Category Archives: Antonin Scalia

A Big Day for America at SCOTUS

When Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly last year, I was heartbroken. Perhaps crestfallen isn’t too strong a word. We had lost a staunch, unapologetic conservative voice. With the prospect of a Hillary Clinton dictatorship hanging over our heads, all I could see was the court lurching even farther to the left. At the time no one could foresee the phenomenon that would be Donald Trump stunning the entire world by soundly thumping Obama’s heir apparent. I do not believe another person in the country would have had what it took to win … brash, determined, a viable message of success for the American worker and the guts to tell the chattering class to kiss his ass, political correctness be damned. Remarkably, Mitch McConnell put off hearings on Scalia’s replacement over the wailing and gnashing of teeth by Democrats demanding Obama get the chance to plant another liberal shill on the court.

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THE LAST DAY OF THIS SESSION WAS A BUSY ONE

SCOTUS substantially reinstated all of Trump’s Travel Order.

The Court also substantially lifted the injunctions, except to persons who already have a bona fide connection to the U.S.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/06/scotus-reinstates-substantially-all-of-trump-travel-order/

Trump: Decision To Let Travel Ban Take Effect Is ‘Clear Victory For Our National Security’

“As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive,” Trump said. “My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to keep the American people safe.”

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/26/trump-decision-to-let-travel-ban-take-effect-is-clear-victory-for-our-national-security/

Supreme Court justices side with church in playground dispute

A clear majority of Supreme Court justices ruled against Missouri’s refusal to include a Lutheran church in a grant program that reimburses non-profit groups for installing rubber playground surfaces.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/19/supreme-court-justices-side-church-playground-dispute/100648998/

SCOTUS: Blocking Church Daycare From Grant Money Is ‘Odious to Our Constitution’

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion and explicitly said that denying money for religious reasons is unconstitutional.

“The exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution … and cannot stand,” Roberts wrote.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the majority. Sotomayor read her dissent from the bench and argued that the ruling imperils the separation of church and state.

http://freebeacon.com/issues/scotus-blocking-church-daycare-grant-money-odious-constitution/

Supreme Court Will Hear a Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case

After turning down similar appeals, the justices have decided to take on this case.

Back in 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins asked Phillips to make them a wedding cake. The two “planned to marry in Massachusetts but then have a reception in their home state of Colorado.” They had to marry in another state because Colorado did not even recognize same-sex unions until 2014.

Phillips said no since “it would violate his religious beliefs.”

Buzzfeed continued:

Represented by the ACLU, the couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which found in 2014 the baker ran afoul of the state law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  A Colorado appeals court upheld that decision, saying that if the baker “wishes to operate as a public accommodation and conduct business within the State of Colorado, [the ColoradoAnti-Discrimination Act] prohibits it from picking and choosing customers based on their sexual orientation.”

The court added the law “does not impose burdens on religious conduct not imposed on secular conduct.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom may bring another appeal to the Supreme Court. Its lawyers represent “a florist in Washington State who turned away a gay couple seeking flowers for their wedding.” The state supreme court ruled against her and the group has stated that it will “appeal to the Supreme Court.”

http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/06/supreme-court-will-hear-a-same-sex-wedding-cake-case/

Supreme Court declines to take up two Second Amendment cases

The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up two Second Amendment cases for next term.

The first case dealt with a San Diego ordinance that required San Diego gun owners to have a good reason to carry a concealed firearm outside the home.

The second case concerned two men from Pennsylvania who challenged the scope of a federal law that bans felons and some individuals charged with misdemeanors from possessing firearms.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/26/politics/supreme-court-guns-case/index.html

Justice Thomas Calls Out The Supreme Court For Not Believing In The Second Amendment

“For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous,” Thomas wrote after most members of the court declined to hear the California case.

“But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it,” Thomas said.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Court’s newest member, joined Thomas’ statement on the court’s refusal to hear the case, calling the decision by the 9th circuit on Peruta v. San Diego “indefensible.”

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/26/justice-thomas-calls-out-the-supreme-court-for-not-believing-in-the-second-amendment/

I’ve heard that Trump very soon may be nominating another SCOTUS nominee. Kennedy may be retiring. Crypt keeper’s Mother Ginsberg will be rotting in her chair before the crone retires.

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Two stunning examples

Judges are supposed to interpret the law according to precedents, not legislate or indulge in social engineering from the bench.  Here are two stunning examples of the latter from Dan Bongino’s Facebook:

1) When the Supreme Court ruled that the Obamacare penalty was a tax, they ignored Barack Obama himself who had vigorously argued in a nationally televised interview that it was not a tax. So, when it’s a liberal agenda item, the President’s words do not matter.

But, in arguing against the Trump Executive Order on immigration, the left and their judicial allies insist on bringing up Trump’s campaign language about a “Muslim ban” even though the Executive Order says nothing about a Muslim ban. So, when it’s a conservative agenda item, the President’s words do matter.

