Friday, June 9, 2017

Country Girls' Lives Matter Too



"Don't Lock Him Up" is not as much fun to chant, complained the  mob.

Comey's definition of unemployed:  between opportunities.

Obsessive demand for loyalty to him instead of country. Anyone think this is how it should be?


Just downloaded an app that adds musical score to Comey hearings.  It helps me be less bored.


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lol. One of the neat things about living in the freest country in the world is that nearly every human activity violates at least one of criminal laws.

Did Comey Violate Laws In Leaking Memo?

by jonathanturley
440px-Comey-FBI-PortraitOne of the most interesting new disclosures today in the Comey hearing was the admission by former FBI Director James Comey that he intentionally used a "friend" on the Columbia law faculty to leak his memos to the media.  Comey says that he did so to force the appointment of a Special Counsel. However, those memos could be viewed as a government record and potential evidence in a criminal investigation.
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Model Lynn Dee Thursday shoot


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SCIENCE | MATTER

Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species

By CARL ZIMMER

Newly discovered fossils indicate Homo sapiens were present in Africa 300,000 years ago, scientists reported. Until now, the earliest evidence dated back just 195,000 years.

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Cardiac Arrest
A terrific account of a successful white-collar defense hits the bookstores.
Read more →
Justice Allison Eid, at a Federalist Society event (via YouTube)
Prominent conservatives are hailing this latest slate as “a fantastic list.”
Read more →


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Dewan v. M-I, L.L.C. No. 16-20182


Before DAVIS, DENNIS, and SOUTHWICK, Circuit Judges.

REVERSED and REMANDED. (May 30, 2017).

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act

Two oilfield workers sued their employer for unpaid overtime wages. The District Court granted summary judgment on the defendant's affirmative defense that the plaintiffs fell under the administrative exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Finding there to be genuine disputes of material fact that affect whether the exemption applies, the Fifth Circuit reverses and remands. For the administrative exemption to apply, the employee must be one (1) who is "[c]ompensated on a salary or fee basis at a rate of not less than $455 per week;" (2) "[w]hose primary duty is the performance of office or non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or the employer's customers;" and (3) "[w]hose primary duty includes the exercise of discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance." 29 C.F.R. § 541.200. The compensation of the plaintiffs was clearly sufficient. The Court opines that the second and third criteria, however, require a fact-finder to analyze the facts to determine the employee's primary duty, how the work directly related to certain parts of the employer's business, and whether the duty involved some discretion and independence.

On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Melinda Harmon).
Attorney for Appellant - Curt Christopher Hesse, Houston, TX
Attorney for Appellee - Robert Peter Lombardi, New Orleans, LA

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Computers can't lie


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Do police need warrant for cellphone location records? Supreme Court will decide

Jun 5, 2017, 10:40 am CDT

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Trump's not the only one blocking constituents on Twitter

As President Donald Trump faces criticism for blocking users on his Twitter account, people across the country say they, too, have been cut off by elected officials at all levels of government after voicing dissent on social media.
In Arizona, a disabled Army veteran grew so angry when her congressman blocked her and others from posting dissenting views on his Facebook page that she began delivering actual blocks to his office.
A central Texas congressman has barred so many constituents on Twitter that a local activist group has begun selling T-shirts complaining about it.
And in Kentucky, the Democratic Party is using a hashtag, #BevinBlocked, to track those who’ve been blocked on social media by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. (Most of the officials blocking constituents appear to be Republican.)
The growing combat over social media is igniting a new-age legal debate over whether losing this form of access to public officials violates constituents’ First Amendment rights to free speech and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Those who’ve been blocked say it’s akin to being thrown out of a town hall meeting for holding up a protest sign.
On Tuesday, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University called upon Trump to unblock people who’ve disagreed with him or directed criticism at him or his family via the @realdonaldtrump account, which he used prior to becoming president and continues to use as his principal Twitter outlet.

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Comey Bluntly Raises Possibility of Trump Obstruction and Condemns His 'Lies'

By MATT APUZZO and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN

Mr. Comey, fired last month as F.B.I. director, said the president had tried to derail an investigation into an adviser and had lied and defamed Mr. Comey.

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Digging the Graveyard of Oil's Past

By STANLEY REED

As the energy industry evolves, production platforms in the North Sea, once a crucial source of crude oil, are being dismantled and sold for scrap.

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COMMON SENSE

Broadway Tickets, for the Price of an Economics Lesson

By JAMES B. STEWART

Dynamic pricing has come to air travel, hotel rooms and sports events, so why not a $1,450 theater seat? But (spoiler alert!) you can still come out ahead.

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