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Monkey See, Monkey Sue

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Eugene Volokh at VC quotes extensively from the motion to dismiss in the simian selfie copyright case.  See also prior posts here and here and here.

And Now, a Shaggy Dog Story

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Sometimes there's nothing to do but smile and shake your head.  The story is here.

Fatuousness Unbounded

CJLF is not a political organization.  The blog entries here support Republican policies more often than Democratic ones, but that is not uniformly the case.  CJLF (and I, as a guest contributor) support policies designed to suppress crime and create fewer crime victims.  If those policies originate with Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch (an opponent of pot legalization), so be it; in some ways, so much the better.

It is thus with no political bent that I report the unbounded stupidity of an idea floated by Republican Congressman Charlie Dent:  To elect the next House Speaker as a "bi-partisan compromise."

The Republican Party is having a war with itself.  (So are the Democrats, to a lesser extent, as the crony progressivism of Hillary Clinton battles it out with the acknowledged socialism of Bernie Sanders).  But, for either party, while the way to resolve internal differences might be elusive, the way not to resolve them is crystal clear: By handing power to the other party.

A little less than a year ago, voters gave the Republicans more House seats than they have had since the 1930's. They did this after a Republican campaign against the policies of President Obama.  The notion that what voters actually wanted was to re-empower the party they just rejected by an historic margin is way beyond Twilight Zone territory. Or, as one Congressman put it,  "When Republicans have the biggest majority in 90 years, they'e going to give more power to the Democrats?" asked Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) sarcastically. "That sounds like a great idea."

Simian Selfie Update

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Totally off-topic.

Thank God for Editing

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I often find the book reviews in the WSJ to be entertaining reading over Saturday breakfast, even when I have no intention of ever reading the books reviewed.

A Belated Royal Funeral

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Karla Adam has this story in the WaPo, giving us another segment of the story that won't die, though its subject did over five centuries ago.

Pi Day

An off-topic note for math geeks.

Florida Takes the Number 3 Slot

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Valerie Bauerlein reports in the WSJ, "Florida overtook New York as the third most populous state last year, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau, as the Sunshine State continued to pick up postrecession steam."
Maria Cheng reports for AP:

Scientists say there is "overwhelming evidence" that a skeleton found under a parking lot is that of England's King Richard III, but their DNA testing also has raised questions about the nobility of some of his royal successors.
For prior posts on this blog enter "Richard III" in the search field at the upper right.
Off-topic but interesting, Fergus Bordewich in the WSJ takes us on a historical trip down the "what if" road.

Simian Selfie Follow-Up

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MONKEY-SELF-PORTRAIT.jpg Off-topic but hilarious, David Post at the Volokh Conspiracy has a follow-up on the copyright dispute over this selfie, previously noted on this blog three years ago.

Update:  Abby Phillip has this story in the WaPo.
Fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the most important legislation of modern American history, the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Man Up?

Secretary of State John Kerry has raised eyebrows with his statement regarding Edward Snowden: "The bottom line is this man has betrayed his country, sitting in Russia where he has taken refuge. You know, he should man up and come back to the United States."  Alexandra Petri has this lighthearted look at the WaPo.

How to Win a Case in One Line

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This is not a criminal case, but it's an example like few I have seen of how to write an appellate opinion.  The author here is Judge Ray Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit.  I've known Judge  Kethledge for years, and starting in August, one of my students from two years ago will be clerking for him.  The opinion, handed down today, is in this employment discrimination case.  Judge Kethledge's first line is:

"In this case the EEOC sued the defendants for using the same type of background check that the EEOC itself uses."

For the EEOC, it was downhill from there.

National Punctuation Day

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That is today, according to this website.  "A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis."  Let's not forget the apostrophe, easily the most misused punctuation mark in the land.

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