Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 25, 2014 by Allahpundit

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices sharply criticized part of President Obama’s healthcare law Tuesday, suggesting they will rule later this year that requiring Christian-owned corporations to offer their employees contraceptives coverage violates the freedom of religion.

“Your reasoning would permit requiring profit-making corporations to pay for abortions,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy told U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who defended the contraceptives provision of the Affordable Care Act.

The administration’s lawyer warned that the court would be adopting a “dangerous principle” if it gave employers a right to exempt themselves from federal laws based on their religious beliefs…

But the five conservative justices sounded as if they stood in opposition to the contraceptives mandate.

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“The Greens [owners of Hobby Lobby] want out of their employees health care decisions,” Kiem told TheBlaze. “The Greens don’t want to pay drugs and devices. They are trying to get out of employees health care decisions and its the government that is dragging them back in.”…

“They cover 16 of the 20 drugs that are demanded under this mandate,” Scott said. “So really what the government is mandating is that it’s going to sell out freedom for four pills. You’ll hear over and over again from the left, NARAL [Pro-Choice America], these drugs do not cause abortions. Well FDA labeling begs to differ.”…

“Interestingly of course, when the mandate was first implemented and all the discussion began, what the Obama administration tried to do was make it the old Catholic bishops against women and their birth control,” he said. “It was really inconvenient that a Mennonite and an evangelical client are at the Supreme Court right now. So that narrative is off the table. But it still has been the boss controlling whether women get control whether women get birth control or not.”

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Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg staunchly defended the coverage requirement. Sotomayor questioned under what circumstances a for-profit company can claim religious intent.

“Who says it? The majority of shareholders? The corporate officers?” she asked. “Let’s assume just a business that sells 5 percent of religious books, doesn’t play Christmas music… works on Sunday, does nothing else religiously.”

Justice Elena Kagan also vigorously defended the coverage rule, arguing that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga were not being forced to provide insurance coverage and could simply choose not to by paying $2,000 per year per employee—an amount far lower than the cost of health insurance…

“One religious group could opt out of this and one religious group could opt out of that, and everything would be piecemeal and nothing would be uniform,” Kagan warned. “Religious objectors would come out of the woodwork.”

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[A]llowing private employers to excuse themselves from health insurance and employment law could go much further than just contraception and reproductive health services. Allowing any private employer to dictate which laws fit inside its religious beliefs could upset the necessary balance of both religious liberty and employee health and safety laws. Depending on the exact ruling, any for-profit corporation could cut off its employees’ insurance coverage for blood transfusions, vaccinations or HIV treatment — all of which some Americans have religious objections to. Any critical health coverage the boss doesn’t agree with could be eliminated.

Moreover, we cannot pick and choose which religious beliefs should be allowed to overrule laws the rest of the public must follow. Although this country predominantly descends from a Judeo-Christian tradition, our valuable religious protection laws ensure that anyone is free to practice any religion they want, including religions whose belief systems and practices many of us would disagree with vehemently. In fact, far-ranging beliefs that are not associated with any organized religion could be used to justify a corporation’s practices as well. All sets of beliefs should be treated equally, but allowing any belief to override insurance law opens the door to many more extreme beliefs being able to do the same.

We are at risk of giving any person or group with a religious qualm the legal ability to refuse to comply with numerous critical employment laws, not just those related to health insurance. Americans could ultimately lose protections against employment discrimination, guarantees of equal pay and on and on.

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The New York Times’ Adam Liptak puts it right there in the first sentence: “The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in a case that pits religious liberty against women’s rights.” This could not be further from the truth. Women will have the same constitutional rights to acquire and use contraception regardless of whether Hobby Lobby wins or loses. More than that, they’ll have the exact same rights as they had before the contraception mandate was a gleam in Sec. Sebelius’ eye. What women won’t have is the right to force other people to pay for their contraception, but that has never been a right recognized by the Supreme Court.

