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  • Who Wronged Aurora and Why Her Life Matters

    04/09/2015 6:41:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Arina Grossu
    By now the horrific story about Michelle Wilkins’ 7 month old preborn Aurora being ripped from her mother’s womb in Colorado has dominated headlines throughout the country. Dynel Lane, the perpetrator, was charged with eight felonies by the Boulder County District Attorney’s office. Yet one charge was visibly missing: the murder of baby Aurora. A new poll reveals that 76% of Americans agree that an attacker who causes the death of a woman’s preborn child should be charged with murder. Colorado has devastatingly failed Aurora. Michelle Wilkins’ story is tragic. Wilkins, 26, answered a fraudulent Craigslist ad for baby clothes....
  • The Next Big Obamacare Case?

    03/28/2015 10:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of that amount, and that funding is now being threatened by Obamacare. In what seems like dj-vu all over again, Maines Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pursuing a lawsuit to prevent this sort of federal coercion. Heres the scoop: In 2009, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offered states stimulus funds if they agreed to a maintenance-of-effort (MOE) provision that required them to maintain Medicaid-eligibility standards...
  • Darren Wilson's Friendly Trial:

    03/11/2015 6:12:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    A Justice Department report released last week makes a strong case that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, last August. The report suggests that Robert McCulloch, the much-maligned St. Louis County prosecutor, made the right call when he decided not to pursue criminal charges against Wilson. McCulloch nevertheless was the wrong person to make that call. His lack of credibility, as illustrated by the upside-down grand jury process that he orchestrated to clear Wilson, highlights the need for independent prosecutors to review police shootings. Because they...
  • Our Crazy Laws on the Insanity Defense

    03/01/2015 12:10:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    When a Texas jury rejected an insanity defense and convicted Eddie Ray Routh in the murder of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, it raised a question: If this guy isn't crazy, who is? Routh had a voluminous history of mental illness. After being discharged from the Marines in 2010, doctors hospitalized him because he thought a giant tapeworm was eating him. He had several more stints in psychiatric facilities and regularly took medications for psychosis. A few weeks before the shootings, doctors concluded he was a danger to himself and others. After his final release from a Veterans...
  • Illiberal Approach to Immigration Only Invites More Acrimony

    02/26/2015 4:27:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Obama's executive order that overrode existing immigration law. The result is more acrimony and chaos. It is a good time to remember that there are more than just two types of immigration -- legal and illegal. There also exist liberal and illiberal approaches to immigration. Take liberal immigration. It is governed by laws passed by Congress and signed and executed by the president. Nearly all Americans accept that no individual can pick and choose which federal statute he chooses to obey, depending on his own perceived self-interest. Liberal immigration would be entirely legal,...
  • Tom DeLay Exonerated by Final Court in Texas; Liberal Media Virtually Silent

    10/27/2014 3:59:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    If you tried to find out what recently happened in court ending the criminal case against former GOP Congressman Tom DeLay, almost all the results that come up are from conservative sites. The left-wing news media deliberately ignored the story of his total legal exoneration earlier this month. Contrast this with the multiple, lengthy front-page articles than ran for years gleefully covering the progression of the politically motivated attacks on him. I saved an article taking up the top half of the front page of The New York Times from 2006 - with a huge photo of DeLay high-fiving my...
  • Federal Persecutors

    10/22/2014 5:49:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | John Stossel
    A group of Washington overlords -- federal prosecutors -- sometimes break rules and wreck people's lives. President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America's next Attorney General. The prosecutorial bullying is detailed in a new book by Sidney Powell, "Licensed to Lie." She reports that the Department of Justice's narcissistic and dishonest prosecutors destroy people by doing things like deliberately withholding evidence. Remember the Arthur Andersen accounting firm? It was killed off by ambitious prosecutors who claimed the company helped Enron commit accounting fraud and then shredded the evidence. But instead of charging people who allegedly ordered...
  • Too Much Burden To Show ID To Vote? What About Jury Duty?

