Monday, July 13, 2020

The oldest city in the world

Damascus dates back anterior to the days of Abraham, and is the oldest city in the world. It was founded by Uz, the grandson of Noah.

“The early history of Damascus is shrouded in the mists of a hoary antiquity.”

Leave the matters written of in the first eleven chapters of the Old Testament out, and no recorded event has occurred in the world but Damascus was in existence to receive the news of it.

Go back as far as you will into the vague past, there was always a Damascus.

Higher Education Updates

@USHouseNews: #HouseHearing: Examining the Impact of #COVID19 on the Future of Higher Education. #Coronavirus — […]

@ClayTravis: Every year 1,825 kids ages 18-24 die on college campuses from alcohol related issues. — […]

@Reuters: International students in the United States with a fully virtual courseload may soon be forced to leave the country, as universities like Harvard shift to online instruction for the upcoming academic year[…]

@Reuters: More than a million foreign students at U.S. universities scramble to figure out their plans following Trump's new order that would force them to leave the country if their schools hold all classes online[…]

Friday, July 10, 2020

Nature and Resources Updates

@DrRickKnabb: We’re racking up Atlantic depressions/storms mainly by feasting on non-tropical land-based origins to get short-lived, weak systems, formation of which is harder to forecast. Models suggest could get another off East Coast next week. None of this is the real hurricane season yet. — […]

@capital_climate: Washington #DCA 2.04" rainfall overnight is a new record for July 7. The old record of 0.93" in 1958 was 1 of only 2 July daily records less than 1". #dcwx #climate — […]

@AFP: Hundreds of people had to leave their homes in a coastal French city to allow explosive experts to deal with a 500-kilogram bomb from World War II[…]

We're inside the line for being extra hot in about a week for several days. #DCwx #VAwx #MDwx[…]

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. — […]


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