SCOTUS: SHERMAN – Gay marriage; SHERMAN – Health care.
PA: HENRY – DelCo politics.
LEADS: MAY – Whites vanish; RUSSIA out-plays NATO; KORTE – 19 secret directives; OHLEMACHER – IRS erased TEA mails; KREDO – Power grid hacked.
ISLAM: JAHN – US to give hi-tech reactors to Iran.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN (6/25/15); BRODY – Coulter’s Brimelow redux.
SCOTUS . . .
Mark Sherman, AP: “Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
“Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
“Gay rights supporters cheered, danced and wept outside the court when the decision was announced.
“The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.
“Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court’s previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions. . .”
Mark Sherman, AP: “Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.
“The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, as opponents contended.
“The outcome was the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement. And it came the same day the court gave him an unexpected victory by preserving a key tool the administration uses to fight housing bias.
“Obama greeted news of the decision by declaring the health care law ‘is here to stay.’ . . .”
Also – Adam Liptak, NYT: “Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies”
“WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s health care law allows the government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance, a sweeping vindication that endorsed the larger purpose of Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
“The 6-to-3 ruling means that it is all but certain that the Affordable Care Act will survive after Mr. Obama leaves office in 2017, and will give it a greater chance of becoming an enduring part of America’s social safety net.
“For the second time in three years, the law survived an encounter with the Supreme Court. But the court’s tone was different this time. The first decision, in 2012, was fractured and grudging, while Thursday’s ruling was more assertive.
“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority.
“The court’s three most conservative members — Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. — dissented. Justice Scalia called the majority’s reasoning ‘quite absurd.’”
Also – Joel Gehrke, NRO: “Scalia Slams Roberts as Biased In Obamacare Cases” “In a blistering dissent from the majority in King v. Burwell this morning, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said President Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement should be called “SCOTUScare” rather than Obamacare, in light of how many times Chief Justice John Roberts has intervened to protect the law from a crippling legal defeat.
“Scalia argued that Roberts rewrote the law twice in 2012, and has now done so a third time in his King decision, which allows the IRS to continue providing subsidies to people who purchase insurance in the federal government’s health-care exchange.
“‘The somersaults of statutory interpretation they have performed (‘penalty’ means tax, ‘further [Medicaid] payments to the State’ means only incremental Medicaid payments to the State, ‘established by the State’ means not established by the State) will be cited by litigants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence,’ Scalia wrote in his dissent. ‘And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.’” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420298/king-burwell-scalia-attacks-roberts-bias-obamacare-cases
PA . . .
Lowman Henry, CAP: “Delco Special Could be Scott Wagner Sequel”
“While all eyes are riveted on the looming state budget deadline in Harrisburg, the political story of the summer is now playing out in Delaware County where a special election for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing internal GOP battle between union-leaning southeastern Republicans and the party’s pro worker freedom grassroots.
“The drama began to unfold when State Representative Joe Hackett resigned at the end of April. Despite having been re-elected just months earlier, Hackett decided he wanted to return to his old career in law enforcement. That set the stage for a special election which will be held on August 4th. Nominees in legislative special elections are chosen by the respective political parties rather than by voters in a primary. Thus, a candidate not selected by committee members has no recourse other than to run a write-in campaign. Such write-in campaigns had previously proven to be fruitless, until Senator Scott Wagner scored a historic write-in victory in a special election in York County last year.
The Delaware County committee members participating in the selection of a nominee for Hackett’s 161st district seat chose a candidate who has riled grassroots conservatives across the commonwealth. They picked as their candidate Paul Mullen who is president of the Delaware County AFL-CIO and business manager of IBEW Local 654. In doing so, the committee passed over Lisa Esler, a local school board member and co-founder of the Delaware County Tea Party Patriots.
“As a labor union boss, Mullen can be expected to oppose most of the pro worker freedom agenda being advanced by the Republican-controlled legislature in Harrisburg. Pension reform, liquor privatization and paycheck protection are but three important issues that enjoy widespread support among the GOP grassroots and in the Republican caucuses in the legislature. Progress on all three of these reforms has been blocked by the labor unions. Worse, Mullen supported Barack Obama, Joe Sestak against U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, and Tom Wolf over Governor Tom Corbett, making his selection by the GOP even more curious.
