Bloomberg Overruled; Soda no longer Bannned

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On Tuesday an appeal court ruled unanimously that the city’s Board of Health exceeded its legal authority and acted unconstitutionally when it tried to put a size limit on soft drinks served in city restaurants.  The city’s law department promised a quick appeal.

“Today’s decision is a temporary setback, and we plan to appeal this decision as we continue the fight against the obesity epidemic,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.

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Americans support the civil rights of private businesses

A recent poll from Rasmussen reports showed 53% of Americans believe businesses should have the right to choose which customers they wish to serve. The survey  mainly listed those under the age of 25 as the ones to be denied service. The survey was also structured around the businesses of bartenders and landlords.

Another survey showed that 85% of Americans feel if a business owner has deeply held religious beliefs about marriage than they have a right to deny a same sex couple service. This survey comes after a A New Mexico court has upheld a ruling that it is illegal for Christian photographers to refuse their services to same-sex couples because of their faith, arguing that it would be discriminating against a person’s sexual orientation. Lets not forget the christian bakery who refused service to a same sex wedding.

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Trayvon Martin Family Lawyer Claims To Be A ‘Social Engineer’

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Martin family attorney, Jasmine Rand, claims that she is a ‘social engineer.’ Yes, you read that correctly! In an interview with On The Record’s, Greta van Susteren, Rand claims that she has “a greater duty beyond being an attorney, and that’s to be a social engineer.”

The phrase ‘social engineer’ disturbed me quite a bit. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as the “management of human beings in accordance with their place and function in society.”  That doesn’t sound to bad does it? Guess again! Continue reading

Zimmerman Verdict Aftermath: Part 2/2

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At the end of part one, I pretty much said that we should respect the jury’s verdict instead of criticizing it. I will always stand by this principle. Acting like crazy people no home training is not going to change anything. Instead, it degrades our society and seemingly takes us back decades

Make no mistake, protest is good and it is a demonstration of our right to free speech. However, there is a line that separates peaceful protest from not so peaceful protest. Continue reading

Zimmerman Verdict Aftermath: Part 1/2

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To begin, let me state that I didn’t want to have an opinion on the Zimmerman trial. In fact, I tried not to pay much attention to the case because people were making the case about race. A controversial case like this always stirs up controversy because people become passionate about them. Controversy can be a good thing because we all voice what we truly think.

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Another instance of Law enforcement abusing their discretion

On Thursday, Natalie Plummer was  walking by when she saw that law enforcement had set up a speed trap nearby. She then decided to make a sign warning drivers of the speed trap that lay ahead. The officer then arrested her, placing her in jail for………….standing on the median when a usable side walk was nearby, technically classified as a misdemeanor. So not only is it illegal in some states to possess a radar detector, but now one citizen can’t use their freedom of speech to caution other citizens of impending surveillance without law enforcement abusing their power to silence the warning. And for what? More taxes/fines to fund roads/law enforcement? I mean really why is it so bad to speed and get away with it? Isn’t it drunk driving that kills not fast driving? Isn’t it lobby groups like mothers against drunk driving seeking law enforcements help, not mothers against fast driving? [Plummer]

By: Milton L. Jefferson