The Supreme Court is beginning to rule …

But nothing on healthcare or gay marriage yet. We do, however, have—

•As part of a farm program, the government has been forcing raisin farmers to contribute some of their crop to the federal Raisin Reserve, without always paying. The Supreme Courts says that’s a no-go.

•The Supreme Court also thumbed down the part of LA’s municipal code which says cops can request guest registers, license plate numbers, etc. from hotel operators going back three months, without any reason other than We Want It.

•Back in the 1990s, Marvel licensed one guy’s patent on a Spider-Man toy, paying royalties as usual with patents. The patent has now expired. Marvel wants to stop paying and the Supreme Court says OK. What’s noteworthy is Justice Elena Kagan’s spider-quips  (“What we can decide, we can undecide. But stare decisis teaches that we should exercise that authority sparingly. Cf. S. Lee and S. Ditko, Amazing Fantasy No. 15: “SpiderMan,” p. 13 (1962) (“[I]n this world, with great power there must also come — great responsibility”).

•The court also ruled that Texas can legally reject a proposal for (non-personalized) Confederate flag license plates. Dahlia Lithwick thinks the reasoning is flawed (one justice compares it to the right to decide which religious monuments go up on public land) while LGM is more upbeat. Scott Lemieux goes into more detail at Salon on why he thinks it was a good call.

•When I published my latest And column about the fear of false rape accusations, a right-winger I know insisted these were so common it was a totally rational thing to worry about. Reading the tweets from men’s rights activist Dean Esmay about how to deal with feminists shows that no, they ain’t rational (“Who the hell said we are angry?? I am having more fun than a feminist making a rape claim” or “Feminist sex workers will scream rape and have you arrested to steal your money and laugh when you are raped in jail.” which is one of the oldest anti-rape cliches—rape victims are just hookers who didn’t get paid—with an extra dollop of anti-feminism).

•I have nothing worth saying about the horrible Charleston shooting last week. So instead I’ll link to Salon on Jeb Bush’s response; Eric Erickson jerksplaining that this is the logical outcome of tolerating Caitlyn Jenner’s sex change; Defeating the Dragons; and the Wall Street Journal insisting the shooting has nothing to do with racism. Hullabaloo touches on the conservatives who insist the real issue is someone shot at Christians, not race. Mona Charen says she’s much more depressed by how the shooting will affect the 2016 election than the shooting itself, then gets outraged when people say that’s what she said. Oh, and Esmay says maybe the man was driven to it by feminist lies about rape (Blaming the Women is an old right-wing response to shootings).

•My old target David Brooks is caught getting some facts very wrong in his latest book.


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