Jun. 26, 2015
Same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a historic ruling that caps the biggest civil rights transformation in a half-century. Voting 5-4, the justices said states lack any legitimate reason to deprive gay couples of the freedom to marry. Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the court’s four Democratic appointees in the majority, bringing gay weddings to the 14 states where they were still banned.
Gunmen opened fire on tourists lounging on a beach in the Tunisian seaside resort of Sousse, killing at least 27. One militant was killed while another fled and is being pursued by security forces.
One person was decapitated and two others were injured in a terrorist attack on an Air Products & Chemicals Inc. gas plant near Lyon in southeastern France. The attack was perpetrated by one or two people and France has stepped up the protection of its chemical sites.
After the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to reject an existential challenge to Obamacare on Thursday, conservatives took direct aim at the author of the decision: their one-time hero Chief Justice John Roberts.
The U.S. House on Thursday put off a potential vote on a resolution to remove the Mississippi state flag from its side of the Capitol and House office buildings.
Greece’s creditors offered to unlock aid of as much as $17.3 billion for the indebted country, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras lamented the tough conditions demanded in return for the deal.
Official data from the Bank of Greece today showed deposits fell €3.8 billion to €129.9 billion at the end of last month, marking a 21 percent plunge since November.
Hillary Clinton didn’t turn over to the U.S. State Department all the work-related e-mail from her personal account relating to Libya and Benghazi, as she had previously said she had. Nine e-mails and parts of six others couldn’t be found among documents Clinton provided in response to a request from the State Department, the agency said.
Boeing Co. Chief Executive Officer James McNerney could pocket at least $3.9 million in pension benefits annually for 15 years after he retires in 2016.
Russia’s state space agency chief is shooting for the Moon, three years after a predecessor warned that the country was on the verge of losing its competitiveness in the industry. A manned lunar mission in 2029-2030 is Russia’s priority, while there are no “current stage” plans for a journey to Mars.
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At least 120 civilians have been killed by the Islamic State group since it entered the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane just over 24 hours ago, a monitoring group said Friday.
An Emirates A380 plane with more than 500 people on board made an emergency landing in Sri Lanka on Friday after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit, aviation officials said.
An Oregon man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated murder after police found two bodies, believed to be those of his parents, in a freezer in the home where the family lived.
A fire that engulfed a church with a primarily African-American congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina early on Wednesday morning has been ruled as arson, fire officials said.
Two San Diego firefighters were hospitalized with multiple stab wounds but one of them was expected to go home late Thursday night, a day after a bystander attacked them as they were helping a drunken man on a packed trolley platform.
The US Healthy Swimming Program says that when your eyes go red and stingy in the pool it’s caused by a chemical reaction between chlorine and urine.
U.S. consumer sentiment jumped in June, according to a survey released on Friday. The University of Michigan’s final June reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 96.1, up sharply from 90.7 in May. It was higher than the survey’s preliminary reading of 94.6.
A rare meeting between two self-driving cars resulted in one taking evasive action, Reuters reported. The robot cars, one made by Delphi Automotive and one by Google, met on a Californian road in Palo Alto. The Google car pulled in front of the Delphi vehicle making it abandon a planned lane change.
President Obama is to deliver a eulogy in Charleston for his friend, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was shot dead with eight others last week.
An Islamic court has sentenced nine people to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammad in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.
EU leaders holding late-night talks in Brussels have agreed to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece. Summit chairman Donald Tusk said 40,000 would be relocated to other EU states over the next two years.
Five members of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday opined that the 14th Amendment requires states to license same-sex “marriages” and to recognize those arrangements from other states, overturning a lower court ruling that said states’ citizens could define marriage for themselves.
Obama administration is changing federal policy to allow the families of American hostages to negotiate ransom payments with the abductors, but a former high-ranking Air Force officer says that’s a recipe for many more Americans to get kidnapped.
The National Park Service moved to stop sales of the Confederate flag in federal parks.
Top News 6/26/2015
Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide
The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
California wildfires force residents from homes in two towns
The fire in the mountains of San Bernardino County east of Los Angeles was among scores of wildfires raging along the U.S. West Coast, from Alaska through California, in areas hit by drought and suffering record-low snowpack.
Gigantic Black Hole Wakes Up After 26-Year Sleep
A supermassive black hole that was dormant for 26 years has once again begun devouring material from other the star in its binary system, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).
Hidden camera: ‘Gays’ admit they’re not ‘born that way’
Many of the “gays” he interviewed, he says, not only were molested in their youth but went on to become molesters themselves.
Muslim Terrorist Beheads Man in France Attack
A Muslim terrorist attacked a gas factory in eastern France on Friday, pinning a decapitated head to the gates and wounding at least two others with explosive devices before being arrested.
