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  • Federal Rights For State Workers Upheld (states cannot pass laws that limit rights to negotiate)

    04/04/2011 12:58:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Official Wire ^ | 4/01/11
    Federal Rights For State Workers UpheldPublished on April 01, 2011 by Staff Reporter CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (USA) A U.S. district court judge has ruled states cannot pass laws that limit private-sector workers' rights to negotiate job terms, a union attorney said. "The state can't legislate workers' rights," said attorney Terrance McGann, who represented the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters in a case challenging a 2010 law in Illinois intended to allow exhibitors at Chicago's McCormick Place convention hall to bypass paying overtime, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. Judge Ronald Guzman's ruling upholding the National Labor Relations Act on behalf of the...
  • Tennessee gun carry restrictions might be unconstitutional

    02/19/2011 4:54:21 AM PST · by kwikrnu · 3 replies
    I've had a lawsuit against the State of Tennessee since May 2010. My lawsuit claims that the State unlawfully infringes upon the rights of the people to bear arms and that a law, tca 39-17-1307(a)(1), which was introduced in 1989 is unconstitutional. The law makes it a criminal offense for anyone to carry a loaded firearm in public. There are several defenses; hunting, fishing, handgun permit, being a judge or law enforcement, or carry on private property. I have standing because I have been denied a handgun carry permit and unless I'm hunting or fishing it is a criminal offense...
  • Banks Broke Laws? Ok, Where....

    02/17/2011 7:48:34 AM PST · by FromLori · 15 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | 2/17/2011 | Karl Denninger
    .... are the handcuffs? A review of mortgage-servicing practices by U.S. regulators found serious problems with internal controls and staffing levels at the companies, which are likely to result in formal enforcement action against more than a dozen major financial institutions, according to people familiar with the situation. "Formal enforcement action" = A tiny fine and a scolding. Well, maybe a scolding. But wait... "By emphasizing timeliness and cost efficiency over quality and accuracy, examined institutions fostered an operational environment that is not consistent with conducting foreclosure processes in a safe and sound manner," Mr. Walsh said in his remarks....
  • What does US foreign policy gain with a controversial president?

    02/12/2011 1:09:55 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 7 replies
    The Cosmos ^ | 2/21/2011 | Vanity
    What does US foreign policy gain with a controversial president? People around the world are asking the same questions we are. 1.Is Obama a US citizen? 2.When did Obama become a US citizen? 3.Does citizenship really matter? 4.Do borders really matter? 5.Do the origins of national identity really matter? 6.Do constitutions really matter? 7.Can a popular president do no wrong? 8.Does Obama have to answer to Congress, the Judiciary or ignorant racist citizens? 9.Was Obama eligible to become the president? 10.Does his eligibility even matter anymore? 11.Do we have a right to know how Obama paid for his education? 12.Do...
  • A License to Shampoo: Jobs Needing State Approval Rise

    02/07/2011 11:05:18 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 7, 2011 | STEPHANIE SIMON
    Amid calls for shrinking government, lawmakers across the country are vowing to cut regulations that crimp economic growth. President Barack Obama recently said it's time to root out laws that "are just plain dumb." Tell that to the cat groomers, tattoo artists, tree trimmers and about a dozen other specialists across the country who are clamoring for more rules governing small businesses. They're asking to become state-licensed professionals, which would mean anyone wanting to be, say, a music therapist or a locksmith, would have to pay fees, apply for a license and in some cases, take classes and pass exams....
  • Army officer's wife killed teen children because they were 'mouthy,' Tampa authorities say

    01/29/2011 10:33:39 PM PST · by Red Steel · 45 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 11:47 a.m. EST, January 29, 2011
    The woman who authorities say killed her teenage daughter and son because she was fed up with them talking back and being mouthy will not appear in court Saturday because she's being treated at a hospital for an unknown condition. Authorities say Julie Powers Schenecker was taken to Tampa General Hospital shortly after midnight Saturday to be treated for a medical condition that existed before she was taken to jail. Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies — who oversee jail inmates — said they could not reveal Schenecker's medical condition, citing health care privacy laws. An arrest affidavit said Schenecker shot her son...
  • Tampa police lodge dozens of felony counts against woman they say was Dontae Morris associate