In the Bizarro World of the newspapers, not paying for someone else’s contraception is the same thing as prohibiting them from purchasing and using them themselves. This is an obviously false equivalence, but one that leftists are bent on telling themselves. No matter how many times you point out that the business owners in these cases aren’t preventing their employees from purchasing and using contraception, a smug leftist will smile and say “but women’s rights, you see,” as if these magic words excuse the lie…

When all else fails, expect leftists to portray something they don’t like as harmful and new, even if it’s really old and innocuous. That’s just what Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur did when he suggested that a ruling in favor of religious liberty would be “a slippery slope to lawlessness.” In fact, the plaintiffs in these cases are simply asking for things to go back to the way they were in 2009, when they weren’t compelled by law to violate their religious consciences.

It is not a radical departure from the norm for businesses to pick and choose what health coverage they provide. In fact, that was the norm for decades.

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The government’s argument is that because corporations are distinct legal entities from their owners, they should be judged separately and differently, as corporate bodies rather than as individuals with traditional individual religious freedoms. Basically, the owners might be religious, but the corporation isn’t, and couldn’t be.

But both Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood are closely held, family-run businesses. What that means is that any requirement for corporate action is also a requirement for individual action. The corporation may be legally distinct in some ways, but it can’t do anything without at least one person—one individual—making a decision to do it. And in the case of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, those particular people clearly have deeply held religious convictions.

Those convictions don’t disappear when making business decisions. As Cato’s brief says, “those individuals do not check their religious values at the door.” Those people should have the freedom to conduct their personal and work lives in a way that reflects their own deeply and sincerely held religious beliefs. When the government compels a business to do something, it’s compelling individuals to do something as well.

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At oral arguments today, Roberts may have “appeared to tip his hand,” as the Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin put it. While the government claimed that allowing Hobby Lobby to exempt itself from laws based on a religious claim would have far-reaching implications, Chief Justice Roberts in his questions appeared to be searching for a way to distinguish this case from claims that could be brought by a larger publicly traded company. We could, he noted, “simply say that it’s in this type of Chapter S Corporation that is closely held. Whether it applies in the other situations is—is a question that we’ll have to await another case when a large publicly traded corporation comes in and says, we have religious principles, the sort of situation, I don’t think, is going to happen.”

Guessing about decisions based on questions from the Supreme Court is a risky exercise, but we shouldn’t be surprised if the opinion comes out as a narrow victory for Hobby Lobby that tries to curtail the scope of its ruling to not included publicly traded companies.

The decision certainly would be problematic; it would entangle the Supreme Court in having to determine which religious convictions are genuine enough from a corporation to warrant exemptions to laws. However, it would not be the kind of far-reaching assertion of corporate rights that liberals are dreading.

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Despite the parade of horribles invoked by Justice Sotomayor regarding religious objections to blood transfusions and vaccines, at least five justices seemed to recognize that religious-liberty claims are meant to be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis – maybe six given Justice Breyer’s lukewarm and infrequent interjections…

As I left the argument, I had a bit of spring in my step, even as the snowstorm that greeted me lacked any spring whatsoever. The Court is likely to stop this callous, arbitrary, and needless bending of the will of a small religious minority to the federal grindstone. But alas that’s just this case; the more that the government expands and takes over areas properly left to civil society, the more clashes of conscience will result. Today it’s religious belief, tomorrow something else, but all these liberty-destroying mandates come with the collectivized territory.

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The truth is that the Obama administration wants to bring Hobby Lobby to heel as a matter of principle. In its pinched view of religion, faith should be limited as much as possible to the pews. In its attenuated regard for civil society, it believes government should overawe any person, business, or institution whose beliefs run counter to officially sanctioned attitudes.

Make no mistake, the culture war is alive and well, and the aggressor isn’t Hobby Lobby. The Greens will be happy to go back to minding their own business — if the federal government sees fit to permit them.

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More important, Haidt notes, this is about the sacred on both sides. Christian conservatives think marriage is a sacred bond, tied up with family formation. Christians also believe in the sanctity of life from conception. Secular liberals, Haidt has concluded, hold sacred the plight of the traditionally oppressed — including women and gays.

Feminist Marcotte was explicit about this: “Hobby Lobby is angling to deprive women of their religious liberty to use their own health care plans as they see fit,” she writes in the Daily Beast.

