Yeah, this is a gun I have here. You gotta a problem with that? Say hello to my liitle friend, which I call the Second Amendment:
Group of Seven leaders agreed on Monday to wean their economies off carbon fuels and supported a global goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but they stopped short of agreeing their own immediate binding targets.
If the government is going to make it costlier to hire people, then businesses are going to hire fewer people. Simple economics, right?
An Indiana businessman told lawmakers Wednesday he has purposely kept his companies small to avoid having the number of workers that would require him to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The 17th annual Indiana Conference of Mayors convened in Kokomo recently, and gun control was a hot topic:
Early Thursday morning the mayors moved into their first seminar, titled "Guns N’ Gov," which addressed the issue of armed citizens in public meetings and how to walk the line between public safety and constitutional rights.
Interesting words encountered while wandering through the blogosphere:
predation (pree-DAY-shun): plundering; the act of plundering or robbing; predatory behavior, as in: "The United States does not seem to know what to do about Vladimir Putin's predation in Ukraine."
Guess it's pile-on-Rand-Paul day. First, this:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had what will probably be the defining moment of his presidential campaign on Sunday night. It could conceivably help him, but at a high political cost. It could also end his presidential hopes.
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It's a guns-guns-guns day.
Now that the Supreme Court has pretty much established that the 2nd Amendment protects and individual right to bear arms, the gun-control crowd is going to become ever more creative in its efforts to work around that pesky old Constitution. There is this, for example:
Its lawyers said that personhood rights have already been applied to corporations, rivers and ships. If chimps are also eligible, they are then eligible for the writ of habeas corpus, which gives those who believe they are unlawfully detained or imprisoned the right to appear in court.
For those who think the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is just an excuse to discriminate against gays:
Is posting a Bible verse on a desktop computer in a military workplace an act protected under the Constitution as a free expression of religion?
Or is such an open display of religiosity an affront to "good order and discipline"?
I wrote recently about ways the Republican presidential debates could be made less of a sound-bite circus. CNN and Fox, which will broadcast the first two debates, think they've found the answer by limiting participation to candidates who place in the top 10 in polling prior to the debates. Bad idea. Even 10 is too many people to pay attention to at once. And in the early rounds, everybody should have a shot. Says Stuart Rothenberg:
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss:
Washington wants to spend more.
Just four years ago, the nation’s rapidly expanding debt was seen as Washington’s No. 1 crisis.
When House Republicans took the majority in 2011, they made it their overarching mission to rein in spending. Together with the White House, they agreed to limit spending for the next decade by the use of budget caps.