Archive | June, 2014

Judges On The Wrong Side Of The Bench

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They’re breakin’ laws! Terrorizing communities! Creating chaos in the courtroom! They’re… Broward County district court judges? Yes, a mere week after I wrote about Florida Brevard district court judge John C. “Barroom Brawl” Murphy, who challenged an Assistant Public Defender to “step outside” his courtroom so he could administer him a beat-down for the grave…
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Flipping the “Kill Switch” on Smartphone Theft

Back in February, we reported that California [wanted] to Kill Your Smartphone…if it got stolen. California lawmakers were considering legislation that would require every cellphone sold in the state to have a so-called “kill switch” technology. As we explained, this software allows the phone to be shut down remotely (or, as the legislation put it,…
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SCOTUS Upholds EPA Limits to Power Plant GHG Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has seen its fair share of critics since it first proposed new rules requiring large industrial facilities and power plants to limit their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses. In November 2013, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) — an organization with a history of opposing…
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The Epidemic of Honor Killings

Although her family did not approve of the marriage, a 25 year old woman in Pakistan defied her parent’s wishes and married the man she loved. But instead of accepting their daughter’s decision, the family thought her act of rebellion had brought shame upon them. In response, the family stoned her to death to punish…
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Land of the Free, Unless You’re Parking

If you want a graphic illustration of how society is changing, you need look no further than the San Francisco Chronicle, where these two stories appeared within pages of each other the other day. The first story is about how retirees who live there, mostly elderly, regularly head down to the piers for the sole…
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