Thursday, July 9, 2020

SCOTUS Updates

.@USSupremeCourt To Hear Case On Sealed Mueller Evidence[…]

@ReutersLegal: U.S. Supreme Court to hear Trump appeal over Russia report documents[…]

@ReutersLegal: U.S. Supreme Court takes up Nestle, Cargill appeals over human rights claims[…]

@ReutersLegal: U.S. Supreme Court sends Indiana abortion cases back to lower courts[…]

@ReutersLegal: U.S. Supreme Court takes up Germany's appeal in Nazi art dispute[…]

@news_ntd: The #SupremeCourt agreed to consider the #Trump admin’s appeal of a lower court’s decision compelling @TheJusticeDept to give Congress documents from former Special Counsel Robert #Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.[…]

@PrivacyPros: "Facebook asks SCOTUS to intervene in privacy lawsuit" (via @DailyDashboard) cc: @MediaPost[…]

@USSupremeCourt: The Fourth Circuit’s judgment—that the robocall restriction’s government-debt exception in 47 U. S. C. §227(b)(1)(A)(iii) violates the First Amendment but is severable from the remainder of the statute—is affirmed. — […]

@USSupremeCourt: OPINION: Chiafalo v. Washington (19-465) A State may enforce an elector’s pledge to support his party’s nominee—and the state voters’ choice—for President. — […]

Binding faithless electors (WORLD) — […]

@2Aupdates: New Supreme Court case Zoie v Nebraska (#SCOTUS, 19-1418): Cert petition[…]

@AllianceDefends: BREAKING: US Supreme Court asked to halt NV governor’s rules that treat churches worse than casinos ADF attorneys represent church challenging unbalanced coronavirus restrictions that allow more people to play slots than gather for worship Read more:[…]

@USSupremeCourt: OPINION: Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru ALITO, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and THOMAS, BREYER, KAGAN, GORSUCH, and KAVANAUGH, JJ., joined. — […]

@scotusreporter: In first opinion today, Supreme Court says two teachers who wanted to sue their parochial schools employers may not because of the "ministerial exception" protecting religious institutions — […]

@USSupremeCourt: OPINION: Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania (19-431) THOMAS, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and ALITO, GORSUCH, and KAVANAUGH, JJ., joined. — […]

@KevinDaleyDC: BREAKING: The Supreme Court upholds the Trump administration's conscience exemptions from the Obamacare birth control mandate in victory for the Little Sisters of the Poor. Justice Thomas has the Court's opinion. The judgment is 7-2. #SCOTUS[…]

Supreme Court upholds contraceptive exemption (WORLD) — […]

@NRBtoday: SCOTUS Delivers Major Wins for Religious Liberty with Rulings on Our Lady of Guadalupe and Little Sisters of the Poor Cases[…]

Religious schools keep the right to hire for beliefs (WORLD) — […]

Victory for the Little Sisters (WORLD) — […]

@USSupremeCourt: OPINION: McGirt v. Oklahoma (18-9526) GORSUCH, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. — […]

@USSupremeCourt: OPINION: Trump v. Vance (19-635) ROBERTS, C. J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. KAVANAUGH, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which GORSUCH, J., joined. — […]

@USSupremeCourt: OPINION: Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP (19-715) The courts below did not take adequate account of the significant separation of powers concerns implicated by congressional subpoenas for the President’s information. — […]

@tsspangler: Justice Thomas dissent to tax records: "The subpoena ... here is unprecedented. Never before has a local prosecutor subpoenaed the records of a sitting President. The Court’s decision threatens to impair the functioning of the Presidency" — […]

2019 term concluded: Complete list of 2019 cases, opinions and summaries

Wednesday, July 8, 2020


The name of the restaurant may not be long for this earth, but The Man may survive.
I remember going with my daughter Jennifer to Dixie’s BBQ for lunch. Dixie’s has the best BBQ in western Washington. Ask anyone. It’s official.

The proprietor visits each table and asks, “Have you met ‘The Man’?”

“The Man” is the seriously hot hot sauce for which Dixie’s is famous.

“Lay it on us,” we said.

