DOMESTIC: Boyle – Rand to run?; Hanson – crimes of the mind; Waterman – China’s missiles; CBS – North Colorado; Henninger – govt implodes; Goodwin – NY sex pols; Investors – DC war on WalMart; Smith – Quinn stops salaries; Woodruff – austin abortion protests.
ZIMMERMAN: Schneider & Hightower – He’s sold; McCarthy – reversible error; Chasmar – DOJ lobby; Watson & Jones – DOJ lobby; Limbaugh – media wants guilty.
NSA: WaPo sorry to Guardian; Goldberg – civil libertarians.
HEALTH CARE: Erickson – Cruz gets it; Unruh – BoCare back to Supremes.
IRS: Strassel – Another scandal in the pot.
PA: Medina – Kane won’t defend Hetero marriage; Eilperin – more Kane; Daniels – even more Kane; Daniels – fake scripts.
END NOTE: Collins – NY pols; Malkin – girls & psychopaths.
“She is blatantly politicizing the highest law enforcement office in our Commonwealth at the expense of a corresponsibility of the Attorney General’s office. Kathleen Kane is failing our citizens and this situation leaves a gaping doubt in her ability to fairly execute her job.” PA GOP Chair, Rob Gleason
“There are basically two visions of oppressive government, the Orwellian and the Huxleyan. In George Orwell’s 1984, the dystopia is a totalitarian police state, where everyone is snooped on and bullied. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, most people are happy because the government takes care of them.” Jonah Goldberg
“Dear General Holder . . . Get out of here. Please. Yesterday will do fine.”
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1780: A fast-riding Jane Thomas warned Patriot militia of an impending Loyalist attack at the Battle of Cedar Springs in South Carolina.
1804: Alexander Hamilton died a day after being shot by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel.
1862: Congress created the U.S. Army Medal of Honor to be awarded to soldiers for “gallantry in action.”
2003: The USS Ronald Reagan, the first aircraft carrier named for a living president, was commissioned in Norfolk, Virginia. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
DOMESTIC . . .
Matthew Boyle, Breitbart: “Exclusive: Rand Paul — I’m ‘Thinking About’ Running for President”
““We’ve been thinking about it,” Paul said in a phone interview. “And we will continue to think about it probably until after the 2014 elections. I haven’t made a decision, it’s a big decision you know with regard to family and the extensive travel that’s involved with it. And then also just seeing where the country is going in the next year or two.”
According to a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey, Paul leads the pack of potential 2016 GOP candidates in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Paul’s 18 percent in the poll leads New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s 16 percent, 15 percent for former Vice Presidential candidate and House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), 14 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 11 percent for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), 10 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), 6 percent for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, 2 percent for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and 1 percent for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
Paul shot to the front of the pack in Iowa after Rubio took a five-point nose dive . . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Supposed Crimes of the Mind”
“With hate speech, it’s the perceived ideology of the perpetrator that matters most.
“When do insensitive words destroy reputations?
“It all depends.
“Celebrity chef Paula Deen was dropped by her TV network, her publisher, and many of her corporate partners after she testified in a legal deposition that she used the N-word some 30 years ago. The deposition was made in a lawsuit against Deen and her brother over allegations of sexual and racial harassment.
“Actor Alec Baldwin recently let loose with a barrage of homophobic crudities. Unlike Deen, Baldwin spewed his epithets in the present. He tweeted them publicly, along with threats of physical violence. So far he has avoided Paula Deen’s ignominious fate.
“Does race determine whether a perceived slur is an actual slur?
“Some blacks use the N-word in ways supposedly different from those of ill-intentioned white racists. . .”
Shaun Waterman, Washington Times: “China missile fear: U.S. vulnerable to nuclear-tipped submarine-launched missiles, Pentagon warns”
“. . . Beijing’s new submarine-launched ballistic missile, the JL-2, will for the first time enable Chinese submarines to strike parts of the United States from China’s coastal waters, states the 2013 Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat Assessment, produced by the Department of Defense’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center.
