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  • The President, the Court and Immigration

    04/21/2016 9:20:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    In 2014, President Barack Obama signed 12 executive orders directing various agencies in the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security to refrain from deporting some 4 million adult immigrants illegally present in the United States if they are the parents of children born here or legally present here and if they hold a job, obtain a high-school diploma or its equivalent, pay taxes and stay out of prison. Unfortunately for the president, the conditions he established for avoiding deportation had been rejected by Congress. In response to the executive orders, 26 states and the House of Representatives sued the...
  • No Copyright on Hypocrisy

    03/31/2016 10:38:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Neither political party can lay claim to purity when it comes to hypocrisy, but Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as others in her party, has taken hypocrisy to new depths. While campaigning in Wisconsin before next week's presidential primary, Clinton said that as president she would have a litmus test for any Supreme Court nominee. "I would not appoint someone who didn't think Roe v. Wade is settled law," she declared. Her nominee(s) would also have to show that they support overturning the Citizens United decision that established free speech rights for interest groups. She added that while...
  • The Supreme Court Vacancy: A Criminal Who Doesn’t ‘Leave Fingerprints’ Is Still a Criminal

    03/12/2016 12:54:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2016 | Michael Hammond
    As I predicted, Barack Obama is preparing to bludgeon the Senate into fundamentally reshaping the Supreme Court, and he is reportedly preparing to do this by nominating a "closet liberal" with "no fingerprints" with respect to any major issue. Leftist media of all stripes are pressing for "they deserve a vote" hearings. The nominee would parade before the Judiciary Committee with their photogenic family, and would lie under oath concerning their open-mindedness on every significant judicial question. And, incidentally, you can be sure that, before being chosen, the nominee will have given assurances to the Justice Department and Barack Obama...
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch vs. Scalia: A Liberal Daily Newspaper Trashes Conservatism

    02/24/2016 10:34:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2016 | Brian Birdnow
    Last week, on February 13th precisely, Justice Antonin Scalia passed away at the age of 79, as was widely noted in the American and the international media. The fallout has been predictable and highly charged with many conservatives notably down-at-the-mouth, and many liberals struggling to contain their glee. The sudden nature of the Judge's passing and his undeniable position as the conservative champion on the US Supreme Court guaranteed that this would become a most contentious vacancy. Most of the mainstream media commentary concerning the upcoming battle stuck largely to the facts of a liberal President likely nominating an equally...
  • Eight Reasons Why Senate Republicans Need to Stop All Action to Fill the Scalia Seat

    02/23/2016 8:19:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2016 | Michael Hammond
    ONE: Barack Obama's pulling the same scam he pulled with the Toomey-Manchin gun control package. Remember the State of the Union refrain: "They deserve a vote!"? So the gullible Republicans gave "them" a vote. And what happened? We won, by the skin of our teeth -- no thanks to the Republicans' partial surrender. (Had Lisa Murkowski flaked, there is no doubt that Reid would have picked up the four "swing Democrats" he had in reserve and achieved victory.) But the GOP paid a horrible price for letting the process go further than it should have gone. Kelly Ayotte, Dean Heller,...
  • The Stakes in This Election

    02/23/2016 6:32:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2016 | Bill Murchison
    "Supreme Court Appointment Could Reshape American Life." -- Headline from The New York Times, Feb. 18, 2016. Here in the middle of America's ongoing nervous breakdown, strategic thinking comes laboriously if it comes at all. Yet it seems only reasonable to consider Donald Trump's attempted presidential coup d'etat in light of what happens with the vacancy left by death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Prior to Trump's pole vault in South Carolina over the heads of his nearest competitors, the topic that was on all minds: How are we going to keep the Supreme Court at least partly friendly to constitutionalists,...
  • Tyler, Texas: Intersection of Patent Litigation Venue Abuse and Crony Capitalism?

    02/22/2016 4:21:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2016 | Timothy Lee
    Of all the threats to free markets, two of the most dangerous are today having an adverse impact on the justice and viability of our patent system. The concept of "venue" plays a critical role in our judicial system in ensuring fairness and due process for litigating parties. Furthermore, it is widely accepted that a company should not be able to attain business success through relationships with government officials alone. However, those who wish to abuse our current patent system for their own advantage are exploiting local laws and loopholes to undermine small businesses and the country's economy as a...
  • Antonin Scalia's Successor

