August 29 roundup

  • Astonishing investigation into feds’ “235 school shootings a year” statistic: “NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. …We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents.” [Anya Kamenetz, Alexis Arnold, and Emily Cardinali, NPR]
  • Sentences that make you go back and read twice: “Mister Cookie Face lawyer Blake Hannafan also applauds the verdict and says 600 lb Gorillas ‘overreached.’” [AP/WHEC, Metro West Daily News on legal battle between Massachusetts dessert company and ice cream supplier]
  • “In-N-Out Burger sends pun-filled letter to beer maker to address ‘brewing’ trademark issue” [ABA Journal]
  • In Arkansas, socially conservative Family Council Action Committee enlists in the ranks against liability reform, and some less-than-charitable souls wonder whether $150,000 in donations from a Little Rock law firm might have had anything to do with that [Andrew DeMillo, AP]
  • AG Brian Frosh’s embarrassing SALT suit, religious adoption fight, Cardin’s red meat thrown to Left, union influence in Montgomery County, Baltimore water supply, and more Maryland stuff in my new Free State Notes roundup;
  • Federal court strikes down North Carolina’s U.S. House map as partisan gerrymandering, which could (or might not) lead to lively doings at the Supreme Court between now and Election Day [my new post at Cato]


  • Wow! When NPR(!) realizes that there were only 11 school shootings instead of 235, then you know someone has an agenda that they’re pushing through lies and deception. I’m certainly not for school shootings, and even 11 is too many, but not telling the truth about the extent of the problem doesn’t serve anyone.

    • Robert,
      ” but not telling the truth about the extent of the problem doesn’t serve anyone.”

      There’s a lot of people who stand to benefit from not telling the truth.
      The new “School Resource Officers” who will probably be dues paying members of the Police unions.
      The security companies who get hired to turn schools into fortresses.
      The companies who do the background checks that are needed before you are allowed anywhere near a school. (My background check to be allowed to work with nuclear weapons was only slightly less intrusive than the one I had to have to be able to coach my great niece’s basketball team.)
      The manufacturers of “bullet proof backpacks” and other related items.
      The media, whose ratings get a spike anytime there’s an incident anywhere near a school.
      I can go on and on about who the lie serves.

  • Arkansas social-conservative group signs up with plaintiffs’ bar–

    In one-party States, the dominant State party (or ideology) can be infiltrated by elements who would be out of place in the national party. Plaintiffs’ lawyers are well-represented in the Republican Parties of Mississippi and Alabama. Some of our most thoughtful Public pension reforms have been carried out in Democratic Rhode Island, and education reforms in Democratic Massachusetts.