Vermont Voted to Buy Its Prescription Drugs from Canada, and the Pharmaceutical Industry Is Not Pleased

Many critics of America’s pharmaceutical industry have argued that the best way to bring down drug prices is to let Americans buy prescription drugs from countries with nationalized health care systems. Those countries’ governments negotiate lower drug prices, and their consumers pay a fraction of what Americans do for most pharmaceutical products.

Source: Vermont Voted to Buy Its Prescription Drugs from Canada, and the Pharmaceutical Industry Is Not Pleased

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Arkansas Supreme Court Race

In an interesting update to the prior restraint, it is being reported that the Judge in NWA that issued the unconstitutional injunction received money from Goodson’s husband.  Her actions in this matter make her unfit to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court.

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Byrd v. United States: The Supreme Court Takes a Broad View of Fourth Amendment Standing

On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down Byrd v. United States , the Fourth Amendment case on whether an unauthorized driver has rights to challenge the search of a rental car. Regular readers may remember the case, as I blogged about it here before the argument and here after the argument.

Source: Byrd v. United States: The Supreme Court Takes a Broad View of Fourth Amendment Standing

[Eugene Volokh] Arkansas Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Allegedly Libelous Political Ad

Arkansas Online (run by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) reports (for the actual TRO papers, see here ): A judge in Washington County has issued a temporary restraining order to several television broadcasters, ordering them to stop airing ads against Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson that her lawyers claim are “false, misleading and defamatory.” …

Source: [Eugene Volokh] Arkansas Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Allegedly Libelous Political Ad

A person running for a seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court should know better than to file these suits.  What’s even more shocking is her quote in today’s Democrat-Gazette wherein she said:

“I’m a big believer in the First Amendment, but no one has a First Amendment right to lie.”

May 13 Tidbits

So many interesting things today. Of course, today is Mother’s Day and we had a nice family gathering at my brother’s house.

On the current affairs and useless facts front, I uncovered several items of interest. First, although I disagree with Bloomberg on almost everything (his idiotic drink proposal being a primary example), his comments on politicians and their lack of truth and candor I believe is very accurate.

Next, Donald Trump has been going on about trade disputes and trade wars and then he sends this tweet out today:

What does he think a trade war does to jobs? If he thinks he’s saving jobs by increasing costs then he’s delusional. The whole reason ZTE is in trouble is because the US has basically said they are not allowed to do business in the US.

Third, here is a great photo that demonstrates the power of lava going over lush vegetation.

And for a completely useless fact, here is a map of where feral camels are located in Australia. It’s not that I really care where they are located – I had no idea that Australia had camels at all much less over such an incredibly large area.

Finally, on a more local front, congratulations goes out to Northside for defeating the nationally ranked Springdale Bulldogs.

Also, I discovered today that Bret Bielema wasted no time in obtaining a new job:

I wonder if this means the University of Arkansas doesn’t have to pay him as much.