    02/17/2016 1:21:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Few people in modern history have fulfilled their oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution" more than the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia was so well respected that the Senate voted 98-0 in 1986 to confirm him. These days it would be difficult to get a unanimous vote in support of Mother's Day. It doesn't take a fortune teller to predict the scenario that would present itself if the political dynamics were reversed and a Republican president were in the White House with a Democratic Senate majority. Democrats would be demanding no justice be confirmed until the next president...
  • If Obama Really Wants to Reduce 'Meanness,' Now Is His Chance

    02/17/2016 10:22:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    In Springfield, Ill., last week, President Obama commemorated the ninth anniversary of his bid for the White House. He admitted that one of his "few regrets" was his inability "to reduce the polarization and the meanness in our politics." To conservative ears, Obama's comments fell somewhere between risible and infuriating. Obama has always done his best to demonize and marginalize his opponents. Either the president honestly cannot see that, or he's cynically pretending that the fault lies entirely with his critics. If only there were some way to figure out whether he's sincere. Well, let no one say the moral...
  • Scalia Defended Democracy: Liberals Subvert It

    02/16/2016 7:19:25 AM PST · by Heartlander · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/16/2016 | Frank Turek
    Scalia Defended Democracy: Liberals Subvert It "I write separately to call attention to this Court's threat to American democracy," wrote Justice Scalia in his dissent from last year's Supreme Court decision, where five unelected judges imposed same-sex marriage on all 320 million citizens. "This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves." Exactly. "A system of government that makes the...
  • Justice Scalia's Untimely Death Should Wake Up Congress

    02/16/2016 11:40:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2016 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The passing of Justice Antonin Scalia is a terrible loss for our nation, and a reason for Republicans to rethink their approach to the judicial branch of our government. Scalia's departure leaves conservatives at a 5-3 disadvantage on the Supreme Court for all-important social issues, with the prospect of a Democratic president increasing that margin to a commanding 6-3 majority. Nearly all the Republican presidential candidates urged the Senate not to allow a lame-duck president to fill that vacancy. They pointed out that this vacancy hangs in the balance for the upcoming presidential election. Several GOP candidates promised to appoint...
  • Leave the Scalia Chair Vacant

    02/16/2016 11:28:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    It is a measure of the stature and the significance of Justice Antonin Scalia that, upon the news of his death at a hunting lodge in Texas, Washington was instantly caught up in an unseemly quarrel over who would succeed him. But no one can replace Justice Scalia. He was a giant among jurists. For a third of a century, he led the conservative wing of the high court, creating a new school of judicial thought called "originalism." But originalism is not conservatism, which, in the judicial era that preceded Scalia, often meant court decisions that "conserved" the radical social...
  • "No" Is Why America Elected Republicans

    02/15/2016 7:13:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2015 | Tony Katz
    The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at 79 has been a gut punch for those who follow the Constitution, and a reason for glee from those who celebrate the death of anyone who disagrees with them. Also, allegedly, it has created a constitutional crisis of monumental proportions as Democrats demand the GOP-controlled Senate confirm whomever President Obama decides to nominate to fill the position. But there is no crisis. There is only one word: No. No, we will not consider any of Obama's nominees. No, we won't vote them. No, we don't care what you say about us on MSNBC....
  • We Need "Constitution Strong", Not "Christie Weak"

    It's Republican presidential primary "game time", and where the party's candidates stand on the proper role of judges in our representative democracy could not be a more important - or, in most respects, a more unifying - issue. All GOP contenders understand that the next president will shape the U.S. Supreme Court and appeals courts for the next decade, and possibly the next generation, given the ages of jurists and philosophical breakdowns on these courts. The Republican candidates all also share the same view of the judge's role in our system of government. They say they want judges who will...
  • Judge Unbelievably Refuses to Grant a Retrial for Former Rep. Renzi

    01/04/2016 12:29:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2016 | Rachel Alexander
    Tucson Federal District Court Judge David Bury issued a decision on December 30 denying a retrial for imprisoned former Congressman Rick Renzi of Arizona, developments which I've been tracking over the last six months. Bizarrely, at the same time, Bury admitted in his nine-page opinion that virtually everything factual Renzi had asserted in his motion for a retrial regarding the prosecution's misconduct was true. The prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence from Renzi's defense — which likely would have changed the jury's mind — not just once, but multiple times. Some of it was not discovered until after the trial was over,...
  • Court Blocks Utah's Effort to Deny State Funds For Planned Parenthood