    10/18/2014 4:47:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Shannon Goessling
    How much is too much of a burden when it comes to being an American? As Americans, were required to engage with our government at all levels, in all sorts of ways. Many of those ways create burdens, but are part of the deal when we live under the rule of law and decide who represents us in government. Our relationship with our government is a two-way street. Consider some of the pillars of civic duty voting, jury duty, registering for Selective Service, participating in the Census, challenging a property tax assessment. All of these carry burdens on us...
  • Convicted Drunk Driver Indicts Perry

    08/25/2014 8:38:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    The country is reeling - especially within the political realm - over the gross abuse of power demonstrated in the indictment of popular Texas Governor Rick Perry. The whole scenario is so bizarre it is almost laughable. There is plenty of corruption in government, but usually it is the garden variety kind, like theft, lying, nepotism, etc., which is corrected with prosecution. This rises to a more disturbing level, because it is the prosecutor who is corrupt. How do you fix that? Rooting out corrupt Democrat lawyers is more difficult than prosecuting regular Americans, due to the incestuous relationship between...
  • IRS Ship Sinking: First Deadline Friday

    07/17/2014 1:08:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Larry Provost
    The IRS is running but cannot hide due to citizens; citizens who obtained two important victories this week. Through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the watchdog group Judicial Watch has taken the government to federal court seeking answers to the IRS missing emails; emails that are important in determining the extent and guilt of the IRS targeting the political opinions of ordinary Americans. This past week, the US Federal District Court for the District of Columbia has mandated two important rulings taking effect on Friday July 18, and no later than August 11, forcing the most transparent administration in...
  • Boehner: House Republicans Will Sue Obama Over Employer Mandate Delay

    07/11/2014 6:29:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    The rule of the law and the separation of powers are indispensable to our system of government. And yet, according to House Republicans, the president has violated his oath of office one too many times by encroaching on the rights of the legislative branch and re-writing laws as he sees fit. Hence why Republican House Speaker John Boehner is filing a lawsuit against him. Obviously, there are many examples of President Obama circumventing Congress to advance his legislative agenda, but the Speaker of the House ultimately decided to sue him for a very specific reason: He unilaterally delayed implementing a...
  • Worst Week for Abortion in 50 Years

    04/01/2014 11:15:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Oh, how the tide has turned against abortion. Just last week, there were three stunning setbacks to the pro-abortion movement. The first came Tuesday during oral argument in the Hobby Lobby case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The left wing of the Court was having a field day by predicting a parade of horribles if Hobby Lobby were to obtain a religious exemption from contraceptive regulations that violate its owners' consciences. But then, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote in the Court, startled liberals with a comment he made to the Obama administration's attorney: "Under your view, a for-profit corporation...
  • Reasonable fears

    02/18/2014 3:24:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    Phobias are serious business, and some must be fought. One driver spent years heroically overcoming her macrogephyrophobia, fear of big bridges. Some men suffer from pentheraphobia, fear of mothers-in-law, but mine is nice. I admit to nucleomituphobia, fear of nuclear weapons. What are our national phobias? Theologicophobia and homolophobia, fear of theology and sermons, seem to be growing. Gamophobia and pedophobia, fear of marriage and children, are evident trends. Over the long term we appear to be oozing toward both eleutherophobia and hypengyophobia, fear of freedom and responsibility. Before 9/11 I thought Islamophobia no more reasonable than omphalophobia, fear of...
  • The Soul of the Obama Administration

    02/14/2014 6:12:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Few have ever heard the name Debo Adegbile. He's President Barack Obama's nominee to head the civil rights division of the Justice Department. A few months ago, his nomination would have been a non-starter -- there is more than a whiff of radicalism in his past. But we are in a new world. Sen. Harry Reid is now absolute monarch of the Senate. Republicans are largely irrelevant. They cannot offer amendments to legislation. They cannot filibuster. I suppose they can write letters to the editor, and march outside the chamber wearing sandwich boards. Before the Reid invocation of the "nuclear...
  • Hey, Rich Kids: If You Get Wasted and Kill People With Your Truck Blame It On Affluenza

