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  • The Second Amendment Is One Supreme Court Justice from Repeal

    10/07/2015 6:26:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 101 replies ^ | Oct. 6, 2015 | David French
    In August, my colleague Charlie Cooke wrote an epic rant daring the Left to stop talking about repealing the Second Amendment and start doing it. Introduce the repeal to Congress, work it through the states, and tell the American people what you want to do — take from them a fundamental, enumerated right from the Bill of Rights. As Charlie eloquently outlines, repealing the Second Amendment is an impossible task. Even worse for the Left, it’s political suicide.But if the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges teaches us anything, it’s that the age of judicial supremacy means that...
  • Drudge: “I had a Supreme Court Justice say to me it’s over for me."

    10/06/2015 11:36:40 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 254 replies
    google search ^ | October 6, 2015
    Circulating on the web tonight: During an appearance on the Alex Jones Show, Drudge asserted that copyright laws which prevent websites from even linking to news stories were being advanced. “I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” said Drudge. “They’ve got the votes now to enforce copyright law, you’re out of there. They’re going to make it so you can’t even use headlines.” “To have a Supreme Court Justice say to me it’s over, they’ve got the votes, which means time is limited,” he added, noting that a day was coming when simply operating an...
  • Arkansas to U.S. Supreme Court: Overturn Roe v. Wade

    10/06/2015 2:04:27 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/06/2015 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    Arkansas has asked the Supreme Court to revisit its long-standing ruling that a woman can terminate a pregnancy until the fetus is viable outside of the womb. Arkansas on Tuesday asked the justices to overturn a lower court decision that found that the state’s ban on abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy and when a heartbeat is detected is unconstitutional. The court established the viability standard in the 1973 case Roe v. Wade and reaffirmed it in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Arkansas argues that the viability rule is arbitrary, not written in the constitution, and is outdated....
  • Civics, but for Grown-Ups

    10/06/2015 7:48:14 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 6, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Some professors are more rooted in reality than others. Unfortunately, they tend to be retired. “President Lincoln called on every mother to whisper words of liberty to every listening babe,” William B. Allen, a professor emeritus at Michigan State University said in Indianapolis last weekend. “We should do the same for grownups.” Dr. Allen is the author of Reviving National Character in the Midst of Political Disorder. He was speaking at the regional meeting of the Philadelphia Society, a group of conservative intellectuals that was formed in the wake of the Goldwater defeat in 1964. Dr. Allen disputes the “nation...
  • This New Lawsuit Against Obamacare Has Legs

    10/04/2015 11:00:58 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 17 replies ^ | 9/25/2015 | Hans von Spakovsky
    For those who thought that the lawsuits challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) were at an end, think again. On September 9, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the federal district court for the District of Columbia refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the entire U.S. House of Representatives against the Obama administration over its funding of certain aspects of Obamacare. This is a historic lawsuit and a historic decision. In the past, individual members of Congress have filed a number of (unsuccessful) lawsuits against sitting administrations. But this is one of the few occasions when such a suit has been...
  • Op-Ed: Five Supreme Court cases to watch that could make history

    10/04/2015 5:32:27 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    LATimes ^ | October 4, 2015
    Last year the Supreme Court decided several momentous cases involving some of America's most contentious topics, including same-sex marriage and Obamacare. The new term, which begins Monday, is also full of controversial cases that could help shape the emerging identity of the Roberts court and affect the direction of the country.
  • Supreme Court to hear Iranian bank appeal over $1.75B judgment in terror case

    10/04/2015 4:35:01 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Associated Press
    The Supreme Court said Thursday it hear an appeal from Iran's central bank over a $1.75 billion judgment awarded to victims of terrorist attacks, including the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Lebanon. The justices agreed to review a ruling from the federal appeals court in New York that said the judgment against Bank Markazi could be distributed to several hundred victims and families of those killed or injured in attacks sponsored by the government of Iran. The bank had argued that seizing the assets would conflict with treaty agreements between the United States and Iran. The money is...
  • Leaked Audio: Clinton Says Supreme Court Is ‘Wrong’ on Second Amendment

    10/02/2015 6:30:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 1, 2015 | Alana Goodman and Stephen Gutowski
    Hillary Clinton slammed the Supreme Court as “wrong on the Second Amendment” and called for reinstating the assault weapons ban during a small private fundraiser in New York last week, according to audio of her remarks obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. While Clinton has previously supported an assault weapons ban, this is the first time since launching her campaign that she indicated that she would take on the Supreme Court over gun issues. Although Clinton did not identify which Supreme Court case she disagreed with, she appeared to be criticizing the landmark 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v....
  • Will the Supreme Court Decide That Democrats Have Too Much Power?

