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  • Defeat Law of the Sea Treaty -- Again

    05/16/2012 6:28:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | May 16, 2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The stunning repudiation of Sen. Richard Lugar's, R-Ind., bid for a seventh term has sent shock waves through Washington's internationalist lobby. A former Rhodes Scholar, Lugar has spent his career promoting a globalist agenda, since he succeeded the late Jesse Helms as the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. One day after Indiana Republicans handed Lugar his walking papers, an outfit called the Atlantic Council held a forum to promote the discredited Law of the Sea Treaty. As former Republican U.S. Sens. Chuck Hagel and John Warner beamed their approval, Obama's Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta declared that...
  • Bank founded by Tom Steyer has long record of lawsuits against low-income borrowers

    01/26/2020 10:05:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 1/26/20 | Casey Nolan - BANG
    In one of his many campaign ads airing across California, presidential candidate Tom Steyer has touted the work of a nonprofit-owned bank he founded, portraying it as a counterweight to Wall Street corruption. But while the Oakland-based institution has a well-regarded record of making socially responsible investments, its auto loan program has left behind a long trail of defaults and lawsuits against low-income borrowers in the state, a Bay Area News Group review of financial and legal documents found. Beneficial State Bank — which Steyer co-founded with his wife, Kat Taylor, and served as board chairman until joining the presidential...
  • One Month Before Iowa Caucus, State University Bans Students From Emailing About Politics

    01/05/2020 8:57:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 5, 2020 | Chrissy Clark
    With just one month left before the Iowa Caucus, Iowa State University is stifling students’ First Amendment rights by prohibiting them from using email to communicate about campaigns and ballot issues. Students are also limited from “chalking,” a tradition of drawing both political and apolitical messages on the sidewalk with chalk.University officials approved an interim policy that restricts chalking on Iowa State’s campus to registered student organizations publicizing upcoming events open to all students. This limits thousands of students from participating in chalking.Speech First, a non-profit advocating for First Amendment rights, filed a lawsuit challenging Iowa State University for their...
  • California Farmer Fights Government Claim That Dirt Is a Pollutant

    12/04/2019 2:12:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 3, 2019 | Kevin Mooney
    No one told Jack LaPant that he could be in violation of the Clean Water Act for farming his own land. That’s mostly because the federal law includes a clear exemption for “normal” farming activities. But it’s also because the government officials LaPant consulted didn’t view overturned dirt that has been tilled and plowed as pollution. In 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers, which administers the Clean Water Act with the Environmental Protection Agency, began legal action against LaPant for plowing he did in 2011 to plant wheat on a ranch property he owned in Northern California. But in March...
  • These 2 Cases Show Why Trans ‘Rights’ Could Upend the Rights of All

    12/03/2019 7:13:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 27, 2019 | Nicole Russell
    The battle over the rights of “transgender” and “cisgender” people continues to escalate in one of the most influential arenas: our nation’s schools. The Chicago Tribune reported this month that after a four-year battle, a school board in Palatine, Illinois, has granted transgender students “unrestricted access to locker rooms based on gender identity.” Just a few days later, CBS News Minnesota reported a mother had sued her local school district, claiming that it discriminated against her child for being transgender. These are just two of the most recent stories showing just how prevalent the transgender debate in schools has become....
  • What Will Happen to the Billions Obtained From Opioid Drug Lawsuits?

    11/05/2019 6:19:59 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 29 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 10/30/19 | Wolfgang Vogel
    Based on the precedent of the tobacco settlement, I expect the following are most likely to happen. First, some lawyers will enrich themselves with millions of dollars. Second, state and local governments will use the bulk of the money to supplement their various non-health-related budgets. Third, what little what is left will (hopefully) be used to help the addicts for whom most of the money was intended in the first place. I sincerely hope I am wrong with this prediction and most money will indeed go to help these sick individuals and to prevent further drug-related crises. We shall see.
  • Joe Biden: Time to Sue Gun Manufacturers

    10/05/2019 1:59:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 53 replies ^ | Oct. 5, 2019 | AWR Hawkins
    During the MSNBC / Gabby Giffords / March for Our Lives gun control forum in Las Vegas, Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden contended that it is time to use lawsuits to rein in gun manufacturers. Biden stressed that if he were granted a “wish list” for gun control, the first thing he would do is repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (2005). That Act protects gun manufacturers from lawsuits tied to firearms that were legally manufactured and legally sold. He said, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection,” and he claimed the suits...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Day of Reckoning for the Church

