The FBI has used the terrorism as an excuse to subpoena some 2,000 telephone records from phone carriers without a warrant or even a National Security Letter, according to the Washington Post for January 18. “The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records.” the Post found.
A federal judge in California is preparing to rule whether a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Testimony began January 11 in San Francisco and could last for weeks in a case expected to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a signal example of being a day late and a trillion dollars short, several key senators have recently admitted that healthcare “reform” is unconstitutional. That’s right. Just in time to do absolutely nothing about it, several lawmakers have decided to cop to the fact that nowhere in the Constitution they have sworn to uphold is Congress (or any other branch of government, for that matter) empowered to establish a new healthcare system, overhaul an old heathcare system, or do anything at all regarding the purchase of insurance for medical treatment.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum stated December 29 that the healthcare package the U.S. Senate passed on Christmas Eve contains an unconstitutional mandate requiring all Americans to purchase health care insurance.
Amazing as it may seem, since ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, the Supreme Court has never provided a definitive statement as to whether, in the Justices’ opinions, the Second Amendment applies to the States as well as to the General Government. Until now. For the Court has just agreed to hear McDonald v. City of Chicago,in which finally that issue is squarely presented. This case is being heralded as being of groundbreaking significance.
During last year’s presidential campaign, then-candidate Barrack Obama made a now-famous gaffe when he referred to his having visited 57 states during the campaign — a tour which included New Mexico. But residents of New Mexico may be wondering whether they are still a part of the union of these United States.
The Obama administration's Solicitor General Elena Kagan has called for all 27 judges of the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appealsa to rehear the seven-year-old baseball-steroid case, after an 11-judge “limited en banc” panel of the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, in a ruling on the case, adopted sweeping new rules for the employment of search warrants. It's a case where both the executive branch and the judicial branch exceeeded their constitutional authority.
The city of New London, Connecticut, fought for and won at the highest level permission to take private property from one person and give it to another. Now that victorious "person" (i.e., pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Inc.) is closing its New London facility and moving it to Groton. Was it all for naught?
Well, the two-party system is working as it is supposed to, with Socialist Party A returning to power to perpetuate the discredited policies of Socialist Party B, which the "B" team inherited from the "A" team when the "A" team left office eight years earlier.
Two things that people should never see being made, Otto Von Bismarck once quipped, were sausages and laws. The Founding Fathers intended to make it hard to pass laws. The enumerated powers of Congress to make laws were limited to a very few areas of national concern, like postal roads, patents and copyrights, and weights and measurements. As narrowly as the Constitution restricted federal legislative power, the Bill of Rights — whose adoption was an essential precondition for many states in adopting the Constitution — include two clear and emphatic amendments which should make the whole concept of federal health care a joke.
If Charleton Heston had lived in Massachusetts, then his rousing warning regarding his right to gun ownership would have read: “You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead lockbox!” A case challenging the law in Massachusetts requiring that “stored firearms be secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant safety device” will be heard next week by the state’s highest court.