    10/01/2015 11:04:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 1, 2015 | Garrett Epps
    This term, the justices will hear at least three cases that could upend the partisan balance of power.Most appellate lawyers would advise against filing a Supreme Court brief beginning, “QUESTION PRESENTED: Does a key constituency of the Democratic Party have too much power?” That, however, is a key unstated question in at least three cases on the docket for the term that opens Monday. I doubt that, in 1787, anyone expected the Supreme Court to become central to the political process. Under the text, that was mostly left to the states, with a supervisory role for Congress. Nonetheless, 150 years...
  • Congress has Constitutional power over the Supreme Court's appellate jurisdiction

    09/28/2015 1:35:55 PM PDT · by Pfesser · 29 replies
    9/28/2015 | David Whitaker
    Article III Clause 2 of the Constitution states: In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make. Clearly, Congress has this power.So why haven't they used it? They have in years past.According, to seminal decision on jurisdiction-stripping statutes under the Appellate Jurisdiction Clause came shortly after the Civil War. Ex parte McCardle (1869) involved a newspaper editor in military custody, who had appealed a lower federal court's denial of habeas corpus relief to the United States...
  • Inside the Religious Right’s hive mind: Why Trump was booed & Carson cheered at Values Voter Summit

    09/28/2015 7:00:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | September 28, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Over the past several days, GOP hopefuls looked to curry favor with hardcore culture warriors. Here's what happened.Last week was one for the political books. The Pope brought his message about the need to help the poor and deal with climate change to America, apparently leading Catholic Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas to boycott his historic speech to a joint session of Congress. At the same time, the evangelical activist community held its annual Values Voter Summit featuring many of the GOP presidential candidates who once would have been excited to celebrate the pope’s visit but were instead...
  • Justice Alito Critiques Supreme Court Colleagues

    09/23/2015 6:06:31 AM PDT · by don-o · 6 replies
    Legal Times ^ | September 21, 2015 | Tony Mauro
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. said Saturday that the last term was a “very bad term for textualism,” referring mainly to the 6-3 ruling that rescued the Affordable Care Act from an interpretation that might have wrecked it. “Last term was a term in which the court followed what Humpty Dumpty famously said: ‘When I use a word ... it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less,” Alito said in Dallas at a Federalist Society event, according to a write-up from law professor Josh Blackman. Alito was in the minority in the court’s June...
  • Gallup: In wake of gay ‘marriage,’ trust in the courts falls to all-time low

    09/22/2015 9:20:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 60 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/22/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    PRINCETON, New Jersey, September 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The latest Gallup poll shows that Americans' trust in the judiciary has fallen to an all-time low. Trust in the judicial branch of government dropped eight points just in the last year, which saw major decisions including the constitutionalizing of homosexual "marriages." It is a "significant" loss of trust, according to Gallup, with only 53 percent of Americans responding that they have "a great deal" or even just "a fair amount" of trust in the third branch of government. Trust in the executive (45%) and legislative (32%) branches are also quite low,...
  • Federal court strikes down some D.C. gun laws as unconstitutional

    09/19/2015 12:19:43 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 15 replies ^ | 9/18/2015 | AP via FoxNews
    In a mixed decision, a federal appeals court on Friday struck down as unconstitutional several strict gun registration laws in the nation's capital, but upheld other restrictions aimed at public safety.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 that the city cannot ban gun owners from registering more than one pistol per month or require owners to re-register a gun every three years. The court also invalidated requirements that owners make a personal appearance to register a gun and pass a test about firearms laws. 
  • Ted Cruz at Heritage Forum: Democratic Supreme Court justices rule ‘like a radical leftist nutcase’

