Real Clear Politics: “American median income has grown 6.5 times over the past 40 years, but the cost of attending one’s own state college has ballooned 15 times. . . . American universities now rake in $40 billion a year more than they did 30 years ago. . . . The market will eventually recognize the out-of-whack economics of today’s ‘place-based colleges’ and intervene.”
The march deeper and deeper into the nanny state continues. Boston Globe: “First, it was smoking in restaurants and bars. Then, artery-clogging trans fat in fast food joints and bakeries. Now, Boston health regulators have their crosshairs fixed on soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in city building.”
Obama Ignores Express Language in Federal Law and Appoints Elizabeth Warren as Head of New U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
On Friday, President Obama appointed Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren to be the head of the brand new U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB was created by the new Dodd-Frank financial regulatory bill that became law in July of 2010. The new law is called the “Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act.”
The United States Constitution states that the President:
“shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint . . . Officers of the United States. . . . Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone.”
President Obama signed the new Dodd-Frank financial regulatory bill into law on July 21, 2010. The law states that the:
“”Director shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.”
The CFPB created a new government watchdog agency that: (i) sets its own budget so it is not dependent on Congress for funding, and (ii) is independent and not controlled by Congress or the President. This new agency is a totalitarian governmental agency that will be run by unelected people who answer to no one. Does anybody who believes in freedom and liberty think this is a good idea? The audacity of hope!
Despite the U.S. Constitution and the express language in the law, President Obama appointed Warren to be the director of the CFPB without the consent of the U.S. Senate or even a hearing on whether she should hold the job. Why do few people care when the President violates federal law? What will happen to our country if our leaders do not respect and follow the rule of law?
The Wall St. Journal said Warren’s appointment avoided “Senate confirmation and, for that matter, any political supervision. The chutzpah here is something to behold. . . . We would have thought a Harvard law professor would object to the extra-legality of this arrangement, but then this is also the crew that gave us ObamaCare via budget reconciliation and put Donald Berwick in charge of Medicare without a Senate debate. . . . We have here another end-run around Constitutional niceties so Team Obama can invest huge authority in an unelected official who is unable to withstand a public vetting. So a bureau inside an agency (the Fed) that it doesn’t report to, with a budget not subject to Congressional control, now gets a leader not subject to Senate confirmation.”
Michele Malkin: “The open-borders lobby is out in full force, launching a week-long campaign yesterday to pass another illegal alien amnesty-by-another-name. . . . The so-called DREAM Act would create an official path to Democrat voter registration for an estimated 2 million, college-age illegal aliens.”
Arizona Republic: “Physicians agree that marijuana can provide relief for patients with serious illnesses, but they also find ethical dilemmas in recommending a drug that is not federally approved. . . . Marijuana is classified as a schedule-1 drug by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration . . . . The lack of FDA approval raises ethical concerns for physicians.”
Arizona Republic: “Seemingly overnight, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu went from a local lawman to a national figure. Outspoken in his support of tough immigration enforcement, he has appeared on TV news programs dozens of times and is fast becoming a known face in political circles.”
The Heritage Foundation: “One the most troubling policies in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is a new requirement that businesses report more information on their activities to the Internal Revenue Service. This new requirement will force businesses to divert scarce resources to complying with additional bureaucratic red tape that they could better use creating new jobs.”
1200 WOAI radio: “he state of Texas today sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a federal appeals court in Washington DC, claiming four new regulations imposed by the EPA are based on the ‘thoroughly discredited’ findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and are ‘factually flawed,’
Church of the Florida Preacher Who Planned to Burn Koran May be Billed $200,000 for Police Protection
The Gainesville Sun: “The cost of policing the Dove World Outreach Center for the planned Quran burning that never happened is expected to come to about $100,000 each for the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, officials say.”
See also “Planning to Burn a Koran = $200,000 Bill from the Government for Policing Costs?” The article by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh says,
“Except that charging people money for extra policing, because of a fear that thugs would react violently to their speech, is unconstitutional, see Forsyth County v. Nationalist Movement (1992).”
Prisoner Sues Kardashian Sisters for $75,000 Because their Reality TV Shows Caused His Emotional Distress
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Prisoner GW 1171 is not happy with the Kardashian sisters, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe. D.J. Goodson sued the sisters in federal District Court for intentional infliction of emotional distress caused by watching their two reality TV shows “Keeping Up with the Kardasians” and “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami.” In addition to $75,000 in damages, GW 1171 also wants the court to order the sisters to say to him, “D.J. we are sorry for emotionally stressing you out & we love you!”
I’ll bet a lot of other people feel the same way. Could a class action lawsuit be next? Here’s the best parts of the actual Kardashian_Lawsuit :
11. During season two the defendants engaged in disturbing acts of violence and racially prejudicial acts in which they knew would affect the plaintiff psychologically and emotionally.
13. Defendants intended there [sic] actions to cause plaintiff to suffer extreme emotional distress due to their outrageousness of actions involving violence (domestic abuse) to include a boxing match in which a handicapped individual observed the abuse of defendant Kim Kardashian. The many domestic and emotional abuses involving Kourtney Kardashian by her paramour Scott. Defendant Khloe Kardashian on one occasion referred to a baby doll as being “the black baby”.
14. Defendants actions amounted to a physical manifestation of the emotional distress of plaintiff.
16. Defendants sexually explicit actions intertwined with domestic abuse, fights of violence, extensive use of abusive language, sexual content and innuendo, nudity, outright disrespectful and disturbing actions, no respect for the law, and plain senseless and stupid actions, comments, behaviors, etc. as a result of defendants conduct the plaintiff suffered from mental anguish, embarrassment, shame and humiliation and continues to suffer from nervousness, anger issues in which continues as to plaintiff suffering.
WHEREEFORE, plaintiff demands judgment against defendants in d amount in excess of $75,000.00 for compensatory and punitive damages, plus interest and costs.
Declaratory relief declaring the actions of defendants in which [sic] continue be deemed outrageous and subjected to cause emotional distress and to provide relief to prevent future damages by defendants.
Implementation of a third party to monitor defendants actions to prevent further harm to plaintiff who is a viewer or provide warnings prior to airing any episode in which defendants causes emotional distress by and through their unmonitored and unrestricted behaviors, comments and and actions.
It is furthered requested that all defendants offer a sincere apology for their actions to plaintiff on both above mentioned broadcasts as folIows “D.J. we are sorry for emotionally stessing you out & we love you!”