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  • Medal of Honor recipient slams Supremes

    07/25/2012 8:39:28 PM PDT · by jwsea55 · 22 replies
    WND ^ | July 25, 2012 | Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady
    The Supreme Court recently opined (before they skipped town) on three issues important to America: immigration, health care and military honor (the Stolen Valor Act). I use the word opine because that is what we got – the opinions of nine politically appointed elites, political hacks if you will, as they tried to wrap the Constitution around their biases. Common-sense Americans believe they got most of the three decisions wrong and for good reason; they are not common-sense Americans. We are in trouble. We have a professorial, rhetorical celebrity for president, a commander in chief who knows not the difference...
  • Congress to America: Shut Your Yap

    07/20/2012 10:01:50 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-19-12 | CJ
    It seems unbelievable today that the state of the famous Boston Tea Party would today be the one leading the charge towards returning us to a “form of Government [that] becomes destructive” that was mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. But, representatives from Massachusetts seem to constantly be working to destroy our freedoms, our Constitution, and our God-given rights. Recently, Representative James McGovern (D-MA) introduced Joint House Resolution 88 proposing an amendment to the constitution known as the “People’s Rights Amendment.” Sounds almost redundant, doesn’t it? I mean, the Bill of Right’s IS the “People’s Rights.” Section 1. We the...
  • Casey at Twenty: Pro-Life Progress Despite a Judicial Setback

    07/18/2012 8:55:58 AM PDT · by rhema
    The Public Discourse ^ | 7/17/12 | Michael J. New
    [ . . . ] Despite discouraging political setbacks, the Casey decision did contain silver linings for pro-life law and strategy. Even though the Supreme Court did not overturn Roe v. Wade, it abandoned the trimester framework instituted in Roe and instead adopted a doctrine of “undue burden.” This allowed for state regulation of abortion so long as the regulation did not pose an “undue burden” to the woman seeking an abortion. As a result, the Casey decision upheld most of the provisions included in Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act including the parental consent law, the reporting requirements, the waiting period,...
  • Gallup: Republicans Turn Against John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court (Dems now positive about both)

    07/16/2012 5:37:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Gallup ^ | 07/16/2012 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans' opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts are now much more negative than they were seven years ago, with the most recent reading coming soon after he joined the four Democratic appointees on the court to uphold the U.S. healthcare law. Republicans' favorable rating of Roberts is down 40 percentage points from 2005, while Democrats' is up 19. Gallup did not measure Americans' opinions of Roberts between September 2005 and the most recent survey, conducted July 9-12. It is a reasonable assumption, however, that a good deal of the shift in attitudes occurred as...
  • The Mandate After the Court [Roberts’s decision may end up killing Obamacare after all]

    07/16/2012 4:00:08 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 16 July 2012 | James C. Capretta & Yuval Levin
    Last month’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare left champions of that law breathing a sigh of relief, while its opponents — a majority of the public — were left frustrated. It seemed at first glance as though the chief justice’s tortured opinion had saved the individual mandate, and with it the broader statute. But Obamacare’s champions should take a closer look at what the Court left them with, because on their own terms, the law is now set to collapse.
  • Upside Down Land

    07/16/2012 9:38:49 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-15-12 | CJ
    Feel free to add your own in the comments. You know you live in upside-down land if: * You can get arrested for expired tags on your car, but not for being in this country illegally. * Your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more it doesn't have. * The Supreme Court of the United States can rule that lower courts cannot display the 10 Commandments in their courtroom while sitting in front of a display of the 10 Commandments. * Children are forcibly removed from parents who appropriately...
  • Soros plot to stack the courts with liberal judges exposed

    07/15/2012 7:34:56 PM PDT · by mgist · 29 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 7/14/2012 | Kouri
    In the wake of two controversial U.S. Supreme Court decisions -- Obamacare and the Arizona immigration law -- in which a so-called conservative Chief Justice joined left-wing Justices in his ruling, multi-billionaire and far-left icon George Soros is financing a almost $50 million campaign to reshape America's state and federal courts, according to several legal and political science scholars.
  • Majority backs Arizona on immigration crackdown law

