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Sunday-Monday links

  • Maine’s food sovereignty law is a hit.
  • A bill introduced in Texas would lay the groundwork for creating a gun-rights sanctuary state.
  • Landlord tells Harvard grad student to get out after her roommates paw through her possessions and find her legally owned guns.
  • The Supremes get it unanimously right on both frog non-habitat and arrogant bureaucratic overreach.
  • It’s curtains for the Clintons, says Maureen Dowd, witnessing the first stop on their North American speaking tour. (Tickets started in the hundreds; despite prices dropping to around $6 before the event, the pair of money-grubbing, tone-deaf blowhards couldn’t even remotely fill a hockey arena.)
  • The cities (and concept of an entire country) that Amazon left behind in its HQ2 search.
  • Murphy’s Law, who has been on duty on the U.S.-Mexico border far from Tijuana, says says former caravan members are now being bused to the Mexican side of his location, walking across, sitting down, and waiting to be processed. This is an organized effort … by parties unknown.
  • Maybe New Mexico should secede and make all those wrong impressions right. I recall this ignorance abounding many times and places over last couple of decades.
  • And speaking of reisistance through nullification, CBD is everywhere despite still being classified along with heroin as a schedule one drug.
  • “Going out on a high.” The headline is absurdly sensationalistic, but advocating for kinder treatment for the dying, including therapy with psychedelic drugs, makes tons of sense.
  • This happened five years ago, but the legal processes are still crawling along. A 55-year-old grandmother was arrested and put in a cell with 40 men because a pair of jail-o-crats, both experienced in medicine, thought the hormones she was taking for menopause symptoms meant she was transitioning to male despite both her repeated protests and a strip search showing only female traits.
  • Schizophrenics often fare worse in the U.S. than in many other countries and cultures. One afflicted young man decreased his own symptoms by considering his disease as a form of shamanism.
  • Ken White of Popehat pranks a scammer.
  • She was left in a sack next to a trash can, cold and wet. But Caroline’s been happily rescued.


  1. larryarnold
    larryarnold December 2, 2018 3:26 pm

    Texas has had bills like HB 238 proposed in the past several legislatures. They never get out of committee during a 140-day session.

    “If the other roommates were to move out, Leyla would need to find roommates to share the place or foot the entire $6000+ monthly rent herself,” Lewis wrote in an email to Pirnie and her father. “Obviously it would be much easier for the others to stay and just fill one room (and I’m confident—were this to happen—that the remaining housemates will release Leyla from any further responsibility under the lease) and that’s why I proposed what I did.”

    $1,000/month for a bedroom in a seven-roommate apartment? Ouch.
    Pirnie needs a lawyer. “You guys move out if you want, but I’m not letting you out of your leases. Find me acceptable roommates, preferably fellow gun-owners, or keep paying.
    “Or I sue your butts for invasion of privacy and violation of civil rights.”

    Yeah, IANAL; so it probably wouldn’t work that way, particularly in Mass.

    Reason #4,238 why Harvard isn’t worth it.

    Note that CBD has always been effective as a treatment. The only reason we haven’t been treating people with it for a couple of decades is Congress prohibited research in order to prosecute the War on Drugs.
    It should make you wonder what other useful properties are hidden in the Schedule 1 list.

  2. Claire
    Claire December 2, 2018 3:59 pm

    “Texas has had bills like HB 238 proposed in the past several legislatures. They never get out of committee during a 140-day session.”

    Do you think the prospects might change, now that we have a R-party president who favors more gun control? Or if the urban parts of Texas start getting inflicted with Seattle billionaire-itis? Or if something else major shifts in the political near-term?

  3. ellendra
    ellendra December 2, 2018 9:47 pm

    Someone at the grocery store was giving out free samples of CBD honey today. My mom, who used to be one of THE most anti-MJ person I know, not only took the sample, she also went and purchased a bunch of the honey sticks!

    I feel like I’m in Bizarro World.

  4. larryarnold
    larryarnold December 2, 2018 9:55 pm

    Do you think the prospects might change…

    Texas Legislature meets 140 days every two years. Thousands of bills (literally) get proposed. Most of them never make it out of their initial committee. At the end of the session every unpassed bill is dead; the next session starts over.
    Last session, 2017, I tracked 144 gun bills; 14 passed. Four of the proposed bills would have prohibited local enforcement of federal law; only one got out of committee, but no further.

    OTOH, I’d never bet on what the Texas Legislature will do. And I gave up figuring out why they do things; it gives me headaches.

  5. Bear
    Bear December 3, 2018 4:43 am

    There is federal judicial precedent for landlords not being allowed to forbid constitutionally protected rights, specifically lawful firearms possession. It cam e from a different circuit, but it might make someone rethink their position.

  6. Noah Body
    Noah Body December 3, 2018 8:11 am

    Way off-topic, but I thought I’d ask. Backwoods Home is going back into print. Any chance of you writing for them again, Claire?

  7. M
    M December 3, 2018 11:33 am

    The particulars of Boston housing rentals are worse than I had imagined before reading up on the Harvard student from a couple of other regular sources. The state is HUGELY restrictive of landlords, to the point where you don’t really want to be one unless your primary residence is a portion of your rental property (so some of the worst BS doesn’t apply) or you have sufficient lawyers, (hired) guns, and money to make a renter who’s unwilling/unable to hire a lawyer pay for it.

    Those apartments are not only just $5k-$7.5k/mo, but liability for the rent is applied jointly and severally (landlord can require payment from all or any individual renter), and renters usually have to either prove a specific level of income or have their parents co-sign…And the parents are then also jointly and severally liable. Think about that in the context here. If her roommates decided to leave and not pay rent, she and likely her parents would be liable for $60k-$90k for a year-long lease term.

    That said, there’s some fantastic opportunity here for her to hammer the landlord and the individual roommates – Most rooms are separate “residences,” and so there’s the potential for various civil and criminal charges, maybe even for the landlord.

    I hope she sues the crap out of them. Several lawyers I know to be involved with 2A litigation in the state, who are typically very chatty in terms of commenting on this stuff, have all of a sudden gone quiet on this one. Fingers crossed…

  8. Claire
    Claire December 3, 2018 12:27 pm

    Thank you for the research report from “on the scene,” M. I hope those 2A lawyers do swing into action, and that they sue both the landlord and the roommates who felt entitled to violate another person’s privacy based on their silly fears (and apparently the horrifying sight of a MAGA hat).

    The grad student who got targeted for this abuse didn’t sound as if she was inclined to lie down and take it, so that’s encouraging, too.

  9. Willytee
    Willytee December 3, 2018 1:44 pm

    I’m not sure where you got that those jail dr’s thought she was a female transitioning to male. They the Dr. and nurse were just a couple of incompetent c*nts.

  10. ProGunFred
    ProGunFred December 3, 2018 7:02 pm

    Comrade X, No, open borders in a welfare state can’t work.

  11. Claire
    Claire December 4, 2018 6:50 am

    Noah Body — Sorry to be slow with my reply. But no, I won’t be writing for BHM again.

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