    09/18/2015 5:32:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/18/2015 | By SHANE GOLDMACHER
    GREENVILLE, South Carolina – Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who argued nine cases before the Supreme Court as solicitor general of Texas, declared on Friday almost every Democratic nominee to the high court has voted as a “radical leftist nutcase.” And he said that half of Republican-appointed justices are “screaming trainwreck disasters,” specifically naming Earl Warren, the former chief justice who authored the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision that outlawed segregation. “You know, Democrats are batting almost 1.000 when it comes to Supreme Court nominees,” Cruz told the crowd at the Heritage Action presidential forum in South Carolina. “Every...
  • Ask the Candidates What They Will Do About the Supreme Court

    09/16/2015 7:33:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/16/2015 | James W. Lucas
    With the Supreme Court’s imposition of gay marriage nationwide and county clerk Kim Davis’ defiance all recent news, it is likely that constitutional issues will come up at this Wednesday’s GOP presidential candidate’s debate. This will be an excellent opportunity to explore the candidate’s views on the role of the Supreme Court. However, it would be unfortunate if the questions focus on the particulars of Ms. Davis’ case, or even the Obergefell decision.  Those they can too easily slip by with bromides. What they will look for in Supreme Court nominees is another useless question. Since Richard Nixon, Republican presidents have been saying...
  • SCOTUS Justice Breyer likes to rely on the laws of other countries

    09/15/2015 3:11:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This isn’t too disturbing. Nope. Not at all. Everything is just fine here, folks.Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has a new book out in which he shares some of his many philosophical observations about law and the court. In it, as the latest issue of Time reveals, he concludes that there’s clearly nothing wrong with American courts – including SCOTUS – considering the laws and judicial rulings of other nations. Stop laughing and pointing. I’m serious. Should the Supreme Court care that other countries have abolished the death penalty?That looming question animates Justice Stephen Breyer’s “The Court and the...
  • Cobras in black robes

    09/15/2015 10:54:35 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/14/15 | Anthony Esolen
    As a man from the temperate north, I'm not well acquainted with the colorful array of deadly snakes that warmer and wetter regions swarm withal. I have never waded waist-deep in a bayou to “tickle” catfish, while trusting that the water moccasins are floating elsewhere. I have seen a coral snake only in pictures. But with those human snakes that lie outside of the herpetologist's purview, I have as much acquaintance as anyone, particularly as my work is in academe, where the nesting is very fine. To which of the snakes, then, shall I liken serpens sapiens, serpens academicus? When...
  • Justice Breyer Sees Value in a Global View of Law

    09/12/2015 8:15:34 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 09/12/2015 | ADAM LIPTAK
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s modest study in his home here is nothing like his grand chambers at the Supreme Court. Cluttered and lived in, it bears signs of a restless intellect and a doting grandfather. The bookshelves are stuffed with volumes of law and literature, and a large dollhouse sits on the floor.Justice Breyer, 77, often comes in last when people are asked to name members of his court, but he has had a remarkable year.In the Supreme Court term that ended in June, he surprised almost everyone by voting with the majority more often than any...
  • Supreme Court Illegally Strikes Down Marriage Laws in Four States

    09/12/2015 7:37:54 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 11 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 26, 2015 | Tim Brown
    Supreme Court Illegally Strikes Down Marriage Laws in Four States - Each Justice Approving Should Be Immediately Impeached On Friday, the Supreme Court illegally ruled to strike down four state marriage laws. The 5-4 ruling is said to make way for sodomy-based "marriage." The ruling illegally addressed Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee's lawful declaration that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Washington Times reports: The ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges said the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between people of same-sex, and also recognize same-sex marriages from out of state. The 14th Amendment,...
  • Expect More Tyranny and Thus More Kim Davises

    09/10/2015 3:40:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 11, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Why do so many who castigate Kim Davis for flouting the law routinely cheer on President Obama for actions far more lawless and consequential? Why are those demonizing the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk so indifferent to the Supreme Court's rank abuse of power that created the atmosphere of conflict from which her actions arose? Who died and made the Supreme Court god? Well, the Supreme Court made itself god in 1803, with the case of Marbury v. Madison, in which it asserted its power of judicial review — the right to declare acts of the legislative and executive branches unconstitutional....
  • The Troubling Record of the Judge Who Jailed Kim Davis

