Wednesday, June 29, 2016
SCOTUS Taking a Power on Religious Freedom “An Ominous Sign”
I’ve long said
that religious freedom is in danger in this country. It now appears the attack on freedom of religion is further
along than I thought. In what
should be an obvious case at least to consider the Supreme Court could not even muster four justices to hear Storman pharmacy case. Here is a good video summary of said case:
In short, the
Stormans, out of religious conviction, do not carry the Plan B Morning After
pill, but instead refer to the multitude of pharmacies in their area that do
carry it. But that wasn’t good
enough for Planned Parenthood, DemocRAT Washington State, the 9th
Circus Circuit Court of Appeals etc. So the case went to the Supreme
Court. And since five of the
SCOTUS Justices are utter cowards, to put it nicely, the 9th Circuit
You see, abortion is sacred. Religious freedom . . . not so much.
understanding is that when cases are declined at the Supreme Court, they are
usually done so without comment.
(Lawyers, feel free to correct me.) But Justice Alito, with Justices Thomas and Roberts
concurring, were so provoked they did comment. An
At issue are Washington State regulations
that are likely to make a pharmacist unemployable if he or she objects on
religious grounds to dispensing certain prescription medications. There are
strong reasons to doubt whether the regulations were adopted for—or that they
actually serve—any legitimate purpose. And there is much evidence that the
impetus for the adoption of the regulations was hostility to pharmacists whose
religious beliefs regarding abortion and contraception are out of step with
prevailing opinion in the State. Yet the Ninth Circuit held that the
regulations do not violate the First Amendment, and this Court does not deem
the case worthy of our time. If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims
will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have
cause for great concern.
Sadly, I concur
as well. Brick by brick, our
freedom of religion is being torn down.
It is no longer a question of whether we will lose it. We are
Labels: abortion, freedom of religion, Supreme Court
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Post-Brexit Apologies and Links
wrestling with energy, health, and studies lately. So I just can’t post here as I would like. But I have been tweeting some good
links relevant to where the UK and the rest of us are after Brexit. So I encourage you to follow my twitter feed.
I will say this
video is brilliant, hard-hitting, on target . . . and fun:
Friday, June 24, 2016
Thank You, UK
I am very busy
in part because of the Blessed Event overnight. But I must say something about said Event.
Thank you to
those British who courageously cast aside the fearmongering from Major, Blair,
Brown, Cameron and other liars, and voted to Leave the EU.
As I’ve posted,
the world needs more free places.
The world needs a free and sovereign Britain. The world needed you Leave voters yesterday. Thank you.
courageous. In the coming weeks
and months, there will surely be those pressing for you to vote again and again
until you vote “correctly.” And,
yes, the financial markets do not like uncertainty and uncharted territory. But remember that many involved in the
financial markets love money much more than they love freedom. That goes double for the super
rich. Oh, they like their freedom,
that freedom in the long run is the best economic policy as the United States
once illustrated. Don’t forget
that Ronald Reagan’s reforms took a couple of rough years before they drove the
U. S. economy to new heights.
could be said. But for now, I
mainly say, “Thank you.”
How can I forget? Nigel Farage deserves special thanks
from all those who love the UK and love freedom. He has his warts and certainly has his detractors. But he led the long effort to leave the
EU back when that was considered “nutty,” and he persevered.
He may not be
everyone’s idea of a hero. But he
Labels: Brexit, freedom, UK
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
An American’s Plea to the British: Please Brexit
I will start
with several apologies. As I’ve
warned, studies prevent me from posting as fully and frequently as I would
like, and this post will not be extensively linked or referenced. Second, I fully realize that whether
the UK leaves the EU is a decision for British to make, not this Texan. So take this as a plea from the heart
to my British friends.
particularly the English, have given two great and related gifts to the
world. First, just being
British. Britain has a distinctive
culture that is a delight to experience (at least for the most part). Second, Britain has given to the world,
perhaps more so than any nation, freedom under the rule of law. (Yes, the UK perhaps excels the United
States in that regard. What was
once was freedom under the rule of law in this country has grown from a British
heritage, if a much altered one.)
John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and company jettisoned too much of these
distinctives. But a great deal
still remains. So why listen
to Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron and throw the rest away by staying in the EU?
