Pat Toomey Stay Strong

Pat Toomey Stay StrongPat Toomey Stay Strong — Sen. Pat Toomey, who has been a very good senator for Pennsylvania and the nation, has gone on record saying the replacement for recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia must be appointed by the next president.

He is right.

There are troubling reports that the U.S. Senate’s Republican majority which is not known for its profile in courage will listen to the whispers of the Washington game players and allow Obama to name another Bill Ayers disciple.

Any choice by Obama, it should be noted, will be a Bill Ayers disciple.

If you want to continue to protect the lives of little girls, Sen. Toomey, make sure you fight these whisperers and make sure the Scalia seat stays vacant until next January.

Many people who voted for you in 2010 did so with for the sole reason that would you be in a position to stop Obama on a matter such as this. If you abandon them they will certainly abandon you this fall.

Pat Toomey Stay Strong

Kim Davis For President

Kim Davis, the clerk for Rowan County, Ky, was taken to the Supreme Court of the United States when she refused to issue marriage licenses for same sex couples. Kim Davis For President

It was against her religious beliefs she said.

The esteemed Ivy League educated judges on the court responded saying YOU MUST ISSUE MARRIAGE LICENSES, literally giving license to personally destructive behavior.

She just said “nope.”

A lone, working class woman has just stood up to the federal government and the establishment elite. She is going to be prosecuted and persecuted by the powers of the world. She is going to be  hated and mocked by the the wealthy and connected. They are going to try and demean her name and make you hate her as well.

We suspect she knows this.

She still said “nope.”

We say Kim Davis for President.

Kim Davis For President

Ignorantia Legis A Good Excuse

Michael Cottone has published an article in the Tennessee Law Review describing how literally no one now can keep the centuries-old principle ignorantia legis neminem excusat lady_justicei.e. ignorance of the law excuses no one.

He noted that it was a great thing in its day when laws were few and based on a commonly understood morality.

Today, however, with the advent of “regulatory crime”, which are laws written to enforce administrative schemes and called “public welfare offenses”, literally nobody can know what all the laws are.

He cited as an example a guy who got lost on a snowmobile during a blizzard and ended up on federal land where snowmobiling was illegal. Rather than be cut slack he was prosecuted. That sort of thing does not happen in a just society.

Traditionally one needed intent to become a criminal.

“Tellingly, no exact count of the number of federal statutes that impose criminal sanctions has ever been given,  but estimates from the last fifteen years range from 3,600  to approximately 4,500,” Cottone said.

Cottone notes that Congress, according to one study, enacts 60 new criminal statues a year and this does not include new regulations that carry a criminal penalty.

“Our criminal justice system fails to be “understandable” so as to comport with the internal morality of law—especially because of the highly technical nature of regulations,” he wrote.

Reforms are needed desperately.

Abuse of the legal process is by definition unjust and those entrusted to uphold it yet abuse it will face an inevitable backlash.

Cottone’s article can be found as a pdf download at this link.

Ignorantia Legis A Good Excuse

 

 

 

Pa Man Seeks Slice Of Iranian Pie

John Revlas of Holland, Pa. is among those asking a Federal Court to expand the distribution of seized Iranian assets reports Naomi Seligman of Seligman Consulting. Pa Man Seeks Slice Of Iranian Pie

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2008 granted summary judgment of $2.65 billion to the plaintiffs in Peterson, et al. vs. Islamic Republic of Iran to compensate for multiple acts of terror sponsored by the rogue nation.

The money is coming from assets held by Bank Markazi, which is the central bank of Iran, and Citibank.

The case was upheld last July by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Bank Markazi is appealing to the Supreme Court.

A separate action adding to the pot of money concerns  the ruling that the Pahlavi Foundation, which owned a skyscraper on Fifth Avenue,  was a front for the Iranian government. Again summary judgment was granted. Compensation from the sale of the building and other property is valued at over $1 billion. This is also slated to go to victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism.

Revlas, along with Mark Boyd and John Kees want those receiving this money go to victims of the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut Lebanon. The bombing killed 241 and injured many others.

Relvas’ brother Rui was among the dead, as was Kees’ father. Boyd was a Marine who survived the attack and has joined the suit on behalf of his friends.

The plaintiffs are represented by Karsman, McKenzie & Hart of Savannah, and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll which has offices in seven cities including Philadelphia.

While one may wonder what the cut of the law firms will be, we say the less money Iran has the less resources it has to kill those who want to be left alone including its own citizens.