    07/11/2012 9:16:17 AM PDT · by kevcol · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 10, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to uphold Arizona’s law allowing police to check the immigration status of those they detain, an overwhelming majority of Americans say they want to see their own states enact the same kinds of laws. The latest Washington Times/JZ Analytics survey, released Monday night, found about two-thirds of all likely voters would like to see their own police be able to check immigration status during routine traffic stops. Support was high across most demographics, including self-identified Republicans and independents, and even Hispanics favored the policy by a 55 percent to 41 percent margin....
  • The Supreme Court Stakes in 2012

    07/10/2012 5:19:26 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 9, 2012 | Clint Bolick
    The upshot is that Chief Justice Roberts has become a "swing" justice on the Supreme Court—along with Justice Kennedy, who has occupied the swing position held by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor until she was replaced by conservative Justice Samuel Alito in 2006. The court now is composed of three solid conservatives and four solid liberals, with Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy leaning conservative. Even that mixture makes the current court the most conservative in nearly a century. But it also means that the replacement of a single conservative justice by President Obama in a second term would turn the...
  • Supreme Court Next Big Decision (DOMA case in Mass. -Homosexual "Marriage" in all 57 states?)

    07/09/2012 6:26:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Lawyer Herald / The Associated Press ^ | July 5, 2012 | Tatjana Kulkarni
    After its ruling on the incredibly politically charged issue of health care, the Supreme Court might be taking on the next big politically charged issue, i.e. same sex marriage. The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to take on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case of Massachusetts upon its return from summer recess. The DOMA case was repealed by G.O.P after a Federal Appeals Court struck down the law as unconstitutional because it denies same-sex couples federal financial services and benefits. According to reports the nation's apex court can take on the case as soon as September and...
  • Why Roberts did it

    07/01/2012 7:57:19 PM PDT · by trekdown · 151 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 28, 2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    Obamacare is now essentially upheld. There’s only one way it can be overturned. The same way it was passed — elect a new president and a new Congress. That’s undoubtedly what Roberts is telling the nation: Your job, not mine. I won’t make it easy for you.
  • Visa Olympic commercial reminds me of 9/11 WTC jumpers. Very bad taste, IMO.

    07/08/2012 2:03:50 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 55 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/8/12
    The commercial starts with diver David Boudia climbing up the Burj Dubai, and jumping off, with his reflection shown as the way the 9/11 jumpers were, and then he hits the water, and others were following him in their dives, only that they lived and the crowd celebrates.
  • Restore Constitutional Limits on Government, Restore our Liberty!! [FReepathon thread VI]

    07/08/2012 11:21:40 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 272 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | July 8, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    We need the 2010 tea party sweeps to continue in 2012 and beyond!! We need to increase the conservative majority in the house, take the majority in the senate and continue sweeping conservatives into as many state and local offices as we possibly can all across this great land!! No matter who wins the presidency, we're going to need the states and the people and FR to hold their feet to the fire!! Block the feds!! Demand our states reassert their tenth amendment rights and powers and push the feds the hell OUT of our state and local business!! And...
  • The Supreme Court’s Dismal ObamaCare Decision

    07/08/2012 11:06:48 AM PDT · by sourcery · 12 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | July 8, 2012 | Sheldon Richman
    [T]he irony of Roberts’s opinion must not go unnoticed. His opinion, which is the object of such conservative scorn, is in fact right out of the Antonin Scalia (who dissented) and Robert Bork playbook. (Hat tip to Donald Boudreaux for first bringing this to my attention.) Bork and Justice Scalia believe that unelected judges should not interfere with the elected branches of government except when Congress violates an express, narrowly construed right (essentially the ones in the Bill of Rights). Other interference is branded “judicial activism.” I once heard Justice Scalia say: “My job is not to strike down laws...
  • John Roberts' Travesty, Point by Point

