Law and Order/Legislation
Kingston Jamaica

Kingston Jamaica declares monthlong state of emergency

In Kingston, Jamaica, an outbreak of violence connected to a drug cartel has led to officials declaring a monthlong state of emergency. The unrest started when the U.S. State Department requested the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke. Some are pointing to the unrest as proof of government corruption. Others are saying this situation is a
Soil

Groups after anchor babies attacking jus soli doctrine

Currently, there is a group of state level legislators trying to keep “anchor babies” from becoming citizens. Some parties would like to see the doctrine of “jus soli,” or “right of the soil,” thrown out altogether. Jus soli is a fundamental of citizenship law in the United States and many other nations. Right of the
debtors prison

Lawmakers seek to curb spate of debt collection arrest warrants

The use of debt collection arrest warrants has mushroomed since the financial crisis. People often assume that the debtors prison is ancient history and they can’t be arrested for not paying a debt. But more than a third of U.S. states have laws that allow the debt collection industry to obtain arrest warrants to recoup
Fountain Pen nib

Wisconsin passes payday lending regulations

After deliberations of some time, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed the bill that put further regulations on payday lending in Wisconsin.  There are a bevy of new rules regarding Wisconsin payday lenders, but most significant is the outlawing of title loans in the state.  The bill also contained regulatory statutes for other industries, including dairy

Open carry states | Have gun, will buy frappuccino

“I don’t carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed.” From “Why I Carry a Gun,” author unknown Gun control is a controversial issue in America, and the current legal case over whether Chicagoans should have the right to carry handguns in public has fanned the flames for
A dog looking up at its owner with happiness and expectation. How is it that the U.S. Supreme Court can hold that animal cruelty is illegal, yet rule that the First Amendment and freedom of speech may protect animal cruelty videos?

Supreme Court rules free speech allows animal cruelty videos

In an 8-to-1 vote, the United States Supreme Court has struck down a 1999 animal cruelty law, paving the way for animal cruelty videos to fall under the blanket of First Amendment freedom of speech protection, which includes everything from criticizing the government to extolling the utility of payday loans. Reuters reports that the previous
Another satisfied ACORN customer. Does he also need no fax payday loans with no credit check? (Photo: flickr.com)

ACORN Urges Pimps and Prostitutes to Lie to the IRS

“Social activism” taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for If you’re familiar with what ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) does to “serve” American society, then you know that they’ve managed to do a great deal of harm in the name of “social justice.” Not only did they play a large role in
Two men in police uniforms are riding toy motorcycles down a sidewalk.

Recession makes civilian police jobs frighteningly necessary

When police budget cuts and layoffs make responding to fraud, burglary and theft calls impossible, some cities count on an infusion of quick cash to turn the tide. However, as USA Today reports, police agencies on the other side of the tracks are resorting to unconventional measures to fill vacancies. Paid and volunteer civilian police
GPS

FBI plants GPS tracking vehicle on Yasir Afifi’s vehicle

When he went in for a quick oil change, U.S. citizen Yasir Afifi found something he could have never expected. A GPS tracking device was attached to his car. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has since demanded the GPS equipment back, and the ACLU has vowed to challenge the FBI’s actions. Oil change leads
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