    01/24/2011 7:45:45 AM PST · by jwparkerjr · 31 replies
    St. Pete Times ^ | 11/01/24 | Shelley Rossetter
    TAMPA — A woman whom police investigated for her relationship with Dontae Morris, a suspect in two police killings, was arrested after a traffic stop Sunday on charges including 81 felony gun counts. Alaina Nichole Riggins, 26, of Seffner was being held on $614,500 bail in a Hillsborough County jail. Among the charges, police filed one for each of the more than 70 bullets they said they found on her. An arrest report says a Tampa officer observed a gold Toyota she was driving make repeated turns without using a signal on E Clifton Street early Sunday. The officer turned...
  • To Everyone Who is Calling for Stricter Gun Laws

    01/14/2011 7:31:53 PM PST · by MsLady · 18 replies
    Girl friend | Jan. 14, 2011 | ?
    To everyone who is calling for stricter gun laws in light of the tragedy in Tucson, may I offer this little tidbit: If guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk, and spoons make people fat! Remember: Hold the person accountable for their actions, not the means they chose to utilize!!
  • Are There Separate Laws for the Protected Federal Class?

    01/10/2011 10:26:43 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 42 replies
    1/10/11 | dagogo redux
    The news and discussions flowing out of the AZ killings has raised a question for me, one I hope some of you can help me answer. I saw repeated references to a special set of laws pertaining to the murder or the attempted murder of Federal Officials and Federal Employees. I am wondering how this status as a "protected" class got started, and how deeply it has spread. Is a drive-by shooting a different sort of crime, with different legal proceedings and different sentencing guidelines, if an "innocent bystander" victim happens to be an off-duty mail clerk working for the...
  • Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions

    01/04/2011 5:19:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/03/11 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor UnionsBy STEVEN GREENHOUSE Published: January 3, 2011 Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and politics. **SNIP** “We can no longer live in a society where the public employees are the haves and taxpayers who foot the bills are the have-nots,” Mr. Walker, a Republican, said in a speech. “The bottom line is that we are going to look at every legal means...
  • Almost Everything Is A Crime: 14 Most Ridiculous Things That Americans Are Being Arrested For

    12/31/2010 10:38:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 1+ views
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 12/30/2010 | Michael Snyder
    Doesn't it seem like almost everything is becoming a crime in America now? Americans are being arrested and charged with crimes for doing things like leaving dog poop on the ground, opening up Christmas presents early, not recycling properly, farting in class and having brown lawns. But is it healthy for our society for the police to be involved in such silly things? Every single day the United States inches closer to becoming a totalitarian society. While there are some that would welcome this shift, the truth is that throughout history the societies that have experienced the greatest economic...
  • Lawmakers seek cash during key votes

    12/26/2010 2:39:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 25, 2010 | Carol D. Leonning , T.W. Farnam
    Numerous times this year, members of Congress have held fundraisers and collected big checks while they are taking critical steps to write new laws, despite warnings that such actions could create ethics problems. The campaign donations often came from contributors with major stakes riding on the lawmakers' actions. ....Earlier this month, the chairman of the Senate committee overseeing tax policy, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), gave himself a birthday-party fundraiser - on the same day that the chamber took its first vote on an $858 billion tax package that would provide breaks to wealthy citizens and business interests. ....Over the course...
  • Suffocated By Red Tape - 12 Ridiculous Regulations That Are Almost Too Bizarre To Believe

    11/27/2010 11:49:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | November 12, 2010
    Even with all of the massive economic problems that the United States is facing, if the government would just get off our backs most of us would do okay. In America today, it is rapidly getting to the point where it is nearly impossible to start or to operate a small business. The federal government, the state governments and local governments are cramming thousands upon thousands of new ridiculous regulations down our throats each year. It would take a full team of lawyers just to even try to stay informed about all of these new regulations. Small business in the...
  • DeMint: Over 90% of Bills Passed Secretly With No Debate, No Vote

