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June 23, 2019

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Melinda

Orin Kerr on SG at SCOTUS w/opinion on CA tax scam, I mean scheme::

https://twitter.com/orinkerr/status/1143270983320686595?s=21

clarice

Gorsuch is determined that Congress write clear laws.https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-guns/us-supreme-court-strikes-down-stiff-firearms-penalties-idUSKCN1TP1YR?fbclid=IwAR19jMv-PxKG7w8Pcisrz5dq1uix5xYmZY9ltgkheNa5TvEuX7JHbT6xH3I

No penumbras of emanations or finding a tax when the govt isn't arguing that the mandatory insurance provision is a tax.

D

Clarice:
Finally a justice who calls it fairly.
No double speak .
No do-overs.
Get it right the first time.
No wiggle room.

MissMarple2

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-24/15000-mexican-troops-deployed-us-border

Looks like Mexico is stepping up to the plate.

Guess the threat of those tariffs worked.

Jim Eagle

I think as a country we are putting too much priority on the SCOTUS as if they are some kind of a supreme mentor of our society. I don't think the equal branches of the government meant they had the final decision

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--The court invalidated the firearms convictions of two men prosecuted in Texas on a variety of charges for their roles in a series of 2014 gas station robberies in Texas. Although the robbers were armed, no shots were fired.

The law, the most recent version of which was passed by Congress in 1986, imposed additional penalties on anyone who committed certain violent crimes while in possession of a firearm.

Gorsuch, appointed by Trump in 2017, wrote that laws passed by Congress must give ordinary people notice of what kind of conduct can land them in prison.--

So the law said there was a possibility they might not land in prison if they robbed a series of gas stations with guns?

MissMarple2

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/06/lock-them-up-south-dakota-parade-float-with-crooked-hillary-and-obama-behind-bars-gets-democrats-hot-and-bothered-video/

Captain Hate

Jack, that's what Marbury v Madison put in motion and it's been downhill ever since.

Jim Eagle

MM.

Average people are pissed. I see it everywhere in my slice of Florida.

clarice

Iggy, a better explanation from SCOTUS blog:Opinion analysis: Vagueness doctrine as a shield for criminal defendants
Today, as expected, the Supreme Court invalidated 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(3)(B). In United States v. Davis, the court declared that the categorical approach is dead, and with it Section 924(c)(3)(B). Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for a 5-4 majority (joined by the four more liberal justices), and Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the dissent.

This case involved the constitutionality of a federal criminal statute — Section 924(c). Section 924(c) makes it a crime to use a firearm during or in relation to a crime of violence, and Section 924(c)(3)(B) (now defunct) defined a crime of violence as “any other offense that is a felony and that, by its nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense.”

In Sessions v. Dimaya, the Supreme Court held that the identical language was unconstitutionally vague when it appeared in Section 16(b), the general federal definition of a crime of violence. Today in Davis, the court said what is good for the goose is good for the gander: Section 924(c)(3)(B) is unconstitutionally vague as well.

In Davis, the federal government had agreed that Section 924(c)(3)(B), as currently interpreted, is unconstitutionally vague. Courts interpret Section 924(c) using the so-called categorical approach, which requires courts to assess whether the “typical version” of the defendant’s offense, defined by its elements, involves a substantial risk of force.

The government had urged the Supreme Court to kill the categorical approach in order to save Section 924(c). In its place, the government would have had courts assess whether the defendant’s actual conduct involved a substantial risk of force. Gorsuch’s majority opinion begins by conceding that a statute requiring an inquiry into the defendant’s actual conduct would not be unconstitutionally vague.

But, the majority continues, Section 924(c) is not that statute. Rather, after engaging in a straightforward exercise of statutory interpretation, the majority concludes that the text, structure and context of 924(c) all suggest that the statute requires courts to look at a generic offense and assess the risk of that offense, rather than the defendant’s conduct. The “language in the statute before us,” the majority goes on to say, “isn’t the language posited in the dissent’s push poll.” After determining the proper interpretation of Section 924(c), there was not much left for the majority to decide, because the court had already found that interpretation to be unconstitutionally vague in Dimaya.

Gorsuch’s majority opinion contains an interesting passage on the relationship between the doctrine of constitutional avoidance and the rule of lenity, which requires ambiguous criminal laws to be read in a defendant’s favor — an issue that he had raised at oral argument. The government had urged the court to invoke the canon of constitutional avoidance and interpret Section 924(c) in a way that would make it constitutional. The majority opinion primarily rejects the application of the canon of constitutional avoidance because the (much) better reading of the statute is that it requires the categorical approach.