    07/08/2012 9:51:49 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 41 replies
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | July 4, 2012 | Quin Hillyer
    John Roberts didn’t defer to Congress in the ObamaCare case; he just re-wrote the law... This isn’t judicial minimalism; it’s judicial meddling. There is a good reason why not even most liberal commentators are applauding the actual legal reasoning Chief Justice John Roberts used to avoid striking down the ObamaCare law: The “reasoning” is thinner than unleavened bread, and crumbles to dust not just upon gentle handling, but merely under the weight of a piercing gaze. Let us count the inanities, inconsistencies and constitutional/statutory infirmities of the key section of Roberts’ decision, which ruled that the ObamaCare mandate-and-penalty is a...
  • One Stone, Two Powers: How Chief Justice Roberts Saved America

    07/07/2012 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Talisker · 155 replies
    Scribd.com ^ | July 7, 2012 | Talisker
    One Stone, Two Powers: How Chief Justice Roberts Saved America "So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand, he struck down the Philistine and killed him." - 1 Samuel 17:50 ----------------------------------------- Many people are very angry at Chief Justice John Roberts for his ruling that Obamacare is Constitutional as a tax. They are outraged at what they see as his validation of the complete usurpation of Constitutional protections, and terrified that America has been effectively destroyed. Some of them are even talking "revolution," and asking each other in person, and...
  • James Madison: The subversion of the very foundations of limited government in America

    07/06/2012 4:08:32 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 88 replies
    TomHoefling.com ^ | 1792 | James Madison
    "If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down...
  • Restore Constitutionally Limited Government!! [FReepathon thread V]

    07/06/2012 12:07:40 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 614 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | July 6, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    We need the 2010 tea party sweeps to continue in 2012 and beyond!! We need to increase the conservative majority in the house, take the majority in the senate and continue sweeping conservatives into as many state and local offices as we possibly can all across this great land!! No matter who wins the presidency, we're going to need the states and the people and FR to hold their feet to the fire!! Block the feds!! Demand our states reassert their tenth amendment rights and powers and push the feds the hell OUT of our state and local business!! And...
  • There is no silver lining: Justice Roberts’ despicable Obamacare decision

    07/06/2012 11:14:15 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-06-12 | Vince
    In March of 1937, in West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish erstwhile conservative Justice Owen Roberts suddenly began voting to support New Deal legislation. His change of heart was the beginning of what became known as “The switch in time that saved nine.” His sudden reversal was in direct response to FDR’s threat to pack the Court in the face of the Court’s resistance to the President’s sweeping progressive agenda. From that point forward the Constitution ceased to be a significant barrier to anything FDR wanted to do. Fast forward 65 years and another erstwhile conservative Justice Roberts makes...
  • Sanctuary State: California Senate Passes “Anti-Arizona” Bill to Protect Illegal Aliens

    07/06/2012 8:44:29 AM PDT · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 07-06-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona It's no contest. It's not even close. California is America's undisputed "Sanctuary State" for illegal aliens. And now, in their hysteria over the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the central provision of Arizona's S.B. 1070 - that requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop - California legislators are setting new lows in contempt for the rule of law. The California Senate on Thursday passed a bill supporters dub the "anti-Arizona" law, which seeks to "shield illegal immigrants from status checks by local police" and which even welcomes in illegals from states such as Arizona. The...
  • What am I Missing? [Vanity}

    07/06/2012 4:25:12 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 66 replies
    self | 6 July 2012 | self
    OK, this was this first thing that sprung to mind last week when SCOTUS announced its decision. Since then, I've been surprised by both the Administration's response and the media. No one has brought this up: Since the opinion read like Obamacare is only constitutional as a tax and not under the Commerce Clause, and since (to my utter surprise) everyone in the administration insists on calling it a penalty and not a tax, doesn't that make the whole law unconstitutional? Why is everyone going along with the idea that the law is OK no matter what it is called...
  • Are We Being Too Hard On John Roberts?