    09/10/2015 8:08:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 9/10/2015 | DAVID LANE
    Kim Davis, pictured here with Mike Huckabee and Mat Staver, was freed on Tuesday. Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis—a Democrat—was ordered released from jail today by the federal judge who locked her up for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Judge David Bunning—a Republican—ordered her jailed last week, although no law was passed by Congress and signed by the President of the United States that would force her to issue marriage licenses to individuals and proponents of same-sex intercourse and marriage. Mrs. Davis has broken no law. Basic civics: the Supreme Court cannot make law, only the...
  • 'Common Misunderstanding’ of Constitution Has Led to ‘Serious Erosion’ of Freedom [Video]

    09/09/2015 5:48:19 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sept 8 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    Princeton University professor Robert George contended in a new video published online Tuesday that a “common misunderstanding” has led to a “serious erosion” of freedom in America. George, a professor of jurisprudence, asked at the outset of the video: “How does the Constitution of the United States seek to preserve liberty and prevent tyranny?” The professor said that most of his students would likely answer that the founders passed the Bill of Rights, leaving the Supreme Court with the power to enforce those rights. George contended that answer was wrong, saying, “That misunderstanding has led to a serious erosion of...
  • Law of the Land

    09/08/2015 3:30:20 PM PDT · by pgyanke · 14 replies
    Vanity | 9/8/2015 | pgyanke
    Dear Powers-that-Be, How can SCOTUS proclamations be the "law of the land" if they are not empowered to make law?! Exactly. That's not how it works. They can note a conflict in law. Then, it is up to the people's representatives to correct the law through the legislature. Remember that whole "of the people, by the people" bit? It used to mean something.
  • After Six Years, Sotomayor Says She Still Doesn't 'Belong' on the Supreme Court

    09/08/2015 1:06:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 114 replies ^ | September 8, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Even after six years, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor revealed she still doesn’t feel like she belongs on the nation’s most powerful bench. Sotomayor, the first Hispanic ever nominated to serve on SCOTUS, visited Notre Dame University last week for a conversation with NBC correspondent and Notre Dame graduate Anne Thompson. For two hours, in front of a student-packed concert hall, the justice reflected on her experience deliberating on some of the most momentous issues in the nation. Participating in one particular case, Citizens United v. FEC, was “incredibly gratifying,” she said. Yet, though she has made history and played...
  • Look For The Union Label

    09/08/2015 7:39:10 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 7, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As labor union leaders high five each other this weekend over their ancestors’ creation of the Labor Day holiday more than a century ago, we would do well to remember a bit of their history that neither they, nor their admirers in academe, may want you to know. Forty two years ago, the Supreme Court exempted unions from prosecution of acts of violence. “That exemption stems from the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Anti-Racketeer¬ing Act of 1943, known as the Hobbs Act,” Kevin Mooney wrote in a study published by the Capital Research Center two years ago. “That law forbids...
  • Supreme Court case based in Md. could have wide impact

    09/07/2015 11:46:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 6, 2015 | By John Fritze
    A little-noticed lawsuit brought by a Maryland man challenging the state's contorted congressional districts will be heard this fall by the Supreme Court — where it has the potential to open a new line of constitutional attack for opponents of gerrymandering. Stephen M. Shapiro, a former federal worker from Bethesda, argues that the political map drawn by state Democrats after the 2010 census violated the First Amendment rights of Republicans by placing them in districts in which they were in the minority, marginalizing them based solely on their political views. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether a lower...
  • Clerk Only One Obeying the Law

    09/07/2015 8:51:55 AM PDT · by dvan · 35 replies ^ | Sept. 3, 2015 | Bryan Fischer
    The distinctive mark of the American political experiment is that we are a nation of laws, not men. And what we mean by a “law” is something enacted by the elected representatives of the people or by the people themselves, whether at the state level or federal level. A corollary to the maxim that we are a nation of laws is that we are decidedly NOT a nation of “rulings.” A court ruling is not a “law,” it is a “ruling.” It may have the force of law due to the abject acquiescence of a meekly compliant people, but it...
  • How To Restrain The Supreme Court [Ted Cruz Is Right When He Says The SCOTUS Needs To Be Challenged]

