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Posts by MN Doc

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  • Academic highlight: Congressional overrides of Supreme Court decisions

    06/26/2015 6:25:35 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    MN Doc to SoCal Pubbie

    A hypothetical example would have been if the SCOTUS had ruled the other way in the Obamacare case yesterday; if they had ruled that the specific language of the statute barred giving subsidies to people who got their insurance from the Federal exchange, the Congress could have changed the law to allow the subsidies. It happens when the Court says a law as written doesn’t mean what they thought it did, or as written is unconstitutional, but there’s a way to change it so it would be constitutional. It can’t happen if the basic concept is ruled unconstitutional, as in today’s gay marriage ruling. Since they ruled based on Equal Protection under the 14th Amendment, the only way to overcome it would be with a Constitutional Amendment.

  • Fred Phelps’ Death Prompts Westboro Baptist Church To Protest His Funeral

    03/20/2014 12:53:48 PM PDT · 23 of 28
    MN Doc to Borges


  • Speaker DeLeo (Mass.) vows to fix law after ruling says ‘upskirting’ is legal

    03/05/2014 7:50:23 PM PST · 18 of 36
    MN Doc to hoosiermama

    Exactly. That’s what the legislature plans to do. The ruling on the law, as it stands, was correct.

  • Obenshain to concede Virginia attorney general’s race on Wednesday in Richmond

    12/18/2013 11:34:50 AM PST · 33 of 54
    MN Doc to Alter Kaker; txrefugee

    The increase in the lead is apparently mostly due to officials uncovering undervotes in heavily Democratic areas like Fairfax County, which use paper ballots. In a somewhat ironic twist, most of the redder jurisdictions in Virginia rely on electronic voting machines that leave no paper trail for individual votes, so there simply weren’t undervotes to be discovered there.

  • W.H. Releases Photo of Obama Shooting a Gun

    02/02/2013 10:33:44 AM PST · 95 of 157
    MN Doc to DoctorBulldog

    Actually, he’s probably lined up about right for a pigeon from the low tower, isn’t he?

  • On the Left, Seeing Obama Giving Away Too Much, Again

    01/01/2013 9:58:24 PM PST · 7 of 11
    MN Doc to Seizethecarp

    Yup. Debate over sequestration kicked down the road only two months, coinciding with need to raise debt ceiling again. Dems think Obama gave up most of his leverage with this deal, leaving the Republicans with the advantage in that fight. Many think he should have held out for an agreement that covered those points as well, along with holding firm on the $250k level for tax increases.

  • Obama Begins Push to Confiscate IRA’s & 401k’s

    11/17/2012 3:10:30 AM PST · 31 of 117
    MN Doc to eclectic
    More fearmongering from bullion peddlers?
  • Paul Ryan's Wisconsin Neighbors Supported His Opponents ["The Unkindest Cut of All"?]

    11/15/2012 6:05:58 PM PST · 60 of 60
    MN Doc to Just mythoughts
    But wasn’t Ryan reelected to the House?
    Yes, although he got the lowest percentage of the vote he's ever had in that district, in eight Congressional races. He won with 55% of the vote to 43% for the Dem, Paul Zerban, & 2% for Keith Deschler of the Libertarian Party.
  • Paul Ryan's Wisconsin Neighbors Supported His Opponents ["The Unkindest Cut of All"?]

    11/14/2012 10:23:27 PM PST · 53 of 60
    MN Doc to Darren McCarty

    Actually, Janesville is the county seat of Rock County, which voted Dem in the election. It’s south of Milwaukee. Waukesha is the western Milwaukee suburban area.

  • Porta Rico to become State

    11/07/2012 10:10:12 AM PST · 32 of 46
    MN Doc to count-your-change

    Actually, I don’t think there are any travel restrictions now. Puerto Ricans are US citizens, & Puerto Rico is US territory now, so I believe movement is free now.

  • Michelle Bachman only up by 700 votes

    11/06/2012 10:17:49 PM PST · 2 of 4
    MN Doc to Anti-Hillary

    Extremely close. May be another Minnesota recount.

  • Question: Can Anyone Answer?

    11/05/2012 7:19:49 AM PST · 12 of 15
    MN Doc to Shery

    As others have said about their locales, in Minnesota, absentee ballots go to their appropriate local precincts, where they are opened & counted along with regular ballots.

  • Bachmann runs hard, holds lead on Graves

    10/21/2012 10:14:45 AM PDT · 18 of 32
    MN Doc to ken5050

    There’s a SurveyUSA poll from about a week-and-a-half ago that has it Nolan 46, Cravaack 45. It’s tight. There’s a lot of SuperPAC money coming in from out of state for Cravaack, though.

