Ninth Circuit Panel Grants Emergency Motion for Stay of Video Order

In a brief ruling issued today, a Ninth Circuit panel granted Prop 8 proponents’ emergency motion for a stay pending appeal of Judge James Ware’s order unsealing the video recording of the anti-Prop 8 trial. The panel (the same set of judges handling the merits appeal of former district judge Vaughn Walker’s anti-Prop 8 ruling) expedited its consideration of the appeal of Ware’s order.

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Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
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Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More