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Gorsuch has a Chance to Redeem Himself

After disappointingly siding with four liberal justices on immigration and deportation, Gorsuch appears to be leaning toward allowing Trump’s travel restrictions.

from One News Now:

Report: Gorsuch, others ‘leaning’ toward Trump’s travel restrictions

Gorsuch taking oathSo how did Justice Neil Gorsuch – the newest face on the Supreme Court – do in Wednesday’s arguments over President Trump’s “travel ban”? OneNewsNow sought answers to that question.

“Neil Gorsuch asked some very pointed questions of [lead Hawaii attorney and former acting solicitor general of the United States] Neal Katyal,” says John Malcolm of The Heritage Foundation. Malcolm was present in the courtroom for Wednesday’s proceedings. read more

No Stay of Execution for Alfie

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The case of little Alfie Evans is a tragic one. At 23 months old, this healthy boy developed a rare neurodegenerative disorder that left him in a semi-vegetative state. That’s strike one against the poor little tike.

Strike two is that he and his parents reside in England, the poster nation for socialized medicine. And strike three is that, given enough time, every nation with socialized medicine will eventually be forced into the development of death panels.

In England the defacto “death panels” is the British court system. The courts decide who will live and who will die. The courts have decided the latter of the two fates for Alfie. They have condemned him to death with no stay of execution, no pardon and possibility of parole.

This is funny (not ha, ha funny), considering Great Britain has long ago rejected the death penalty for the worst criminals and terrorists among them, but seem to have little problem sending a two year old to death row. read more

Stop Giving our Money Away

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Ever wonder why it takes multiple trillions of dollars to run the federal government? And why, no matter how large the federal “budget” gets, we never have enough?

We all think of waste, fraud and abuse, but there is another contributing factor. It’s death by thousands of cuts.

The feds give money away like it’s theirs to give. It’s not. It’s either ours or it’s borrowed. Either way, we will be the ones who have to pay it back and pay interest on the massive and ever growing debt.

A million dollars is a lot of money to you and me. But to the feds, it’s almost incalculable. It’s like you or me dropping a penny on the street. As it rolls away, would we chase the coin in our want to retrieve it? No we wouldn’t. Very few would do such a thing. It’s only a penny after all. It will hardly be missed. But if you start rolling thousands of pennies, it will eventually add up to a sizeable amount.

Well it was reported on Monday, that the Department of Justice rolled a million dollar penny down the street and it ended up in Florida. read more

WND Exclusive – The Reparations Movement: Alive and Absurd

The reparations movement for leftist blacks in America may have just hit the jackpot. All this time they have been trying to vilify the right and turn the government to their cause, and for decades they have essentially missed the mark.

What is the Reparations Movement?

Well, according to the website, “Reparations Movement for Justice,” the movement entails, “Restoration, Restitution and Reparation. This is for Money, Gold, and Land Owed to African Americans (The Freedman Bureau Bill: 400 Years of Back pay).”

Is that back pay with or without interest, and would it be adjusted for inflation? Just questions that need to be answered. read more

The Progressive Socialist State of California Pt 2

Guest Post by John Velisek – USN (Ret.):

A supermajority of Progressive socialist Democrats in the legislature of California has led the citizens of the State to pay higher state taxes, higher fuel taxes, higher cost of living, faulty schools, prohibitive health care costs for many, and have succeeded in becoming one of the most unlivable states within our country. Coupled with projects such as a high-speed rail line to nowhere, which is already tripled in the budget with no end date, and a sanctuary state status that a plurality of Californians do not want, has plummeted much of the state into third world status.

The progressive elite, with the influx of illegal aliens they have created and have no wish to stop, cocooned in their gated communities, have wreaked havoc on the communities of the middle class. They spend money as if it is the states and not the citizens.
From an edicts passed down from on high regarding the usage of plastic bags, to a waiter facing a fine and imprisonment over a plastic straw – the policies of the elite in Sacramento have made our state and those in it the laughing stock of the country.

All this rather than working on policies to help the veterans and other homeless to stand on their feet or get the medical help they need to at least have the opportunity to prosper and move forward in the community and ignore the drug problem that leave needles in our streets. read more

Another Dred Decision by a Lower Court

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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On Thursday, I posted an article entitled, “The Bill of Rights is Missing an Amendment.”

I began by explaining that we do not have three “separate but equal” branches of government – that the federal judiciary, or Judicial Branch of the federal government, is by far the most powerful and influential branch of the three. The other two are of course the Executive and Legislative.

To this, I had an interesting, yet confusing comment on my YouTube channel regarding my assertion, which is a fact, not an assertion. The commentor stated: “I don’t know why you think the supreme Court is so powerful…” At first I thought they must be kidding, but I don’t think so.

The supreme Court has become the ultimate arbiter of every law and every right in America. Their authority is not to be questioned and their rulings are final and should not be challenged, not withstanding a few dreadful decisions from yesteryear. read more

Sweden’s Electric Highway

The Swedish project eRoadArlanda powers electric vehicles through a slot car-like track embedded in the road
The Swedish project eRoadArlanda powers electric vehicles through a slot car-like track embedded in the road(Credit: eRoadArlanda)

In a move that will probably delight anyone who raced slot cars as a kid (or an adult), the Swedish Transport Administration has just opened a 2-km (1.2-mi) stretch of electrified road that works the same way. The project, dubbed eRoadArlanda, involves embedding electric rails into the road surface to power electric vehicles through a contact arm hanging down from under the car. read more

The Bill of Rights is Missing an Amendment

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

First Draft of Original 17 Amendments

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One of greater problems that plague our federal government is that of cross-delegation. What do I mean by this?

I describe this phenomenon as such, owing to the fact that three branches of government are no longer “separate but equal.” As we see by the take-over of government by the federal judiciary, they are clearly the most powerful of the three. The other two branches, the legislative and executive, take to bended knee before them, and as blind mutes, comply with any and every decree. This was clearly not intended by the founders.

However, this cross-delegation can more accurately be described not as a seizing of power and authority of one branch from another, but as a voluntary giving of authority of one branch to another. The legislative branch, devoid of backbone, consistently surrenders its constitutionally mandated authority to the executive branch, giving the President authority he is not entitled to. read more

Public Sector Pensions are a Ticking Time Bomb

from IBD:

Bankrupt Public-Employee Pensions: The Next Big Financial Crisis?

As the media relentlessly focus on the federal government’s burgeoning debt, a new report says that states face their own ticking debt bomb: the exploding liabilities for lavish state and local public-employee pensions. Reform won’t be easy, but there is no choice.

A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that the problem is getting out of hand. In 2016, the most recent full year for which data are available, states were more than $1.4 trillion in the red. Pension debt has increased for 15 straight years, and shows no signs of abating.

Indeed, as Reason blogger Eric Boehm notes, “The really scary part is that pension debt keeps increasing despite the fact that taxpayers’ contributions to state-level pension plans have doubled as a share of state revenue in the past decade.” read more

Union President Caught Interfering in Puerto Rican Schools

From The Washington Free Beacon:

Teachers’ union president Randi Weingarten is plotting a teachers’ strike to shut down schools in Puerto Rico, according to a conversation overheard Friday in the first-class car of an Acela train heading to New York.

Puerto Rico is in the midst of implementing school-choice reforms, opposed by Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers. Last month Gov. Ricardo Rosselló signed legislation to increase the number of charter schools and voucher programs.

Weingarten said she does not want to use the word “strike,” but wants to use the strategy of recent teacher walkouts in Oklahoma and West Virginia as a model to fight against school-choice reforms. read more