do the cops and the firefighters and the paramedics. Since everyone will be inside obeying the law, I’m sure the city will save a bundle sending them all home for the evening.

  5. Toei Animation announced a new Dragon Ball series after a 20-year hiatus.

    Citation needed.

    1. 20-odd new episodes, featuring a total of 8 new frames of animation!

      And twice as much yelling as ever before!

    2. Reason knows their audience.

    3. What we really need is a sequel to the live action movie, because that was like the greatest EVAH!

    4. I don’t get it

    5. Also, ’20-year hiatus’?

  6. President Obama asked Americans to do some “soul searching.”

    Is “soul” supposed to be another dog whistle word?

  7. Kennedy Will Be Gay Marriage Swing Vote

    Is she still gonna host her show during arguments?

    1. Is it an ‘argument’ when no one can get a word in edgewise?

  8. President Obama asked Americans to do some “soul searching.”

    Let him know what you figure out. He’ll be on the back nine.

    1. Read about it in the paper?

    2. I presume he is still searching. I mean, it doesn’t look like he’s found his, yet.

  9. Kennedy is likely to cast the deciding vote for a divided court.

    How many times did she interrupt the oral arguments?

  10. President Obama asked Americans to do some “soul searching.”

    Do selfie sticks have that feature now? I assume that’s why he’s recommending it.

  11. Adolescent binge drinking has a lasting effect on the brain. Well, that explains a lot…

    http://www.latimes.com/science…..story.html

    1. That’s why pot is better than alcohol. Or maybe not.

      1. You couldn’t have convinced me at the time I was wrong about hitting it all hard from 16 on. Now? Brain chemistry is a bitch.

    2. Of course it does. I figured out that I could get laid.

      1. Good point. To hell with your “memory issues,” science!

  12. SUPER SAIYAN LEVELS 5–10 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRHHHHHHHHHHHH

    1. Goku sneezes and destroys the universe.

      1. Google image search super saiyan 6 and the recommended searches are crazy. Fan art of super saiyan 100000000000000000000000 (they just started hitting zeros) with an absurd amount of colored hair.

        Goku is Samson.

        1. My understanding is that within the series’ cotinuity, he has literally become a god and killed most of the most powerful beings in the entire universe. How the hell are you supposed to *escalate* from that?

          1. series’ cotinuity

            lol what?

          2. If he’s god, he can resurrect them as more powerful versions?

            Or maybe he can fight Jesus and Santa Claus?

          3. Soo.. It was the precursor to every Urban Fantasy series?

  13. Toei Animation announced a new Dragon Ball series after a 20-year hiatus.

    My caring level is nowhere near nine thousand.

    1. My stepkid will uncritically watch any dumb anime show out there, but even she draws the line at Dragonballz. “I’m just not into it. Nothing ever HAPPENS.”

      1. It’s a good development as long as it generates more interest for the Dragonball Z Abridged guys.

        1. I just hope the new series generates enough interest for the American publisher to republish the original manga/graphic novel again for the N-th time, but finally uncensored hopefully:
          http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BLP……png:large

      2. Can I introduce your stepkid to some vintage first gen Pokemon? Good for the soul.

        1. My brother and I watched the shit out of that in high school, only half ironically.

      3. It was a really overrated show, and the voice acting was spotty, especially in the immensely overrated Ocean Dub.

  14. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the important Obergefell v. Hodges gay marriage case today.

    Prediction: They outlaw marriage licensing!

    1. Haha. And after that, they riot and burn down the Hoover building!

    2. That would be great. Right after that, they change to white robes with purple fringes and announce the restoration of the constitutional republic.

        1. And they free doves and dance naked among the people in celebration.

    3. Prediction: Gay Marriage because Commerce Clause. Indiana, Connecticut, Apple, ACA, FYTW.

      1. Prediction: Gay Marriage because Commerce Clause. Indiana, Connecticut, Apple, ACA, FYTW.

        Agreed. At least this will give John Roberts an opportunity to invent a word never before spoken in the English language. He is a Chief Justice and Shakespeare at the same time!

