1. NYT, "Can States Fix Their Pension Problems?"
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pension adviser, David Crane, recently told a state Senate hearing on pension reform, “One cannot both be a progressive and be opposed to pension reform. The math is irrefutable that the losers from excessive and unfunded pensions are precisely the programs progressive Democrats tend to applaud. Those programs are being driven out of existence by rising pension costs.”
2. 9th Circuit decision (Harper v. Poway, 445 F.3d 1166 (2005)) on academic free speech--no longer citable, but the dissent is worth reading:
Judge Kosinski: "Tolerance is a civic virtue, but not one practiced by all members of our society toward all others. This may be unfortunate, but it is a reality we must accept in a pluralistic society."
Judge Kosinski: "We are taught to take pride in who we are; it is, in a sense, the American way. It seems particularly chilling to free expression to restrain speech that expresses pride in one's own religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc."
"[The government] has no such authority to license one side of a debate to fight freestyle, while requiring the other to follow Marquis of Queensberry rules." -- See R.A.V. v. City of Saint Paul, 505 U.S. 377, 392 (1992)
Note: the picture above is of Judge Kosinski and I.