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SCOTUS nudges churches’ flocks to the slaughter once again

The Supreme Court heard another case pitting religious “liberty” against science and—hey, ho!—science lost again. Religious liberty is a bedrock American value. It doesn’t simply...

‘Deliberately Distorting’ Reasoning for Limiting Large Religious Gatherings, SCOTUS Rules Against New York State’s Restrictions

Public health experts and other critics warned that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down late Wednesday night will lead to more coronavirus outbreaks...

Where The Judicial Rubber Meets The Road

There are rough seas ahead for the John Roberts led Supreme Court, with no safe harbor in sight. Over the next 6-12 months, there are quite likely three critical issues that will be thrust in a national spotlight to their chamber by The Pampers President, issues that the court would rather chew off a paw than have to decide. And the machinations and words of Trump himself will make these issues even harder for the court to navigate and decide. The three issues are self inflicted gunshot wounds, with Trump pulling the trigger. The first is the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. This ruling should have been a no brainer for the court, since most knowledgeable observers say that the lower court judge ran himself through a sausage grinder to create the logic for the ruling, and it is highly likely to be overturned on appeal. But Trump’s decision to have his DOJ drop their defense of the law makes it a case where the plaintiffs will appear to have the unstated but benevolent blessings of the Trump DOJ  The second bone of contention is going to be the release to the Judiciary committee of Trump’s tax returns. This shouldn’t even have to reach the court, since the law is crystal clear, but Trump is going to force the issue to protect his felonious secrets. The third is redactions and release of grand jury information in the Mueller report, and again, previous precedent shows that this issue shouldn’t even have to be decided, vut Trump again needs to shield as much damaging information gleaned in the investigation from becoming public as possible. But despite the unforced errors of the court having to decide cases that it shouldn’t even need to be involved in, it is the dynamic of the composition of the court that is going to lead to the intense scrutiny of every word that is uttered, and the microscopic dissection of each decision, especialy the makeup of the majority vote. The reason is the actual roster of the current court, specifically the latest two members, and this is a situation in which Trump is only partially responsible. First, the one for which trump holds sole responsibility. Brett Kavanaugh has failed miserably in the task that The $1 Store Caligula put before him. Kavanaugh was supposed to replace the questionable swing vote of Anthony Kennedy with a reliably conservative 5th vote. Vut due to Kavanaugh’s reprehensible personal behavior, the 99 car freeway pile up of his confirmation process, and Trump’s own clearly partisan words and expectations for Kavanaugh, instead of providing a reliable 5th conservative vote on the court, kavanaugh has forced Roberts himself into the uncomfortable position of having to be the critical 5th “swing” vote. Roberts has already had to side with the liberals on the court in at least two decisions, rather than risk having his legacy tarnished by Kavanaugh’s obvious partisan role, and he has likely declined to take up another couple of cases that he would have liked to hear, if not for fear of the outcome being referred to as a “Kavaqnaugh tie breaker.” It is quite likely that in at least some, if not all of the upcoming decisions, Roberts may again be forced to vote against his natural inclination, if only […]

Neil Gorsuch says no-one can sue to stop government establishing religion

One inherent danger of allowing a religious minority to install a puppet controlled by religious fanatics in the White House is the now unfolding threat of government officially establishing religion –...

How do you save the country in 2018? End Mitch McConnell’s stranglehold on the Senate

Unindicted co-conspirator Donald Trump is not on the ballot this November, at least not personally. But the opportunity to restore the nation's system of...

How Bad is Neil Gorsuch? 8 to 1 BAD, Making Clarence Thomas Blush

This story begins with how many of us got to know Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch. It was a -27F degree night on a desolate road in rural Illinois with truck driver Alphonse Maddin stranded with a disabled 50ft trailer and a cab nearly out of...

SCOTUS just threw a wrench in Trump’s deportation machine—and Gorsuch is in on it

The Supreme Court just got something right in a big way, and its decision has huge implications for immigrants in the U.S., most of all for thousands at risk of or awaiting deportation. Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and...

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Idaho hospital vandalized with swastikas. Care to speculate why? Bonus trip to 1954 along the way…

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Missing woman draws national concern and nonstop media coverage, so you know she’s white

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