Vatican Signs Historic First Accord with ‘Palestine’
The Vatican on Friday signed an historic first accord with “Palestine,” two years after officially recognizing the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a state. The accord, a treaty covering the life and activity of the Church in Judea and Samaria, was the first since the Vatican made the controversial step of recognition in February 2013. Signing international treaties unilaterally is a breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords which created the PA.
Earth’s weakening ‘magnetic shield’ could see life WIPED OUT as skin cancer levels soar
Researchers have warned if it weakens further or were completely eroded away, radiation levels reaching our planet’s surface would double – leading to a huge spike in deaths from skin cancer.
Indonesian volcano spews towering gas cloud
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung spewed searing ash and gas 4 kilometres into the sky Thursday, officials said, as the number of people displaced by the latest round of eruptions exceeded 10,000.
Mexico Earthquake 2015 Today: Terremoto Hits Oaxaca
USGS indicates to news that a 5.0 magnitude Mexico earthquake today struck just after 3:32 am PST. The quake was shallow. Reps tell news that it started roughly 33 miles below ground level. As a result the quake could be felt across the region. The quake was 9 miles north of Santa Maria Zacatepec. It was 39 miles east of Ometepec. And it began about two hundred miles south of Mexico City.
CHANCE OF FLARES
Active sunspot AR2371 is decaying, but it still poses a threat for geoeffective explosions. The sunspot’s unstable ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field has erupted at least once a day for the past week. NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of M-class flares and a 20% chance of X-flares on June 26th.
FBI Rounding Up Islamic State Suspects
The FBI has been rounding up more potential “lone wolf” terrorists…in response to the perception of a mounting threat of domestic attacks inspired by the Islamic State. Since the thwarted attack on a “Draw Muhammad” conference in Garland, Texas, on May 3, the Justice Department has announced the arrests of 10 individuals it says were inspired by and supporting the Islamic State.
US says Iran nuclear deal deadline may ‘slip’
High-stakes talks to nail down a historic deal with Iran to curtail its nuclear programme may “slip” past a June 30 deadline, a top US official admitted Thursday ahead of crunch weekend negotiations in Vienna. “We may not make June 30, but we will be close,” the senior official told reporters as top US diplomat John Kerry prepared to head Friday for what could be the last talks between Iran and global powers on the deal.
Dartmoor ewe slaughtered in ‘Satanic ritual’
A rare-breed sheep has been slaughtered on Dartmoor in a Satanic ritual to mark the midsummer solstice. … The corpse had been dragged around to leave an intricate bloody spiral on the grass in the remote Teign Valley on Dartmoor in Devon. The farmer says it the latest in a line of attacks by devil worshippers across Devon and Cornwall – mostly carried out on lonely moors at night.
Obamacare subsidies preserved in US Supreme Court ruling
The US Supreme Court has upheld a key portion of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, preserving health insurance for millions of Americans. In a 6-3 decision, the justices said that tax subsidies that make health insurance affordable for low-income individuals can continue. The ruling preserves the law known as Obamacare, which Mr Obama considers a major part of his presidential legacy.
Explosion hits Shia mosque in Kuwait
An explosion has hit a Shia mosque in the Kuwaiti capital, with casualties reported. The blast hit the Imam Sadiq Mosque, in a busy district to the east of the city. Reports say it happened around the time of Friday prayers. The number of casualties is not yet known.
France attack: ‘Man decapitated’ near Lyon
A man has been beheaded and at least one other person injured in a suspected Islamist attack on a gas factory near the French city of Lyon. There were several small explosions, possibly caused by gas canisters, at the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, sources said. A man has been arrested by anti-terror police, officials say.
US spy chief James Clapper says China lead suspect in cyber hack
China is the “leading suspect” in the massive hack of a US government agency holding the personnel records of millions of Americans, US intelligence chief James Clapper has said. He is the highest-ranking US official to publicly implicate Beijing since news of the data breach emerged. China always dismissed suggestions that it was behind the hacking.
Nigeria court in Kano sentences nine people to death for blasphemy
An Islamic court has sentenced nine people to death for insulting the Prophet Mohammad in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. The accused, who were all Muslims, had pleaded guilty, the head of Kano’s religious police, Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, told the BBC. The trial was speedily done in secret after a section of the court was burnt down by angry protesters last month.
Somalia attack: Al-Shabab ‘kills 30’ at AU military base
At least 30 people have been killed after gunmen attacked an African Union military base in southern Somalia, witnesses say. A suicide car bomber drove into the main gates of the base in Leego, along the main road connecting the capital, Mogadishu and the city of Baidoa. The militant Islamist group al-Shabab says its fighters have taken control of the base but this is not confirmed.
The ‘Marianne’ sets sail for Gaza from Greece with MK Basel Ghattas on board
Several dozen pro-Palestinian activists Friday headed out on the Gaza flotilla including the Joint List MK Basel Ghattas: “We are determined to reach Gaza despite Netanyahu’s threats.” “Hey Gaza, we are on our way,” Ghattas wrote on his Facebook page on Friday morning from abroad the Swedish ship “Marianne.” The ship set sail from Greece despite warnings from the IDF.