    12/15/2013 9:48:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 123 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Lawyers for 16-year-old Ethan Couch were able to pawn off on a doe-eyed court that affluenza was to blame for his stealing beer at WalMart, getting wasted and then plowing his out of control Ford F-350 into a group of folks, killing four. Affluenza? Please. For those whore not hip to affluenza, allow me to help you add another word to that ever growing list of PC terms spun by blame-shifting therapists in order to explain away criminal behavior by little Ethans who need to go to prison instead of a luxury rehab in Newport Beach: Affluenza is a portmanteau...
  • Making Liberty Lemonade From Atheist Lemons

    11/18/2013 9:43:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | Matt Barber
    Another day, another secularist attempt at religious cleansing. The United States Supreme Court, which, with jaw-dropping irony, opens every session with prayer, recently heard for the umpteenth time oral arguments on whether local governing bodies can likewise open every session with prayer. (The U.S. Congress does it, too. Always has.) The answer, of course, is a resounding yes, and, unless the high court goes completely off the rails this time (anythings possible under its presently imbalanced liberal makeup), so it shall remain. The case is Town of Greece v. Galloway. Hyper-litigious atheists always on the prowl for...
  • Freeing Inmates Is Criminal

    09/01/2013 6:15:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Why would someone who opposes draconian federal mandatory minimum sentences oppose efforts to cut California's prison population by about 9,600 inmates? Because the federal system and the California system are two different animals. U.S. prosecutors have been known to throw the full weight of the federal government toward putting low-level, nonviolent offenders away for decades. In California, the focus has been on violent and serious offenders. In the past several years, Sacramento has reduced the state prison population by about a quarter, or more than 40,000 inmates. Gov. Jerry Brown's 2011 "realignment" plan diverted nonviolent, non-serious and non-sex offenders to...
  • Government is Dangerous. Handle With Care.

    08/12/2013 4:50:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    There is no connection, of course, between the prosecution of notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger and the recent spate of scandals and revelations roiling the Obama administration. Or is there? Law enforcement and criminal justice are essential functions of government. No civilized society could survive for long if it lacked tools to combat lawlessness or make dangerous villains answer for their crimes. And Bulger was certainly dangerous "one of the most vicious, violent criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston," as Assistant US Attorney Fred Wyshak called him in summing up for the prosecution last week. But Bulger...
  • Stand Your Ground Critics Personify European Pacifism, Not American Values

    07/24/2013 9:41:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2013 | Bob Barr
    The legal concept of standing ones ground against deadly force has been a part of American culture since our founding as a nation; and has been an explicit component of our countrys law for more than 100 years. An individuals right to possess a firearm to defend ones self is guaranteed unequivocally in the Second Amendment to our Constitution. And, in the case known as Beard v. United States, the Supreme Court in 1895 ruled that a person facing a violent assault may repel that action by force, including deadly force, without first retreating. This century-old legal precedent defined what...
  • Ten Post-Zimmerman Lessons

    07/19/2013 5:20:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2013 | Mark Davis
    Its hard to describe the days following last weekends Zimmerman verdict as educational, but we have surely learned some things. Some are uplifting, some downright depressing. But for what they are worth, here are my ten top takeaways from a crazy week: 1. Sometimes, even in these cynical times, a jury gets it right. Here in the era of O.J. and the $3 million hot coffee civil suit, it is easy to grow jaded about the failings of our human jury system. But on rare occasions, under the harsh glare and pressure of public scrutiny, jurors will gather and surround...
  • America, Forever Racist?

