Top legislative officials in Massachusetts have called for Olga Roche to be replaced as head of the Department of Children and Families. This week she made it easy for them by resigning. Over a year ago the Department assumed custody over Justina Pelletier, who is now 15, stemming from a disagreement involving conflicting medical diagnoses.
Month – April 2014
Sometimes being one of the richest men in the world still isn’t enough to force your will on the American people. Recently a company that had hoped to compile data on students from preschool into the workforce announced it was shutting down. inBloom was created by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The effort, influenced by Common Core, only won the interest of nine states at its peak. Alternative media, such as the Home School Legal Defense Association and ParentalRights.org, had spread word of the project’s dangers to concerned parents.
Usually in this kind of story the school administration is the bad guy, but this time it’s the police who overreacted. Wausau Senior High School in Wisconsin was the site of the annual “Senior Shootout.” The school even sent notes to parents advising them it was coming up. But some troublemaker, we say this because it’s so easy to tell the difference between a real gun and a nerf gun, told police several people were carrying firearms. The official charge is disorderly conduct. Perhaps the kids should have marched in rank and file like 18th century redcoats and never cracked a smile.
Vermont has just become the first state to pass a stand-alone bill requiring the labeling of GMO products. Several other nearby states have also passed or are considering GMO labeling laws, but these measures would only become effective if a certain minimum number of states do likewise. Governor Peter Shumlin has promised to sign the Vermont bill, which would go into effect on July 1, 2016. The bio-tech industry is expected to sue.
An international news story galvanized the Marion County Commissioners in Oregon into quick action. They called an emergency meeting with little if any advance notice. It seems Stericycle has been importing boxes containing aborted babies, amputated digits and sharps from British Columbia. The Commissioners plan to either severe the six or so year contract with the company or amend it to exclude miscarried and aborted babies from the waste mix. They also hope to find out ““who knew, when they knew and how long they knew.”
Justice Antonin Scalia disagrees with the majority on the Court, “So long as the caller identifies where the car is, anonymous claims of a single instance of possibly careless or reckless driving, called in to 911, will support a traffic stop. This is not my concept.” Here’s the the Fourth Amendment standard for triggering a search: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
The 58 same sex marriage supporters are classic liberals in contrast to the liberals we typically hear about today. Their statement says, “The test of our commitment to liberal principles is not our eagerness to hear ideas we share, but our willingness to consider seriously those we oppose.” On the other hand, Brendan Eich was recently fired by intolerant liberals who punished him for supporting California’s Proposition 8.