The Pill is not just a pill to them. It has become something holy. And they won’t tolerate any burden between them and their Blessed Sacrament…

Here’s one rule to make it even simpler: If there’s a serious debate over a religious exemption to a proposed law, the proposed law probably reaches too far into people’s private affairs, and should be scrapped.

By getting government out of people’s lives — how they run their business, whom they love, and what pills they take — we could accomplish peace in the Culture Wars. The question is: Does the Left want peace?

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Hey Williamg, how are you doing?

31giddyup on March 26, 2014 at 1:08 AM

……cold as hell…….and wishing I had a woman to caress me at night…..

……too honest?

williamg on March 26, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Nope. Understandable. Then again it’s warmed up here where I am and I want to head for the hills and camp.

31giddyup on March 26, 2014 at 1:23 AM

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Never be sorry to post, my brother…

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 1:22 AM

OC: Amens,..I know,….Life,..eh:)

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 AM

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Horrible news…

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 AM

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:21 AM

When I was a kid, I lived about 10 miles from there. Prayer’s for those people.

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 AM

I’m pretty sure he’s never had a brain either…

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:20 AM

That reminds me–I think we need to add a new qualification for Congresscritters of either house–a minimum of 5 or 10 years experience in a job not connected to the government. A healthy dose of reality would probably work wonders for some of these clowns….

Doc Holliday on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 AM

On a count of he’s always stealin my beer…

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:11 AM

:)

Ship O’ fools, the lot of them.

Doc Holliday on March 26, 2014 at 1:12 AM

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 1:25 AM

If he wasn’t the VP, those two “bikers” would shortly be escorting him out to the parking lot where he would get curb stomped.

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:19 AM

That was my exact thought. I’ve been there…and it didn’t end well.

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 1:25 AM

A healthy dose of reality would probably work wonders for some of these clowns….

Doc Holliday on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 AM

A health dose of minimum wage hard physical labor for 10 year ought to do the trick.

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:26 AM

The political ads are finally getting dirty and mudslinging here in NE. I hate seeing conservative infighting, and Ricketts doesn’t stand a chance in hell..

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Could be,…what a joke, if it ain’t Hookers,.eh!

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Hookers, cocaine, booze and brawls,
what is it about Idi Hussein that has been bringing out the worst in the SS ? I don’t remember such behavior during the Bush years IIRC !

burrata on March 26, 2014 at 1:29 AM

A health dose of minimum wage hard physical labor for 10 year ought to do the trick.

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Yep, in the Alabama summer sun.

I learned the value of indoor work real fast working outside for just a few months one or two summers. Brutal, just brutal.

The other rule is they have to live by any rules they pass–did you know Congress doesn’t have to abide by the OSHA and other rules they help create, not even (I believe) minimum wage? That should have been in the Constitution, along with a sunset date on all laws and regulations…

Doc Holliday on March 26, 2014 at 1:30 AM

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:21 AM

When I was a kid, I lived about 10 miles from there. Prayer’s for those people.

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 AM

I loved to drive that road. Back when I could drive. Many prayer’s for them.

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 1:30 AM

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Never be sorry to post, my brother…

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 1:22 AM

ditto canopfor. My husband’s family are in the Everett/Marysville area and some of them travel in that area often. All are accounted for.

Prayers for those we lost, that are injured, and our first responders (docs and nurses too!).

31giddyup on March 26, 2014 at 1:31 AM

burrata on March 26, 2014 at 1:29 AM

They’re as ‘disciplined’ as he is.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 1:31 AM

As accountable too

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 1:31 AM

The other rule is they have to live by any rules they pass–did you know Congress doesn’t have to abide by the OSHA and other rules they help create, not even (I believe) minimum wage? That should have been in the Constitution, along with a sunset date on all laws and regulations…

Doc Holliday on March 26, 2014 at 1:30 AM

One of my eternal peeves and regrets that the founding fathers didn’t think of the thugs’ nature.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 1:33 AM

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Horrible news…

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 AM

OC:yUp,….. Heres an image of the Navy Commander;

Navy Commander Found Dead in Washington Mudflow
By Christina London and Candice Nguyen
| Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 | Updated 9:20 PM PDT

Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Navy-Commander-Found-Dead-in-Washington-Mudflow-252375391.html#ixzz2x2mpV0RL
Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Navy-Commander-Found-Dead-in-Washington-Mudflow-252375391.html

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:33 AM

31giddyup on March 26, 2014 at 1:31 AM

I lived in East Marysville out on 67th st (it was called Route 5 back then) many many moons ago…

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:34 AM

Prayers for those we lost, that are injured, and our first responders (docs and nurses too!).