    07/05/2012 7:14:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 175 replies
    CE.com ^ | July 5th, 2012 | Ken Connor
    Are We Being Too Hard On John Roberts? OpinionJuly 5th, 2012 Ken Connor   “Members of this court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments.  Those decisions are entrusted to our nation’s leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them.  It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” -Chief Justice John Roberts in NFIB vs. Sebelius  Conservatives are apoplectic that John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, sided with the liberal wing...
  • Roberts Didn't Expand Government's Taxing Power

    07/05/2012 2:42:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 84 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | July 5, 2012 | Sean Trende
    I've been a little surprised by the continued outrage on the right and chest-thumping on the left regarding the Supreme Court's health care decision. The right got everything it wanted in the ruling, save for the actual outcome. The left got legal reasoning that, up until the minute the decision was handed down, it had maintained would mark the end of government as we know it. Sad to say, but the main takeaway is that most court-watchers, left and right, care a lot about the outcome and very little about the law. Some on the right are latching onto one...
  • 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...
  • Roberts Holes Up In European Fortress For 4th Of July

    07/04/2012 8:28:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 7/4/12 | Pat Dollard
    No, this can’t be indicative of anything material, now can it? At the very least, it’s appropriate. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives for a lecture on the history of the US Supreme Court at the University of Malta today. Last week, Roberts’ cast the key vote to uphold President Obama’s health care law. (AP)
  • Hamlet’s Madness And The Perturbation Of Chief Justice Roberts

    07/05/2012 4:12:56 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 16 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-04-12 | Skookum
    Hamlet's Conflict And Roberts' Moral Breakdown--It is accepted among those who are honest with themselves, Chief Justice Roberts sold out the American people and the Constitution, while cowering from implied presidential threats to the Supreme Court and an anticipated rage of the Left's propaganda bureaus. Whether he is familiar with the madness of Hamlet or his lack of conviction is but indecision and the wavering of ideas, matters little, for his perturbation will be a matter of conjecture until the untimely end of the Republic; undoubtably, his decision and indecision will hasten that end. Yet sadly, his actions and logic...
  • The Roberts Opinion (Fred Thompson's commentary)

    07/05/2012 1:42:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 35 replies
    Fred Thompson's America ^ | July 3, 2012 | Fred Thompson
    In 2005 I was asked by the Bush administration to assist Judge John Roberts during the Senate confirmation process for his nomination as chief justice of the United States. Over several pressure-packed days, and throughout the confirmation process, I felt I got to know him fairly well. I found him to be one of the most brilliant, thoughtful, and humorous people I’d ever met. Those qualities don’t always go together. It was clear he was going to be a major right-of-center voice on the Supreme Court for decades to come. So it is with a great deal of personal interest...
  • The ACA: A Tax Disguised as a Penalty

    07/05/2012 10:37:46 AM PDT · by 92nina · 6 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-07-02 | Justin Sykes
    As poet James Whitcomb Riley wrote, if it looks "like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, call that bird a duck." The individual mandate upheld by SCOTUS last week not only looks like a tax, functions like a tax, but it is also enforced like a tax. Any cleverly veiled description of the individual mandate as a "penalty" and thus not a tax, blatantly overlooks the fact that it is a tax. Thanks to Congress' legal contortions of our system of jurisprudence, the individual mandate has been allowed to limbo under the bar of judicial...
  • Chief Justice Roberts, You Fox You

    07/05/2012 6:46:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 131 replies
    The American spectator ^ | 7-5-12 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    WASHINGTON -- I have a headache. I imagine you do too, if you have been trying to interpret the legalese employed by those legal sages who have pronounced on Thursday's Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. I would rather read the lyrics of a thousand rap composers than the anfractuous language of one legal sage. Thanks, however, to Professor E. Donald Elliott of the Yale Law School I had a translator at my side, and I shall now hand down my judgment of the Court's decision on Obamacare, which all sensible Americans have abstained from reading in its entirety including B....
  • Supreme Court Ruling on Healthcare: Kevin's Perspective

    07/05/2012 4:57:32 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 3 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 07/05/12 | Kevin Crosby
    Last Thursday, the Supreme Court in all their collective wisdom, ruled in the matter of the constitutionality of mandating us to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. Pretty simple and straight forward, don't you think? Well it should have been, but that's not the way it turned out. Instead of giving an up or down ruling on that question, they decided they would re interpret the whole law and state that it was a tax and not a penalty. Never mind that the Health Care Bill as passed, specifically called it a penalty and not a tax. Apparently, Chief...
  • The Mob Presses on John Roberts