It adds that the number of Chinese ICBM nuclear warheads capable of reaching the United States “could expand to well over 100 within the next 15 years.”
CBS Denver: “Effort to Create New State Called ‘North Colorado’ Grows”
“AKRON, Colo. (CBS4) – There’s a growing effort to create a 51st state out of parts of northeast Colorado.
“Ten counties, including Weld and Morgan, started talking about seceding last month. Now some people Lincoln and Cheyenne counties say they want to join a new state they’d call ‘North Colorado.’
“Organizers of the secession effort say their interests are not being represented at the state Capitol. Representatives from the 10 counties held a meeting on Monday in the town of Akron in Weld County to begin mapping the boundaries for the new state they say will represent the interests of rural Colorado.
“The secessionist movement is the result of a growing urban-rural divide, which was exacerbated after this year’s legislation session where lawmakers raised renewable energy standards for rural electric co-ops, floated bills increasing regulations on oil and gas, and passed sweeping gun control. . .”
Thoughts: Could those ten counties join Texas (where’s the rule that demands geographical connection!)? Could rural Colorado eject Denver? Could Michigan eject Detroit? Or Pennsylvania give Philadelphia to Jersey? Could we arrange for counties to elect the state that they join?
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “Big Government Implodes”
“Mark July 3, 2013, as the day Big Government finally imploded.
“July 3 was the quiet afternoon that a deputy assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy announced in a blog post that the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate would be delayed one year. Something about the ‘complexity of the requirements.’ The Fourth’s fireworks couldn’t hold a candle to the sound of the U.S. government finally hitting the wall.
“Since at least 1789, America’s conservatives and liberals have argued about the proper role of government. Home library shelves across the land splinter and creak beneath the weight of books arguing the case for individual liberty or for government-led social justice. World Wrestling smackdowns are nothing compared with Hayek vs. Rawls.
Maybe we have been listening to the wrong experts. Philosophers and pundits aren’t going to tell us anything new about government. The one-year rollover of ObamaCare because of its ‘complexity’ suggests it’s time to call in the physicists, the people who study black holes and death stars. That’s what the federal government looks like after expanding ever outward for the past 224 years. . .”
Michael Goodwin, NY Post: “Sex pols’ sorry story”
“Joe Lhota has a beef. The top GOP candidate for mayor complains the media isn’t interested in the substance of the job he seeks.
“There’s no coverage of the serious issues facing the city,” he told me. “Maybe if I took a picture of my willie in boxer shorts and sent it out, I’d get more attention.”
“Or he could hop into bed with a hooker. That would also do the trick.
“Lhota’s comments came before Eliot Spitzer threw his socks into the ring, doubling the Anthony Weiner circus factor and turning Democratic primaries into freak shows. A friend wonders whether the mayoral and comptroller races are being scripted by writers at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ while another sees politics mixing with ‘Celebrity Rehab.’
“Either way, the entertainment meter is off the charts, but, as Lhota points out, the hangover will come after the election. Spitzer and Weiner are seeking personal redemption through public office, but the remaining 8.4 million New Yorkers should ask: What’s in it for us?
“That’s the rub. But even before we get to it, there’s a threshold question for the depraved duo. As Council Speaker Christine Quinn put it, “What have they been doing since they were forced out of office?. . .”
Investors: “Washington’s War on Wal-Mart Will Only Hurt The Poor”
“If Washington, D.C.’s local politicians have their way, three new Wal-Marts planned for the troubled city will not be built. Oh boy! Just what the capital’s struggling residents need: fewer jobs and higher prices.
“The extraordinarily unwise politicians who run the nation’s capital have decided to pass a law that would require so-called “big box” retailers — Wal-Mart, in other words — to pay their workers a “living wage” of at least $12.50 an hour. Wal-Mart employees nationwide average just under $9 an hour.
“Wal-Mart is already building three stores in D.C., and has plans for three more. But it says it will scotch the last three if D.C. goes ahead with its wage hike.