31giddyup on March 26, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Yep. Prayers ascending for all. What a horrible tragedy…

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Small world for the three of us so far.

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:21 AM

When I was a kid, I lived about 10 miles from there. Prayer’s for those people.

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 AM

I loved to drive that road. Back when I could drive. Many prayer’s for them.

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 1:30 AM

31giddyup on March 26, 2014 at 1:35 AM

OK gang, I’m calling it a night, having drowned my overtaxed sorrows in Newtie’s electronic Beer.

Good night to all!

Doc Holliday on March 26, 2014 at 1:35 AM

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Hookers, cocaine, booze and brawls,
what is it about Idi Hussein that has been bringing out the worst in the SS ? I don’t remember such behavior during the Bush years IIRC !

burrata on March 26, 2014 at 1:29 AM

burrata:

It used to be a joke, of Russian Agents being drunk, during the Cold War,
now its now flipped the other way!

Hopey must be a pain in the ahem,..*ss bto work for!!:)

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:36 AM

g’nite Doc

31giddyup on March 26, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Good night to all!

Doc Holliday on March 26, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Night Doc…

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Doc Holliday on March 26, 2014 at 1:35 AM

G’night darlin’
/
For Mrs. Doc H 2
LOLZ!

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Oscar,

My sister-in-law and family lives on 54th in Marysville.

31giddyup on March 26, 2014 at 1:38 AM

The other rule is they have to live by any rules they pass–did you know Congress doesn’t have to abide by the OSHA and other rules they help create, not even (I believe) minimum wage? That should have been in the Constitution, along with a sunset date on all laws and regulations…

Doc Holliday on March 26, 2014 at 1:30 AM

One of my eternal peeves and regrets that the founding fathers didn’t think of the thugs’ nature.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 1:33 AM

Article 1 Section 6 of the Constitution:
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same;

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 1:39 AM

G’night darlin’
/
For Mrs. Doc H 2
LOLZ!

Shhhhhh! Don’t “Out” us…

Doc Holliday on March 26, 2014 at 1:40 AM

…..it only happens once……

williamg on March 26, 2014 at 1:41 AM

Well, dear gentlemen, it’s time for some shut eye.
May your tomorrow be better than today and share your smiles when you can.

G’nite

31giddyup on March 26, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Prayers ascending for SCOTUS wisdom to prevail…

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 1:43 AM

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:21 AM

When I was a kid, I lived about 10 miles from there. Prayer’s for those people.

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 AM

oscarwilde: Indeed,..

…..Its a ticking time Bomb:

I did a google, a few days ago:

(Is There a Fault-line running through it??)

Western Washington fault line much larger than once thought
Posted on June 17, 2010 at 2:00 PM
Updated Thursday, Jun 17 at 7:07 PM
************************************

New scientific data is proving that a major fault line under Snohomish County is much larger than once thought.

Snohomish County Emergency Management officials say the South Whidbey Fault is more extensive, and in the event of an earthquake,
the damages would be more significant than predicted.

“We’ve always known that the fault line was there,

but we didn’t know it was connected to so many smaller fault lines in the area,”

said John Pennington, Director of Snohomish County Emergency Management.

The fault line runs from south Whidbey Island, southeast to the Bothell area.

“There is a large populated area in between,” said Pennington. He also pointed out that the South Whidbey fault is so close to the
surface that even a smaller quake could cause substantial damage.

“Anything over 6.0 magnitude, and older structures could crumble,” he said.

The concerns stem from new data and technology available that can better estimate the fault size. Snohomish County invites residents to review and comment on the recently updated Snohomish County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) beginning Friday, June 18.

