The Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act - also known as Measure B - is a response to ongoing stories about outbreaks of sexually transmitted diseases among workers in one of Southern California's most lucrative industries.
"Self regulation has failed miserably when it comes to the porn industry," says Michael Weinstein of the Aids Healthcare Foundation, one of the main backers of Measure B.
"This isn't the government's place," counters Steven Hirsch of Vivid Entertainment, one of the country's leading producers of X-rated fare. "In a time when we have huge budget deficits, [county officials] are going to take their time and energy to figure out how to police an industry that does a fine job of policing itself."
My own yard sign was stolen – it was quickly replaced – and, amid reports that racist American Islamic leader Louis Farrakhan is calling for post-election violence in the nation if Obama loses, a young man in Wisconsin who called out to thieves expropriating his Romney/Ryan sign was savagely beaten.
None of this is shocking in a deeply divided nation that faces a historic choice: buy snatches of time to try and save capitalism and what’s left of what was once – and is no longer – a free republic, or sanction Big Government for total government control.
Somehow, this week’s news of a burning Romney/Ryan sign on a Virginia couple’s front lawn and the incendiary assault on Romney/Ryan signs and American flags at a veteran’s home in Florida reflect the deteriorating state of the union. No single act in this long, arduous presidential campaign better expresses what is happening to the United States of America: destruction.
It is particularly fitting that the expression of free speech – an ideal the Obama administration abhors, as we saw when they attacked a video and a filmmaker for causing an Islamic act of war – on someone’s private property – another concept the government that gave us ObamaCare hates – is being attacked by acts of arson.
Property rights and freedom of speech are crucial only to those who love their own life and happiness on earth. Obama preaches and governs self-sacrifice as the highest ideal—and self-immolation is a common act for its most consistent practitioners.
But make no mistake: those who hold self-destruction as the ideal will not stop at setting themselves on fire. As we have seen, they will set fire to expressions of views with which they disagree and they will eventual
“To report a tweet that concerns you, call the nearest field office in your state,” the Secret Service tweeted on Oct. 23. The agency then links to a list of contact numbers for Field Offices in each state.
The Secret Service sent another tweet on Wednesday, again asking its followers to report tweets. “Contact your nearest field office with time-sensitive or critical info or to report a tweet,” it said.
The agency has accrued more than 44,000 followers since joining the social media platform on May 9, 2011. Twitter surpassed 500 million user accounts around the world earlier this year, 140 million of which are in the U.S.
Unfortunately, very few Americans know what’s in store for them, given ObamaCare’s 2,700 pages of legal jargon.
And if you’re like most people, you’re probably unprepared to deal with ObamaCare’s major financial pitfalls either, which include crucial issues such as these:
1. How much ObamaCare’s $716 billion in Medicare cuts could cost you as a retiree
2. What ObamaCare means to you as an American taxpayer (particularly homeowners, who face a new, so-called surtax)
3. How the lack of price controls on the health-insurance industry could skyrocket your insurance premiums, deductible, even your co-pays
4. New fees for those who need to use prescription drugs
5. Hidden taxes, levies, penalties, and other costs no one has told you about
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
It could happen — and in my estimation should happen — the way revelations are playing out over the bloody terror attack that took four American lives and has led to weeks of prevarication and obfuscation.
The scandal thus far has at least tarnished and quite possibly implicated everyone from the CIA director, to the secretaries of State and Defense, to the UN ambassador and, of course, the president himself — with no end in sight, because Obama, normally loath to expose himself and even less so in an election season, refuses to answer questions on the subject.
It’s not the crime, but the cover-up, we learned in an earlier impeachment, only in this case the crime may be just as bad or worse.
A new impeachment will be all the more probable in the not unlikely scenario that Obama wins the electoral vote while Mitt Romney wins the popular vote, perhaps handily. The atmosphere in that instance will be more poisonous than it has been in years — and it’s poisonous enough already.
In fact, under this scenario — a Romney popular victory mitigating (no pun intended) an Obama Electoral College triumph – I think impeachment proceedings will almost certainly begin in the House. Moreover, the ramifications of such an impeachment would be greater than Watergate and Monicagate — relatively minor internal events in comparison, the former concerning the break-in of a political office during an election that was already won and the latter, well, adultery in the White House… or more precisely lying under oath about adultery in the White House.
Neither was about anything nearly as important as the seemingly negligent deaths of American personnel, the evolution (actually diminution) of American foreign policy and its possible implications thereof for the health, even the survival, of Western civilization and its values.
Now, you can paw through the record of that campaign, where among other things early Democratic mistakes in their attacks on Romney backfired (sound familiar?). Romney still trailed in the polls throughout October, but ended up winning by five points. How come?