  • Bachmann runs hard, holds lead on Graves

    10/21/2012 10:08:02 AM PDT · 16 of 32
    MN Doc to Gay State Conservative
    Let me guess...Rat legislature and Governor?
    Actually, Republican legislature, both houses. Bachmann has, IIRC, the "reddest" district in the state. Those numbers are pretty close to McCain's results in 2008 in that district. She won 52-40-8 in 2010 in the "old" district in a 3-way race.
  • Need help with home defense weapon (vanity)

    10/20/2012 4:12:08 PM PDT · 19 of 85
    MN Doc to Magnatron
    Personally, for that situation, I like a short-barrelled 20-gauge double. It can be kept open & unloaded, with no other safety device, with the shells on a high shelf close by; maybe in the same closet. Four or so shells loose & easy to load, and another 4-6 shells in a buttstock sleeve like the one Uncle Mike's makes, which holds five. It wouldn't be kept on the gun, but can be conveniently picked up & carried, or slipped over the stock easily if there's time. Some of these guns are made with a "tactical" forend, which could mount a laser sight &/or a high-intensity flashlight. You could use buckshot, but at the distances of most household encounters, something like #6 birdshot is just as effective & less likely to penetrate walls. A youth-model pump-action shotgun would be more versatile for hunting, etc., & makes that lovely sound as a shell is jacked into the chamber, but is a little slower to load for the first shot in a pinch & might be a little harder to learn to use for a rookie. The 12-gauge is a little heavier. There are .410 gauge models, but those smaller barrels are a little less intimidating than staring down the end of a 12 or 20-gauge double.
  • Rasmussen: PA - 0bama 51% - Romney 39%

    09/24/2012 1:19:09 PM PDT · 241 of 241
    MN Doc to piytar
    May I suggest a move to Texas? Because if obastard is re-elected, servitude and starvation are just the start. It gets worse from there, and the United States won’t survive. Texas MIGHT.
    Unfortunately, the demographics suggest Texas will be a swing state sometime between 2016 & 2020.
  • Primatene Mist Breakthrough!!!

    09/12/2012 1:57:03 PM PDT · 36 of 36
    MN Doc to Bobalu
    Epinephrine has been available over-the-counter only because it was already available before the FDA started regulating prescription drugs. It has nothing to do with safety or effectiveness. I understand the problems people have with the cost of medical care, but I don't believe that a medicine as potent as albuterol should be available over-the-counter. It really needs to be monitored by a care provider.
  • Primatene Mist Breakthrough!!!

    09/11/2012 1:53:04 PM PDT · 14 of 36
    MN Doc to khelus
    I hate to be a curmudgeon here, but I have to say that epinephrine inhalers are a bad choice for most folks. They are seductive in that they have a very quick onset and a strong effect, but the pharmacologic effect only lasts an hour or so, and the side effects on the heart & blood pressure are dangerous for people with heart disease & hypertension. Albuterol inhalers & nebulizer solutions are much better in the long run.
  • Romney leads Obama 16% among whites enough to win the election

    08/30/2012 7:44:00 PM PDT · 6 of 32
    MN Doc to 2ndDivisionVet

    I’m not sure that math still works. 55% of 72% of voters is only 39.6%. If non-white voters vote at the same rate as white voters, we need 40% of the other 28% non-white voters to get to 50.8%. I don’t think there’s any polling that has us that high among non-white voters, so we need a much higher turnout if we only get 55% of all whites.

  • Yes, Paul Ryan Spoke the Truth About Obama's Fiscal Record at the Republican Convention

    08/30/2012 8:00:59 AM PDT · 16 of 30
    MN Doc to Qbert
    Interesting that Fox News seemed to pick up on the same theme, that Ryan was untruthful at times. The second of the "Three Words" is "Deceptive."
  • Navy submarine commander relieved of duty a week after taking command

    08/13/2012 1:03:47 AM PDT · 12 of 23
    MN Doc to Rabin

    Had to check if the Pittsburgh is one of the boats with female officers; it isn’t. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a sexual thing, though; a shiny new domestic abuse charge might have done it.

