1. This is weird. The Florida Supreme Court released a long-awaited decision concerning whether a judge’s Facebook friendship with an attorney should be grounds for disqualification if the attorney is arguing a case before that judge. The 4-3 opinion holds that:
In some circumstances, the relationship between a judge and a litigant, lawyer, or other person involved in a case will be a basis for disqualification of the judge. Particular friendship relationships may present such circumstances requiring disqualification. But our case law clearly establishes that not every relationship characterized as a friendship provides a basis for disqualification. And there is no reason that Facebook “friendships”—which regularly involve strangers—should be singled out and subjected to a per se rule of disqualification.
I could not disagree more. A friend request from a judge is inherently coercive, and creates pressure on the lawyer to accept. Who wants to tell a judge that he doesn’t want to be his friend? Other bar associations and courts have held that it is improper for judges and lawyers to “friend” each other if there is any chance that the judge will be presiding over the lawyer’s cases, and that is the wiser rule. My own preference would be for judges to stay off social media entirely, except for close friends and family. They can only get in trouble there.
2. And this is much weirder…Apparently an app, ‘Santa Call New 2018,’ briefly available for download at the Amazon Children’s Store, would place a call to “Santa”when kids pressed the ‘call’ button, and Jolly Saint Nick would reply, “Hello there. Can you hear me, children? In five nights, if you’re free, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
3. The Stupid is strong with this one…Nina Burleigh, currently a Newsweek reporter who also contributes to the leftist bias of academia as an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia, actually tweeted, “Almost every single person I’ve ever heard of with an AR-15 has been a mass murderer. Based on Twitter sample the rest of them are scarily paranoid. Get on the right side of history.” The tweet didn’t even need the added sauce of one of the laziest rationalizations currently fashionable, the shamelessly bootstrapping 1B. The Psychic Historian, or “I’m On The Right Side Of History,” to qualify as uber-dumb. Yes, I’m sure that one living as a New York City urbanite and swimming in a progressive fishbowl, the only time the most popular rifles in American are discussed is when they are misused by maniacs. Americans now own an estimated 15 million AR-15s. Mass murderers all!
Burleigh’s previous 15 minutes of fame arrived when she stated, during Monica Madness, of the President Bill Clinton, “I would be happy to give him a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their Presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.” Later, in 2007, she tried to explain the infamous quote, saying, “I said it (back in 1998, but a good quote has eternal life) because I thought it was high time for someone to tweak the white, middle-aged beltway gang taking Clinton to task for sexual harassment. These men had neither the personal experience nor the credentials to know sexual harassment when they saw it, nor to give a good goddamn about it if they did. The insidious use of sexual harassment laws to bring down a president for his pro-female politics was the context in which I spoke.” You know, I taught and teach sexual harassment, and knew exactly what I was talking about when I wrote and stated repeatedly that by any reasonable standard Clinton was not just guilty of it, but incredibly guilty. Now even Monica agrees with me, because I was right, and hypocrites like Burleigh were dead wrong. She should be, in the late Justice Scalia’s words, hiding her head under a bag, and not have a platform for her nonsense, even in Newsweek.
4. Trump Tweets. The President referred to House nemesis Rep. Adam Schiff as “Schitt.” The sad part is that with President Trump it’s impossible to know if it’s a typo or not. I suspect it’s not, but he certainly has plausible deniability.
My position on judges and social media apply to Presidents as well.