Seattle

A Seattle police officer exercised his constitutionally protected right to free speech when he submitted an opinion piece in his local police union’s newsletter entitled, “Shut up and be a Good Little Socialist,” railing against Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. The program forces safety officials to receive training on racial profiling and cultural sensitivity.

The consequences of the battle playing out in Wisconsin and other states between government-employee unions and taxpayers hoping to rein in spending will be huge and international, warned CEO Arthur Thompson of The John Birch Society (headquartered in Wisconsin) in his weekly video address.

Frank W. Buckles, the last remaining U.S. veteran of the First World War, died last Sunday at the age of 110. There are now only two people alive in the world who served in the military during the conflict which was long known simply as “the Great War.” Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki observed:

ObamaThe Associated Press reports that President Barack Obama made “a concession over his divisive health care overhaul” during a February 28 address to state governors. The “concession” was a mild one indeed: Instead of forcing states to wait until 2017 to opt out of ObamaCare, Obama will allow them to opt out beginning in 2014, the year the individual mandate takes effect.

In December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a new set of regulations to establish its jurisdiction over the Internet in favor of “net neutrality” rules, despite the rejection of similar measures by Congress and the courts. According to members of the House of Representatives, however, those regulations may be short-lived, though action on them in the House has been delayed been Democratic leaders.