“It Felt Really Good”: DOJ Employee Among Socialists Harassing Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielson At Restaurant

Kirstjen Nielsen restaurant


Two days ago, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was effectively chased from a restaurant by protesters screaming at her and her companion.  The scene at MXDC Cocina Mexicana was shocking to most of us who have decried the loss of civility in today’s political discourse.  One person clearly not shocked was Rep. Jackie Speier (D., Cal.) who defended the protesters and blamed it on Trump’s divisive political rhetoric.  While the protest seemed clearly organized, Speier portrayed it as a spontaneous expression of anger by citizens in her interview on CNN.  The scene was very disturbing as was the apparent impunity exercised by the protesters in shutting down a restaurant.  It now appears that it was a protest by the Democratic Socialists of America and one of those participating was a DOJ employee, Allison Hrabar.  Hrabar is reportedly a paralegal specialist and her participation could raise again our long-standing debate over the punishment of employees for comments or actions taken outside of the workplace.

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RES IPSA HITS 35,000,000

Audience_Frontier_FiestaLast night, the blog hit another milestone today with over 35,000,000 views. We have also passed 50,000 followers on Twitter.  We relish these “little engine that could” moments to take stock in our expanding base of readers.  The blog shows that there is still an interest in a place for passionate but civil discourse on legal and policy issues  of our time (and perhaps a few wacky stories).  As always, I want to offer special thanks for our weekend contributors and particularly Darren Smith who continues help up with periodic technical problems etc).


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Victorian Mugshots: John Williams

4D274B7D00000578-5834259-image-m-22_1528797559992This is John Williams who is depicted in one of the recently discovered Victorian era mugshots that we have been featuring on our blog. They include the oldest mugshots in Britain and were taken at the Moor Street staton in Birmingham between the 1850s and 1870s.  West Midlands Police heritage lead Corinne Brazier and her colleagues did a great service in ensuring the preservation of these remarkable mugshots. Continue reading

South Carolina Man’s Tattoo Is More Admission Than Art After Arrest

michael-vines-1529426178One of the funnier Farside cartoons featured a deer with a target on its chest and the other deer saying “Bummer birthmark Hal.”  The same sentiment could be expressed about Michael Vines and his forehead tattoo after he was arrested for . . .  you guess it . . .  unlawfully carrying of a firearm in Greenville, South Carolina.

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