Trump appointees to SCOTUS having major impact

June 23, 2019

The Daily Caller headlines its post by Kevin Daley, “Kagan Seethes As High Court Conservatives Deliver Property Rights Win.”

It contains less legalese than the SCOTUSblog, but they each cover this significant case and Justice Elena Kagan’s searing rebuke of her conservative colleagues, accusing them of smashing “a hundred-plus years of legal rulings to smithereens.”

The dissent noted Friday’s case was the second time this term that the conservative justices have overturned a controlling precedent, prompting Kagan to ask, forebodingly, which precedent the high court will overrule next.

“Just last month, when the Court overturned another longstanding precedent, Justice [Stephen] Breyer penned a dissent,” Kagan wrote. “He wrote of the dangers of reversing legal course ‘only because five members of a later Court’ decide that an earlier ruling was incorrect. He concluded: ‘Today’s decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next.’”

“Well, that didn’t take long,” Kagan added. “Now one may wonder yet again.”

Kagan was referencing Breyer’s May dissent in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, which asked whether states are immune from lawsuits in the courts of other states. In Hyatt, the five-justice conservative majority overturned a 1979 decision and said the states do indeed have sovereign immunity in the courts of their sister states.

Friday’s property rights dispute arose when a small town in Pennsylvania adopted an ordinance requiring that cemeteries “be kept open and accessible to the general public during daylight hours.” The town told Rose Mary Knick, whose 90-acre property includes a small family cemetery, that she must comply with the rule. Knick sued, saying the ordinance violates the takings clause of the Constitution. The takings clause says the government must compensate property owners for any land seized for public use.

 A 1985 Supreme Court case called Williamson County v. Hamilton Bank required Knick to seek compensation at the state level before going to federal court. Indeed, that ruling required Knick and plaintiffs like her to exhaust all possible state compensation remedies before turning to the federal judiciary.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said the Williamson County decision was wrong and Knick can go to a federal judge right away.

“Williamson County was not just wrong,” the chief wrote. “Its reasoning was exceptionally ill founded and conflicted with much of our takings jurisprudence.”

The Williamson County ruling, Roberts said elsewhere, imposes “an unjustifiable burden on takings plaintiffs, conflicts with the rest of our takings jurisprudence, and must be overruled. A property owner has an actionable Fifth Amendment takings claim when the government takes his property without paying for it.”

The chief justice noted the Court considers several factors when deciding to overrule a prior decision. In that connection, he cited the 2018 Janus v. AFSCME decision, which said government unions cannot force non-members to pay so-called agency fees. The citation to Janus drew a sharp rebuke from Kagan.

“If that is the way the majority means to proceed — relying on one subversion of stare decisis to support another — we may as well not have principles about precedents at all,” Kagan wrote. “Stare decisis” is a Latin legal term meaning “to stand by things decided.” Janus overturned the 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education ruling.

Friday’s case is No. 17-647, Knick v. Township of Scott.

This was the Aug. 5, 2010 senate roll call vote on Elena Kagen’s confirmation.

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The Prez and the press: Trump proven right

June 20, 2019

Media’s herd mentality pushes left-wing agenda

New York Times CEO Mark Thompson on Wednesday condemned President Trump for his often harsh criticism of the news media, calling it “hostile, stupid but also dangerous.” The key word that Thompson omitted from his barrage was, “true.”

Since Donald J. Trump emerged victorious from the pack of 17 GOP primary contenders in 2016, stunning the media elite naysayers who irrationally dismissed him — they have relentlessly hammered him — not letting truth get in the way of the multi-pronged assaults. He responds by outing them as “fake news,” which riles them because his words are grounded in truth.

The Orlando Sentinel’s bizarre editorial following President Trump’s massive 2020 campaign kickoff, which just took place Tuesday in Orlando, is illustrative.  The far left-wing Arizona Republic, now literally a homeless vagrant, has had Trump as the object of its revulsion long before he and Melania descended the Trump Tower escalator to officially announce his candidacy in 2015. Both newspapers endorsed scandal-plagued Hillary in what became the media herd mentality.

For a dizzying dose of harsh reality, these are the 243 daily and 148 weekly national newspapers that endorsed known liar Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump secured the endorsement of only 6 daily and 6 weekly newspapers.

This brutal mugging did not occur in a vacuum. It was nationally coordinated, intended not only to embarrass Donald Trump, but to render him politically powerless and neuter his base of supporters. Instead, it energized us. The newsosaurs, on the other hand, are failing. Payback is hell.


Trump triumphs with 2020 kickoff…

June 19, 2019

…as Orlando Sentinel pushes fake news; non-endorsement

A capacity crowd of over 20,000 supporters of President Donald J. Trump packed the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida Tuesday as he officially launched his 2020 reelection kickoff. (120.000 requested tickets.) Trump enthusiasts camped out for days, enduring both heavy rainstorms and sweltering heat, for a chance to be on hand to greet President Trump, First Lady Melania, and Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen with ardent cheers.  The arena was draped with banners proclaiming, “Keep America Great.”

