Well his name is Bernard Muscadin . . . but do not call him that . . .
Iran is again showing the world the face of religious extremism. Previously, we discussed how chess officials were under fire for cooperating in the championship in Iran, which imposes dress codes and religious restrictions on visitors (particularly women). Now Iran has barred Dorsa Derakhshani, 18, from competing at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2017, because she appeared without an Islamic head scarf. Her brother, Borna Derakhshani, 15, was the banned for playing against an Israeli opponent. This follows a horrific account of a girl beaten by religious police for simply wearing jeans with holes in them. The brother and sister were also barred from the national team for their transgressions.
Much of law can be dry and mundane. However, there are moments when the law reaches a transcendent truth. There was the acceptance of war crimes in the Nuremberg trials. The recognition that separate is not equal in Brown. This week another milestone has been reached with a decision by Judge Mark Barnett of the United States Court of International Trade. Barnett has ruled that Snuggies are blankets and not apparel. The case is Allstar Mktg. Grp., LLC v. United States , Ct. Int’l Trade, 13-00395, 2/10/17.
If you said wedding crasher, you would be literally correct. In what may be the alleged worst maid of honor in history, Amanda Willis not only almost ran into the best man but allegedly tore up the wedding of her former best friend Jennifer Jones. I emphasize former.
In Dayonta Bearch, Gary Blough, a disabled Navy veteran, is recovering from a vicious beatdown. The reason is not a mugging or a personal feud. Rather, Blough rescued a turtle that was being tortured by two men. Ryan Ponder, 23, and Johnnie Beveritt, 18, then allegedly jumped Blough as he tried to release the turtle back into the water.
If you are looking for a fun romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day, you might want to pass on Pakistan. The High Court in Islamabad has banned all public celebrations of Valentine’s Day despite the growing desire among students to have parties. Students in many countries in the Middle East and Asia have increasingly embraced the holiday to exchange cards, sweets, and have parties.
It takes a lot to get me to support Tom Brady and the Patriots as a lifelong Bears fan. However, there is a bizarre controversy after Brady posted a picture of his Super Bowl winning team with a quotation from Rudyard Kipling’s 1898 poem If on Instagram and Twitter. That unleashed an outcry from some who denounced the poem as written by a racist. Other said that, given Brady’s support of Donald Trump, the use of the poem was alarming. Perhaps the critics should also consider another quote from Kipling: “I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.”