Estate of Denial: “For a man who’s been diagnosed with diabetes, you’d never guess that about Steven Cooksey. His life choices fly directly in the face of the American Diabetes Association’s recommendations for people living with the disease. He maintains a no-grain/low-carbohydrate diet, commonly known as the Paleo diet, and as a result [...]
New York Times: “New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.
The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire [...]
Findlaw.com: Mitch Torbett was arrested in Tennessee for a crime committed by his identical – and deceased – twin brother. He’s suing authorities for the 36 hours he spent in jail and according to this article, he won’t likely win.
huffingtonpost.com: Forget Mexico, Colombia…Colorado, a key swing vote state, may be swinging against Obama if his administration does not stop shutting down dispensaries. For the entire article, click here.
The state has embarked on an ambitious effort to regulate its thriving medical marijuana industry. When it comes to marijuana policy, Colorado’s voters, businesses, tax collectors, [...]
thomsonreuters.com: The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the application of its two year-old ruling on immigrants have a constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel and must be told about possible deportation as a result of a guilty plea:
The justices said they would consider whether its March 31, 2010, ruling would apply retroactively [...]
huffingtonpost.com: A federal judge has halted plans to “de-fund” Planned Parenthood in Texas:
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it bars eight Planned Parenthood clinics that don’t provide abortions from participating in the program based on their affiliation with legally and financially separate entities that offer abortions.
Congress passed laws that ban the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs because our leaders know what is best for us. 100 watt incandescent bulbs cannot be manufactured in the U.S. now and beginning in 2014 the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs of 40 watts or greater will be banned. The U.S. Department of [...]
Did you know the Department of Justice has the whale police? I didn’t until I read this story called “Corzine Steals Billions Sans Charges, Errant Whale Watcher Faces Prison.” Instead of prosecuting the people who stole money from MF Global investors or the people in the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol [...]
It was big news last week when prosecutors charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. But Zimmerman could walk free if a judge decides his actions fall under Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which gives broad leeway to people to shoot in self-defense. There is no way to undo [...]
today.msnbc.msn.com: “A special prosecutor is set to present her findings from the investigation into the Trayvon Martin shooting as early as Tuesday.”
To read more about Mr. Zimmerman’s plans to avoid additional publicity until those findings are made clear, click here.
Reason.com: “Courts are expanding rights but cops are cracking down. Find out how to keep your footage, and yourself, out of trouble. Last week the City of Boston agreed to pay Simon Glik $170,000 in damages and legal fees to settle a civil rights lawsuit stemming from his 2007 felony arrest for videotaping [...]
Phoenix New Times: “Arizona’s House Bill 2549, which was labeled by one critic as a “bill to censor electronic speech,” has been stopped, according to one of the bill’s sponsors.
As we’ve already mentioned twice before, the bill was never transferred to the governor, contrary to the numerous media reports saying [...]
AZCentral.com: Arizona’s state prisons overuse solitary confinement in cruel, inhumane and illegal ways, particularly for mentally ill prisoners and juveniles as young as 14, the human-rights group Amnesty International charges in a report to be released today.
According to the report, which is to be delivered to the governor and state lawmakers, Arizona prisons use [...]
HOUSE BILL 2549 an Act
amending sections 13-2916 and 13-2923, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to electronic or digital devices.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 13-2916, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
13-2916. Use of an [...]
Today the Arizona state legislature passed House Bill 2549 making it illegal to use or post “offensive” language online. Although passed under the guise of being an anti-bullying bill, House Bill 2549, if signed by Governor Brewer, would effectively amount to censorship of any content state officials deem “offensive”. This censorship would apply [...]
The Hill: “New light bulb efficiency standards will begin phasing in on Jan. 1 despite intense opposition from conservatives, who have blasted the rules as a textbook unnecessary federal regulation. While Republicans secured inclusion of a measure blocking funding for enforcement of the standards in a year-end spending bill, energy efficiency groups say [...]
Porter Stansberry of the Stansberry Investment Advisory wrote an article that every American who cares about the future of our county should read. The lengthy article is The Corruption of America. Here are a few excerpts:
“The numbers tell us America is in decline… if not outright collapse. I say ‘the [...]
Investors Business Daily: “A federal agency is calling for a nationwide ban on all cellphone use while driving. Once again, Washington busybodies are exaggerating a problem because it happens to be a behavior they don’t approve of. . . . a 2009 NHTSA study found that 80% of all car wrecks are caused by [...]
ABA Journal: Retired Justice John Paul Stevens says his 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London was so unpopular that he was criticized by fellow bridge players.
A duplicate bridge player, Stevens has silver life master status for the points he has amassed with the American Contract Bridge League, [...]
Estate of Denial: The Occupy Wall Street movement is shining a spotlight on how much influence big-money interests have with the White House and Congress. But people are not talking about how big money is also increasingly getting its way with the courts, which is too bad. It’s a scandal that needs more [...]
Estate of Denial: We’ve written before about the growing use of civil asset forfeitures – a means by which government confiscates private property. From local governments to the feds, it’s happening in numerous jurisdictions across the U.S.
In Motel Is Latest Stopover in Federal Forfeiture Battle, The Wall Street Journal discussed [...]
Denver Post: Brian Vicente, one of the state’s most prominent medical-marijuana proponents, calls it a “travesty.”
Tony Fabian, one of the state’s foremost gun-rights activists, says it’s evidence of “hostility.”
What has forged this quirky convergence of advocacy — tokers, meet shooters — is a September letter from the [...]
ABA Journal: Retired Justice John Paul Stevens is citing one of his own opinions as offering legal support for President Obama’s health care law.
Stevens referred to the opinion, Gonzales v. Raich, in an interview with Bloomberg News. The 6-3 decision held the federal government had commerce clause authority to ban [...]
AZCentral: Tattoo parlors, strip clubs, escort services and “head shops” that sell items used to smoke marijuana could be the next places Phoenix turns to for revenue if the city rescinds its controversial food tax.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Councilman Tom Simplot asked management to consider what the city can [...]
National Review Online: With passive smoking on the run, a new menace comes waddling into view (the Guardian reports — my emphasis added):
Governments around the world need to make immediate and dramatic policy changes to reverse a pandemic of obesity which could affect an extra 11 million people in the UK over the next [...]
ABA Journal: An economics professor is making the case for legal protections against looks-challenged people.
Writing an op-ed for the New York Times, University of Texas professor Daniel Hamermesh cites findings that good-looking people make more money, find higher-earning spouses, and get better mortgage deals. One study shows American workers assessed [...]
Estate of Denial:New York businessman James Lieto was an innocent bystander in a fraud investigation last year. Federal agents seized $392,000 of his cash anyway.
An armored-car firm hired by Mr. Lieto to carry money for his check-cashing company got ensnared in the FBI probe. Agents seized about $19 million—including Mr. [...]
Reason.com: The 10th Amendment to the Constitution is like the skinny teenage girl who blossoms over the summer and suddenly finds herself besieged by suitors. Once ignored, it has found a host of champions among Republican presidential candidates who are competing to show their devotion.
The amendment contains just one sentence: [...]
ABA Journal: A new Missouri law set to take effect later this month is aimed at more clearly defining teacher-student boundaries.
But critics say portions of Senate Bill 54, also known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, go too far in limiting social media contact between teachers and their students.
NY Post: If Congress had to name laws honestly, it would be called the “Forcing Your Internet Provider to Spy On You Just In Case You’re a Criminal Act of 2011″ — a costly, invasive mandate that even the co-author of the Patriot Act, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), says “runs roughshod over the [...]