 Pa Man Seeks Slice Of Iranian Pie

Corporate America Wants Gay Marriage

An amicus brief was filed March 5 by 379 corporations and business groups urging the U.S. Supreme Court to declare “marriage rights” for same sex marriage with regard to Obergefell v. Hodges. Corporate America Wants Gay Marriage

The list includes CBS and Philly’s own Comcast which owns NBC so expect the news you get about the matter to be what you expect.

It includes Goldman Sachs from whence, it seems, more often than not comes  our treasury secretaries. And of course it includes all the hip tech companies like Apple and Facebook and Google.

You get the suspicion that this is a done deal and no amount of reason or rationality can change things.

Still, we will try.

Sodomy is bad and society should not give an inkling of approval for it. It should be given the same status as chain smoking cigarettes or eating super-sized meals thrice a day.  It should be encouraged as much as sharing a needle in a crack house.  People who care about people don’t give license for these things.

The claim that people are born gay is problematic. Just ask a heterosexual male who has been pestered by a gay one. Obviously, recruitment occurs, and obviously choices are made. The claim that one is born in such a way that one can’t resist a sexual relationship with another male is the linchpin of the gay marriage movement. It makes about as much sense as saying a man can’t resist a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl or another man’s wife.

Civil marriage is not about personal fulfillment. The only reason for the state to be involved in the relationship between two people is because third parties might find themselves involuntarily involved. With a man and a women these third parties are called children. It is pointed out that marriages occur now between parties that cannot or do not intend to have children. These are marriages of convenience. They are not good things. They should, in fact, be discouraged. If gay marriage is declared a right, marriages of convenience will become the norm. Why shouldn’t two business partners get married to resolve tax issues? If gay marriage becomes a right, why not incest? The only reason for the institution is  “love” and “personal fulfillment” right? A father-son marriage would certainly be a way of beating the inheritance bite. Meanwhile, the moms and dads  who are actually working to create the future find the burden just gets a little harder for them.

Fathers are vital to child rearing, maybe even more so than mothers. While, we think you can make, unlike for men, some kind of a case for a marriage between  two women, choosing to raise a child without a father is epitome of irresponsibility and should be discouraged.

Ancient wisdom matters. The Bible is not ambiguous regarding homosexuality. It’s a bad thing according to Scripture. History backs this up. Societies where male homosexuality was commonplace — again putting paid the claim that one is always born gay — have not been very pleasant for women. And regarding the purposeful and even pleasure-filled rejection of the Biblical commands, when one discounts the straightforward condemnations of things one doesn’t like, one will find others discounting the things upon one has come to depend.  Why should one expect mercy and compassion and tolerance? Because Comcast said so? LOL.

Here is a list of  the 379 business groups that want gay marriage to be a right.

Corporate America Wants Gay Marriage

 

 

 

 

 

Taney Dragons Name Traced To Infamous Judge

Taney Dragons Name Traced To Infamous Judge

Taney Dragons Name Traced To Infamous Judge

The Taney Dragons, the melting pot of a baseball team from Philadelphia with a black girl pitcher, won the hearts of all with their just-ended Little League World Series run in which they finished third in the nation.

So where does the name Taney come from? It’s from Taney Street, a four-block stretch of pavement that runs from Pine to Bainbridge just across the Schuylkill River from Penn.

And for whom is Taney Street named? That’s the irony.  It is for the man who wrote the Dred Scott decision, the most racist and viciously destructive Supreme Court decision in our history.

Dred Scott was more hateful and irrational than Roe v Wade. It was more racist than Plessy v Ferguson. It was crueler than Buck vs Bell.

It declared blacks to be less than human. It started the Civil War.

Roger Taney was a Democrat — no surprise, really –from Maryland who was picked by Andrew Jackson to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1835 after the great John Marshall died in a stage coach accident.

It is said he favored States’ Rights but that certainly wasn’t the case concerning slavery. In 1842, he ruled that Pennsylvania could not stop a Maryland man from seizing former slaves that had taken up residence in the Keystone State.

It was in 1857, he really let the mask drop.  In Dred Scott he wrote regarding blacks:

It is difficult at this day to realize the state of public opinion in regard to that unfortunate race which prevailed in the civilized and enlightened portions of the world at the time of the Declaration of Independence, and when the Constitution of the United States was framed and adopted; but the public history of every European nation displays it in a manner too plain to be mistaken. They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far unfit that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect

So much for “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”

Those governing Philadelphia at the time apparently thought the decision was peachy.  They named the street for him the next year.

Three years after that our country’s bloodiest war began. Taney died before it ended on Oct. 12, 1864, still the chief justice and giving as much grief to the Lincoln administration as he could but with his fangs largely pulled.

So thank you Mo’ne Davis and the rest of the Dragons, for the deserved mocking you gave to one of America’s great bigots.

