RES IPSA HITS 33,000,000

Audience_Frontier_FiestaWe have hit another milestone today with over 33,000,000 views. We are also expected to reach 35,000 followers on Twitter.  That hardly makes us competition for the largest sites but it is still an impressive collection of people seeking a place for civil but passionate discourse on legal and policy issues  of our time (and perhaps a few wacky stories).  We often use these milestones to look at the current profile of the blog and its supporters around the world.

As always, I want to offer special thanks for our weekend contributors: Mike Appleton, Larry Rafferty, Darren Smith, Kimberly Dienes, and Cara Gallagher (particularly Darren who continues help up with periodic technical problems etc).

I particularly want to thank our regular commentators and readers.  We try to keep this blog as an open forum with as little interference or monitoring of the comments as possible.  Given our free speech orientation, we try not to delete comments and, for that reason, we are deeply appreciative of how most people avoid personal or offensive comments in debating these issues.  We have had to delete a handful of comments with personal attacks or profanity but the number remains quite low for a blog of this size.  The success of this blog is due to the fact that we offer something more than the all-too-common troll-driven, angry, and insulting commentary of the Internet.  Thank you for voluntarily assuming restraint over the tenor and content of your comments. Continue reading

Professor Luna Teaches Animal Liability At GW Law To Universal Acclaim

IMG_7720As in prior years, Professor Luna Turley (shown here with adoring students) appeared as a visiting scholar yesterday to teach the Torts class on animal liability at GW Law School.  To the chagrin of the assigned professor, she was generally viewed as a significant improvement as she showed the basis for determining domestication or wild characteristics in animals.

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Liars Gotta Lie: Trump Blasts Former “Excellent” Adviser As “Lair”

800George Papadopoulous is the ultimate man in the middle.  He is sitting above between Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump during the campaign — around the time when Trump was touting the young oil and gas adviser as one of his key foreign affairs advisers.  Now he is the man in the middle of President Trump and Robert Mueller and that is not an ideal place to be when the stakes could be the White House itself.  Papadopoulous got a taste of his new life with a tweet from President Trump calling him a liar.  It was a curious attack since Trump had previously labeled this “liar” as an “excellent” guy.

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Model Mayhem: Florida Model Arrested After Stomping and Beating Puppy

Keevonna C’Ante Wilson, 24, is a model and actress who, if guilty, is proof that beauty is only skin deep.  I am not sure what it is like being her photographer or her manager but you sure do not want to be her pet, Chasity.  She is charged with animal cruelty after stomping on the puppy.  Appropriately, she appears on the Model Mayhem site, where she refers to her as “The Flawless Beauty.” Wilson   Warning the video below show violence that will be disturbing to many viewers.

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Lion Bites Osprey To The Delight Of Cheetahs

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download-2Okay this might get a bit confusing but there is an interesting legal issue here.  Wales hooker Scott Baldwin missed playing for the Ospreys after he was bitten on the hand by a lion.  The result was that the Cheetahs won the match.  What is interesting is that Baldwin’s injury was due to utter stupidity after the reached into a lion’s cage in South Africa to pet the lion.  That’s right, a grown man reached into a lion’s cage to pet a lion.  The question is when a professional team can penalize a player for injuries due to simple stupidity.

 

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