Wall St. Journal: “ObamaCare’s implementers continue to roam the battlefield and shoot their own wounded, and the latest casualty is the core of the Affordable Care Act—the individual mandate. To wit, last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the requirement to purchase health insurance or else pay a tax penalty. This latest political reconstruction has received zero media notice, and the Health and Human Services Department didn’t think the details were worth discussing in a conference call, press materials or fact sheet. Instead, the mandate suspension was buried in an unrelated rule that was meant to preserve some health plans that don’t comply with ObamaCare benefit and redistribution mandates. Our sources only noticed the change this week. That seven-page technical bulletin includes a paragraph and footnote that casually mention that a rule in a separate December 2013 bulletin would be extended for two more years, until 2016. Lo and behold, it turns out this second rule, which was supposed to last for only a year, allows Americans whose coverage was cancelled to opt out of the mandate altogether.”
Investors Business Daily: “My generation — 80 million strong — is experiencing economic distress as a direct result of the failed leadership and policies of the Obama administration. The economic purgatory into which millennials have been cast by Father Government is one of constant turmoil and statistical roadblock. The unemployment rate for all Americans ticked up to 6.7% in February. But when it comes to millennials, the jobless numbers are far different. Youth unemployment now stands at a staggering 15.8%, and this doesn’t even give the whole picture.”
Arizona Republic: Arizona “State officials are set to pay $99,999 to a former criminal investigator for Attorney General Tom Horne who claimed she faced retaliation for reporting allegations of wrongdoing to the FBI, including that Horne may have violated campaign-finance laws, The Arizona Republic has learned. The dollar amount compensates former criminal investigator Margaret ‘Meg’ Hinchey for the salary and benefits she lost while on medical leave due to stress caused by the alleged retaliation.
Arizona Republic: “The pension system for Arizona police and firefighters has received a federal grand-jury subpoena to turn over ‘a long list’ of documents as part of a criminal investigation into whether pension-trust managers inflated certain real-estate investment values to trigger staff bonuses. The trust board of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System voted at a special meeting Friday to hire a criminal defense attorney to handle matters related to the grand-jury investigation.”
More proof that the primary purpose of government is to take away freedom. The Associated Press wrote “Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies under proposed legislation that’s drawing opposition from the Motion Picture Association of America. The legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee is considering the bill, which would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels.”
Arizona Republic: “Abortion providers have filed suit against Arizona to try to block new state rules limiting the use of the most common abortion-inducing drugs. The federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson by Planned Parenthood Arizona and Tucson Women’s Center alleges that the new rules required under a 2012 law will effectively block the ability of many women to use medication to induce abortions.”
Arizona Republic: “The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday that a new state law changing the nominating process for appeals court judges is unconstitutional because it makes a fundamental change in the balance of power between a voter-approved nominating commission and the governor. The high court said in its ruling that the law directly conflicts with the state Constitution and cannot be enforced.”
Fox News: “Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists”
A federal law called the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act provides for the protection of the bald eagle and the golden eagle prohibiting the “taking” of eagles. The term “take” includes killing an eagle. See 16 U.S.C. 668c; 50 CFR 22.3. The civil penalties for violating the Act include a maximum fine of $5,000 or one year in prison. Second convictions have a penalty of a $10,000 fine or up to two years in prison. Killing an eagle can also be a felony with a fine up to $250,000 or two years in prison. Fine double if the killer is an organization.
Although killing eagles is a crime ignored by President Obama and Eric Holder you better not kill a duck without a permit or you may be prosecuted. Obama’s Department of Justice chartered a helicopter to fly over land in North Dakota looking for dead ducks. The federal duck police spotted two dead ducks in a pond on land owned by Oilman Bud Brigham, the head of Brigham Resources. The ducks had drowned in oil run off ponds. The feds charged Bud with crimes and prosecuted him. If convicted he could have been imprisoned for up to six months for each death.
The judge threw out the case as absurd. He said the federal duck police were trying to criminalize the following activities that result in dead ducks: driving, owning a building with windows. farming and owning a cat.
TechDirt: “Many sites that include user reviews work pretty hard to scrub the obviously fake ones, but it appears Yelp has taken that to a new level, deciding to sue a law firm for posting fake reviews. . . . Yelp is arguing that when McMillan employees created fake accounts in order to post bogus positive reviews for their own firm, they violated the terms of service of the site. . . . the lawsuit focuses on some specific charges including breach of contract, intentional interference with contractual relations, unfair competition and false advertising.”
See the Complaint.