But Gorsuch’s majority opinion suggests that the canon of constitutional avoidance is inapplicable for another reason as well. The opinion reasons:

[N]o one before us has identified a case in which this Court has invoked the canon to expand the reach of a criminal statute in order to save it… Employing the avoidance canon to expand a criminal statute’s scope would risk offending the very same due process and separation-of-powers principles on which the vagueness doctrine itself rests.

The majority opinion thus ensures that the canon of constitutional avoidance can function as a sword for criminal defendants. But it also declares that the vagueness doctrine operates as a shield to protect criminal defendants from attempts by the government to wield the constitutional-avoidance canon against them.

James D.

Ig @ 5:53

Here’s my question: why are the feds prosecuting people for sticking up gas stations in Texas?

Jim Eagle

Kavanaugh, again.

Can we re-hold the hearings?

MissMarple2

My Twitter feed is full of people I don't follow and are not promoted.

People I DO follow don't show up.

Obviously Twitter is attacking conservatives.

Bah.

Going to cook supper.

D

Twitter and Facebook are not a part of my life and I am grateful for the privacy.
That they are now found to be anti conservative and deleting and hiding posts does not surprise me.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Kavanaugh was with Alito, Thomas and Roberts on this one JiB.

peter

Coongratulations to JOMer Tonto, whose husband Harry Stein, who is getting a major shout-out from Ol' Yeller, reading his excellent article in City Journal over the airways. I met Harry at a JOM meet-up, and it was quite a privilege.

Jane

So if we find that Omar is lying about her marriage and a hundred different things, what difference does it make if Pelosi does nothing?

henry

Jane, can she remain in the country if she immigrated via fraud?

henry

A skirt is not kilts. QED.

@WSJ

Why is the skirt still so heavily gendered? Our men's fashion editor @jacobwgallagher tries one on to find out

James D.

Wow, so the WSJ is completely worthless now, I guess.

MissMarple2

President Trump's message to the leader of Iran: "My only message is this -- he has the potential to have a great country and quickly. Very quickly. I think they should do that rather than going along this destructive path." https://t.co/R9dM585QL1 pic.twitter.com/98PuPCJPnL

— The Hill (@thehill) June 24, 2019

Video of President Trump at the link.

Extraneus

Harry quoted me (from here) in a prelude to one of his books. Janet sent me a copy. The book was at last partly about race, published fairly soon after Obama's ascension.

Dude can write.

caro

Cool, Extraneus. What was the quote?

Wonderful, Lili-Beth. We’ve been missing you.

lyle

so the WSJ is completely worthless now

Its worthlessness started at least three years ago, IMO.

Extraneus

I found it in the much reduced stacks.

"no matter what... they'll call this book racist"

p.14, the end of the Introduction:

I'll confess that did give me pause. So let me conclude, for safety's sake, with a comment with which I wholehartedly agree made by a reader called Extraneus on the excellent JustOneMinute website: "For the record, I have no problem with Obama's black half. His white half is the most incompetent, anti-American asshole ever to inhabit the office of the presidency, but his black half is fine."
MissMarple2

"We believe the American people have the right to know the price of services before they go to visit the doctor." pic.twitter.com/dhFY63PMWM

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 24, 2019

Short video of the President at the link.

Another Bob

“relax you to the point you stop breathing”

Yeah Ig, knew that too. Had the respiratory depression issue driven home when the MIL, who has crippling OA and a long history with Vicodin, completed an incomplete stress fracture of her femur. ER doc had a helluva time knocking down the pain enough to straighten the leg. Fentanyl was our friend, but the doc earned the money.

Surgeon who did the rodding surgery didn’t bother with anything else post-op.

I understand the problems, but I’m pissed that life is made difficult and more painful because of a minority.

anonamom

Still no power.
Duke Energy--not getting 'er done

lyle

I think Ext. ripped that off from one of my comments!
😬

MissMarple2

Every morning, 72 year-old Stephen Mckears kept finding his tools that he'd left on his workbench the day before—stored back in his toolbox. He put a camera on his workbench overnight and it revealed a mouse that spent two hours every night putting everything back in the toolbox! pic.twitter.com/Jpkpskviyn

— Terrifying (@TerrifyingPixs) June 22, 2019

Video at link. (MY mice aren't like that!)

lyle

From the book I’m currently reading, Wine & War:

God made man—
Frail as a bubble;
God made love—
Love made trouble
God made the vine—
Was it a sin
That man made wine
To drown trouble in?

