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Salaita Appointment to Be Forwarded to Board

Interesting. Corey Robin permits himself a little cautious optimism. Alas, I suspect John Wilson’s take will prove accurate: There is not a chance in hell that [an appointment of Salaita] will happen. I can see only two explanations for this decision: 1) Wise wants to head off criticism (and, as Robin points out, Wise wants […]

Does the Modern Administrative State Inherently Violate the Rule of Law? (SPOILER: No.)

Showing us where the conservertarian movement to restore the law of the Gilded Age is headed, Phillip Hamburger has a forthcoming book called Is Administrative Law Unlawful? “that answers this question in the affirmative.” Unfortunately for him, Adrian Vermeule has read it: But before criticism, there must first come understanding. There is too much in […]

What’s going on at Suffolk?

Just days before the start of the new school year, Suffolk University Wednesday abruptly replaced president James McCarthy with a year remaining on his contract, and tapped a veteran educator with a reputation for turning around struggling colleges to serve as interim leader. At an afternoon meeting, the university’s board of trustees voted unanimously to […]

Everything Becomes Crystal Clear…

Now, at this late hour, we finally come to understand: Thirty-six hours after the Obama administration banned importation of the classic brand of AK-47 assault rifles as part of sanctions against Russia, a Maryland dealer specializing in the weapon took stock of its inventory. There was nothing left. Laboring almost nonstop, workers at Atlantic Firearms […]

Labor History on Labor Day

I don’t have time for a major post on Labor Day, as I have just completed the manuscript draft of my logging book and am exhausted. But I do have 116 This Day in Labor History posts, helpfully archived, for your perusal. That ought to serve your Labor Day needs.

Sunday Links

Some links for your reading pleasure… Turns out the German weren’t actually tracking Patton’s contributions on a white board. Jacobin’s history of pro-wrestling.  My argument with Loomis over Hamilton, Storified The US Navy’s indoor ocean. An appreciation of Phil Hartman. Putin and rationality. The depths of crazy in this story are, for all practical purposes, […]

The Cats of World War I

There were lots of cats hanging around soldiers during World War I. They were cute. That is all.

Law school discovers giving away a formerly expensive service increases demand

UC Davis law school dean Kevin Johnson was crowing to the media last week about a surge in applications to his school, in the midst of a shrinking national applicant pool that has hit California schools particularly hard: Law school applications nationwide dropped again in 2014. But at least one California school is defying the […]

Scams, Law School and Otherwise

A for-profit grift mill is shutting down: After years of enrollment losses, Anthem Education, a for-profit chain of colleges and career institutes, filed for bankruptcy Monday. The company has abruptly shut down a number of its campuses, leaving state agencies struggling to funnel displaced students into other institutions. Nine more campuses may close today, Anthem […]

Viewing the Great Depression

Between 1935 and 1945, photographers employed by the Farm Security Administration documented the nation and its people as it suffered through and emerged from the Great Depression. 170,000 images remain. Yale University has now placed them online for your exploration and you can even explore by county, which is incredibly awesome. Have fun!! More here.

Running in Cemeteries

I find cemeteries pretty fascinating places for a number of reasons. First, I have a bit of a weird hobby of visiting the graves of random famous people from American history that interest me in some way. You can only imagine how much my wife loves random stops at cemeteries. I am going to start […]

The Worst Person in the World

Victor David Hanson, for comparing the IDF to William Tecumseh Sherman and the people of Gaza to the Confederate slaveholding class.

Book Review: Quicksand House

When you hear about a book called “The Faggiest Vampire,” you can’t help but be intrigued, especially if you are eight, which I am. So, one day while I was “researching” a post for this site, I looked into the works of Carlton Mellick III, the author of the aforementioned. His book titles are all […]

That’ll Show Those Dastardly Unions!

Today in idiots: Just when it seemed the right wing couldn’t get any more divorced from reality around here, a local conservative group has launched a protest against what it sees as a pernicious cultural touchstone. Labor Day. Yes, bittersweet old Labor Day — the first Monday in September, the holiday that’s been around for […]

Cushing and Gettysburg

President Obama is granting Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who played a critical role in repelling Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, the Medal of Honor. It’s pretty amazing he didn’t already have it since had Pickett taken the hill, it’s possible at least the war would have ended differently. Personally, I tend to not believe the world changes […]

Erasing Labor

A minor detail in this article on the history of Tabasco sauce, but one that is telling about how, when we are talking about “innovators,” we forget who actually does the work: Accounts differ as to when exactly McIlhenny acquired the seeds for those Capsicum frutescens peppers. But in the years after the war, he […]

Creatures Feature

Been a looong time since I had a proper space to make art. I’m still pressed for time, unbelievably pressed, but.. Did you miss my art? Well, I'm back in the saddle, folks. — bspencer (@vacuumslayer) August 29, 2014 More substantive posts coming soon.

Judge Rules Texas Abortion Near-Ban Unconstitutional

Under the radical theory that forcing the closure of most of the state’s abortion clinics through regulations that have no legitimate medical purpose is an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. Evidently, the ruling is unlikely to survive 5CA but at least the opinion is strong.

Lame Duck Governor Decides To Stop Inflicting Needless Suffering on State’s Citizens

Pennsylvania will be taking the Medicaid expansion. Not in an ideal form, although better than the Arkansas version (the administration was right to strike a harder bargain, with Corbett polling in the low 30s.) And, as Sargent says, the next government remains free to make the program more progressive, so it makes sense to let […]

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