Vatican signs first treaty with ‘State of Palestine,’ backs two-state solution
The Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, calling for “courageous decisions” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution. Israel expressed disappointment last month at the Vatican’s announcement that it reached the outline of an agreement with the Palestinians and at the Holy See’s use of the term “State of Palestine” for the first time in an official document.
Pakistan heatwave: Death toll over 1,000 in Sindh
The death toll from a heatwave in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province has passed 1,000, reports say. Local media say that at least 950 people have died in Karachi, with tens of thousands being treated for heatstroke and dehydration.
12-year-old black conservative YouTube star dares Obama to sit for an interview.
By now, you’re probably familiar with CJ Pearson. He’s a self-described “conservative activist” from Georgia whose Obama-eviscerating YouTube videos have racked up well over 2 million views. He’s also black. …And he’s 12 Years Old. Just last week, he released a clip attacking the President’s eagerness to exploit tragedy in the service of the left’s long-standing gun control agenda. That video alone has over half a million hits and it’s still trending. Yesterday, he appeared again. This time, he spoke directly to President Obama, and he threw down the gauntlet.
The Hammer and Sickle that hangs over the White House
Surely the biggest news isn’t that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has files obtained by Judicial Watch revealing that the dad, maternal grandpa and father-in-law of President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, were hardcore Communists under investigation by the U.S.government—but that the FBI is sitting on those files doing diddle-y-squat about them.
Palestine – European Union Risks “Jew-hater” Label
The European Union (EU) runs the risk of being labelled “Jew-hater” – should it proceed with its plans requiring supermarkets and other retailers to label products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) differently from those made by Jews in Israel. No matter what spin the EU uses to justify any such discriminatory labelling—the EU will be seen to be actively supporting the 2005 Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel—whose manifesto states:
SCOTUS grants Obama another gift, ignores the English language to uphold ObamaCare subsidies
And that’s that. Obama, as usual, gets his way. It was predictable, really. Having abandoned the meaning of words within the English language, the Supreme Court is now free to ignore the actual text of laws and pretend things were written that never were.
Top Headlines 6/26/2015
1) Supreme Court affirms Obamacare, exposing serious responsibility of interpreting texts
Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies, New York Times (Adam Liptak)
The Supreme Court Saves Obamacare, Again, New York Times (Editorial Board)
2) Right to die for depressed clear consequence of secular humanist movement in Belgium
The Death Treatment, The New Yorker (Rachel Aviv)
3) International Yoga Day inaugurated in effort to make clear Indian, Hindu roots of Yoga
How far can you stretch?, The Economist
In other news…
Islamic State attacks Kobane 5 months after ouster; scores reported killed, Washington Post (Liz Sly)
California vaccine bill that bans personal, religious exemptions advances, CNN (Michael Martinez and Amanda Watts)
Weekend deadline for Greece after negotiations draw blank, The Guardian (Ian Traynor, Jennifer Rankin, and Helena Smith)
June 26, 2015
“All know and feel … the sacredness of the connection between husband and wife. All know that the sweetness of social intercourse, the harmony of society, the happiness of families, depend on that mutual partiality which they feel, or that delicate forbearance which they manifest towards each other.” —John Marshall, Sexton v. Wheaton, 1823
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The hive mind appears to be taking over. While we can at least understand the push to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol grounds, the rush to jerk it from all store shelves or any public view is astounding. From the “General Lee” of Dukes of Hazzard fame, to Apple pulling Civil War games from the App Store, to the National Cathedral removing stained glass over the mere presence of the Confederate flag, the reaction quickly became absurd. Now, the nation’s first National Military Park, Chickamauga, a park established in 1890 for reconciliation between veterans of the Confederate and Union forces after the War Between the States, has removed Confederate battle flags from its gift shops. Gettysburg has done so as well. Undoubtedly there was a memo from the National Park Service requiring this asinine measure — in order to propagate Obama’s race-bait narrative. It has been said that ignorance is bliss, but the fact is, ignorance is miserable.
Meanwhile, Obama no doubt will be promoting his race bait later today when delivering the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who, again, supported the flying of the Confederate flag at the SC capitol. If black lives really matter, then why does Obama not deliver eulogies for the other 20 blacks murdered every day on average, most by other blacks? Simple: It doesn’t fit the race-bait narrative.
Finally, of course, the American flag flew over those 13 rebellious states before the Confederate battle flag was ever flown. Better get that American flag down next.