    11/08/2010 10:45:36 AM PST · by Lorianne · 26 replies · 1+ views
    You Tube ^ | 26 May 2010 | Sen Jim DeMint
    video 10:38
  • Drowning in Law: A flood of statutes, rules and regulations is killing the American spirit

    10/17/2010 8:15:56 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies · 1+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | October 10th 2010 | Philip K. Howard
    Drowning in Law: A flood of statutes, rules and regulations is killing the American spirit BY Philip K. Howard Sunday, October 10th 2010, 4:00 AM Government is broken and the economy is gasping. The reason is the same: Americans no longer feel free to roll up their sleeves and make the choices needed to fix things. Governors come to office and find that 90% of the budget is pre-committed to entitlements and mandates enacted by politicians long dead. Teachers no longer have authority to maintain order in the classroom. Legal mandates and entitlements have accumulated, like sediment in the harbor,...
  • Anger over return of 'Sus' laws that will let police target minorities

    10/15/2010 3:24:01 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 15th October 2010 | By James Slack
    Police will soon be allowed to return to the days when they could stop and search people on the basis of their ethnic background. Last night the news threatened to ignite a huge row between the Government and civil liberties groups. So-called ‘Sus laws’ were scrapped in the 1980s after the alleged targeting of black people by police led to race riots in London, Birmingham and Liverpool.
  • Austin chief pushes for new drunk driving charge

    10/11/2010 7:04:01 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 66 replies
    Austin chief pushes for new drunk driving charge Acevedo says proposal is aimed at impaired drivers, who can be dangerous even if they aren't legally drunk By Mike Ward AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Updated: 5:14 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 A campaign to create a new category of driving while intoxicated is being promoted at the Capitol as one way to curb growing problems in Texas’ system of punishing drunken drivers. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, among the supporters of the change, said the idea behind a new offense of “driving while ability impaired” — DWAI — would cover drivers whose blood-alcohol...
  • Illegal Immigration and the Proper Response

    10/06/2010 11:09:34 PM PDT · by hawkins · 1+ views
    That Christian website ^ | 10/07/2010 | Travis Main
    The world has a great number of problems. Does the Bible have a solution for them all? 2 Pet. 1:3 establishes we have all things we need for life and Godliness. Therefore, let’s challenge the verse. Does the Bible give direction in regard to illegal immigration. I believe that it not only gives information to the immigrant, but it also gives information to the local church and its members about how to proceed. This sermon is part of the “Big Problems Series” and is number #3 in the series. To watch video of this sermon: To download video of...
  • <I>Antigone</i> Revisited

    09/14/2010 8:34:48 PM PDT · by dagogo redux · 11 replies
    9/14/10 | dagogo redux
    I have long admired Robert Fagles’ translations of the classics, and was re-reading his rendition of Antigone by Sophocles a few nights ago. I was inspired to do so by recent events. I thought I’d post this vanity to encapsulate my mental ramblings and see if they resonate with anyone else out there. Antigone is the first of the three “Theban” plays written by Sophocles, the Greek playwright most famous for his second Theban play, Oedipus Rex. The story of that play tells of the tragedy of Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother, Jocasta. Although he did...
  • How does the Fed choose it's lawsuits against states ?

    08/05/2010 8:52:20 PM PDT · by TheRevolution1776 · 3 replies
    With the recent dismissal of the state law in Arizona by a judge on the grounds that it will interfere with the Federal's ability to function, what will they do come November in California ? See, they will be voting yes or no on prop 19 which will legalize marijuana, however, under federal law you could still be arrested even though it is legal under state law. Will Holder and others dispatch a team of lawyers to sue and take the proverbial teeth out of that should it pass ? They claim that the Arizona law was stepping on the...
  • Officials kill grizzly bears to head-off lawsuits before they arise

    08/01/2010 8:58:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 106 replies · 21+ views
    Bear Attack Examiner ^ | July 31, 2010 | Dave Smith
    Wildlife officials have killed a grizzly bear in Wyoming and a grizzly bear in Montana to head-off potential lawsuits. The Montana grizzly killed and partially consumed Kevin Kammer at a Gallatin National Forest campground near Cooke City, Mont. on July 29. The Wyoming grizzly killed 70 year-old botanist Erwin Evert on June 17 on the Shoshone National Forest near the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The circumstances were quite different, but the decision to kill the bears was undoubtedly influenced by a 1996 court case over the terrible bear mauling of 16 year-old Anna Knochel at a U.S. Forest...
  • WTO backs China in U.S. chicken import row: Chinese source

