I am torn on what the Supreme Court did today

Today The Supreme Court handed down a decision that in some ways I can understand since they are dealing only (or are supposed to anyway)  the Constitutional issues at hand.

One of today’s decisions was over the Massachusetts law that set out a buffer zone around abortion clinics.

The zone was to allow an area of safe passage for people to get in and out of clinics without being harassed by protesters.

There is part of the rub, it is impinging on people’s rights to protest.

I have been in protests, those that have been here for a while will remember the Westboro protest.  They can be peaceful or they can turn on a dime and get very ugly.

I am not a fan of Freedom of Speech Zones… To me and as long as I breath air all U.S. soil is a Freedom of Speech Zone. To me, my DD-214 and DD-215 forms say just that.

If you think that you can stop me from protesting, good fuckin luck!

However, that is tempered with the rights of those around me. That is my Libertarian side shining through. I will try really hard to not deprive you of your rights. No just like sin, shit happens sometimes and I may cross a line.

If I am going to drop off a package at a clinic and some rabid protester spits on me I am going to lose it. I may go to jail for my assault, and when the piece of shit get out of the hospital, I will be pressing charges of my own for their crime. (1) Yes, I am quite vindictive when I get pushed. If you want to protest, fine do so respectfully. Remember that just because a person is going in or out of a clinic does not mean that they are participating in the act that you are so upset about. There are people who have to deliver stuff to other offices within the building. Often there are other services being performed that are socially acceptable like breast exams, or pap smears.

Those that have met me (Di Da, Owt Raged, etc.) I am not a small individual. There are reasons that I don;t have fights at the bar when I am bouncing. If I am going to a clinic with Gigglez for a pap smear and someone were to get out of line… understand that I am not afraid of jail.

(1) http://www.pfeiferandpfeifer.com/Criminal-Defense-Blog/2011/May/Be-careful-who-you-spit-on.aspx

 

States and Nullification of Enforcement of Federal Laws

Does anyone else see this trend of states getting fed up with the federal government and enacting legislation (or coming close to anyway) that nullifies federal laws?

I find it interesting but a little unnerving.

Does this bring us closer to my concerns of civil unrest or rebellion?

  • More than a dozen state may be nullifying Obama Care
  • Missouri – The governor has a bill to consider nullification of federal gun laws
  • Kansas (and others)- passed a law that guns made and owned in Kansas were exempt from federal firearms laws
  • Washington and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana possession and use.
  • Washington legalizes gay marriage
  • Pennsylvania –  may be nullifying federal bans on some weapons and ammunition
  • or even the opposite, states try to help the feds by trying to enforce voting or immigration law and the feds can’t permit THAT.

I am sure that there are other examples.

So if states won’t enforce the federal laws, then I guess the feds will have to ramp up their staffing to be able to enforce their own laws.. What a concept.

At some point, the federal government went feral and now the states have decided that they need to take back some of their domain.

Do we see an end to this? What other areas will states start to take back?

How will the feds compensate for their losses in power?
The federal government need to constrict its size and power.

Will they have a flippin’ temper tantrum and over-react?

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It is surgery day

At 0830 pacific time today I will be going offline and heading for the hospital for my procedure.

I am guessing that somewhere around 11 or 12 I will resurface and post my status on facebook, as well as here.

So until they release me tomorrow morning, I will be online quite a bit.

damn hospitals, they do a good job taking care of us, but they are certainly not comfortable to be in.

How does a state opt out of Obamacare?

Okay, I know that we have been flooded with Obamacare news and debate.

One of the questions that has rolled around quite a bit, deals with states opting out.

Does anyone have a clear answer for how a state can opt out of a federal program? Is this to say that they are going to decline the federal funding in its entirety?

If the expansion will go to 90% (after it comes back down from it’s ramp up) funding, that seems to be a good deal when you consider that the current funding it 57%. Of course looking at the percentages can be deceiving when the over all cost has risen by x percent.

If you know of a good OBJECTIVE source for this information, I would like to review it.

I have found the toughest part is trying to find that impartial resource. I did go over the law itself, but it is too packed with crap, like most federal legislation.

Obamacare a win with SCOTUS

For quite a while, I have argued that Obamacare would pass Constitutional muster.

This morning, I was proven correct. (Lucky me… I am 2-0 for the week)

Please keep in mind that this is a “conservative court”, but the next little bit should be interesting to watch.

The country will be very agitated due to both rulings this week, not to mention the Holder situation.

 

So why is Lips a Pissed Off Pirate?

I will take the wise road, and let her word start this off.

Hi. Yesterday, I was really sad after getting a call from an appointment setter, that radiology had found one or more suspicious spots in my mammogram..
That the soonest available appointment for additional was more than two weeks out.
Today I’m pissed because I’m hit in the face with the disparities between an HMO and a private practice. You are a number in an HMO.
Your are nothing more than cattle.
Their equipment is inferior.
Their policies are inferior.
And this is what happens when you buy your insurance from your provider.
Is this how national health care will be?
Someone needs to put up a topic. So I can name names and vent.

Well, done dear lady.. now let the games begin.

Speaker’s Bureaus

Did anyone catch he KATU article about the med student at OSHU speak out against doctors getting paid to give talk on behalf of pharmaceuticals?

I was somewhat stunned, and pissed when I saw that 761.3 million dollars were paid out to doctors across the country to do these (in person infomercials) speeches.

This is just another factor of why the prices of meds have gone stupid.
There is a doctor at OSHU making over 100k mostly for speeches like this? (Yes, I wish I could make an income in that range) Capitalism is great, but remember that their has to be a balance?

If you missed it, here is the link:
http://www.katu.com/living/health/OHSU-student-questions-physicians-being-paid-by-drug-companies-141005763.html