    07/04/2012 5:37:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    Is anyone surprised that the ink wasn't dry on Chief Justice John Roberts' incoherent switcheroo before team Obama was again denying Obamacare is a tax? Why did he do it? There is no doubt that the left waged a war on the court's public image. Just as Obama lectured at the justices during his State of the Union address for the Citizens United decision, so Obama and his media minions prepared for this verdict with blatant mob pressure: Side with us or your image is ruined. For liberal journalists, repeal of Obamacare was tantamount to a deadly third strike. Strike...
  • Missing Chief Justice Rehnquist

    07/04/2012 10:30:13 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 21 replies
    FRC ^ | July 3, 2012 | Chris Gacek
    Last week’s “switch in time” by Chief Justice John Roberts that saved the socialist takeover of healthcare in America made me reminisce about former Chief Justice William Rehnquist (1924-2005). The point was driven home even further by an article in The Atlantic featuring a lengthy 2007 interview with Chief Justice Roberts that should have raised a lot of red flags. (One should have been raised marking Roberts’ really poor historical acumen.) For example, it contains this jarring observation: “Roberts suggested that the temperament of a chief justice can be as important as judicial philosophy in determining his success or failure.”...
  • Georgia Obama Ballot Challenge Update: Petition for Writ of Certiorari Filed With (SCOTUS)

    07/04/2012 9:09:26 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 43 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | July 4, 2012 | Van R. Irion & J. Mark Hatfield
    Powell-Swensson-Welden v Obama, Petition for Writ of Certiorari, US Supreme Court 6-28-2012 QUESTIONS PRESENTED FOR REVIEW Question #1: Does the right to associate force states to accept any candidate from political parties for presentation on state primary ballots when such a candidate does not meet the minimum legal qualifications for the office sought, thereby negating state election laws and state control of elections? Question #2: Are all individuals born on U.S. soil Article II “natural born citizens,” regardless of the citizenship of their parents?
  • [Justice John Roberts] The First Elite Conservative To Say Enough (Spew alert)

    07/04/2012 9:07:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 2, 2012 | Andrew Sullivan
    Mulling over the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Obamacare this weekend, it occurred to me why this remains a BFD. It's not that we now have a reprieve for the idea of universal healthcare in the US. Or even that we have an interpretation of the Commerce Clause that could eventually mean some non-trivial ratcheting back of the federal government's powers vis-a-vis the states. It is that a creature of the conservative movement, one of its youngest and most intelligent stars, saw the radicalism of the four dissenters ... and balked. He balked, it appears, because of his attachment...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 07-04-12 (DUmmies hit panic button over Obamacare "victory")

    07/04/2012 9:29:32 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 36 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | July 4, 2012 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    The Democrats "won" last week with their Obamacare Supreme Court victory. But that "victory" may be Pyrrhic, because the backlash is stratospheric! Conservatives are fired up, independents are worried, and Democrats are on the defensive. The SCOTUS "bounce" landed with a thud. The Campaigner-in-Chief's polling numbers are still bad. Democrat candidates are running away from Obama as fast as they can. Here in Missouri, for example, ObamaClaire McCaskill can't seem to remember her best bud Barry anymore. (I'm waiting for a rooster to crow.) The Democrats' War on the Middle Class--raising taxes, driving up the debt, punishing businesses, killing...
  • The amazing number of people who know nothing about the health-care ruling

    07/04/2012 7:05:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/04/2012 | Chris Cillizza
    One of the most common mistakes made in political reporting is to assume that average voter is following the daily news cycle as closely as we are. He or she isn’t. The latest poll numbers from the Pew Research Center on the Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama’s health-care law are (yet another) affirmation of that fact. Forty-five percent — yes 45 percent! — of respondents in the Pew poll either didn’t know what the court had done in regards the health care law (30 percent) or thought that the court had rejected most of the provisions of the law...
  • Photo of the day: Roberts in Malta

    07/03/2012 2:45:19 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 175 replies
    politico44 ^ | 7/3/12 | BYRON TAU
    An Associated Press photographer finds Chief Justice John Roberts in Malta — where he's spending some time after the
  • Questions about chief justice's health-care ruling could have lasting impact (+new leak info)