    07/27/2010 4:51:36 PM PDT · by goldendays · 44 replies · 1+ views ^ | 07/29/10 | Jonathan Lynn
    WTO backs China in U.S. chicken import row: (Reuters) - A World Trade Organization panel has ruled in favor of China in its dispute with the United States over an effective U.S. ban on imports of Chinese chicken, a Chinese source said on Tuesday. The WTO issued a ruling in the poultry dispute to the two parties on Monday, but it remains confidential until it is published in a couple of months time. There was no official comment from Chinese or U.S. authorities. Asked whether China had won the case, the source, who is familiar with the ruling, told Reuters:...
  • Georgia quietly scales back strict sex-offender law

    07/26/2010 5:04:42 AM PDT · by jerry557 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    ATLANTA — Georgia was lauded four years ago by conservatives for passing one of the nation's toughest sex offender laws. But the state has had to significantly — and without fanfare — scale back its once-intense restrictions. Georgia's old law was challenged by civil liberties groups even before it took effect. After losing court battle after court battle, state legislators were forced to make a change or a federal judge was going to throw out the entire law. Now that the restrictions have been eased, about 13,000 registered sex offenders — more than 70% of all Georgia sex offenders —...
  • Hey – Why Not Cut Off One Finger Each Time A Thief Steals….

    07/15/2010 11:26:57 AM PDT · by sussex · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Aged ^ | 15/07/10 | the Aged P
    The new UK government recently launched public consultation websites asking for ideas on how to cut public spending and reduce bureaucracy. The results have shocked the media elite and their political outriders in the Labour Party. Ordinary everyday folk, forgetting that their true station in life is to accept without question the musings of the thousand families who form the Guardian/BBC/Academia Axis of Cultural Supremacy, have unleashed a wave of politically incorrect suggestions that strike at the very heart of Received Wisdom.
  • Boston Globe columnist reveals that new school anti-bullying law is completely ineffective

    07/13/2010 10:46:39 AM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies ^ | 07/13/2010 | n/a
    The jury is in. By all accounts MassResistance was right about the new Massachusetts "anti-bullying" law for schools which was passed unanimously by the Legislature in March with great fanfare and self-congratulation -- not to mention cheers from the Boston media. It's completely ineffective.
  • Majority of people want existing immigration laws enforced!

    07/08/2010 1:58:05 PM PDT · by nmh · 17 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 7/8/10 | Bob Livingston Poll
    Immigration Reform… Should America Follow Arizona's Lead? Here are the results! The Total Number of people who voted in this poll: 225,899 1) Should America follow Arizona’s lead when it comes to immigration reform? 97% voted: Yes 2% voted: No 0% voted: Undecided 2) Do you believe illegal immigrants take jobs U.S. citizens want? 86% voted: Yes 9% voted: No 5% voted: Undecided 3) Do you feel being asked for proof of citizenship is a violation of your civil rights? 3% voted: Yes 95% voted: No 1% voted: Undecided 4) Would you like to see your state pass a similar...
  • Pigs in a pen deliver lesson about freedom

    07/04/2010 6:58:28 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 4, 2010 | John Kass Pigs in a pen deliver lesson about freedom John Kass July 4, 2010 Every Fourth of July we Americans celebrate our liberty and our independence from an oppressive, overreaching government. We do this through wonderful, time-honored rituals. We wave the flag. We shoot off fireworks. We barbecue and eat watermelon in the shade. Someone brings out a radio or a tiny TV and soon we're enjoying baseball (or the World Cup). We drink some beer and the kids gather round and sit upon the grass and listen to our stories. But few, if any of us, tell children of...
  • Fricker gets 5 months' jail, caning over vandalism & trespassing charges