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2) When Arizona passed an illegal immigration law which mimicked federal law, the Supreme Court struck down portions of the law with Justice Kennedy saying , “The State may not pursue (immigration) policies that undermine federal law.”

But, now that liberals dislike the Trump Executive Order and the federal immigration law it is based on, they are vigorously arguing for a state role in national immigration policy and the courts seem more than happy to agree.

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Delusional to the Bitter End

Barack Obama has 22 more days to wreak as much havoc as he possibly can. A man of character would be helping his successor with the transition of power. Not him. He came into office with a gigantic chip on his shoulder and a fire in his belly to inflict as much pain as he could because of America’s wealth and power. His eight-year reign of terror has been a non-stop crusade to weaken the US, embarrass us internationally, and crush the American spirit through taxes and executive orders when a republican majority in the House and Senate would shun complicity in our destruction. He has packed the courts, declared huge swaths of land off limits for energy exploration, released more than a thousand felons, and is desperately trying to empty Gitmo before he leaves. It is certain he will issue many more pardons on his last day and will not go quietly. The Enslaved Press will allow him to pontificate about everything Trump does. He’s already convinced himself if the economy improves, he did that. People like him are so far out of touch with reality they are beyond rational thought.

Obama expands environmental legacy with 2 Western monuments
The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover 1.35 million acres in the Four Corners region, the White House announced Wednesday. In a victory for Native American tribes and conservationists, the designation protects land that is considered sacred and is home to an estimated 100,000 archaeological sites, including ancient cliff dwellings.
In Nevada, a 300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument outside Las Vegas would protect a scenic and ecologically fragile area near where rancher Cliven Bundy led an armed standoff with government agents in 2014. It includes rock art, artifacts, rare fossils and recently discovered dinosaur tracks.
The White House and conservationists said both sites were at risk of looting and vandalism.

Obama Admin Rushes To Resettle Refugees During Last Days In Office
From the start of Fiscal Year 2017, Oct. 1 2016 through Dec. 27, a total of 25,671 refugees have been resettled in the United States — little over 290 refugees per day. During that same time period in 2015, 13,791 refugees were resettled, almost 157 per day. The Obama administration resettled nearly 85,000 refugees in FY2016 and the White House is on pace to resettle nearly double that amount.

Hey, maybe Obama should use recess appointments to pack the courts before leaving office

That leaves one potentially big stick in Obama’s rapidly shrinking arsenal: recess appointments of judges to fill scores of federal-bench vacancies — up to and including Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court.
There’s a problem with this, which is that the Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that Obama had no right to make recess appointments to the Labor Relations Board (in 2012) while the Senate was in pro forma session. But Kilgore suggests there is a way around this. In involves making the appointments in the seconds between the end of one Senate session and the beginning of the next one:
HIS ‘APPOINTEES’ WERE RULED ILLEGAL BY SCOTUS AND HE WAS ORDERED TO REMOVE THEM. THEY’RE STILL THERE. HE ALWAYS IGNORES LAWS THAT DON’T SUIT HIS NEEDS.
The passage of Obamacare via reconciliation, the decision to use the nuclear option, the Senate Majority leaders lies about Mitt Romney’s taxes, the aforementioned “recess appointments” to the Labor Relations Board, the President’s unprecedented expansion of prosecutorial discretion under DACA, his kill list and use of drones against U.S. citizens, the payment of subsidies to insurers despite a requirement to make payments to the Treasury. Not to mention the Democrat-led attempts to request a blanket pardon for “dreamers,” to rally faithless electors to attempt to change the outcome of the election and to demand a special classified briefing for electors—all of which took place in the last month. Granted those last three didn’t work out but not for lack of trying.

Emails show how Reid’s ‘nuclear option’ helped Obama regulate Internet

You may recall that earlier this year, about three years after the nuclear option helped Obama establish a liberal majority on the D.C. Circuit, a three-judge panel on the case decided a key case on FCC regulation of the Internet.
Democratic appointees at the FCC had been trying to regulate the Internet essentially like a utility, but up to that point they had been blocked in the D.C. Circuit. But this time, the pool of judges from which the panel on the case was drawn was a lot more favorable. And the result in this case was a 2-1 decision in favor of the FCC position.

Krauthammer: Obama Semi-Delusional Over Just How Damaged He Left the Democratic Party
Since Obama took office, the Democrats have lost 816 state legislative seats, lost 13 governorships, 9 U.S. Senate seats, 63 House seats and the Speakership, 29 state legislative chambers and…..The White House

Debbie Reynolds dead at 84
Debbie Reynolds — who rose to stardom in “Singin’ in the Rain” and quickly became a staple among Hollywood royalty — died Wednesday as a result of a stroke, TMZ has learned … just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away … this according to her son Todd.