“City officials were indignant at Wal-Mart’s threat. But why? Their legislation, which targets only Wal-Mart, is plainly discriminatory. The city already has an $8.25-an-hour minimum wage. The “super minimum wage” would affect just one employer.
If Wal-Mart pulls out, it won’t be hurt — long-suffering D.C. residents will.
“Some 900 retail jobs would disappear — along with 600 construction jobs — in a town where unemployment in the inner city is well into the double digits.
“Moreover, D.C. citizens already lack access to fresh food and inexpensive consumer goods — which Wal-Mart’s presence would solve. . .”
Also: Alex Barron, WaPo: “Wal-Mart: The D.C. Council has forced our hand”
Emily Smith, Opposing Views: “Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Suspends Legislators’ Salaries Over Pension Deadlock”
“Exhausted with lawmakers’ inability to resolve Illinois’ pension liability, Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended their salaries and used his line-item veto to eliminate salaries from the fiscal 2014 budget.
Given that the average Illinois lawmaker collects $67,836 a year, the last ditch effort would save the state almost $14 million for the year. The plan also includes a suspension of the governor’s salary until a pension bill makes its way to his desk.
Quinn has asked legislators for months to save the state and warned that passivity and half-passed legislation was unacceptable by the Wednesday deadline. Concerned for the state’s credit, which holds the lowest rating of all U.S. states, Quinn created consequences for a seemingly uncaring General Assembly. . .”
Betsy Woodruff, NRO: “Protesters Clash in Austin over Abortion”
“Pro-life legislation in Texas draws both sides to the capital.
“On Monday, more than 3,800 people gathered to register their opposition to the bill (more than 1,700 pro-life protesters registered in support), and that night, thousands marched in a slow loop through downtown Austin in an orange flood, waving signs, blaring music, and chanting. One man pushed a stroller holding a toddler. His sign, perched on the stroller, read, ‘Perry is LITERALLY RAPING WOMEN’S RIGHTS ! !’ Another sign read, ‘DUMPSTER BABIES AGAINST PERRY.’ Pro-choice protesters don’t like Rick Perry very much.
“But they weren’t the only group to process south from the Capitol. On Tuesday, while the House was debating amendments on the bill, a much tinier group of Roman Catholics had a Eucharistic procession, singing, ‘O sacrament most holy, o sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine’ under the hot sun.
“The night before, before the pro-choice march, pro-life advocates had hosted a huge rally on the steps of the Capitol. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Attorney General (and soon-to-declare gubernatorial candidate) Greg Abbott, Mike Huckabee, Michelle Duggar, and other pro-life notables spoke to the crowd. During that rally a handful of pro-choice protesters gathered under a tree, with a sign on the ground in front of them that read, ‘You Oppress We Resist.’ . . .”
ZIMMERMAN . . .
Schneider & Hightower, MyWay: “Jury in Zimmerman trial may consider lesser charge”
“SANFORD, Fla. (AP) – In an unmistakable setback for George Zimmerman, the jury at the neighborhood watch captain’s second-degree murder trial was given the option Thursday of convicting him on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Judge Debra Nelson issued her ruling over the objections of Zimmerman’s lawyers shortly before a prosecutor delivered a closing argument in which he portrayed the defendant as an aspiring police officer who assumed Martin was up to no good and took the law into his own hands.
“A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own,” prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told the jurors. “He is dead because a man made assumptions. … Unfortunately because his assumptions were wrong, Trayvon Benjamin Martin no longer walks this Earth.”
“Because of the judge’s ruling, the six jurors will have three options when they start deliberations as early as Friday: guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of manslaughter and not guilty . . .”
Andrew McCarthy, PJM: “Reversible Error in Zimmerman Before We Even Get a Verdict?”