    07/03/2012 10:50:55 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 135 replies
    Yahoo/Christian Science Monitor ^ | 7-3-12 | Warren Richey
    Speculation persists over why Chief Justice John Roberts joined liberals to uphold the President Obama's signature health-care reform law, and that could affect the Supreme Court. Unprecedented leaks of behind-the-scenes information at the US Supreme Court are raising questions about whether the threat of political attacks and other potential criticism played a role in the high court’s recent decision to uphold President Obama’s health-care reform law. The most detailed leaks came in a CBS News report over the weekend, suggesting that Chief Justice John Roberts may have switched sides in the high-profile case in part to insulate the court and...
  • Lot of moping around here of late...

    07/03/2012 8:40:34 PM PDT · by verum ago · 49 replies
    self | 7/3/12 | verum ago
    To all the people moping and crying and declaring that all is lost: please read this Medal of Honor citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at Saipan, Mariana Islands, 19 June to 7 July 1944. When his entire company was held up by fire from automatic weapons and small-arms fire from strongly fortified enemy positions that commanded the view of the company, Sgt. (then Pvt.) Baker voluntarily took a bazooka and dashed alone to within 100 yards of the enemy. Through heavy rifle and machinegun fire that...
  • Obama has now broken free of the Constitution

    07/03/2012 8:15:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 3, 2012 | Phil Kerpen
    Chief Justice John Roberts recently struck another blow against limited government by creating a new, unrestrained power to use taxes to compel activity (even if the proponents of the tax insist vehemently that it is not a tax!). There's something tragic about a decision that says federal powers are practically unlimited, checked only by public opinion and the political process. There should be a large and healthy sphere of American life that is insulated and protected from political negotiation. But we cannot dwell on that tragedy. We have no recourse left but to engage and win in the political process....
  • Roberts 'wrote both sides of US health care ruling'

    07/03/2012 8:07:38 PM PDT · by VictoryGal · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | July 3 2012
    WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John Roberts flipped late in the game on the Supreme Court ruling on "Obamacare" and ended up writing both the majority opinion and most of the opposing dissent, sources said Tuesday. Supreme Court experts described the move by Roberts, whose decisive swing vote to uphold President Barack Obama's overhaul of the failing US health care system, as unprecedented. The ruling on the reforms, Obama's signature domestic policy which aims to provide insurance to most of the 50 million Americans who lack it, was written in such a way that one can tell it was at first...
  • SCOTUS Ruling Means Bigger, More Intrusive IRS

    07/03/2012 7:22:40 PM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 13 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 29, 2012 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    IRS officials on background tell FOX Business the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on health reform gives the IRS even more powers than previously understood. The IRS now gets to know about a small business's entire payroll, the level of their insurance coverage -- and it gets to know the income of not just the primary breadwinner in your house, but your entire family’s income, in order to assess/collect the mandated tax. Plus, it gets to share your personal info with all sorts of government agencies, insurance companies and employers. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. "We expect even...
  • Salon: Roberts wrote most of the conservative dissent in the ObamaCare case too

    07/03/2012 5:31:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2012 | AllahPundit
    I wondered about this on the afternoon of the decision. It stands to reason: If, as most everyone believes, Roberts initially assigned the majority opinion to himself and then ended up flipping at the eleventh hour, the four conservative dissenters would have had to scramble to come up with an opinion of their own while handling the rest of their caseload. (Roberts authored no other opinions over the final two months of the term so he and his clerks could conceivably have drafted something new from scratch late in the process.) The easiest way to do that would be to...
  • McGurn: Chief Justice Roberts Taxes Credibility

    07/03/2012 2:22:22 PM PDT · by nerdgirl · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/03/2012 | WILLIAM MCGURN
    The day after the ruling came down, this newspaper carried an article that explained Justice Roberts's decision this way: "By confounding charges that the court is too partisan, the chief justice might have earned sufficient political capital to move to the right during the next term, when the court will likely confront a host of hot-button issues, including affirmative action, gay marriage and the continued vitality of the Voting Rights Act." If earning "sufficient political capital" is simply a consequence of his ruling, Justice Roberts cannot be blamed. If it was the aim, however, and it led to his voting...
  • Obama Lies, Taxes Rise