    09/06/2015 5:30:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/05/2015 | David Patten
    Judging from the first presidential debate, and possibly stoked by this week’s Kim Davis controversy, the Supreme Court could turn out to be a wedge issue in the Republican primary race. A few candidates, such as former New York Gov. George Pataki and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, felt comfortable citing “settled law” as a way to dodge challenging social issues. Others, most notably former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who also expressed support for Davis, have staked out positions less deferential to the court. With only 33 percent of Republicans viewing the Supreme Court favorably, the advantage seems to lie...
  • Obergfell V. Hodges - NO JURISDICTION!!!

    09/05/2015 2:51:59 PM PDT · by djf · 76 replies
    Guess what, folks? The case of Obergfell V. Hodges that the Supreme Court ruled on? Here is an exact quote from the United States Constitution that talks about the judicial power: The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;—to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;—to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;—to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;—to Controversies between two or more States;— between a State and...
  • Is an Opinion of the Supreme Court the ‘Law of the Land’? Let’s ask Thomas Jefferson. . .

    09/04/2015 7:56:32 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 68 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | 9/4/15 | Gary DeMar
    Did our founders, after drafting a Declaration of Independence, fighting a war with England, and then sitting down to pen a national governing document (the Constitution) put in that document the right of a majority of federal judges to make laws for the entire nation? Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis is testing the claim that five unelected Supreme Justices have the authority to overrule a state constitution that she took an oath to uphold and a federal Constitution that says nothing about same-sex marriage. Robert Gagnon, Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and author of The...
  • Supporters to Stage “I’m with Kim” Rally at Jail [Grayson, KY]

    09/04/2015 8:00:19 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 116 replies
    Liberty Counsel ^ | September 4, 2015 |
    Grayson, KY – Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, will join supporters at a rally outside the Carter County Detention Center on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. ET.  The “I’m with Kim” Rally is organized by Gov. Mike Huckabee. Liberty Counsel is willing to join any group that stands in support of Kim Davis. “Not long ago 75 percent of Kentuckians passed the state’s marriage amendment. Today a Christian is imprisoned for believing what the voters affirmed, that marriage is between a man and a woman,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Five people on the...
  • Donald Trump on Kentucky clerk: Same-sex marriage the 'law of the land'

    09/04/2015 1:44:26 PM PDT · by z taxman · 215 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 4, 2015 | Tom LoBianco
    <p>Washington (CNN)Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Friday that he wished a Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, was not jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but he added that the Supreme Court has ruled and it is "the law of the land."</p>
  • Hillary Received Memo From David Brock About How to Impeach Clarence Thomas

    09/01/2015 9:46:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | September 1, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    David Brock is a longtime Clinton ally, self-described liar and the paranoid founder of Media Matters. Some background on him:David Brock was smoking a cigarette on the roof of his Washington, D.C. office one day in the late fall of 2010 when his assistant and two bodyguards suddenly appeared and whisked him and his colleague Eric Burns down the stairs. Brock, the head of the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America, had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe. The threat he faced...
  • BREAKING: Supreme Court rejects Kentucky gay marriage case

    08/31/2015 4:58:04 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 251 replies
    Twitter ^ | 08/31/2015 | AP
    The Associated Press @AP BREAKING: Supreme Court rejects Kentucky gay marriage case, clerk must issue licenses despite religion
  • Supreme Court to Act on Kentucky Gay Marriage Fight

    08/31/2015 11:43:17 AM PDT · by don-o · 64 replies
    NBC ^ | August 31, 2015 | Pete Williams
    The U.S. Supreme Court this week faces the first religious objection to reach the justices since the decision declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. A county clerk in Kentucky is asking for relief from a lower court order directing her to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Her lawyers filed an emergency application directed to Justice Elena Kagan, who handles such requests from that part of the country.
  • How the Supreme Court Abolished Article V of the Constitution

    08/28/2015 4:44:27 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 38 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 8.14.15 | Robert A. J. Gagnon
    On July 31 at the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award Luncheon, former Justice John Paul Stevens declared that, while the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment establishes a right to “gay marriage,” it does not protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.... I marvel at Stevens’ ability to reject an application of the Fourteenth Amendment to a right clearly enumerated elsewhere in the Constitution (viz., “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” in the Second Amendment) while affirming its application to a supposed right not elsewhere even remotely alluded to in the...
  • Court’s Free-Speech Expansion Has Far-Reaching Consequences

