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James Layne

James Layne

  • A single native ancestor six or more generations ago? The $1 million challenge should be to find someone in America with LESS Native American blood than Warren!

  • Of course, the goal is to make the president look like an idiot even while the comment, joke or not, made some sense. Does the media not see how this kind of hair splitting helps the president and hurts them? (Not that they should care how reporting impacts politics, as long as it is honest.) Canada

    Of course, the goal is to make the president look like an idiot even while the comment, joke or not, made some sense. Does the media not see how this kind of hair splitting helps the president and hurts them? (Not that they should care how reporting impacts politics, as long as it is honest.) Canada was in the early 19th century a British colony and helped Britain in the War of 1812. Just look up Laura Second. Canada still has the British monarch as their head of state.

  • The decision focused on the specific treatment the baker received by the commission that heard his claim. Since they showed overt bias against his religious faith, this essentially allowed the court to rule for the baker despite prior precedent set in Employment Division v. Smith, which says that exemptions

    The decision focused on the specific treatment the baker received by the commission that heard his claim. Since they showed overt bias against his religious faith, this essentially allowed the court to rule for the baker despite prior precedent set in Employment Division v. Smith, which says that exemptions for burdens on religious freedom are not constitutionally required for a law that is generally applicable and that doesn’t target religious faith. In this case, the judgment of his case by the state commission singled out his religious faith for ridicule, even though the law facially applied to all.

    This means, however, that this is not a broad precedent. It is applicable whenever state agencies or commissions show outright hostility and bias in adjudicating claims regarding free exercise, but it doesn’t answer the underlying questions in the case, which was argued in terms of free expression. If a commission refuses a similar claim without showing bias against the claimant’s religion, this could end up back in court to settle the remainder of the issues.

    On the one hand, the case is a punt, leaving the main questions unanswered. On the other, it is an example of judicial restraint, a conservative legal principle which says that in cases such as this the broad constitutional principles shouldn’t be decided if the case is resolvable on narrower grounds.

  • Is there a Trump hotel in Singapore? The irony of Kim staying in a Trump branded hotel would be sweet enough to help us forget the emolument clause or conflict of interest stuff, if only for a moment!

  • Reminds me of Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons mocking the opposition by saying “they would rather that the poor be poorer” if it meant less income inequality with the wealthy. The jobs report just came out at the same time as this report and shows unemployment down and the economy picking up

    Reminds me of Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons mocking the opposition by saying “they would rather that the poor be poorer” if it meant less income inequality with the wealthy. The jobs report just came out at the same time as this report and shows unemployment down and the economy picking up speed at a higher than projected rate. The economy grew at a sluggish pace through Obama’s term. He was heavy handed on regulations and burdens like the employer mandate which put a damper on hiring. The safety net is important, but I haven’t seen anything from this administration to weaken it. Usually when Republicans are attacked for trying to starve people to death and cut welfare, they are simply trying to control the rate of GROWTH. Only in Washington is slowing down the rate of growth of spending considered a spending cut!

  • Not to get into a debate on abortion, but penalizing women for choosing motherhood, especially in the corporate world, leads many women to think that abortion is their only alternative. No man ever has to choose between terminating his kids and having a career. Women shouldn’t either. It’s time for employers

    Not to get into a debate on abortion, but penalizing women for choosing motherhood, especially in the corporate world, leads many women to think that abortion is their only alternative. No man ever has to choose between terminating his kids and having a career. Women shouldn’t either. It’s time for employers to step up to the plate and support the decision to become a mother.