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… It is Not Just Protecting One Person ‘ s Speech [#Pamela Geller]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,September 11th,2016

.. it is protecting that freedom for us all , as a nation ..

.. yes , Pam is a important symbol . Her events are symbolic of why the First Amendment exists : to protect the speech of those that we would normally find controversial , disgusting , or even possibly obscene . Now , though , it enters the real of national security …

.. [h/t — PamelaGeller.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. is I.S.I.L. shooting off its mouth ? Possibly . However , there is no way right now to be absolutely sure . Those goons are more likely now than before to send other ” teams ” after Geller and others willing to stand up for their rights …

.. your damn right that I stand with Pam Geller . I say controversial things , but I also think things through before I say them or post them . So does Pam . I am a long – time fan of hers , and I am glad that she simplified the website name [down to her name] . Now it is much easier to follow and remember . Especially now …

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… the Brelo Case [#the verdict]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 19th,2016

.. Officer Michael Brelo was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of two Greater Clevelanders the other day ..

.. [h/t — Twitchy.com]..
.. [link] to the tweets / blog post ..

.. this case resulted from a police chase that started in downtown Cleveland . Two perpetrators took off in their car , and one hell of a lot of cops [more than a dozen] took off after them . They were chased eastward , towards the suburbs of East Cleveland and Euclid , and they were finally stopped by stop sticks …

.. what happened next is what has caused such an uproar . The police officers opened fire on the couple ,for whatever reasons I do not know . That couple was unarmed . Officer Brelo jumped up on the couple ‘ s car , and continued to fire at them . Both of them [the couple] died as a result of the altercation …

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… Thank You , Andrew Klavan [#Pam Geller]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,June 9th,2016

.. I heartily recommend his presentation . Like always , Andrew is highly informative and educational in one step ..

.. also , I agree . What Pamela Geller did was entirely and highly moral …

.. [h/t — pjmedia.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

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… Missouri Governor Jay Nixon should resign [#failure]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,May 28th,2016

.. if he does not , then he must be impeached , tried , convicted , and removed from office …

.. the greater Saint Louis area had plenty of warning about the release of the grand jury decision . Governor Nixon obviously knew what might be coming . He is the commanding officer of his state ‘ s National Guard . He should have damn well known what could have happened in the potential aftermath of the announcement …

.. well , he [bleeped] up . Huge . The National Guard was mobilized . But only 750 troops . When much more were needed …

.. eventually , Governor Nixon called up an additional 1,500 National Guardsmen and Guardswomen . Finally , at last …. now , things are much more peaceful , at last …

.. however , it is a responsibility that Governor Nixon must bear , and bear alone . He is alone command responsible for what he does or does not do to help deal with the situation . He could have and should have done far better to help deal with the situation . Evidently , the Mayors of Ferguson and St. Louis [city] both wanted to reach Gov. Nixon regarding the National Guard . They could not . That is unforgivable , given the situation . There must be accountability for this situation …

.. Jay Nixon must resign as Governor of Missouri . If he does not , he must be impeached and removed from office …

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… the Brelo Case [#why the verdict]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,January 12th,2016

.. many people are wondering ? ..

.. why the verdict ?

.. to be honest , so am I …

.. [h/t — Twitchy.com]..
.. [link] to the tweets / blog post ..

.. the first and biggest hurdle is whether the use of force is reasonable , under the circumstances . Under common law , it would normally be what is known as the ” reasonable man ” standard . In statutory law [at least in Ohio] , it would be likely known as the ” reasonable ordinary police officer ” standard . It would also apply the training and experience of the police officer in question . That is the legal question that the judge faced .

.. Most cases would normally be done as a trial by jury . In some cases , the defendant chooses the option of a trial by the bench judge . That what was done in this case …

.. Judge John P. O ‘ Donnell decided [after all of the testimony and rulings] that Officer Brelo was not guilty of the crimes . Why ? He decided that the use of force by Brelo [while debatable] was reasonable under the legal standard ..

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… I have Heard of Silliness in School Discipline [#P.C.]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,August 27th,2015

.. but this is ridiculous , and is far beyond the pale …

.. the summary is this : this young teenage couple stood [at his home] for a couple of snapshots . They then published the photos on their respective Facebook pages , with the caption ” Homecoming 2014 . ” …

.. because of that [and the prescene of airguns in the photos] , their school district has suspended them for 10 days . However , they are not stopping there . They have notified the couple that they are under consideration for expulsion from school for the photos …

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news …

.. there is a reasoned line to school discipline . This is far beyond that line . This has virtually nothing to do with the school . Nothing at all . They were private photos [with airguns] , taken in the home . These photos were then posted on the FB pages of the kids … Does that then give the school district the right to discipline them ? …

.. I say no ….

