Now that the Supreme Court has declared that it’s constitutional for Congress to have passed a law requiring people to purchase health insurance or otherwise pay a fine (tax), I figured I might as well share a few thoughts on it. Continue reading
TED is an amazing resource of smart, passionate people helping others to see possibilities. Bryan Stevenson shines a light on one of the critical failings of American society. Continue reading
You know…just about anything other than lawyers, fer cryin’ out loud. Since 1981, lawyers have accounted for 46-to-48 percent of the members of Congress (a greater percentage in the Senate (about 60%) than the House (around 38%)). Why don’t Americans … Continue reading
Hollywood wants to take the law into their own hands — they had our representatives add a vigilante clause, for God’s sake, to protect overzealous censors from legal challenge by users — and like a Scooby Doo™ episode, they would … Continue reading
This week starts another chunk of my life that must be tithed to jury duty. Ugh. I loathe serving jury duty. Having served on juries in the past, this isn’t just theoretical for me. I know I loathe serving jury duty. Continue reading
The United States government has a long history of considering, if not passing and creatively interpreting, some really poopy-headed laws. From the Alien and Sedition Acts, to the Dred Scott Decision, to SOPA and PIPA; the Congress and Supreme Court of the United States are sometimes the most dangerous groups of people in the country when it comes to how we communicate ideas. Continue reading
“That means that all these examples from 1955 are only the tip of the iceberg. If the pre-1978 law were still in effect, we could have seen 85% of the works created in 1983 enter the public domain on January … Continue reading
“There ought to be a law, I think, that in order to regulate something you have to have some understanding of it.” All evidence points to the fact that Congress has passed a majority of laws without having the foggiest … Continue reading
And yet another sensationalized trial has come and gone. A significant faction of the public will be incensed. If not naturally, then fueled by the opinionated back-and-forth by fervent cable “news” commentators. We need to make this go away. Continue reading
A person goes to the witness stand, they are told to raise their right hand, and say some version of the witness oath. Thing is, you get in trouble if you refuse to accept it. I propose a fix. Continue reading
On April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law an immigration bill that has drawn both ire and support in the weeks following. It’s certainly opened a can of worms. Continue reading
The rage is mostly about the fear of changing demographics. Op-Ed Columnist – The Rage Is Not About Health Care – NYTimes.com.
We’re are obviously in need of some re-think on this. As a content creator, it’s no small thing. From Dickens to digitization: How technology killed copyright.
You know, I like to think of myself as a fair-minded individual. In the past few years, courts, and now state legislatures, have begun approving of same-sex marriages. Given the numbers of conservative-minded folk in the United States, is it no wonder that there has been a vocal backlash of sorts? I have to say, I’m totally amazed that this is really an issue at all. Continue reading
Even if we don’t admit it, at some point just about everyone with a television will watch one of the 1/2-hour product infomercials. You can’t help it. They suck you in. The thing I hate is how they subtly suck your wallet. Continue reading