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July 1, 2014

Occasionally, a government agency may deliver a somewhat helpful oversight service, at least in terms of consumerism.

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) provides oversight and reports on discrepancies among various ISP (internet service provider) advertised speeds compared to actual speeds and reports them. Overall, the FCC recently reported that most ISP groups provided at, just below, or just above their advertised speeds. Only a few were considerably off the mark between what they advertised and what they produced.

July 1, 2014

The United States government is actually suing a private American business for discriminating against Hispanic and Asian employees because they don't speak English on the job.

It involves a Green Bay Wisconsin metal and plastic manufacturer that fired a group of Hmong and Hispanic workers over their English skills, "even though those skills were not needed to perform their jobs," according to the feds. More importantly, forcing employees to speak English in the U.S. violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, says the Obama administration. Here's the twisted explanation from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation's workplace discrimination laws; the Civil Rights Act protects employees from discrimination based on national origin, which includes the linguistic characteristics of a national origin group. Therefore, according to this reasoning, foreigners have the right to speak their native language even during work hours at an American company that requires English.

June 30, 2014

Before ruling on the Hobby Lobby contraception case, which is probably all you're hearing about right now, the Supreme Court also released a decision on Harris v. Quinn, an important case on public union membership.

In a narrow, partisan, 5-4 ruling, the court determined that Illinois cannot simply declare that home health care workers are public employees on the basis of them receiving government health funding and then force them to pay for union representation. Though this is a blow for unions, the impact is much less than it could have been. The majority did not rule that public employees, as a whole, could not be forced to pay dues to unions to represent them, even if they didn't want to belong to the union. Rather, the court ruled that these previous precedents did not extend to home care workers, who are privately employed, regardless of any government subsidies. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the decision and was joined by justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas. He takes several paragraphs pointing out that these home workers are hired and paid for by private citizens, not the state of Illinois, and that the petitioners in the case were providing care for family members. They sued, arguing that forcing them to pay union dues was a violation of their First Amendment rights.

June 30, 2014

The surprising thing about the Supreme Court's decision on police searches of cell phones was its unanimity.

The surprising thing about the Supreme Court's decision on police searches of cell phones was its unanimity. Aligned on the same side of a major law enforcement issue were liberal and conservative justices who normally fight like cats and dogs. All agreed that it's intolerable to let cops ransack the voluminous contents of mobile phones. Who could disagree? Well, cops, of course. And the Obama administration.

June 30, 2014

The fact that the left has demagogued this issue so hard proves they really don't have a valid argument here. It's strictly an emotion based argument.

Did you know that Hobby Lobby actually provides their employees with 16 out of the 20 different types of contraception? Did you know that Hobby Lobby has no moral or religious objection to most forms of birth control, only those that are abortion related, like the morning after pill? But that would make Sandra Fluke a liar. It can't be true!

June 30, 2014

Officer Jeremy Dear has a history of a "malfunctioning" body camera during his applications of force.

According to Dear's personnel file, in January 2013, he helped break up a Downtown brawl and, in the process, he "did strike (the 22-year-old suspect) several times in his facial area with a closed fist," according to his description of the incident. Dear wrote that the man had struck him in the jaw and was resisting arrest, according to the personnel file. His lapel video was not on, but his partner's was on for the beginning and aftermath, according to the file.

June 29, 2014

Former DHS agent Kari Edwards and her live-in boyfriend had their house raided by DHS with no explanation given - no warrant offered - for what she stated was "two hours of pure hell."

Agents bombed the house with smoke grenades, ransacked their home and even stripped Kari naked, leaving her cuffed without clothes for the duration of the event. "While I lay naked, I was cuffed so tightly I could not feel my hands. For no reason, at gunpoint," Ms. Edwards said. "[Agents] refused to cover me, no matter how many times I asked." "I have never been in any trouble before," Edwards also stated. "Haven't even had a traffic ticket in over ten years."


June 29, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill making alternative currencies, including bitcoin, lawful in the state.

The bill repeals the provision of the old legislation, which banned the use of "anything but the lawful money of the United States." Authors of the amendment labeled the old regulatory regime as "stagnant" and lagging behind Californian "growing and innovative payments market." "This bill makes clarifying changes to current law to ensure that various forms of alternative currency, such as digital currency, points, coupons, or other objects of monetary value do not violate the law when those methods are used for the purchase of goods and services or the transmission of payments," the comments to the bill read.

June 29, 2014

Today Germany broke the news to the world that they will cancel a national contract with Verizon Communications.

This comes as part of the continued fallout from revelations by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, who leaked the truth that American intelligence agencies have been routine accessing global data provided by telecom companies. One of the most upset amongst nations has been Germany, where the personal cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel was reportedly tapped by United States intelligence agencies.

June 28, 2014

Recently, a popular Texas-based gun store has been in the spotlight for its marketing tactics that bash President Barack Obama.

Now, the store, Tactical Firearms is reaching out to the public to help to protect them from the discrimination they've been receiving from their bank. According to the store, they believe their troubles are linked to "Operation Choke Point", put in place by the Justice Department. The initiative is designed to apply pressure to banks and credit card processors, forcing them to drop accounts of "high risk" businesses-regardless of whether the businesses are operating within their legal rights.

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