        1. Gaynaltax?

          1. Penitax

        2. Commerce Clause. Indiana, Connecticut, Apple, ACA

          I freely admit that my prose is not up to Chief Justice’s muster.

  15. Toei Animation announced a new Dragon Ball series after a 20-year hiatus.

    Will Speed Racer finally learn the identity of Racer X on his quest to catch them all?

  16. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education addresses Paul Nungesser’s lawsuit against Columbia University.

    Taking a cue from the mattress girl, all taxpayers should walk around with a giant celestial sphere to represent the daily violations we are subjected to by the government. That would real art, and the violations in question would be indisputable.

    1. That would real art, and the violations in question would be indisputable.

      It would certainly be fun watching the media deny it.

  17. The fucking Peter Principle is killing me today. One more hour til beer thirty. I really need to work for myself. I don’t do bosses well

    1. Flask.

      1. I’m on a construction site in a working natural gas plant. They frown on even having it in your truck.

        1. I can’t even have a drawer bottle as a lawyer in the home office of a construction company. Fireable offense. I feel some of your pain, Brett.

          1. America has really gone downhill.

            1. Don Draper has a sad.

              1. +1 old fashioned.

        2. I guess you have to bring it already in your bloodstream.

  18. Toei Animation announced a new Dragon Ball series after a 20-year hiatus.

    No. Just no. The series should have ended with the Cell saga.

    1. It didn’t? Oh there was that bubblegum guy.

      1. Please don’t mention that.

  19. The president says the deeper problem is a lack of educational opportunities for some children

    *** glares at Arne Duncan ***

    1. The president says the deeper problem is a lack of educational opportunities for some children.

      Glares at government schools and teachers’ unions.

      1. Yes, but did he narrow his eyes?

        1. Ugh!

          Not narrowing your eyes while glaring = Patriarchal Male Gaze!!

          1. If you don’t narrow your eyes it’s way too easy to have your glare confused with a Daniel Day Lewis power stare, a la Last of the Mohicans.

            Not that I wouldn’t get a laugh out of Obama marching across the west lawn, grabbing Madeline Stowe – I mean Arne Duncan – by the hand and giving him a good rogering.

      2. Non sequitur.

        No one lacks educational opportunities. Dumb kids remain dumb, and nothing can be done about it. Government schools don’t help, but since nothing would help, it’s a wash.

        1. This is obviously horseshit since kids perform much better once they are transferred to charter schools.

        2. Government schools create an expectation that it’s someone else’s responsibility to educate your children. That alone has serious consequences. Never mind all the money that gets stolen and wasted to fund them.

  20. An unlikely critic of John Oliver’s anti-sweatshops rant.

    Seems likely enough.

  21. http://dailycaller.com/2015/04…..ore-riots/

    Leftists are so stupid it physically hurts me.

    “Seeing many, many folks Tweet a variant of ‘whites don’t riot.’ Serious question: Does this qualify? https://oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org

    Oklahoma City bombing was apparently a riot.

    “Tragic. All the hard work this check cashing company did gouging, cheating, and screwing over the community, gone. ”

    Yeah, fuck local business that provide services!

    1. @Salon
      Burning police cars and destroying private property is a legitimate political strategy http://slnm.us/2UNj9St

      Pssh, you’re not fooling me, that’s from that Salon parody Twitter account.

      *clicks*

      …I need a drink.

      1. You know what’s funny about that? Salon doesn’t believe it. no one in the DemOp media believes that. They say it from time to time, then forget it.

      2. Comment: “Yup. Or holding up traffic. Anything that disrupts privileged life is a tactic that must be condemned. We hear your plight, oh brothers and sisters… we just don’t want to be inconvenienced by it.”

        That’s fucking right asshole.