🍷❤️

MissMarple2


Mark Knoller
‏Verified account @markknoller
2m2 minutes ago

Tuesday at the WH: Pres Trump presents the Medal of Honor to retired Staff Sergeant David G. Bellavia, for conspicuous gallantry under enemy fire in Fallujah, Iraq in November 2004. He's the first living recipient of the Medal for actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Extraneus

I credit you, lyle, except for the ending where I said his black half was fine.

From the AMZN link, that book was published in 2012, so not soon after the ascension.

Pretty good reviews, too.

Extraneus

Hi, Caro!

lyle

😙 caro!

MissMarple2

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/450079-former-fox-news-reporter-says-he-left-because-of-partisan-misinformation

Carl Cameron, who was almost as bad as Shep Smith.

He's obviously sucking up to the leftist press and looking for a job.

anonamom

the other part is opiates are muscle relaxants as is alcohol

Not muscle relaxants, but respiratory depressants--they decrease the brain's response to CO2 and low O2, so we don't breath as much each minute as we need to if taken in excess.

MissMarple2


Morgan Ortagus
‏Verified account @statedeptspox
5m5 minutes ago

Today, @SecPompeo met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and discussed Libya, Sudan, Iran, tensions in the region, and the need for more robust maritime security in order to promote freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz.

MissMarple2

Justice Gorsuch tells Congress to shape up on writing laws:

https://twitter.com/Rafa_Mangual/status/1143160456992952320

James D.

MM, look who Cameron is partnering with: Joseph Romm of “Climate Progress”

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--I think Ext. ripped that off from one of my comments!--

And pretty sure you ripped it off from me, lyle.
I'm a little foggy on where I got it though.
Probably Harry Stein. :)

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

Congrats Ext and lyle, 6:46

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

Ah! And Ig

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

"Success has a thousand fathers ...
Failure is an orphan. "

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Not muscle relaxants, but respiratory depressants---

Darn it. I had added "depressant" just to cover my rear but took it out.
The benzos my son takes are muscle relaxants.

Narciso79

Well we now where Jeff Stein migrated over to, the Bezos post.

caro

Love your quote, Ex.
Love your quote, too, lyle.

Narciso79

The Texas Tribune, the daily basilisk just the usual gunk.

Narciso79

Hey caro, how have you been?

MissMarple2

Retired Brigadier General Donald Bolduc announces that he is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican

He will be challenging New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheenpic.twitter.com/j1LNVJTpqz

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 24, 2019

Video at link. This guy was one of the horse soldiers of Afghanistan.

Narciso79

Oh Marlene Maine House Spesker Sarah gideon is challenging Susan collins

Narciso79

Alex p Keaton would burn today's journal

lyle

I still occasionally pick up the weekend WSJ, narc. What a waste of $5.

Narciso79

Would we have started Normandy before ending north africa?

https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/2019/06/22/opinion-americas-three-big-mistakes-in-afghanistan/

Narciso79

Yes the news had gone zombie.

Lili-beth

Thanks, everyone. I had a big fight with typepad. It knocked the funny right outta me.
Caro 👋!

Jane

Henry,

Can you imagine deploring her? I would cheer, but boy would it upend the elites!

Narciso79


I think he hasn't been fully appraised on general flynn


https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/06/a_jihad_basis_for_the_coup.html

Melinda

WSJ is just a FusionGPS billboard now. All paid placements.

Momto2

Video of Jesse Smollett with a rope still around his neck as police enter his apt. What a joke!

https://twitter.com/MeganHickeyTV/status/1143281064913375232

caro

Been very well, thanks, Narciso. Enjoying learning golf, difficult at any age.

Jane

Anonamom,

Are you without power?

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

The Communist Party USA recognizes kindred spirits in the men, women and fluid beings in between of the modern Democratic Party.
When are the Dems gonna end the facade and just admit the embrace goes both ways?

Jane

Henry,

‘Deporting” her. We already deploy her.

Jane

I give up.
‘Deplore” her.

lyle

Looks like they’re getting closer with each passing day, Ig.

henry

Deporting Omar would be entertaining. Her district would send a clone in her place.

James D.

We need to deport probably 3/4 of the people in Omar’s district.

If we had a sane government, they’d never have been allowed in in the first place.

Narciso79

I missed this exercise in category error:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/21/unemployment-rising-in-8-states-that-voted-for-trump.html

lyle

My brother regularly travels to Omar’s district. Mogadishu, MN.