    07/17/2013 9:57:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    The central criticism of the George Zimmerman trial is that there was one. It was simply impossible to convict him of anything beyond a reasonable doubt. The central criticism of the coverage of this trial was that there was any. How did this story merit consideration as national news? Why was the death of Trayvon Martin a thousand times more newsworthy than any other person shot on an American street? Answer: because Al Sharpton and other race-hustlers wanted it that way. Liberal journalists loved to suggest that the lives of young blacks in America are worth less than white lives....
  • Eric Holder's Stand Your Ground Squirrel

    07/17/2013 4:07:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Welcome to the Obama administration's cringe-inducing non sequitur of the week. On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder continued stoking the fires of racial resentment over a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman. In an address to NAACP leaders, who are demanding federal intervention, Holder attacked Stand Your Ground self-defense laws. All together now: Squirrel! "Separate and apart from the (Trayvon Martin) case that has drawn the nation's attention, it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods," Holder opined. He then baselessly claimed that such laws are creating "more violence...
  • Zimmerman Trial: How to Make it Easy for People to Say, Youre an Innocent Child When in Reality

    07/14/2013 7:38:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2013 | Doug Giles
    If youre in your late teens and you get shot after assaulting a neighborhood-watch supervisor, and you want someone else to get blamed for your behavior, here are thirteen tips to make you look like an innocent child that loves Skittles, doing math and riding horses versus a gangbanger-in-waiting. 1. Dont have pictures on social media, or on your cell phone, of you holding guns like a gangsta. If you do take pictures with firearms, make certain the weapon is held properly, away from the camera, with your finger off the trigger and it does not give off the I'm-a-criminal-in-training...
  • Unlearned Lessons and the George Zimmerman Trial

    07/14/2013 6:27:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    NOTE: As of this writing the jury was deliberating and cable news networks were filling time with wild speculation from media ordained experts who know as much about whats happening in the jury room as a coin-toss. The jury could come in at any time between hitting send noon on Saturday and this going live at midnight Sunday. Can I just say something controversial that must be said? I dont care about the George Zimmerman trial. I dont, not even a little. Thats not to say I dont feel sorry for those involved whove lost a loved one, I do....
  • Ex-Communist Spy Chief Says Europeans Have a Dependency Mentality

    06/17/2013 7:07:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Although he implemented a flat tax in Russia, I dont think of Vladimir Putin as a supporter of free markets. Heck, he was head of the KGB during the communist era, and he presides over a country that is more known for cronyism rather than competitive markets. So if he criticizes European nations for having excessive welfare states, its like being called ugly by a frog. Here are some of the amusing details from Euractiv.com. Hes no Milton Friedman, but hes right about the welfare state Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking ahead of the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland on...
  • Other than Obama and Krugman, Is there Anybody Who Still Thinks Bigger Government Is Good for Growth

    06/16/2013 4:02:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Ive repeatedly explained that Keynesian economics doesnt work because any money the government spends must first be diverted from the productive sector of the economy, which means either higher taxes or more red ink. So unless one actually thinks that politicians spend money with high levels of effectiveness and efficiency, this certainly suggests that growth will be stronger when the burden of government spending is modest (and if spending is concentrated on public goods, which do have a positive rate of return for the economy). Ive also complained (to the point of being a nuisance!) that there are too many...
  • Obama Tear Down this Wall: China on Capitalism, Russia on Domestic Snooping

    06/13/2013 4:16:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2013 | John Ransom
    Well apparently a president cant just make new lows for respect of American moral authority in one single term and then let it go at that. Nope. Apparently after getting stiff-armed by our ideological enemies once in the first Obama term- turning his back on American values and getting called out on it- the administration felt the need to demonstrate crumbling American might and values by going back to that well early in the second term too. During the first term, we suffered the embarrassment of the Chinese Communist who publicly lectured Obama about straying away from capitalism and taking...
  • The "French Way of Life" on Collision Course with Germany

    06/09/2013 5:23:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    I received still more emails from French and Canadian readers on preserving culture. Since it's a slow news day, let's take a look at them. Olivier writes "Wouldn't a true conservative pay at least some respect to local cultural norms instead of trying to impose some economic diktat from on down?" Talk about getting things ass backwards. It is the social police attempting to impose cultural and economic diktats to preserve the local bookstore and the local farm to the point of absolute absurdity. Email From Canada Reader Mike from Canada writes ... Hi Mish, I totally agree with the...
  • Antonin Scalia, Bleeding-Heart Liberal (Hurl Alert)