        1. I like that these stupid motherfuckers think *white people* are the primary victims of this race riot.

          White people aren’t having their stores burned down in the Baltimore ghetto.

          1. You seem to not have realized yet the addictive power of smugness (maybe call it “smuggery”?) to these people. The high they get from being obscenely smug over something completely incorrect is so great that nothing else matters.

            Smug addictions would be deadly if stupidity was as lethal as it should be.

          2. There may be some “white” corporate-owned retail stores, like CVS, that opened there for a variety of reasons. But you can bet that there weren’t many white people who lost their jobs when the stores were looted, wrecked, and burnt down.

      3. Why is the director of “The Purge” not in prison right now?

    2. Fuck that. Just show the hockey riots. White people do riot. But only after their team wins.

      1. Don’t forget the bro trash at the US Open.

        1. An entire stop sign got taken down!!1

          1. CHAOS IN NORMALLY CLASSY HUNTINGTON BEACH!

            1. Milton Bradley is responsible for more than 50% of the police calls in Huntington Beach history.

      2. But it is Canadians who do that. Canadians aren’t white white people.

        1. Couches burning in the steeets in aeveral college towns. Anti-globalizaton “anarchists”. Take your pick.

          1. Dirty hippies are not human beings.

            1. Not hippies, Mountaineers.

              1. Still… not human.

        2. Vancouverites and Montrealers riot win or lose for hockey.

          1. Only if there was shred of hope! Last two years, I think amount of alcohol required to get a Canuck fan to riot was over the poisoning threshold.

      3. I know. There are shitloads of white person riots, so it’s amazing that Glenn Thrush bizarrely went with the OK bombing.

      4. I was in two ‘white people riots’ in my college days. Well, one “melee” and one “widespread unrest” where stores were looted, cars were set afire, public property was destroyed, and people were dispersed with tear gas…

        Basketball in Indiana.

        1. I *really* don’t understand the white people sports riot.

          1. “White people riot like *this.* And black people riot like *this.*”

            1. “Its funny because its true”

          2. I *really* don’t understand the white people sports riot.

            Considering the larger/more destructive of the two was the Purdue Men’s team second(ish) round loss to Gonzaga… I don’t think there is much to understand.

            My best guess from observation was a pent up energy combined with a need to drink publicly and burn stuff. Which wasn’t entirely foreign to me at that age but seemed… tween-ish.

      5. Canucks fans would disagree.

      6. Soccer hooligans

    3. “Maybe now they can put in an organic kale co-op!”

  22. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the important Obergefell v. Hodges gay marriage case today.

    Tomorrow, the anal arguments.

    *** ducks ***

      1. Sounds like you’re not using enough lube, Slammer.

  23. Toei Animation announced a new Dragon Ball series after a 20-year hiatus.

    DRACARYS!

  24. Hey Everybody! I’m in the fucking ZONE!!!!!!!111

    Proposals to fund education, economic development and other initiatives in north Minneapolis will receive extra priority from the federal government under a “Promise Zone” designation awarded Tuesday.

    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the announcement at the Northside Achievement Zone along the commercial spine of the North Side. Obama administration officials made expected to make similar announcements in seven other communities Tuesday.

    “This is not a gift, its an investment,” Duncan told the packed room, saying the goal was to eliminate the “opportunity gap” in the area.

    The precise impact of the designation remains to be seen, since unlike past “Zone” programs it is not tied to a specific pot of money. The “Empowerment Zone” of the 2000s, for example, awarded the city nearly $30 million.

    The city’s application for the designation provoked strong emotions last year from some on the City Council, who were wary that it would merely create an added layer of bureaucracy.

    http://www.startribune.com/loc…..45821.html

    1. “Promise Zone.” Is this like (and just as meaningless as) a “promise ring?”

      1. No, even less meaningless.

        1. Less meaningful?

          1. What Raven said.

          2. More meaningless!

            1. Dammit Bob! How could I compete with a machine?!

              1. Less Filling!

                Tastes like caca!

