The Foundry: “Obamacare is deeply unpopular with the American people . . . . To combat this reality, the Obama administration struck back . . . . Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to America’s Health Insurance Plans warning them that ‘there will be zero tolerance’ for ‘falsely blaming premium increases’ on Obamacare. Specifically, Sebelius threatened to punish non-subservient firms by excluding them from the government regulated and mandated health insurance exchanges.”
Arizona Republic: “The Paradise Valley Town Council will hear a presentation Thursday night on the fiscal and safety impact of traffic cameras in the community. Paradise Valley is the target of a petition drive asking for a public vote to ban the cameras.”
Arizona Republic: “A top aide to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has requested an investigation of the sheriff’s second-in-command, Chief Deputy David Hendershott, and two of his allies, signaling growing concern among the sheriff’s top hierarchy about the agency’s management.”
CT Now: “Health insurers are asking for immediate rate hikes of more than 20 percent in Connecticut for some plans, citing rising medical costs and federal health reform laws as reasons.”
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.