But the Orlando Sentinel newspaper would have none of it, irrationally writing a non-endorsement editorial well in advance of the Nov. 2020 election, saying it won’t endorse the president.

Like the Hillary Clinton-endorsing Arizona Republic newspaper, the Orlando Sentinel also came out for problem-plagued and practiced liar Hillary in 2016. But this time the Sentinel has even outdone its own leftist lurch and deceit, writing in this absurd editorial:

“…some readers may wonder how the publication can eliminate a candidate before anyone knows who his opponent will be, so far in advance.

It’s “because there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.”

Preposterously adding it has had enough of “the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.”

We don’t recall those word grenades being hurled about either the Bill Clinton or Barack Obama administrations — both steeped in the very culture the newspaper falsely accuses the Trump administration of engaging in.

The president’s full speech can be viewed here.*

* Courtesy of Fox 10 Phoenix.


Pres. Trump’s tariffs work; Mexico deals

June 8, 2019

There’s a lot to be said for having a businessman in the White House

Donald J. Trump
Verified account @realDonaldTrump

I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!

5:31 PM – 7 Jun 2019

Mexico, realizing President Trump has had his fill of its duplicity as it allows caravans of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans access through its interior to our border, apprehended about 1,000 illegal invaders on Wednesday. This action came after the president threatened to impose incrementally increasing tariffs on all Mexican imports.

It’s been reported that about 200 Mexican military police intercepted a caravan walking north along a highway in southern Mexico. The illegal aliens told officers they planned to travel to the U.S. and claim asylum.

The mass arrest came days before Pres. Trump planned to place 5% tariff on all Mexican imports scheduled to go into effect June 10. They were set to increase 5% each month up to 25% until Mexico actively restricts the flow of Central American invaders traveling through its interior to the U.S.


JD RADIO Fri. June 7: Weekends Begin Tomorrow…as in WBT!! 

June 6, 2019

Get a head start on your weekend, as JD Hayworth again guest hosts for John Hancock on Friday, June 7…Airtime: Noon-3pm, AZ Time. Listen live at wbt.radio.com


Why Pres. Trump will be reelected in 2020

May 31, 2019

Weary of Democrat obstructionism on the illegal invasion which has put our national security at risk and burdened American taxpayers — President Trump is taking bold steps to do an end run around their efforts to stall his implementation of security measures.

In a strongly worded message, he has warned Mexico, which has facilitated caravans of hundreds of thousands of Central American invaders, that the United States will begin imposing incrementally rising tariffs on Mexican imports until it ceases accommodating the breach of our sovereign southern border.

In his Statement Regarding Emergency Measures to Address the Border Crisis, (full statement) President Trump asserts, “Mexico’s passive cooperation in allowing this mass incursion constitutes an emergency and extraordinary threat to the national security and economy of the United States.  Mexico has very strong immigration laws and could easily halt the illegal flow of migrants, including by returning them to their home countries.  Additionally, Mexico could quickly and easily stop illegal aliens from coming through its southern border with Guatemala.”

President Trump’s pro-American statement substantiates his determination to end the crisis that he described using these words:

“As everyone knows, the United States of America has been invaded by hundreds of thousands of people coming through Mexico and entering our country illegally.  This sustained influx of illegal aliens has profound consequences on every aspect of our national life — overwhelming our schools, overcrowding our hospitals, draining our welfare system, and causing untold amounts of crime.  Gang members, smugglers, human traffickers, and illegal drugs and narcotics of all kinds are pouring across the Southern Border and directly into our communities.  Thousands of innocent lives are taken every year as a result of this lawless chaos.  It must end NOW!”

The White House announced the President will use the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (enacted in 1977 by Democrat Jimmy Carter) to implement the tariff.

As expected, congressional Democrats are crying “foul.” Among the crowd of 24 declared 2020 Dem challengers* who have any actual campaign presence, the sound of crickets chirping is louder than their protests regarding the border invasion. Their issues are free health care for all and the elimination of college debt, as they hope to capture the youth and senior voters with unsustainable giveaways paid for by working families.

Rational Americans already support Donald J. Trump. He won the presidency in a landslide in 2016. The policies he has implemented resonate with the American people. His following will only increase as his opponents’ Socialist views reach fever pitch.

* H/T Ballotpedia


Pres. Trump’s inspiring 2019 Memorial Day message

May 27, 2019

We proudly join with President Donald Trump this Memorial Day as he issues an inspiring Proclamation on Prayer for Peace.

In recognizing “those who rest in the hallowed grounds of our country’s national cemeteries [and] laid their lives upon the altar of freedom,” he requests all Americans observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time today…Memorial Day.

Additionally, the president asks ”the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control.”

Too many Americans view Memorial Day as a time for sales and cookouts. It is so much more. We should never forget the debt of gratitude we owe so many who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we could live in freedom.