Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 333)
 

I can see this bumper sticker from the steps of the Supreme Court

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Posted by    Friday, June 29, 2012 at 7:00am 6/29/2012 at 7:00am

Keep your hopes alive, you’re well on the way.

Another one from Kathy, spotted in Harrisonburg, VA:

 
 
 

Mark Levin on Obamacare ruling

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Posted by    Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9:25pm 6/28/2012 at 9:25pm

Makes many of the points I made today, including rejecting the delusion that this was a victory:

 
 
 

Stop the self-delusion

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Posted by    Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 6:43pm 6/28/2012 at 6:43pm

Some well-meaning people are peddling the notion that today’s Obamacare decision was a long term victory, that we lost the battle but won the war, that there was some master plan by Chief Justice Roberts to gut the expansion of Commerce Clause power under the fig leaf of a majority ruling...

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Supreme judicial activism in restraint’s clothing

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Posted by    Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 3:30pm 6/28/2012 at 3:30pm

The most disturbing thing about today’s decision is not that we lost on the mandate. The majority opinion on the Commerce Clause (the Chief Justice plus the conservative dissenters) was quite good, and vindicated those who mounted an argument as to “inactivity” to the derision of the law professoriate.

What is most...

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How right I was: “IRS The New Health Care Enforcer”

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Posted by    Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:30pm 6/28/2012 at 12:30pm

On August 14, 2009, I tried to sound the alarm as to where Democrats’ health care proposals were heading.

At that time I was dealing with the precursors to what became Obamacare.  The congressional language distinguishing the mandate as a penalty and the political arguments that it was...

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The reaction

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Posted by    Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:12pm 6/28/2012 at 12:12pm

Romney’s statement:

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To the Voting Booth!

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Posted by    Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:27am 6/28/2012 at 10:27am

Consider this Pep Talk IV.

Was it over when Harry Reid pushed Obamacare through at Christmas time in December 2009?

Not when voters took to the voting booth and elected Scott Brown.

Was it over when Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats were forced to accept the Senate version so that reconciliation could be used,...

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SCOTUS Obamacare Watch (Update: Mandate survives as a tax? Yes)

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Posted by    Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9:30am 6/28/2012 at 9:30am

Was Scalia’s Dissent Originally a Majority Opinion?

Scalia’s dissent, at least on first quick perusal, reads like it was originally written as a majority opinion http://lsolum.typepad.com/legaltheory/2012/06/evidence-that-the-...

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Word of the Day

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Posted by    Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 8:32am 6/28/2012 at 8:32am

Dread

(I’m already preparing Pep Talk IV)

 
 
 

Dear Supreme Court Justices

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Posted by    Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 7:00am 6/28/2012 at 7:00am

Please read this bumper sticker before rendering your decision.

From Linda, taken at the Riverwood mansion, Nashville, on June 23:

“The right to be left alone—the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by a free people.”— Louis Brandeis, dissenting, OLMSTEAD v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438 (1928).  It shouldn’t just apply to criminal defendants.

 
 
 

This time tomorrow

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 6:26pm 6/27/2012 at 6:26pm

where will we be?

Big day here.

Will create an “open” post somewhere around 9:30 a.m. waiting to find out if the Supreme Court Kremlinologists have been right.

Or not.

Then will follow up with a post detailing my take on the decision.

Followed by the House vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt.

Predictions:  The internet...

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Florida wins round on non-citizen voter purge

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 4:02pm 6/27/2012 at 4:02pm

Via AP:

A federal judge has refused to stop Florida from removing potentially non-U.S. citizens from its rolls.

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the state to halt the purge, arguing it  was going on too close to a federal election.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said Wednesday that there was nothing in  federal...

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A friend in need

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 3:04pm 6/27/2012 at 3:04pm

Friend of the blog, blogger, and commenter Ric Locke (warlocketx) has bad news on his blog (h/t Instapundit), It’s Lung Cancer:

Stage III, inoperable. Median survival prognosis: One year after diagnosis.

Which is, as it turns out, the reason I haven’t been accomplishing much, including posting here and making progress on the sequel...

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Something seems to have changed in Syria

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 1:30pm 6/27/2012 at 1:30pm

There seems to be a change in Syria, a worsening of the situation for Assad. I can’t tell if this is the turning point, a turning point, or just a bump in Assad’s road to staying in power with the military help of Iran, Hezbollah and Russia.

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Reader Poll – Will Elizabeth Warren get away with Cherokee claim?

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 12:13pm 6/27/2012 at 12:13pm

I don’t think I saw this Mass GOP web ad before, but it’s good.  Too bad it’s not shorter so it could be aired:

Since today seems to be the day for Reader Polls, let me know if you think Warren will get away...

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Meaningless but fun Reader Poll on Obamacare verdict

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10:44am 6/27/2012 at 10:44am

There is so much speculation and punditry on what the Supremes will do, what it will mean, who will be the winners and losers, etc.

So why not a really meaningful test of the law — a Reader Poll.

Make Eric Holder proud, vote early and often.

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Jim Matheson plays a moderate on TV

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 9:39am 6/27/2012 at 9:39am

I guess Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson running against Mia Love in the new Utah-04 district is a moderate compared to Nancy Pelosi.  His claim to moderation is that on a small number of key votes he has voted against his party, but not when his vote mattered.

Matheson was one of almost three dozen...

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