“The Mullen pick lit a powder keg of fury among conservatives. Esler has stepped forward and will challenge the union boss in the upcoming special election by running a write-in campaign. Her efforts should be taken seriously for two reasons: the Wagner win proves it can be done; and the district is almost evenly divided by party registration meaning this is more than just a GOP intramural competition. . .”
LEADS . . .
Carolyn May, Big Govt: “Census: More Minority Children Than Whites, More Whites Dying Than Being Born”
“Racial and ethic minorities children under the age of five are now the majority as non-Hispanic white children make up an ever-smaller slice of the population, according to the Census Bureau.
“New population estimates released Thursday reveal a striking shift in the composition of America’s population as racial and ethnic minority births are also outpacing minority deaths.
“Meanwhile non-Hispanic whites are experiencing negative population growth, seeing 61,841 more deaths than births between 2013 and 2014.
“The Census reports that in the past decade, the population has become more diverse, with the percentage of ethic and racial minorities growing from 32.9 percent to 37.9 percent over the last decade.
“Indeed, the report notes that Millennials — now representing more than a quarter of the population, more than the 75.4 million Baby Boomers — are more diverse than earlier generations as 44.2 percent belong to a minority group.
“With the nation as a whole barreling toward a minority-majority future, there are already states where racial and ethnic minorities actually make up the majority. Specifically there are four states and the District of Columbia: Hawaii (77.0 percent), the District of Columbia (64.2 percent), California (61.5 percent), New Mexico (61.1 percent) and Texas (56.5 percent).
“There are other states on the precipice of a minority-majority population such as Nevada where 48.9 percent is minority. . .”
Kate Pickles, UK Daily Mail: “Russia has rehearsed an invasion of SCANDINAVIA which, if carried out, would prevent NATO from reinforcing the Baltic states, claims US security report”
“A mock invasion of Sweden and Norway has been carried out by 33,000 Russian troops, a US security think tank has claimed.
“Tens of thousands of soldiers rehearsed a military takeover of Swedish and Norwegian territory near the Baltic Sea in March, security expert Edward Lucas said in a report for the US-based Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).
“The exercise also simulated the invasion of other areas including the Danish island of Bornholm, Finland’s Swedish-speaking Åland islands, and northern Norway, according to the report, The Coming Storm. “’The scenario included the speedy seizure of northern Norway, the Åland islands, the Swedish island of Gotland and the Danish island of Bornholm,’ the report states. “’If carried out successfully, control of those territories would make it all but impossible for NATO allies to reinforce the Baltic states.’ . . .” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3139933/Russia-rehearsed-invasion-SCANDINAVIA-carried-prevent-NATO-reinforcing-Baltic-states-claims-security-report.html Scott Wong & Christina Marcos, The Hill: “Boehner doles out new punishment”
“Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies are charging ahead with their effort to punish conservatives who have been a thorn in leadership’s side — a purge that is roiling the GOP conference.
“The latest victim is Colorado Rep. Ken Buck, who could be stripped of his title as GOP freshman class president on Thursday morning.
“Boehner allies have been retaliating against rank-and-file members who voted against a procedural motion earlier this month, nearly derailing a major trade package favored by Republican leaders that is set to clear the House on Thursday.
“While the Speaker has lashed out at conservative rebels before, the latest intraparty purge has been particularly aggressive, this time targeting members of the new, conservative House Freedom Caucus who voted against the rule.
“Three members of that caucus have been booted from the whip team, and another was stripped of his subcommittee gavel. Buck, meanwhile, faces being ousted as head of the freshman class just months after being elected to that position by his peers.
“‘It’s clear that leadership has decided there’s going to be retaliation,’ he told reporters in the Speaker’s lobby just off the House floor.
“But GOP lawmakers and aides close to leadership contend the political payback is being divvied out at the behest of the Republican Conference.
“Roughly 200 Republicans believe the retaliation is completely appropriate, they say, and many have reportedly been privately imploring Boehner’s team to take more aggressive actions like stripping the rebels of gavels, denying them travel, halting campaign cash and blocking their bills from the floor. . .”
