The Supreme Court has ordered the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to re-examine its 2011 decision that blocked a suit by Liberty University, a pretend-college that gets federal money to indoctrinate students with right-wing Christian propaganda, and is used to launder money by Jerry Falwell’s evangelical empire. The case of Liberty University v. Geithner (11-438) was blocked by the appeals court on jurisdictional grounds after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obamacare, because the Supreme Court decision invalidated all pending suits against the act.
Liberty University had claimed that Obamacare would lead to taxpayer dollars funding abortions and contraception – which is not illegal under current law – and claimed the law’s provisions violated so-called “religious freedom”, a concept that has no legal standing. The only mention of religion in the Constitution insures that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”, which has been interpreted to mean there can be no state-sponsored religion, and which is part of the foundation for the separation of church and state.
Liberty University refiled its suit after the Supreme Court decision that validated Obamacare. The mandate to the appeals court is seen as a first step to hearing the case in the Supreme Court.
Maine Governor Paul LePage has apologized to Jews, Germans, Americans, Latvians, Argentinians, Eskimo Peoples, dogs, cats, small rodents, and just about all other thinking, sentient, aware forms of life throughout the universe for saying the recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act of 2010 will turn the Internal Revenue Service into a fascistic secret police organization.
LePage, who was elected in 2010 with support from the Tea Party (a group known for its reasoned and appropriate rhetoric), was making a speech Saturday when he said “This decision has made America less free. We the people have been told there is no choice. You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo – the I.R.S.”
The Gestapo were of course the Geheime Staatspolizei, “Secret State Police”, of Nazi Germany. This organization was responsible only to the leadership of the Nazi Party – they were not bound by any courts, political organizations, or other civilian or military authority. The Gestapo was responsible for political murders, social “cleansing” operations, and the arrest and torture of individuals deemed antagonistic to the Nazi Party.
So it’s easy to see why LePage would immediately think of them when trying to describe the I.R.S.’s role in collecting taxes.
In his apology LePage said “It was not my intent to insult anyone, especially the Jewish Community, or minimize the fact that millions of people were murdered, but really, how can anyone think that’s worse than having a negro in the White House? And he’s not just answering the door or serving the soup! He’s making policy decisions!”
LePage finished his apology by saying he was sorry if he angered anyone who works at the I.R.S.: “Please, please, please don’t audit me! There’s no way my books can stand-up to an audit!”
The Supreme Court of the United States released it’s decision on the legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Thursday, rejecting arguments that the law is unconstitutional. The Court upheld “Obamacare” on a 5-to-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the Court’s 4 liberal justices.
President Obama immediately made a statement to the nation via just about every media outlet known to humanity, essentially saying “Nyah nyah nyah! Big stinkin’ Tea Party sucking conservatives lost!”
Conservatives immediately made a statement as well, saying “this isn’t the end of this! Well go all the way on this one, and we’ll take it to…uh, take it to…er, ah…is there somewhere to take it after the Supreme Court?”
To which Obama replied “No! There isn’t! Nyah nyah nyah!”
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he was disappointed in the Court decision, and added repeal of the law and firing the 5 justices who voted to uphold it to his “Day One To-Do List”, which now has several thousand items on it including “declare polygamy to be legal”, “change the name of the Earth to Utah”, and “install car elevator in White House garage”.
The United States Supreme Court struck-down key provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, siding with the Federal government in its contention that it has jurisdiction on immigration issues. Some parts of the law the Court invalidated include:
- Authorizing police to arrest immigrants without warrant where “probable cause” exists that they committed any public offense making them removable from the country.
- Making it a state crime for “unauthorized immigrants” to fail to carry registration papers and other government identification.
- Forbidding those not authorized for employment in the United States to apply, solicit or perform work. That would include immigrants standing in a parking lot who “gesture or nod” their willingness to be employed.
However, the Court let stand the most controversial part of the law, allowing police to check a person’s immigration status when enforcing other laws. Though the Court did leave open the possibility this provision can be re-visited in the future on different grounds.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who championed the draconian law, claimed the Court decision was a “victory” because apparenly in Arizona having your ass handed to you by the highest court in the land is somehow “winning”.