A draft agreement leaked Wednesday shows the Obama administration is pushing a secretive trade agreement that could vastly expand corporate power and directly contradict a 2008 campaign promise by President Obama. A U.S. proposal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact between the United States and eight Pacific nations would allow foreign corporations operating in the U.S. to appeal key regulations to an international tribunal. The body would have the power to override U.S. law and issue penalties for failure to comply with its ruling.Read more »
Iowa officer admits that he can stop me without probable cause only because I'm participating in a regulated industry. Are YOU participating in a regulated industry (interstate commerce?) If not, then why comply?Read more »
TAMPA, Fla. — Ron Paul supporters are unhappy that Republican National Convention organizers aren’t letting them throw a festival honoring the Texas congressman and presidential candidate the weekend before the gathering.
Spokesman Bryan Siemon said his group is organizing a three-day “PaulFest” at the Florida State Fairgrounds that would include music, comedians and speakers. But the Republicans control Tampa’s public venues during the convention and haven’t given PaulFest approval to use the fairgrounds.Read more »
New Jersey will defy a federal ban and let people bet on the outcomes of football, basketball and other games this fall, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday.
Interesting case of non-compliance. BTW, I'm not sure how gambling constitutes "interstate commerce" when it's illegal to make bets across state lines.Read more »
Public vs Private works and doing business in NY stateRead more »
Today, the news was that a Judge in New Jersey upheld the ACLU’s injunction against “TRU ID”, the New Jersey version of REAL ID.
This along with Pennsylvania’s recent nullification of REAL ID by a Republican Governor and a very bipartisan bill goes to show that the pendulum is swinging back towards liberty.Read more »
Zinger quote from full-time artist (and QCO reader) Gwenn Seemel:
I'm fascinated by how artists say that their adherence to copyright is about money (even when they aren't making a living with their work) but that when you dig a little deeper it comes out that it's about fear. It's about the fear that someone will do what you're doing but do it better than you ever did.Read more »
A collection of some of California’s best-known chefs, including four-star celebrities like Thomas Keller, began a full-course press on the state’s legislators on Monday, hoping to prevent a long-simmering ban on foie gras from taking effect on July 1.
The group, which calls itself the Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards, delivered a charter statement to lawmakers in Sacramento, advocating a wide variety of new animal-friendly commitments, including cage-free birds and hand feeding, to replace the current law, which would effectively bar foie gras from the state’s menus.
A 26-year old single mom in Texas decided she’d kick-start her own economic recovery last month, starting the Lubbock Fantasy Maid Service, a housekeeping service with nude maids. Unfortunately, there’s no competition for Borrett and her business in Lubbock because local law enforcement doesn’t look kindly on it. In fact, they consider the service a sexually-oriented business.Read more »
If you really want to address racism then we need to address two issues, the drug war and the fact that 3 of every 4 black babies is born to an unwed mother. The war on drugs is disproportionately applied to blacks, and once a person has a criminal record you can “legally” discriminate against them.Read more »
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