“In presiding over the trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, Judge Debra Nelson has made some awful rulings — none worse than failing to direct a verdict of acquittal on the preposterous second-degree “depraved mind” murder charge. The state’s evidence that Zimmerman had the necessary criminal intent is non-existent, much less sufficient to meet the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard. Compelling evidence, moreover, establishes that Zimmerman acted in self-defense, a claim the state has not come close to refuting. (See Andrew Branca’s comprehensive summary here.)
“Wednesday morning provided a snapshot of Judge Nelson’s style: her peremptory decision to exclude exculpatory evidence recovered from Martin’s cellphone — a ruling that in and of itself could be reversible error if the state is able to steamroll the jury into convicting Zimmerman.
“At issue are ostensibly deleted texts and photos recovered from Martin’s cellphone, well described in Bob Owens’s post. (Side note: deleted rarely means disappeared – much or what you may think you’ve deleted from a computer can be recovered by a competent examiner.) Although the evidence won’t be covered much by the mainstream media so desperate for a conviction in this case, it would be of interest to good faith journalists since it cuts sharply against their legend of the saintly, boyish Trayvon. Reportedly, the data haul reveals his self-proclaimed fighting prowess as well as involvement with guns, drugs and porn. . . “
Jessica Chasmar, Washington Times: “DOJ helped facilitate anti-Zimmerman protests in Florida: FOIA docs”
“According to the report, employees of the DOJ’s CRS are required by law to “conduct their activities in confidence. Though the agency claims to use “impartial mediation practices and conflict resolution procedures,” press reports suggest that the unit deployed to Sanford took an active role in mobilizing against Mr. Zimmerman.
“These documents detail the extraordinary intervention by the Justice Department in the pressure campaign leading to the prosecution of George Zimmerman,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “My guess is that most Americans would rightly object to taxpayers’ paying government employees to help organize racially-charged demonstrations.”
From Judicial Watch: “Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Detail Role of Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests”
“JW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the DOJ on April 24, 2012; 125 pages were received on May 30, 2012. JW administratively appealed the request on June 5, 2012, and received 222 pages more on March 6, 2013. According to the documents:
March 25 – 27, 2012, CRS spent $674.14 upon being “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
March 25 – 28, 2012, CRS spent $1,142.84 “in Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.
March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent $892.55 in Sanford, FL “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida.”
March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent an additional $751.60 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31.”
April 3 – 12, 2012, CRS spent $1,307.40 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”
April 11 – 12, 2012, CRS spent $552.35 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17 year old African American male.”
From a Florida Sunshine Law request filed on April 23, 2012, JW received thousands of pages of emails on April 27, 2012
See John Fund, NRO: “Obama’s Alinskyite Administration”
The Justice Department’s involvement in the Zimmerman case is highly suspect
Watson & Jones, Info Wars: “Judge in Zimmerman Case Pressured by Obama Administration?
“Bizarre outburst against Zimmerman suggests prejudice
“Speculation is raging that the judge in the George Zimmerman case could have been put under pressure by the Obama administration after she staged a bizarre outburst during which she interrogated Zimmerman while repeatedly silencing his lawyers.
“The hostile exchange began when Judge Debra Nelson asked Zimmerman if he planned to testify.
“Essentially, Judge Nelson told Zimmerman he had the ‘absolute right to remain silent’ but then proceeded to demand he answer her questions interrogation-style while silencing his lawyers.
“Defense attorney Don West twice objected to Nelson’s interrogation, prompting the judge to raised her voice and exclaim, ‘Your objection is overruled!’ in a manner more befitting of an angry parent lecturing a child than a legal professional.
“Both of Zimmerman’s lawyers appeared shocked as attorney Mark O’Mara asked under his breath, ‘what is going on?’ . . .”
Rush Limbaugh: “Media Invested In A Guilty Verdict For Zimmerman”
“. . . I think race, as I’ve gotten to know liberals over the course of my career here, something about race and the civil rights movement is, it’s almost a right of passage to be a liberal in the media. You have to have that perspective that this country is inherently racist and it has not recovered from slavery and it still mistreats everybody of minority skin color. You’re invested in that: that this country is immoral and unjust on that basis. Every opportunity to prove it, you’re going to take it, even if you have to make it up. And this is like the Duke lacrosse case. There was no evidence whatsoever to support any of the contentions the media made, or the faculty at Duke.
