Arizona Republic: “The vitriolic conflicts among Maricopa County’s elected officials have drained at least $5.6 million from the county’s coffers over the past two years, according to the latest Arizona Republic analysis of public records.”
New Jersey Transit finally found a reason to fire a worker – burning the Koran. Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people have a right under the First Amendment to bun the U.S. flag, the same freedom of expression apparently doesn’t exist in New Jersey. NJ Transit fired a man who burned pages from the Koran at Ground Zero on September 11, 2010. Let’s hope the ACLU takes his case. Do you think the man would have been fired if he burned the Bible?
Oops, me dumb. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Breyer said that burning the Koran is not free speech protected by the First Amendment. Hot Air says:
“the Supreme Court has already ruled on burnings as free speech. In both Texas v Johnson and US v Eichman, the court ruled that free speech trumped any offense and/or concerns about public safety raised by burning the American flag. In Johnson, the court spoke directly to this issue:”
“The State’s position … amounts to a claim that an audience that takes serious offense at particular expression is necessarily likely to disturb the peace and that the expression may be prohibited on this basis. Our precedents do not countenance such a presumption. On the contrary, they recognize that a principal “function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purpose when it induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or … even stirs people to anger.”
Update: Either or or more other justices of the Supreme Court or perhaps one of his law clerks “splained” the First Amendment and U.S. constitutional law to Justice Breyer because he backpedaled. See “Justice Breyer Clarifies Earlier Remarks, Suggests Koran-Burning Is Constitutionally Protected After All.”
Connecticut Law Tribune: “There’s nothing like a scorned law school graduate with mounting debt and a niche in cyberspace to stir up a great debate about the merits of a legal education. At a time when hundreds of junior associates have been laid off and scores of newly minted graduates remain jobless, there’s a growing movement online to diss the law school experience. Several dozen blogs have gained notoriety for revealing what is often characterized as the ‘“law school scam‘.”
Arizona Republic: “State and university employees with families can expect to see their monthly health-insurance costs rise as much as 37 percent next year . . . . [Two reasons Obamacare will cause costs to skyrocket next year] One is a requirement that insurance plans provide coverage for dependent children up to age 26. The other is the federal legislation’s ban on lifetime limits, an insurance-industry practice that cuts coverage once an individual’s medical expenses exceed a set amount over their lifetime.”
Wall St. Journal: “Kathleen Sebelius’s . . . thuggish message . . . . The Health and Human Services secretary wrote that some insurers have been attributing part of their 2011 premium increases to ObamaCare and warned that ‘there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases’. . . . What Ms. Sebelius really means is that the government will prohibit insurers from doing business if reality is not politically convenient for Democrats.”
The Cato Institute put together a scary video of the increasing problem of cops arresting people merely because the people are filming the cops to their cop thing. The only reason cops do it is because they don’t want video evidence of cops breaking the law.
National Association of Scholars: “The price of attaining a college degree has skyrocketed while the rewards of attaining a college degree have slumped. Sooner or later, people will notice that they are being asked to spend a great deal of money for a meager result. If enough people notice this and consequently decide not to spend at comparable levels and to seek lower priced alternatives—daisies instead of tulips—the bubble will burst.”
Phoenix Business Journal: “In Arizona, the overall default rate was 10.9 percent. That’s tops in the nation.”
Wall St. Journal: “The White House fights an effort to ease a burden on small business. . . . The Senate will vote on amendments to the White House small business bill that would rescind an ObamaCare mandate that companies track and submit to the IRS all business-to-business transactions over $600 annually. . . . But this ‘tax gap’ of unreported business income is largely a Beltway myth, and no less than the Treasury Department’s National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson says the costs will be ‘disproportionate as compared with any resulting improvements in tax compliance’.”
See “Chambers fighting paperwork mandates included in federal health insurance reforms” and a related story in the New York Times called “Many Push for Repeal of Tax Provision in Health Law” that starts:
“Many Democrats have joined Republicans in pushing for the repeal of a tax provision in the new health care law that imposes a huge information-reporting burden on small businesses.”
The Sun: “A BRIT teen who sent an email to the White House calling President Obama a “p***k” has been banned from America FOR LIFE.”