    08/17/2015 10:27:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08-17-2015 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — It is not too early to identify the sleeper case of the last Supreme Court term. In an otherwise minor decision about a municipal sign ordinance, the court in June transformed the First Amendment. ...It would have been easy to strike down the ordinance under existing First Amendment principles. In a concurrence, Justice Elena Kagan said the ordinance failed even “the laugh test.” But Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for six justices, used the occasion to announce that lots of laws are now subject to the most searching form of First Amendment review, called strict scrutiny. Strict scrutiny requires...
  • We Will Not Bow [We don’t bow down to Caesar. We bow only to our King!]

    08/17/2015 2:27:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 76 replies
    Grace to You ^ | July 19, 2015 | By Pastor John MacArthur
    A lot is happening at a very rapid rate. And with all the discussion that’s been going on, I’ve been kind of eager to get to you, and maybe help to give you a perspective. And I know that there have been comments made from this pulpit—exceptionally helpful, clear, well-chosen comments on the issues that face our country today. But I need to just kind of add some of my own insights and perceptions, and then direct you to a particular portion of Scripture. This country talks a lot about terrorist attacks—and rightly so. Almost anybody in America can give...
  • Summer recess stalls John Doe prisoner’s call for justice

    08/12/2015 9:38:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 8-11-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wisconsin — If Kelly Rindfleisch finally does receive justice at the U.S. Supreme Court, it will come after she completes her six-month sentence as the first — and hopefully last — political prisoner in Wisconsin’s secret John Doe investigation. Rindfleisch, the former aide to Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was Milwaukee County executive, in June asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review her 2012 conviction on a charge of misconduct in office. She cited the highly questionable search-and-seizure practices of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office. As Wisconsin Watchdog reported last month, some of the brightest constitutional minds in...
  • White Bear Lake stabbing victim was in key U.S. Supreme Court case

    08/12/2015 5:36:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8/10/2015 | Frederick Melo
    On a summer's day in 1987, Minneapolis police surrounded a woman's home in the northeast corner of the city and heard their suspect's voice inside. "Tell them I left," said Robert Darren Olson. The officers forced their way in. An Amoco gas station attendant had been shot dead on University Avenue the day before, and one of the suspects, the money and the murder weapon were already in custody. Police had been tipped off that their second suspect, the getaway driver, spent his nights at the duplex. They found Olson hiding in the closet. He was later convicted of aggravated...
  • Republicans slam brakes on voting rights bill

    08/01/2015 1:09:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 1, 2015 | Mike Lillis
    Video at link. Reps John Lewis and Linda Sanchez deserve the littlest fiddle award. House Republican leaders are slamming the brakes on voting rights legislation, insisting that any movement on the issue go through a key Republican committee chairman who opposes the proposal. House Democrats are pressing hard on GOP leaders to bring the new voter protections directly to the floor. That would sidestep consideration in the House Judiciary Committee, where Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has rejected a bipartisan proposal to update the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) in the wake of a 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted a...
  • Schlafly: Treat Gay Marriage Ruling ‘Like Abe Lincoln Treated Infamous Dred Scott Case'..

    08/01/2015 11:49:30 AM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies ^ | July 31, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Full Title: Schlafly: Treat Gay Marriage Ruling ‘Like Abe Lincoln Treated Infamous Dred Scott Case’ – ‘We Don’t Have to Obey’Conservative activist, best selling author, and syndicated columnist Phyllis Schlafly said the 5 (of 9) judges on the Supreme Court who voted for homosexual marriage “made it up” because there is nothing in the Constitution about such arrangements, and added that Americans, like Abraham Lincoln, should treat the ruling like the Dred Scott case: don’t accept it or obey it. “That’s right, there's nothing in the Constitution about homosexual marriage,” said Schlafly during a July 29 interview on PIJN News,...
  • Professor Says Ivy League Stiffs Conservative Justices