    08/14/2019 9:09:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | August 14, 2019 | George Neumayr
    [Catholic Caucus] A Day of Reckoning for the Church James Grein files multimillion-dollar lawsuit against New York and Vatican for McCarrick abuse James Grein, the primary victim of laicized rapist Theodore McCarrick (formerly the cardinal and archbishop of Washington, D.C.), revealed for the first time on Wednesday that he disclosed to Pope John Paul II himself the abuse he suffered at the hands of McCarrick. "Yes, this is the first time I've said that," Grein told Church Militant on the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral, where he and his lawyer, Mitchell Garebedian, held a press conference on the first day the state of New York is...
  • Trump Rule Aims to Streamline Protection of Endangered Species

    08/13/2019 2:43:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 12, 2019 | Fred Lucas
    The Trump administration is applying new regulations to protect endangered species, rolling back some requirements [in order] to ground the policy in scientific and economic factors, the Interior Department announced Monday. The regulations, based on the 1973 Endangered Species Act, will “increase transparency and effectiveness and bring the administration of the Act into the 21st century,” the agency said. The rules won’t extend the same protections to threatened species as are applied to those already on the endangered list. Nor will they look as far into the future to project what species face extinction. The changes likely will draw litigation...
  • Second County Clerk Sues New York over Illegal-Alien Drivers’ Licenses

    08/02/2019 7:59:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Federation for Amearican Immigration Reform ^ | August 2019 | David Jaroslav
    Less than six weeks after Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed into law New York’s so-called “Green Light Bill,” Assembly Bill (AB) 3675, which allows illegal aliens to apply for drivers’ licenses, a second county clerk has stepped forward to sue the state in an attempt to prevent the law from taking effect. On July 24, Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola (R) followed Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns (D) lead and filed suit. Recent polls show a clear majority of New Yorkers are against giving drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens. Rensselaer County Clerk Merola called the Green Light Law a “travesty,”...
  • Summer “Hate” Wave: A Pattern of Anti-Jewish Violence

    08/02/2019 2:43:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    First Liberty Institute ^ | August 2, 2019 | Stephanie Taub
    Rabbi Netanel Louie leads the Hebrew Discovery Center, a small Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Los Angeles county that has endured multiple acts of violence in the past few years. Sadly, the hate against this Jewish community doesn’t seem to stop. Recently, in the middle of the night a vandal threw a can of white paint at the synagogue, defacing the front entrance to the building. This isn’t the first time the Hebrew Discovery Center has been the target of hateful acts because of who they are or what they believe. A couple of years earlier, a man walked in while...
  • Lawsuits by Conservation Groups Targeted in Wildfire Bill ... Feinstein, Montana Republican

    08/01/2019 3:45:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    KTLA ^ | 08/01/2019
    Daines and Feinstein have been working on forest management reform proposals for several years, and the Paradise tragedy may be what pushes the legislation through a divided Congress, Daines said. He called the bipartisan effort a breakthrough. “We have a strong friendship and we’ve worked together on other issues,” Daines said of his relationship with Feinstein. “Both of our states are dealing with serious wildfire issues, and particularly public safety issues.” The fire in Paradise, the nation’s deadliest in nearly a century, and 18 more in California in 2017 were caused by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines, investigators...
  • More FIU bridge contractors settle collapse lawsuits

    07/20/2019 1:01:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Construction Dive ^ | July 14, 2019 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: Six more contractors and designers have settled lawsuits for undisclosed amounts with victims' families and the survivors of the March 15, 2018, pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, the Miami Herald reported. Among the companies that settled is FIGG Bridge Group, which designed the pedestrian span. The other five companies are Bolton Perez & Associates; Corradino Group; A&P Consulting Transportation Engineers Corp.; RLT Engineering Services LLC; and Gerdau Ameristeel US Inc. There are more than 20 defendants being sued in civil lawsuits in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for their alleged roles in the collapse. The...
  • Why the Supreme Court Got It Right on Gerrymandering