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… Bryan Singer is playing with Fire [#morality , judgement]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,December 13th,2014

.. Singer is a highly successful movie producer , as well as writer . He has accumulated many productions now to his credit …

.. He is also a gay man . In most cases , his gay status would not matter . But in this case , it does . Also , so does the matter of his judgement …

.. there have been several accusations of him and other men sleeping with underage boys and girls . So far , he and his friends have been able to escape the accusations …

.. [h/t — DailyMail(UK).co.uk]..
.. [link] to the news article …

.. if these accusations were only occasional , or only a one – off occurrence , then it would not be worthwhile of comment . But , they keep occurring . The details keep getting more lurid and disgusting . Also , it continues to be happening at sex parties with other people . He may be able to pay off people for now , but not for long …

.. I think that there is a very serious problem here . Bryan Singer is in need of a very strong reality check . He should keep his private life where it is , indeed , private . If he does not , he could join the likes of famous luminaries such as Fatty Arbuckle who have had their careers derailed and sank by scandal …

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… Darren Wilson : the Interview [#A.B.C.]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,December 4th,2014

.. for those who are interested , I have obtained , through another blogger , the entire contents of George Stephanopoulos ‘ interview with now – former Ferguson , Mo police officer Darren Wilson …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop.com]..
.. [link] to the interview video ..

.. it is worth your while . I have not had a chance to watch the whole thing , so I am going to come back to my own blog to pull this up to watch it when I have the time …

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… Bombs Away [#Judge Jeanine] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,November 13th,2014

.. she lets His Lordship have it on Saturday night ..

.. boy , oh boy , does she ever ! …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. POTUS is a dreamer when it comes to policy , instead of a realist …. yes , that is a serious problem , folks …. especially when you are dealing with the likes of Vladimir Putin , Boko Haram , and Hamas …

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… Victory at the Supreme Court [#Hobby Lobby]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 3rd,2014

.. yea !! ..

.. Hobby Lobby won its case .

.. for those who do not know , Hobby Lobby Stores is a chain of craft stores . They are closely – held , owned by a family [the Greens] . They encountered ObamaCrapCare , Yikes !! …

.. the ObamaCraps enacted , through the ” Essential Benefits ” package , the contraceptive mandate . It ” mandated ” that insurance policies sold in the United States contained coverage for free contraceptives , including those that could and would be considered abortion – causing drugs [abortifacients] …

.. the Greens [Hobby Lobby] and the Hahns [Conestoga Wood Products] both objected , and they sued in separate actions in separate parts of the country . Conestoga Wood is a wood products company in Lancaster , PA . Hobby Lobby Stores is a nationwide chain of hobby stores , that is headquartered in (I think) Oklahoma . The Appeals Courts reached separate judgements , and the cases were combined for purposes of this case …

.. [h/t — Cornell University Law School Library]..

.. [link] to the opinion …

.. congratulations to the Hahns and the Greens on a hard- fought victory …

.. a few highlights from the case [courtesy of Ed Whelan @ NR Bench Memos]…

Here’s a quick summary of (and a few comments on) Justice Alito’s majority opinion in Hobby Lobby:

1. For-profit corporations are persons protected under RFRA. (Pp. 16-20.)

2. Closely held for-profit corporations are capable of engaging in an exercise of religion protected by RFRA. (It “seems unlikely” that publicly traded corporations would “often” assert RFRA claims, but no need to decide whether they can.) (Pp. 20-31.)

3. The HHS mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion by the Hahns, the Greens, and their companies. (Pp. 31-38.)

    a. Severe economic consequences.

    b. We need not reach novel claim that companies would be better off forcing their employees into the exchanges. But if we did reach the claim, we wouldn’t find it persuasive. (Pp. 32-38.)

4. We need not decide whether the HHS mandate is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest. Even if we assume it is, the mandate flunks the least-restrictive-means test. (Pp. 38-40.)

5. The mandate flunks the least-restrictive-means test. (Pp. 39-45.)

6. The least-restrictive-means test is “exceptionally demanding.” (P. 39.)

The most straightforward way for the government to achieve its desired goal would be to pay the cost of the objected-to contraceptives itself. We see nothing in RFRA that supports the argument that the government can’t be required to create entirely new programs in order to comply with RFRA. (Pp. 41-43.)

We need not rely on the option of a new government-funded program because HHS has already demonstrated that it has at its disposal an approach that is less restrictive of religious liberty—the accommodation for religious nonprofits. “We do not decide today whether [the accommodation] complies with RFRA for purposes of all religious claims. At a minimum, however, it does not impinge on the plaintiffs’ religious belief that providing insurance coverage for the contraceptives at issue here violates their religion, and it serves HHS’s stated interests equally well.” (Emphasis added.)

