A Great Day for Commonsense at the Supreme Court

    Today, in a 5-4 decision by Chief Justice John Roberts split along the traditional ideological lines, the Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was unconstitutional in that it treated political districts in one part of the country different than those in other parts of the country. They let stand other sections of that law mainly because they were not | Read More »

    (Now-Republican) Alabaman[***] legislature strikes blow for individual liberty.

    Legalizing homebrewing, of course. The Alabama Senate tonight gave final passage to the homebrewing bill, possibly ending Alabama’s status as the only state in which homebrewing is still illegal. “Alabama is literally the last state that makes homebrew legal, assuming the governor signs it,”said Sen. Bill Holtzclaw,R-Madison. The Alabama legislature was, of course, controlled by the Democratic party until the historic elections of 2010; homebrewing | Read More »

    States Have a Right to Protect Residents from Illegal Immigration

    When the federal government stopped enforcing our immigration laws, a number of states – led by Arizona – began passing laws to do the job the feds wouldn’t do. In 2011, Alabama passed a law (HB 56) authorizing state and local police to check the immigration status of those already apprehended for breaking a law or those caught driving without a license.  It also required | Read More »

    States Have a Right to Protect Residents from Illegal Immigration

    When the federal government stopped enforcing our immigration laws, a number of states – led by Arizona – began passing laws to do the job the feds wouldn’t do. In 2011, Alabama passed a law (HB 56) authorizing state and local police to check the immigration status of those already apprehended for breaking a law or those caught driving without a license.  It also required | Read More »

    Does The US Welfare System Benefit Jihadists?

    Our government, our media and the increasingly auto-beclowning supporters of our current national Zeitgeist strive manfully athwart ratiocination to rapidly disconnect the dots on The Boston Marathon Terror Bombing. Like the brilliant government bureaucrat who classified the Major Nidal Hasan’s Fort Hood Jihad Spray-Job as workplace violence, they aren’t lying per se. They’re just bull-(radio edit). Like the evil Jack Nicholson character in A Few Good Men, their operational assumption with respect to the American People is “You can’t handle the truth.”

    The truth we supposedly can’t handle, quite simply is this.

    State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. Russell Tsarnaev’s attorney has claimed Katherine — who had converted to Islam — was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home. In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state. The news raises questions over whether Tsarnaev financed his radicalization on taxpayer money *

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    Deutschland Meets Detroit: UAW partners with German union to launch all-out invasion of Mercedes & VW plants in U.S.

    Detroit City Limits

    Not withstanding the UAW’s contribution to the decline of Detroit’s Big Three, it’s been more than two years since the UAW’s Bob King announced his union’s intent to “shame” foreign auto makers into unionizing their American workers through “blackmail.”

    Moreover, it’s been nearly two years since the UAW’s King began talks with the German union IG Metal and VW’s works council.

    With some set backs, to date, progress at unionizing foreign automakers’ U.S. operations has been slow going for Detroit’s most progressive union boss–to say the least.

    Now, even as the UAW fights with its own employees, things have begun to heat up in the South.

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    Hey Mo Brooks, Don’t Worry, You Aren’t a Member

    The other day I mentioned what is shaping up to be a conservative fight club, though admittedly violating the first rule of the fight club by pointing it out.But there are ten conservatives in the House willing to fight Republican leaders to advance a conservative agenda.It just so happens that Mo Brooks joined with these ten men in the vote against the rule on the | Read More »

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    Shelby County vs. Holder: Post Argument Controversy

    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Voting Rights Act case, Shelby County, Alabama vs. Holder. I have previously written about this case and its importance. To recount briefly, a county in Alabama has challenged Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and specifically its pre-clearance requirements and the formulas used to determine which states or political subdivisions should be | Read More »

    Holding Them Accountable – Richard Shelby Edition

    In many states and many places people believe that elections are the only time participation is required in a Democracy. You show up, you vote, you wash your hands of it until they bother you again. Many citizens vote the way many loosely-affiliated Christians trek over to the local church once on Christmas and again on Easter. Check the block. Move on with life. Never mind that you are being robbed blind and governed dishonestly as soon as your back is turned.

    Fortunately for us, regrettably for Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, not all Americans have degenerated into Amerikans. Quite a few people in Alabama found the time and volition to turn away from another riveting episode of SpongeBob. It seems they are engaged in behavior hostile to the continued cavorting of our disingenuous politicians. Fortunately, the GOP rank and file in Alabama did not take kindly to Senator Shelby’s having announced his support of Secretary of Defense nominee and former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel.

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    Top Down Education: Rotten to the Core

    Alabama’s bill to repeal Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCS) may be in trouble due to outside pressure on the Senate to do nothing until after the House acts. This is dangerous since we have committed support in the Senate but not in the House. Please contact your reps today and urge them to stay strong in their commitment to repeal. If you’re not familiar | Read More »

    ROLL TIDE!

    It was The State of Alabama, under Governor Wallace in the 1960’s who helped caused Federalism to fall into disrepute at the expense of the American commonweal. It is perhaps only fitting that a governor of Alabama do what is necessary to reinstate Federalism as a valuable weapon by which America resists totalism and tyranny that overcome less robust systems of national governance than our own. Governor Robert Bentleytook to the social media to plant the axiom that Alabama would not succumb to the constitutional travesty that is Obamacare. He tweeted the following:

    Alabama will not establish a Health Insurance Exchange and We will not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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    30 Days To Election Day: Alabama

    With no Senatorial or gubernatorial races, the remaining races for President and the House seats from Alabama are rather boring affairs since Alabama will award their 9 electoral votes to Romney. The current House delegation is 6-1 in favor of Republicans and it should remain so after this election. However, there are two races that bear some watching this time out. The first involves Republican | Read More »

    The Sins Of The Sin Tax

    Economist Paul Samuelson was once asked to explain how sin taxes worked. He offered up the following commentary.

    “Sin Taxes” are so called because they are levied on those commodities, such as tobacco and alcohol, which are the objects of widespread disapproval. “Such taxes,” Paul Samuelson says, “are often tolerated because most people–including many cigarette smokers and moderate drinkers–feel that there is something vaguely immoral about tobacco and alcohol. They think these ”sin taxes“ stun two birds with one stone: the state gets revenue, and vice is made more expensive.”

    (HT: Acton Institute)

    This is absolutely what has not happened in New York since Mein Obama and Gropenfurher Bloomberg have decided they would levy exorbitant sin taxes on tobacco products in New York City. Newsday.com describes the destructively regressive nature of the sin taxes on tobacco below.

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    It’s Not a Good Year in Gadsden, Alabama

    America has yet another reason to grow tired of Barack Obama’s failed economic policies. On the same day he released a new campaign ad entitled “Tires,” Goodyear Tire and Rubber Incorporated seems to have cracked an axle. As the travails of President Obama’s failed government corporatism hit home, I read the following from The Gadsden Times. According to press reports, the plant in Danville, Va., | Read More »

    Alabama Legislators Playing Kick the Can (Vote No 9/18/12)

    This is going to be a down and dirty, quick to the point post. Before I get to the main point, however, let me just say that I am not going to get into the details of how funding works in Alabama. We have the General Fund, the Rainy Day Trust Fund, the Forever Wild Trust Fund, and more. Suffice it to say it’s complicated | Read More »

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