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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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Vatican Chief to Obama Administration: You are “Hostile Towards Christian Civilization”

March 24, 2014

Vatican chief justice Cardinal Raymond Burke said the following when asked about the Obama Administration in an interview for a Christian magazine: It is true that the policies of the president of the United States have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization. He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life [...]

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Roe Plus 41

January 22, 2014

Ghastly math:  Roe v. Wade + 41 years = 55 million deaths. On this dark anniversary, tens of thousands braved Arctic cold and snow for the fortieth “March For Life” in Washington DC.  I was actually at one of these back in 1998.  It was inspiring to see so many others from all parts of [...]

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Obamacare vs. Little Sisters of the Poor

January 4, 2014

Just to review, the First Amendment to the Constitution states in its first clause: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; … That second part makes some very uncomfortable, and often is ignored in the courts. That being said, the Roman Catholic Church doesn’t approve of [...]

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SCOTUS Alters the Voting Rights Act

June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court struck down a controversial section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which had recently been reauthorized by Congress in 2006. While the most of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 still remains in effect, Section 4, which dealt with singling out particular states with a history of low black turnout and/or [...]

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40 Years of Roe

January 22, 2013

January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision, 7-2, with only Justices White and Rehnquist dissenting.  Since then an estimated 50-54 million babies’ lives have been ended as a result.  Today, issues of religious freedom, sex-selective abortions (aka gendercide), paying for other people’s abortions, and a seriously pro-abortion President in [...]

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Dems Pick Fight Over Early Voting for Military in Ohio

August 5, 2012

The Obama campaign and the Ohio Democrats are filing a lawsuit against an Ohio law allowing members of the military to cast an early-voting ballot until the day before Election Day.  Granted, the cut-off day for everyone else is three days before the election, but due to the erratic schedules of some military personnel the [...]

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Rasmussen: Little Change in Repeal Poll

July 2, 2012

According to Rasmussen Reports, there was little change in the percentage of likely voters who want to see some or all of Obamacare repealed after Thursday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling.  The current 52% -39% poll has actually moved little since the law was passed over two years ago. Apparently, being deemed constitutional through some odd [...]

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An Energized Romney Vote?

June 29, 2012

After yesterday’s mind-boggling SCOTUS decision, Mitt Romney made these remarks about it: Romney’s campaign raised over $4 million since then and I’m sure I speak for many conservatives when I express this notion:  I woke up yesterday with the intention of merely holding my nose to vote for Romney in November, and went to bed [...]

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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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Two (Possibly Nonsensical) Observations on SCOTUS and Romney

April 4, 2012

Two things dawned on me that I think no one’s really talking about (possibly because they may make little sense): First, what if Obama did get a tip from someone about how the Supreme Court is going to rule on Obamacare?  His actions of late indicate that he knows it doesn’t look good.  But, what [...]

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Obamacare Endures its Third Day in Court

March 28, 2012

SCOTUS just finished hearing three days of the Solicitor General try to defend Obamacare.  No one really knows how they’ll rule in June on this, but if the Justice’s questions and tone are any indication, its days could be numbered.  But that’s the catch — we just don’t know. However, a few things about this [...]

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Obamacare Oral Arguments Begin

March 26, 2012

Obamacare finally gets its day in court!  The Supreme Court carved out three days to listen to oral arguments on this controversial piece of legislation.  Being targeted is Obamacare’s “individual mandate” provision which marks the first time our federal government has compelled citizens to purchase a product or face a penalty. So far, not so [...]

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Catholic Bishops Rail on Obamacare

February 5, 2012

I have to admit that while I’m more than a C&E (Christmas/Easter) Catholic, I do tend to attend mass only sporadically.  Well, I HAD to attend mass this weekend to hear what my priest was going to say about the Obamacare mandate forcing religious groups to violate their consciences or be forced to only provide [...]

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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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Vouchers Upheld by SCOTUS

April 4, 2011

The anti-religious folks got a bit of a pounding today as the Supreme Court upheld an Arizona school voucher program.  I’ll give you one guess what the vote was… 5-4 you say?  You betcha! The program in question allows a parent to use a $500 tax credit/voucher to send their kids to a private or [...]

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The Election of 2000, Ten Years Later

November 7, 2010

Shortly after 8:50pm on the evening of November 7, 2000, I became very nervous.  MSNBC decided to call the state of Florida for Democrat presidential nominee Vice President Al Gore, though they admitted it was very close.  Texas Governor and Republican nominee George W. Bush needed Florida’s 25 Electoral votes along with either Ohio or [...]

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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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Gun Rights Preserved at Local Level

June 28, 2010

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment also applies to state and local guns laws.  The 5-4 decision in McDonald v. Chicago reiterated that you have the right to own a gun for use in protection of your home and/or property.  This decision was not intended to limit any bans on felons or [...]

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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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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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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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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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Sotomayor is Confirmed

August 7, 2009

With a 68-31 vote (Teddy “Fins” Kennedy was too ill to vote) the US Senate voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor the 111th Supreme Court Justice.  Nine RINOs, Lindsey Graham among them, added their votes to 59 Dems.   She’s also the third woman and (I’m not sure if anyone knows about this) she’s the first Latina on the court!  I [...]

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Sonia Sotomayor Overruled (again) by SCOTUS

June 29, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor was overruled today by the Supreme Court, yet again.  In a 5-4 decision, the court held that the City of New Haven was not allowed to throw out the results of a test that was used to qualify firefighters for promotion.  The city threw out the test results because they felt that they [...]

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Supreme Court Issues Stay Against Chrysler Bankruptcy

June 9, 2009

The Supreme Court issued a stay on the Chrysler bankruptcy ruling yesterday afternoon, shortly before a court of appeals imposed deadline would have made the deal final.  The Chrysler bankruptcy, engineered by the Obama administration, would have engineered a sale of Chrysler to Italian automaker Fiat, and paid off the unions at the expense of [...]

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