Good Guys Can Still Win

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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There was a scene in one of the Iron Man movies, I’m not sure which, where billionaire genius and mega-eccentric Tony Stark (Iron Man) gets called up before a Senate committee on Capitol Hill.

Things didn’t go the way they do in the real world – where the CEO agrees to be publicly bullied by corrupt senators and is required to be contrite as the Senate show ponies badger and berate him. Then the private sector executive is supposed to slink off with his tail between his legs.

In the movie, Tony Stark instead stands up to them and basically tells them to stick it where the sun don’t shine. He then walks out, leaving one senator bewildered and swearing at him as he exits.

As I watched this, I thought, what a pleasure it would be to see this done in real life – someone, or company, finally standing up to the feds and fighting rather than the usual acquiescence.

Sadly for corporations, it is not just the government with whom they must contend. Companies are also badgered by a plethora of radical left activist groups who make their living, or a portion of it, by shaking down private sector companies. read more

Our Federal Government Is Discriminatory

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Federal Express (FedEx) was simply following federal law. But a surviving spouse disagrees.

A homosexual (lesbian) couple lived together for many years. One of them was employed by FedEx. She was with the company for 26 years where she accumulated a decent pension. The couple was together for about the same amount of time.

In 2010 the FedEx employee was diagnosed with cancer and in 2012 “ the cancer had grown so severe that she took a medical leave of absence from work. As one of her last acts on Earth, Lesly Taboada-Hall married Stacey Schuett in a California civil ceremony officiated by a county supervisor. Taboada-Hall died the next day.”

Problems arose when the survivor Schuett petitioned for her partners FedEx pension benefits. See, Taboada-Hall died six days before United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court decision that struck down DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by Hillary Clinton’s husband. read more

Juxtaposition of Two Christmases

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Christmas is one the happiest times of the year. Actually, I guess the song says “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” It’s a time for giving. It’s a time for family, charity and kindness toward others. And yes, it’s also a time for us to all gather around the tree Christmas morning and exchange gifts.

But what happens if the gifts aren’t there to exchange? What happens if it’s not up to Santa? What happens if, for instance, a delivery company doesn’t get them there on time?

Well, that’s exactly what’s happened to possibly tens of thousands of Americans this holiday season as package delivery giant FedEx admitted they were not able to absolutely, positively get there. FedEx guarantees on time delivery, but for many customers, it could not make good on that guarantee. Many of the delays were due to severe weather across the Southeast, but FedEx is also blaming a flood of last minute shoppers.

Okay, so thousands of packages didn’t get to be opened on Christmas day. Considering FedEx estimated deliveries between black Friday and December 25th to be about 317 million, that’s really not bad. And as I said – this is the season of love and giving and understanding – right? read more