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Judicial Watch

Two Big First Amendment SCOTUS Decisions

June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court handed down two big decisions today (5-4, predictably), one striking down parts of the Obamacare contraception mandate, the other allowing certain employees to opt out of union membership. The Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision notes that since HHS has already carved out some exemptions for religious institutions to be exempt from the [...]

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NJ Girl Sues Parents for Their Property

March 4, 2014

Rachel Canning, 18, didn’t like her parent’s rules and left home to live with a friend.  It’s the old “live under my roof, live with my rules” phenomenon every parent has a right to demand of their adult children living at home. Most young adults either suck-it-up or move out.  Canning decided to deal with [...]

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The Senate Just Got Nuked

November 21, 2013

There is an apocryphal story from a conversation once had between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in which GW referred to the Senate as a body whose purpose was to cool House legislation as a saucer is used to cool tea.  The Senate was a slow, deliberative body to counteract the tempestuous House.  From 1789 [...]

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Fort Hood Shooter Gets Date with Allah

August 28, 2013

Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death by a military jury for killing 13 people and wounding dozens of others on November 5, 2009.  Hasan represented himself and chose not to do much in his own defense, admitting to the crime, and giving no closing statement.  The jury spent about two hours deliberating [...]

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Drug Sniffing Dogs and the Fourth Amendment

March 27, 2013

When Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Kennedy are join the majority in a Supreme Court opinion, you can usually be sure that the Court ruled the right way.  It isn’t that those Justices are always correct, but the first three have great respect for the Constitution and Kennedy usually at least tries to reach decisions [...]

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SCOTUS to Hear Arguments on Gay Marriage

March 26, 2013

Today the Supreme Court will hear the first of two cases dealing with gay marriage — the first being about California’s Proposition 8, the second about the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Prop 8 simply states: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is recognized in California.“  It passed with [...]

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Wisconsin Judge Tosses Walker’s Union Law

September 16, 2012

On Friday, Dane County circuit court Judge Juan Colas threw out just about all of the famous collective bargaining law passed by Governor Scott Walker and the state legislature, which modeled to other cash-strapped states a politically successful way to deal with unsustainable public employee union costs moving forward. Judge Colas wrote that the law [...]

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Roberts: All on His Own

July 1, 2012

Take or leave CBS’s MSM reporting of this, but apparently all is not well on the Supreme Court:  CBS reports that on Obamacare, Chief Justice Roberts was going to vote with the conservatives to toss out the law, then suddenly shifted his vote a few weeks ago leading to great friction between he and (of [...]

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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare; John Roberts Rejects Constitution

June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court further weakened the Constitution today when, by a vote of 5-4, they held that the personal mandate in Obamacare was constitutional.  Surprisingly, the “conservative” Justice who flipped to the liberals was not Anthony Kennedy, but rather Chief Justice John Roberts.  The tabula rasa is blank no longer. The issue before the court [...]

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Mixed Arizona Law Ruling

June 25, 2012

The Supreme Court had a number of rulings today, none getting more attention than their striking down of most of Arizona’s immigration law in a 5-3 decision, with Justice Kagan recusing herself.  The controversial part about asking those already stopped for committing a crime for their immigration status remained in tact… until the 9th Circuit [...]

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Obamacare Ruling This Week

June 24, 2012

The Supreme Court is going to rule on two big issues this week:  Arizona’s illegal alien law and of course the big one — Obamacare.   Like many out there I see three possible rulings: They uphold the law. They try to split the baby and uphold some of it while striking down the rest. Realizing [...]

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The Insidious Redefining of Judicial Activism

April 3, 2012

Barack Obama lashed out at the supreme court yesterday (based on what some speculate is a leak from his former Solicitor General, Elena Kagan, that the court has found some or all of the bill unconstitutional), stating that the overturning of ObamaCare would be an act of judicial activism.  Now, either Obama does not understand judicial activism, or [...]

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SCOTUS to Rule on ObamaCare

November 14, 2011

The Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments relating to the constitutionality of ObamaCare’s individual mandate.  In other words:  does the federal government have the right to compel individuals to purchase a product or face a fine.  Also, the court will likely look at “severability” in the law, or whether or not if the individual [...]

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Eleventh Circuit Panel Strikes Down Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

August 12, 2011

The majority of a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals proved that it at least knows how to read has struck down the individual mandate portion of Obamacare as unconstitutional., though not the entire law despite the absence of severability clause. Although the entire law should have been invalidated, the Court was [...]

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Cartoons Discuss (Un)Constitutionality of Obamacare

February 4, 2011

Videos of these cartoon coworkers are all over Youtube, but this one is my favorite.  In this video, cartoon smart conservative guy and cartoon stupid liberal chick discuss Obamacare and jurisprudence.  Enjoy.

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The Negation of Democracy

August 16, 2010

I came across a fascinating blog post this morning over at Patterico’s Pontifications entitled What Can Be Done About the Increasing Worthlessness of Your Vote? The main point of the article was that multiple factors are in play that are making the individual citizen’s vote increasingly worthless, turning a functioning Democratic Republic into more of [...]