And do not let
the Remain camp fool you. The EU
is no place for British culture or for freedom. The EU is a profoundly anti-democratic institution and a
pipeline for migrants who have no interest in furthering British culture. Many really attack British culture and
freedom as we’ve sadly seen.
And why would
Britain put itself under the thumb of a German Chancellor who cares not one
whit for the UK? You suffered and
fought a certain war to prevent that, and now you would do that voluntarily?
Now you may ask
why should this nosy American care whether the UK stays British or stays in the
I see my own
country on the edge of throwing away its freedom, the rule of law, and the
consent of the governed. No matter
who wins the election in November, we are close to making our Constitution a
dead letter. And we are close to
being overwhelmed by people, foreign and domestic, who care not one whit for
American civic culture or for American freedom under the rule of law, under our
The irony is
that the UK has no written Constitution, yet lately is doing a better job of
following the rule of law than the U. S.
America used to
be where people fled to be free.
If we go down the tubes, will there be anywhere left to flee? I look around the world, and free
countries are getting fewer and fewer.
And I have no
confidence that the EU would allow Britain to remain either British or
free. Just the opposite. The pattern of the EU has been to take
more and more power to itself away from member countries, and that pattern will
surely continue. Already the EU is
not a safe place, if you will, for freedom, particularly for free speech.
gift to the world (if a very reluctant one) was a United States that was a
beacon and a refuge for freedom.
I’m afraid us Americans are throwing that gift away. We are becoming less a safe place for
freedom as we tolerate and even welcome a New Totalitarianism and tear up more
and more of our Constitutional rule of law under its dictates.
Will the UK
remain a beacon and a refuge for freedom?
The UK was a buttress against totalitarianism under Winston Churchill
and Margaret Thatcher. Will it be
a buttress against a New Totalitarianism and against the noxious ideology of
the EU that demands Britain cede democratic freedoms to unelected overseas
world needs more free places, not fewer and fewer. The world needs a free, sovereign and British Britain.
I cannot vote
in the referendum and freely admit it is not my place to do so. But I beg my British friends, for the
sake of the U.K. and of the world, please vote Brexit.
Labels: Brexit, EU, freedom, freedom of speech, immigration, UK
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Post-Orlando: A House Divided
measure of how divided this country has become is our collective response to
the Orlando Islamic anti-gay terrorist attack.
After 9-11, we
became remarkably united as a country.
Yes, there were those who said we did something wrong to provoke
9-11. But they were a small minority,
despised when not ignored. The
unity we experienced in the weeks after 9-11 was perhaps the most we’ve had in
this country since the 1950’s.
People put flags on their cars.
Texans were in solidarity with New Yorkers. Non-church goers even suddenly went to church! I could go on, but words would fail. You had to be there to know and to
grasp the heady atmosphere of unity and patriotism of the time.
But now? We have roughly 40% of the country and
the party now in control of the White House saying the problem is guns and the
solution more gun control. Some
were also so eager to blame Christians and Republicans that when the shooter turned
out to be Muslim and Democrat, they blamed Christians and Republicans anyway!
At the same time, their leaders can barely bring themselves to say “radical
Islam” or “Islamic Terrorism.”
And we have
roughly a very much other 40-50% of the country saying the problem is Jihadist
Islam, and the political correctness, associated timidity, gun-free zones and
too loose immigration enabling attackers.
And they see politicians of the first group importing and releasing
Islamists and other criminals while trying to take away the right of Americans
to defend themselves against the Islamists and criminals they are importing.
And the two
groups are at each other’s virtual (and increasingly actual) throats.
You can guess
what group I’m in, but that is beside the point. We have become a profoundly divided country often angry more
at each other, at enemies domestic, than at enemies foreign. And the contrast between 9-12 and today
illustrate that all too well. I’ve
had acquaintances remark that once they got their necessary online business
done, they were getting off the internet, the conflict is so toxic.
defending ourselves against Jihadism will prove easier than functioning as one
country with our divisions.
This is the saddest day of my life. I
can't even wrap my mind around the horror of what happened last night in
Orlando, where 50 joyful dancing queers were murdered by a religious extremist.
