Health Care "Reform" - Six Months After Enactment

The Affordable Health Care for America Act became law six months ago today. The following provisions take effect beginning today:

  1. Start of prohibition on lifetime limits on essential health benefits;
  2. Start of prohibition on rescinding coverage except in instances of fraud;
  3. Start of requirement that companies allow dependents up to age 26 to remain on their parents' plan if the dependent is not eligible to enroll in an employer-sponsored health plan;
  4. Companies can no longer
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Farewell, Unemployment

Obviously I have been neglecting WoPSR.net for a while. My unemployment following admission to the bar is entirely to blame for that. It's not that I had nothing to say during that time. I just had nothing interesting to say that couldn't be said in 140 or fewer characters. That shall change now very soon.

For I, the Unemployed Attorney, have obtained a position!

I can't share any details about it yet; at least

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A Request

I have an opinion on the whole "Cordoba House" issue, but it isn't well informed. I'd like it to be. Therefore, I'm requesting reading material or other evidence on, among other issues, the nature of Islam and of this project. I also want a translation suggestion for the Koran (or however you care to spell it). Preferably a scholarly translation which takes the time in extensive footnotes to explain its word choices, and was not

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What is "Legal"

This is a brief follow-up to the previous post.

There are some misleading headlines out there about the Librarian of Congress' new DMCA anti-circumvention exemptions announced today. Here's an example:

iPhone jailbreaking (and all cell phone unlocking) made legal

There is confusion about what the word "legal" means. "Legal" in this context refers to acts that will not subject the person who does them to civil or criminal liability. Today's new rules only decriminalize certain

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The Producer, the Librarian, and the Promise-Breaker

TLDR: This changes nothing.

Today the Librarian of Congress announced new rules promulgated pursuant to the Librarian's rulemaking authority under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to exempt certain actions from the prohibition against circumvention of copyright protection systems found in 17 U.S.C. §1201. The "anti-circumvention provision" states:

No person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title.
The Librarian is required by §1201 to make

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Gill v. OPM Update

Sixteen months ago, I reported on Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, a suit against various governmental agencies by same-sex married and widowed persons challenging the constitutionality of §3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (specifically, Judge Joseph L. Tauro) granted summary judgment on many of the plaintiffs' claims today. Opinion here. [PDF]

Back then, I opined that the case was philosophically flawed because

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Twelve Days of Kylie

Here they all are, in (almost) one playlist:

httpvp://www.youtube.com/viewplaylist?p=BAA076F15D7DE89F
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMFwgGKdP8I

Now go buy Aphrodite, on sale today!

(No, I didn't get a free copy, or anything else at all from Kylie or her record company.)

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Twelve Days of Kylie: Day 12

"All The Lovers", from her eleventh studio album, Aphrodite, (2010).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMFwgGKdP8I

Aphrodite goes on sale tomorrow!

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Twelve Days of Kylie: Day 11

"I Believe in You", from her compilation album, Ultimate Kylie, (2004).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4CyGy-nNM8

Kylie's new studio album, Aphrodite goes on sale Tuesday July 6th.

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Twelve Days of Kylie: Day 10

"Come Into My World", also from her eighth studio album, Fever, (2001).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrPTKWMTr3Y

This video takes a really complicated concept and makes it look simple.

Kylie's new studio album, Aphrodite goes on sale Tuesday July 6th.

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Twelve Days of Kyle: Day 9

"Can't Get You Out of My Head", from her eighth studio album, Fever, (2001).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFx3WX4DES0

Sorry, the quality on this one is pathetic. I can't find a better one though.

Kylie's new studio album, Aphrodite goes on sale Tuesday July 6th.

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Twelve Days of Kylie: Day 8

"On A Night Like This", also from her seventh studio album, Light Years, (2000).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9XTJwHlnew

Kylie's new studio album, Aphrodite goes on sale Tuesday July 6th.

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Twelve Days of Kylie: Day 7

"Spinning Around", from her seventh studio album, Light Years, (2000).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uLhpNTTHvw

This single went gold in Australia before it was even released.

Kylie's new studio album, Aphrodite goes on sale Tuesday July 6th.

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Twelve Days of Kylie: Day 6

"Did It Again", from her sixth studio album, Impossible Princess, (1997).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTRBnyrMgH4

Kylie's new studio album, Aphrodite goes on sale Tuesday July 6th.

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McDonald v. Chicago

The Supreme Court decided McDonald v. Chicago, the sequel to D.C. v. Heller, this morning. A majority held that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments and threw out Chicago's ban on handguns. A plurality of four Justices (Alito, Scalia, Roberts, Kennedy) held that the Second Amendment is incorporated by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, and avoided addressing the question of whether the Slaughterhouse Cases, which long ago castrated

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Twelve Days of Kylie: Day 5

"Confide in Me", from her fifth studio album, Kylie Minogue, (1994).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiHLfZp9ezU

Despite the theme of the video, this song always made me think Kylie should do a Bond theme. She's never done one yet.

Kylie's new studio album, Aphrodite goes on sale Tuesday July 6th.

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Twelve Days of Kylie: Day 4

"Give Me Just a Little More Time", from her fourth studio album, Let's Get to It, (1992).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYkk9ZpohEY

Kylie's new studio album, Aphrodite goes on sale Tuesday July 6th.

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Twelve Days of Kylie: Day 3

"What Do I Have To Do", from her third studio album, Rhythm of Love, (1990).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oicIrEBjAxc

Kylie's new studio album, Aphrodite goes on sale Tuesday July 6th.

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Twelve Days of Kylie: Day 2

"Hand on Your Heart", from her second studio album, Enjoy Yourself, (1989).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvTqJXumr3k

Kylie's new studio album, Aphrodite goes on sale Tuesday July 6th.

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Twelve Days of Kylie: Day 1

A cover of "The Loco-Motion" by Gerry Goffin and Carole King from her first studio album, Kylie, (1988).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGyxzI8UfxI

She first recorded this song in 1987 and released it as her debut single. That recording topped the Australian charts for 7 weeks.

Kylie's new studio album, Aphrodite goes on sale Tuesday July 6th.

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