Friday, June 30, 2017

DoJ forfeits game to the Redskins™ - Hot Air Hot Air

The federal government’s efforts to force Washington’s NFL franchise to change its name has come to an abrupt halt.  After a unanimous Supreme Court decision last week in Matal v Tam rebuked the Patent and Trademark Office for violating the First Amendment in refusing to process trademarks it found offensive, the Department of Justice has surrendered to the Redskins:

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So much for the "Washington Persons of Interest." I liked that name.

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Mattis Announces Focus on Killing Foreign ISIS Fighters

Defense Secretary James Mattis said the U.S. is going to focus on killing remaining foreign fighters in the Islamic State. "Because the foreign fighters are the strategic threat should they return home to Tunis, to Kuala Lumpur, to Paris, to Detroit, wherever. Those foreign fighters are a threat," he said. "So by taking the time to deconflict, to surround and then attack, we carry out the annihilation campaign so we don't simply transplant this problem from one location to another."

"I'll leave that to the generals who know how to do those kind of things. We don't direct that from here," he added. "They know our intent is the foreign fighters do not get out, I leave it to their skill, their cunning, to carry that out."

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I can see how this would be the militarily preferred option, but is it quite legal? What if ISIS fighters are trying to surrender?

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‘Love wins’ in Germany - CNN.com

As news came that the bill had passed — convincingly — they broke out into loud cheers, wept tears of joy and exchanged kisses. Some popped champagne corks in celebration despite the early hour.

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Germany passes law against online hate speech - ABC News

German lawmakers approved a bill on Friday aimed at cracking down on hate speech on social networks, which critics say could have drastic consequences for free speech online.

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China slams Trump's arms deal with Taiwan

ONE CHINA, BUT ALSO ONE BIG ARMS DEAL FOR TAIWAN: President Trump may have backed off his questioning of America’s “One China” policy, but his latest move to bolster Taiwan’s military firepower has drawn a strong protest from Beijing, ahead of the president’s meeting next week with Chinese

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Good.

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China's president sees 'new challenges' for Hong Kong - Business Insider

Xi's visit comes amid heightened tension between China and the former British colony, where many are concerned at increasing interference by Beijing in the city's affairs, despite the promise of wide-ranging autonomy under the "two systems" agreement.

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China's president sees 'new challenges' for Hong Kong - Business Insider

Xi's visit comes amid heightened tension between China and the former British colony, where many are concerned at increasing interference by Beijing in the city's affairs, despite the promise of wide-ranging autonomy under the "two systems" agreement.

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How did the lower courts and Supreme Court differ so much on Trump travel ban? | TheHill

Still, the Court’s ruling makes clear that, in enjoining the temporary travel ban, the lower courts erred in two key respects.

First, the lower courts gave insufficient weight to the executive branch’s interest in, and discretion in determining the means to obtain, national security.

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Second, the lower courts deferred too much to the plaintiffs’ assertions that the temporary travel ban imposes cognizable legal injuries on foreign nationals with no connection whatsoever to American citizens or institutions.

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You could also say, the lower courts have more judges appointed by Democrats, while the highest court has more judges appointed by Republicans, and thus the majesty of the law is articulated in the boundless ether of our law space.

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Honors student gunned down in high-speed road rage shooting | New York Post

A crazed driver shot and killed a teen honor student who aspired to one day work for the FBI during a road rage incident in Pennsylvania this week, according to reports.

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Guns don't kill people; crazed drivers trying to merge kill people.

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A baby is condemned to death by socialized medicine

Worse yet, and an outrage that boggles the mind, is that the NHS refuses to release Charlie into the care of his parents. Charlie's mother and father want to bring him to America for an experimental treatment that could help his body work more normally. They have even, through an appeal for charitable donations, raised enough money to bring their son here and get him treated. But the NHS has said it will not release the child, and every court has agreed.

This is the apotheosis of big government. The British state has become the Alpha and the Omega. It has nationalized a child and, implicitly, other children whom it might one day cut off from the love and care of their parents.

This is the logical conclusion of a single-payer "public" health system, a government deciding who is allowed to fight for his life or his child's life, and who is not.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

There are certainly cases where the state insists that a child receive some life-saving treatment over the parents' objection, but this is the first I've heard of the state insisting that a child *not* receive what is hoped (but probably remotely) to be a life-saving treatment. The doctors probably think they are doing the right thing, though the refusal to let Charlie go home seems cruel. And probably, in fact, the doctors are doing the right thing by letting the infant die. He is doubtless suffering. But the thing is, they seem to be giving no weight at all to the insult they inflict on the parents by effectively seizing their baby. Parents ought to be able to pick up their baby and go home at any time they want, barring very special circumstances, just like you decide to walk out of a movie.

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