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Opening For Business And The ADA.

There are people in this world that think about issues long before we do. Thank goodness they are around, especially when expose problems when over-broad laws such as the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) runs smack into businesses reopening in the face of requirements and recommendations based on trying to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once such person is Walter Olson who runs the excellent legal site Overlawyered.com and who is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

Olson has a post on the CATO site dealing with possible ADA compliance issues as businesses start to open back up. It is well worth the read, but here are the highlights:
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FloridaToday And Their Breathless Support Of Rebekah Jones.

Rebekah Jones

For at least the past week, the FloridaToday and other news sources have been running stories on the termination of Rebekah Jones, who led the development of the Florida website / dashboard on tracking of COVID-19 cases.

Jones says she was fired because she refused to manipulate data. Governor DeSantis and the State claim she was fired for insubordination.

In these times, it seems nothing can happen without being politicized and this case is no exception.

For example, in an opinion piece entitled “A cover-up or ‘non-issue?’ We must learn more about COVID-19 data chief’s ousting | Our view” the FloridaToday left this tracking change / artifact at the bottom of the article after they had finished the piece itself.


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Michigan Judge Sides With Barber.

We’ve written several times about Owosso, Michigan Karl Manke who defied the “stay at home” orders of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in order to make a living and pay his bills.

After the State tried to close Manke’s shop down, the State applied for a “cease and desist order” which would force the closure of the shop. Circuit Court Judge Matthew Stewart refused to issue the order saying he wanted to hold a full hearing.

As the State was shot down and could not get the cease and desist order, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs [LARA] suspended Manke’s license without cause or reason. At the same time, the State went to the Appeals Court asking that they order Judge Stewart to rule on the cease and desist order sooner rather than later.

The Court of Appeals said Judge Stewart needed to issue a ruling by Thursday, May 22, 2020.

In a classic case of “be careful what you wish for,” Stewart did indeed issue his ruling and formally denied the State its coveted “cease and desist” order against Manke.
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COVID-19: Ignorant Arsonist Burns Church To The Ground.

If you disagree with a group, burn their building down.

That’s what happened to the First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs, Mississippi.

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (WMC) – A Mississippi church at the center of an arson investigation is the same church currently in a battle with city leaders over a COVID-19 safer-at-home order.

First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs was destroyed by what investigators believe is an arsonist.

Investigators found graffiti on pavement in the church parking lot that reads, “Bet you stay home now you hypokrits (sic).”
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Sad News In The Blogging World.

Walter Olson

Okay, this is not the end of the world type sad news, but it is sad to us and we think to the blogosphere as well.

Walter Olson, who runs the excellent and award winning legal blog Overlawyered.com, has decided to hang up his blogging hat as of May 31, 2020.

In a post announcing his decision, Olson writes in part:
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Michigan Has Officially Jumped Into The Land Where There Is No Law.

The government of the State of Michigan seems to have made it official: laws don’t matter any more. Do what they say, or else.

Michigan, as you remember is the home of Karl Manke, the 77 year old barber who defied an order from the governor, convinced a judge not to issue a “cease and desist” order for him to stop cutting hair, and then in retaliation, the State suspended his license.

All of this was too much for some of the people in and out of the state. A group called the Michigan Conservative Coalition organized a protest in the Michigan capital of Lansing called “Operation Haircut,” where barbers and stylists from in and out of the state cut hair for free.

The event with about 350 people was peaceful. However, the police decided to issue citations to seven people for cutting hair after being ordered to stop.

The citations were for “disorderly conduct” which the seven cited people took, put in their pockets and returned to cutting hair.
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Memorial Day Flags “Non-Essential.”

This is one of those posts of bad news, good news, horrible news.

What are these idiots thinking?

The answer is no.

FlagZone LLC near Gilbertsville [Pennsylvania] will not be allowed to sell flags for Memorial Day observances, and Berks County is still scrambling for flags for Memorial Day cemetery events.

According to a statement to the MediaNews Group from Casey Smith, communications director at the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development: “As the administration’s main priority is protecting the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians, flagmaking operations are thus deemed non-life-sustaining. While FlagZone will unfortunately need to suspend its operations this year, we are hopeful that in the years to come, it will be able to continue to provide Pennsylvanians with a symbol of our patriotism for future Memorial Day celebrations.”
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Remy: Surfin’ USA (Beach Boys Lockdown Parody)

Nailed it.

Lyrics:

If you go out on the ocean
Across the USA
And you’re wearing a swim shirt
‘Cuz of your scrawny weight (it’s for the sun, I swear)

Well, uh, you just might notice
The police in your wake
Cuz it’s illegal to be surfing
In the USA
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