Within seconds, two women of reasonably professional demeanor were transformed into bleary-eyed, runny-nosed, red-blotched, mascara-streaked, ugly-faced, broken-down, beggin’-for-mercy, cryin’-for-Mama, fixin’-to-die, hiccupping lumps of humanity.

Of humility.

There was no way out but through. Sans dignity.

And if you’ve never heard a grown child of yours whisper, “Help me,” it’s unnerving, let me tell you.

Federal, International Updates

@usbotschaft: The U.S. will continue to stand w/ the freedom-loving people of #HongKong and respond to Beijing’s attacks on freedoms of speech, the press, and assembly, as well as the rule of law. Today marks a sad day for Hong Kong, and for freedom-loving people across China.[…]

"Artificial Flowers, Christmas Decorations, Coal, Footwear, Garments, and Nails are included for forced labor of adults;
"Textiles are included for child labor; and
"Bricks, Cotton, Electronics, Fireworks, and Toys are included for both forced labor of adults and child labor."[…]

@TheJusticeDept: Last month, AG Barr took part in a virtual security ministerial with close partners from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. They discussed #COVID19’s impact on global security and agreed to work together to combat threats in areas of mutual interest.[…]

If avoiding #MadeinChina, specific things to avoid and why. #ChildLabor #ForcedLabor #China[…]

@statedeptspox: Great news on entry into force of the #USMCA! This landmark agreement will be a new engine for growth and prosperity to ensure North America remains the most economically dynamic region in the world.[…]

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The greatest need of our nature

God meant to make us know ourselves created for another and a better life, such being in fact the greatest need of our nature.
Source: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace

Presidential Updates

@DeptofDefense: China is increasingly a concern for the commander of @USNavyEurope & @NATO's Allied Joint Force Command. Read more why strengthing relationships with our allies & partners across Europe & Africa is more important than ever #partnerships #USNavyAfrica[…]

Trump defends monuments on July Fourth (WORLD) — […]

@markknoller: Pres Trump's schedule this week also includes WH talks and working dinner on Wednesday with Mexican Pres Lopez Obrador. Comes a week after the US/Canada/Mexico trade agreement went into effect replacing NAFTA. — […]

Monday, July 6, 2020

Higher Education Updates

@IndoPac_Info: Spied on. Fired. Publicly shamed. #China’s crackdown on professors reminds many of Mao era Under #XiJinping, the party banned discussion in 2013 of “Western concepts” such as universal values, free press, civil society and the party’s historical errors.[…]

@UPI: More than a dozen British universities face insolvency due to COVID-19, study says[…]

Mark Twain in Ephasus

Ephesus—a town great in all ages of the world—a city familiar to readers of the Bible, and one which was as old as the very hills when the disciples of Christ preached in its streets. It dates back to the shadowy ages of tradition, and was the birthplace of gods renowned in Grecian mythology. …

On a high, steep hill, toward the sea, is a gray ruin of ponderous blocks of marble, wherein, tradition says, St. Paul was imprisoned eighteen centuries ago. From these old walls you have the finest view of the desolate scene where once stood Ephesus, the proudest city of ancient times, and whose Temple of Diana was so noble in design, and so exquisite of workmanship, that it ranked high in the list of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Salute to America

THE PRESIDENT: … Our Founders launched not only a revolution in government, but a revolution in the pursuit of justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity. No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America. And no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation.

It was all made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence. They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said: “…all men are created equal.”

These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom. Our Founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights — given [to] us by our Creator in Heaven. And that which God has given us, we will allow no one, ever, to take away — ever.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Weekly Updates

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Nature and Resources Updates

After 6/29 we lose daylight faster than 30 seconds per day until mid-September. #WashingtonDC — […]

@DEFCONWSALERTS: Mysterious Spike In Radioactivity Over Northern Europe, Accident At Russian Nuclear Plant Suspected -[…]

@ArmedwScience: Dr. Mark J. Lewis, director of Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization, spoke with @HudsonInstitute on how being unafraid of failure will be critical to speeding DOD's development of hypersonics.[…]

@fox32news: EYES TO THE SKY: Skywatchers are in for a treat on July 4, when the buck moon, or July full moon, rises in the sky. There will also be a partial lunar eclipse.[…]


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