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I repeat

By Patrick Van Roy On December 1st, 2020 at 1:20 pm

So it was with sadness if not surprise that I discovered that the last few days have seen an explosion of anger and disbelief from progressives, academics, and Twitter trolls alike. The criticisms seem to boil down to two major lines of attack: (1) The Court is privileging religion over everything else; and (2) the Court isn’t taking the pandemic seriously or is substituting its own ill-considered scientific views for those of expert health officials. Overarching both of these points is the construct through which many on the left now view the Supreme Court: that a conservative majority is simply imposing its ideology, regardless of what law or precedent might dictate.

Those arguments betray a misunderstanding of Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo — not surprising given how fact-specific most pandemic-related cases are — and read more into it than what it actually says. They also probably extrapolate from Justice Neil Gorsuch’s provocative concurring opinion, with which I ultimately agree but which isn’t necessary to decide the case (which is why it’s a concurrence). Let me explain.

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David Vance in conversation with Rebecca Butler

By Patrick Van Roy On December 1st, 2020 at 12:13 am

The Week Ahead!

HI ALL.

By David Vance On November 30th, 2020 at 10:59 pm

Trust this finds you all well! We are about to enter December so looks like we are preparing to step into Christmas, Covid or not! I have read some comments on other threads and suggest battles are left in November. None of us is perfect and we can all make mistakes (except me, obviously) So, please keep the tone civil. Thank you!

HOW TO READ A HEADLINE

By Pete Moore On November 30th, 2020 at 7:27 pm

The press agenda is so transparent. Joe Biden has broken his foot. Every headline, every return, on Google’s front page mentions that he did it while playing with his dog.

They want everyone to think about the dog, not an elderly man having an accident.

CHINESE COMMUNISTS ARE STILL EVIL

By Pete Moore On November 30th, 2020 at 7:09 pm

What a moment for Americans to “elect” a Chinese stooge.

Australia has demanded China apologise for posting a fake picture on a government Twitter account that depicted an Australian soldier murdering an Afghan child.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Beijing should be “utterly ashamed” for sharing the “repugnant” image.

It comes amid escalating political tensions between the two countries.

Aussie-Chicom relations were already bad. Australia has protested Chinese acts against Hong Kong and Taiwan and prevented Huawei from spying in Australia. China has acted in a most typical way, which is to bully, hector, impose sanctions and demand that Australia caves in. That’s how the Chinese communists act toward everyone now.

Any government not standing right beside Australia is standing in the wrong place. We have more than enough evidence that the CCP is an evil, genocidal regime which must be brought to an end one day. Diplomatic niceties and deepening trade ties are exactly the wrong way to go about it.

NO VAX, NO LIFE

By Pete Moore On November 30th, 2020 at 6:51 pm

LONDON (Reuters) – People who refuse a vaccine for COVID-19 could find normal life curtailed as restaurants, bars, cinemas and sports venues could block entry to those who don’t have proof they are inoculated, Britain’s new vaccine minister said on Monday.

That’s how we’ll be “nudged” into compliance. Being vaccinated won’t be compulsory, but businesses will be encouraged, and probably incentivised, to bar anyone who hasn’t been jabbed. At the same time foreigners will be flying in without a vaccine or proof of a negative test, because no-one seems to care who comes in, with what maladies, and that’s how we got into this mess.

WHEN THOSE THAT MAKE THE LAW BREAK THE LAW …..

By Patrick Van Roy On November 30th, 2020 at 6:24 pm

Guest Post from Paul

 

 

The British Government announced today that there will be a public inquiry into one of the most infamous murders of the Irish conflict, that of lawyer Pat Finucane. There have already been a number of investigations into events linked to the murder and state involvement in the murder firmly established, with the then British PM publicly apologising to the Finucane family from the floor of the House of Commons  in 2012 for the ‘shocking levels of collusion’ in the murder. The British Government have always resisted the Finucane’s call for a full public inquiry into the murder and today’s decision was a result of a case taken by them to the UK Supreme Court last year which stated that a previous undertaking given to Mrs Finucane for an inquiry was ‘clear and unambiguous’ and that she had a ‘legitimate expectation’ a public inquiry would be held into his death. 

Today’s decision is a result of the dogged determination and steadfast tenacity of the Finucane family not to let the case be forgotten, fobbed of nor buried under a mountain of bureaucracy but to keep it in the public eye and a relevant concern.

Pat Finucane had three brothers who were members of the IRA and had many clients who were also accused of IRA actions, that’s where his IRA associations ended. He was a lawyer and a pretty good one, which seemingly was enough to make him an enemy in the eyes of some state agents and his murder wasn’t just an attack on an individual but an attack on the judicial process. Today justice has been seen to have been done and a transparent public enquiry will see the whole squalid, stinking truth exposed and also put to bed the disgusting character slur propagated by his killers as justification for his murder, that he was a member of the IRA.

It was widely anticipated that British Secretary of State in Ireland, Brandon Lewis, would announce a public inquiry into the murder of Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane today and I wrote this blog in preparation for it earlier. The public inquiry has since been denied at this time and the attempted cover up continues. 

 

The Atlantic

By Patrick Van Roy On November 30th, 2020 at 2:22 pm

Recently, The Atlantic published an article, “The Last Children of Down Syndrome,” by Sarah Zhang, in which she explores the effects of prenatal testing in Demark. Denmark is among many Nordic countries that provide taxpayer-paid prenatal testing for Down Syndrome and other genetic anomalies. In Denmark, more than 95 percent of those who receive a DS diagnosis choose to abort their child. In 2019, only 18 children with Down Syndrome were born in the entire country.

While Zhang claims to present readers what she calls an “emotional ground truth” by giving pros and cons to the DS abortion debate and “humanizing” all choices, her real underlying goals are clear: to give her readers the justification for modern-day eugenics and to dismantle society’s natural aversion to selective breeding.

All we gotta do

By Patrick Van Roy On November 29th, 2020 at 8:42 pm

Denial a common affliction

By Patrick Van Roy On November 29th, 2020 at 1:35 pm

The court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and a group of Orthodox Jewish synagogues who argued that Cuomo’s rules unfairly targeted them, violating the Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom.

The gov had barred attendance of more than 10 people at religious services in a red zone and 25 in an orange zone — no matter how big the church, mosque or temple. Now he insists the ruling is “more illustrative of the Supreme Court than anything else” because Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has called for a response from New Jersey officials after a church and synagogue petitioned the court to intervene in their lawsuit, alleging the state unequally applies COVID-19 restrictions to religious activities.

State officials must respond by 6 p.m. ET Dec. 3, at which time the houses of worship bringing the appeal would have a chance to respond.