“This is the same thing, I had a story today, Judicial Watch got hold of some documents from Justice via Freedom of Information, there’s a community relations service, part of the DOJ, which just by its name is supposed to go down and facilitate community peace, coming together and so forth. And these people from the DOJ were down sponsoring rallies prior to this trial, sponsoring people getting together, they bused protestors into Sanford, Florida from local universities. The DOJ, Eric Holder was invested in this being seen as racism and unfairness and injustice against this kid, Trayvon Martin. And they can’t let go of it . . .”
Zimmerman prosecutors seek 'child abuse' charge?
Police Bring In Horses, Batons, Plan Formations For Possible Riots After Verdict...
Flash Mob Fear...
Judge Confronts Zimmerman in Testy Exchange...
Ex-Sanford police chief says investigation was hijacked...
'They just wanted an arrest'...
REPORT: DOJ spent tax dollars to help organize, support 'Justice for Trayvon' protests...
NSA . . .
From Drudge Report, 7/12/13
Fugitive Snowden says U.S. preventing his asylum...
Claims 'threatening behavior'...
US intel braces for more NSA exposure...
Officials fear Snowden gained access to files on spying...
Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism...
Kremlin returns to typewriters to avoid computer leaks...
“John Nolte, Big Journalism: “Washington Post Issues Extraordinary Correction to Column Ripping Greenwald, Snowden”
“National security reporter Walter Pincus took to the pages of the Washington Post earlier this week to attack NSA leaker Edward Snowden and by extension Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who initially broke the story. It is safe to say that the Pincus column was riddled with factual errors, half-truths, and innuendo because the Post has just issued a lengthy three paragraph correction.
“(It is worth noting that this is not the first time the Post attacked Greenwald’s credibility.)
“Hours after the Pincus column ran, Greenwald responded with a devastating rebuttal (that was made available online). As a result, Pincus and the Post have now had to correct three specific issues and the main thrust of the column, which tried to make it look as though Greenwald, Snowden, and Wikileaks had colluded in some way to steal and expose national security secrets. . . “
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Civil Libertarians and the NSA”
“Where’s the debate about other government expansions and threats to privacy?
“‘At least 850,000 people have security clearances that give them access to this information,’ Tiffiniy Cheng of Fight for the Future recently wrote on the Huffington Post. ‘That’s the size of Boston. Imagine if they leak information about a politician or business leaders’ personal life — what about a prominent activist? The opportunities for abuse and blackmail are endless; despite what some members of Congress have claimed, the history of government surveillance programs is riddled with abuses.’
“Farhad Manjoo of Slate magazine online agrees. The ‘fundamental problem’ with the NSA’s surveillance program is that it’s amassing an all-too-tempting stockpile of information. ‘Someone has access to that data, and that someone might not be as noble as (Edward) Snowden. He could post everything online. He could sell it to identity thieves. He could blackmail you. Or he might blackmail politicians, businesspeople, judges, TSA agents, or use the data in some other nefarious way.’
“One needn’t be a privacy absolutist, never mind a paranoid conspiracy theorist, to believe that this is a legitimate concern. One can even support the NSA’s PRISM program and still want significant safeguards against abuse.
“What I have a hard time understanding, however, is how one can get worked up into a near panic about an overreaching national-security apparatus while also celebrating other government expansions into our lives, chief among them the hydra-headed leviathan of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). The 2009 stimulus created a health database that will store all your health records. The Federal Data Services Hub will record everything bureaucrats deem useful, from your incarceration record and immigration status to whether or not you had an abortion or were treated for depression or erectile dysfunction. . .”
HEALTH CARE . . .
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Senator Ted Cruz Gets It. Will Others?”
