Trump:[T1] When more than half of the stadium was empty, I thought that might register with media depiction of the event, but the media keeps letting him pretend the stadium was full.
[T2] Over at Hit Coffee, I explore the question of whether or not Trump could cause a brokered convention.
[T3] Sonny Bunch blames the rise of Donald Trump on pop culture and professional wrestling.
[T5] Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry takes issue with Donald Trump on birthright citizenship, arguing that the US is doing it right while his own native France got it wrong.
Freedom:[F1] A millionaire in the UK is fined after recycling gravestones for his patio.
[F2] South Carolina passed some rigid laws to prevent pesky calls, but a recent court decision has placed it in jeopardy.
[F3] George Orwell recently turned 110, and a Dutch Artist celebrated by putting party hats in surveillance cameras.
[F4] I’m on board with re-evaluating the Confederate Flag and other things, but this is silly.
[F5] Zic passes along… The Naked City!
Danger:[D1] In Ferguson, some Oath Keepers decided to arm black protesters in solidarity.
[D2] In the tenth anniversary of Katrina, Owen Courreges wishes that people would stop calling New Orleans better after the disaster.
[D3] A couple that was getting it on fell in a moat and died.
[D4] Dan Kahan writes about the problem he sees with consensus messaging in the climate change debate.
[D5] While we debate the merits of birthright citizenship, Haitian immigrants are fleeing the Dominican Republic after their citizenship has been revoked.
Prisons:[P1] Vice asks the very Vicey question: What are things going to be like for Jared Fogle behind bars?
[P2] Companies that sell phone calls to prison inmates are, it turns out, really icky. Among other things, working with prisons to limit visitation.
[P3] Relatedly, private prisons may be bad, but according to German Lopez they are not responsible for mass incarceration.
[P4] How two similar-looking black men with the same name gave birth to the process of fingerprinting in criminal justice.
Courts & Judges:[CJ1] The bad news is that judges, like the rest of us, are susceptible to motivated reasoning. The good news – which unlike the bad actually is news – is that they are less so.
[CJ2] Sue Bell Cobb, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is not happy about what she had to do to get that position. Judicial elections are a really, really bad idea. The topic is explored in John Grisham’s underappreciated novel, The Appeal.
[CJ3] Some Alabamians are saddled with such court costs that they end up committing crimes to pay for them.
[CJ4] Lifehacker debunks some traffic ticket myths. Some of them aren’t myths so much as “A lawyer might be able to do it, but you are less likely to.” Like Marco Rubio, I hired a traffic lawyer who got me out of a ticket where I was pretty clearly guilty.
Courtship & Dating:[CD1] Tracy Moore in Jezebel asks if deep debt should be a reason not to marry someone. It seems to invariably depend on a lot of specifics. I easily shrugged off my wife’s six-figure debt, but really got into it with an ex about her four-figure debt.
[CD3] Priceonomics has an article on what words and inflections correlate with good and bad first dates.
[CD4] We were taught that getting married later in life is better for marital prospects. While this is true up to a point, it may have its limitations and there may be such a thing as waiting too long.
Bears:[B1] A bear poking its head through a doggie door? I’m going with scary.
[B3] You have maybe seen the videos of the bears playing in the pool. Uncle Steve makes a good point, which is that while it may be an exotic novelty to most, it’s probably a common plague to them.
[B4] Australia is running so low on koala food that they might have to start euthanizing.
Coming soon: Latin America, Scandinavia, Education, Energy, Society…