We’re still trying to grasp all we don’t know about Hillary Clinton’s cannon of destroyed documentation. On Thursday, the State Department admitted that nine full emails and six partial emails that Clinton lackey Sidney Blumenthal handed over to the Select Committee on Benghazi were not in the reams of printed emails Clinton dumped on the department. Clinton had to have known this. Earlier this year, Clinton said she handed over all the emails regarding her tenure as secretary of state, though she admitted that she destroyed half of her emails because they were “private.” Clinton swears she told the truth, but it was not the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the events leading up to the day when jihadists killed four Americans in Benghazi. “This has implications far beyond Libya, Benghazi and our committee’s work,” Benghazi Committee Chair Trey Gowdy said. “This conclusively shows her email arrangement with herself, which was then vetted by her own lawyers, has resulted in an incomplete public record. … The revelation these messages were not originally produced to the State Department by Clinton is significant and troubling.” The emails show that Clinton was encouraging Blumenthal to send her intelligence reports on Benghazi, despite Clinton’s claim that the reports were unsolicited. So why is the State Department cooperating with the Benghazi investigation now? It’s very possible Hillary, Blumenthal and Co. are contriving these releases as a red herring designed to tie up Republican political capital on an issue that may be a nonstarter. Barack Obama did the same thing with his birth certificate.
Last February, Barack Obama glibly claimed there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS. A month later, at the height of the scandal over the IRS targeting conservative nonprofits, the agency destroyed 422 backup tapes that might have contained 24,000 of Lois Lerner’s emails. Here’s what the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee learned at their hearing yesterday: Yes, the IRS knew of significant gaps in the public record. Yes, Congress issued a preservation order and a subpoena. But still, records were destroyed. Furthermore, eight days after former chair of the House Ways and Means Committee David Camp sent a letter to the IRS in June 2011 inquiring about the targeting of Tea Party groups, Lerner’s hard drive somehow crashed. Tim Camus, the deputy inspector for investigations, calls the whole email-destroying frenzy an “unbelievable set of circumstances.” As for Republican lawmakers, they think the unbelievable set of circumstances is grounds for the impeachment of IRS commissioner John Koskinen. A Republican on the House Oversight committee told National Review, “We’ve briefed the leadership’s counsel, and I think that they’re open to it, but it’s the type of thing where this town is like, ‘oh, that’s not how we do things, it’s not really been used lately.’ But, quite frankly, we really haven’t had executive branch officials behave this way like we do now.”
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By John J. Bastiat
Continuing to goose-step onward in its blitzkrieg against Rule of Law in America, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today in favor of allowing homosexuals the “right” to marry. The ruling effectively invalidates bans on same-sex marriage remaining in 14 states and mandates that homosexuals can marry anywhere in the U.S. The importance of this ruling, especially for Christians, cannot be overstated. Nor can the damage done to the Third Pillar of Liberty.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion in the other three major homosexual-rights cases over the past 20 years, wrote the majority opinion. He was joined, of course, by the reliably liberal clown act that is the leftist side of the bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Rather than rehash the sordid trail of this abrogation of Rule of Law, we thought we’d let the dissenting justices (who wrote four separate dissents) address the issue themselves:
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote:
“Petitioners make strong arguments rooted in social policy and considerations of fairness. … But this Court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be.”
We do note here, however, the irony of Roberts’ statement in light of yesterday’s atrocious ObamaCare ruling.
Roberts continued, “Although the policy arguments for extending marriage to same-sex couples may be compelling, the legal arguments for requiring such an extension are not. The fundamental right to marry does not include a right to make a State change its definition of marriage. And a State’s decision to maintain the meaning of marriage that has persisted in every culture throughout human history can hardly be called irrational. In short, our Constitution does not enact any one theory of marriage. The people of a State are free to expand marriage to include same-sex couples, or to retain the historic definition.”
“But for those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority’s approach is deeply disheartening.”
“Supporters of same-sex marriage have achieved considerable success persuading their fellow citizens — through the democratic process — to adopt their view. That ends today. Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law.”
“The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent.”
Justice Antonin Scalia noted:
“This is a naked judicial claim to legislative — indeed, super-legislative — power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government.”
“So it is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.”
“The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact — and the furthest extension one can even imagine — of the Court’s claimed power to create ‘liberties’ that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”
“These [precedent] cases ask us to decide whether the Fourteenth Amendment contains a limitation that requires the States to license and recognize marriages between two people of the same sex. Does it remove that issue from the political process? Of course not. It would be surprising to find a prescription regarding marriage in the Federal Constitution since, as the author of today’s opinion reminded us only two years ago (in an opinion joined by the same Justices who join him today): ‘[R]egulation of domestic relations is an area that has long been regarded as a virtually exclusive province of the States.’”
“But the Court ends this debate, in an opinion lacking even a thin veneer of law. Buried beneath the mummeries and straining-to-be-memorable passages of the opinion is a candid and startling assertion: No matter what it was the People ratified, the Fourteenth Amendment protects those rights that the Judiciary, in its ‘reasoned judgment,’ thinks the Fourteenth Amendment ought to protect.”