    07/03/2012 2:05:04 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    http://noisyroom.net/ ^ | 6.30.12 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    The Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare came as a severe shock to me as I am sure it did to all of you. I was literally ill after I heard the decision. It has taken me a couple of days to settle down enough to write on this and I am sure that my take will differ from many of my colleagues who are willing to read into Justice Roberts’ betrayal some sort of Constitutional maneuvering. Even among conservatives at NoisyRoom there is disagreement on this. But that is what makes being free even sweeter. We can each have our...
  • John Roberts' Arrogance

    07/03/2012 2:01:57 PM PDT · by nerdgirl · 31 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 7/03/2012 | Michael Gerson
    But judges are also not hired as political philosophers, Burkean or otherwise. Their legitimacy comes from a credible application of the law. And the outcome of the health care case came down to one point of law: Roberts' interpretation of the statute as a constitutional tax rather than an unconstitutional mandate. In his ruling, Roberts admits this view is hardly the most obvious one. "The question is not whether that is the most natural interpretation of the mandate, but only whether it is a 'fairly possible' one." The problem is that Roberts' interpretation is not fairly, or even remotely, possible....
  • Obama Administration Declares Obamacare Unconstitutional

    07/03/2012 1:59:52 PM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 3 replies
    Free Republic ^ | July 3 2012 | NonValueAdded
    In a stunning turnabout of affairs, the Obama Administration announced they were bowing to the recent Obamacare decision by the Supreme Court and declaring their signature piece of legislation Unconstitutional. A senior administration official stated "look, it's not a tax. We have been clear on that. If Chief Justice Roberts says the only way Obamacare is constitutional is through our power of taxation then darn it, we must bow to the inevitable. We will take steps to de-implement as soon as we redo the entire suite of campaign commercials." Debbie Wassermann-Schultz chimed in with her pay-no-attention-to-the-girl-behind-the-curtain moment, pleading that it...
  • Progress after [Planned Parenthood v.] Casey

    07/03/2012 1:19:45 PM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | June 29, 2012 | Clarke D. Forsythe
    Twenty years ago today, on Monday, June 29, 1992, the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a tragic mistake in the view of pro-life Americans because it failed to overturn Roe v. Wade. But the whole story is far more complex. The justices, divided 5–4, reaffirmed their 1973 decision from Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion for any reason, at any time of pregnancy. Casey served to entrench Roe at a time when many, if not most, commentators were expecting the Supreme Court to overturn Roe and return the abortion issue to the states. Four...
  • Joe Biden Tells Federal Judge He Will Have to Rule on Implanted Microchips (Roberts)

    07/03/2012 11:52:45 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies
    http://realitycheck.typepad.com ^ | Oct 20, 2009 | Kevin Parkinson
    In the video clip below, Katherine Albrecht, author of the book "Spy Chips" explains how microchips work, and how RFID tracking is used in all kinds of products, and then explains how embedded microchips work in the body. Watch carefully near the end of the clip, when Joe Biden, a Senator at the time asks Justice John Roberts at a Confirmation Hearing: "Can a miniature tag be implanted into a human body to track his every movement? You will rule on that, mark my words, before your tenure is over." This statement by Biden clearly exposes the heart of the...
  • What the Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling Means for the Drinking Age

    07/02/2012 5:20:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 83 replies
    Newsweek/Daily Beast ^ | Jun 29, 2012 | Caitlin Dickson
    The Supreme Court justices’ stance on President Obama’s Medicaid expansion provision could be good news for states that want to lower their drinking ages from the federally mandated 21. ... The Supreme Court ruled that threatening to take away a state’s Medicaid funding unless the state does what the federal government wants is “unconstitutionally coercive” and declared it invalid. Because any given part of a Supreme Court decision can set a precedent for future laws and can even invalidate an established law if it is challenged using the Supreme Court’s new argument, the Medicaid decision could affect the National Minimum...