  • Top Romney adviser: Mitt will erase his conservative positions once he’s the nominee

    03/21/2012 9:59:20 AM PDT · 55 of 198
    MN Doc to VRW Conspirator
    Is it “agitprop” when Romney's principle media adviser is interviewed live on CNN?
  • McDonald: Minnesota Vikings' Brett Favre frontrunner for MVP of 2009 season

    11/10/2009 3:38:12 PM PST · 15 of 47
    MN Doc to GlennBeck08
    I'm a Vikings fan, but I enjoyed the t-shirt I saw in a store window when I visited my son at college in Madison: "We'll never forget you, Brent!"
  • Deck Guns Gain Range

    11/05/2009 7:16:52 AM PST · 20 of 35
    MN Doc to ansel12
    Does the army still have their 8 inch guns?
    I think they're all retired. All 155 mm or MRLS now.
  • Judge Carter Ruling on MTD

    11/01/2009 4:06:12 PM PST · 657 of 670
    MN Doc to plenipotentiary
    Chester Artur hid his birthplace and parents citizenship from the electorate.
    As I understand it, there was active "opposition research" by the Democrats against Arthur with respect to his birthplace, but his father's citizenship was well-known, (as the source for the questions about the candidate's birthplace,) and that that was not an issue for the electorate. Is there a reference somewhere that William Arthur's birthplace or citizenship was hidden? Or that Arthur's eligibility was challenged based on his father's citizenship? Thanks.
  • Police: Iraqi Immigrant Dad Ran Over ‘Westernized’ Daughter

    11/01/2009 2:14:22 PM PST · 15 of 34
    MN Doc to Cicero
    ...and he’s an illegal immigrant to boot.
    I missed that. It doesn't seem to be in the AP article. Do you have a source?
  • Judge Carter Ruling on MTD

    11/01/2009 1:27:57 PM PST · 653 of 670
    MN Doc to El Sordo
    Though there is no reason whatsoever to believe that BHO isn’t a US citizen at all.
    There actually is some dispute about whether Obama was legally adopted by Lolo Soetoro, in Hawaii or when he lived in Indonesia from 1967-71. Some say that would negate his American citizenship, although clearly the United States has treated him as a US citizen ever since.
  • Judge Carter Ruling on MTD

    11/01/2009 1:01:58 PM PST · 652 of 670
    MN Doc to plenipotentiary
    The case includes the fact that he has admitted that he was a British Subject at birth. He cannot be a natural born citizen.

    I am not a lawyer, but that appears to be a matter of some dispute. That statement appears to depend on whether the Founding Fathers depended on Emerich de Vattel's 1758 treatise, The Law of Nations or the Principles of Natural Law Applied to the Conduct and to the Affairs of Nations and of Sovereigns, as the source of their thinking. That document was written in French by a Swiss philosopher, and was not part of English common law. It has been cited frequently as part of the "just war" doctrine, but, AFAIK, has never been used as a precedent for a US Supreme Court decision. It was cited in the dissent in the case of The United States v. Wong Kim Ark, in 1898. The majority decision cited English common law as stating that, "every child born in England of alien parents was a natural-born subject," and held that to be the controlling precedent for US common law.

    There is also the obvious precedent of Chester A. Arthur, the 21st President. There is some similarity to Obama's situation, since there was a dispute at the time of his election to the Vice-Presidency regarding his place of birth. There were rumors that he had actually been born in Ireland or Canada rather than in Fairfield, Vermont. The fact that his father was a British subject from Northern Ireland, and not naturalized as a US citizen until 1843, was undisputed and did not appear to be an issue to the electorate of the time.

  • Judge Carter Ruling on MTD

    11/01/2009 12:13:46 PM PST · 650 of 670
    MN Doc to bukkdems
    Sorry, didn't see this earlier. So that would be a dispute over whether Obama is a citizen of the United States at all, not just a question of being a "natural-born" citizen, correct?
  • Judge Carter Ruling on MTD

    10/29/2009 6:40:01 PM PDT · 517 of 670
    MN Doc to El Gato
    Secondly, which of the causes for impeachment listed above does "not eligible?" come under? It's a not a crime to not be eligible, not even a misdomeanor. It's not Treason to not be eligible, and there have been no formal accusations of Bribery.
    "Other high Crimes and Misdemeanors" is a very broad ground for accusation, including obstruction of justice for Nixon and perjury for Clinton. The other "high crime" which would presumably provide grounds for impeachment of Obama would be some variety of fraud, which would be the appropriate charge if Obama claimed to be eligible to be President, when he in fact was not. Ultimately, though, since the House has the sole ability to impeach, it also has the sole ability to define the grounds for impeachment. The House then, of course, must persuade the Senate to convict.
  • Judge Carter Ruling on MTD

    10/29/2009 11:13:29 AM PDT · 110 of 670
    MN Doc to bukkdems

    I missed something here. What is the argument that Obama shouldn’t have been allowed to run for the Senate? I thought Keyes was a party to this suit because he’d been a (minor) candidate for the presidency in 2008.

