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Scalia’s Rips the “Mystical Aphorisms” of Obergfell v Hodges

Highlights from Scalia’s Dissent:
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.
Except as limited by a constitutional prohibition agreed to by the People, the States are free to adopt what ever laws they like, even those that offend the esteemed Justices’ “reasoned judgment.”

A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy.
Expression, sure enough, is a freedom, but anyone in a long-lasting marriage will attest that that happy state constricts, rather than expands, what one can prudently say.

“It is one thing for separate concurring or dissenting opinions to contain extravagances, even silly extravagances, of thought and expression; it is something else for the official opinion of the Court to do so.” Scalia

If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: ‘The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,’ I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.

With each decision of ours that takes from the People a question properly left to them—with each decision that is unabashedly based not on law, but on the “reasoned judgment” of a bare majority of this Court—we move one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.
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Obamacare has been a gift, a daily calamity that discredits government every day it exists.

From an anonymous contributor:

Today’s decision upheld Obamacare subsidies in federal exchanges. It’s true, the Left won – good for them. Now, let’s take a longer view of the past, present, and the future.

Personally, today’s decision made me think back to three years ago, when the crux of the law was upheld. It made me think about the optimism of the left at the time, and how happy they were that their sacred cow had avoided a skewering. And then it made me think of how the government then, promptly and inevitably, did the skewering itself, and with a variety of spears: a historic, disastrous website launch that forcibly branded the lesson of governmental incompetence in the minds of at least two generations; soaring premiums and deductibles; labor market distortions; millions of cancelled “incompatible” healthcare policies; and so much more. The list is literally endless.

None of these crucial, eternal lessons about the horrors of central planning would have come to pass, if the Court had struck down the law back in 2012, Obamacare would have become a martyr, an eternal “if only” rallying point for all those who still have faith in government. In a way, a decision against Obamacare here might have been even worse – we can talk about those details later, though. My point is that for all the damage it’s done, Obamacare has been a gift, a daily calamity that discredits government every day it exists. And if you want proof that people are heeding the reminder, see the 2010 and 2014 elections.

So when you read the news today, remember that failure is necessary to engender success, and a society without the former can never have the latter. Today, the unmitigated failure that is Obamacare managed to avoid being subjected to reform and improvement…and just like how putting out forest fires only makes the later conflagration all the greater, today’s decision simply guaranteed that its eventual, assured demise will be all the greater and more positive. The larger the failure, the greater the success – and with a failure of Obamacare’s size, we’re due for something pretty special down the road. Let the Left have their day. And rest easy tonight, knowing they have but won a battle in a war that they lost the moment it began.

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Scalia Pens Scathing Dissent to Obamacare Decision

Once again, the Supreme Court proves that words are increasingly meaningless and we are closer to a land of arbitrary lawlessness. Justice Scalia says it better:
The Court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says “Exchange established by the State” it means “Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government.” That is of course quite absurd, and the Court’s 21 pages of explanation make it no less so.
Full Text:
King v Burwell Decision
Other highlights:
Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is “established by the State.”
But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.
Let us not forget, however,why context matters: It is a tool for understanding the terms of the law, not an excuse for rewriting them.
So saying that an Exchange established by the Federal Government is “established by the State” goes beyond giving words bizarre meanings; it leaves the limiting phrase “by the State” with no operative effect at all.. . . Lawmakers sometimes repeat themselves—whether out of a desire to add emphasis, a sense of belt-and-suspenders caution, or a lawyerly penchant for doublets (aid and abet, cease and desist, null and void). Lawmakers do not, however, tend to use terms that “have no operation at all.”
The Court’s next bit of interpretive jiggery-pokery involves other parts of the Act that purportedly presuppose the availability of tax credits on both federal and state  Exchanges.
If true, these projections wouldshow only that the statutory scheme contains a flaw; they would not show that the statute means the opposite of what it says.
Perhaps sensing the dismal failure of its efforts to show that “established by the State” means “established by the State or the Federal Government,” the Court tries to palm off the pertinent statutory phrase as “inartful drafting.”
Let us not forget that the term “Exchange established by the State” appears twice in §36B and five more times in other parts of the Act that mention tax credits. What are the odds, do you think, that the same slip of the pen occurred in seven separate places?
The Court’s decision reflects the philosophy that judges should endure whatever interpretive distortions it takes in order to correct a supposed flaw in the statutory machinery. That philosophy ignores the American people’s decision to give Congress “[a]ll legislative Powers” enumerated in the Constitution.
Even less defensible, if possible, is the Court’s claim that its interpretive approach is justified because this Act “does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation.”
Today’s opinion changes the usual rules of statutory interpretation for the sake of the Affordable Care Act.
The somersaults of statutory interpretation they have performed will be cited by litigants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence. And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.
I dissent.
Judge Napalitano’s take:

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Can’t Say “Pro-Life” In A Google Ad?

Since when is promoting life so controversial that it requires a review?


Oh, You Gave Up Your Right to Bear Arms? Good Luck WIth Those Other Rights


North Korea Says it has the Cure to Ebola, SARS and AIDS A Death CAmp for Ebola, SARS, and AIDS Patients

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Meh! 2016


Jeb Bush Speaking to All of His Enthusiastic Supporters:

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Hilarious Global Warming Predictions For 2015 by ABC

News Busters reports a hilarious attempt by ABC to predict the catastrophes of global warming from 2008:

New York City under water! $15 gallon of milk! Stronger floods, fires, hurricanes!

And when you try to watch for this program on ABC, you get a cat video:


I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t want anyone to see the kind of ridiculous claims I made about global warming that didn’t happen.

When will the global warming alarmists’ predictions come true??


Looks Like I Picked The Wrong Week To Stop Huffing Paint