The Supreme Court has made two rulings today, in what is to become a couple of weeks of huge decisions. The first one involves a Muslim girl that Abercrombie and Fitch refused to hire because she was wearing a black hijab. The court called the act "discrimination".
In the second case, which involves making threats online, the high court ruled that those are protected speech, unless they are "malevolent or reckless". This kind of leaves it open as lower courts will have to define what exactly is reckless or malevolent, and it's also a blow to some victims of domestic abuse. On the other hand, we are seeing more and more police going after people for posting things like "fuck the police" on their social media accounts, and this will definitely cause trouble for overzealous police and prosecutors.
When I read the indictment against former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, yesterday one thing stuck out. The very first line talked about his time as a high school teacher and coach. Now we may know why. Two unnamed federal law enforcement officials say the payoffs relate to sexual misconduct with a male during Hastert's time at the school. This also goes with rumors I heard when Hastert was still in office about him being "in the closet". Those rumors came from a source I trust very much.
Last week we found out that darling of the right, Josh Duggar, had a serious touching problem with his little sisters when he was a teen. Now we learn about a Tea Party leader and former "family values" candidate that has a kiddie porn problem. Last week, Jospeh Hayon, second President (whatever that is!) of the Brooklyn Tea Party was busted for trading child porn pictures through his email account. The victims were all children from 12 years old, all the way down to 2. Sick doesn't even begin to describe this.
Now that it has come out that Bill and Hillary Clinton have made a living after leaving the White House, there is outrage in Washington. This has lead to a bi-partisan bill to limit expenses of former presidents. It sounds like a great idea, and is, but when you consider that for years Congress has failed to move bills forward stripping former members of their tax payer funded pensions should they leave office under expulsion or prison, then you can see that Congress really isn't worried about cutting costs, just playing their bullshit games.
Get ready to hear that question asked by the righties for the next couple days following his announcement this morning that he was limiting the us of military surplus by police forces.
Ever wonder how absolutely fucking ignorant Republicans are? Well consider this. While they are still searching for bodies in Pennsylvania from the Amtrack derailment, a House committee votes to cut Amtrack funding by over a quarter billion dollars. You seriously can't make this shit up.
Apparently Huffington Post might be spun off from AOL before the sale to Verizon takes place. What isn't mentioned is if that is part of the agreement with Verizon or not. Seems like it would be, considering Huffington Post accounts for about a quarter of AOL's wealth.
News of an interesting buyout is rocking the tech world today with news that Verizon will be buying AOL for $4.4 billion. This is also interesting news in the blog world, as Huffington Post will now be owned by a communications giant. On the tech side of things, this leaves the question of what will happen with Yahoo, who was rumored to merge with AOL a few months ago.
Can't pay your rent? Fine, just have sex with the landlord, who also happens to be a state senator, and you're golden. Unfortunately for that state Senator, law enforcement wasn't too keen on the idea and he is charged with numerous counts, including human trafficking.
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that the bulk data collection the NSA engages in is not covered under the Patriot Act and is therefor illegal. This is just one of numerous cases, so it can all change and will most likely end up being settled by the Supreme Court.
Last Night Dr. Ben Carson announced he was running for the 2016 Republican nomination. This morning Carly Fiorina announced her run. In a period of twelve hours, the GOP gained a conspiracy theorist and the person who was responsible for a huge downfall with one of America's tech giants. Yup, this is the "brightest" of the Republicans.