Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. USPS is in some trouble (link)

The United States Postal Service is in some trouble and finally it seems as though more and more people are admitting it. The Postmaster General, Patrick Donahoe, has now warned that the lower mail volume could soon cause the USPS to cut Saturday service and possibly go down to 3 day a week service in the next 15 years. I'm all for it. What is the point in having mail delivered 6 times a week?

My fiancee has done her part though. She just bought a whole bunch of stamps for wedding invitations. You're welcome Postal Service.

2. Rick Perry's wife wants him to run (link)

Well now Governor Rick Perry has the support of the most important person, his wife. According to reports, Governor Perry said this on Wednesday:

“My wife was talking to me and saying: 'Listen... get out of your comfort zone. Yeah, being governor of Texas is a great job, but sometimes you're  called to step into the fray,'” the governor said.

Clock is ticking...

3. Threatening the President is free speech. (link)

Is calling for the President to be killed free speech or a crime? According to the 9th Circuit Court, it's free speech.

A divided panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that conviction Tuesday, saying Bagdasarian's comments were "particularly repugnant" because they endorsed violence but that a reasonable person wouldn't have taken them as a genuine threat.

The observation that Obama "will have a 50 cal in the head soon" and a call to "shoot the [racist slur]" weren't violations of the law under which Bagdasarian was convicted because the statute doesn't criminalize "predictions or exhortations to others to injure or kill the president," said the majority opinion written by Judge Stephen Reinhardt.

"When our law punishes words, we must examine the surrounding circumstances to discern the significance of those words’ utterance, but must not distort or embellish their plain meaning so that the law may reach them," said the 2-1 ruling in which Chief Judge Alex Kozinski joined but Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw dissented.

Hmm. Okay, thoughts?

These and many more topics coming up on Thursday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.