Worried about the Court? Then worry about the Senate

I suspect that those of us who find Trump & Hillary equally unacceptable are going to be voted off the conservative island before this election's over. I'm being harangued by perfectly nice people saying "butbutbut HILLARY!!", along with what's supposed to be the clincher: "Supreme Court!" An awful prospect, to be sure. The thing is, … Continue reading Worried about the Court? Then worry about the Senate

SCOTUS’s death blow to #NeverTrump or the Ruling on the Edge of Forever

Mr. Spock: This is how history went after McCoy changed it. Here, in the late 1930s. A growing pacifist movement whose influence delayed the United States' entry into the Second World War. While peace negotiations dragged on, Germany had time to complete its heavy-water experiments. Captain Kirk: Germany. Fascism. Hitler. They won the Second World … Continue reading SCOTUS’s death blow to #NeverTrump or the Ruling on the Edge of Forever

Gay marriage: Another reason Muslims may want to reconsider emigrating to America

By John Ruberry Like it or not, same-sex marriage is the law of the land. As a conservative with libertarian leanings, I favored civil unions for gays for years, in essence, marriage in all but name. What is now called traditional marriage reaches back into pre-history--social norms should not be thrown overboard so quickly. As … Continue reading Gay marriage: Another reason Muslims may want to reconsider emigrating to America

Scalia: Who knew everyone before us were Bigots & dopes?

It is highly unlikely that Justice Scalia dissent in Obergefell et al vs Hodges is going to get the attention that his dissent in King vs Burwell did, but there is a paragraph in this dissent that should be recited and memorized by every conservative in America: But what really astounds is the hubris reflected … Continue reading Scalia: Who knew everyone before us were Bigots & dopes?

Let the SCOTUS look to Baltimore & that Solitary Black Mother on Gay Marriage

Lt. Kaminsky: You wanted confirmation, Captain? Take a look! There’s your confirmation! Tora Tora Tora 1970 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Luke 21:33 Yesterday while most of the country was watching Baltimore the Supreme Court heard arguments to decide if the definition of marriage that had endured … Continue reading Let the SCOTUS look to Baltimore & that Solitary Black Mother on Gay Marriage

Bean-counting Catholic justices

Among the more deranged (among many) reactions to the Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., you'll find this: The Uncomfortable Question: Should We Have Six Catholic Justices on the Supreme Court?In Justice Alito's majority opinion, he relies squarely on Catholic teaching about "complicity" to explain the supposed burden. In doing so, … Continue reading Bean-counting Catholic justices

On Hobby Lobby the GOP Establishment Lucks out

There are a lot of things we can say about the 5-4 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby. We can say it's an important win for religious liberty (it is) we can say that differentiating between a "closely held" corporation and a big publicly held one is far (it is).  You can claim that it's … Continue reading On Hobby Lobby the GOP Establishment Lucks out

Political Effects of the McCullen v Coakley Case MA & New Hampshire

The McCullen v Coakley case that removed the three-point lines in Massachusetts is the potential to have some interesting effects on both the national level and the local level. Locally of course Coakley is Martha Coakley the current AG of Massachusetts now running for governor. Earlier this month Steve Grossman managed to get the endorsement … Continue reading Political Effects of the McCullen v Coakley Case MA & New Hampshire

Some Massachusetts “Reproductive Health Facilities” are more equal than others

Why the Massachusetts abortion buffer law is an abomination against free speech in under 200 seconds? Of course if you want the argument in detail you can read SCOTUS BLOG In this case, the anti-abortion protesters say that the law works to interfere with their freedom of speech at abortion clinics in Boston, Worcester, and … Continue reading Some Massachusetts “Reproductive Health Facilities” are more equal than others

What the 5-4 Prop 8 decision means (It’s worse than you think)

As a person who opposes Gay Marriage and has publicly called it simply narcissism I am of course displeased with the Supreme Court's rulings today but even worse that the result of the final Prop 8 case is the overturning of that referendum based on standing. Let's wind back the tape.  In California gay marriage … Continue reading What the 5-4 Prop 8 decision means (It’s worse than you think)