FAIR: free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice

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I’ve just finished listening to the President nominate Judge Merrick Garland for the empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.  His choice is a good one, which appears to be based entirely upon Judge Garland’s credentials and temperament. That is what the Constitution asks for, and President Obama has used great discretion in making this […]

ORIGINALISM: a principle of interpretation that views the Constitution’s meaning as fixed as of the time of enactment.

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  It would be ideal if there was only one way to read the Constitution in order to find the actual intent of the framers.  But, as I said, that is an ideal and we are not privileged to have such information.  We have to speculate, based upon the data available to us. Some would […]

JUSTICE OR POLITICS?: The Supreme Court takes a controversial stance on campaign financing

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I suppose it’s a matter of perspective. But from where I sit, it looks as if the decision made by the Supreme Court regarding extension of maximum contributions to political campaigns by corporations has little to do with “what’s best for the United States of America.”  It looks like a purely political decision, in which […]

DOMA: Defense of Marriage Act (terminally ill)

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DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, born on September 21, 1996, was pronounced terminally ill by The United States Supreme Court, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The 16-year-old bill was declared unconstitutional. This means that it can no longer be defended by United States officials and that states that have enacted legislation permitting same-gender marriage […]

RIBALD [RIB-uhld] : to use coarse language, foul-mouthed

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The internet is ablaze with the video of the first-day-on-the-job (and last!) news anchor at a Dakota tv station who didn’t know the mike was on yet and let loose with a pretty graphic comment.  Yes, he was fired after his first day. David (Papi)  Ortiz, beloved Designated Hitter for the Red Sox, added an […]

EQUALITY IN MARRIAGE: some thoughts

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The debate over same-gender marriage and its legality can, indeed, said to be raging throughout this country.   As we speak (or read) the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue in a precedent-setting action. At this point it is not clear what they will decide, or if they will even come to a decision.   There […]