REMEMBER MARTIN SHEEN? THE HOLLYWOOD HACK WHO BESEECHED ELECTORS NOT TO VOTE FOR TRUMP? HE RAISED THIS:
Horrible Human Being Charlie Sheen Wishes Death On Donald Trump
After the deaths of Carrie Fisher yesterday and her mother Debbie Reynolds today, classless Charlie Sheen tweeted this out:

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JOE BIDEN THREATENED TO CUT OFF ISRAEL’S FUNDING.
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We Never Had A Chance

The univac has crashed twice today wanting to update software I have no idea about. All I know is I tried updating a malware program once and wound up importing stuff I couldn’t delete. I had to get my now-ex techhie to do it. So if it dies in the middle of something you’ll know why.

ON TO THE WHINING

In the span of about two days our elected representatives went from ‘no judicial appointments until after the election’ to ‘we’ll give the nominee a hearing.’ There was no doubt in anyone’s mind they’d fold like a cheap suit, I just hoped it would take a little longer before they waved the white flag of surrender.
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Judiciary chairman open to hearing for Supreme Court pick
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said he backs Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s view that Obama’s successor should make the nomination of a lifetime appointment. But Grassley didn’t rule out holding confirmation hearings and a vote by his panel on an Obama selection.
http://news.yahoo.com/senate-gop-obama-dont-bother-nominating-court-081937671–election

GOP Showing Signs Of Beginning To Back Down From Pledge To Block Obama SCOTUS Pick
The Golfer-In-Chief took time from his busy recreational foray to hold a “press conference” with hand-picked reporters asking hand-picked questions. He made it clear he’s going to get the communist he wants to finish off the country he despises.
He didn’t even bother to put on a tie.

The first rumor was it would be a Hindu named Sri Srinivasan
Obama nominated to D.C. Circuit & may nominate now was confirmed on a 97-0 vote in 2013. McConnell, Cruz, Rubio voted yes

Like all flaming liberals,he would pretend to be moderate and say all the right things until he was confirmed.
NOW COMES A MORE LIKELY SCENARIO:
Projection: Loretta Lynch ‘Likely’ To Be Obama’s SCOTUS Nominee

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/02/16/are-you-ready-forjustice-loretta-lynch-n2119962

The most revered and deliberative court will be reduced to Stevie B. and the Four Bitches. An old crone, a ‘wise Latina’, a Jewish dyke and a female Eric Holder. All given to Obama on a silver platter by the worthless trash who call themselves republicans. It’s certain the most vulnerable GOP senators will raise a stink, but they may have underestimated the firestorm it would ignite from a population that’s already fed up with the lies, the betrayals and the collusion.
Democrat voters will accept anything from their candidates. Lies, hypocrisy, corruption. It doesn’t matter as long as the free stuff keeps coming. Democrats are elected on a platform of governmental control of everything, taxation on a shrinking middle class, overt race-baiting and the wholesale slaughter of the unborn. They keep their promises.
Republicans are the polar opposite. They promise reform, smaller government, less regulation, the sanctity of life. But when they get to DC it all goes by the wayside and they join their colleagues for dinner parties, vacations on some big donors’ money, and making empty promises until it’s re-election time and they have to pretend to be conservative again. See: John McCain.
Our liberties will evaporate with every new court edict and we can do nothing about it. We never had a chance.

IT’S FUN TO F**K 32O MILLION PEOPLE AND GET AWAY WITH IT
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The Good News and the Bad News

The good news is that my cataract surgery yesterday was a success. According to my checkup today my vision is now 20/20.
Shockingly, the nurses all remembered me from my first procedure 4 weeks ago. DW says sometimes I’m like a bloody wreck with multiple fatalities that you witness. You never quite forget the trauma. When the anesthesiologist came by to meet me, I said: Pump a gallon in me, Allen, then slip the juice to me, Bruce. He asked me what I was talking about, so I started singing the 1956 psycho-billy classic, Transfusion, by Nervous Norvus. This will mess with your head.

TODAY’S FEEL-GOOD MOMENT:
Sniper Decapitates ISIS Leader Teaching Beheading Class

One minute he was standing there and the next his head had exploded. The commander remained standing upright for a couple of seconds before collapsing and that’s when panic set in. We later heard most of the recruits deserted.
The Dan .338 bolt-action rifle features a .338 LAPUA Magnum bullet which tumbles end-over-end once it hits flesh, displacing the liquid within a body in a process called “hydrostatic shock.” Once the bullet hits a body it creates a large cavity within the target, leaving a massive wound as it exits. To see an example of how this process works, watch the video below.