  • 'Net Neutrality' Is Socialism, Not Freedom

    10/20/2009 7:22:43 PM PDT · 43 of 89
    MN Doc to dennisw

    Suspicion is one thing, but opposition to Net Neutrality just because the Obama folks are for it is unnecessary. “Even a broken clock...” and all that. This opposition to Net Neutrality is people begging for corporate control of the Internet. The Interstate Highway System and air traffic control are socialist programs, too, by these standards.

  • No, You're Reading That Right 79.9 percent rate targets credit-challenged

    10/18/2009 9:06:31 AM PDT · 42 of 46
    MN Doc to RebelTXRose
    First Premier Bank is based in South Dakota. No usury laws at all in South Dakota. The incredibly bank-favorable laws are why almost all credit cards are issued by bank subsidiaries based either in South Dakota or Delaware.
  • US First Lady 'slave roots' found

    10/13/2009 12:02:01 PM PDT · 37 of 38
    MN Doc to jws3sticks
    Oops, missed this one at least:

    19. Doty, Joan R $43,900 Senior Writer

  • US First Lady 'slave roots' found

    10/13/2009 11:47:00 AM PDT · 36 of 38
    MN Doc to jws3sticks
    I missed this this weekend, but, it is a bit much to think that Laura Bush had one assistant compared to this list for Michelle Obama. A quick Google search brings up this list of White House staff, including these folks comparable to the Canada Free Press list:

    1. McBride, Anita B $172,200 Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

    2. Medina, Sonya E $147,500 Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Director of Projects for the First Lady

    3. Zantzinger, Amy S $113,000 Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary

    4. Armstrong, Sara W $102,000 Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to the First Lady

    5. Niemiec, Sally M $102,000 Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications and Press Secretary to the First Lady

    6. Miller, Sonja Maria $88,500 Deputy Chief of Staff to the First Lady

    7. Ballard, Deanna M $78,400 Director of Scheduling for the First Lady

    8. McArthur, Nikki L $63,000 Speech Writer for the First Lady

    9. Knutson, Lindsey L $62,700 Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady

    10. Marshall, Misty C $62,400 Director of Correspondence for the First Lady

    11. Adams, Julie E $57,500 Deputy Press Secretary to the First Lady

    12. Mende, Kirstin M $53,000 Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady

    13. Etter, Marisa Leigh $52,200 Deputy Director of Scheduling for the First Lady

    14. King, Kristin N $52,200 Deputy Director of Advance for the First Lady

    15. Thornton, Dorothy M $52,200 Deputy Social Secretary

    16. Segura, Millicent $47,000 Deputy Director of Correspondence for the First Lady

    17. Miller, Kasdin E $43,000 Assistant Press Secretary to the First Lady

    18. O'Connor, Erin M $41,800 Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff to the First Lady

    In addition, there are nine "executive assistants", three "assistant staff secretaries", and thirty-five "staff assistants" lower on the pay list than Ms. O'Connor, so there may be another one-three unattributed positions similar to the last few on the CFP list. Just to be fair, here...

  • WND Exclusive: Senator Johnson Says Obama's Birth Place Doesn't Matter

    10/01/2009 4:38:53 PM PDT · 31 of 32
    MN Doc to Sola Veritas
    You're aware, of course, of the precedent set by Chester Arthur, whose father was an Irish citizen when the 21st President was born... Given that precedent, it seems highly unlikely that any authority would now decide that the son of a Kenyan or British citizen is ineligible now, assuming he actually was born in the US.
  • Pawlenty preps 2012 campaign team

    10/01/2009 2:42:55 PM PDT · 34 of 42
    MN Doc to MitchAccord
    If Pawlenty can get elected in Minnesota, I think he can get elected throughout America.
    Except that Pawlenty has never won a majority vote in Minnesota. Without the Independence Party candidate messing with the vote, Pawlenty might never have been elected at all.
  • Justice Kennedy rejects 2 more challenges to Obama

