Archives for January 2014

1st AMENDMENT…The Freedom to be Wrong!

I was forwarded an article by Jeff Barnard of the AP opining on a recent Federal Court decision from the 9th Circuit regarding the 1st Amendment–the very first federal appellate ruling affording bloggers, such as myself,  legal protections similar to those of journalists generally.

While I’ve been threatened, to no result, multiple times, with lawsuits and other random attempts to dull my pen, this decision impacts beyond my desk to anyone giving wide circulation about an injustice, or an opinion on a “public issue.” [Read more…]

Flood Insurance …When Politics & Reason Collide!

There’s no telling where the federal foolishness over flood insurance will end up–I predict, not with actuarial premiums; especially not for NFIP policies and especially not anytime soon.

Precipitous NFIP rate increases are courtesy of ill-advised votes by almost every member of congress, especially Democrats, none of whom voted against the rate increases. This inexplicably includes Bill Nelson, a congressional veteran  from America’s premier flood state–a lawyer and former insurance commissioner to boot, he should have known better. (See CFO Jeff Atwater’s letter to Bill Nelson).  Also, (See NOTE #1 below). [Read more…]