Cultural Decline And The United States Supreme Court
First Law of Thermodynamics: You can’t win.
Second Law of Thermodynamics: You can’t break even.
Third Law of Thermodynamics: You can’t stop playing.
(HT: Business Insider)
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Our illustrious United States Supreme Court reminded us why this joke describes not only Thermodynamics, but also the life of a traditionalist in Post-modern America. We see this exemplified in the recent two decisions regarding homosexual marriage in The United States.
Supreme Court affirms Walker California marriage czar
U.S. Supreme Court standing rules allow Governor Brown to cede state power over Golden State marriage law to a single federal judge in defiance of the will of the California people. After rendering monumental states rights-deference under the Tenth Amendment in declaring the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act’s disparate treatment of couples lawfully married under state laws unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth | Read More »
The Same Sex Marriage Cases and Some Detail
Yesterday, the media was abuzz with news of a great victory for gay rights in this country. Just 24 hours previous, they were predicting the racial voting rights apocalypse in response to another decision. It is important to note what did NOT happen in the same sex marriage cases. Justice Scalia’s rather lengthy dissent pretty much summarizes some of the bizarre inconsistencies in the majority | Read More »
Let’s give the Republic another chance
Texas was all set to pass a set of restrictions on abortion Tuesday night. The legislation would ban abortion after 20 weeks, a position supported by a heft 62 percent of the local electorate. Stricter health and safety standards for abortion clinics would have been imposed, with an eye toward preventing further horrors in the style of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s ongoing re-enactment of the | Read More »
DOMA Struck Down
Today, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA- the federal gay marriage case. As expected, the decision was written 5-4 with Kennedy joining the liberal wing. Scalia led a blistering dissent and read a lengthy statement from the bench. Although not unusual, it illustrates the strong feelings evident. Roberts noted that the DOMA/Windsor case does not have the elements to decide whether states can maintain the | Read More »
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 »
Diverse South no longer DOJ’s Jim Crow under Voting Rights Act
Contrary to intentionally vague reports from the mainstream media that the Supreme Court today, in Shelby County (AL) v Holder, struck down an “essential” provision at the “heart” of the 1965 Voting Rights Act today, it remains illegal for states and localities to deny anyone equal access to the polls based upon race. Actually, in its 5-4 decision, the nation’s highest court only struck down the pre-clearance section | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Supreme Court’s Not That Supreme
As we all continue to grapple with the effects of bloated government and watch its actions occur in spite of and outside the jurisdiction of the Constitution’s original intent, many of us are filled with unrest as we lose trust in our government’s ability to govern. In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s rulings in the Prop. 8 and DOMA cases, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant church | Read More »
More From the Supreme Court on June 24th
In an earlier entry, I detailed the affirmative action case before the Supreme Court this term- Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin- and the 7-1 narrow, rather anti-climactic resolution. There was no sweeping denunciation or uplifting of affirmative action to be found other than the fact that Justice Thomas announcing that he would vote to overrule 2003′s decision in Grutter, the underlying case that | Read More »
The Remaining Supreme Court Cases
After this morning there are 6 cases left on the Supreme Court Docket for the 2012-2013 Term. These are (in the order that they were argued) 1) Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District – A “Takings” case in regard to a denial of a Development Permit. Probably a win for the Water Management District. Scalia was heavily involved with the decisions that Koontz’s | Read More »
June 24th at the Supreme Court
Today, the Supreme Court released five opinions the most watched of which was the Fisher case involving affirmative action. This case is the last to be decided after being heard in October, 2012. For those conservatives wishing to see a sweeping decision against affirmative action in college admissions, there is disappointment. To briefly summarize, this case rested on the 2003 Grutter decision out of Michigan | Read More »
Why Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act may be going away.
Justice Anthony Kennedy is apparently spreading marmalade on his English muffins again: During oral arguments in the Voting Rights Act case, a majority of justices appeared prepared to turn aside the solicitor general’s argument that the law’s requirement that jurisdictions with a track record of racial discrimination preclear any changes to their voting systems with Washington. Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed this feature of the Voting | Read More »
June 20th at the Supreme Court
Yesterday, the Court announced decisions in three cases. Unfortunately, none of them were among the big 4 remaining cases: DOMA, Proposition 8, affirmative action in college admissions and Voting Rights Act. Each case decided, however, is interesting in its own right with one decision somewhat controversial involving free speech. The first case, Descamps vs. United States involves the Armed Career Criminal Act. This law specifies | Read More »
June 17th at the Supreme Court
With the term winding down, on Monday the Supreme Court announced five decisions in previously argued cases. With only two sessions (scheduled) days to go, they have yet to release opinions in 14 cases. Of course, the four big cases from this term- affirmative action at the University of Texas, the Voting Rights Act challenge out of Alabama, the Proposition 8 gay marriage case out | Read More »
Hey, everybody: it’s SCOTUS Day!
That’s right, kids: today’s a day where the United States Supreme Court reminds you that complicated, final decisions in tricky law cases are determined by whether Anthony Kennedy liked what he had for breakfast that morning. [pause] Well, at least the Supreme Court isn’t declaring our metadata unconstitutional. That’s something, at least. SCOTUS Blog is covering it in real time, but feel free to comment | Read More »