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Whistleblowers aren’t constitutionally protected


The Supreme Court made life a bit tougher for government whistleblowers Tuesday, saying the First Amendment doesn’t protect public employees who disclose waste and fraud as part of their jobs.

By a 5-4 margin, the justices said that the government’s interest in effectively managing operations outweighs the interests that protect employee speech, even in cases where employees may be reporting inefficiencies or wrongdoing.

The ruling leaves public employees – about 20 million at the local, state and federal levels – significantly more prone to retaliation from their employers if they speak out in ways that displease their bosses.

In a departure from previous court rulings, Tuesday’s decision focused on the role that employees play when whistle-blowing, rather than the content of their speech. Writing for the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy said employees who speak out while acting in an official capacity essentially forfeit the First Amendment rights they have as citizens, no matter what they say.

I have always been told that I have a right to free speech, but that I don’t have a right to be employed at _____ Company. In fact, when I worked for the MNDaily this blog was actually monitered for any improper speech (I wasn’t allowed to criticize the MNDaily w/o permission). It’s a good thing that public employees are subject to the same rules (at least, some of the same rules) that us in the private sector have to deal with.

Also, shouldn’t whistleblowing be an altruistic action?

Good work Court de Roberts y Scalito.


Liberalism and Crime

A case study:


Random Link o’ the Day:


Twins Podcast

I admit, this week’s Twins Podcast is from the “I wasn’t really trying” department. Listen at your risk. I talk about my Twins all-time lineup.

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Here’s my Twins All-Time Lineup for flamewar goodness:

1)Rod Carew (2B)
2)Tony Oliva (LF)
3)Harmon Killebrew (DH)
4)Dave Winfield (RF)
5)Kent Hrbek (1B)
6)Kirby Puckett (CF)
7)Earl Battey (C)
8)Roy Smalley (SS)
9)Gary Gaetti (3B)

Back up catcher Brian Harper, Pinch Hitter Chip Hale on the bench

Boring Repost

If you’re bored today, read some of my old MNDaily Columns; I’m going fishing.

Anti-Strib funnies:

Shark.Bait at the Anti-Strib posted up some funny thoughts on the year ahead, some highlights:

Number 9 – Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Number 5 – Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

Number 3 – Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut saves you thirty cents?

Okay, so it’s some forwarded message, I still like it.

Random Link o’ the Day:


Week 7 Podcast

Twins Podcast

The Twins have everything they need to be an above .500 team. Their starting rotation has a lot of talent. They have bats, on occasion they even hit with them. They can beat tough teams like the New York Yankees and the Milwaukee Brewers. They have an excellent closer in Joe Nathan. Will they get out of their funk? The latest installment of the Twins Podcast is available here.

De-mything Liberal Talking Points

Episode 1

“Americans Want Free Healthcare”

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Not only do Americans spend more on healthcare privately, we also spend more than all but three other nations in public expenditures providing healthcare to our citizens. Our free market economy has produced more wealth to spend on our health and we do so in abundance. We spend more per capita on subsidized healthcare than either Canada or Britain. We want to mess with American healthcare why?

H/T and graph supplied by Captain Capitalism