The Canadian kid goes to Bogota, Colombia, indulges in misbehavior, gets away with it, and now the locals want to, too:  Justin Bieber’s visit to Bogota opened doors for Colombian graffiti artists. Well, pardon my old-fogieness, but “graffiti artist” is an oxymoron. Vandalism is what comes to mind. But, when you’re a celebrity who gets paid thousands of dollars, you get away with it,

The 19-year-old Canadian heartthrob gave a concert on an October night and then took to the streets of this capital, wearing a hoodie and spray-painting a Canadian maple leaf atop a marijuana leaf alongside a tribute to his dead hamster, Pac. It all happened under the watchful eye of the metropolitan police, whose officers served as security detail.

Now the Colombian authorities have to deal with hundreds of “street artists” doing their thing not only in Bogota, but also in Cali, Medellin and other big Colombian cities – with others in smaller cities sure to join in.

What happened next? For one, Bogota outlined sanctions for defacing public property.

And Justin, who was told that, when he returns to Colombia, he may have to give a free concert for children (so the little kids may get to see him up close as a role model?), went on to Brazil, where he spray-painted the walls of Rio de Janeiro’s Hotel Nacional:

At this rate, he may get a show at the Whitney Museum in New York.

11th Doctor: So why does the Gunslinger want you [Jex]?
Isaac: It don’t matter.
11th Doctor: I’m just saying, if we knew that
Isaac: America’s the land of second chances. We called this town Mercy for a reason

Doctor Who A Town Called Mercy 2012

10th Doctor:  You’re not actually suggesting we change our own personal history?

11th Doctor:  We change history all the time I’m suggesting something far worse

War (8 1/2th) Doctor:  What exactly?

11th Doctor:  Gentlemen I have had 400 years to think about this,  I’ve changed my mind.

Doctor Who  Day of The Doctor 2013

A little over a year ago the Supreme court upheld Obamacare deciding, contrary to everything the administration said when passing the law,  that it was a TAX and constitutional on that basis.  On July 2nd I linked to Jay Nordlinger who wrote the following:

“Roberts failed to do his duty — his constitutional duty. He’s not supposed to be looking at the political situation. He’s not supposed to think about his ‘legacy.’ He’s supposed to uphold the Constitution, plain and simple. The majority decision will come to be embarrassing. The dissent will stand as something true and admirable.”

I said, “So, do you think Bush 43 may have inadvertently saddled us with another Warren Burger?” “No!” said the judge. “Burger would never have written something so stupid” as the Roberts ruling. “He was not incompetent.”

This was a day after I concluded that the Chief justice changed his vote/opinion based on pressure and earned a new name:

A person has the right to change their mind based on facts, but a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court changing his mind based on pleasing the NYT or MSNBC et/al is the most dishonorable thing I’ve heard of in public service.  It’s a stain on the court, a Yellow Stain.

Bottom line the question has been answered:   Blue Eyed Hottie out, John Roberts old Yellowstain it is!

May you be happy in the choice you have made.

And his reward for this attempt to appease has not only been scorn but a politicized nominating process

Last week, with the Senate eliminating most filibusters on presidential nominees, was a sad one for the federal judiciary. It would be wholly inappropriate for a judge to apportion blame at the prospect that the voices of present and future Senate minorities have been effectively silenced in judicial confirmations. Now, even those with the most rigid and absolute beliefs can spend a lifetime on the federal bench without a scintilla of bipartisan support.

Well America is a land of second chances and the Chief Justice is going to get another one:

President Barack Obama’s health care law is headed for a new Supreme Court showdown over companies’ religious objections to the law’s birth-control mandate.

CNN elaborates:

The justices agreed on Tuesday to review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay.

At issue is whether private companies can refuse to do so on the claim it violates their religious beliefs.

I’ll have more to say about the word “Claims” tomorrow but The Catechism of the Catholic Church deals with the matter of contraception  and is even more explicit on Abortion where cooperation in one brings automatic excommunication.

You don’t get much clearer when it comes to the 1st Amendment.

However I’m not a judge so my opinion doesn’t matter but the opinions of the members of the court do.

Presuming Justice Roberts old Yellow Stain is embarrassed by his previous ruling and wishes to redeem himself this gives him a chance to correct himself based on totally different grounds.  Religious freedom is a founding principle of our country and the 1st Amendment the bedrock of our rights so it will be hard to critique an argument based on that.

But even if he is NOT embarrassed by his previous actions and still subject to pressure the game is different this time.

#1  The president’s numbers are horrible:

Only four out of 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama can manage the federal government effectively, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning also indicates that 53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling has felt that way.

According to the survey, conducted last Monday through Wednesday, 40% say the President can manage the government effectively. That 40% figure is down 12 percentage points from June and is the worst score Obama received among the nine personal characteristics tested in the new poll.

“A lot of attention has focused on the President’s numbers on honesty in new polling the past three weeks, but it looks like the recent controversy over Obamacare has had a bigger impact on his status as an effective manager of the government, and that may be what is really driving the drop in Obama’s approval rating this fall,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

It’s one thing to be pressured by a popular & powerful President in the middle of an election campaign, it’s another to be pressured by a lame duck president whose numbers are down and his honesty in question, particularly if you are going to be in government long after he is gone.

#2  Obamacare is hurting democrat re-elect numbers:

the Democratic lead has disappeared. A new CNN/ORC poll indicates the GOP now holds a 49%-47% edge.

The new survey was conducted last week and released Tuesday.

The 10-point swing follows a political uproar over Obamacare, which included the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov and controversy over insurance policy cancelations due primarily to the new health law.

A few months ago Democrats were talking about an outside chance of taking the house now,  the generic ballot is now reversed and we are seeing stuff like this in Senate Races:

The most significant part is that these words…

We asked Kagan about that today and she ducked the question more than once, blaming insurance companies instead.

…came from an ABC reporter. Not a Fox Reporter, Not a Conservative Blogger but a reporter for local ABC affiliate.

The source of this danger is the continued existence of Obamacare yet to vote on repeal or delay risks angering the base.  A Supreme Court decision striking it down solves that problem.  The Democrat party is about power, not principle, it’s one thing to put pressure on the court to uphold a law when it helps the party,  it’s another thing to put pressure on someone to do so when that law might cost you your house seat, your senate seat or your senate majority.

3.  The Obamacare effects:

In the last few weeks we have seen the cancellation of insurance policies en mass,

An extra legal attempt by the President to change is law

Insurance rates skyrocket

Security Breaches in the exchances

And video of  corruption among “Navigators”

And I didn’t even include the web site blowing up on that list.

Obamacare was unpopular before these things happened, it’s much more unpopular now.  The last time a Chief Justice upheld a law that unpopular with the people was in the Dred Scott decision.  Do you really think a justice worried about his reputation like old Yellow Stain will want to be the next Roger Taney?

In the end it will be up to all nine justices on the court.  Frankly we already know how 7 will vote.  The deciding votes will be Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Old Yellowstain.  Nobody every knows which way Justice Kennedy will vote, but as for the Chief, whether is motive is principle, or pressure now is the perfect time to remove that stain from him.

For the sake of the country let’s hope he’s wise enough, brave enough, or pragmatic enough, to do so.

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Wednesday is here and there has been movement on November’s goals. We are $232 away from full paychecks and full mortgage payments all around.

9 tip jar hitters at $25 or twelve at $20 means I’ll have one more reason to give thanks.

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