    06/28/2010 4:35:49 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Channel News, Singapore ^ | 25 June 2010 1843 hrs | Channel News
    SINGAPORE : Swiss national Oliver Fricker has been sentenced to five months jail and three strokes of the cane. The 32-year-old IT consultant pleaded guilty to trespassing into the SMRT Changi Depot and spray-painting two train carriages. A third vandalism charge for cutting the depot's fence was taken into consideration. Fricker committed the offences between May 16 and 17 with an alleged accomplice, identified as Dane Alexander Lloyd, a Briton who has since left Singapore. The court was told Lloyd allegedly masterminded the plan, and had corresponded with a spray paint supplier before his arrival in Singapore on May 15....
  • Fishermen Fined For Overfishing In Lake Erie

    06/11/2010 5:38:27 AM PDT · by Howard Morrison · 74 replies · 1,472+ views
    News 5 Cincinnati ^ | 6/11/10 | Cincinnati News
    SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Six fishermen from Tennessee and Georgia will have to pay a high price for violating Ohio fishing regulations. The men were fined $16,000 and had to forfeit three bass boats, trailers and two freezers full of fish for overfishing in Lake Erie.
  • Free latte for oncologists? Not without disclosure

    New limits on free gifts to doctors have hit the ubiquitous free lattes and coffee seen at major medical meetings like the one here of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The conference exhibit floor still features massive information booths from cancer drugmakers like Roche Holding AG, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Amgen Inc -- though the days of shopping bags laden with pricey goodies are long gone. Many drugmakers still offer coffee or candy with no strings attached, but Pfizer Inc requires doctors to swipe their registration cards and warns that physicians from Minnesota and Vermont are prohibited from imbibing....
  • We Need Vacation

    05/30/2010 6:16:25 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 17 replies · 844+ views
    CBS Sunday Morning | 5-30-10 | Me
    Now we are being compared to Europe when it comes to taking vacation.How we are one of the richest nations that DOES NOT require a vacation.Rant begins now....
  • Study Points to Health Law’s Penalties

    05/24/2010 7:59:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 771+ views
    ny times ^ | 5/24/10 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — About one-third of employers subject to major requirements of the new health care law may face tax penalties because they offer health insurance that could be considered unaffordable to some employees, a new study says. The study, by Mercer, one of the nation’s largest employee benefit consulting concerns, is based on a survey of nearly 3,000 employers. It suggests that a little-noticed provision of the law could affect far more employers than Congress had assumed.
  • Ray Stevens sings about immigration laws In America and Other countries.(America can't have laws)

    05/19/2010 7:48:22 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 17 replies · 652+ views
    Youtube ^ | Ray Stevens
    A very important video with an important message.
  • Let the Boycotts Begin

    05/07/2010 8:16:37 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 21 replies · 468+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 5/7/10 | Ken Lowder
    The socialist fringe of the liberal democratic party are calling for a boycott of all things Arizona. This is because Arizona had the audacity to make a law enforcing federal immigration law by making it a state law that can be enforced by local police. It also makes it illegal for cities to be 'sanctuary cities'. I say let's boycott all things that are supporting the criminal activity of illegal immigration! When you do this, make sure you call it what it is: willful support of criminal activity.
  • Arizona passes strict illegal immigration act

    04/13/2010 3:42:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 68 replies · 1,726+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 13, 2010 | Nicholas Riccardi
    The bill mandates that police determine people's immigration status if there is a 'reasonable suspicion' they are undocumented. Immigrant rights groups say it amounts to a police state. Reporting from Denver Arizona lawmakers on Tuesday approved what foes and supporters agree is the toughest measure in the country against undocumented immigrants, making it a crime to be an illegal immigrant in Arizona and allowing local police to determine whether people are in the country legally. The measure, long sought by opponents of illegal immigration, passed in the state House of Representatives. The state Senate passed a similar measure earlier this...
  • Ohio man pleads guilty in alleged terror plot