Gregory Korte, USA Today: “Obama has issued 19 secret directives”
“WASHINGTON — A one-digit correction to President Obama’s directive on hostage policy Wednesday had the effect of disclosing the existence of a previously unknown — and still-secret — Obama order on national security.
“The hostage policy was originally released Wednesday as a presidential policy directive numbered PPD-29. When the White House corrected that number to PPD-30, it meant Obama had issued a secret directive as PPD-29 sometime in the past 17 months.
“Obama signed PPD-28, an order on electronic eavesdropping in the wake of revelations by Edward Snowden, in January 2014.
“So what is PPD-29? No one’s talking. A spokesman for the National Security Council declined to comment of the existence of classified PPDs Wednesday. . .”
Stephen Ohlemacher, MyWay: “Watchdog: IRS workers mistakenly erased tea party emails”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators are blaming mistakes by IRS employees — not a criminal conspiracy — for the loss of thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal.
“IRS workers erased 422 computer backup tapes that “most likely” contained as many as 24,000 emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner, who has emerged as a central figure in congressional investigations, according to IRS’s inspector general.
“The workers erased the tapes a month after IRS officials discovered that an untold number of Lerner’s emails were lost. The IG says the workers were unaware of a year-old directive not to destroy email backup tapes.
“J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, is scheduled to testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee about his investigation into the emails. The Associated Press obtained a copy of his prepared testimony.
“George says his investigation ‘did not uncover evidence that the erasure was done in furtherance of an effort to destroy evidence or conceal information from Congress and/or law enforcement.’
“Still, the revelation that computer tapes were erased after officials knew about the lost emails is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed investigations into the scandal. . .”
Adam Kredo, Free Beacon: “U.S. Power Grid Being Hit With ‘Increasing’ Hacking Attacks, Government Warns”
“Major attacks on the U.S. power grid system are “increasing,” with hackers stepping up efforts to penetrate critical systems and to implant malicious software that could compromise the power grid and result in a nationwide crisis, according to a government report.
“While experts have long signaled that the U.S. power grid and related systems are vulnerable to physical attacks by terrorists and other individuals, the U.S. government is now warning that sensitive computer systems that maintain the grid are increasingly being attacked, according to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report that was not made public until the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) disclosed it this month. . .”
ISLAM . . .
George Jahn, Business Insider: “A confidential document outlines US plans to give Iran high-tech reactors if it meets certain provisions in a nuclear deal”
“VIENNA (AP) — The United States and other nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran are ready to offer high-tech reactors and other state-of-the-art equipment to Tehran if it agrees to crimp programs that can make atomic arms, according to a confidential document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
“The draft document — one of several technical appendices meant to accompany the main text of any deal — has dozens of bracketed text where disagreements remain. Technical cooperation is the least controversial issue at the talks, and the number of brackets suggest the sides have a ways to go not only on that topic but also more contentious disputes with little more than a week until the June 30 deadline for a deal. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (6/25/15)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show: If you think the courts will protect us you’re wrong: they’re for centralized government and will continue to deliver for big government. Even a Supreme Court justice should have enough reading comprehension skills to know that those four words in Obamacare had meaning, but the John Roberts court is too stuck on blazing a trail of social activism. Not just with the Obamacare case, but with the decision of the Texas housing case, which the Supreme Court decided we all have unconscious prejudice. Roberts is just like President Obama – more concerned with the legacy than upholding the Constitution. The Framers spent so much time ensuring separation of powers, but Congress and the Supreme Court have destroyed the balance. If Obama and the Supreme Court justices don’t respect the rule of law, why should we?”
James Brody, “Ann Coulter- Brimelow redux,” TEA Party Nation
She’s out of hiding and markets her 11th book, Adios America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, in Phoenixville, once a smoking steel, union town. Coulter bragged that Adios is fun, factual, and only 100 pages . . . It’s really 277 but she is so gifted that I’m afraid to complain, not even about a machine-written book plate. True in Washington, true in Phoenixville: The first three rows of the Colonial (Blobfest!) Theater were reserved for GOPers who paid extra to eat more and to arrive later.
“Ann has links on www.AnnCoulter.com for you to send discounted copies to your representative or to OldMac, BoyMarco, TurtleMitch, and/or MoptheBar’sJohn. You might work a discounts-for-West-Chester deal. Ann has a genius for marketing!
