Justice O’Connor: It’s Vital to Understand Our Constitution

(Adapted from my post at GraniteGrok.com.) In a statement released earlier this week, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced that she has been diagnosed with dementia possibly related to Alzheimer's disease. She is therefore stepping back from public life. I suspect she's all too familiar with what's ahead; as I recall, one … Continue reading Justice O’Connor: It’s Vital to Understand Our Constitution

Yes, money drove the anti-Kavanaugh mob

By John Ruberry Sometimes I watch television programs so you don't have to. Such was the case this morning as I endured ABC's This Week, which was slightly more tolerable than usual because the regular host, George Stephanopolous was off and Jonathan Karl was in charge. Of course the show was dominated by the circus … Continue reading Yes, money drove the anti-Kavanaugh mob

A Quiet Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

Life goes on at the Supreme Court, vacancy or no. Last Monday, on the opening day of the term, the Court announced that it will not hear a challenge to a 2014 Tennessee ballot measure, Amendment 1, which stated "nothing in this [state] Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion." Or, if you prefer, … Continue reading A Quiet Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

Is Judge Kavanaugh a True Originalist?

The one great failure of those who wrote United States Constitution was their failure to properly restrain the Supreme Court.  They did not foresee that the highest court in the United States would abandon the Constitution as the ultimate basis for all of the rulings they issue.  The framers of the Constitution did not envision … Continue reading Is Judge Kavanaugh a True Originalist?

Reality Check: Murkowski & Collins have no Leverage

I've always known how to count Tip O'Neil For the last week we have heard the breathless declarations the Donald Trump will not be able to get a judge who opposes Roe v Wade because Lisa Murkowski of Alaska or Susan Collins of Maine will vote against any such nominee. Millions of pixels have been … Continue reading Reality Check: Murkowski & Collins have no Leverage

10 One Line Thoughts Under My Fedora, SCOTUS Kennedy, Congress, Tebow, Rick Wilson etc

Can someone explain to me why it's a good thing that the House is doing all it can to get votes for a bill not meant to pass? I don't care if as of this writing Tim Tebow is hitting over fifty points higher than Jackie Bradley Jr. I'll take Bradley in center field turning … Continue reading 10 One Line Thoughts Under My Fedora, SCOTUS Kennedy, Congress, Tebow, Rick Wilson etc

Justice Kennedy’s Mystery of the Cake

In Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court (thankfully) ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the baker who declined to be forced to bake and decorate a custom cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding. The ruling was based almost completely on the documented religious hostility of the members of the Civil Rights … Continue reading Justice Kennedy’s Mystery of the Cake

Voting Choice Pays Off

by baldilocks And how rare is that? Many people cited a lone reason to vote for the presidential candidate that was Donald Trump: to keep Hillary Clinton out of the Oval Office. As it turned out, that was the sole reason that I voted for him. But there were other very good reasons. Like this … Continue reading Voting Choice Pays Off

Justice Stevens Keeps It Real

by baldilocks Today, everyone is talking about the op-ed penned by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the … Continue reading Justice Stevens Keeps It Real

Pro-Life Speech Case Coming to SCOTUS March 20

Update to a November 2017 post: California's attorney general is on the U.S. Supreme Court's schedule for March 20, at which time he can  explain why he should be able to tell pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for abortions. That ought to elicit some searching questions from the Justices. The case is National Institute of … Continue reading Pro-Life Speech Case Coming to SCOTUS March 20