Category Archives: supreme court

No Penumbras or Emanations for Judge Barrett

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No penumbras or emanations for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Just the facts of the constitution, ma’am:

A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they may hold.

Amy Coney Barrett remarks after her SCOTU nomination by President Trump

She clerked for Justice Scalia but she’ll be filling Justice Ginsburg’s seat, if confirmed. While Judge Barrett shares Scalia’s conservative legal philosophy, she also admires the “warm and rich friendship” he shared with the liberal and Notorious RBG.

Nothing off the Table in Supreme Court Battle

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Pelosi’s quiver is full and nothing is off the table according to Chuck Schumer. We’re “going to the mattresses,” says Dan Henninger in the WSJ. Apparently that would include ending the electoral college, the filibuster and packing the Supreme Court.

 

Hypocrisy among Politicians over RBG Replacement

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Hypocrisy in defense of virtue is no vice… or something like that.

Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, ten months before the November presidential election.

So President Obama did his duty and nominated Merrick Garland to fill the opening. But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to bring the nomination to the Senate floor for a vote.

Here’s what McConnell had to say about that:

“The American people may well elect a president who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration,” McConnell said. “The next president may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice.”

The already touchy Democrats weren’t happy.

Hypocrisy

But here’s what Senator Schumer had to say in 2007 when George W. Bush was president:

I will recommend to my colleagues that we should not confirm a Supreme Court nominee EXCEPT in extraordinary circumstances.”

And here’s what Schumer had to say when the Notorious RBG joined her good friend Nino in eternal rest:

The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, the vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.

Oh, and then there’s Lindsey Graham explaining in 2016 why Judge Garland shouldn’t be confirmed:

I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination

Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant for Politics and Virus

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Sunlight is the best disinfectant. That’s a popular phrase first uttered by Justice Louis Brandeis. He meant shining light on politicians.

But it’s not just for politicians. HHS scientist William Bryan presented the results of a coronavirus study at Thursday’s White House briefing. And the study showed a combination of sunlight and humidity to be effective against the virus. Bleach and isopropyl alcohol too.

You can see some of the findings in the chart below.

This excited the president.

And Trump, being Trump, wondered aloud if the light could be brought inside the body “through the skin or some other way.”

He continued:

And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number (INAUDIBLE) interesting to check that so that you are going to have to use medical doctors with but it sounds interesting to me so we will see but the whole concept of the light the way it kills it in one minute that’s–that’s pretty powerful. 

Real Clear Politics

Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant

The makers of Lysol soon warned not to inject their product.

Too much Trump? The president took no questions at Friday’s briefing.

Not Just Hair Sniffing for Joe Biden Anymore

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It’s not just hair sniffing anymore. Tara Reade, a former Joe Biden senate staffer, has accused Biden of sexual assault. Uh oh! As President Obama’s point man reforming campus “rape culture” Biden helped gut due process rights for those accused of sexual assault.

Biden’s rhetoric has also employed a de facto presumption of guilt. On a 2017 conference call with campus accusers’-rights activists, Biden offered a simple message to those who alleged that they had been sexually assaulted: “I believe you.”

KC Johnson, City Journal

 

And during Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing Joe had this to say:

For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real

Robby Soave, Reason