Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Case That Could Topple Obamacare

Newsweek ^ | December 17 2013 3:05 PM | Pema Levy 

Obamacare may have its problems, including more bugs than you can find in the cornfields of Nebraska, but its legal worries were meant to end after the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate, the heart of the Affordable Care Act.
Now, as the technologists charged with making work report progress, lawyers are re-entering the fray. A little-heard of challenge currently making its way through the court system may represent opponents’ last best hope of, as they are fond of saying, driving a stake through the heart of the law.
It all started in 2011, when Jonathan H. Adler, a conservative law professor at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, shot an email to his friend Michael Cannon, a health policy expert at the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. Adler thought he had spotted an error in Obamacare that could unravel a significant portion of the law.
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Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Tells The Truth About QUEERS

Political Realities ^ | 12/19/13 | LD Jackson 

For the record, I do not have a television, but I am fully aware of who Phil Robertson is. You can hardly go to Wal-Mart without seeing his face on posters. He has clearly made a name for himself with Duck Dynasty, his show on A&E. He and his family have become celebrities, both because of Duck Dynasty and because of his openness with his religious beliefs. Perhaps that will be his "undoing"? If you don't want to know what Phil Robertson believes, it would be best to not ask him. You may get more than you bargained for.
In a recent interview with QC, Phil Robertson let his views on homosexuality be known. A raging firestorm has ensued against him. First, his comments. Consider this a language warning. There is no profanity, but the language is clear because Robertson is plain-spoken.
Liberty News - “It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” Robertson stated. “I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job,” Robertson told GQ. “We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus – whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later.”
The views Phil Robertson stated are his own and he is entitled to hold those opinions. I happen to agree with what he said and with the following statement, taken directly from the QC interview. He is paraphrasing the Bible, a passage in Corinthians.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Phil RobertsonAs much as Phil Robertson has just became immensely politically incorrect by daring to voice his opinions and quote the Bible about homosexuality, he is also telling the truth about today's society. That may rub the politically correct crowd the wrong way, but the truth of what he said is not diminished. I must say, it is quite refreshing to hear someone so popular in the entertainment industry be so open and honest with their views.
We Stand With Phil is a Facebook page for people wanting to show their support for Phil Robertson. Amidst the accusations against him, claiming he is guilty of hate speech and saying that the majority of Christians do not believe homosexuality is a sin, there is an outpouring of support for Phil Robertson. It appears he has much more support for his religious views than some people would like to give him credit for.
A&E has since censored Phil Robertson, placing him on suspension from Duck Dynasty. Since it's his show, they may find that hard to pull off, but let them give it their best shot. While a firestorm has exploded over his remarks, there is another fire that has started. In the terminology of a firefighter, I think this would be called a back fire. It is in support of Phil Robertson and it is threatening to do its job and put out the main fire of outrage against a private citizen sharing his views on homosexuality.
Homosexual activists have pushed their agenda for decades. We are seeing more and more references to the normalcy of homosexuality in our pop culture, music, movies, and other entertainment. It is not well received when someone like Phil Robertson dares to share his views with the rest of the world. They want people like him to be punished for the views they hold, instead of being free to express those views. I have no doubt the support that is now being shown for Phil Robertson is adding fuel to the fire of their consternation.



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