Saturday, June 03, 2017

Trump takes travel ban appeal to Supreme Court

The cat was let out of the bag when some of the judges who implemented injunctions against the travel ban more or less said that while its unconstitutional if President Trump does it that if Resident Obama or a President Hillary Clinton had done it, it would be constitutional. Nice try folks but constitutionality is not a matter of feelings nor is it that subjective.

I look forward to SCOTUS striking the ban on the travel ban down soon!

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ESPN FPI Rankings 2017: Seahawks slated with 76% chance to win division, 23% to get number one seed

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Firm involved in DNC lawsuit got ‘voice changer’ call from Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ office

Seriously, right when you want to talk about another area where the Trump Administration is incompetent, these folks have to basically say "hold my beer" and limbo the bar! LOL

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A Solution For Dealing With Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse:
(Musings of your humble servant circa May 6, 2015)

I believe this is a good subject for the 3 or 4 serious presidential candidates to focus on that could resonate well with a public that is justifiably suspicious (at best) of the meddling nature of the federal leviathan; namely, civil asset forfeiture reform.

I suggest not only stricter rules are needed in this area but the importance of removing any temptation to harrass citizens without just cause for doing so. For that reason, the only persons who should ever be targets for civil asset forfeiture at a minimum should be folks who are formally charged with a crime. If the government is not willing to do that, then they have no business meddling in the affairs of private citizens. To dissuade the government and its agents from violating this principle, there should be an appropriate penalty so here is what I suggest:

If someone not formally charged with a crime has assets seized, the government should reimburse them 300% and whomever screwed up either gets fired or (at a minimum) a 50% pay cut!

The benefit of the doubt should always lay with private citizens along with the presumption of innocence, not with the government and its agents "erect[ing]a multitude of New Offices, and send[ing] hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance."{2} And as the only way meddling bureaucrats will learn is to be given sufficient penalties to dissuade them from abusing their functions, the aforementioned ones should suffice -though I would also be willing to consider seizing the assets of any federal agent who seizes the assets of any person not formally charged with a crime.


Notes:

{1} Yes, most of the candidates running who ran are were clowns!

{2} Cf. Declaration of Independence.

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Points to Ponder:

"People as a rule (no matter whom they are) have a tendency to adhere to or endorse outlooks that serve for the most part to reaffirm what they want to believe whether they realize it or not. And this goes double for virtually anyone who would have the temerity to deny this in their own case by the way. Indeed, those who would claim they have no vested self-interest whatsoever in a position or outlook that they endorse should have their views taken with at least a shaker full of salt if not more." [Shawn McElhinney (circa November 21, 2012)]

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Repudiating The Paris Agreement Is Just The Latest In Trump’s War On Environmental Extremism

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Jack Nicklaus says Tiger Woods 'needs our help'

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Bluntly on Lay Ecclesial Hypocrisy...
(Musings of your humble servant at Rerum Novarum)

One positive about the pontificate of Pope Francis is he is exposing many conservatives as Pharisees. One problem is Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI inadvertently gave not a few conservatives the false idea that conservatism is the Catholic Faith and that is not true at all.

We also saw from so many of these same folks a papal worship in the prior two pontificates that treated every word from the pope as some all-hallowed requirement of belief which the same folks do the exact opposite in denigrating and ignoring Pope Francis in areas not only of faith and morals but church discipline and government. Too many hypocrites about on the conservative side. It was long time to trim the boat a bit but lest I forget, those liberals who denigrated and ignored Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI but worship and exalt Pope Francis' every hiccup are just as big a hypocrites.

Folks need to remember that the Faith is not one and the same with conservatism or liberalism.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

General Questions For the Seth Rich Conspiracy Promoters:

Are you really all that concerned about Seth Rich homicide or are you just trying to find a political club to beat Hillary and the Democrats with that you will grab at anything?

Washington DC has long been a murder capital as conservatives love to claim in their pro gun propaganda in counter to the Democrats anti-gun propaganda. A person who walks home alone at 4am in a dangerous town (or a dangerous part of any town!) is asking for trouble.

There were over 140 homicides in DC in 2016. In fact, here is a list of unsolved homicides in DC from 2016.

Prior to me posting this, could you have named even one other DC homicide victim in 2016 other than Seth Rich?

If you could not, you should seriously take stock of what your motivations are here my friend because they would appear to be politically self-serving and not genuinely interested in justice.

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Points to Ponder:
(From the Archives)

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. [Napoleon Bonaparte]

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Briefly on Grieving:

When it comes to grieving, it is difficult no matter which side you are on. When you are the one who has gone through loss, oftentimes those who reach out are very awkward in how they do it and can at times unintentionally offend in how they do it. It helps those who are hurting to remember that.

For those on the other side of the fence who are reaching out to someone grieving, remember that no two people grieve in the same way. As much as possible do not take rebuffs personally (if they happen) and patiently try to find different ways to reach out until something works.

Greater patience and love on all sides is something we all should strive for.

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