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The Ninth Circuit can’t even get affirmed ruling on how diversity jurisdiction works

It seems the Ninth Circuit has (or had…) a rule that a corporation’s principal place of business was were  most of its business was done, giving California a huge advantage.  The Hertz Corporation was not incorporated there, and had its headquarters in New Jersey.  Nevertheless, the Ninth Circuit, applying its most-of-the-business rule, held there […]

Ole Miss mascot vote today

The students at Ole Miss are voting today about whether Ole Miss should have a mascot.  The question is over a new one, and I’ve heard three basic student positions– one group saying “a no vote supports Colonel Rebel,” one group earnestly advocating voting yes and moving forward , and one group saying “Lets have a squid-like character who led the rebels against the empire in Star Wars.”  There’s a debate about whether the last suggestion is a trap.

The squid reminds me of a campaign in the mid-70s to vote Tilda the Turkey for homecoming queen.  The legend was that the earnest Greek students counting the votes counted write-ins for Tilda, the Turkey, and Tilda the Turkey as for three different candidates to avoid a win for poultry.  I personally wrote in Tilda the Turkey and felt robbed.

In any event, WMC-TV 5 says they’ll be live down here for the vote, and there’s a longish AP story running– here is what ran in the Times Picayune.

Colonel Reb shall not rise again. That much is certain.

The University of Mississippi dumped the mascot — a caricature of a white plantation owner — in a 2003 effort to distance the school from Old South stereotypes. It’s been without a mascot ever since. A vote Tuesday could change that.

Students will have only two choices in the online referendum: yes, replace the colonel with something else — perhaps a riverboat gambler or a Colonial soldier — or no, remain the only school in the Southeastern Conference without a mascot.

In a world where football is akin to religion, and sports symbolism carries the power of a totem, this is no small matter. Stories about the vote have run prominently in the campus newspaper for weeks, along with “Save Colonel Reb” advertisements.

“We’re tired of having nothing to represent us,” said junior Josh Hinton, a member of the Associated Student Body, which approved a resolution calling for the vote. “We’ve gotten our song taken away. We want to have some kind of tradition back.”

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Just in case you thought the final OPR report exculpated John Yoo

I’ve not posted about the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility report about whether Yoo and Bybee should be referred for bar discipline for their authorship of the Bush era “torture memos.”  I’ve not posted in part because I find the whole topic so discouraging.

The final report finds that You provided legal advice […]

Elizabeth Drew on Thad Cochran and party discipline: “[T]he last man they thought wouldn’t keep his word”

Anderson has a great catch in the latest piece by Elizabeth Drew (long wrote the Washington Letter from the New Yorker, writes in NY Review of Books).  I’m going to quote in full with apologies to him:

Writing on the health care bill, Elizabeth Drew illustrates GOP party discipline with a Mississippian example:

In […]

The New Albany City Attorney situation: Well, it seems certain all the lawyers are relatively happy…

The Daily Journal reports that New Albany has a new (well, repeat, or used, or something) city attorney, but everyone gets paid:

New Albany Aldermen unanimously approved the hiring of Roger McMillin as city attorney Monday night. McMillin has served previously for almost a dozen years as New Albany city attorney.

He replaces long-time […]

New Yorker readers relieved: David Remnick’s new book not to be “pumped up” from article, did not say “pimped out”

Here’s my favorite correction of the month, from the NY Times Arts blog:

An earlier version of this post misquoted Mr. Remnick on his comparison between the book and a New Yorker article he had previously written. He said the book would not be a “pumped up” version of the article; he did not […]

“She brooded and brooded and brooded over it, and then, ‘bingo.’” Bingo!?

Crooked Timber quotes the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Amy Bishop’s court-appointed lawyer says the professor accused of killing three of her colleagues appears to have paranoid schizophrenia and while she is “aware of what she’s done” and is full of remorse, she can’t remember the shootings. Roy W. Miller, the lawyer, told the Associated […]

Trial Court Rules for Hood / Langston against Pickering in MCI Fee Case

A quick read of the opinion granting summary judgment for Hood shows that the basis is that Hood had the authority to hire outside counsel and that, because MCI paid the money, there’s not a legal issue about the legislature appropriating. From Sid Salter’s blog: http://www.clarionledger.com/assets/pdf/D0152201219.PDF Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd has ruled […]

New Kitchen (or related) tool

You hold it in your hand to use it.  Guess what it does.

Answer below the jump.

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Two minor Scruggs tidbits

Two stories that might be of interest to folks following the Scruggs case.  First, Patsy Brumfield writes about the resolution of the case involving Ed Peters’s “fee.”

The second is a tad more obscure, and I’ll present it in the form of a Scruggs trivia question:  The discrimination claims of Black farmers against the […]