The new plan must be approved before the county receives any federal dollars than can go towards better preparing residents for an earthquake.

For more information on how to prepare in case of an emergency: http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Emergency_Management/Information/Factsheets/

http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/
================================

http://www.king5.com/news/local/Western-Washington-fault-line-much-larger-than-once-thought–96598499.html

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:43 AM

G’nite

31giddyup on March 26, 2014 at 1:42 AM

G’night Beautiful…

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 1:44 AM

Article 1 Section 6 of the Constitution:
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same;

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Sigh… Unintended consequences. They were granted limited immunity so that the outcome of votes during each session could not be manipulated by having various members arrested just before a vote was called. (a trick that the various Monarch’s of Europe used at the time)

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Prayers ascending for SCOTUS wisdom to prevail…

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 1:43 AM

OC: Agreed,

well,…had a busy day with grandson (age 3), and me sleep
schedule,…is boinked up,…..

Night Patriots,————————–:)

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Good night canopfor

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Nite all.

Nite America.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Hopey must be a pain in the ahem,..*ss bto work for!!:)

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 1:36 AM

He’s a pain in the biden for the good hardworking honest sincere ones ,
the party- boy types luv the choomer I’m sure and feel protected under him :O

burrata on March 26, 2014 at 1:57 AM

Senator Sessions Report Demolishes Obama as Deporter-In-Chief Myth

“We can add immigration enforcement to the long list of areas where President Obama is selectively enforcing the law,” Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) told Breitbart News in response to Sessions’ new report. “This is part of a repeated pattern of overreach on the part of the Administration and shows their unwillingness to follow the law as it is written—not the law as they want it to be. It’s impossible for Congress to have an open and honest debate on border security when we can’t trust the President to do his job.”

AMNESTY… by fiat.

“The evidence reveals that the Administration has carried out a dramatic nullification of federal law,” Sessions said in a statement to Breitbart News. “Under the guise of setting ‘priorities’, the Administration has determined that almost anyone in the world who can enter the United States is free to illegally live, work and claim benefits here as long as they are not caught committing a felony or other serious crime.

“I’ve got a pen… and I’ve got a phone.” ~Barrack Obama

thatsafactjack on March 26, 2014 at 1:59 AM

….song written by a man to his wife of 75 years just months after his wife passed away…..
williamg on March 26, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Pretty sweet! dang misty eyes…

Murphy9 on March 26, 2014 at 2:05 AM

Surprise! White House To Delay ‘Firm’ Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Past March 31

Reports Goldstein, people who haven’t signed up by March 31 will be able to “rely on an honor system” to attest that “they tried to enroll before the deadline…the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth.”

On March 11, Julie Bataille, the appropriately-surnamed spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said that “we have no plans to extend the open enrollment period. In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014.” On March 12, when Rep. Kevin Brady of the House Ways and Means Committee asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: “Are you going to delay the open enrollment beyond March 31st?” Sebelius replied, “No, sir.”

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 2:08 AM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/snohomish-co-wash-mudslide/
.
canopfor
on March 26, 2014 at 1:23 AM

.
Horrible news…

OmahaConservative
on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 AM

.
Indeed . . . . . and the unstable nature of the whole slide makes the use of heavy excavating equipment extremely difficult, at best.
A lot of the digging and recovery will have to be by hand.

listens2glenn on March 26, 2014 at 2:12 AM

G’Night all, going to bed. I have to be at a charity volunteer thing at ten central time…

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 2:17 AM

Muslims to Christians: “We’ll let you live in our country as long as you keep quiet and pay the jizyah tax.”

Obama to Christians: “We’ll let you live in our country as long as you keep quiet and pay the Obamacare penalty.”

Mollyzin on March 26, 2014 at 4:35 AM

Oops!

Donald Rumsfeld

- US Diplomacy Would Be Better if Obama Was a Trained Ape

Published on Mar 25, 2014
***************************

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Monday blasted President Barack Obama’s diplomacy, saying a “trained ape” could do a better job. In an interview with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, Rumsfeld complained that relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai had gone “downhill like a toboggan” under the current president, even though the Bush administration’s ties with the Afghan leader had been “first rate.”