“But what really astounds is the hubris reflected in today’s judicial Putsch. The five Justices who compose today’s majority are entirely comfortable concluding that every State violated the Constitution for all of the 135 years between the Fourteenth Amendment’s ratification and Massachusetts’ permitting of same-sex marriages in 2003.”
“They have discovered in the Fourteenth Amendment a ‘fundamental right’ overlooked by every person alive at the time of ratification, and almost everyone else in the time since. They see what lesser legal minds — minds like Thomas Cooley, John Marshall Harlan, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Learned Hand, Louis Brandeis, William Howard Taft, Benjamin Cardozo, Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, Robert Jackson, and Henry Friendly — could not.”
Justice Clarence Thomas explained:
“The Court’s decision today is at odds not only with the Constitution, but with the principles upon which our Nation was built. Since well before 1787, liberty has been understood as freedom from government action, not entitlement to government benefits.”
“Yet the majority invokes our Constitution in the name of a ‘liberty’ that the Framers would not have recognized, to the detriment of the liberty they sought to protect. Along the way, it rejects the idea — captured in our Declaration of Independence — that human dignity is innate and suggests instead that it comes from the Government. This distortion of our Constitution not only ignores the text, it inverts the relationship between the individual and the state in our Republic.”
“Petitioners argue that by enshrining the traditional definition of marriage in their State Constitutions through voter-approved amendments, the States have put the issue ‘beyond the reach of the normal democratic process.’ But the result petitioners seek is far less democratic. They ask nine judges on this Court to enshrine their definition of marriage in the Federal Constitution and thus put it beyond the reach of the normal democratic process for the entire Nation.”
“The majority’s inversion of the original meaning of liberty will likely cause collateral damage to other aspects of our constitutional order that protect liberty.”
“Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
The impact of this ruling will be felt far and wide. It won’t be simply Christian bakers, florists and photographers who are assaulted by the Rainbow Mafia for daring to have their own conscience. Christian churches, schools, agencies and so on will soon be in the crosshairs for opposing this heretofore undiscovered constitutional right. This is only the beginning.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Charles Krauthammer: “[T]here’s a deeper reason for this rush to banish Confederate symbols, to move them from the public square to the museum. The trigger was not just the massacre itself, but even more tellingly, the breathtaking display of nobility and spiritual generosity by the victims’ relatives. Within 48 hours of the murder of their loved ones, they spoke of redemption and reconciliation and even forgiveness of the killer himself. It was an astonishingly moving expression of Christian charity. Such grace demands a response. In a fascinating dynamic, it created a feeling of moral obligation to reciprocate in some way. The flag was not material to the crime itself, but its connection to the underlying race history behind the crime suggested that its removal from the statehouse grounds — whatever the endlessly debated merits of the case — could serve as a reciprocal gesture of reconciliation. The result was a microcosm of — and a historical lesson in — the moral force of the original civil rights movement, whose genius was to understand the effect that combating evil with good, violence with grace would have on a fundamentally decent American nation. America was indeed moved. The result was the civil rights acts. The issue today is no longer legal equality. It is more a matter of sorting through historical memory. … Perhaps we can learn a lesson from Arlington National Cemetery, founded by the victorious Union to bury its dead. There you will find Section 16. It contains the remains of hundreds of Confederate soldiers grouped around a modest, moving monument to their devotion to ‘duty as they understood it’ — a gesture by the Union of soldierly respect, without any concession regarding the taintedness of their cause. Or shall we uproot them as well?”
Feel the burn: “Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the Government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.” —Justice Antonin Scalia in dissent in the ObamaCare case
Another zinger: “Justice [Antonin] Scalia quips acidly that ‘we should start calling this law SCOTUScare,’ but the better term is RobertsCare. By volunteering as Nancy Pelosi’s copy editor, [John Roberts] is making her infamous line about passing the law to find out what’s in it even more true than she knew at the time.” —Wall Street Journal
Upright: “Here is John Roberts, chief oracle of the United States of America, from Thursday’s King v. Burwell decision: ‘Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.’ … [I]magine for a moment if a Supreme Court justice argued that the Defense of Marriage Act was passed to improve marriage rather than destroy it so we must focus on the former rather than the latter and uphold any retroactive provisions the Bush administration cooked up to make that law work.” —David Harsanyi
Gloating: “After multiple challenges before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” —Barack Obama
The BIG Lie: “The Supreme Court ruled that the millions of Americans … be able to keep their affordable coverage.” —DNC Chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Unfortunately, as a taxpayer funding ObamaCare, YOU may not be able keep your plan or your doctor, and on average, YOUR family premiums are going up almost $3,000.)