    06/03/2008 3:55:54 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies · 340+ views
    AP via brietbart ^ | Jun 3, 2008 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man accused of joining al-Qaida in the early 1990s and helping teach fellow Muslim extremists how to bomb U.S. and European targets pleaded guilty Tuesday to planning terrorist attacks. Christopher Paul, 44, pleaded guilty to a count that carries a maximum life prison sentence, but entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors that calls for a 20-year term. U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost accepted the plea but said he would not give final approval to the deal until he sees the government's pre-sentence report, which is not expected for several months. No sentencing date...
  • The laws of war – Israelis know them best

    04/08/2010 11:01:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 338+ views ^ | 4/8/10 | DOV PREMINGER
    IDC legal team beats 44 universities on expertise in international humanitarian laws dealing with combat rules. An Israeli team from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, recently beat out 44 universities to take first place in the 2010 edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition on international humanitarian law. The week-long international competition, held between March 20-27 in Quebec, Canada, matched up teams from universities around the world to test their knowledge in the field of international humanitarian law (IHL) – commonly referred to as the laws of war.
  • Don't Feed the Gators - or Homeless ( Violators Could Be Fined $300 For Feeding Homeless)

    03/11/2010 1:52:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 957+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | 3/11/10 | Todd Wright
    Miami officials are trying to clean up downtown and get rid of the homeless people who congregate on busy streets and they figure the best way to do that is stop feeding them. Better yet, they want to stop you from feeding them. A proposed ordinance that could be discussed Thursday would make it illegal for any regular Joe to give a cup of Joe, sandwich or bag of chips to any homeless person in the downtown area. You could be fined $300 if you are caught by the Good Samaritan police giving grub to the needy. City officials claim...
  • Our Ageless Constitution

    03/06/2010 8:10:29 AM PST · by loveliberty2 · 4 replies · 331+ views
    Our Ageless Constitution ^ | 1987 First Edition, Reprinted 2009 | La Vaughn G. Lewis
    Our Ageless Constitution"The structure has been erected by architects of consummate skill and fidelity; its foundations are solid; its components are beautiful, as well as useful; its arrangements are full of wisdom and order...." -Justice Joseph Story Justice Story's words pay tribute to the United States Constitution and its Framers. Shortly before the 100th year of the Constitution, in his "History of the United States of America," written in 1886, historian George Bancroft said: "The Constitution is to the American people a possession for the ages." He went on to say: "In America, a new people had risen up without...
  • We're All Criminals Now

    02/24/2010 4:48:47 PM PST · by foutsc · 4 replies · 382+ views
    Western Hero ^ | 24 Feb 10 | silverfiddle
    In a nation of hammers, every problem looks like a nail... In a government ruled by lawyers, every citizen looks like a criminal, and every problem can be solved by one more law...Gene Healy at CATO writes about a case before the supreme court arguing a law "criminalizing schemes to "deprive another of the intangible right of honest services.""Yes, it's as ridiculous as it sounds.  Justice Breyer observed, to the government lawyer defending the broad criminal statute... "Of some 150 million workers in the United States, I think possibly 140 million of them would flunk your test." Healy points...
  • Complexity Can Be Dangerous

    02/21/2010 9:21:25 PM PST · by stolinsky · 15 replies · 328+ views ^ | 02-22-10 | stolinsky
    Soon - if it hasn’t happened already - the lines will cross. Increasing complexity will cross decreasing time to master it. As a result, cars will accelerate uncontrollably, airliners will crash, our phones will reveal our location, and our health care will be managed by computers.
  • Surprise: Cell Phone Texting Laws Do Not Lower Collision Claims (Survey)

    02/03/2010 6:07:24 AM PST · by wrrock · 14 replies · 269+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 2/3/2010 | CarDealerReview
    Does the mere act of passing a law prohibiting texting while driving lower accidents? Surprise, surprise. A study shows bans on texting while driving doesn't really lower collision claims. This survey looked at states passing texting bans and compared them to surrounding states. They found no significant difference in collision claims. WATCH REPORT...
  • New laws could suffocate the private sector in Venezuela

