BART Cop shooting: We’ve been here before

by gjohnsit, posted with permission

“I know the pain. We’re talking about a police force that is not accountable to anybody.”
– Cornelius Hall

On July 17, 2001, the family of Bruce Edward Seward gathered for a news conference where they denounced the BART police. The obviously mentally ill Seward had been shot to death outside the Hayward BART station after Seward had grabbed the officer’s nightstick.

Sitting in the news conference, ignored by almost everyone, was an older gentleman. His name was Cornelius Hall, and he had his own reasons to be there.
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One-in-five Americans whistling Dixie on state secession

The People’s Republic of Colorado may not be a pipe dream after all for right-wing states’ rights zealots and left-wing peaceniks.

A new national Zobgy/Middlebury Institute poll reports that 22 percent of respondents believe that states have the right to peaceably secede from the United States. The figures go up considerably among liberals, Latinos, blacks, young people and Southern residents.
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GAO – Identifying Costs and Cautions of Highway Privatization

In its latest report on highway privatization, the GAO is mostly upbeat about the benefits of public-private partnerships in building and managing highways – but it also issues some strong warnings of serious problems that states are mostly ignoring.

By the way, the Senate Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure held a hearing July 24 on related issues – Tax and Financing Aspects of Highway Public-Private Partnerships. More on that soon.
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Damned Government Workers?

Among the most popular sports in the US is making fun at the incompetence of public workers. The default position, drilled into us by the Far Right, is that government can do nothing right.

But the next time you blame government, think again. That government worker or agency you blame is more likely a private enterprise.
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Agencies “Ruling” Out Tort Lawsuits – The Preemption Doctrine Explained

This is the third in a series on the usurpation of power that has taken place in the federal administration agencies. They are taking away the right to sue pharmaceutical companies for serious injuries caused by dangerous drugs, among other things. The first part described the basic problem.

To remind readers: This is huge

This is an action on the level of Congress’ outlawing all state laws on this issue, something that I doubt they would do. This is why this court interpretation of the FDA’s action here would seem to be an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power.

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