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Not Once, But Twice, Supreme Court Defies We the People

In overturning Roe v. Wade, Justice Samuel Alito writes that "we cannot allow our decisions to be affected by any extraneous influences such as concern about the public's reaction to our work". Disregard of what Americans want for their country looks to be this Supreme Court's playbook going forward. The 5-to-4 reversal of Roe pays no heed to polls that show that around two-thirds of Americans oppose banning abortion, with up to 80% saying the right to abortion should not be prohibited in its entirety.

The extreme move by the Catholic end of the bench imposing its religion on all Americans will occupy the headlines and protests ongoing, and we have already weighed in with our view of how a sensible country might end the abortion extremism of both sides in "Can There Be a Middle Ground to End the Abortion Debate?" (found here). Better therefore for us to examine the Court decision of just the day before the Roe v. Wade ruling, another seismic shock that the Roe declaration has drowned out.

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Just weeks after the massacres in Buffalo and Uvalde, the Court originalists decided that more guns are needed where people congregate. They find that a New York law, on the books for over a century, is unconstitutional for requiring that a citizen demonstrate a "special need" for a permit to carry a gun in public. The six conservative justices believe that New York's law infringes our Second Amendment rights, their remedy being that we are now free to carry concealed guns in public. Eight in ten New Yorkers do not want their law overturned, but Alito has told us that they're extraneous. Congress is close to passing a modicum of regulations to curtail dangerous gun buyers and owners — finally —…

abortion

Can There Be a Middle Ground to End the Abortion Debate?

The fight over abortion is a war without end because it has always been conducted at extremes. The Alito doctrine resolves none of that because, assuming Roe v. Wade is overturned on his terms, the justice has only moved the issue from one extreme to the other.

For the 50 years since the Supreme Court ruling in 1973, the law of the land has permitted abortion up to the point of "viability", defined as when the fetus can survive on its own outside the womb, set at 23 weeks of pregnancy. This is the left-wing extreme position which says
that up to that point it isn't really a human, so it's okay to destroy it. Before that, not quite ready to go forth umbilically untethered, so disposable. It's true that few abortions occur that late, but demanding the absolute freedom of "my body, my choice" for the full 23 weeks without regard to that second life is abhorrent. What if the viability standard were applied to those helplessly intubated with COVID, or to the old in nursing homes who cannot manage unaided. Just let 'em go? The pro-choice absolutists fear they cannot compromise because the pro-lifers never will.

The pro-lifers at the other extreme insist a human is formed at the moment of conception when sperm penetrates egg. Or earlier. Listen to what the fervidly religious Mike Pence said — and in a campaign debate, no less,

"The sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief [in] that ancient principle where God says 'before you were formed in the womb I knew you.'"

You didn't know it but your pregnancy was God's plan. This is where the fanaticism of religion takes over and words such as "sacred" are invoked. It is the moment at which a cluster of cells becomes “ensouled” with no regard to what is actually happening physically in…

the economy

A Changing World Says Inflation Is Here to Stay

"Make no mistake, inflation is largely the fault of Putin”, blurted President Biden. Perhaps he meant only gasoline. "These are not Putin gas prices. They are President Biden gas prices", retorted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, as if the president controls world oil
markets. "These really are Putin gas prices", insisted Nobel laureate economist New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, unmindful of the rise from $20 a barrel to $80 before the war. Back and forth goes blame, verging on infantile.

Inflation's causes are many, of course. The pandemic played a major role. Sheltering at home from the scourge, unable to spend on services — restaurants, movies, travel — people shifted to homelife improvements — electronics, appliances, furnishings. But quarantine lockdowns made production sporadic. Accustomed to finding just what we look for on well-stocked shelves, we learned about supply chains and what happens when they are disrupted.

Industry discovered that just-in-time inventory control, a quantum leap in efficiency, could have drawbacks; shortages developed and prices were bid up when trucks didn't show up at unloading docks. The shortage of semiconductors periodically shut down auto assembly lines. Used car prices shot up 37%. Lumber costs became prohibitive, adding…

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The Jan. 6 Case Against Donald Trump: Part 3.

Parts 1 and 2 are below on our front page

As the zero hour of January 6th approached, Trump lieutenants booked a suite of rooms at the luxurious Willard Hotel a block from the White House to make final plans for disrupting the certification of Joe Biden
as the nation's 46th president. Led by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, once celebrated as "America's mayor" after 9/11, they called it their "command center". A number of principals in the scheme either stayed at the hotel or formed a steady stream of visitors.

Steve Bannon, formerly Trump's chief strategist in the White House, came and went, serving as the group's political adviser. Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner who was found to have accepted gifts from companies doing business with the city, did four years in federal prison, and was pardoned by Trump, had advanced $55,000 for the rooms. Of note, given the purpose of the rooms, was that no less than the Republican National Committee reimbursed him.

Also hunkered down was senior campaign aide and former White House special assistant Boris Epshteyn, and One America News reporter Christina Bobb, volunteering for the campaign, and showing along with Fox News's Sean Hannity that… Read More »

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The Scheme to Steal the Election.
Part 2.

Part 1 is at the base of the front page

After the 2020 election, Donald Trump won the media's attention with incendiary claims that the election had been stolen, ultimately rousing his base to riot when Congress met to certify that Joe Biden was to be the new president. We covered that route to January 6th in Part One.

Occurring in parallel, surfacing only later, primarily from the work of
House Select Committee investigating the happenings of Jan. 6, 2021

the House Select Committee investigating everything related to January 6th, did it become apparent that Trump allies were hatching a scheme to overturn the election by disrupting the proceedings in Congress. Had the plot succeeded, it would have been an actual stolen election, this time by Trump.

THE BEST LAID PLANS…?

In the two-month span from November 3rd to January 6th, text messages, email, and tweets showed how widespread was the Republican push to keep Donald Trump in the White House.

Everyone turned to Mark Meadows as chief of staff. Energy Secretary Rick Perry texted him the day after the election with ideas for overturning the results. "We have the data driven program that can clearly show where the fraud was committed.… Read More »

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Could Trump Really Be Prosecuted for Jan. 6? Part 1.

That Donald Trump and the circle around him plotted to abort the constitutional transfer of power to steal the election from Joe Biden and give Trump another term as president is indisputable. Less certain is to what extent indictments photo of trump
will be brought against the many involved in the conspiracy — a larger contingent than previously realized ranging from Trump's inner circle and hangers-on to members of Congress — or whether against Trump himself. The congressional select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riots and Capitol break-in and attempted overthrow of government has interviewed over 800 witnesses to bring to light the full story of that day and the months preceding, and it has concluded that there is enough evidence to bring criminal charges against the former president.

the believers

Two streams of activity converged on January 6 and the congressional committee has explored Trump's culpability in both.

One traces what Trump's followers did in reaction to the election. When the results showed Biden as the winner, Trump's people, primed to believe the election was rigged, made "Stop the Steal" their mantra and have persisted in that theme ever since.… Read More »

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