Stupid Legislative Trick of the Week: U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman and a couple other idjits are introducing legislation to allow Americans to be stripped of their citizenship if the State Department (not a court) concludes they are associated with a terrorist organization. I doubt it’s coincidence that these guys — who evidently don’t remember McCarthyism and the Red Scare — call it the Terrorist Expatriation Act, a/k/a the TEA Act
Stupid Legislator Trick of the Week: Looking at porn during debate on an abortion bill.
You Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up If You Tried: A teacher in Germany with a phobia over rabbits is suing a 14-year-old pupil after the student drew a bunny on the blackboard. In the teacher’s defense, she does claim the student knew of the phobia and did it intentionally because of that. (Overlawyered)
The Supreme Court closes the front doors. I guess that’s okay since the inscription on the front of the building talks about “Equal Justice Under the Law,” not access to justice.
Sometimes, you kinda wish the stories in The Onion were real, such as “Supreme Court Upholds Freedom Of Speech In Obscenity-Filled Ruling.”
Had it not attributed the statement to a 2006 decision by another federal appeals court, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals would be a major contender for the year’s best line in a legal opinion. In a per curiam opinion this week, it observed that “a computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history — with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.”
Finally, at least interim resolution to a couple items appearing in prior Friday Follies:
- Trademark suit rips “heart” out of Heart Stopper’s Grill
- A lawsuit against a comedian by her in-laws claiming her jokes about them were defamatory and racist has been tossed out of court on the basis the jokes are statements of opinion and, thus, protected by the First Amendment.
Consciences keep silent more often than they should, that’s why laws were created.
Jose Saramago, All the Names