Tag Archives: government

Supreme Court throws out conviction for Facebook threats

The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man convicted of making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates.
Chief Justice John Roberts, writing… Continue reading

Supreme Court: Making threats on Facebook is no reason to go to jail

Making threatening comments in rap lyrics on Facebook is not sufficient cause to determine that a real threat exists and sentencing someone to prison, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday in its first ruling regarding freedom of expression on the… Continue reading

What’s the hold-up on 911 texting?

File photo. (REUTERS/Vivek Prakash)

Imagine being stuck in your house during a burglary with no way to call for help. If you make a sound, the thieves will find you. While your smartphone can technically send a 911 text message… Continue reading

Should you disobey most laws?

Charles Murray, already controversial for writing books on how welfare hurts the poor, on ethnic differences in IQ and on (less controversial, but my favorite) happiness and good government, has written a new book that argues that it’s time for… Continue reading

Jobs: How to create them

I took a camera to Times Square this week and asked people, “What creates jobs?” Most had no answer.
One said, “stimulus!” What? Government creates jobs? No!
I suppose it’s natural that people think government creates jobs because politicians always… Continue reading

House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling

April 16, 2015: Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. (AP)

The head of a powerful House panel is threatening to withhold defense funding over the… Continue reading

Fox News Poll: Voters are feeling better about the economy, but not great

More than half of voters remain dissatisfied with the direction of the country — despite economic sentiment improving significantly since President Obama took office. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. ;
Fifty-six percent of voters are dissatisfied… Continue reading

Fox News Poll: Voters say government is the problem, taxes are too high

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A record number of American voters think they pay too much in taxes. In addition, they think government is more often the source of America’s troubles — not the means of fixing them.
The latest Fox News poll shows… Continue reading

Department Of Homeland Security Funding Battles And Entitlement Reform

We may be headed for another shutdown. This time it’ll be the Department of Homeland Security, caught in the partisan crosshairs over the spending bill which Democrats insist should not have any immigration related amendments.
Most Republicans and Democrats want… Continue reading

When gatekeepers step aside, the local crowd flourishes

For years, people assumed encyclopedias had to be created by professionals. Then Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales attempted to create an encyclopedia without central planners.
That sounded like a terrible idea to the old gatekeepers — people who hired experts to… Continue reading