“Take for example that we have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world,” the former secretary of defense ranted angrily. “This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement.”

“A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement,” he added. “It does not take a genius.”

Rumsfeld said he also understood why Karzai backed Russia’s takeover of Crimea.

“I personally sympathize with him to some extent,” he explained. “Nobody likes to hear a foreign leader side with Putin on the Crimea the way he has. But I really think it’s understandable, given the terrible, terrible diplomacy that the United States has conducted with Afghanistan over the last several years.”
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qak2bwfi1eo#t=52

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 5:10 AM

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.

Cold again.

crankyoldlady on March 26, 2014 at 6:06 AM

The Associated Press @AP
MORE: Malaysia defense minister says 122 objects spotted in Indian Ocean are “most credible lead that we have”: apne.ws/1jtZ5V9

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Morning, Sunshine.

Jaibones on March 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.

Cold again.

crankyoldlady on March 26, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Good morning. Mid thirties in West Central Florida.

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 6:33 AM

(Don’t these people ever sleep?)

Jaibones on March 26, 2014 at 6:34 AM

Think of this one as your morning ablution. Cleanse yourself in the word of God.

Jaibones on March 26, 2014 at 6:35 AM

16 degrees here. Let me just say we look forward to a day when things can grow.

Jaibones on March 26, 2014 at 6:37 AM

I’m interested what legal gymnastics Roberts is going to do to uphold the abortion mandate. They just got done ruling on Citizens United saying that businesses have a freedom of speech. How are they going to pull off justification for deciding against freedom of religion?

Brock Robamney on March 26, 2014 at 6:39 AM

16 degrees here. Let me just say we look forward to a day when things can grow.

Jaibones on March 26, 2014 at 6:37 AM

That’s way too cold for this thin-blooded Floridian.

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 6:41 AM

It is 16 degrees here also, this morning. BRR..

Lovely display of planets, for those who look skyward. Mars, Saturn and Venus make a lovely display with the crescent moon.

esr1951 on March 26, 2014 at 6:44 AM

What a last couple of days at work. Employee caused a very significant loss of revenue for a long time client and am in clean up mode. Meeting at 0700 this morning to await my fate! Should be fun!!!!

HonestLib on March 26, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Another one to watch:

–A federal appeals court on Tuesday appeared divided on a central component of the Affordable Care Act as it heard arguments about whether the federal health insurance exchange can offer subsidies to consumers.

This is the challenge that Obamacare says that only the state exchanges can offer subsidies which the administration ignored and asked who you gonna believe what the law says or us? It’s a big deal since the states didn’t set up exchanges as envisioned so there may be many who are not eligible for the subsidies. This would gut Obamacare.

Killer quote from a WSJ article:

Judge A. Raymond Randolph, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, seemed sympathetic to the challengers of the health law when he noted that there were at least seven references to exchanges being set up by states in the text of the law.

“It’s cobbled together, poorly written,” he said of the Affordable Care Act. “I don’t see that it’s up to the court to save it.”

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

Rights are not gifts from one man to another, nor from one class of men to another. It is impossible to discover any origin of rights otherwise than in the origin of man; it consequently follows that rights appertain to man in right of his existence, and must therefore be equal to every man.

- Thomas Paine

My take: Liberal Female Supreme Court Judges Want Hobby Lobby to Drop Their Insurance

kingsjester on March 26, 2014 at 7:08 AM

16 degrees here. Let me just say we look forward to a day when things can grow.

Jaibones on March 26, 2014 at 6:37 AM

It is 16 degrees here also, this morning. BRR..

esr1951 on March 26, 2014 at 6:44 AM

Good morning. Mid thirties in West Central Florida.

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 6:33 AM

Quit your complaining between Flora Duh’s mid-30s and a couple of 16 degrees; you all are looking at somewhere around 67 degrees. That’s seasonal for this time of year!

Seriously, it’s only getting up to 40 degrees here in DC with winds gusting to 30mph. I want spring!