“Senator Ted Cruz has come out forcefully today against half measures on Obamacare. Instead he wants the GOP to unite behind completely defunding the law. As the Senator noted:
‘Delaying only one aspect of this tangled mess leaves Americans holding the tab for an irreparably broken law they do not support. Moreover, it leaves in motion many of the most egregious parts of the law, ensuring they will take root in just a few short months. This is untenable.
‘I agree with the lead Senate author of Obamacare, Democrat Senator Max Baucus, that Obamacare has become a ‘huge train wreck.’’
“Good for him. No half measures in this. Defund it entirely and repeal it entirely as soon as we can. But I would be prepared to shut down the government over this and the GOP should get ready to. Cruz is rapidly working his way onto my list of preferred Presidential candidates in 2016 and bold leadership like this helps tremendously.
“By the way, Senator Ted Cruz will be at the RedState Gathering. Will you?
Bob Unruh, WND: “Court bats Obamacare back to Supremes
“Roberts and company get 2nd chance to slap down health care takeover
“Chief Justice John Roberts and his cohorts on the U.S. Supreme Court will get a second chance to slap down the health care takeover known as Obamacare.
“The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the Constitution’s Commerce Clause is enough authority for Congress to demand employers purchase private health insurance for their employees or pay government fines.
“The case was launched by Liberty University at the outset of the fight over Obamacare. The university confirmed today as soon as the appellate court decision was announced that it would petition the Supreme Court to hear its challenge to the entire employer mandate.
“‘If we are successful in striking down the employer mandate, it will benefit both religious and nonreligious employers,’ the university said in an announcement. ‘The petition will also include the claim that the forced funding of abortion violates the free exercise of religion and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act with respect to individuals.’ . . .”
IRS . . .
Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “Another IRS Scandal Waiting to Happen”
“Federal Elections Commissioner Donald McGahn wants to rein in the bureaucracy of this sensitive agency. The political left is furious.
“The Obama administration claims it wants to ensure that the rank political abuse perpetrated by the Internal Revenue Service is never repeated. Ask Donald McGahn how that’s going.
“Mr. McGahn is a Republican appointee to the Federal Election Commission, an agency with every bit as much potential for partisan meddling as the IRS. Due to leave the agency soon, Mr. McGahn’s parting gift is a campaign to rein in an out-of-control FEC bureaucracy. But the left is fighting that oversight and is determined to keep power in the hands of unaccountable staff.
“The FEC was created in the wake of Watergate, in part to remove primary power over political actors from the Justice Department. It sports an equal number of Democratic and Republican commissioners, so that neither side can easily impose a partisan agenda. This means a lot of deadlocks, a situation that infuriates the left, which prefers a fire-and-brimstone regulator.
“It also frustrates the FEC’s staff, which has responded by going around the commissioners. The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), for instance, makes it clear that staff may not commence investigations until a bipartisan majority (four members) of the commission votes that there is a “reason to believe” a violation has occurred. In theory, this provision should guard against IRS-like witch hunts.
“Except that over the years staff have come to ignore the law, and routinely initiate their own inquiries—often on little more than accusations they find on blogs . . .”
PA . . .
Regina Medina, Philly.com: “Kane won’t defend Pa. in gay-marriage suit, sources say”
All for access to 1100 federal entitlements in return for 1% of the vote . . .
“Attorney General Kathleen Kane is expec ted to announce Thursday that her office won’t defend the state in a federal lawsuit that challenges Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage, the Daily News has learned.
“Multiple sources confirmed that Kane, who is named along with Gov. Corbett as a defendant in the suit, plans to make the announcement at the National Constitution Center.
“The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit, known as Whitewood v. Corbett, on Tuesday on behalf of 21 state residents. The plaintiffs are 10 couples and one widow who want to marry here, want the state to recognize their out-of-state marriages or want equal protections granted to straight married couples.
“The suit was filed in Harrisburg and is believed to be the first federal case on the gay marriage issue since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last month.
“Pennsylvania is the sole state in the Northeast without same-sex marriage or a civil-union statute. . .”