          3. More meaningless.

    2. Wow, that didn’t take long.

  25. Reports coming in that Bernie Sanders will be tossing his fair trade, communal hat into the ring.

    Will Queen Hillary deign herself and debate him? Probably not.

    1. The “debates” between Hillary and O’Malley are going to be *awesome*.

      1. Looks like De Blasio may make a run now. Imagine that three way debate.

        De Blasio; because sometimes only full retard will do.

        1. Please never use the term “three way” in any sentence that references Hillary as a participant.

        2. Two full blown Commies? Even the Dema won’t stand for that.

          1. I think Deblasio is even more commie than Sanders. In fact, I’m sure of it.

            1. I mentioned this a few weeks ago but a college in my general neck of the woods had DeBlasio give a guest lecture a few weeks ago as part of their “Integrity in Public Leadership” series.

            2. They’re both commies. De Blasio is the Stalinist while Sanders is the Troskyite.

          2. No, they won’t. The DemOp media wants Hillary, so they’ll do unto her what they did to Howard Dean. They’re ‘dream candidates’ to be sure, speaking truth to power blah blah, but we need someone with real world experience… who can appeal to a broader America.

        3. I look forward to negative ads questioning De Blasio’s empathy for trying to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC.

        4. Good Lord. Guaranteed laugh riot a minute.

        5. Welp, since it doesn’t affect me, I can kick back, watch the…debates… and laugh myself stupid! I can even try the NDP bingo game (which candidate hits the socialist boilerplate first).

      2. “The “debates” between Hillary and O’Malley are going to be *awesome*.”

        “Well, I just want to say, that is really a great point, Secretary Clinton, and might I add – you look marvelous. I must confess you make a compelling case and I find myself increasingly seeing things from your point of view.”

    2. Reports coming in that Bernie Sanders will be tossing his fair trade, communal hat into the ring.

      Fair trade, communal hat, …

      … made out of organic cotton grown by living wage unionized agricultural workers and woven into fabric using electricity from government-subsidized wind turbines.

      1. And sold by people making $15/hour. It’s a $400 hat.

    3. Will Queen Hillary deign herself and to debate him?

      Sorry, bro, it’s kind of my thing.

      1. SHINE ON YOU CRAZY PEDANT!!!1111!!1

  26. Vatican and UN teaming up to launch “holy war on climate change skeptics”.

    Good thing environmentalism isn’t a religion or anything.

    1. Nobody expects the AGW Inquisition!

      1. After that article the other day where some prog was planning on pushing for more gun control laws based on the ‘voting of experts’, I’m foreseeing a bad new trend. Essentially, progs have seen how well their self-derived ‘consensus’ on AGW is now Absolute Scientific Fact and anyone who disagrees is a ‘denier’ or ‘anti-science’ on the level of creationists. So next, they will likely soon try to twist other favored opinions into scientific truth, via a popularity contest ‘vote’ of appropriate ‘experts’ that will support their goals. They’ve clearly already done it with second-hand smoke, including vaping. What will be next?

        I was overloaded with work yesterday so I don’t know if Chipotle’s decision to ban GMO food from restaurants because “there’s no consensus on GMO safety” was discussed around here. And yet, the science confirming GMO safety vastly exceeds that of AGW. But the ‘lack of consensus’ on this issue is apparently too risky for Chipotle. Keep pushing for global starvation, no reason to scientifically improve crops for the benefit of all, when it could be Frankenfood!

        Science is apparently only settled when it fits the narrative. But I’m afraid we may be in for a slew of politically-approved ‘settled scientific facts’ in the near future.

        1. Chipotle sucks. The science is settled

          1. I have never understood how a business which forces you to watch a series of lazy, ugly people put their hands all over your food managed to be successful. Seriously – my stomach churned watching 5 people with gloves throw a ‘burrito bowl’ together. It was watching the DMV make a sandwich.

