I saw this tweet from the University of Colorado English Department this evening:

I didn’t realize today was Orwell’s birthday but the irony of that quote is astounding considering Justice Robert’s Old Yellowstain’s words here:

The Affordable Care Act contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting. (To cite just one, the Act creates three separate Section 1563s. See 124 Stat. 270, 911, 912.) Several features of the Act’s passage contributed to that unfortunate reality. Congress wrote key parts of the Act behind closed doors, rather than through “the traditional legislative process.” Cannan, A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History, 105 L. Lib. J. 131, 163 (2013). And Congress passed much of the Act using a complicated budgetary procedure known as “reconciliation,” which limited opportunities for debate and amendment, and bypassed the Senate’s normal 60-vote filibuster requirement. Id., at 159–167. As a result, the Act does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation.

and this other Orwell quote on language:

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

applies here as well

Petitioners’ plain-meaning arguments are strong, but the Act’s context and structure compel the conclusion that Section 36B allows tax credits for insurance purchased on any Exchange created under the Act.

  I think these examples confirm the truth of Justice Scalia’s dissent and confirms this tweet of mine in response to the Colorado English Department acknowledgement of Orwell:

I think George Orwell’s birthday deserves recognition but I suspect it would have been better for the country if they just sent flowers.

Update:  An old question answered:

Of course they could both be true depending of how she defined “diabolical”.

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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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Jay Nordlinger’s Impromptus is out today (read the whole thing) and the opening on Justice Roberts Old Yellowstain was devastating.

Let me add two cents — not so much mine as those of a wise judge I know. “Incompetent,” he said. Roberts’s ruling was incompetent. “Silly, absurd, not worthy of respect. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was far more reasonable in her argument.” (Yikes!) “If a district-court judge pulled a stunt like the one Roberts pulled, he would be reversed by the next court in about two seconds.”…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.”

That is pretty bad and as Justice Roberts Old Yellowstain apparently reads the opinion pages that’s going to smart but for an honorable man the remarks within the … would be the most painful.

In the deepest cut of all, the judge said, “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.”

As I’ve said before that courage is the virtue that is required before all others because without courage no virtue can stand.

When the country split into the secular and the traditional cultures the value of honor and an oath dissipated as the utilitarian nature of the secular infused the media. But there was a time when an oath and one’s honor meant something and to violate such an oath could only be justified in an extreme circumstance and even then one felt bad about it. Conservative still value such virtues and that is what makes this ruling so devastating to the Chief Justice’s reputation.

One can give a mulligan for a bad decision and one might even forgive and celebrate the positive political result that will come of this in November, but until and unless the issue of caving under pressure is addressed, either by a denial or by and admission with regret I’m afraid I won’t have it in me to trust Justice Roberts Old Yellowstain when the next big issue comes around.

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Lt. Barney Greenwald: Mr Keefe I would like to ask you if you have ever heard the expression: “Old Yellowstain?

Court Reporter: Would you repeat that please?

Lt. Barney Greenwald: Old-Yellow-Stain

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Lt. Barney Greenwald: Was it a nickname?

Ens. Willis Keith: Yes, for Captian Queeg.

Lt. Barney Greenwald: What did it imply?

Ens. Willis Keith: It implied cowardice

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When the Robert’s Court’s decision came out and I noted Roxeanne’s post on the subject I tweeted the following:

Well via Glenn the answer had been discovered:

Some of the conservatives, such as Justice Clarence Thomas, deliberately avoid news articles on the Court when issues are pending (and avoid some publications altogether, such as The New York Times). They’ve explained that they don’t want to be influenced by outside opinion or feel pressure from outlets that are perceived as liberal.

But Roberts pays attention to media coverage. As Chief Justice, he is keenly aware of his leadership role on the Court, and he also is sensitive to how the Court is perceived by the public.

There were countless news articles in May warning of damage to the Court – and to Roberts’ reputation – if the Court were to strike down the mandate. Leading politicians, including the President himself, had expressed confidence the mandate would be upheld.

Some even suggested that if Roberts struck down the mandate, it would prove he had been deceitful during his confirmation hearings, when he explained a philosophy of judicial restraint.

It was around this time that it also became clear to the conservative justices that Roberts was, as one put it, “wobbly,” the sources said.

So you have a judge who decided not to base his decision on the arguments in court but on MSM media pressure and such pressure, now rewarded will only increase in the future cases.

If this is how things are going to be done on the high court why bother to sequester a jury? Why should they be expected to be held to a higher standard than the chief justice of the land?

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.

Update: This of course doesn’t make it any less a disaster electorally for the Democrats.

But if conservative anger continues to grow, Romney will have a real opportunity to channel that intensity into support for his campaign — if he will make absolutely clear, in forceful language, that he believes the Supreme Court decision was wrong and that he will redouble his determination to repeal Obamacare.

Update 2: Memeorandum thread

Update 3: Hotair speaks

This story may be true in its entirety, or at least in part, but there are a couple of things which have me holding back on it. First, it relies entirely on two “unnamed sources” which always throws up a red flag. And when it’s something this juicy regarding proceedings which are normally held closer to the vest than anything else in the nation, I have to wonder.

Second – as you’ll find out after you read through all the tawdry details – this is a dream story for CBS or anyone looking to derail conservatives. It’s got all the elements of a Victorian bodice-ripper: alliances, denials, betrayal, and most importantly it features prominent national conservative figures fighting with each other. The breathless entry about the rest of the “conservative justices” telling Roberts “you’re on your own” is the stuff of liberal journalistic legend.

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