Reflecting on the Fugitive Slave Act
On September 18th, 1850, President Millard Fillmore signed the Fugitive Slave Act. The grand bi-partisan bargain was unjust. The Act admitted California as a free state and prohibited the importation of Africans into Washington D.C. for sale as slaves, among other provisions. Senator Henry Clay (W-KY) presented the compromise and with the help of Senator Daniel Webster (MA), Senator John C. Calhoun (SC) and Stephen | Read More »
Top abortion clinic in VA is run out of business
Good news, this Monday morning! Virginia’s most successful abortion clinic, NOVA is closing. This clinic was a top clinic, in terms of its output. NOVA terminated 3,066 lives in 2012 and 3,567 lives in 2011. A NARAL spokeswoman stated that NOVA was “forced to move [“because of the new regulations” and that it is] a testament to the barriers these providers face.” These “barriers” save | Read More »
Did NBA star D-Howard leave the Lakers to avoid California tax rates?
Over the weekend, Los Angeles Lakers basketball star center, Dwight Howard announced that he would be leaving the Lakers franchise in favor of the Houston Rockets. There are good reasons to sign with the Rockets organization. They have a young and talented team that fared well in the playoffs during the past season. But the L.A. Lakers have Kobe Bryant and more money to spend | Read More »
Is Obamacare a living & breathing document?
During a Constitutional discussion with a friend last week over the merits of our Constitution, she pulled the, “I believe the Constitution is a living, breathing document” card. I laughed to myself. She later told me that she wasn’t around 200 years ago, and that only white men signed the Constitution and thus . . . . I assume the makeup of Congress was part | Read More »
What makes a woman strong in TX?
Earlier this week, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, successfully joined what the Lieutenant Governor called an “unruly mob” to filibuster a bill that sought to protect Texas women from the uglier side of late term abortions. The Senator is on the wrong side of this one. This bill would protect women from the fate of the victims of late term abortion clinics all over the | Read More »
Does SCOTUS have the jurisdiction to invalidate the Voting Rights Act?
Like many Americans in 2013, I was glad to hear that the federal government would no longer be in the position of granting and not granting permission to autonomous states to change their voting laws as a result of the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act decision this week. Justice Roberts is right; to hold southerners of today to a standard established during our grandparents generation | Read More »
SCOTUS rules against discrimination
This morning, the high Court’s conservatives ruled that the reenactment of the Voting Rights Act in 2006, was not narrowly and specifically tailored to fit current conditions. Specifically, the Court held that a requirement that 15 southern states get advance approval from the federal government before changing its voting laws, procedures and locations was unconstitutional. The majority held that lawmakers, “reenacted a formula based on | Read More »
The power behind the [intelligence] throne (1 of 2)
In light of the mind blowing revelations of government privacy intrusion in past weeks, it is worth considering how these breaches of privacy were allowed to occur. Obviously, the Fourth Amendment is the paramount law in situations such as this and states that “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not | Read More »
A national fetal pain bill
Earlier this week the House of Representatives passed a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks (except for rape and incest). The 20 week mark wasn’t arbitrarily chosen. The mark represented the point and time that unborn children begin to experience pain. While critics admit that “the neural circuitry that culminates in pain perception begins to form long before 20 weeks” they argue that “most researchers | Read More »
NJ Police to search papers and effects without a warrant?
Infringements on the Fourth Amendment seem to be becoming the norm in our age, yet most of the greatest offenses seem to be either without or knowledge or against citizens involved in criminal activity. But the New Jersey state legislature is currently considering a bill that would require participants in automobile accidents to hand over their telephones with cause. The situation would arise when anyone | Read More »