Non Compos Mentis, part I: “For the second time, the Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court. … There wasn’t even a dissenting opinion, as I understand it. Or so far we haven’t seen it.” —Nancy Pelosi
Non Compos Mentis, part II: “The Supreme Court ruled against a Republican-led tax hike for 6.4 million Americans!” —Sen. Debbie Stabenow
And last… “At a fundraiser, President Obama complained that the public has ‘forgotten his successes.’ Forgotten? We’re still working on forgiving.” —Fred Thompson
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Thanks to the Supreme Court’s willingness to make stuff up, Obamacare has been saved once again. In order to save Obamacare from utter disaster, Chief Justice Roberts essentially rewrote the law. If you are thinking that the Supreme Court is not supposed to do that, you would be right. But this is what our judicial system has devolved into. When I was in law school, I was horrified to discover that most judges in our country just do whatever they feel like doing. Instead of applying the law to the facts and coming to a fair and unbiased judgment, most judges in America just do whatever they want to do and then search for some law or case precedent that they can use to justify their decision. If there is no law or case precedent, some federal judges even go outside of the country to find justification for their absolutely ridiculous rulings. There have been instances where international law or international standards of morality have been cited as authority for a decision in a federal case. We have become a lawless land where the letter of the law no longer holds any real meaning, and where tyrannical judges just make stuff up out of thin air in order to advance their own personal political agendas. (Read More…)
I have never done anything like this before. Ever since I started The Economic Collapse Blog in late 2009, I have never issued any kind of “red alert” for any specific period of time. As an attorney, I was trained to be level-headed and to only come to conclusions that were warranted by the evidence. So this is not something that I am doing lightly. Based on information that I have received, things that I have been told, and thousands of hours of research that have gone into the publication of more than 1,300 articles about our ongoing economic collapse, I have come to the conclusion that a major financial collapse is imminent. Therefore, I am issuing a RED ALERT for the last six months of 2015. (Read More….)
As President Obama was speaking at a White House event honoring LGBT Pride Month on Wednesday, he was heckled by a member of the crowd
“Shame on you”, he told his heckler, who was protesting deportations under the Obama administration. Obama responded, “Listen you’re in my house, it’s not respectful.”
The interruption persisted, however, and Obama asked for the heckler to be removed from the East Room. Shortly after the incident, an immigration group claimed the protestor was an undocumented immigrant named Jennicet Gutiérrez, who is transgender.
The only problem with all this is that the White House does not belong to any one person or group. The White House belongs to the American people, it is OUR house, and not the property of any one resident during their term of office. For the 4 or 8 years that a President and their family reside there, everything is provided for them by the ongoing financial support of the American taxpayer.
Obama’s self-centered, self-absorbed response is typical of this highly narcissistic president whose world view revolves around himself. When speaking to young people celebrating India’s Republic Day in New Delhi in 2012, Obama went on to refer to himself an astonishing 118 times in the short 33-minute speech, touching on injustices in the United States and in his own personal life. While giving a campaign speech to a crowd in Sandusky, Ohio on July 5, 2012, Obama said the word ‘I’ 98 times and ‘me’ 19 times during his short 25 talk. Last June, Obama gave a 40-minute speech wherein he packed in 199 uses of “I,” “me,” or “my.”.
So, no, the White House is not “your house”, Mr. Obama. It is still belongs to the American people, and the American people think you should start packing, and get out of OUR house.
The Vatican signed a treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would help stimulate peace with Israel and that the treaty itself would serve as a model for other Mideast countries.
“Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;” Joel 3:4 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: As we inch closer and closer to the time of the Rapture of the Church, we also move closer to the start of the Great Tribulation. Pope Francis, in his role as the False Prophet, is doing everything he can to stack the deck against Israel. Today’s peace treaty and recognition of the state of Palestine greatly advances the prophetical time clock. Israel take note, the Pope and the Vatican are your sworn enemies, as they have once again proved today. Tick, tock…anyone paying attention?
VATICAN CITY — Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher and his Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, signed the treaty at a ceremony inside the Vatican. Israel expressed disappointment when the Vatican announced last month that it had reached final agreement with the “State of Palestine” on the treaty regulating the life of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian territories.
It repeated that regret in a Foreign Ministry statement Friday, saying the move hurt peace prospects and would discourage the Palestinians from returning to direct negotiations. It warned that it would study the agreement “and its implications for future cooperation between Israel and the Vatican.”
Gallagher, though, said he hoped the Vatican’s recognition “may in some way be a stimulus to bringing a definitive end to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which continues to cause suffering for both parties.”
He said that he hoped the treaty could serve as a model for the church in other Mideast countries, where Christians are a minority and often persecuted.
The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state and had referred to the Palestine state since. But the treaty marked its first legal recognition of the Palestinian territory as a state.
Al-Malki called the treaty an “historic agreement” and said it marked “a recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, freedom and dignity in an independent state of their own, free from the shackles of occupation.”
