Tag: Law

Well, shit:

As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours. The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations.


The person said the military units would be deployed under the Insurrection Act of 1807, which was last used in 1992 during the riots in Los Angeles that followed the Rodney King trial.

Mine Furor’s executive order “on preventing online censorship” is baffling, as primarily it orders a slew of agencies to “file a petition for rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission” — an agency which has absolutely zero statutory authority regarding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The literal moment the FCC takes any action it will be swamped with lawsuits on that basis alone.

Amy Cooper Put Out A Hit

There’s little doubt that Amy Cooper attempted to weaponize her whiteness and Christian Cooper’s blackness against him, and as some city officials call for action I realized that perhaps one way to frame this to make people understand is that in effect she was putting out a hit. Any prosecutor who cares about the moral crime of weaponizing race would at the very least charge her with criminal solicitation and a bias crime.


  1. I’d imagine that the reason First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker says the police “have bigger fish to fry” and “the DA would never prosecute that” is because doing so would be tacit admission that the police have a racial violence problem.

Early last month I wondered how Multnomah County was approaching social distancing measures when it comes to ballot opening for this month’s primary election. All I got back from them was a statement saying they were following CDC guidance. OPB News managed to get much more detail. It looks like the usual tables of up to four people of mixed party affiliations now are tables of two, sitting at the tables’ ends, keeping them six feet apart.

Heather Cox Richardson, last night: “If [Burr] is discredited enough to lose his chairmanship, McConnell will get to choose his replacement. And it’s a pretty safe bet the committee will no longer support the conclusions of the Mueller Report.”

Christina Wilkie, this morning, after Burr stepped down: “After years of work, Burr was still finalizing his committee’s bipartisan report on the investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election when he stepped down.”

Link Log Roundup for May 13, 2020

In this edition: PTSD at Facebook, bankrupt hospitals, conservation efforts, incel communities and autism, a surreal Senate hearing, black men in masks, losing health insurance, ignoring CDC guidance, disability tech, urban air quality, rent strikes, Oregon counties, failed leadership, protests at the Oregon coast, dogs finding whale scat, vacating non-unanimous verdicts, suburban flight, investing in black neighborhoods, testing and stigma, evolutionary psychology, defending life, and the psychology of consumption.

Link Log Roundup for May 12, 2020

In this edition: presidential courage, post-pandemic cities, post-pandemic homes, disruptions to HIV care, voluntary surveillance, reopening Iceland, paying the rent, getting sick on the job, disrupting routines, mandatory vaccination, engineered misalignments, jury trials, Census undercounts, open streets, and political investigations.

“It spread like wildfire,” said the lawyer for Oregon churches whose lawsuit demands they be allowed endanger public health in the name of religion, without apparent hint of understanding the irony. “It took on a life of its own.”

Eric Cortellessa reports on a real-world, vote-by-mail case study: side-by-side counties in Utah, only one of which used vote-by-mail in 2016. The results? “Suncrest’s Salt Lake County residents showed up to vote at a rate nearly 18 percentage points higher than their Utah County counterparts.”

Usually, an electoral reform is deemed successful if it increases voter participation a few percentage points. The jump in Salt Lake County’s turnout was on a whole other level. And the disparity wasn’t limited to Suncrest. In that same election, 21 of Utah’s 29 counties had switched to vote at home. Those counties had an average turnout rate of nearly nine percentage points higher than those that didn’t. The success of those counties led six of the remaining eight holdouts to try vote at home in the 2018 midterm election, including Utah County. Sure enough, Suncrest’s Utah side turned out eight percentage points higher than it did two years earlier.

Cool, neither I nor the person who claims me as a dependent (did you miss all those posts about not being self-sufficient?) gets any federal stimulus money for me. Michigan senators are trying to change that, but as it stands: zero dollars.

The latest word from the Oregon Health Authority is that “Federal stimulus payments […] will not affect OHP eligibility. They will not be counted […] when members report a change in their household”. Now I just need a ruling on SNAP benefits.

The problem with Mine Furor saying the quiet part loud — in this case admitting that protecting voting rights would hurt Republicans — is that the press treats it as a Trump brain fart and not, in fact, the actual GOP agenda.


A controversial Florida pastor who refused to stop holding packed church services, in violation of coronavirus restrictions, was arrested Monday by a local sheriff who said he was putting his followers’ lives at risk.