November 26, 2007

Romney, the Courts, and the Constitutions — Index to Posts and ‘Cliff’s Notes’ Explanations

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:01 pm

This collection of links indexes the posts done in the past 5 days about Mitt Romney’s performance and record, in regards to his relationship with the courts and the legislative branch, in Massachusetts while governor there, particularly in dealing with two key issues that came up during that time.

- Nov. 21 — Part 1: Abortion Coverage in RomneyCare
- Nov. 21 — Part 2: Mitt Romney and Same-Sex Marriage
- Nov. 23 — Part 3: Various Excerpts, Statements, and Comments
- Nov. 24 — Part 4: What’s Beck Got to Do with It?
- Nov. 25 — Part 5: The Next President and the Courts

For those who insist on the Cliff’s Notes version, here goes:

  • (Part 1) Mitt Romney did nothing to stop or restrict state-subsidized abortion in Massachusetts, and with the institution of RomneyCare, definitely expanded its scope, and may even have enshrined it into Massachusetts law for the first time.
  • (Part 2) The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage in the Goodridge case was legally absurd and in and of itself against Massachusetts’ law and constitution. Even setting aside that point, an SJC ruling in Massachusetts requires that either legislation or a constitutional amendment be enacted for implementation to legally take place. No legislation or constitutional amendment was ever enacted, yet Mitt Romney implemented Goodridge anyway. He had no legislative direction, so he in fact did not have the authorization to go ahead with implementation. By doing so, he violated his own oath of office to uphold the Bay State’s constitution.
  • (Part 4) A 1988 US Supreme Court ruling in a labor-law and free-speech case shows that rulings by the Supremes are often not automatic without enabling legislation. Only a few states have implemented the ruling involved (Communications Workers of America v. Beck). Congress has passed no legislation, meaning not only that our president can refuse to carry out the ruling, in point of fact he must refuse.
  • (Part 5) The next president may have to defy Supreme Court rulings that unconstitutionally rely on foreign law or that are clearly and obviously in violation of the clear meaning of the Constitution itself. I believe that any of the Democrat nominees would, if elected president, handle such situations opportunistically, opting to enforce the ones they like (in violation of their oath of office), and refusing to enforce the ones they don’t. I hold hope ranging from a little to a lot that four of the five major contenders for the GOP presidential nomination might take up this likely crucial challenge. Based on his record in Massachusetts as described above and in the detail of these posts, I hold out no such hope for Mitt Romney.

I have brought back a BizzyBlog term from previous elections, namely the BizzyBlog Dealbreaker. A Dealbreaker is “something that completely justifies a person not voting for you, regardless of your party or your current stands on the issues.” Romney’s handling of the subsidized abortion and same-sex marriage issues are each Dealbreakers. As such, I believe that he is unfit to be president.I am grateful to Gregg Jackson for his initial columns on these subjects, to both Gregg and his co-host Kevin Whalen of Pundit Review Radio and the Pundit Review Blog for their active discussions on these matters, and to John Haskins for his consultation and review. See Part 1 for links to the underlying columns, blog posts, and background info.

Couldn’t Help But Notice (112607)

Statistics only the KKK could love:

The CDC shows a majority of women who get abortions are white (53 percent) compared with 35 percent done on African-Americans, 8 percent on women of other ethnic backgrounds and the race of the woman was unknown in four percent of the cases.

However, the abortion ratio for black women (472 per 1,000 live births) was 2.9 times higher than the ratio for white women (161 per 1,000).

Examined another way, nearly half of all pregnancies among black women end in abortion while just 16 percent of pregnancies among white women end in abortion.

The abortion rate for black women (28 per 1,000 women) was 2.8 times the rate for white women (10 per 1,000).

Those statistics continue to worry pro-life leaders in the African-American community.

Why don’t those statistics worry every leader in the African-American community?

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Ho-hum hiring headline (bold is mine):

Cessna to add 1,500 jobs in 2008

Cessna Aircraft plans to add 1,500 jobs next year, the majority of them in Wichita, company officials said this week.

Cessna plans to increase Wichita employment by about 1,200 in 2008, said senior vice president for human resources Jim Walters.

“It’s primarily, if not solely, driven by growth,” Walters said.

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Here’s an interesting juxaposition:

This extraordinary lost data discs business is, I think, particularly wounding to the Brown regime, for it gives off that same vibe, of a government descending into anarchy, and not in a good way. The whole world is now sniggering at Britain.

….. (instead of 25 million affected by the British data loss, it’s) only seven million. That’s okay then.

The author is, of course, being sarcastic.

The Brits haven’t learn how to manage the PR around data losses as Ted Strickland and the State of Ohio have. Instead of starting with a high number and taking it down, you should, as Ohio’s government did last summer start with a very small number, and work your way up. By the time you get to a really big number, people have long since stopped paying attention.

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This ID theft story looks like a tough one to top.

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In France, somewhat-conservative and general Bush-backer Sarkozy has the trains running on time, and appears to have beaten a transport strike designed to cripple his attempts at pension reform.

In the meantime, former French President and Bush-basher Jacques Chirac isunder formal investigation for corruption” for “front jobs at City Hall to individuals from Chirac’s Rally for the Republic Party (RPR)” when he was Paris Mayor in the 1970s and 1980s.

Expect Old Media, which is bent on perpetuating the myth that “the world hates us” because George Bush is president to give these stories short shrift.

Positivity: Man credits cat with saving his life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Oshkosh, Wisconsin:

Posted November 16, 2007

Terry Lee Rucks likely doesn’t have nine lives, but thanks to his cat, Shaggy, he didn’t have to find out.

Rucks credits his four-legged friend for saving his life Friday morning when he began slipping into what could have become a diabetic coma.

He awoke shortly after 1 a.m. Friday to head to the bathroom when he began to feel the effects of low blood sugar.

“I was sitting down and just began to sweat profusely,” said Rucks, of Oshkosh. “I began to feel very shaky and nauseous.”

While he remained in fear of slipping into a diabetic coma and was unable to get up, Shaggy crept into the bathroom and spent about 20 minutes keeping him awake, Rucks said.

“He would not let me fall asleep,” the 61-year-old said. “He kept rubbing and pawing on my legs, and jumping on the vanity, meowing in my ear.”

After about 20 minutes, Rucks said he was able to get up and head to the kitchen to eat two spoonfuls of sugar and two granola bars to raise his blood sugar. When he was finally able to test his levels, his blood sugar tested at 41, which is extremely low for him, he said. His normal range is anywhere from 81 to 120.

“I’ve had diabetes for years,” he said. “And I’ve never had anything this serious happen to me before. If it wasn’t for Shaggy’s persistence, I probably would’ve slipped into a diabetic coma and collapsed. I probably wouldn’t be here talking. I’d be in the hospital, or who knows where else.” …..

Go here for the rest of the story.