          2. It does, but the reason they did this is because it’s easy to make your food with non-GMO food and they keep all the GMO ninnies as customers. It’s actually even more of a no-brainer (business-wise) than McDonalds stopping cooking their fries in beef tallow to cater to vegetarians. In the latter case it made the fries worse for the rest of us. With the former, it’ll still all taste the same.

        2. But the ‘lack of consensus’ on this issue is apparently too risky for Chipotle. Keep pushing for global starvation, no reason to scientifically improve crops for the benefit of all, when it could be Frankenfood!

          Again I say, meh.

          Chipotle isn’t feeding the world’s poor anyway. And if the rubes want to pay an extra dollar for a “GMO-Free” burrito and pretend that the extra dollar doesn’t end up in Monsanto’s pocket next to the one from McD’s I’d say Chipotle is free to oblige them.

          1. Agreed that they’re not feeding the world’s poor and this is just social signaling. But more to my point is, if Chipotle had come out with something saying that they didn’t feel there was a consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming, there would be nothing but that in the news today — how can these idiots not believe in Science, we need to boycott this company!

            But the company can issue a press release questioning the validity of the much-better-proven-than-AGW GMO science, and it’s either ignored or applauded.

            Again, principals, not principles.

    2. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but a Green Jihad seems like a secret Muslim plot.

    3. Holy war? You mean… like Jihad?

    4. Vatican and UN teaming up to launch “holy war on climate change skeptics”.

      For the non-theists who can’t tell the difference or don’t distinguish between Catholics and Protestants… Exhibit A.

    5. Do you have a link?

      1. Its on drudge report. Reason hates the link

        1. It’s a Reuters article – Drudge and WND printed parts of the article – WND used the “holy war” language and Drudge repeats WND, but Reuters doesn’t use the term.

          (Yahoo news)

          http://ow.ly/MfAO2

  27. Buzzfeed vs. Bud Light

    After complaints, Bud Light has apologized for a slogan that appeared on some bottles in line with their #UpForWhatever campaign: “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”

    The image was first posted on Reddit Monday night by user Ghosx9 and then picked up by the Consumerist. By Tuesday afternoon, it started to make waves on social media for the company’s apparent tone-deafness when it comes to the role alcohol plays in rape culture.

    1. That was real?!?

    2. Like that time I invited a girl over and slipped some Bud Light into her Fiji water. Then she was mine for the taking. Then I took photos of the rape and posted them in an art gallery where people could gather to appreciate the images. Our rape culture is a sophisticated one, so we will be serving wine and cheese while you absorb all that culture.

      1. I once dated a super hot girl who was basically a tramp. We went to a university dive where she proceeded to get wasted. Along the drive back to ‘you know where wink, win’ she axed me to stop the car so she could go piss – on the side of the road.

        I was rather flummoxed but I persevered and stayed the course.

        Then I went home.

        The end.

        If that happened today…

        1. So you are saying you are gay?

      2. “But officer, it’s an art project for school!! You can’t inhibit my free speech rights!!”

    3. But what on earth could get me to say anything other than “no” when offered a Bud Light?

      1. Does it come as a condition for having an orgy with the Swedish Bikini Team?

    4. Beer.

      Helping ugly people have sex be a part of rape culture for millenia.

    5. “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”

      They replaced it with “The perfect beer for removing your panties for the night.”

  28. Slapping with Yasser
    by Mark Steyn

    However, I confess that even I did not foresee that, amidst all the usual proceduralist bollocks of American jurisprudence, the entire anti-SLAPP law would be blown sky-high by Mahmoud Abbas’ son Yasser. I hasten to add that I mean that metaphorically. He’s a litigious type, after all. But that’s what Yasser Abbas and the genius jurists of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals (not the same as the DC Court of Appeals) have done. You can read the judges’ decision here, and Yasser’s lawyer’s view thereof here.