Narciso79

Looks like clockwork orsnge:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnists/article-3412616/How-Labour-turned-London-foreign-city.html?fbclid=IwAR1f_9KKtMzZ4-tsPFqoxGgEL3NuxgvvYwnsQWc0FSMBZ4NrQLngt5TRCjs

MissMarple2

This is a good article:

https://www.amgreatness.com/2019/06/23/to-hell-with-the-naysayers-hawley-is-right-about-big-tech/

MissMarple2

Anyone know anything about this?


Kim Dotcom
‏Verified account @KimDotcom
27s28 seconds ago

There are unconfirmed rumors that @hrhprincesshaya has fled from Dubai to Germany with the help of a German diplomat.

If true Haya can finally speak about what happened to Princess Latifa.

Anyone who has any information please contact me via Twitter dm.
@DerSPIEGEL, @BILD, @SZ


henry

Did she take her droids with her?

Narciso79

That seems unlikely

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.harpersbazaararabia.com/amp/article_listing/harpers/people/the-a-list/times-princess-haya-inspired-us-birthday

When is the last time Kim.com has planned out?

lyle

What if they aren’t the droids you’re looking for, henry?

Captain Hate

I still occasionally pick up the weekend WSJ

I did the same for a while. One thing Rupert improved was the entertainment coverage. Unfortunately that was a tertiary reason for subscribing. It was nice to read it after being well informed about news but when that went south...

lyle

Thus ends my less than perfunctory SW allusions.

clarice

Hi, Caro
Yea lili-beth
Congrats to Tonto and Extraneus. Tough time today keeping up..Hope I missed no one.

Narciso79

Apparently it's about this:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.harpersbazaararabia.com/amp/article_listing/harpers/people/the-a-list/times-princess-haya-inspired-us-birthday

Narciso79

Shes more like padme in the naboo palace.

Narciso79

Que sorpresa:

https://babalublog.com/2019/06/24/cursory-visit-by-uns-bachelet-to-socialist-venezuela-did-nothing-for-the-cause-of-freedom/

lyle

Enjoying learning golf

I trust you know the perils to a marriage should you rely on your spouse as your swing coach, my dear. 😉

matt - deplore me if you must

But it's a humid heat.

lyle

If we had a sane government

This conditional clause requires no further explication.

Narciso79

In the Frank Miller dystopian version they would be terrified to do this;

https://deadline.com/2019/06/mark-hamill-julia-louis-dreyfus-zachary-quinto-all-star-live-stream-mueller-report-reading-1202636984/

James D.

MM @ 8:39

That’s a great article, thanks for posting it.

Narciso79

Jake Gyllenhaal has always rubbed the wrong way since day after tomorrow, he has the personality of Luke warm tapioca.

Narciso79

Ribert shenkkan did a fairly good job with hacksaw ridge but hes darn nese lost hid mind.

henry

The last place I would have looked...

Fresh water offshore of New England.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2019/06/24/a-massive-reservoir-of-freshwater-was-just-discovered-offshore-new-england/

Buckeye

Mrs. Buckeye's father was a scratch golfer. The pros in both Columbus and in Florida pushed him to consider the Senior Tour. He was that good.

He did a great job coaching Jr. and Buckeyette who both are very good golfers.

But neither Mrs. Buckeye or her sister ever learned to play or had any interest. Go figure.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I may have linked this before but it's pretty fun;
Maria Bartiromo and Joey Ramone became buds.

Then Joey wrote a song about/for her;
Joey Ramone; Maria Bartiromo.

lyle

NB: my 8:53 was tease to caro’s hubby whom I had the pleasure of meeting with her last July. 😉

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I love my new cold oven chicken recipes and results but I did discover this evening that it is possible to put too much cayenne pepper on.
Chihuahuas!

Narciso79

Ay chihuahua, and other peppers are magnitude stronger.

henry

Vid at link.

Saavedra:

E. Jean Carroll on her allegation against Trump: “The word rape carries so many sexual connotations. This was not sexual. ... I think most people think of rape as being sexy. They think of the fantasies”

https://twitter.com/realsaavedra/status/1143329101052170241?s=21

Narciso79

If avenatti was a abusive embezzling moutebank who knows what vein of raw crazy she'll let out

We already have psychos marrying themselves at the White House gates

D

Hi caro.
Lilli-Beth great post!
Henry:
Love the hashtag-2 weeks!

henry

Maryrose, I didn’t start the hashtag.

Momto2

henry - the end of that video when she stares at him and says, "You are really fascinating to talk to..." is SO creepy!

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