SO MUCH FOR THE GOOD NEWS
Just as predicted, the democrats are whining about GOP “obstructionism” for planning to block Barry’s judicial nomination. They sang a different tune when George W. was in office. After all the uproar, nobody doubts he’ll get what he wants one way or the other. The end justifies the means. That’s how they roll.
In other news, the reply section has:
Hillary barking like a dog (I wish I were kidding)
A former victim telling how Bent Penis used to put on her frillies and play his saxophone
Donald Trump again threatening to go third party
Gary Sinise giving a shoutout to the troops
The White house giving a shoutout to worthless punk, Kanye West (but has no time for dead policemen)
A few other things.

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IT WILL BE SOON
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I’ve Lived Too Long

There was a republican debate last night. From what I read, it got pretty contentious. In the end, it really won’t matter much. The cancer known as The Great Society that was inflicted on us by Lyndon Johnson has spread to all corners. The country was so strong, it took decades to succumb to the evil of socialism. First, breaking up the family by replacing the father with a welfare check. Then came free love, drug use became popular and to a large extent accepted. The leftists who protested the Vietnam War and spit on returning soldiers are now democrat politicians, newspaper editors, and college professors. They have done yeoman’s work spreading the disease with help from a union of teachers more concerned with tenure than actually teaching. Poor kids are trapped in failing schools because the liberals want no part of charter schools where a poor kid could have a chance of breaking the grip of dependency that keeps the left in control of everything.

Still, we managed to barely keep our heads above the rising floodwaters of taxation, regulation, and the terminal disease known as Barack Hussein Obama. I had hoped that by the time the communists took control of the Supreme Court I wouldn’t be here to see it. That hope was dashed yesterday with the passing of Antonin Scalia. I’m sure Barack got a diamond-hard erection when he found out he will now complete his sorry legacy with the permanent shift of the Supreme Court for the rest of time. Exploding deficits, nationalized healthcare, 100 million on the government dole, flooding the country with enough illegal voters-in-waiting for a permanent democrat tyranny, the rise of Islamic terrorism worldwide, and the forced participation of Christians in the debauchery of a homosexual lifestyle.

If you think you know how deep into the sewer the leftards can sink, you’re not even close. If you’ve read any comments already, I’m sorry. If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky. I’ll never post any of it here, I love the people too much. It is beyond vile. The DNC is already fundraising off his death. Hillary made the comment that republicans would “dishonor” the Constitution if they didn’t give Obama what he wants. If anybody embodies dishonor, it’s the Clintons. Obama plans to name a successor shortly, probably within a few weeks. Then the charade will begin. McConnell is claiming there will not be a vote until after a new president is elected. The whiny little pissant Harry Reid is already complaining about how awful it would be to delay the vote. Remember, he’s the one who unilaterally changed the rules from a super majority to a simple majority to force through hundreds of Barry’s hand-picked stooges for the courts. We all know how that’s going to end up. I had a number of links, but I’ve decided not to post any at this time. I’m having surgery on my other eye tomorrow, so it may be a time before I post again.

Ben Shapiro,writing for Breitbart had the same notion as I did on hearing the news yesterday:

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Antonin Scalia’s Death Could Mark End of Constitution
Unlike Kennedy, Scalia represented a consistent vote for a Constitution beyond modern progressive power politics. But with his death, President Obama now has the power to appoint a fifth justice to join hard-left social engineers Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If the Republican Senate allows President Obama to select Scalia’s successor, the left will have a complete monopoly on the Supreme Court. Within the next few years, Citizens United will be overturned, restoring limits on free speech; the Supreme Court will render the Second Amendment meaningless by reinterpreting the right to bear arms as a non-personal right; freedom of religion will be made subservient to same-sex marriage and abortion priorities; the death penalty will be ruled unconstitutional; unions will be allowed to continue confiscating the dollars of people who disagree with them politically; redistricting along leftist lines will return. Scalia ensured that the Supreme Court wasn’t a transformative institution; now it will become the chief tool in the left’s arsenal.

It’s a sad commentary on the state of conservative politics that the only thing standing between the United States and the death of its founding document was a brilliant 79-year-old jurist. But unless Republicans stand up on their hind legs now, that will certainly be the case.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/13/antonin-scalias-death-could-mark-end-of-constitution/

I wish I’d never seen this day come.

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OUR CONSTITUTION DIED TODAY

IT’S OVER. ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING CONSTITUTIONALISTS ON THE SUPREME COURT PASSED AWAY TODAY.
Supreme Court Justice Scalia dies

Scalia, who was 79, was the longest-serving justice on the high court. His death is sure to trigger a pitched political battle in Washington, with President Obama likely to nominate a successor before the November elections.
https://www.yahoo.com/politics/supreme-court-justice-scalia-dies-222420293.html

OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS WILL BE BUT A MEMORY SOON. THE BASTARD IN THE WHITE HOUSE WILL GET THE MOST RADICAL COMMUNIST JUDGE HE CAN FIND.

IT WAS A GREAT COUNTRY WHILE IT LASTED.

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