Still the Law of the State

30 06 2015

Jefferson City

Breaking news this afternoon:  SCOMO beats back a challenge to Amendment 5 based on supposedly deceptive ballot language, a challenge that SLPD Chief Sam Dotson was listed as a plaintiff, and they found that the ballot language was not deceptive.  Those are the only grounds that the state Supreme Court could have used to invalidate part of the state Constitution.  It looks to be either a 6-1 or unanimous 7-0 decision, because the only one of the judges to express a dissenting opinion, Richard Teitelman, had an opinion that was part concurring with the majority but part dissenting.  So, I guess one could call this 6.5-0.5.

This case did not deal with any practical applications of Amendment 5 to any real world criminal cases involving firearms offenders.





Just Our Immediate Galaxy

30 06 2015

Washington, D.C.

I was able to read the majority opinion on Texas Housing v Inclusive Communities, the disparate impact case.  Yes, it’s bad, but the way it was written, it doesn’t seem that it is going to impact anything more than housing policy.  In other words, I don’t think this language can be used to free black murderers on the grounds that murder being a crime has a disparate impact on black men.





Still on the Crazy Train

29 06 2015

Washington, D.C.

Oh no, no way, you couldn’t expect SCOTUS to wrap up this term without yet another wackadoodle decision, one in which they do right by duhmocrazy.





#SocietyLoses

26 06 2015





Start Your Stopwatch…Now.

26 06 2015

Washington, D.C.

And stop it when you hear for the first time some Republican or conservative say that gay “marriage” was a conservative idea along and is a traditional value that needs to be defended.

I don’t think the stopwatch will even get to ten years.

I do think that right away, the Republican establishment is glad; now they have a nice neat convenient Supreme Court decision to hide behind in order to keep from having to discuss a crucial social issue and to try to pressure others not to.





Worst News of the Term

25 06 2015

Washington, D.C.

SCOTUS issued the wrong decision today on what I thought was the most important case they took in the 2014-15 term, that being Texas Housing v Inclusive Communities.  I kinda figured they would based on their ruling at the beginning of the month on a separate case that a lot of similar ramifications.

I will read the Justices’ opinions later today, because depending on what the majority opinion is, it could be a bad ruling in terms of creating a paradox that ruins the entire universe, or not quite so bad and the damage is limited just to our galaxy.





Regularly Scheduled Programming

25 06 2015

Washington, D.C.

The good news for you Congressional Republicans is that John Roberts just saved your hides; you don’t have to worry about scrambling to pass an emergency bill to restore Federal ObamaDontCare subsidies for the sake of all the insurance companies that dump campaign contributions on Republican candidates, think tanks, 527s and Super PACs.

So now it’s back to regularly scheduled programming:  More free trade treaties, more open borders, trying to start a war with Russia, peddling paranoia about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, making sure that internet gambling remains a damned near capital crime so that people keep going to Sheldon Adelson’s casinos for the sake of moral values, and waging cultural genocide against Dixie.

Because Amurrika.








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