    1. For the first time since Anti-SLAPP Statutes have been enacted, a U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that one did not apply in federal court to a defamation defendant’s efforts to obtain a pre-answer dismissal of a complaint and the recovery of its attorney’s fees. In Abbas v. Foreign Policy Magazine, a case where we represented the plaintiff, Yasser Abbas, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit held that the D.C. Anti-SLAPP Statute’s special motion to dismiss procedure did not apply in federal court. The term SLAPP is an acronym for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. The question posed to the court was whether the D.C. Statute was in conflict with Federal Rules 12 and 56. The court stated that the D.C. statute “establishes the circumstances under which a court must dismiss a plaintiff’s claim before trial–namely, when the court concludes that the plaintiff does not have a likelihood of success on the merits.” Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12 and 56, however, “answer the same question” and they do so differently since they do not require a plaintiff to show a likelihood of success on the merits before any discovery. Relying on Justice Scalia’s plurality opinion in a case called Shady Grove, the D.C. Circuit Court held that Rules 12 and 56 (rather than the D.C. Anti-SLAPP Statute) govern in diversity cases in federal court unless Rules 12 and 56 violate the Rules Enabling Act.

      1. IANAL, but Ken White says Steyn is wrong on the legal question here as specifically regards his case:

        Linky

        1. I believe the letter L is supposed to be lowercase.

          1. Letter “I”. Doh.

        2. That’s fascinatingly arcane.

          If I understood Ken, the DC SLAPP has been neutered only for federal cases, but not for cases where the court is acting like a state court for DC.

          So Michael Mann, a resident of Pennsylvania (last I checked) is suing Mark Steyn a resident of NH in DC and it’s not a federal case…. It’s kind of hi-larious.

      2. unless Rules 12 and 56 violate the Rules Enabling Act.

        You know who else passed an Enabling Act?

        1. The Reichs…. no, I just can’t.

  29. President Obama asked Americans to do some “soul searching.”

    He should have said, “I’m not here to protect you from the consequences of your political misjudgements.”

  30. “President Obama asked Americans to do some “soul searching.””

    About certain political choices they made in 2008 and 2012?

  31. National Guard Called In To Baltimore

    “We have a mandate to ensure that Dave & Busters, and perhaps the Hard Rock Cafe, not fall into rioters control”, said the ground force commander. “We’re told that we can let the Aquarium go. It was suggested to us that many of the rioters probably do not know how to swim, and that they’d likely simply injure themselves.” Asked about the Rules for Use of Force, the Colonel clarified, “This isn’t Iraq, you know: we don’t have the UN on our backs here. All I can tell you is if they try any of that “Occupy Wall Street”-Drum-Circle shit, we’re breaking out the minigun.”

    1. Rioters don’t surf.

  32. Obama Nominates Head of Coast Guard to TSA

    “When it comes to managing organizations that do nearly nothing to protect our country*, there is no one better suited for the task”, said the President. “Plus, they hardly need to change uniforms.” He added, although no one got the joke.”

    *(caveat = yes, i know the USCG is probably more practical and useful on a regular basis than our other standing armed forces. the ball-busting, however, is obligatory)

    1. Obama is not a funny guy. He’s not there to amuse people or be a clown.

      But he thinks he is.

      1. Sadly, according to my Facebook feed, he’s the most hilarious person ever.

        How, Canada? How do you go from SCTV to THAT?

  33. All I can tell you is if they try any of that “Occupy Wall Street”-Drum-Circle shit, we’re breaking out the minigun.”
    .
    If
    only.

  34. Members of “Zany Bagel Throwers” Fraternity Drunkenly Fights With Disabled Veterans During Spring Break

    “The [military] group says the frat members were extremely drunk, and were urinating on flags, vomiting off of balconies and were verbally abusive while the two groups were at the Laketown Wharf Resort last weekend. The veterans were there for an annual retreat meant to honor their service, and the fraternity had a social function”

    Unfortunately, no video

    (*ZBT got its nickname for being the ‘token jewish fraternity’ at many Southern colleges. Up north, it is more diversified, AFAIK.)