    06/05/2013 8:12:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Antonin Scalia may be the Supreme Court justice whom progressives most love to hate. Daily Kos blogger Sylvia Moore says he is "clearly an authoritarian." A California Lawyer reader complains online that Scalia "actively promotes an authoritarian agenda in which the rights of the individual have little meaning." Even legal writer Joan Biskupic, in her relatively respectful and sympathetic biography of Scalia, refers to his "authoritarian bent" and "authoritarian instinct." The latest refutation of this caricature is Maryland v. King, a decision issued Monday in which the Supreme Court upheld DNA testing of arrestees. Scalia's dissent illustrates how his respect...
  • Disorderly Conduct

    04/26/2013 5:24:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Author's Note: check out www.letterstoayoungprogressive.com for a free chapter of my latest book. Students and their parents need to be warned about the latest serious threat to liberty on America's college campuses. They have probably already heard of campus speech codes, anti-discrimination clauses, and sexual harassment tribunals. The latest threat takes the form of "disorderly conduct" hearings. Many readers are wondering what exactly constitutes disorderly conduct. The more appropriate question might be "what does not?" Of course, it is natural for students to have conflict in college. Many are away from home for the first time and they are...
  • Miranda

    04/22/2013 12:21:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2013 | Rich Galen
    Suddenly, every cable news anchor, every pundit, every Sunday show guest, and every waiter in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia has become an expert on whether or not Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be informed of his Miranda rights. Let's assume, for the moment, that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has never watched a single episode of "Law & Order" in any of its manifestations and, thus, does not know he can ask for a lawyer - or refuse to answer any questions with a lawyer or without. Just so I can catch up (I know you already know this), the whole Miranda thing stems...
  • Kermit Gosnell and Abortion's Darkest Side

    04/17/2013 2:11:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    If abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is found guilty of homicide, he will be unique among murderers-for-hire: He set his fees based on weight. "The bigger the baby, the more he charged," a grand jury explained. It recommended he be charged with eight counts of murder -- one patient, seven babies. Despite what amounted to a blackout at many media outlets until last week, you've probably now heard at least some of the details. According to the grand jury report, Gosnell's Philadelphia "clinic" was a filthy abattoir. It stunk of urine. Flea-ridden cats defecated freely, including in procedure rooms. Fetuses...
  • Everything You Need to Know So Far About the Gosnell Trial

    04/14/2013 4:05:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2013 | Daniel Doherty
    I thought this day would never come. The MSM can no longer pretend they didnt hear about the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell (ABC News Terry Moran even tweeted last night that the murderer in question is probably the most successful serial killer in the history of the world). But still too many networks have failed to report on the details of the case. That being said, the indispensable pro-life website Life News has compiled a list of the ten most horrific revelations to emerge from the trial -- many of which have gone unreported. Warning: The eye-witness testimony below...
  • Shame On You, Terry McAuliffe

    04/09/2013 4:25:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | April 9, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Career influence peddler and political mercenary Terry McAuliffe is at it again; and this time hes pushed the bare-knuckled, gutter politics hes known for to a new low. Last month saw the 4th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals overturn an anti-sodomy statute in Virginia law that can be used to prosecute sexual predators who prey on our children, with a ruling handed down by a three-judge panel as opposed to the full bench. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli subsequently appealed the decision, sparking a headwind of media chatter, driven by far-left websites like Mother Jones. Mr. McAuliffe, who is...
  • Nine Justices or Fifty States? Who Should Decide Gay Marriage?

