Tag Archives: John Roberts

A Veritable Feast of Reality, Choice, and Consequences, by Doug “Uncola” Lynn

Doug “Uncola” Lynn tracks the many ways the world is going to hell. From Lynn at theburningplatform.com:

Someone I care about got into some trouble the week before Thanksgiving. They asked for my help, and I wasn’t raised to say “no” in such situations. What ensued were a series of unfortunate events that staggered my mind and challenged my previously naive vision of a moderately benevolent universe.

By any definition, any knowledgeable neutral party would say I did everything right, in spite of the dire turn of events that, fortunately, resulted in only a minor loss of time and money on my part; with a still positive outcome for the party I helped.

Even now, looking back, I realize I’d have made all the same decisions with the same information I had at the time. Yet, the mostly-positive denouement of the entire affair resulted in a conclusion I never dreamed possible at the start.

It had to do with a car accident, an insurance claim, buying a lemon, and ultimately enjoying some fine lemonade in the end. The party who I helped is now better off than if my original plans were realized. I will say, however, it was darkest before the dawn, and things should have ended much worse.

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The Difference Between An Obama Judge And A Trump Judge, by Tyler Durden

Chief Justice John Roberts issues a homily about the federal court system that bears no discernible relationship to reality. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

The last few days have seen President Trump escalate his tirade against judicial bias in America’s higher courts following his initial comments responding to yet another liberal California judge earlier this week blocked one of President Trump’s policies – this time a new asylum rule that would have required applicants to arrive at a designated port of entry (a lot to ask, I know) – the understandably frustrated president lashed out at liberal courts in general.

“I think it’s a disgrace when every case gets filed in the 9th Circuit,” said Trump.

“That’s not law, that’s not what this country stands for. Every case that gets filed in the 9th Circuit, we get beaten and then we end up having to go to the Supreme Court, like the travel ban, and we won.”

Prompting a response from Chief Justice John Roberts…

“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” he said in a statement.

“What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.

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He Said That? 6/26/15

From Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts’ dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health (the gay marriage case):

This court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us.

Who is Roberts trying to fool? He should go back and read his own majority opinion in King v. Burwell. The Chief Justice had no trouble rewriting the Affordable Care Act so that, notwithstanding the plain language of the statute, low-income insurance buyers in states that operate their own insurance exchanges will receive federal subsidies (see “He Said That? 6/25/15—THE SUPREME COURT’S OBAMACARE TRAVESTY,” SLL). Roberts is just trying to restore his credibility with conservatives who thought he meant what he said about being “an umpire,” not a legislator in robes. Nice try, John, but Obamacare and its financial ramifications are a hell of a lot more important than whether or not gays can wed. Gay marriage will take the happy out of gay, but that’s their business. Obamacare will wreck our entire medical system, and Roberts’ name is on a blown opportunity and legally proper last chance to stop it by making it adhere to its own terms.