We That Are True Lovers Get Into Strange Capers…

….notably, this afternoon for love of my daughter, I went to a Black Lives Matter  protest of George Floyd’s death, in Wilkes Barre, Pa.

My daughter announced she was going and asked if we wanted to come.  I said, as lawyers we shouldn’t risk arrest— especially, she  shouldn’t, poised at the beginning of a law career in which she would be well-positioned to  work for system-wide change.  Sha said she attends protests all the time, I said, I know, but you’re home now, and I’m…aware.  . Well, I didn’t want to sit home worrying for 5 hours, so I said I’d go, and so did my BMD.  We’ve both had less-than-pleasant experiences at the hands of cops, and I am furious with this Chauvin bozo.  WHAT could he have been thinking?... [Read More]


Gown vs.Town: the Indemnity Issue

Just off the phone with an eminent professor emerita of Slavic Languages (my sister) who said she thought many colleges wouldn’t ever reopen.  Oh maybe those with huge endowments would..but most of ‘em, not unless they get legislation protecting them from  liability.
Leaving aside for the nonce my feelings about the four-year winter sleepover camps which are  undergraduate colleges, it seems to me academic institutions are the last businesses who have to worry about indemnity.
Unlike retail businesses where there’s no telling who will walk in the door, colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to extract waivers from all enrollees.  They already require students to sign myriad pledges relating to diversity and anti-heterosexuality.  All they have to do is add an assumption of the risk of contracting Covid, agreement not to start an action , and a proviso that if they do start suit and lose, they will pay the university’s counsel fees.  Maybe give a slight tuition reduction as consideration for the new promise.
Of course this doesn’t mean they couldn’t be sued, and neither would a statute conferring immunity.  No law can preliminarily enjoin access to the courts.  But it would mean any such suit could Probably be disposed of summarily,  and at no cost to the institution, and great cost to the plaintiffs.

Taking a snapshot  as of June 2020, it seems to me educational institutions are in much better  position than any other businesses.  They were paid Tuition through this point, right?  And I haven’t heard of any of them offering any tuition refunds.  Plus they must’ve saved a lot of money they’d have had  to to expend on heat, Janitorial services, food services, etc.... [Read More]


This Week’s Book Review – Overruled

Looking for a good read? Here is a recommendation. I have an unusual approach to reviewing books. I review books I feel merit a review. Each review is an opportunity to recommend a book. If I do not think a book is worth reading, I find another book to review. You do not have to agree with everything every author has written (I do not), but the fiction I review is entertaining (and often thought-provoking) and the non-fiction contain ideas worth reading.... [Read More]


Musings on a good day after a depressing night

I got very tired of the protest turned riot porn being fed by our “media” yesterday. We have become a nation that has been conditioned to react to bright shiny objects that are fed to us. The latest crisis of the day is a sterling example. In a nation of over 300 million, some very bad things happen to a fair number of people every hour of every day. We lose all perspective as one event is packaged, scripted and given immense airtime.

Nonetheless, today ended well in my mind. The rapid escalation of ‘riot events” , staged in cities with Democrat administrations who have a history of ‘let it burn rather than confront, as long it is in “their” neighborhood’ as well as collaboration with Antifa and such groups , the ready media response all proved that we were seeing a well orchestrated event. ... [Read More]


a long long time ago….

from a publication that is still being published and I give them the credit, “TIME”, but I doubt that this could be found anywhere else than libraries. I present it here as a reference what the cartoonist thought about the news media then in 1994 and it is so much more true today because they had twenty six years to hone their actions. Look at it and reflect…

(this may be bleeped…)

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