Equine racism?

I had to laugh at this report from Britain. A talented mule has been blocked from competing in high level British dressage competitions, amid outrage from horse riders. Christie Mclean, 30, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, had hoped to ride Wallace The Great, an 11-year-old rescue mule, in competitions with her dressage team. But he has been barred by British Dressage because high level competitions are only open to horses and ponies – a rule branded “equine racism” by Christie. Wallace, who only took up dressage at a low level last month, has been doing well in local competitions, placing third in

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Will SCOTUS rein in activist judges in lower courts?

One of the most interesting aspects of this week’s travel ban decision in the Supreme Court is Justice Thomas’ carefully-reasoned opinion on the lower-level court injunction that led to the decision.  His views are provided in pp. 46-56 of the judgment (link is to an Adobe Acrobat document in .PDF format).  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. I write separately to address the remedy that the plaintiffs sought and obtained in this case. The District Court imposed an injunction that barred the Government from enforcing the President’s Proclamation against anyone, not just the plaintiffs. Injunctions that prohibit the Executive Branch

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Safely in Chattanooga

We arrived safely in Chattanooga shortly before lunchtime yesterday, after a relatively peaceful journey by road from Texas.  The traffic was less bad than I’d expected after previous journeys on the same route.  I think we only had three areas where traffic slowed to almost a standstill, and they cleared up within a few miles.  Until yesterday, the weather had been good, too.  A storm was setting in as we left Nashville behind us, and it struck with full force as we arrived in Chattanooga.  There were many delayed and disrupted airline flights yesterday because of it;  we had been

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A nightmare for parents, and a sobering lesson

A home invasion robbery in Texas had ghastly consequences for one family, particularly their seven-year-old son. The homeowner told police that three masked black suspects broke through the front door and pistol-whipped him, causing injuries. “This is the worst kind of crime against a family,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said. “Three crooks forcing their way into a home in the middle of the night is appalling. To make matters worse, they accosted a 7-year-old child. They’re cowards, to say the least.” Nehls said the father kept telling the intruders there was no money and to take jewelry or a car, but

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Safely in Tennessee

We made it to Dickson, TN today, where we’re overnighting at an hotel.  Tomorrow morning we have some business with a bank near Nashville, after which we’ll head for Chattanooga and LibertyCon. It’s going to be a hectic arrival day.  We’ll get there around 1-2 pm local time (Chattanooga is on Eastern time, not Central, which we’ve used all the way from home to here).  I’ll drop Miss D. and Alma at the hotel, then I have to collect someone at the airport and bring them into town.  Later that evening there’s a meeting of authors involved in a current

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Heading for LibertyCon

Miss D., our friend Alma Boykin and I are on the road, heading for the LibertyCon science fiction and fantasy convention in Chattanooga this weekend.  It’s a long drive, about 15 hours plus stops, so we’re taking it relatively easy.  That still beats dealing with the TSA and flying cattle class – and the cost works out pretty much the same. This is going to be an interesting LibertyCon.  It’s moved to the Marriott Hotel, after many years at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo hotel in that city, which was never a very satisfactory venue.  I don’t know if it’ll stay at the Marriott,

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Know your enemy #2: The silencing of opposing voices

The progressive, far-left-wing faction in US politics is aggressively pursuing so-called “deplatforming“:  denying their opponents any outlet or medium or channel from or through which to make their views known.  It’s more than censorship.  It’s a blatant attempt to ensure that an entire viewpoint or perspective never reaches those who might be persuaded by it. Fortunately, its ideological proponents make no secret of their motivation – and thereby expose their own intolerance. We are seeing the worsening of a trend that the 20th century German-American philosopher Herbert Marcuse warned of back in 1965: “In endlessly dragging debates over the media,

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Know your enemy #1: The violent “progressives”

It helps when the enemy defines him- or herself, so that we know at whom to aim. Do you think that being asked to leave a restaurant, or having your meal interrupted, or being called by the public is bad? My fascism-enabling friends, this is only the beginning. . . . Rather than detail a laundry list of all the Trump outrages, I ask you simply to consider all of the very real human costs that those outrages have already inflicted on human beings in America and abroad. Some of those outrages, like ripping families apart at the border, show

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Doofus Of The Day #1,014

This dumbass is incredibly fortunate that he’s not a dead Doofus candidate.  See for yourself. That was filmed in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.  You can read more about it here. I’ve lost count of the number of stories I’ve heard (and incidents I’ve personally witnessed) of dumb tourist behavior around dangerous African animals.  There are just as many involving dangerous American animals, of course – and not involving animals at all.  There are so many, in fact, that the word “tourons” (an amalgamation of “tourists” and “morons”) has been coined to describe such behavior.  Do a search on

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