Juliet Eilperin, WaPo: “Pa. attorney general says she won’t defend state’s gay marriage ban”
“Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane announced Thursday afternoon she will not defend the state in a federal lawsuit filed this week challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, calling the prohibition ‘wholly unconstitutional.’
“The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday on behalf of 23 Pennsylvania residents, including 10 couples, a widow and two children, naming Kane and the state’s Republican Gov. Tom Corbett as defendants. Kane’s move, announced to reporters at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center, places the burden of defending the law on the governor’s general counsel. Corbett supports the prohibition on same-sex marriage, which passed the state legislature in 1996.
“I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s version of [the Defense of Marriage Act] as I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional,” Kane said.
“Thomas Peters, spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage, said Kane’s refusal to defend the ban represented a sort of ‘pocket veto’ of the law.
“‘This is just one more example of how the Supreme Court set a bad precedent [last month] in allowing elected officials to not represent the will of the people when they find it expedient,’ he said an in interview. . .”
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “AG Kane won’t defend PA law in same-sex marriage lawsuit”
“. . . The American Civil Liberties Union announced on Tuesday a lawsuit filed on behalf of 23 plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, which was inserted into state law in 1996.
Kane described the law as “Pennsylvania’s version of DOMA,” referring to the Defense of Marriage Act, which required the federal government to withhold any marriage benefits, such as tax breaks, from legally married same-sex couples. DOMA was recently ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Pennsylvania lawsuit is the first state law challenge since that decision.
Kane read portions of both the Pennsylvania Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. Based on certain excerpts, including the 14th Amendment promising citizens equal protection under the law, Kane said she cannot ethically defend the case.
“I know that in this state that there are people who don’t believe in what we’re doing and I’m not asking them to believe in it,” Kane said. “I’m asking them to believe in the Constitution, I’m asking them for tolerance, I’m asking then for understanding and I’m asking them for equality and due process.”
Kane’s denial to defend the state means the Office of General Counsel will be left to defend Gov. Tom Corbett and other government officials named as defendants in the case.
Pennsylvania General Counsel James Schultz said in a statement Thursday afternoon his office had yet to receive any formal notification from Kane regarding her decision. (emph added, jb)
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “Medicare covers more than $1.3M in fake prescriptions in PA”
“HARRISBURG — Prescription pills are readily available, and you don’t need a doctor, or even a drug dealer, to get them.
Medicare has covered thousands of fraudulent prescriptions issued by people who aren’t even allowed to prescribe drugs in the first place, a federal report shows.
END NOTES . . .
Gail Collins, NYT: “New York Sizzles”
“. . . Positive aspects of New York City’s Weiner-Spitzer summer:
“1) Opportunities for invigorating dinner conversations over who would be worse to have as a major city official. Personally, I think Eliot Spitzer is behaving as if he’s much crazier. But it’s true that you can never look at Anthony Weiner without imagining his underwear.
“2) Opportunities to discuss what would happen if we got both. It could be pretty exciting. The entire city would come to a halt as the two staffs fired rocket launchers at each other. The movie version would be in 3-D and star Channing Tatum as Eliot Spitzer.
“3) Opportunities to bring up New York sex scandals of the past, beginning with Grover Cleveland and ending with the time that Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced his separation plans at a press conference before telling his wife. . . “
Michelle Malkin, NRO: “America’s Sociopath Fetish”
“After half a century of feminism, hormones still trump basic human decency
“I would like to declare a war on women — namely, on all those cringe-inducing ninnies who lust after every celebrity criminal defendant with big muscles, tattoos, puppy-dog eyes, or Hollywood hair.
“You know who I’m talking about, right? America’s Bad Boy groupies. They’re on the courthouse steps with their “Free Jahar” signs, cooing over how “hot” and “cute” the bloodstained Boston Marathon bombing suspect is. He “can blow me up with babies,” one moral reprobate quipped shortly after his capture. “I’m not gonna lie, the second bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is hot. #sorrynotsorry,” another young girl boasted. . .”