Government crack down on music teachers

The Federal Trade Commission is bringing to bear its anti-trust, anti-price-fixing powers against the Robber Barons who give little kids piano lessons. [Read more…] is now mostly working–will you sign up? is now working 90% of the time, according to officials, though glitches sometimes come up.  So those of you who don’t have health insurance or whose individual plans have been cancelled have until the end of the month to buy Obamacare-approved insurance on the exchange.  Otherwise, you won’t be covered by January 1 and you will risk fines for the crime of being uninsured.  (You have until March 31 before the penalties click in.  In a system all of the parts have to work, which is hard in this case since parts of Obamacare have been postponed.  It gets very confusing.  Here is a helpful guide to it all.)

So now is the time to poll you readers who are most immediately affected by the Obamacare laws.  I would very much like to hear from those of you who don’t currently have health insurance and who will be required to buy it, possibly with the help of government subsidies, under Obamacare.  Will you do so?  Or would you rather pay the fine?  (The links above will show you about how much it will be.)  Are you glad that Obamacare is making you get health insurance? [Read more…]

American absence

In the course of a discussion of how Vladimir Putin is rebuilding Russia’s Soviet-era spheres of influence, international affairs columnist Jackson Diehl raises yet another example of ineptness in American foreign policy. [Read more…]

NSA tracking porn visits to discredit enemies

According to a document leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA has been tracking visits to porn sites and other questionable activities as a way to discredit or perhaps blackmail suspected Muslim terrorists.  Read about it after the jump.  Is this a brilliant tactic that should be expanded to combat the pornography plague or a dangerous precedent-setting invasion of privacy?  Or what? [Read more…]

Obamacare for small businesses delayed a year

Most attention in the Obamacare rollout has been on the individual mandate to buy insurance from an approved “exchange.”  But small businesses, those with 50 or fewer employees, have an exchange of their own that they can buy from.  But that part of the website isn’t working either.  So the administration is delaying that part of Obamacare for a year. [Read more…]

Supremes will rule on Obamacare abortifacient mandate

The Supreme Court has announced that it will settle the question of whether owners of private businesses with religious objections can opt out of the Obamacare mandate that employer-provided insurance policies must cover contraceptives and morning-after-pills.  The court will hear the cases of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, probably in March, with a decision to be announced in June.  Any predictions on how the court will rule? [Read more…]