 

 

Adopt Swiss System

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stuck down a significant part of Obamacare yesterday, July 22, in their ruling on Halbig v. Burwell ending federal subsidies to those who purchased insurance on the federal exchange.

Why?

Because the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as written only allows subsidies for insurance bought on state-exchanges. This stipulation was an important reason why the law got passed as Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska insisted on it for his necessary vote.

What the D.C. court did was declare that the IRS had no power in passing an edict overturning these words written in law.

Since 34 states — including Pennsylvania — have refused to create health exchanges the cost for many who have bought Obamacare insurance will rise dramatically because of this quite right decision.

It should be noted that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled on Halbig v. Burwell deciding in favor of the government and the case is bound for the Supreme Court.

Obamacare was poorly conceived and written with mind-boggling hubris. However, as the lollipop may be snatched away with Halbig resulting in crying until it is returned, it is imperative for the adults in Washington — namely the Tea Party Republicans — to act prophylactically  and not merely repeal the pollution but replace it.

A good model is the Swiss health care law.

It mandates the purchase by all of basic insurance to be used in the case of illness or accident or pregnancy and prohibits insurance companies from making a profit on this insurance.

The insured pays a premium of up to 8 percent of his income for this plan, and if the premium exceeds this the government gives him a cash subsidy to cover it.

Insurance companies can make a profit on supplemental policies covering things like birth control, private hospital rooms and routine dental care.

Notably businesses are not involved.  Switzerland has the highest life expectancy in the world. Healthcare costs there are 11.4 percent of GDP compared with 17.6 percent in the U.S.

Adopt Swiss System

Adopt Swiss System

 

 

Hobby Lobby Wins, SEIU Loses

The Supreme Court, this morning, June 30, held that privately held corporations don’t have to cover abortion drugs for their employees as it would violate the First Amendment rights of their owners.

The decision in Burwell vs Hobby Lobby Stores was 5-4 with the all the Democrat-appointed justices dissenting.

It was written by Samuel Alito.

The Court also ruled 5-4, again with Alito writing the opinion and the Democrat-appointed justices dissenting, that those who are not “full-fledged” public employees  don’t have to pay dues to a public employee union as this would violate their First Amendent rights.

The case was Harris et al v Quinn, Governor of Illinois in with the State of Illinois was trying to make home health workers pay dues to Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Illinois and Indiana.

Union dues are used to fund the campaigns of Democrats.

Hat tip Bryan Preston at PJMedia.com

 

Hobby Lobby Wins, SEIU Loses

 

Hobby Lobby Wins, SEIU Loses

 

SCOTUS Spanks Obama, Also Pro Lifers Win

The Supreme Court, today, June 26, upheld the complaint of a Pepsi-Cola distributor that appointments made by Barack Obama to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional.

The complainant, Noel Canning, said that the appointments of three of the five members of the board were invalid because they were made with the approval of the Senate.

The Senate was taking a three-day break when Obama made the appointments.

The Constitution grants the President the power to make recess appointments which are appointments made when the Senate was not in session.

The Supreme Court unanimously held that a three-day break was not what the Constitution meant concerning the recess appointment clause and strongly suggested that a president wait at least 10 days before invoking it.

In other matters, the Court today unanimously overturned a Massachusetts law requiring  pro-life counselors stay 35-feet from an entrance or driveway to an abortion clinic.

It said that the law violated the counselors’ First Amendment rights because it restricts access to public ways and sidewalks that have been traditionally open for speech activities, among other things.

 

SCOTUS Spanks Obama, Also Pro Lifers Win

 

SCOTUS Spanks Obama, Also Pro Lifers Win

 

 

Supreme Court Ends Aereo Broadcasts

The Supreme Court ruled, today, June 25, that Aereo Inc. was violating the copyrights of broadcasters in providing its service.

Aereo had developed a technology to allow persons to watch over-the-air television broadcasts on their computers.

The broadcasters led by ABC said no fair.

The ruling, written by Stephen Breyer, was 6-3 with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joining him.

The dissent, written by Justice Antonin Scalia and joined by Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, was not so much in sympathy with Aereo but noted that the technical claim made by the networks in the lower courts —  namely that Aereo was the primary abuser of copyright which means actually using copyrighted work — was incorrect.

They recommended that the case be returned to the lower courts and appeared to have an expectation that Aereo would be found in violation of  “secondary liability” which means that they would be responsible for infringement by third parties.

The danger of ignoring the reasoning in the dissent means that it creates the possibility of new claims against internet service providers and such that previously had an expectation of immunity.

 

Supreme Court Ends Aereo Broadcasts

Supreme Court Ends Aereo Broadcasts