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 7:08 AM

So if the majority of a widely held companies stock holders voted in a code of morals for the company to follow that included religious liberty as grounds for not wanting to take part of the health care system as it supports immoral behavior, would the SCOTUS be able to craft a ruling in which a family concern could do this but a widely held firm’s stock holder’s couldn’t?

The minority would get their say and the holding of stock in a company is VOLUNTARY so that those who disagreed could cash out and leave if the morals did not suit them. Similarly all labor is voluntary and if you don’t like the moral atmosphere of a concern, you can quit.

I have some problems with incorporated citizens, yes, but on many levels they should and indeed must have the same ability to have freedom of speech, practice religion, be able to petition government and even ensure that their employees are armed for their own self-defense. I disagree with the ability of companies to live far beyond the span of normal humans and from that, influence the course of affairs due to longevity. Other than that, I’m all for the same constitutional provisions applied to incorporated citizens as corporeal ones. Open books majority votes ought to satisfy everyone on that score.

ajacksonian on March 26, 2014 at 7:08 AM

My personal opinion is that the lefty, Marxist/communist/socialist
groups want to replace “religion” with “government”.

Amjean on March 26, 2014 at 7:09 AM

My take: Liberal Female Supreme Court Judges Want Hobby Lobby to Drop Their Insurance

kingsjester on March 26, 2014 at 7:08 AM

That’s certainly the way Obamacare is designed. Hobby Lobby can drop insurance for their employees (lambs to the slaughter of the federal exchange) and take a $24M penalty. Much cheaper than the penalty for offering substandard health insurance.

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 7:11 AM

What a last couple of days at work. Employee caused a very significant loss of revenue for a long time client and am in clean up mode. Meeting at 0700 this morning to await my fate! Should be fun!!!!

HonestLib on March 26, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Good Luck

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 7:41 AM

You know you living in a great country when one of the pressing issues is whether or not some parasitic slugs get free birth control.

rplat on March 26, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Why the fuss over a pill that costs next to nothing and is available any where? Setting the table for a next step? Margaret Sanger waiting in the wings ready to finally achieve her dream of “controlling the birth of undesirable people—invalids, deformed and oh yes, wrong skin color”?

Herb on March 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM

The pic of that stupid lady with the Bible sign pisses me off.

They should counter that with a picture of an aborted baby on a sign which reads, “This is not healthcare!”

Sterling Holobyte on March 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Justice Elena Kagan also vigorously defended the coverage rule, arguing that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga were not being forced to provide insurance coverage and could simply choose not to by paying $2,000 per year per employee—an amount far lower than the cost of health insurance…

So the government forcing you to pay a substantial fine per employee is not government force?

I expect to see such weak argumentation from brain-dead progressives who never have to think an inch beyond their PC orthodoxy. To see it actually being made with a straight face by a Supreme Court Justice is another thing entirely.

Yet another indication that Kagan needs to recuse herself from any cases involving Obamacare. This sophomoric reasoning declares that she is not objective about her baby.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 26, 2014 at 11:23 AM

“One religious group could opt out of this and one religious group could opt out of that, and everything would be piecemeal and nothing would be uniform,” Kagan warned. “Religious objectors would come out of the woodwork.”

Oh! Watch that slope!! It’s slippery!

Axeman on March 26, 2014 at 5:08 PM

The pic of that stupid lady with the Bible sign pisses me off.

They should counter that with a picture of an aborted baby on a sign which reads, “This is not healthcare!”

Sterling Holobyte on March 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Or a coat hanger.

Axeman on March 26, 2014 at 5:08 PM

At the other end of the spectrum-liquor stores in Texas can’t sell hard liquor on Sundays. It’s a state law.
That decision shouldn’t be left up to the state-it should be left up to each liquor store.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 25, 2014 at 11:12 PM

When I grew up in NJ, we had “blue” laws too–no selling of clothing and other items on Sunday.

I would put that in the “10th Amendment” category.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 25, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Traditionally, this was called the principle of “local control.” The idea is that any city can ban things they find harmful or damaging, but the city next door can allow them. Then you can choose where to live.

Which is frankly a more — dare I say it? — libertarian position than saying that “nobody has the right to say” it.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 26, 2014 at 5:32 PM

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