The courts aren’t buying into Muslim ban 3.0 either: Daily Bullshit, October 18, 2017

Yes, at long last, a new issue. There will be more news on the Fire, but for me, we seem now to have moved into the aftermath, with recriminations (the only cause for the fire I’ve seen suggested is that wind may have blown down Pacific Gas and Electric lines but apparently other possible causes are also still under investigation[1]), victims combing the ruins of their lives and trying to pick up the pieces (law firms are rushing in[2]), and questions about the future. Some of this will be interesting to me and might get relayed here. Probably a lot won’t be.


Updates

  1. Originally published, October 18, 7:19 pm.
  2. October 18, 10:09 pm:
    • A Santa Rosa couple has filed what may be the first lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric for the Fire.[3]

Muslim ban

[Judge Derrick] Watson said Trump’s third executive order “makes no finding that nationality alone renders entry of this broad class of individuals a heightened security risk to the United States.” He added that the order “plainly discriminates based on nationality” and contains “internal incoherencies that markedly undermine its stated ‘national security’ rationale.”

“Numerous countries fail to meet one or more of the global baseline criteria described in EO-3, yet are not included in the ban,” he said.[4]

[Judge Theodore] Chuang wrote that the president’s campaign trail comments about Muslims and his Twitter postings pointed to the ban being an unconstitutional example of discrimination against Muslims. . . .

Watson wrote that the ban goes against the Immigration and Nationality Act and “plainly discriminates based on nationality” in a way that is “antithetical” to American principles. He said the order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries” would harm U.S. interests.

Chuang’s block of the ban, which came in response to a suit by 23 U.S. residents and immigrant groups with ties to the nations, was more limited. It said the administration could not enforce the ban on any person with a “bona fide” connection to the U.S., such as close relatives who live in the country.[5]

Jaweed Kaleem, “Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump’s new travel ban,” Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-travel-ban-hawaii-20171017-story.html

Lydia Wheeler, “Federal judge temporarily halts third Trump travel ban,” Hill, October 17, 2017, http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/355860-federal-judge-temporarily-halts-third-trump-travel-ban


Fire

The cause(s) of the blazes has yet to be determined but what may be the first lawsuit alleging that Pacific Gas and Electric is culpable for winds blowing down its power lines has been filed.[6]

Soumya Karlamangla, “Wildfires stressed wine country’s healthcare system, creating a crisis and a warning for future,” Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-fires-medical-20171018-story.html

Paul Payne and Mary Callahan, “Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E over Sonoma County fires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, October 18, 2017, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7535529-181/santa-rosa-couple-sues-pge


Donald Trump

Juan Williams, “Trump is becoming a failed president,” Hill, October 16, 2017, http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/355569-juan-williams-trump-is-becoming-a-failed-president


  1. [1]Paul Payne and Mary Callahan, “Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E over Sonoma County fires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, October 18, 2017, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7535529-181/santa-rosa-couple-sues-pge
  2. [2]Paul Payne and Mary Callahan, “Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E over Sonoma County fires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, October 18, 2017, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7535529-181/santa-rosa-couple-sues-pge
  3. [3]Paul Payne and Mary Callahan, “Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E over Sonoma County fires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, October 18, 2017, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7535529-181/santa-rosa-couple-sues-pge
  4. [4]Lydia Wheeler, “Federal judge temporarily halts third Trump travel ban,” Hill, October 17, 2017, http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/355860-federal-judge-temporarily-halts-third-trump-travel-ban
  5. [5]Jaweed Kaleem, “Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump’s new travel ban,” Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-travel-ban-hawaii-20171017-story.html
  6. [6]Paul Payne and Mary Callahan, “Santa Rosa couple sues PG&E over Sonoma County fires,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, October 18, 2017, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7535529-181/santa-rosa-couple-sues-pge

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