I saw a need for link -pinch – hitting (due to weather, move, etc). So I offered, and the offer was accepted!
Thanks for the chance to enter the battlefield of PM links, honorable site Admins! *bows deferentially*
Notable events that happened on February 1 in history (with my comments and/ or snark added, if needed):
In 1790 – The U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time in New York City. Marbury v. Madison wasn’t decided until 1803, which confirmed the Supreme’s power as the final say in judicial matters. .  . I joked when I took Con Law I, that I would base my exam book on Marbury and a dairy case that the prof argued in front of the Supremes. . . . but I didn’t.

In 1861 – Texas voted to secede from the Union as part of the War Between the States.  . . . Texas hasn’t really talked about secession lately, or has it?

My dad had a few “Songs of the Civil War” records when I was little, so this song was kind of worn into my frail little mind. On Feb 1, 1862 “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” by Julia Ward Howe was first published in the “Atlantic Monthly.”

In 1999 – Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against U.S. President Clinton.  . . .no comment needed
And born on this day: (which I culled from this site, tends to be male- dominated birthdays, I should boycott them for not recognizing more notable female birthdays, way to other . . . )
1791 Charles J Sax, Belgian music instrument builder . . . which makes me think of the Simpsons, when it was still funny. 
1895 John Ford, American director (Stagecoach, Air Mail, Quiet Man), born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine (d. 1973)
1921 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Twickenham, England (d. 2017)
1948 Rick James, bitch!  [James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.], American funk musician (“Super Freak”), born in Buffalo New York (d. 2004) 
1956 Exene Cervenka, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois.



Now onto  . . . the Links! Which I realize are just an opening for off-topic comments, so go ahead.

Enforcing immigration law – bad idea, or what?

A judge, a prosecutor and a law professor agreed that arresting undocumented immigrants at American courthouses scares away witnesses and crime victims and must be stopped. The three made their case at a program Jan. 25 at the American Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas titled “Putting ICE on Ice?”

I guess there’s some game going on this weekend? I’d go to a watch party if I knew of one, otherwise weekend plans chez Humungus/Flashman are swimming, painting, and wine /whiskey consumption. Anyhoo, here’s a sport link for you all:

Last year, Nevada sportsbooks took in a record $158.5 million in handle on the Super Bowl — a number that’s expected to be shattered this year. Our comprehensive Super Bowl LIII betting guide is below to help you with all of your wagering needs.

A presidential campaign featuring another public figure? Ah well, it’s nothing without marketing, and getting employees to handle some of the campaign spin shouldn’t hurt, right? Sorry, from Huffpo. Here’s a tip: How about answering “I just work here ” ?

Starbucks is doing what it can to prepare employees for potentially uncomfortable customer encounters as anger grows at former CEO and chairman Howard Schultz, who is considering running for president as an independent centrist candidate.

The coffee chain’s “Barista Need-To-Know” update for the week of Jan. 21-27 included instructions on how to “diffuse [sic] the situation” should anyone “share aggressive political opinions,” as well as what to do if someone asks about Schultz’s “political intentions.”

Yup, probably covered in earlier links, but this story doesn’t bode well for Free expression. However, the cafe isn’t a state actor, so . . . why not ban Che Guevara shirts, while they’re at it too? Banning the expression of supporting communists would surely start a dialogue on communism, amiright?

–  An award-winning cookbook author and California restaurant owner says anyone wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap will be refused service at his restaurant.

Diners interviewed by the newspapers said they understood Lopez-Alt’s stance but questioned the hat ban and said he could have found a way to start a dialogue on the issue. On Twitter, many criticized the so-called tolerance of the liberal Bay Area.

And that’s all I got for you. Have to catch up on the crap that piled up in snowmageddon, ttyl glibertariat!