    01/30/2010 10:29:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 413+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 1/30/10 | Roberto Deniz
    There are claims of government attempts at tightening its grip on industry and business In the official language, such terms as "excessive earnings," "speculative earnings," and "fair prices," are more and more repeated to condemn speculation. Some of them will take legal shape. Mario Isea, the president of the National Assembly Economic Development Commission, confirmed it on January 20. In addition to the fast approval of the reform to the Law on Indepabis (Institute for the Defense of People in the Access to Goods and Services), the government will take steps towards a new Commercial Code, a law to regulate...
  • Copy of Massachusetts Election Day Laws

    01/19/2010 6:15:49 AM PST · by Nahanni · 9 replies · 638+ views
    Everyone who is going to observe the polls in Massachusetts needs to read and print this out. It contains not only what is allowed/not allowed but the direct laws pertaining to it.
  • New laws welcome the new year [Texas]

    01/02/2010 7:29:28 AM PST · by deport · 33 replies · 2,080+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1-01-2010 | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    AUSTIN — Tanning, tobacco and taxes are three of the areas that will fall under new state laws or new enforcement today. • • Teen tanning: Tanning salons are a popular teen stopping point before spring break or the prom, but a new law will limit their access to tanning beds. The legislation became law in September, but enforcement begins today. The new law bars anyone under 16½ from using a tanning device. Those between 16½ and 18 must have a parent or guardian's permission in writing at the salon before they can use a tanning bed. • •...
  • Servicemember Voting Laws Reflect Changes

    12/31/2009 3:44:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 409+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2009 – Laws have changed and servicemembers who want to vote need to be aware of these changes, the director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program said. Generally, military personnel who want to vote are a higher percentage than that in the general population. Still, there can be roadblocks to exercising the franchise. Overseas-deployed servicemembers may find that “the absentee ballot doesn’t get to them on time, so they can vote it and send it back to the election official so it can be counted,” Bob Carey explained during an interview yesterday. In the general population about...
  • Obama Democrats will pay for 'garbage' laws: Republican (House Minority Leader John Boehner)

    12/17/2009 5:27:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 864+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama's Democratic allies will pay in November 2010 mid-term elections for the "garbage" legislation they pushed through the US Congress, a top Republican lawmaker warned Thursday. Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner took aim at Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's remark Wednesday that she was "always in campaign mode" and would sell voters next year on Democratic achievements. "I hope she does a great job of marketing all the garbage they passed this past year," he said at a year-end press conference, vowing "we're going to continue to be the party of better solutions." Recent...
  • Laws I’d Like to See

    12/08/2009 6:33:50 PM PST · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 389+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-08-09 | Donald Bly
    1. No elected official may hold consecutive terms. (in regards to congress)This would certainly do a lot to eliminate the power of incumbency and would not limit the number of terms that an qualified individual could be elected to an office. They'd simply have to return to their respective districts and live under the laws that they have enacted. They could run for office again the next election cycle. The idea here is to eliminate the career politician and reduce the amount of corruption that our current system seems to have fostered. It would hopefully end the era of elected...
  • Constitutional Ignorance Reigns Supreme on Capitol Hill

    11/09/2009 8:18:04 AM PST · by AmericanHunter · 58 replies · 2,404+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 11-9-09 | Bob Barr
    Hello – is there anybody out there who still believes our leaders in Washington care about what the Constitution of the United States says? Or what it was intended to mean? Or even that it exists? If there actually is anybody out there who still believes this, recent discussions on Capitol Hill about proposed federal legislation should dispel such thought from the minds of even the most die-hard optimists. Legislation dealing with the delivery and cost of health care in the United States is nearing votes in both houses of the Congress. Although differing significantly in their details, the primary...
  • N.J. Court Says Americans Have No Right To Buy Handguns

    11/05/2009 9:03:07 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 74 replies · 2,835+ views
    CBS ^ | 10/28/2009 | CBS
    A New Jersey appeals court has concluded that Americans have no Second Amendment right to buy a handgun. In a case decided last week, the superior court upheld a state law saying that nobody may possess "any handgun" without obtaining law enforcement approval and permission in advance. That outcome might seem like something of a surprise, especially after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year in the D.C. v. Heller case that the Second Amendment guarantees "the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation." But New Jersey Appellate Division Judge Stephen Skillman wrote on behalf of...