The United States and Israel oppose recognizing the Palestinian state, arguing that it undermines U.S.-led efforts to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian deal on the terms of Palestinian statehood. Most countries in Western Europe have held off on recognition, but some have hinted that their position could change if peace efforts remain deadlocked.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon called the treaty itself one-sided, saying the text ignored “the historic rights of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel and to the places holy to Judaism in Jerusalem.” source
Read the gay marriage opinion here – Obergefell v. Hodges
Below is the Supreme Court’s decision the long-awaited gay marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges). Justices had two questions to answer:
1. Does the 14th Amendment require states to issue marriage licenses to two people of the same sex?
2. Does the 14th Amendment require states to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states?
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia savaged the Court’s 5-4 decision on Friday that said same-sex marriage is a constitutional right in all 50 states, by saying it makes the Supreme Court a threat to democracy in the country.
“I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy,” he wrote in a dissent, just a day after he dissented in a decision that upheld a key part of Obamacare.
Scalia said he didn’t care about the substance of the ruling, but said the way the Court ruled means the nine justices are now essentially in charge of Americans.
“Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court,” he wrote.
“The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact — and the furthest extension one can even imagine — of the Court’s claimed power to create ‘liberties’ that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention.”
Fox News cuts ties with Sarah Palin
Which true conservatives are next?
Some media watchers fear the change in command will lead to the demise of Fox News, as conservative viewers know it. As WND’s chief Joseph Farah opined: “Ailes’ contract is running out. It will not likely be renewed. That will leave the fate of Fox News to the Murdoch children who have no use for it. They don’t care how much money it makes. They are embarrassed by it. Raised with silver spoons in their mouths, it’s not about the money. It’s about politics and social acceptance. They care more about being invited to the right cocktail parties in New York than they do about the ratings and financial success of Fox News … So now begins the death march for FNC.”
Palin, 51, has been one of Fox’s most firebrand conservative voices in past years, raising the helm on tea party-type views while publicly condemning much of President Obama’s policies, which she’s termed as socialist.
Posted: 25 Jun 2015 04:28 PM PDT
The New Guinea flatworm is kind of a pest. In fact, it’s considered one of the world’s most invasive species. When it shows up uninvited to a region where it lacks natural predators, it makes itself at home — at the cost of native species forced to compete with it. And now, the flatworm has made its way to mainland Florida, putting the whole country at risk of an invasion.
Reports of the worm were published Tuesday in PeerJ. Platydemus manokwari isn’t dangerous to humans. Not directly, anyway. But it also isn’t pretty: The very flat worm grows to about two inches long, and has a murky olive back and a pale belly — a belly with a mouth in the middle of it. So it basically looks like a sneeze with eyes. FULL REPORT
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|‘Appeal to Heaven’ Flag at County Courthouse Removed Following Complaint from Atheist Activists
Posted: 25 Jun 2015 04:16 PM PDT
A Christian-themed flag that had been raised outside a county courthouse in Arkansas has been removed following a complaint from a prominent atheist activist organization. The Madison,Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the county judge of Warren, Arkansas to assert that the presence of the flag, which reads, “Appeal to Heaven,” is unconstitutional.
The flag, which simply bears the phrase along with the image of an evergreen tree, was created by a Christian political organization of the same name, which “exists to honor the Lord by supporting candidates for public office who are believers in Jesus Christ, who regularly attend and display a commitment to an evangelical, Gospel-centered church and who will commit to live and govern based on biblical, constitutional and Federalist principles.” FFRF says that it received a complaint from a local resident about the flag, which flies at the Bradley County Courthouse below the Arkansas state flag. FULL REPORT
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|Obama says climate change, not government, is responsible for terrorism
Posted: 25 Jun 2015 04:10 PM PDT
It was a stunning declaration, especially given the venue: President Obama used the occasion of graduation at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy recently to rail against “climate change deniers” and claim that man-caused global warming was a national security threat. “I know there are still some folks back in Washington who refuse to admit that climate change is real,” Obama told graduating cadets in New London, Connecticut. “Denying it, or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security. It undermines the readiness of our forces.” “Politicians who say they care about military readiness should care about this as well,” he continued.
In making his strongest case yet for global warming — despite the fact that more than 31,000 scientists, climatologists, physics majors and engineers dispute such claims — the president also sought to shore up support for new Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Critics of the new rules say they will lead to closures of coal-fired power plants, which will strain America’s already-taxed power grid and cost consumers billions more in higher electric bills. FULL REPORT
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|Words no longer have meaning: Supreme Court ignores Obamacare text to uphold wealth redistribution
Posted: 25 Jun 2015 04:04 PM PDT
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld a rather unique legal principle this week, that despite what words are actually written into a law, they don’t really mean what they actually say. That’s the logic that a majority of justices utilized after they once again affirmed a critical portion of the Affordable Care Act: namely, that all exchanges, state and federal, are the same, because that’s supposedly what Congress meant when crafting the law.
