I’m still not 100%. I’m barely 50%, but we’re gonna give it a go.
You know how it’s fun to call those IRS scammers back and mess with them? Don’t do that. It’s exactly what they want. Besides which, all of the non-essential IRS employees, something around 80% of them, aren’t working right now anyway, so why would they be calling you?
The reason they aren’t working is, of course, the partial shutdown. Now the thinking is that the President is going to declare a national emergency on the border, and thus fund his wall. There are some problems with that line of thought, not the least of which is even if he can do it, should he?
Off and running on a Wednesday… or not if you happen to be the wheels of justice which announced a DELAY FOR THE TRIAL of State Senator Ron “Action!” Calderon. It must be hell for him…think about it. Having to get paid for being a State Senator until he is termed out and only then getting to face a trial for being a corrupt politician with no office to benefit from anymore. Alas.
Oddly enough, the President says that he NEVER LEARNS ANYTHING FROM THE NEWS. He claims that “whatever they are talking about, usually I already know.” You know, like the whole IRS thing. He already knew about it…
The fact is that history shows that those nations that start wars are de facto not rational. Since nations or states that start the war almost invariably lose that same war, with dire economic and physical results, it is a logical thread that starting a war is in fact, an irrational act, take by those who believe that they have nothing to lose. So when we contemplate the reasons that Hamas decided to start war with Israel, one has to conclude that they are both irrational and they BELIEVED THAT THEY HAD NOTHING TO LOSE and everything to gain, even in the face of military defeat. The normal press fed anti-Israel fervor that usually accompanies such wars is lacking this time around because (at last) the world is beginning to see through the facade of Hamas’ actions with regards to using civilians to hide behind, the prevalence of information via the interwebs that this time allowed most people to see that Hamas just kept lobbing rocket after rocket – even during ceasefires, and lastly the MH-17 shoot down which has consumed the news cycle.
Now we have sent the Hot Mic himself, John Kerry, to “BROKER A CEASEFIRE” IN GAZA, which means that IF it happens, Israel will stop shooting, but Hamas will not.
As we continue to hear about how the two deceased suspects criminals in the Bank Robbery Shooting were “good guys,” the truth begins to emerge. They were, in fact, dirtball CRIMINAL GANG MEMBERS WITH LONG HISTORIES of being dirtbags. In fact, it turns out that the “girlfriend” of one of them who proclaimed the other day that he was a fine upstanding father and (not a) husband, was in fact his associate in sex trafficking crimes. So even the people proclaiming how wonderful these guys were are dirtbags. I feel sorry for the children. Not only will they almost certainly end up as welfare wards of the State, but they get to deal with the fact that their parents were idiots. Glad I won’t have to be their therapist later in life. But the probably exists that I will have to pay ever increasing taxes to support them and the juries that will have to hear about how they had screwed up lives so we should et them off from whatever crime landed them there to begin with. I don’t know about anybody else, but even as the funeral for the grieving and hurt Singh family gets ready to take place, I don’t want to hear from anybody about what good kids these dirtbag gang members were. They weren’t. Period.
By the by – and I missed this yesterday too (thanks to Volokh Conspiracy’s Jonathon Adler for catching it), the DC Circuits Judge Griffith (ruling against the ACA’s subsidies) made quite the statement that they understood the problems that might be caused by their ruling. In other words, they DID consider the conditions of Legislative Intent, and rejected them on the basis that the verbiage of the law remained not unclear, but direct in that the State Exchanges are different from the Federal system. WhiIe still believe that neither side will be swayed by anything that happened yesterday. Those who support Obamacare (he loves that name!) will claim that “two Bush Judges misread it” and those who oppose Obamacare (he loves that name!) will clam that “Two Democrat Judges misread it and tried to legislate from the bench,” I do feel a bit more confident about the DC ruling today. The current Congress is unlikely to do anything to fix the error, so it till be up to Justice Roberts again to decide for the entire nation who is correct.
We reach this conclusion, frankly, with reluctance. At least until states that wish to can set up Exchanges, our ruling will likely have significant consequences both for the millions of individuals receiving tax credits through federal Exchanges and for health insurance markets more broadly. But, high as those stakes are, the principle of legislative supremacy that guides us is higher still. Within constitutional limits, Congress is supreme in matters of policy, and the consequence of that supremacy is that our duty when interpreting a statute is to ascertain the meaning of the words of the statute duly enacted through the formal legislative process. This limited role serves democratic interests by ensuring that policy is made by elected, politically accountable representatives, not by appointed, life-tenured judges.
Thus, although our decision has major consequences, our role is quite limited: deciding whether the IRS Rule is a permissible reading of the ACA. Having concluded it is not, we reverse the district court and remand with instructions to grant summary judgment to appellants and vacate the IRS Rule.
Uh-oh… apparently the US Army IS BURNING ITS TRASH in Afghanistan. The horror!