    07/29/2015 7:54:07 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 9 replies
    National Law Journal ^ | 07.28.15 | Marcia Coyle
    Are the nation’s Ivy League schools giving short shrift to conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices when they confer honorary degrees? A survey by one professor suggests the answer is yes, and that the reason is ideology. Of the 14 honorary degrees bestowed by Ivy League institutions to living justices, 12 went to those on the high court’s left side, said scholar John McGinnis of Northwestern University School of Law. The two exceptions, from Brown and Yale, went to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a moderate... Ginsburg, perhaps the court’s most liberal justice, is the record holder with honorary degrees from...
  • Democrats on civil rights: Bullet or bribe? (...history of discrimination, dependency)

    07/28/2015 8:33:15 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    WND ^ | July 27, 2015 | Bill Federer
    Booker T. Washington In 1857, the Supreme Court, with seven of the nine justices being Democrat, decided that Dred Scott was not a citizen, but property. Chief Justice Roger Taney, appointed by Democrat President Andrew Jackson, wrote that slaves were “so far inferior … that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for their own benefit.” After the Civil War, the 13th Amendment was adopted Dec. 6, 1865, abolishing slavery in America. Once Southern Democrats were forced to free their slaves, they attempted to effectively re-enslave them by passing “Black Codes” and “Jim Crow Laws” which...
  • Donning senatorial hat, candidate Ted Cruz holds hearing on ‘lawless’ Supreme Court

    07/23/2015 9:53:19 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Thursday, July 23, 201 | Michael A. Lindenberger
    WASHINGTON–Presidential candidate Ted Cruz put his other hat on today, that of a working member of the 100-person club known as the U.S. Senate — and with subpoena power no less.Cruz convened a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee on oversight, of which he is chairman. It began at 12:30 p.m. Dallas time and he called it: “With Prejudice: Supreme Court Activism and Possible Solutions.”The hearing, says his press office, “will explore how the Supreme Court abuses its power by rewriting laws that Congress has passed and by inventing rights that are not in the Constitution.”That offers a nice...
  • Little Sisters of the Poor Appeal to the Supreme Court (choose faith over fines)

    07/23/2015 11:22:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Becket Fund ^ | July 23, 2015 | Stephanie Keenan
    ASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, for the second time in two years, the Little Sisters of the Poor must ask the Supreme Court to protect them from the government. The order of Catholic nuns and other non-profits have been forced to ask the Court for relief due to the government’s refusal to exempt them from a regulation that makes them choose between their faith—which prohibits them from providing contraceptives—and continuing to pursue their religious mission of serving the elderly poor (see video).“The government has lost every single time they have made these arguments before the Supreme Court—including last year’s landmark...
  • Fighting Supreme Court Arrogance

    07/21/2015 3:40:08 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 21, 2015 | Bruce Walker
    Gallup published in late July a poll that showed that Republicans strongly disapprove of the Supreme Court, in stark contrast with Democrats. This ought to be a rallying cry for Republicans going into the 2016 election. No institution in American government has been as destructive and arrogant as the Supreme Court. Until we unwind the anti-constitutional arrogance of power this court has seized for itself, the problems of our political system cannot be solved. The problem of a Supreme Court that takes upon itself paramount power in our constitutional framework goes back to the early days of the republic. None...
  • Our Out-of-Control Court

    07/18/2015 1:25:06 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 4 replies
    Lamb & Lion Ministries ^ | June 26, 2015 | David R. Reagan
    Our Out-of-Control Court Today our nation's Supreme Court decided that it is the Supreme Being. It spit on God's Word and endorsed the abominable, immoral concept that the definition of marriage can be expanded to include a union between two people of the same sex. The God of this universe is the One who created and defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, and no one has the authority to change that definition (Matthew 19:4-5). Further, God's Word makes it crystal clear that homosexuality is an abomination in God's sight and its practice is sufficient to...
  • Supreme Court: Division By Zero Now Legal

    07/17/2015 1:29:19 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 58 replies
    17 July 2015 | me
    Coming several days after a series of other court rulings, the Supreme Court issued a ruling today enabling division by zero. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy declares that all government and commercial actions outlawing division by zero, or declaring division by zero to be undefined or in error, are unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses. The White House and many LGBTZ groups hailed the decision.