Only, that’s not what Congress wrote into the law. The primary issue under consideration by the high court was whether residents of states that did not establish exchanges were eligible for such subsidies. As noted in the plaintiffs’ argument, the Affordable Care Act clearly notes that subsidies are only supposed to be available through exchanges “established by the state.” [emphasis added]
However, Roberts and five other justices wanted nothing to do with that. To them, the only thing that was important was the intent of the Legislative branch; they believed, as claimed in their ruling, that lawmakers’ intent to ensure all Americans had health insurance coverage was good enough, no matter what the law actually said. FULL REPORT
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|Movies, book covers and computer games being banished… calls for taking down the American flag, bulldozing Southern memorials, removing flags from children’s toys and more
Posted: 25 Jun 2015 04:00 PM PDT
America’s descent into a totalitarian regime of hysterical thought police is nearly complete. In just the last 72 hours, total P.C. insanity has swept the nation and all its big retailers as howling leftist maniacs have used the label “tolerance” to initiate what can only be called a modern-day book burning and Orwellian censorship of artistic expression:
• A leftist movie critic and member of the new thought police regime has called for banning the movie Gone With the Wind, stating in pure P.C. babbledygook: “The more subtle racism of ‘Gone with the Wind’ is in some ways more insidious, going to great lengths to enshrine the myth that the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery — an institution the film unabashedly romanticizes.”
• Apple, forever a corporate pusher of the P.C. agenda, has now banned Civil War games from iTunes because those games display the Confederate flag! Revisionist history is alive and well at Apple, it seems, where even factual historical simulations are going to be memory-holed under Apple’s new dictatorial thought control policies. Yes, even works of digital art are no longer “tolerated” at Apple. FULL REPORT
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|The Liquidity Crisis Intensifies: ‘Prepare For A Bear Market In Bonds’
Posted: 25 Jun 2015 01:55 PM PDT
Are we about to witness trillions of dollars of “paper wealth” vaporize into thin air? During the next financial crisis, a lot of “wealthy” investors are going to be in for a very rude awakening. The truth is that securities are only worth what someone else is willing to pay for them, and that is why liquidity is so important. Back on April 17th, I published an article entitled “The Global Liquidity Squeeze Has Begun“, but it didn’t get nearly as much attention as many of my other articles do.
But now that the liquidity crisis is intensifying, hopefully people will start to grasp the implications of what is happening. The 76 trillion dollar global bond bubble is threatening to implode, and if it does, the amount of “paper wealth” that could potentially be lost during the months ahead is almost unimaginable. For those that do not consider the emerging liquidity crisis to be important, I would suggest that they check out what the financial experts are saying. For instance, the following comes from a recent Bloomberg report…FULL REPORT
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|A wicked-looking shelf cloud is rolling through Kentucky and Ohio
Posted: 25 Jun 2015 01:41 PM PDT
A large, dark shelf cloud is rolling through the Ohio Valley this morning ahead of a complex of thunderstorms that’s traveled through five states over the past 12 hours. The line of storms is not severe — no watches or warnings are in effect. At 8:30 a.m., the Storm Prediction Center issued a statement to say that although a severe thunderstorm watch was unlikely, they were still concerned about strong winds and large hail as the line pushed through northern Kentucky.
But it doesn’t take a severe-level storm to generate an amazing, ominous shelf cloud that spans dozens of counties across two states. Lots of photos streamed through social media as the storm clipped north of Louisville, but it has been going strong since early this morning as the storm blew across southern Indiana. FULL REPORT
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|California Wildfires grow forcing evacuations
Posted: 25 Jun 2015 01:34 PM PDT
Wildfires are charging through several dry Western states, including a blaze in California that showed new life after burning for a week and forced some communities to flee their homes. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them:
A huge forest fire that has been burning through rugged terrain in the San Bernardino Mountains for more than a week forced evacuations as it stretched northeast into the desert. The blaze about 90 miles east of Los Angeles showed new life as winds shifted. The tiny Mojave communities of Burns Canyon and Rimrock were ordered to leave their homes Thursday. Evacuations were voluntary in nearby Pioneertown.A change in wind direction also forced several hundred campers to evacuate Wednesday. FULL REPORT
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|FARRAKHAN: “We Need To Put The American Flag Down”
Posted: 25 Jun 2015 01:20 PM PDT
Louis Farrakhan stated “We need to put the American flag down. Because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag” in remarks before the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC on Wednesday first reported by DC’s WMAL. Farrakhan said, “White folks march with you because they don’t want you upsetting the city, they don’t give a damn about them nine.”
He added that when the police took suspected shooter Dylann Roof to Burger King they were saying “You did a good job. Kill all them [bleep.]” Later, he declared, “I don’t know what the hell the fight is about over the Confederate flag. We need to put the American flag down. Because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag,” comments that were meant with cheers and applause. He added, “Who are we fighting today? It’s the people that carry the American flag.” FULL REPORT
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