In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.
I guess it’s sorta a remix moment of the day. An-Ten-Nae’s remix of Santigold’s Freak Like Me is as wicked acid crunk as can be. The San Francisco producer has definitely been on the rise, having been a strong force to reckon with locally for years, and now garnering a lot of attention outside of the area.
What to do when your amazon purchase is unsatisfactory:
My first amazon review:
"It would seem that this otherwise inoffensive novel was previously read by a chain-smoker who enjoyed blowing every smokey exhale directly into it’s pages. Reading it was a truly foul experience. Even when read outdoors, the smell of cigarettes (my guess would be Marlborough Reds or maybe just good old Newports) was overwhelming. I maybe could have tolerated a gentle whiff of American Spirit or a nice cigar now and then, but the suffocating stench of carcinogens made picking up this book difficult for me. Not to mention that this book is an account of a budding young psychopath and morbidly depressed teen going on a bloody killing spree so I wasn’t feeling all that jazzed about the read to begin with.
That being said, it was a required read for my book club and I had approximately 4 days to get through it so I suffered through the stank. However, it was was unpleasant experience to say the least and I strongly advise readers to give all wares from this source a hearty sniff before committing to the purchase in the future.”
A little congratulating is in order for Iceland’s post-rock genius Sigur Rós. Their new album Valtari debuted on the Billboard 200 at #7! That is a heckuva feat for a post-rock band. It’s proof right there of how much their music transcends mainstream musical taste and touches the human soul…