    01/01/2016 12:32:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    Last week, after a federal judge ruled that Utah's governor had the power to block state funds to Planned Parenthood, it seemed to be a step forward for the pro-life movement in the state. Unfortunately, the effort came to a crashing halt on Wednesday. A federal appeals court issued a temporary injunction putting the brakes on the state's effort to deny $275,000 in state Medicaid contracts. "We are thrilled with [the] decision, which will allow our trusted health care providers and educators to continue serving the thousands of Utahns who depend on us as the appeals process proceeds," Karrie Galloway, CEO of the...
  • 'Mismatched' Black Students Pay the Price of Affirmative Action

    12/16/2015 11:13:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    AFFIRMATIVE ACTION is once again before the Supreme Court. The case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, arose from the usual scenario: A white student applied to the university but was denied admission, while black applicants with weaker academic credentials were admitted because of racial preferences designed to favor minorities. It's no mystery why Abigail Fisher, the rejected student in this case, would object to that racial double standard and take her protest all the way to the Supreme Court. What's less clear is why the University of Texas embraces such a double standard. For decades, America's public colleges...
  • Disorder in Sharia Courts

    12/11/2015 11:09:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    LONDON -- Set aside for a moment the violent incidents associated with people claiming to act under the authority of their Islamic faith and consider instead what passes for normalcy. Some in Britain would like to elevate to the level of wide-scale acceptance Sharia law, an Islamic legal system predicated on the religious tenets of Islam. "A number of Sharia councils operate in the UK to offer resolution to disputes," writes The Express, but currently "they have no jurisdiction in criminal matters." Not yet, anyway. There is a campaign underway to make a UK suburb Britain's Sharia-law zone. "Former archbishop...
  • Time for a Congressional Investigation?

    11/23/2015 5:55:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    The case of the corrupt prosecution against imprisoned former Congressman Rick Renzi continues to explode with new evidence of wrongdoing - literally every few weeks something else comes out. It is beginning to look like Fast and Furious as more information pours out implicating the government. As I've explained previously, the crux of the case against Renzi was he had proposed a federal land exchange that allegedly would have benefited himself. Evidence came out during the trial and especially afterward revealing this wasn't true. The FBI offered to give money to the government's key witness/"victim," Philip Aries, to change his...
  • Former Congressman Renzi Deserves a New Trial

    10/12/2015 10:23:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    In an incredible new development in the criminal case of imprisoned former Congressman Richard Renzi, Federal District Court Judge David Bury has agreed to hold an evidentiary hearing on October 26th in Tucson to look into FBI corruption and consider RenziÂ’s motion for a new trial. This comes due to new information that emerged after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal earlier this year. RenziÂ’s new-trial motion reveals a significant and appalling pattern of misconduct by the FBI during both the investigation and prosecution of his case. Renzi was targeted by Democrats within the U.S. AttorneyÂ’s Office...
  • Judicial Deference to Agencies Expands Executive Power and Increases Regulatory Burdens

    07/15/2015 6:36:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2015 | James Lankford
    “It is emphatically the province and duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is” declared Chief Justice John Marshall in the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison. For centuries this statement has stood as one of the most famous in American jurisprudence. It was a declaration of the role and duty of the judicial branch within our constitutional structure. The Constitution provides for three separate and distinct branches of government, each having a “check” on the other, thus allowing, as James Madison wrote, for ambition to “counteract ambition.” As our government has grown and the issues we...
  • Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Little Sisters of the Poor

    07/14/2015 5:27:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    First, I urge you to watch this short video about the Little Sisters of the Poor. Then, try to wrap your mind around the fact that today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the religious order must comply with Obamacare’s abortion mandate, forcing the group to pay for birth control and other drugs that may cause abortions. More from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty: The Tenth Circuit heard oral argument in this case in December of last year, when for the first time since the case began, Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little...
  • The Real Insidiousness of the Supremes

    07/05/2015 11:16:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    I in no way assert that I am an expert on the Supreme Court. I have read many books about Supremes such as Felix Frankfurter and John Jay, but that only gives me an inkling of insight. Listening to tapes of the testimony of the most famous cases gives me a little more knowledge. When the decisions came down last week, I relied on experts on both sides to give their thoughts and interpretations. Yet, they missed the key point of what occurred last week. A few got close. You see there was a court case in 1984 called Chevron...
  • 75: Average Age of Current Justices Before Next Presidential Term Ends

    06/17/2015 4:53:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    According to the birthdates listed on the Supreme Court website, the court's nine current justices will have an average age of 75 by the time the next presidential term ends on Jan. 20, 2021. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest justice, was born on March 15, 1933. She is now 82. When the next presidential term ends she will be 87 years and 10 months old -- or 87.8 years old. Antonin Scalia, the second oldest justice, was born on March 11, 1936. He is now 79. When the next presidential term ends, he will be 84 years and 10 months...
  • An Appeal to Gov. Pat McCrory to Honor Your Christian Roots

    06/13/2015 4:06:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Dear Governor McCrory, With all due respect to your office and your many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I must say that I read your response to the congressional override of your veto to Senate Bill 2 with real disappointment. Are you the same man who stood so strongly against gay activism when you were the mayor of Charlotte? I remember, sir, sitting next to you at a luncheon at First Baptist Church in Charlotte in 2006 when Pastor Mark Harris commended to you my statement to the local gay and lesbian community, one in which...
  • One Dangerous Doctor?