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Axis of Right Radio, Show #8, August 11, 2010

August 11, 2010

Episode #8 of Axis of Right Radio is now available. In this episode, Mike, Ryan, and Sal discuss the role of the federal government; several states that are fighting back against ObamaCare; the economy’s loss of another 131,000 jobs; Pelosi and the Word; Massachusetts ditching the Electoral College; A federal judge ignoring Federalism and the [...]

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Elena Kagan, the 112th Supreme Court Justice

August 6, 2010

The Senate voted last evening to confirm Elena Kagan 63-37 as John Paul Stevens’ replacement on the Supreme Court.  She will be sworn in tomorrow and will preside with the others on October 1. In the end, five Republicans voted for her and one Democrat voted against her (Ben Nelson, who’s on clean up duty [...]

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Proposition 8 Struck Down by Judge

August 5, 2010

Proposition 8 in California was a ballot initiative in 2008 which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.  It passed with 52% of the vote and got about 7 million Californians to vote for it.  Yesterday, in a 136-page decision, a District Judge Vaughn Walker believed that the proposition violated both [...]

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Souter: Originalism is “Unrealistic”

June 20, 2010

Writing for the American Thinker, Lawrence J. Siskind makes a great point about getting to know a Supreme Court candidate (like Elena Kagan) well before confirmation because afterward it’s simply too late.  His case in point:  David Souter’s recent Harvard commencement address last May. Bush 41 nominated and 90 Senators confirmed David Souter in 1990 [...]

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Axis of Right Radio, Show #6, 5/19/2010

May 19, 2010

Episode #6 of Axis of Right Radio is now available. In this episode, Mike, Ryan, and Sal discuss the British Election, the economic situation in Greece and how it foreshadows our own economic problems, the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the new Arizona Immigration law. As promised in the podcast, [...]

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Did Elena Kagan Violate the Law?

May 13, 2010

According to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), she did.  As a recipient of federal funds, Harvard University was required to allow military recruitment and ROTC on campus.  She was also required to not apply any university non-discrimination policy to the  military organizations on campus.  When she kicked off the recruiters and ROTC, she knowingly and willingly [...]

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Elena Kagan, Supreme Court Justice?

May 10, 2010

Elena Kagan. What can I say?  At least Harriet Miers seemed like a pleasant lady, despite the thin resume!  The President’s next pick for the Supreme Court is a woman (I wonder if she’s a typical white person), Elena Kagan, who’s never written an opinion, nor has ever been a judge.  Yet, the Left is [...]

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Justice John Paul Stevens to Retire

April 9, 2010

Justice John Paul Stevens has announced that he is retiring from the Supreme Court when the current session ends this July.  Stevens was one of the court’s most liberal members, although he was appointed to the bench by Republican President Gerald Ford.  Stevens’ retirement will give a second Supreme Court pick to President Barack Obama.  [...]

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Busy Supreme Court News Day!

March 15, 2010

As it turns out, today was a busy news day regarding the ordinarily quiet SCOTUS.  Usually, without any major decisions coming down, we hardly hear anything from The Nine*.  Here are three recent stories: First, Butler University is cool with Chief Justice John Roberts attending his niece’s graduation this May, but think Roberts is simply [...]

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Justice Roberts Stands Up for SCOTUS

March 11, 2010

Word came yesterday that Chief Justice John Roberts was upset about the treatment the Justices got from both Congress and the President at January’s State of the Union Address, questioning even whether or not SCOTUS should really even show up anymore.  Here’s my opinion about that address and the treatment of the court who are [...]

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Justice Thomas Explains Citizens United Case in Simple Terms

February 4, 2010

Justice Clarence Thomas explained the Citizens United v. FEC case in the simplest terms that I have heard yet: If 10 of you got together and decided to speak, just as a group, you’d say you have First Amendment rights to speak and the First Amendment right of association. If you all then formed a [...]

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Democrats in Congress Want to Override Supreme Court

February 2, 2010

So I guess that according to liberals, Supreme Court decisions are sacrosanct only when they legislate liberal policies from the bench.  Yet when the court rules in favor of the Constitution as they ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission by holding that collections of people (unions, corporations) had the same free speech rights [...]

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Ryan’s Take on the State of the Union Address

January 28, 2010

I didn’t like it. Pretty succinct, huh?! Aside from the obvious liberal crap and fake platitudes, here’s what I really didn’t like:  Obama’s Chavez-like qualities shown through a few times last night.  The way he immaturely called out the Supreme Court with a poor, populist, and inaccurate argument, knowing they couldn’t respond lest Joe Wilson-like [...]

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McCain-Feingold Gets Beaten Up By SCOTUS

January 21, 2010

Today the philosophy behind McCain-Feingold got beaten up by the five members of the Supreme Court who can still read the Constitution! Campaign Finance Reform was supposed to take the money out of politics.  It has not.  CFR was supposed to get the special interests out of political campaigns.  Ha! (I was even laughing at [...]

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