 

Commentary: There will be much parsing of this passage. I think that some mandate opponents, worried that a defeat is lying in this victory, will misread this passage. What I think that Alito is saying is that the objection to the accommodation is not to “providing insurance coverage” per se but rather to providing a self-certification that has the consequences of making the certifier morally complicit in the provision of objected-to drugs and devices.* This issue is being, and will continue to be litigated, in the pending suits against the accommodation.

Indeed, it bears highlighting that the majority, in a footnote (footnote 9 on page 10) has offered an expansive reading of the relief that it afforded the Little Sisters of the Poor in the Little Sisters’ challenge to the accommodation: That order means that all “eligible organizations” must “be permitted to opt out of the contraceptive mandate by providing written notification of their objections to the Secretary of HHS, rather than to their insurance issuers or third-party administrators.” Together with the Court’s sound understanding of substantial burden, that proposition ought to provide gives high hopes for a victory to the challengers to the accommodation.

(In his brief concurrence, Justice Kennedy cites the passage above from the majority opinion in stating that the accommodation “does not impinge on the plaintiffs’ religious beliefs.” In context (given that Kennedy joins Alito’s opinion and does nothing more than cite the passage above), I think that it’s clear that he is saying nothing more than Alito is saying: only that the religious beliefs that plaintiffs have set forth in this case against providing insurance coverage wouldn’t be impinged by the accommodation.)

 

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… Social Conservatives Do Care about Marriage …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,April 25th,2014

.. as do I …

.. that is why no – fault divorce should be torn dorn and abolished ..

.. [h/t — theAmericanConservative]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. the idea is to make people think about what marriage means … what it is  , what it means ,  what it is for , why to get married , and why to end a marriage …

.. probably one of the worst ideas was no – fault divorce . It allows two people  [a man and a woman , thank you very much] to end their relationship without realizing why ? …

.. if you have made a mistake , one of the most important things is that most important choice : why ?

.. the problem with no – fault divorce is that it allows you to avoid understanding and thinking about that choice . If you do not think about it , you just might forget about your history . If you do , then you just might be doomed to repeat that mistake …

.. the thing is not that it makes divorce a hassle . The idea of things like a cooling – off period , marriage classes (like my church , the Roman Catholic Church has) , and the elimination of no – fault divorce is that it makes people do one important thing …

.. T – H – I – N – K ..

.. Governments give sanction to marriage and to divorce . We have to deal with the results of both , most importantly , with children and child support , abuse , infidelity , and whatnot … . So , how a marriage comes about is the government ‘ s business , to a certain point . Given the appalling divorce rate , and the damage that divorce does to a family .. to be honest , how a divorce comes about is also in part a government ‘ s business .

.. there is not an establishment clause in the Constitution . Yes , it is important in this argument . It is a prohibition against a state –  sanctioned and ” established ” church , i.e. , as was the Church of England is in the U.K. . Does it matter ? Yes ..

.. Many people get married in a Church . They generally do not get divorced in one . However , the foundation of our law is our morality . A great deal of the foundation of our morality comes from the sense of right and wrong . The largest part , though , comes from our sense of faith . Even an atheist has faith , believe it or not .

.. We need to make couples think about who they are , why they get married , and why they get divorced . No , it is not making things a ” hassle . ” Society has that right to expect that of civilized and moral people to behave themselves in a civil and moral way , by thinking about what they are doing , and not just acting on their feelings …

.. Sure , the feelings of love are a damn important part of a relationship , and of marriage . But , it is not the only part . There are more practical considerations , folks .. Such as whether it is the right thing to do , or whether we should . That is the idea of marriage classes , in basic … to be sure and certain as is possible …

.. especially , in order to avoid the ” D ” word , if at all possible …

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… No , Don , You have Made a Serious Mistake [criticizing POTUS] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 3rd,2014

.. Don Lemon is a young anchor at C.N.N. . Unlike most of the sturm und dreke at that network , Lemon has real possibilities . He is fairly liberal , though , but that does not bother me all that much . The guy has guts ….

.. in this instance , though , I believe that he has made a very serious mistake . This comes from where he was considering , as a professional , how much to criticize POTUS . The big problem with Lemon in this case is that he is taking race into account …

.. Yes , race . If he wants to be taken seriously as a professional , he should expect and deal with criticism as a professional , not a black professional . Ideally , it should be coming at him as someone who is a professional who happens to be black . The same applies to his ability to criticise POTUS …

.. He should criticize him as a President , not as our country ‘ s first black President (which Barack Obama certainly is) . The way in which it should happen is that he is POTUS , who happens to be black , and , to be honest , not so god damned thin – skinned ….

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the video segment ..

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