Judge claims he is doing us a solid

Los Angeles County Judge Gregory Keosian dismissed Richard Simmons lawsuit against National Enquirer owner American Media, saying that "it is simply not libelous or defamatory to call someone transgender."

Misidentification of a person as transgender is not actionable defamation .... The court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them.

--Judge Keosian

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Advances in Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) waded through more than 100 bills in his in box on Friday. Included in the ones he signed were a bill to ban the gay panic defense in criminal proceedings and a bill making it easier for transgender people to have their birth certificate altered. Also milkweed is now the state flower, cycling the state exercise and dogs and cats the state pets.

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The baldfaced president

Nixon said, "I am not a crook."

W said, "Sadaam Hussein has a massive stockpile of biological weapons." and "We do not know whether or not [Iraq] has a nuclear weapon."

I'll even throw in "I didn't have sex with that woman" by Bill Clinton.

Ronald Reagan told visiting Israeli premier Yitzhak Shamir in fall of 1983 that he had helped liberate the Auschwitz concentration camp as a soldier in the European theater and had taken footage of the horrors of the camp.

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Lambda Legal sues DoJ and Education

While everyone is up in arms about the trump ban on transgender military service (I'm sure it will be covered by others), Lambda Legal has quietly filed suit in the Southern District on New York, claiming FOIA violation by the Departments of Justice and Education.

More than 5 months ago Lambda Legal requested documents about the Trump Administration's February decision to repeal the Obama Administration guidance which applied Title IX to transgender students.

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Hyp-o-crite

I did not watch Trump's "first ever prime-time address to the nation" on Monday evening. I can't stand to have someone lie to my face...and when that someone calls himself the President of the United States, that's just one more reason not to listen.

I read his words this morning. I had to get up at 4:45 AM to take Debbie to the airport for a flight to DC for a conference in Arlington, so what was I gonna do after I got back home?

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