By Evan Harris • ABC News
President Obama’s expressed hope today in his weekly address “that we can avoid the political posturing and ideological brinksmanship that has bogged down this (Supreme Court nomination) process, and Congress, in the past” runs against another historical first for the 44th president: his unique role in history as the first US President to have ever voted to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee.
So while there is little indication Republicans intend to filibuster President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the GOP will likely invoke the President’s unique history whenever he calls their tactics into question.
In January 2006, then-Sen. Obama joined 24 colleagues in a futile effort led by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of now-Justice Samuel Alito. Continue reading
By Matt Lewis • The Daily Caller
By now, you’ve heard the Supreme Court voted 6-3 in King v. Burwell to uphold the subsidies at the heart of ObamaCare. And you probably know that Chief Justice John Roberts is being compared to David Souter — who was nominated by the first President Bush. (This really doesn’t help Jeb, does it?)
As I write at The Week,
The irony here isn’t that a Republican-appointed Supreme Court chief justice has twice preserved the landmark legislation of Barack Obama. The irony — and heartache, for conservatives — is that on both occasions, Roberts has had to employ judicial gymnastics to rationalize his decision. In the King v. Burwell decision, Roberts chose to ignore the letter of the law — no matter how specious or unintentional the letter may have been — and instead, divine the law’s intent. Continue reading
Frontiers of Freedom released by the following statement by its President, George Landrith regarding Copyright Office Modernization:
Intellectual Property Rights are an increasingly important part of the U.S. economy and account for an ever larger portion of our economic growth and output. For example, copyright industries account for more than $1 trillion of the nation’s GDP which is about one dollar out of every 14 in the economy, and they provide 5.5 million American jobs. Those numbers are only likely to increase in the future.
But the Copyright Office is housed in the Library of Congress and competes with other Library priorities, often to its detriment. One consequence is outdated IT systems which adds unnecessary complexity to the market at the expense of rights-holders and consumers. With tremendous growth in copyright industries expected and its increasingly important role in our modern economy, it is critical that we modernize the Copyright Office, thereby ensuring that an important part of our economy and a clear engine for future economic growth will remain strong. Continue reading
They overcook the evidence of 2014 to support their shaky predictions of global warming.
by Rupert Darwall • National Review Online
The year 2014 had scarcely expired before being declared the warmest year on record. First off was the Japan Meteorological Agency. The year 2014 surpassed 1998 to set a new record by all of five one hundredths of one degree Centigrade, according to the agency’s preliminary numbers. Then Britain’s Met Office announced that 2014 was the warmest year in the 355 years of the Central England Temperature series.
Each year, global-warming adherents anticipate an El Niño (a strong warming phase in the Pacific) as the physical manifestation of global warming’s Second Coming to herald the end of the barren years of flat-lining global temperatures. The Center for American Progress’s Joe Romm called the 2014 record doubly impressive. As Romm noted, “We’re still waiting for the start of El Niño” but got a temperature record nonetheless. Continue reading
As the world knows, there has been an outbreak of Ebola virus centered in the area of West Africa. This infection has caused worldwide concern and a major epidemic is anticipated. This is thought to be the largest outbreak of Ebola virus in the history of the world. Already up to 10,000 lives have been lost. This infection is capable of passing from person to person through direct contact and through various body fluids.
It was on September 30, 2014 that the first Ebola infection that was diagnosed in the United States was reported. That particular patient, a Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan (diagnosed in Dallas, Texas on September 30, 2014). Unfortunately Mr. Duncan could not be saved and died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. There have been other confirmed patients who returned to the United States from West Africa and were treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. They were treated and released virus free. There have been over 5,000 Ebola false alarms following the death of Mr. Duncan. Many patients will report symptoms such as fever and end up in emergency rooms throughout the United States.
In this report, I will summarize what is known about the current Ebola outbreak. Continue reading
George Bailey vs. Ebenezer Scrooge
by Gordon S. Jones
“At this season of the rolling year” every community theater in America is playing either some variant of A Christmas Carol or It’s a Wonderful Life. And that doesn’t count the 1,736 movies of one or the other of them available on television and (in a few cases) in actual theaters.
So as I take up the chains for my presentation of Marley’s Ghost in the Sugar Factory Playhouse production of The Dickens Christmas Carol Show, I am reminded of my son the philosopher’s dissection of the differences between George Bailey and Old Ebenezer, and why while we can’t be the latter, we all have it within us to be the former.
Here it is for your edification.
George Bailey vs. Ebenezer Scrooge: We Need a Little Christmas — Now!
by Christopher John Harrison Jones
Christmastime spawns a certain type of movie. You’ll be familiar with the formula: bad man acts contrary to societally-accepted norms, terrible (humorous, scary…) events transpire, bad man has change of heart and embraces all mankind (his family, his potential family…). It’s a good formula. It taps into very powerful archetypes. It generates good revenue. All of us have done bad things, and most of us want to change and become better. Continue reading
A nation founded by pilgrims who came here to worship the God of the Bible freely without interference and persecution from ruling elites and those opposed to Christianity’s influence on the culture, has now come to the proverbial fork in the road. After years of attempting to balance traditional Americana with political correctness, those pushing the new “my way or the highway” definition of “tolerance” have decided accommodating our differences of opinion is defeat.
Irrefutable history documents that the Bible and its teachings were the biggest influence on those that founded the freest and most prosperous nation in human history. Yet nowadays if you believe that same Bible is true you will either silence your beliefs, or you will be silenced. Just ask Phil Robertson, one of the stars of Duck Dynasty, among the most successful shows on TV. Continue reading