Only in America
An appeals court has rejected a Texas man’s claim that blood-alcohol limits for drivers are unfair to alcoholics. After his fourth DWI, Ralph Friesenhahn argued that alcoholics have a higher tolerance and shouldn’t be judged by the same blood-alcohol standards as “temperate drinkers.” But the court was unpersuaded. “You’re not being punished for being an alcoholic,” said prosecutor Sammy McCrary. “It’s the driving that’s the problem.”
A white Princeton professor is under fire for using racial slurs while teaching a course on racial slurs. Prof. Lawrence Rosen asked students whether it was worse for a white man to punch a black man or call him “a n-----?” Several students walked out, but Rosen says he can’t teach his course, “Hate Speech, Blasphemy and Pornography,” without quoting examples of hate speech.
Boring but important
White House blocks Democratic memo
President Trump last week refused to release a classified memo by House Democrats written to rebut Republican allegations that the FBI abused its surveillance powers to spy on a Trump campaign adviser’s contacts with Russia. The White House said the Democratic memo contained too much classified information. Trump had released an earlier GOP memo without redactions, despite objections from the head of the FBI that the memo was deliberately misleading. The Republican memo claimed that in seeking a warrant to surveil Trump aide Carter Page, the FBI didn’t tell a judge that some of their intelligence came from a dossier funded by Democrats. The Democratic memo reportedly details many reasons the FBI saw Page as a tool of Russia.