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Supremes Move Back Alley to Main Street

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I remember it as though it were yesterday.  I developed a fever and stomach cramps.  Assuming it was the flu, I went to bed to sleep it off.   When my husband came home and found me with a temperature of over 103 degrees, he insisted on taking me to the doctor despite my objections.

Upon examination, my doctor determined I had a dangerous infection and left a waiting room full of  patients to accompany us to the hospital while his staff called ahead.  Once there, I was immediately placed in a room, where my own doctor ran tests and administered emergency treatment himself without waiting for the hospital staff to determine my condition or be brought up to speed.  I later learned that these measures likely saved my life. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 29th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

McConnell’s Groundhog Day

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On Saturday, just after the nation learned that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died, Senator Mitch McConnell opened his mouth and created a vacuum.

In the days that followed, volumes of words have been spoken and written about the majority leader’s short statement regarding the appropriate time to choose an individual to fill Scalia’s seat on the high court.   Some praised his resolve.  Others denounced him for trying to control the process set forth in the Constitution.

It has been a big waste of airtime and newsprint.  In short, the majority leader said nothing of substance.  He is full of so much hot air, we could package him and replace the National Helium Reserve.  Then he might serve a useful purpose. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 17th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Before You Cast Your First Stone (At Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis)

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The PC police, who seem hellbent on forcing all people to accept gay marriage after the  controversial Supreme Court Obergefell decision, suffered a setback when activist federal judge David Bunning released Kim Davis from a Kentucky jail.  Davis, a county clerk, spent five days behind bars after refusing to have marriage licenses to same-sex couples go out under her name, which would, in effect,  be condoning a practice that violates her religious beliefs.

Judge Bunning simply could have slapped Kim Davis with a fine but, no, this activist liberal judge chose to throw her in jail until she complied with his wishes.  Tuesday, Bunning backed down, bowing to pressure after denying Davis her due process and her rights under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.   Read the rest of this entry »

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September 13th, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Supreme Court Trades Constitution for Crystal Ball

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Last week’s back-to-back rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage shows just how far we have come from the government established by our founding fathers.  The checks and balances that have held this republic together for more than 200 years are gone!

The Constitution is no longer the instrument by which the legitimacy of all laws are judged.  It has been replaced by a crystal ball, in some cases, a justice’s personal opinion.

Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have publicly displayed their support for gay marriage.   Both have performed same-sex marriage ceremonies while this issue was making its way through the courts, yet ignored judicial precedent by failing to recuse themselves from Obergefell v. Hodges.

This court ruled that the very words in the laws that come under review now can be changed or simply ignored at the whim of a justice.  I offer the opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts in the ruling that upheld Obamacare. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 1st, 2015 at 3:30 pm

The Bullies Won in Arizona (and are on their way to your state)

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Nobody likes a bully.  In the movies, we cheer as the bullies are defeated but in real life we often give into them simply because no one likes to be bullied.   We take the road of least resistance, even when it means giving up important, even sacred ground.

Such was the case in Arizona when Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a most reasonable bill updating the state’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”  to clarify two ambiguities in the state’s law which was modeled after the federal REFRA signed by Bill Clinton.   Specifically, this new version made it clear that one’s “free exercise of religion” does not stop when you run a business.  And that this “free exercise” not only protects you against the government but civil legal action as well.

Recently, business owners have been forced to go to great expense to defend their right to operate in a way that will not compromise the moral values they hold dear.  The lawsuits brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods against Obamacare’s birth control mandate are two of the most visible.   The U.S. Supreme Court will decide these cases next summer.

Ready or not, this issue is headed your way.   Read the rest of this entry »

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March 5th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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