    05/31/2015 8:05:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Early last Wednesday evening jurors communicated to the judge that they were split on a number of the charges against Dr. Annette Bosworth. And yet later that night they found her guilty on all counts. All twelve felony counts. She’s the South Dakota physician who filed several hundred nominating petitions to put her name on the ballot for U.S. Senate last year — six of which sported the names of 37 people who signed without Dr. Bosworth being in the room to witness them actually put pen to paper. Her sister was one. The affidavit on the petition does indeed...
  • Uber’s Fate Is In The Hands of 12 People

    05/19/2015 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lawrence Meyers
    Rideshare company Uber Technologies may be headed for a world of hurt. A California judge has ruled that a class action complaint against the rideshare company will be heard by a jury, in order to decide if Uber drivers shall be classified as employees or independent contractors.Should the jury decide that drivers are, in fact, employees, it will cost the rideshare company untold sums due to its workforce. It could be on the hook for overtime; unpaid tips; health, life, and disability insurance; Social Security and Medicare; unemployment and worker’s comp insurance; paid leave, vacation pay, and sick days; and...
  • Making It Easy to Cheat

    04/28/2015 3:52:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Robert Knight
    On a host of electoral integrity issues, the liberal position can be summarized in two words: enable cheating. You think thatÂ’s too harsh?How else can you explain the race-baiting rhetoric from President Obama on down against something as commonsense as voter photo ID laws, which the public supports by wide margins? Or the intense drive for Election Day registration, mail-in voting and earlier and earlier balloting, all of which make it harder to detect and prevent vote fraud? Or the opposition to any law ensuring that only citizens can vote? A case in point of the latter is the Obama...
  • The Court and Marriage

    04/28/2015 2:08:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    Well. I really can't believe I am saying this. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to tell us what marriage means. Not speculate; not explain. Tell: as in, "Wipe that smile off your face and listen to what I'm telling you." We are at a remarkable moment in human affairs: one we would hardly have predicted 50 years ago at the start of our cultural upheavals. Historic understandings that drew, for the most part, support and sympathy no longer have footing, which is fine with the kind of folk -- they are in leadership roles all around us, including judgeships...
  • Privilege

    04/27/2015 7:24:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2015 | Rich Galen
    Last week General David Petraeus, as the result of a plea agreement, was sentenced to two years probation and a $100,000 fine for the crime of, as reported by CNN.com, "sharing classified information with his biographer and lover, Paula Broadwell." He was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor rather than a felony. The notebooks he shared with Broadwell "included notes from national security meetings, the identities of covert officers and more classified documents," according to CNN. I have met David Petraeus although he would have to feign knowing me if we ran into one another. He rose to the...
  • Meet the Southern Judge Judy

    04/22/2015 4:40:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    It took the Chattanooga gangbanger about two seconds to realize he had mouthed off to the wrong judge. General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom was presiding over a preliminary hearing on April 16 for attempted murder suspect O’Shae Smith. Smith made a reference to a public housing development known as East Lake Courts, calling it his “hood.” What happened next was captured on video by television station WRCB and has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people since. Judge Statom admonished the gang member with a heaping dose of Southern-flavored righteous indignation. “Sir, East Lake Courts is not your...
  • 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 WilkinsÂ’ 7 month old preborn Aurora being ripped from her motherÂ’s womb in Colorado has dominated headlines throughout the country. Dynel Lane, the perpetrator, was charged with eight felonies by the Boulder County District AttorneyÂ’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 womanÂ’s preborn child should be charged with murder. Colorado has devastatingly failed Aurora. Michelle WilkinsÂ’ 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 déjŕ-vu all over again, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pursuing a lawsuit to prevent this sort of federal coercion. Here’s 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, we’re 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
    Lawyer’s 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 who’re 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 (anything’s 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 one’s 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 country’s law for more than 100 years. An individual’s right to possess a firearm to defend one’s 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...