Those were the words opined today by Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in this ruling concerning exemptions for religious employers. Posner distinguished the plaintiff’s ecclesiastical administration of a church from the ordinary commercial activities of a religious organization. Under Posner’s view, employees working in the latter arena are entitled to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections whereas the former are not. I don’t see the rationale for a religious exception here; this is not analogous to a religious employer discriminating against non-believers in hiring/firing. Shouldn’t clerical personnel be entitled to the same wage benefits as all other commercial employees?
Those are some pretty good odds if you are asking me if I want to buy a lottery ticket. Instead, they represent the odds that any given American is in prison or jail as I type. The NYTimes reported yesterday that 1 out of every 100 Americans is behind bars. Crikey.
Then, NoObamakoolaid emailed me this:
He’s revered by many in the San Francisco Bay Area, a former member of the SF Board of Supervisors, practicing lawyer, grad of Stanford Law, musician, artist, poetry-lover, Green Party member AND Ralph Nader’s veep choice. Meet Matt Gonzalez…….
I don’t know whether any of you follow legal reporters, but one of the biggest names – Linda Greenhouse, the Times’ Supreme Court reporter and a Pulitzer prize winner – has accepted a buyout offer and will be leaving the paper soon. According to the AP story, Greenhouse has worked for the Times for 40 years and has held down the SCOTUS beat for the latter 30. John Paul Stevens was the only sitting justice when she started in 1978 who’s still on the court today.
Though the 61-year-old Greenhouse says she was planning to retire soon anyway, this is yet another indicator of troubled times for journalism. The Times will be offering buyouts to 100 of its newsroom staff in the coming months.
Not sure if our audience is very interested, but Cass Sunstein is moving from U of Chicago to Harvard. This seems like a significant blow to Chicago. Here is the Harvard weblink. Did this go unnoticed or am I slow or does no one care?
SCOTUS has taken a case to clarify when the police can search your car. Well, not your car, unless there is an arrest warrant out on you and you are driving on a suspended license. I’m guessing our reading audience does not include many like that, but you get the idea.
ANYWAY, under those circumstances, can the police search your car? Even though I understand they must have probable cause that there were drugs in your car, I guess I thought that once you were under arrest for something (like an old warrant), the probable cause requirement was gone and they could search the car.
I am guessing that will be the result, but I guess I am here expressing surprise that it was not already the case.
So, at Ellen’s suggestion I saw Heat Wave the play last night. It was really great on various levels and I give it 2 thumbs up. If you are in Chicago, go see it.
So it is interesting because it is an adaption of a sociological monograph. You don’t see that very often. The book, by Eric Klinenberg was great, but how would it fare as a play?
Turns out, it was great. The cool thing was how the play and the production (like the book) make it clear that there were/are various ways to think about what happened in the Chicago Heat Wave of 1995 (in which almost a thousand people died). It can be seen as a failing of individuals and a “natural” disaster versus a failure of social services with a profoundly disparate impact on older people of color living in poverty. By the end of the play (or if you cannot get to it, the book), you feel pretty darn sure which interpretation seems more true to the events.
So – playwrites out there: street harassment. think about it as a stage production. I envision actors posing as audience members, sitting int he audience, harassing actresses on the stage.