And as true for most TEA functions I saw no browns or blacks in the audience but, according to Coulter, it’s great to be white – English and Dutch organized this wondrous country. She’s rather have Mitt as our next president but admires Mr. Walker and no one else. (Rand makes her spit!) I love Ann’s ideas. Hell, I love Ann. I would marry her today even though I’m so old and so poor and she’s so smart, so young, so hard-working, but so sarcastic . . . More later.
This is later.
The Kleptocracy of Royalty
“In 1995 Peter Brimelow gave us Alien Nation: Common Sense about America’s Immigration Disaster. A reader, Tev Laudeman, commented at the end on page 275 (!):
“. . .Are we prepared for any or all of the possible consequences: public assistance programs watered down or driven out completely, our environment overwhelmed, massive poverty, a shrinking percentage of our population in good jobs, a splintered society in which ethnic strife is as common as a rainy day, leading to that time in the next century when the U. S. goes totalitarian because the nation is no longer governable as a republic with four huge ethnic minorities (one of which is white)?. . .”
Brimelow opened his Preface with:
“Sam Donaldson, ABC News ‘[Native-born Americans] don’t have any more right to this country, in my view, than people who came here yesterday.’
“Cokie Roberts, National Public Radio: ‘That’s right.’” July 25, 1993
Features noticed by Brimelow in 1995 and again by Coulter in 2015:
– An increasing rate of illegal immigration – the “browning of America” especially through family reunification, refugees, and political asylum seekers. Many were released into the US on a promise to present themselves at a future hearing which not more than 5 percent ever did.
– Immigration lost its peaks and valleys and became a steady upward ramp by 1968, three years after the 1965 reforms conceived, birthed, and nourished by Ted Kennedy.
– Enclaves formed in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Chicago, Miami, New York, and Washington D.C. and were described as “delightful examples of diversity.”
– Immigrants in earlier waves tended to leave, those after 1965 tended to stay, perhaps because our welfare state had crystalized. Further, the new rules made it easier for one immigrant to bring all of his or her relatives on the second boat or plane.
– Sources of our immigrants shifted from Europe to Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
– Disparities in economic performance between some of the 1890-1920 immigrants have persisted for as much as four generations. (Gregory Clark, 2014, reported that in ten countries and for as long as 500 years, “social competence” did not change within biological families. The outcomes of children were entirely predictable by the outcomes of parents.)
– Politicians did nothing but make noises. And conservatives were avoided comment about liberal taboos, especially ethnicity and race.
– Teddy, with help from Bobby and Jack, lied. Did they also give him a piece of Marilyn?
“Coulter describes the immigrants who first came to North America as English and Dutch – tidy, rule-bound, future-directed savers. The later batches from Latin America and Africa tend to be impulsive, short-sighted, and tend to clump with neighbors with the same traits. Several histories, however, argue that the Scotch-Irish settled our South, tended to have criminal records, and were lazy, quarrelsome, and commonly engaged in feuds to be settled by gun, or knife – including castration and decapitation. There were not always clear differences between the first southerners and behaviors of their incoming slaves. (Hannan, 2013; Ray, 1999, Phillips, 1999; Fischer, 1989; McWhiney, 1988)
“Coulter also buys the idea that Americans ‘owe’ blacks for their first century of mistreatment. I disagree: Black slave merchants prospered, blacks often retaliated against forceful owners, black generations became brighter in response to miscegenation, and the Union League was a northern-led movement to take property from whites and give it to blacks. Generations of southerners lived in fear of black rebellions. (Fleming, 2013; Adams, 2000) Our traditional rationales for affirmative action are outdated and our agreeing with grievances merely prolongs dependency. As Russ Barkley (1997) argues, consequences for impulsive people matter more than lectures.
“A lot of scholars agree on what is happening to America. The puzzle is what those, the GOP elites with twenty years of mf-ing information and seats in the first three rows, beyond using friendships to fatten their bellies and wallets, are going to do about it. Indeed, we live in a nation wherein the incentives only encourage all pols to ride the same train.
“Wouldn’t it be simpler in that case of the Government dissolved the people and elected another?” Bertolt Brecht.
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