When the Supreme Court rules on Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons this fall, it could strike down the first-sale doctrine of copyright law, which means you wouldn't be able to buy or sell used goods. All because some corporation sold textbooks so cheaply in Thailand that a Thai national made over a million bucks reselling them to American customers on ebay. Isn't this a frivolous lawsuit on Wiley's part? Doesn't the free market demand that Wiley eat poop? (Punchline: the Obama Administration has filed a brief on Wiley's behalf.)
Greg Palast, America's Last Journalist, instructs us that Latinos aren't "too lazy to vote," as the "liberal" media seems to think, but are victims of systematic vote suppression. I'm offended that anyone considers Jeb Bush a 2016 Presidential candidate after Florida passed so many vote-suppression laws on his watch. Fines and jail time for taking longer than 48 hours to submit voter registration forms? What are these people afraid of?
First-term Tea Party Republican House Rep told his mistress to get an abortion in 2000. And she was a patient of his! Cue the rationalizations from right-wingers: the people don't care, it was 12 years ago, let's talk about the issues, the Huffington Post reported it ha ha snort. Unfortunately for Scott DesJarlais, he actually has an opponent in November.
D.C. Appeals Court finds South Carolina's voter ID law valid, but postpones its implementation until next year to lessen confusion on Election Day. South Carolina state officials apparently convinced the Court by assuring justices they'd err on the side of letting people vote if they really had a problem with the IDs, an argument Judge Simpson specifically rejected when Pennsylvania state officials made it. Does anyone think these are victories just because they might prevent a President Romney?