Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Now, Holder wrote, “the Department will no longer assert that Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass gender identity per se (including transgender discrimination).”As noted, an outlier prisoner case should not let us forget the many other interests of transsexuals. GLBTQ indeed.
Got this as part of a food related gift box for someone and found it somewhat wanting. First, John Smith is more appropriately in the subtitle -- Franklin is barely covered. Jefferson is treated a bit too politely (big friend of slaves, was he?) too. OTOH, it was a decent book on a lower expectations level, giving some sense of early American dining. This a tad harsh. But, the book surely didn't show how even Washington or Jefferson "revolutionized" much here.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Over the dissents of three Justices, the Supreme Court today rejected Arizona’s request to allow it to deny driver’s licenses to young undocumented immigrants who have been permitted by Obama administration policy to remain in the United States. No prize if you guess the three dissenters. Meanwhile, certain Republicans whining about the sane Cuban policy move. Sen. Marco "I'm a little boy" Rubio especially sounded lame.
With this, moves to reestablish relations with Cuba and Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing, I take we only need five more Hanukkah miracles. Can Mets getting a new SS be one?
None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used ... to prevent such States [with current medical marijuana laws] from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Lower court case striking down limits on "medical abortions" left standing. Kagan splits with the liberals in a jurisdiction dispute, but it was 8-1 to uphold a stop based on a ("reasonable") mistake on the traffic laws at stake. Sotomayor's dissent, including concerns about "human consequences" of community relations with police given stress of stops, was appreciated. But, as a national rule, the majority is both unsurprising/probably acceptable.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
I am not aware of Justice Stevens doing so, but O'Connor and Souter continues judicial service on appellate tribunals. Doing a search, a recent NYT article flags the latter in a case involving "aggressive" begging. Troubling breadth to the law upheld, including merely begging at night and/or in fairly broad areas (a twenty feet from a bus stop, e.g., is pretty far). Aspects of the law might be okay, but there is a difference from let's say limits of begging inside a subway car and half a block down from a bus stop. Doubtful the USSC will take it.