    03/29/2013 9:53:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | Mark Davis
    I would like to think that Supreme Court justices are smarter than I am. At one level, they surely are. Their years of devotion to the practice and analysis of law involves countless pages of book-learning I will never undertake. Their brains must fairly bulge with minutiae I cannot grasp. But there is a difference between intelligence and wisdom. There are high school dropouts who have deep wells of astuteness about how to think, act and live in an enlightened way. And there are Ph.D.s I would not let into my house. In one stunning moment Tuesday from the Supreme...
  • Jailed for Nonpayment of Child Support - But it's Not His Child

    03/25/2013 11:45:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    The feminists have ratcheted up the laws against men to such an outrageous level that paternity fraud is not just ignored, but routinely rubber stamped by the courts. Whether one agrees with the concept of child support or not, virtually everyone can agree that jailing men for child support over children who are not theirs is morally wrong. Men are routinely sent to jail for falling behind on paying child support, even though debtors' prisons in the U.S. were mostly eliminated in the mid-nineteenth century. The family courts and laws are set up in such a way that makes it...
  • Hoosier Daddy

    03/18/2013 6:00:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Over the course of the last twenty years, I have taught hundreds of cases highlighting constitutional violations in criminal investigations and adjudications. Some of the cases are so outrageous that it is hard to believe they actually happened in America. Until recently, I considered the 1964 juvenile adjudication of Gerald Gault to be unparalleled as a mockery of due process. Gault was accused by a neighbor, Ora Cook, of making a lewd phone call that would have been punishable by a maximum of two months in jail and a fifty dollar fine had Gault been an adult. But he was...
  • Libertys Obamacare Challenge Provides Glimmer of Hope

    03/12/2013 11:00:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2013 | Robert Knight
    In 1919, back when the United States was a constitutional republic, Congress passed a child labor law imposing a 10 percent excise tax on companies that violated it. A North Carolina furniture maker challenged the law and won. In 1922, the Supreme Court ruled in Bailey v. Drexel Furniture that although child labor laws have a noble purpose, the means Congress using taxing power as a penalty was unconstitutional. This was before Franklin Roosevelts court-packing threat in1937 ended the Supreme Courts resistance to grandiose expansions of federal power. The child labor issue, by the way, was resolved when...
  • Abusing Due Process

    03/11/2013 6:19:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Totalitarianism is brewing in the heartland. An Indiana inmate is now serving two years for voicing his online opinions against a judge who took away his child-custody rights during a divorce case. I know the custody case pretty well having written about it in 2009. But I'm convinced that the free speech case that is brewing in its aftermath heaps an even greater injustice upon an existing one. And I'm convinced it is showing the darker side of a dangerous man who needs to be stopped. Dan Brewington is justifiably angry because James Humphrey took his kids away from...
  • Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

    02/14/2013 1:48:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Austin Nimocks
    NOTE: This is the sixth and final column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The fifth column is available here. Much of the debate surrounding same-sex marriage asks about societal harms. Many advocates of the change quickly dismiss the question and insist that a redefinition of marriage wont hurt anyone. But that conclusion proceeds from a misperception about what marriage isa failure to grasp marriages role as a public institution that shapes our thoughts and actions. Marriage is not merely a legal arrangement that bestows various benefits and obligations on its participants....
  • Bad Guys' Lawyers

    01/14/2013 2:50:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    Lawyers representing three of the men charged in the New Delhi gang rape case said last week that they would enter pleas of not guilty on their clients' behalf. In most criminal prosecutions, that would be unremarkable. But the lawyers who stepped forward to represent the suspects in this case did so in the face of emotional protests by fellow attorneys, many of whom insisted that no one should defend those accused of such a terrible crime. "There was a good response from the members, and they will not represent," the president of the local bar association had warned....
  • Obama, Race and Affirmative Action: Why the Second Term Will Be Worse (Part I)

    01/05/2013 6:10:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2012 | Carl Horowitz
    The accelerated transformation of the American economy and polity into a mandatory racially-based spoils system was a defining trait of President Barack Obamas first term in office. Though perhaps understated, it is set to become an even more defining trait of his second. Obama, by various accounts, wants to be more aggressive about suing banks, employers, schools and other institutions whose practices, however unintentionally, adversely affect disadvantaged (read: nonwhite) populations. This is the doctrine of disparate impact. Attorney General Eric Holder already has used it to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in coerced settlements from Wells Fargo and other...
  • The Julea Ward Settlement: A Win for Religious Liberty

