Patterico's Pontifications


REUTERS: Defying Congress, Trump sets $8 billion-plus in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Filed under: Government,International — DRJ @ 2:10 pm

[Headline from DRJ]

Reuters – Defying Congress, Trump sets $8 billion-plus in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE:

U.S. President Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress on Friday to complete the sale of over $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

Another national emergency.


FOLLOW UP: Immigration Headlines

Filed under: Immigration — DRJ @ 1:20 pm

[Headline from DRJ]

In a follow-up to US NEWS: Another 16-Year-Old Migrant Child Has Died in Government Custody, CBS News reported last week that the Texas facility the boy was in stopped taking migrants because of an outbreak of flu:

U.S. border agents have temporarily stopped taking people into the primary facility for processing migrants in South Texas, a day after a 16-year-old diagnosed with the flu at the facility died. In a statement to CBS News late Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said a large number of detainees in its processing center in McAllen, Texas, had high fevers and were displaying signs of a flu-related illness.

Due to the influx of migrants, the government also started moving migrants from Texas to other locations including San Diego. Now San Diego has a flu outbreak attributed to the migrants from Texas.


OREGONLIVE: Oregon jury awards $26.5 million against truckers in road rage episode

Filed under: Law — DRJ @ 12:47 pm

Oregon jury awards $26.5 million against truckers in road rage episode that ended in woman’s death:

A federal jury in Oregon has awarded nearly $27 million in a road rage case against two trucking companies and their drivers who were involved in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game on U.S. 20 that killed a 30-year-old motorist in 2016.

There was a twist that is not uncommon in multi-party litigation:

Shortly before the verdict, Allison’s estate [the estate of the deceased motorist] reached a settlement with Smoot Brothers [one of the trucking companies], though the jury wasn’t aware of the agreement when it made its damage award. Smoot Brothers agreed to pay $900,000 to settle the claims against it, leaving Horizon Transport [the other trucking company] responsible for the bulk of the $26.5 million verdict.

Another twist, because I think this occurred in Oregon [Note: I may be wrong about that. UPDATE: It happened in Oregon.]:

U.S. District Judge Patricia Sullivan allowed the jury to award damages beyond Oregon’s wrongful death cap of $500,000, by applying the law from the victim’s home state of Idaho, which sets no limitations on noneconomic damages in such cases.


Good News Headlines (Updated)

Filed under: Miscellaneous — DRJ @ 6:47 am

[Headlines from DRJ]

Firefighters use CPR to save drowning fawn in Oak Grove, Minnesota:

Little tragedies occur every day in nature. On Tuesday, one was in progress in Oak Grove. A pair of twin fawns – so young there were still strands of umbilical cord trailing from their bellies – got trapped in a creek and were about to drown.

‘So blessed.’ Slidell Wal-Mart cashier who walked miles to work given a car after story goes viral:

Singleton, who said she hasn’t owned a car in a decade, has worked at the Wal-Mart on Northshore Boulevard for three years. Slidell Police Officer Brad Peck came across her in the pre-dawn hours Monday as she walked along the U.S. 11 overpass.

“She was really hugging that guardrail, too,” Peck said.

Peck noticed her Wal-Mart uniform and stopped to ask if he could give her a lift. He figured she worked at the Wal-Mart store on Robert Boulevard, the one nearest where they were. But she told him she worked on Northshore Boulevard, some 9 miles from her home.

Child who survived Mall of America fall undergoing further procedures:

The [5 year old boy] boy, named Landen, plunged 40 feet when he was randomly grabbed by Emmanuel Aranda and tossed over the railing.

Aranda has pleaded guilty to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the April 12 attack. Landen suffered head trauma and multiple broken bones.

The family’s post says Landen is recovering, his spirit is strong, but there is still a long road of recovery ahead. The GoFundMe site has raised more than $1 million over the past month.

UPDATE: More good news – Yoga instructor saved in Hawaii. Thanks to Dave in the comments.


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