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Open thread for Sunday, June 28th: ‘Painkiller’

June 28, 2015

  open-threadHere is the open thread for Sunday, June 28th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

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  For this week’s musical selection I give you a band I have been getting into a little bit recently on Pandora; this is a band called Three Days Grace and the song is entitled “Painkiller.”

  Enjoy, but be forewarned that there are a couple of F-Bombs in the introduction. (Also, is the singer sporting a Monster logo on the side of his head?)

Chris Christie to announce Presidential bid on Tuesday

June 27, 2015

 Chris Christie is scheduled to make an announcement on Tuesday regarding his intentions on running for President in 2016 but if this is any indication he is going to be running.

If the trips to New Hampshire and leaked announcement invitations weren’t big enough clues, Chris Christie is in for 2016.

Like several other campaigns this cycle, Christie’s team went for a digital-first approach ahead of any formal announcement: The New Jersey governor launched a campaign website on Saturday, just three days before he’s expected to announce his White House bid from the gym of his high school alma mater in Livingston, N.J.

He signaled the site’s launch in a series of tweets Saturday morning.

  This comes amid falling poll numbers both in his state and nationally so I really would not expect too much momentum to gather behind him but with people less than enthusiastic with the current field one never knows. How else can you explain the momentum (albeit most likely short-lived) that Donald Trump is currently enjoying?

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Could the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling set the stage to justify national concealed carry reciprocity?

June 27, 2015

 When the Supreme Court ruled that all States must recognize same sex marriages which were conducted in other States the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause was used as justification for the decision. Brietbart has an interesting article about this decision and how it could possibly be used to justify national concealed carry reciprocity.

  Here is more:

The SCOTUS legalized same sex marriage by finding a right which Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg , Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan ruled as beyond a state-by-state prerogative via the 14th Amendment.

Crucial in this ruling is the fact that same sex marriage–now recognized by the SCOTUS–is not the only right the 14th Amendment shields from state-by-state prerogative and/or recognition.

Consider this pertinent aspect of the court’s Majority Opinion, written by Justice Kennedy and printed by the LA Times:

Under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, no State shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The fundamental liberties protected by this Clause include most of the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights.

  The use of the word most and not the word all is quite interesting, which amendment in the Bill of Rights would the Supreme Court believe is not covered under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment? Could it be the Second Amendment?

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The IRS claims employees accidentally erased Lois Lerner email backup tapes

June 26, 2015

 The IRS is now claiming that some of its employees accidentally erased the backup tapes which likely contained thousands of Lois Lerner’s long sought after emails. Here is more:

Investigators are blaming mistakes by IRS employees — not a criminal conspiracy — for the loss of thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal.

IRS workers erased 422 computer backup tapes that “most likely” contained as many as 24,000 emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner, who has emerged as a central figure in congressional investigations, according to IRS’s inspector general.

The workers erased the tapes a month after IRS officials discovered that an untold number of Lerner’s emails were lost. The IG says the workers were unaware of a year-old directive not to destroy email backup tapes.

  Of course this was an accident and not part of a cover up, right? It is just another remarkable coincidence that these tapes were erased just one month after it was learned the emails were lost.

  This reminds me of the movie The Big Easy, has anyone seen it? Remy is a crooked cop who is being investigated by the Feds. At one point in the movie they have video evidence of him taking a bribe so he goes out one night and throws a magnet through the window of a business. The magnet is taken in as evidence of a break in and another cop just happens to place the magnet next to the video, which destroys it and the charges are dropped.

  Sounds eerily similar does it not…

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Republican establishment reinstates conservative punished for voting against Obamatrade

June 25, 2015

 How about a little feel good story today after the Supreme Court’s Obamacare Federal Exchange decision?

  Earlier this week selective Constitutionalist establishment Republican Jason Chaffetz removed Mark Meadows from his subcommittee chair for having the unmitigated audacity to vote his conscience (and the will of his constituents) on Obamatrade rather than blindly toe the establishment Republican agenda.

  After facing an onslaught from the people as well as from House conservatives who began to plan retribution against the establishment Jason Chaffetz announced today that he is reinstating Mark Meadows. Here is more:

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The Supreme Court upholds Obamacare Federal Exchange

June 25, 2015

  Today the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling on the Obamacare Federal Exchange and by a 6-3 vote upheld it. After the individual mandate was upheld by the same court this is the outcome I expected, however I was curious as to how the Supreme Court would reach its decision.

  In order to uphold the individual mandate Chief Justice Roberts redefined the “shared responsibility fee” as a tax even though the Federal Government was arguing it was not a tax and today he released a statement which I found to be stunning!

  Here is what he said that I still cannot get over:

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Ann Coulter calls Nikki Haley an ‘immigrant’ who ‘does not understand American history’

June 24, 2015

 Regular readers of America’s Watchtower know how I feel about Ann Coulter: she is a hypocrite, a fraud, and an opportunist who lost all the credibility she might have had when after claiming Mitt Romney had to be stopped from becoming President at all costs quickly reversed course and declared he was the only hope to save America after her first choice, Chris Christie, decided not to run for the Presidency in 2012.

  But her hypocrisy does not stop there: after the election she released a book entitled Never Trust a Liberal Over 3–Especially a Republican. In order to promote this book she appeared on Boston talk radio several times and during the course of these interviews she repeatedly berated the Tea Party for putting up primary opponents to run against RINO establishment candidates claiming it was time to stop fighting each other and to rally around the establishment candidates. That position seems to be at odds with the title of her book to say the least. I repeatedly sent texts to the host of the radio show asking him to stop having this fraud on the air and listed both of these examples but needless to say I never got a response…

  But now Ann Coulter has gone beyond hypocrisy and has entered into the realm of stupidity when during an interview about the Confederate Flag she claimed that Nikki Haley was “an immigrant and does not understand America’s history.”

  Here is the clip:

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