    01/04/2013 12:14:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2012 | Jeremy Tedesco
    Alliance Defending Freedom recently settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of Julea Ward, a former graduate student at Eastern Michigan University who was expelled from her counseling program after refusing to violate her religious beliefs. Media reports have unfortunately suggested that Juleas lawsuit involved her refusal to counsel a client because he identified as gay: this is untrue. Instead, her case involved her religious objection to being forced to provide counseling about sexual relationships outside of marriage, an objection which applies equally to homosexual and heterosexual clients. Her objection is to providing counseling on certain topics, not to counseling any...
  • Borked

    01/03/2013 7:09:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Most of us would be honored to have our name become a verb. Especially those of us in public life. But that is not how Judge Robert H. Bork got into the dictionary. He was "borked" when President Reagan nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court. No sooner had the announcement been made by the White House on July 1, 1987, than Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) raced to the Senate floor to denounce the distinguished judge and former Yale Law Professor. In Robert Bork's America, Kennedy roared, blacks would once again sit in the back of the bus, rogue...
  • Domestic Spy Expansion Bill Sails Through the Congress

    01/02/2013 6:03:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Bob Barr
    Neither Congress nor the White House has proved itself capable of reaching a decision on how to begin trimming the $16.5 trillion national debt with which these two institutions have saddled the American taxpayers. They even have been unable to come up with a reasonable measure to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff they themselves constructed months ago. Yet, when it comes to expanding the power of the government to spy on American citizens without warrants, both the House and the Senate last week fairly tripped over themselves in a rush to pass legislation doing just that; with President Obama...
  • Robert Bork: More Influential Off the Court

    12/21/2012 5:04:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Mona Charen
    The last time I saw Bob Bork was the Sunday before Election Day. His familiar baritone was faint. You had to sit close to hear him, and he seemed to have a little difficulty following the conversation. At one point, his son Bob directed his attention to an Obama ad that was running on the Internet. It warned darkly that if Romney was elected, he would nominate Robert Bork for the Supreme Court! Bob, who has inherited his father's wry sense of humor (as well as his intellect), played the ad on an iPad. Bob Sr. didn't react at first,...
  • How ObamaCare Stole Christmas

    12/19/2012 6:31:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Matthew Bowman
    In the weeks before Christmas, many Christians read about John the Baptist in the Gospel of Luke. They see that ordinary people came asking John if it was possible for them, too, to prepare the way for the Lord. Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, Teacher, what shall we do? And he said to them, Collect no more than you are authorized to do. Soldiers came as well, asking, And we, what shall we do? And he said to them, Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be...
  • Gitmo North Returns: Obama's Shady Prison Deal

    11/30/2012 3:12:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    If you thought President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder had given up on closing Guantanamo Bay and bringing jihadists to American soil, think again. Two troubling developments on the Gitmo front should have every American on edge. The first White House maneuver took place in October, while much of the public and the media were preoccupied with election news. On Oct. 2, Obama's cash-strapped Illinois pals announced that the federal government bought out the Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million. According to Watchdog.org, a recent appraisal put the value of the facility at $220 million. Democratic...
  • Cleaning Up After Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    11/26/2012 6:26:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Mike Adams
    Of all the sloppy and confused decisions rendered by the Supreme Court in recent years, few compare with CLS v. Martinez (2010). The decision was more than just poorly reasoned. It was also based upon willful blindness toward factual misrepresentations by the defendants in the case. Justice Ginsburg authored an opinion she knew she could arrive at only by pretending to believe facts she knew were not true. Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, offers a good critique of the decision in his new book, Unlearning Liberty. I write about it today because...
  • President's Power of Pardon

    11/04/2012 3:51:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    President Bill Clinton used his presidential pardon power in July 2000 to commute the sentence of Serena Nunn, who was sentenced to 15 years for a first-time nonviolent drug offense when she was 19. The pardon shaved three years off Nunn's sentence. Nunn told me over the phone, "I thought then that it was a great thing that a president used his power to help an average person." Nunn later graduated from college and then the University of Michigan Law School. Last month, having passed a character fitness test, Nunn passed the Georgia bar. On Monday, she will be sworn...