Stormy Daniels Arrested Under Rarely Enforced Ohio Law [Updated]

1531390682941The arrest of Stormy Daniels at an Ohio strip club in Columbus raises a credible question of selective enforcement of a 2007 state law called the Community Defense Act. The law  prohibits dancers from touching customers and vice versa.  It is a law honored mainly in the breach in strip clubs.  However, the police appeared ready to pounce on any touch by Daniels and she was taken to the Franklin County Ohio Sheriff’s Office and charged with misdemeanor sex offenses. Update: Charges have now been dropped, though without an explanation of why the string operation and original charges.

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The Kavanaugh Nomination: Trump Selects A Robertsesque Nominee

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Below is my column in the Hill newspaper on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.  It seems likely that Kavanaugh will be confirmed absent some earth-shattering disclosure in the confirmation process.

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Florida Man Reportedly Insisted That He Was Not Driving Drunk Because He Only Drank At Lights And Stop Signs

earle-stevens-1531312527.jpgEarle Stevens Jr., 69, had a novel defense in Florida when he was stopped by an officer on suspicion of drunk driving.  According to the driver, Stevens insisted that that he had only been drinking at red lights and stop signs.  The officer was not impressed by the claim that he was drinking then driving then drinking but never at the same time.

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Cosmic Whale Music: Listen To What Cassini Picked Up Near Saturn

 

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NASA has released an extraordinary tape of the sound picked up by the Cassini spacecraft as it plunged into Saturn on its final mission in 2017.  The craft captured plasma waves from Saturn to its rings and into one of its moons, Enceladus. It is mesmerizing. It has been describing as Saturn singing and it is strangely beautiful.

 

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Cambridge Under Fire For Hiring American Physics Researcher Who Advocated Monogamy On Blog Three Years Ago

300px-University_of_Cambridge_coat_of_arms_official_version.svgStudents at Cambridge are objecting to the hiring of American Aron Wall, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California-Santa Barbara who studies “quantum gravity and black hole thermodynamics.” It is not Wall’s academic credentials or theories that are controversial. Rather, three years ago, Wall wrote a blog post critical of Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, the decision protecting the right to same-sex marriage.  Wall’s criticism was of non-monogamous relations in the gay and lesbian communities.  One can easily see the objections to such arguments but critics have gone further to object that Wall’s personal views create a hostile or threatening environment. Continue reading “Cambridge Under Fire For Hiring American Physics Researcher Who Advocated Monogamy On Blog Three Years Ago”

Airlines Move To Shrink Bathrooms As FAA Refuses To Regulate Space On Airplanes

FAA logoLast week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared that it would not regulate seat sizes — thereby leaving passengers to the mercy of airlines which have been continually reducing seat size and space.  Now airlines are moving to reduce those roomy bathrooms on airplanes.  Arlines are designing new bathrooms to make them ever narrower. Imagine that.

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