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  • Ancient Wisdom Declares Obamacare Ruling Worse Than Even Obamacare

    07/05/2012 6:43:52 PM PDT · by billflax · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/05/2012 | Bill Flax
    “A republic, if you can keep it.” Ben Franklin Masked by chatter around judicial wrangling, electoral ramifications and how the surprising Obamacare decision impacts policy, many miss the wretched significance of Chief Justice Roberts’ twisted logic. He has empowered runaway government certain to incite chaos. The Affordable Care Act reflects the logical continuation of a decades-long drift toward domineering by Washington over every facet of life. Not logical as in likely to succeed. Few government initiatives do. But logical because rather than scuttle past failures, subsequent congresses spawn new efforts to offset what prior funding merely squandered. Taxpayers already footed...
  • Why Democrats Are The Radicals On Filibustering

    05/23/2005 8:58:22 AM PDT · by rmgatto · 15 replies · 847+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 5-23-05 | Captain Ed
    Byrd changed the filibuster rules four times during his tenure as Majority Leader, abetted in at least one instance by former VP Walter Mondale, who now writes silly op-eds about the danger of such maneuvers to the Republic... No one expects the GOP to eliminate the filibuster for legislation. Legislation originates within the Senate and is therefore an internal process, and the Senate is well within its power to regulate debate on its own terms for that purpose. However, the confirmation of executive appointments and treaties involve the power and responsibilities of the executive branch, and the Senate does not...
  • Judicial supremacy and the Constitution - (legalities of the Terri Schiavo case)

    04/15/2005 1:19:16 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 775+ views
    ECO.FREEDOM.ORG ^ | APRIL 14, 2005 | KIM WEISSMAN
    First, let us understand what the Terri Schiavo matter was not about: Despite ideological diatribes from David Corn at The Nation, this was not "an ugly big-government attempt to intervene in a family conflict" designed to appease "religious right crusaders." Despite ranting from Robert Scheer, also at The Nation, this was not "egregious political opportunism and shameless trafficking in human misery," and the citation of dubious polls won't validate Scheer's hope that the majority of Americans want to see a helpless woman starved to death by judicial order. And despite hysteria from the Los Angeles Times, this was not "a...
  • Pot Odor Not Enough For Search

    10/24/2002 12:53:24 PM PDT · by wildbill · 35 replies · 494+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/24/2002 | Janet Ellitot
    Judges throw out odor-based drug bust By JANET ELLIOTT AUSTIN -- Where there's smoke, there may not be fire, the Court of Criminal Appeals concluded Wednesday in ruling that the odor of marijuana didn't give Abilene police officers probable cause to enter a home. "The odor of marijuana, standing alone, does not authorize a warrantless search and seizure in a home," wrote Judge Charles Holcomb in a 6-3 opinion. "This case is about the right of citizens to be left alone in the privacy of their homes," wrote Judge Cathy Cochran in a concurring opinion. The court upheld a Taylor...
  • EVER WONDER HOW THE GOVERNMENT WORKS?

    06/15/2002 9:56:28 PM PDT · by Dixielander · 3 replies · 269+ views
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    EVER WONDER HOW THE GOVERNMENT WORKS Ever wonder where some engineering specifications come from? The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches, an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England, and the English built the first US railroads. Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that is the gauge they used. Why did they use that particular gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used...