Civil War and other matters

A couple of years back, I wrote about why I didn’t think Marvel’s Civil War made any legal sense. Law and the Multiverse weighs in on the legal flaws here, here and here. As professional attorneys, the bloggers spot a lot of problems I didn’t, including the lack of an appeal process, the lack of a believable deadline and wild inconsistencies (did the law authorize SHIELD drafting everyone who registers? Or was that optional?). Their conclusion was that nobody sat down and worked out the fine points before going forward.
•Corporations at work: Boeing blocks a bill regulating drone use, and tax-prep companies push to block the IRS from ever offering a no-return e-filing service. On the plus side, the departing American Airlines CEO won’t get the $20 million payout he was hoping for.
•Not so positive, the Republican push to get us back to the pre-New Deal era continues with a bill to end the 40-hour week—oh, sorry, a bill that would let workers rack up unpaid overtime, then take it off later. Which is supposedly giving them “flexibility” except they can’t just take it—it’s only when the employer says. Having experienced a set-up like this, I agree with Echidne’s conclusions at the link, this will not work out well for workers.
•Putting cops in schools has the effect of increasing the number of kids getting arrested for criminal offenses. Who would have imagined cops would approach problems that way?
•Oklahoma debates barring the terrible threat of imposing shari’a law on its citizens. An anti-Muslim activist explains the Muslim groups opposing the law are all terrorist front groups. Not for the first time, the right-wing’s anti-Islam contingent resembles the Cold War extremists (no surprise, really. As I point out in Screen Enemies of the American Way, this kind of thing follows predictable patterns).
•You may have heard conservatives bemoaning that the Evil Liberal Media and Evil Abortion Movement ignored the bloody deaths reported at the Gosnell Clinic in Pennsylvania. LGM links to several stories going back anywhere from a month to two years reporting the case—all from liberal websites (several of whom suggest the lesson isn’t that abortion should be banned but that we need to make it easier for good clinics to operate).
•And meanwhile, the Republicans continue their commitment to ending abortion.
•Rand Paul’s speech to black college students may have flopped, but it pleased right-wing pundits and bloggers.
•The potential for abuse of Facebook’s data-gathering (and sharing).
•Eden Foods is joining the fight against mandatory contraceptive-coverage. LGM looks at the dubious Free Exercise of Religion arguments involved. Most notable point is that free exercise rights aren’t a blanket shield against legal duty if the government has a compelling reason to require compliance with the law (I’d agree with LGM that requiring insurers cover the cost of birth control is not an excessive burden and is a reasonable requirement—that women get the drugs they need). Plus as one judge pointed out, corporations are not their owners—the purpose of creating a corporation is to set up a separate legal entity—so the owners’ beliefs aren’t automatically binding.
Some thoughts of mine on the birth control debate here, and in this And column.
•Mexico develops peaceful uses for drones. Glenn Greenwald points out that in our own non-peaceful war, we often target people when we’re not even sure who they are (basically they just look suspicious).

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