John Mica, a Republican congressman from Florida, has written a letter to 100 of the busiest airports in the country. Congressman Mica has asked those airports to stop using the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for airport security and to use, instead, private firms. Federal law allows airports to make their own arrangements for security, and one major airport, San Francisco International Airport, already does that.
On November 16, the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that a committee seeking to recall Senator Robert Menendez in advance of the end of his term may not proceed.
In a 4-2 decision, the state's highest court ruled that a constitutional amendment passed in 1993 (along with state laws promulgated subsequently) violates the separation of powers as set forth in the both the state and national constitutions.
It is common for aging humans to look back fondly on the imagined “good old days” of their youth. Sen. John D. (“Jay”) Rockefeller IV (D-W.V.), age 73, apparently longs for the days of limited news options, when there were but three television networks offering more or less identical news coverage from the same narrow, inside-the-Beltway perspective.
In the year's following the 9/11 attacks, airports' "security systems" have been openly criticized for a number of reasons, ranging from their inconvenience to their failure to actually secure passengers. The addition of the intrusive naked body scanners and invasive patdown procedures to airport "security" has evoked even more anger from passengers who are now beginning to revolt in the form of lawsuits and even physical altercations.
First Amendment rights continue to be under scrutiny by elitist congressmen and liberal leaders. During a mini-lecture on communications and journalism before a Senate hearing on retransmission consent, Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia asserted that cable news is nothing more than "endless barking."
Democrats and Republicans still have not come to an agreement on extending the Bush tax cuts. Moreover, the Democrats have yet to formulate a unified stance on the issue. While some have expressed a willingness to temporarily extend the tax cuts for all Americans, others have proposed raising the threshold for those who will receive a tax cut. Still, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refuses to budge.
Many stories in vogue these days involve overzealous politicians caught in egregious attempts to apply the law. On a local scale, one of the latest of these attempts occurred last month in New Castle, New York, when two middle-school students had the police called on them by a town councilman. Their crime? They were selling homemade goods for $1.00 apiece at Gedney Park — cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and Rice Crispy treats which they had baked themselves.
Only a few days have passed since President Obama’s return from an expensive overseas jaunt in which he traveled from India to Indonesia praising Islam, but the scandal which his statements on Islam and Jihad evoked did not cause him to shirk what he apparently views as his duty to greet Hajj pilgrims. In a November 15 press release, Obama declared:
Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is taking seriously his oath to protect the citizens of his county, particularly in fighting illegal immigration. On Wednesday, he deputized 56 members of a new, armed volunteer sheriff’s posse, including some famous personages.