    I have myself gone “full panhandle” during the end of April. For a 2 week period, its pretty much nothing but drunk kids for 50 miles or so between Destin and Panama. I had nothing except a pair of shorts and some bananas, and i somehow managed to survive for 10 days before being thrown in the back of a truck and driven home.

    1. * i guess its not ‘spring break’. i don’t even remember what that gap between ‘end of classes’ and ‘finals’ (if you had them) was called.

  35. Obama Ramps Up Timetable for Policy Failure

    Too many of our current initiatives have been ‘badly conceived’… but taken months, even years, to be revealed to be ‘monumental disasters’.

    I think this is insufficient – and we can do better as a Nation.

    From now on, our Policies should be failing *even before we implement them*. I’m not backing any plan unless we can show how its already failing.

    Which is why congress needs to approve my program to send more arms to ISIS, so that we can bomb them. And approve my deal lifting sanctions on Iran, as we increasingly move towards outright war with them.”

  36. Because it’s the National Guard’s (and Whole Foods’) fault that school was cancelled? Or that school is the one place “80%+ kids [get] their one stable meal?”

    http://twitchy.com/2015/04/28/…..baltimore/

    1. Jack Dean @Jacqueimo
      Here’s hoping @WholeFoods in Baltimore gets burnt to the ground tonight:
      12:27 PM – 28 Apr 2015

      1. Mask slippage, example #2,419,556.

    2. Or that school is the one place “80%+ kids [get] their one stable meal?”

      I see progressives continue to make up statistics with no basis in reality.

  37. Upgraded some crap today.

    Does anybody know how to prevent reason (or any sight) from resizing everything based on the width of my firefox window? It is really fucking annoying me.

    1. interesting question.

      this?

      http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/d…..n-firefox/

      From what i can tell, there’s no way to lock text size in firefox like you can in IE

      1. might finally switch to chrome. this is really pissing me off.

        I think what I want to do is disable css3 media queries. But that is just a guess.

        Server should not know how wide my browser is ever.

        1. I think what I want to do is disable css3 media queries. But that is just a guess.

          Server should not know how wide my browser is ever.

          Mmm…you seem to be confused about where CSS takes place. That said, the server totally can find out how wide your browser is using e.g. window.outerWidth and AJAX.

          In terms of your original question…at first I had no idea what you meant…then I made my window much more narrow…wow! I think the CSS on this site might be made by highly intelligent monkeys. I suppose you could do something with greasemonkey or take a look at layout.css.devPixelsPerPx under about:config. Both of those are going to require a fair amount of interweb know-how to make work though…kind of surprised there’s no (easy to find) add-on to do it. Also surprised that you’re having similar issues with sites other than Reason.

          1. After a quick look at the CSS here, the first winner was:

            @media screen and (max-width: 1028px) and (min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 374px) and (min-width: 321px) {

            though that was after only ~3 minutes.

          2. thanks man.

  38. “Toei Animation announced a new Dragon Ball series after a 20-year hiatus.”

    TIWTANLW

  39. This seems really important: China to promote yuan by relaxing investment scheme rules -sources

    http://www.reuters.com/article…..WT20150422

  40. Rand Paul continues to burn rubber away from Libertarians: discussing the Baltimore riots on radio, he failed to bring up the drug war, police reform, or any of the issues he’s brought up previously during such incidents. No, what’s the cause now?

    There are so many things we can talk about: the breakdown of the family structure, the lack of fathers, the lack of a moral code in our society

    1. And remarkably, he’s still 1000X a better candidate than Hillary Clinton.

    2. people aren’t sympathetic to thugs?

    3. Also, stormy = i’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s actually a presidential campaign underway? and during said periods, people called “Candidates”? generally talk a lot of bullshit attempting to appeal to new people to try and get them to vote for them. So, its actually possible you’d find a ‘libertarian’ candidate saying some ‘less than libertarian’ stuff.