    12/19/2008 9:37:58 PM PST · 416 of 417
    MN Doc to dennisw
    You said:
    Take a look at "Perkins v. Elg" Natural born citizen is not mentioned
    This quote is from the deciding paragraph of Perkins vs Elg, which I quoted (my emphasis) in the earlier post:
    The court below, properly recognizing the existence of an actual controversy with the defendants..., declared Miss Elg 'to be a natural born citizen of the United States'
    Miss Elg was born in the US of parents with Swedish (and in the case of her father, naturalized US) citizenship. The Supreme Court, in this case, used that precise phrase to describe her in its conclusion. Apparently, the Supreme Court, in a case you cited, believes a "natural born citizen" to be any person born on US soil, regardless of that person's parentage, (except for the children of diplomats, who are not subject to US jurisdiction.)
  • Justice Kennedy rejects 2 more challenges to Obama

    12/19/2008 4:51:11 PM PST · 411 of 417
    MN Doc to dennisw; LS
    It is interesting to note the case Perkins v. Elg, 307 U.S. 325 (1939), which refers to a young woman born in the US of parents holding Swedish citizenship. Her father had been naturalized, but later renounced his US citizenship after the parents returned to Sweden with her when she was a child. She sued to claim her US citizenship on reaching age 21:
    The court below, properly recognizing the existence of an actual controversy with the defendants..., declared Miss Elg 'to be a natural born citizen of the United States'
    By this definition, therefore, anyone born in the US, even of non-citizen parents, is a natural born citizen of the United States.

    The website's "Natural Born Citizen Chart" claims the the Constitutional definition of "Natural Born Citizen" requires that the person be "Born in the U.S. mainland" of parents who "Both are U. S. Citizens". This is not true. The term is not defined in the Constitution: "No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President..." The site claims that this term is also defined in law, but offers only a Swiss source document predating the Revolution:

    Emmerich de Vattel's explanation of "Natural Born Citizen" given in his 1759 benchmark work, used, and so often quoted, by the framers of the U. S. Constitution, makes the understanding simple, explicit, clear, definite, exact, precise, and strict. In the CITIZENS AND NATIONS, paragraph #212, de Vattel says: "The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As the society can not exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights. The society is supposed to desire this, in consequence of what it owes to its own preservation; and it is presumed, as a matter of course, that each citizen, on entering into society, reserves to his children the right of becoming members of it. THE COUNTRY OF THE FATHERS IS THEREFORE THAT OF THE CHILDREN."
    This statement is obviously in conflict with the concept of the US as a nation of immigrants, and with US law, specifically the 14th Amendment:
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.
    The issue of his father's citizenship is therefore irrelevant, and the only issue in question is whether Obama was, in fact, born in the US.
  • Justice Kennedy rejects 2 more challenges to Obama

    12/18/2008 10:36:21 PM PST · 393 of 417
    MN Doc to Jack Black
    For what it's worth, it only takes four votes for the court to hear a case. The four conservative justices could force a hearing on the issue if all four agreed. Given that there've been no leaks of dissension from the Court, I suspect (without proof) they've all decided they don't need to hear these cases. I'm confident that if Justice Scalia thought there was a Constitutional issue at hand, we'd know about it.
  • Obama win triggers run on guns in many stores

    11/09/2008 4:21:47 PM PST · 13 of 77
    MN Doc to mylife

    ping for later

  • Barack Obama Birth Certificate is not real.

    11/07/2008 5:00:43 AM PST · 289 of 379
    MN Doc to Cyclone59
    I was under the thought that the originals were scanned for distribution. At least that what mine from 1965 look like - a scanned original.
    Yes, yours is clearly a copy of the original document. Apparently with the computerization of records, what they routinely send out now is this abbreviated "certification".
  • Barack Obama Birth Certificate is not real.

    11/06/2008 2:18:34 PM PST · 77 of 379
    MN Doc to Cyclone59

    FWIW, that’s not ever been claimed to be a copy of the original birth certificate. That’s a “certification” of live birth, based on the computerized data base of the original records, which is what Hawaii currently provides for people to establish proof of birth, as for Social Security and passports. Since it’s a computer-generated representation of the data on file, it’s not unreasonable for it to be in a modern computer font.

  • Voter fraud in Minneapolis? ( ACORN’s registration of convicted felons — from prison)

    11/04/2008 3:54:16 PM PST · 8 of 9
    MN Doc to TypeZoNegative
    FWIW, if you are properly registered, they're not supposed to check ID in Minnesota. They're supposed to ask how to spell your name, look you up in the listing, and have you sign in. You only provide ID if you do the same-day registration.
  • Police Respond To Voter Intimidation In Philadelphia(New Video)

    11/04/2008 1:56:02 PM PST · 16 of 21
    MN Doc to paltz

    ping for later