Law and Order/Legislation
Census form

Is Republican census form an illegal Republican census scam?

Both Republican and Democratic leaders are speaking out strongly against the Republican census form that is turning out more like a Republican census scam. The fund-raising letter is disguised as an official “Republican census letter” that asks people to give the party money now. The Republican census scam is not new, but this year it
Shady Lady

US Senator Harry Reid trying to ban brothels in Nevada

Harry Reid is a Democratic U.S. Senator from Nevada. In a statement read to the Nevada Senate and Assembly, Senator Harry Reid called to ban brothels in Nevada. The statements received a chilly reception and likely will not lead to legislative action. Harry Reid says to ban brothels in Nevada The Democratic Nevada Senator Harry
Lt. Dan Choi leading a gay-rights rally

Lt. Dan Choi arrested during DADT protest

Just outside the White House today, openly gay Iraq veteran Lt. Dan Choi and others were arrested while marching to the White House after a Human Rights Campaign rally. No word yet if group members will be getting quick loans to bail out Lt. Dan Choi or the other arrested individuals. The group was marching
Conservative commentator David Frum

David Frum | A republican reaction to health care reform

By almost any definition, David Frum is a conservative, Republican member of the political community. A conservative activist and former economic speechwriter for President George W. Bush, David Frum has written several books about the Republican right and is a well-known commentator on U.S. and Canadian politics. So when David Frum outlined in his CNN.com
Sparks from a fire

Pittsboro Courthouse Fire | John Edwards sex tapes safe

In 129 years, the Chatham County Courthouse has probably seen several historical events, but yesterday evening the Pittsboro courthouse fire turned the Chatham County Courthouse into a smoldering shell of its former self. The Pittsboro courthouse fire is receiving quite a bit of attention because the fire threatened tapes that reportedly show former Presidential candidate
Capping payday loan rates too low will kill competition and hurt consumers – in Brisbane, Queensland or anywhere else.

Consumer Credit Availability and Financial Exclusion in Australia

Forced Competition for Competitive Payday Loan Rates? Legislators from various nations have proposed that control over consumer credit become centralized, i.e. placed under control of the national government rather than continue to reside with states and principalities. Their reasoning is that if they can provide the traditional banking sector with enough incentive to offer small
A single joint of marijuana

The California Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act: Part 1

Yesterday evening, the California Secretary of State confirmed that the voter initiative to legalize marijuana received an estimated 523,531 valid signatures – well more than the 433,971 signatures needed to get on the November ballot. The California legalization initiative has supporters that argue pot legalization will not only save the cash-strapped California economy money, but
An artistic photograph of the Bill of Rights. The Constitutionality of health care reform – which 13 states are currently questioning, with more to follow – may come down to how the Supreme Court interprets specific and implied powers as they relate to the Bill of Rights, the 10th Amendment and the 14th Amendment.

13 state AGs suing feds, say health care bill unconstitutional

President Obama has signed the overhauled health care reform bill into law, but not everyone is happy. Thirteen state Attorneys General (12 Republicans and one Democrat) are now in the process of suing the federal government in order to stop the health care reform wave, claiming that it is unconstitutional in its current form. They
Craigslist page with images of prostitutes and dominatrix boots superimposed in the foreground.

Craigslist Albany pimp gets busted

Craigslist has caught heat in recent years for allowing online ads for prostitution and “girlfriend experience” (GFE) to publish. Authorities have tried to crack down on this online sex trade, but as Bronx News reports, such efforts are like trying to get rid of crabgrass. This time, authorities have intervened in a prostitution ring advertised
President Obama's plans for the Consumer Financial Protection Agency could mean that debt relief is closer than ever for the downtrodden. (Photo: flickr.com)

What’s the Best Way to Protect Consumers in Need of Debt Relief?

Should Courts or Executive Branch Agencies Have Final Say? The recession has forced America to face some of its most deep-seated systematic financial troubles. One thing that has become clear is that unscrupulous mortgage lenders and credit card agencies have dined for far too long upon consumers who largely didn’t understand that they could hold
Bill Sparkman was the census worker hanged in the Daniel Boone National Forest. (Photo: Wikipedia.org)

Census Worker Hanged, Southern Chestnuts Roasting

The word “fed” was written on his chest We cannot give fringe elements of society legitimacy. Whoever killed Bill Sparkman – the census worker hanged in rural Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest – needs to be brought to justice and dealt with as a highly disturbed individual. He or she does not represent any sort
Radar Gun

Ohio speeding tickets could really cost you – no proof needed

Getting a speeding ticket is never fun – between fees, fines, and increased insurance costs, you’re looking at more than $400. In Ohio, however, the state that gives out the most speeding tickets, fighting that ticket just got a lot harder. The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that “trained” officers can rely on visual estimates
Photo of former Swiss banker and Wikileaks associated Rudolf Elmer.

Wikileaks Swiss bank data leads to arrest of Rudolf Elmer

Rudolf Elmer, 55, a former employee of the Swiss bank Julius Bär and associate of Wikileaks, has been taken into custody by Swiss police, reports Reuters. Elmer has been accused of helping Wikileaks by violating Swiss bank secrecy laws in order to obtain customer data for Wikileaks. A Zurich court had found Elmer guilty of
Handgun

5-year-old brings gun to school in Florida | Loaded, no rounds

During a music class, a preschooler ended up getting kicked out of class. The 5-year-old had a gun in school in Florida. The Florida boy’s gun was loaded but had no rounds chambered. 5-year-old has gun in Florida school During a preschool music class, a semiautomatic handgun fell out of a 5-year-old’s pocket. The teacher
A mug shot of Charles Ponzi, the con artist who invented the financial pyramid scheme known as the Ponzi scheme.

Ken Starr arrested for perpetrating $30 million Ponzi scheme

Manhattan, New York investment adviser Ken Starr – not to be confused with the attorney made famous by the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal – is the latest shifty-eyed money man to get caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He has been arrested by federal authorities for allegedly brewing a $30 million Ponzi scheme,

Bomb New York City Subway Because of High Interest Loans?

First Hand Account of Mr. Zazi in Court Terrorist plots are on the rise. Today Mr. Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty to plotting a bomb attack on a New York City subway. Pat Milton, an investigative producer for CBS, was in the court room gaining exclusive information about the subject at hand. Zazi didn’t appear to
Coins

Futures Trading and SEC fighting Congress for funding

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission are supposed to be the financial police officers of the economy. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act was meant to increase the power of these agencies to protect consumers and keep an eye on Wall Street. The funding to carry out these tasks, however, is caught in