    06/29/2019 8:14:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Why the Supreme Court Got It Right on Gerrymandering ^ | June 27, 2019 | Hans von Spakovsky
    In a much-awaited decision, the Supreme Court held on Thursday in a 5-4 decision that partisan gerrymandering is a political question beyond the reach of the federal courts. This should come as no surprise, since it’s the same conclusion the court reached the last time this issue was before it in 2004 in a case out of Pennsylvania, Vieth v. Jubelirer. This time, plaintiffs in both Maryland and North Carolina challenged congressional redistricting maps, claiming they discriminated against Republicans in Maryland and Democrats in North Carolina. They argued that such partisan redistricting (i.e. engaging in politics when drawing legislative district...
  • A new Senate bill would fundamentally change the internet as we know it

    06/29/2019 7:31:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | June 20, 2019 | Allison Matyus
    A new bill in the U.S. Senate could cause the internet as we know it to cease to exist by holding major tech companies like Facebook or YouTube liable for anything posted on their platforms. On Wednesday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced controversial legislation that would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). Known as the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, it has caused bipartisan backlash on how it would affect tech companies, content creators, and everyday users. Tech companies like Twitter or YouTube currently have protection under Section 230 against being held liable for what users...
  • Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology Alleges Human Trafficking, Intimidation

    06/20/2019 4:36:58 PM PDT · by Windflier · 38 replies ^ | June 19, 2019 | P.J. D'Annunzio
    The action claims the church engaged in human trafficking, child abuse, forced labor, exploitative commercial practices and intimidation campaigns aimed at anyone who spoke out against the church or its leader. A group of lawyers representing a former member of the Church of Scientology who worked directly with its leader David Miscavige has filed a lawsuit alleging the organization is responsible for decades of human trafficking and intimidation, among other abuses. More at Tony Ortega's blog: Church of Scientology and David Miscavige sued for abuse by major legal players "Attorneys representing Jane Doe filed the first of multiple lawsuits to...
  • Boeing Knew About Safety-Alert Problem for a Year Before Telling FAA, Airlines

    05/05/2019 7:08:42 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 May 2019 | Andy Pasztor, Andrew Tangel and Alison Sider
    Boeing didn’t share information about a problem with a cockpit safety alert for about a year before the issue drew attention with the October crash of a 737 MAX jet in Indonesia, and then gave some airlines and pilots partial and inconsistent explanations, according to industry and government officials. It was only after a second MAX accident in Ethiopia nearly five months later, these officials said, that Boeing became more forthcoming with airlines about the problem. And the company didn’t publicly disclose the software error behind the problem for another six weeks, in the interim leaving the flying public and,...
  • It's Not Too Late to Kill I-70 Project, Expert Says

    04/19/2019 1:06:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Westword ^ | April 12, 2019 | Michael Roberts
    In August 2018, the Colorado Department of Transportation broke ground on Central 70, a massive five-year (at minimum) project intended to reimagine and revitalize a stretch of Interstate 70 through Denver — and construction on the I-270 flyover to eastbound I-70 will result in a large stretch of the highway being closed at 10 p.m. tonight and staying that way for the entire weekend. The timing of this temporary shutdown is noteworthy, given that it follows in the wake of a new national report that rips Central 70 and argues that rather than expanding the existing roadway, CDOT should tear...
  • US allowing lawsuits over properties seized by Castro’s Cuba

    04/17/2019 8:28:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 17, 2019 | Deb Riechmann and Matthew Lee
    The Trump administration on Wednesday opened the door for lawsuits against foreign firms operating on properties Cuba seized from Americans after the 1959 revolution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he won’t renew a bar on litigation that has been in place for two decades, meaning that lawsuits can be filed starting on May 2 when the current suspension expires. The decision could affect dozens of Canadian and European companies to the tune of tens of billions of dollars in compensation and interests. “Any person or company doing business in Cuba should heed this announcement,” Pompeo said. Pompeo said the...
  • Eastern Kentucky man sues Hampton Inn, accuses boss of trying to force exorcism on him

    04/16/2019 6:14:06 AM PDT · by Salman · 29 replies
    WKYT (CBS) ^ | Mar 29, 2019 | WKYT News Staff
    HAZARD, Ky. (WKYT) - An eastern Kentucky man has filed a lawsuit against Hampton Inn and his boss after he says he was punished for not undergoing an exorcism. The lawsuit was filed in Perry Circuit Court in March, and the plaintiff is Jason Fields of Leslie County. The defendants are Hampton Inn, Employee Resource Group and Sharon Lindon. Fields states in the lawsuit he started working at Hampton Inn as a front desk employee beginning in 2016. Sharon Lindon, his manager, learned Fields was going through a divorce and believed his marital problems were because he had demons. Lindon...