I'm sad -- devastated, in my soul -- about that; but I'm also sad that the
events of Orlando have shattered my political beliefs, as I can no longer swear
allegiance to a peace-love-and-unicorns progressive philosophy that only helps
to get my fellow queers killed.
Labels: ACLU, anti-Christian bigotry, Democrats, national divorce, Orlando, Republicans
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Brexit Election Fraud?
observed that Leftists have a fundamental contempt for democracy, that they
only like and respect democracy when they win. And one result of this attitude is their penchant for
should say the same about the Remain camp in this month’s Brexit
referendum. After all, the EU is a
profoundly undemocratic institution, really anti-democratic. Their so-called Parliament is toothless
by design. And God help any member
country who dares to elect a right of center government. So any who wish to surrender the UK to
the EU must not care all that much about UK democracy either.
And, lo and
behold, there are signs the Remain camp are using nefarious means to rig the
referendum. The directions sent
out for postal ballots are highly suggestive.
Yes, the correct way to cast your ballot is to put your mark in that Remain
box, of course. That’s the way to
obsequious traitor good citizen.
Officials defended the design of the instruction
leaflet, saying "the placement of a pen graphic is incidental... it
could not be construed as indicating how to vote."
have been caught sending ballots to those who are citizens of EU countries but
not of the UK and therefore not eligible to vote in the referendum.
I’m sure that
is inadvertent as well.
By the way, my
UK friends, if you vote incorrectly to actually leave the EU and manage to
outvote the Poles and Germans and Swedes and French and Dutch and the rest of the Remain camp
and their fraud, you will have to vote again until you vote
Labels: Brexit, EU, UK
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
This will not end well.
Last night was
yet another episode of Leftists directly attacking the rights of Americans and
completely getting away with it.
Leftist thugs, mostly of the Black Lives Matter ilk, pretty much shut
down a DePaul College Republican event with Milo Yiannopoulos as the main
speaker. And that while security,
which College Republicans and Breitbart News were forced to pay for, just
Of course, last
night also brought a violent Leftist protest at a Trump appearance in New
Mexico. But at least the
Albuquerque Police made a good faith effort to stop them.
has often not been the case. The
Black Lives Matter crowd has particularly been handled with kid gloves even as
they block traffic on major roads.
I remember one such episode in which police just watched as Black Lives
Matter blocked off traffic. But
when a driver very slowly tried to get through, he was arrested! (Sorry. This has been some time back and I cannot find the episode
gotten so bad in this country, I hesitate to make predictions for fear I will
be seen as inciting something. But
I will allow my logical readers to put two and two together.
Leftists who time and again directly attack the Constitutional rights of
Americans, particularly free speech and freedom to travel, especially necessary
travel to work, etc. And you have
millions of Americans who are fed up with their rights being attacked and who
see that the authorities not only do not defend their Constitutional rights,
but also attack said rights themselves.
The episode at
DePaul is that in a microcosm. To
my knowledge, not a single Leftist was arrested. The Leftists were allowed to shut down freedom of speech at
an event. But a conservative
journalist was arrested!
may see numerous episodes like this and think that the authorities will not
defend their rights, so they will have to defend their rights themselves.
I’m afraid soon
the two aforementioned groups of predatory Leftists and fed up Americans will
meet in great numbers with . . . consequences. And by “soon,” I mean at the Republican National Convention
Republican National Committee was foolish to pick Cleveland for the
convention. Cleveland is a
DemocRAT hole. Can that trashy
city government be trusted to defend Republicans – Trump supporters especially
– from the Leftists who will surely flock there in the thousands?
you don’t like me calling you out?
Then prove me wrong. Prove
you are willing and able to defend the rights of the Republicans coming to your
Cleveland, you will have a combination of predatory Leftists, fed up Americans,
and a city government who probably doesn’t care much about defending the rights
of Americans, especially Republicans.
If the Trump people want their rights genuinely defended, they may find
themselves having to do it themselves.
And some understandably won’t be in the mood to be gentle about it.
Again, I would
rather not spell out what that might look at. But this pattern of Leftists directly attacking our rights
and authorities doing precious little about it cannot end well.
Labels: Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, Leftists, Milo, Republicans