Good lawyering, bad PR

"MGM resorts sues victims of Las Vegas massacre": the headlines sound downright dystopian, and the social media reaction is pretty much what you would expect. But in context, the company's move makes sense. MGM, owners of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino, are being sued for their alleged negligence in inadvertently providing a shooter's nest … Continue reading Good lawyering, bad PR

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A Chase the Ace disgrace

Lotteries always bring out the best in people, don't they? A photo-op to celebrate a $1.2-million lottery win in Nova Scotia turned sour Thursday when two family members feuded over the win. Barbara Reddick of Guysborough, N.S., and her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis, posed for the cameras with a giant cheque in Margaree Forks, N.S., after winning the Chase the Ace fundraiser benefitting … Continue reading A Chase the Ace disgrace

Chipping at ICE

As horror stories from America's southern border continue to proliferate (an example: some young children who have been reunited with their mothers no longer recognize them) calls to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) have gotten louder. Libertarian Lucy Steigerwald, in The Week, makes the strongest #AbolishICE case I've read: ...It is an expensive, abusive, … Continue reading Chipping at ICE

“A really futile and stupid gesture”

It's Bret Stephens, whose very presence in the New York Times is an affront to Democrats, so they won't listen to him.  But he argues that rabidly opposing the Supreme Court nomination of Bret Stephens is likely doomed to fail and will probably hurt some Democratic Senators' re-election chances: Kavanaugh will almost certainly be confirmed. Democrats … Continue reading “A really futile and stupid gesture”

After Kennedy

Wow. I don't think anything could make partisan warfare in this country hotter than it already is. Anthony Kennedy: DRINK FROM MY FIREHOSE OF GASOLINE, BITCHES! — J.D. Tuccille (@JD_Tuccille) June 27, 2018 Because of the two defining features of modern American politics - Republican ruthlessness and Democratic strategic blunders - President Trump will almost … Continue reading After Kennedy

What the “Masterpiece” decision said – and what it didn’t

The Supreme Court of the United States today handed down its decision in the case involving Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Colorado bakery whose owner refused to prepare a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding.  The baker won - but on the relatively narrow grounds that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission did not give him a fair … Continue reading What the “Masterpiece” decision said – and what it didn’t