      Its complicated, i know.

    4. the breakdown of the family structure, the lack of fathers

      Is anyone of this inaccurate? Are you done concern-trolling?

      1. Crime is down preciptously since the 70s, so it’s demonstrably false. It’s a baseless socon shibboleth.

        1. Since the late 1980s, Stormy. Most of the nation is on par with early/mid 70s-level violent crime stats.

          And i think you need to explain what “shibboleth” means to single parents in baltimore.

          1. Probably a better stat source for the latter point

        2. Did Paul say it was correlated with high crime rates? He’s not accountable for a claim he didn’t make.

  41. Huh when Kitty Striker said this about Charlie Hebdo: https://reason.com/blog/2015/01…..inst-murde

    I don’t think that shooting up the Charlie Hebdo office was ethically Right with a capital R, ok? But I do think it’s understandable.

    It was considered outrageous. Why is she different from ENB?

    1. *It was considered outrageous. Why is she different from ENB?*

      Also let us consider that a cop was killed and French Muslims have been rioting over Police behavior.

      1. Uh, even given the broadest interpretation of ENB’s remarks, I failed to see the part where she advocated for the people in Baltimore to pick up AKs and begin executing innocent people.

        1. ” I failed to see the part where she advocated for the people in Baltimore to pick up AKs and begin executing innocent people.”

          I failed to see part where anyone who disagreed with her “MY HEART BLEEDS FUR THE POORS” social-justice pandering was advocating for re-enslavement of all blacks.

          See how “reductio ad absurdum” works? Its such a handy tool.

          1. Gilmore, you think “I understand why they murdered those people” is comparable to what ENB said this morning? It wasn’t me that drew the analogy, it was Winston.

            1. “you think “I understand why they murdered those people” is comparable to what ENB said this morning? “

              I don’t think what ENB said this morning is “nearly that bad”.

              I think both comments spring from the same source, which is a need to “socially signal” the correct sympathies*.

              (*god, the ‘sympathy/empathy’ corrections were so painful we’re going to need trigger warnings now)

              Basically, our media-discourse is so tied up in the bullshit accusations of racism/sexism/islamophobia, and everyone is so terrified of potentially being on the wrong side of one of these topics that people trip over themselves desperately pandering to the frothing mob

              “I know rioting is wrong and all… but I *feels* their pain”

              I personally think its juvenile and a distraction from more substantive analysis.

              I think Winston has a legit point that we rightfully scolded the people who played that game with terrorists…. but give it a pass when it comes to criminal rioters.

              I think its just a waste. I think there’s a hell of lot of more productive things to point to – how, for instance, cities like Baltimore, Newark, Detroit, etc. remain absolute disasters of urban governance *in myriad ways*, not just ‘police misconduct’ – which all can be laid at the feet of progressive liberal ideas… who, as Papaya pointed out, seem to treat their policy failures like Medieval Medicine: “”“The patient weakens! Bring me more leeches!”

  42. Bali 9 executed overnight in Indonesia. (It’s 638am here in WA)

    http://m.smh.com.au/federal-po…..mvkor.html

    1. AM Links!

      Good morning.

      1. Top o the morning from the bottom side of the world.

        The Ozzy media have been flogging this story pretty heavily for the past 12 months, to a point where the constant updates on the appeals process for these guys took on a very morbid feel. It’s a bummer that they’re no longer with us (especially for engaging in harmless trade) but I think I’m more upset at the media for turning this into a death circus.

        1. *not more upset. Frustrated.

  43. Journalist for “City Paper” a Baltimore free weekly, takes photos of “protesters” (aka ‘rioters’) and posts them on twitter claiming that ‘no violence’ is occurring and that its generally peaceful, etc.

    …when it comes out later, the very photos he posted showed people he was with being robbed.

    just a case-study in ‘narrative creation’. the left is desperate to superimpose their own idealized view of this being about ‘racial justice’ or something….

    1. Wtf.

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