1. Provide for the common defense (against all enemies foreign and domestic)
2. Promote the general welfare (not welfare generally)
3. Secure the blessings of liberty, to ourselves and our posterity,
All the rest is just legal technicality.
The balancing act comes into play because 1 and 2 absolutely requires revenue, which has to infringe on number 3, because resources are limited. That is why government needs to be small and efficient,
An oversize, overbearing government doesn’t do any of the three functions as well as it should, because competition builds character.
 May 1, 2015 at 11:45am
Exactly! What will fix the system is to exponentially increase the power of unelected Congressional staffers, who will become the only people who know where the restrooms are, while eliminating any need for politicians to answer to voters after they are elected.
Seriously though, there is no quick and easy fix to this problem. Without an engaged and informed electorate, there is no ability to achieve an engaged and informed legislature.
“We have seen the enemy, and he is us!” – Pogo
December 15, 2014 at 9:02pm
One big issue is that Moses is being played by a Christian (Bale).
I hope that joke was only half as bad as the movie is reported to be.
 December 15, 2014 at 8:56pm
So, I assume I can eliminate you from the list of people who asked for the “Abraham Lincoln vampire hunter” blu-ray for Christmas?
 December 10, 2014 at 11:25am
…also, a .62 BAC is about twice the lethal dose….the legal limit is .08….I imagine his BAC was .062.
Yeah, that sounded hinky to me, too. But an accomplished drinker could easily have a BAC of ~ 0.50 and still appear coherent. Most BAC scales advise that a BAC of 0.45 or above is fatal but I know of a couple instances where individuals had that or more and were still upright.
Wisconsin Law already has a floor of 0.08 BAC to be considered impaired and illegal. In Indiana it is up to the arresting officers discretion starting as low as 0.04 as to whether or not to arrest an individual for OMVWI (Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated).
I was wondering the same thing. I had a guy blow a .36 on a breathalyzer once and we rushed him to the ER. During my first college course to be licensed to operate either of three different breathalyzers one of the instructors told us that the highest BAT survivor was a female in England who had a .51. Had that same stat brought up years later in a NY State alcohol enforcement course.
Officer discretion in OVI cases is a double edged sword in these cases. We have some of it here in Colorado too.
On the one hand it allows the cops to take someone who really is a danger off the road even though they're not "legally drunk" but are still significantly impaired. On the other I suspect this process is ripe for abuse especially in places where the State makes a lot of money off of DUI/OVI.
Isidewlord, I've been out of LE for more than a decade. I guess if what say is true, then several of our heavy drinkers out there have raised the bar.
It said .062 in the article, or was that a corrected error by the time I read the story?
December 4, 2014 at 1:23pm
Did anyone perform CPR? Is it possible that CPR caused the death by “compression of the chest”?.
Could the grand jury have taken that into account?
 December 4, 2014 at 11:26am
I would like an answer to the following question that NO ONE is asking:
(Quincy?) the Medical examiner ruled that Mr. Garner died of “compression of the chest and neck area”.
Mr. Garner had quit breathing. I assume CPR was initiated. CPR is compression of the chest.
So, were the injuries consistent with excessive force, or an attempt to save the man’s life by CPR?
If I had been on the Grand Jury…that would be my REASONBLE doubt.
 November 12, 2014 at 12:54am
The Republicans need to prove that they can lead, and they need to expose the Democrat party for what it is. Impeachment will be counterproductive to both of those goals.
Pass good laws, let him veto them, and let the Dems vote to sustain.
If the President doesn’t cooperate, defund as much of the executive branch as you can for two years.
Investigate, investigate and investigate some more.
He only has two years left. Limit the damage as much as possible, and pin the tail on the donkey.
 August 15, 2014 at 10:50pm
Same thing. We ALL know that an Anglican/Episcopalian is just a CATHOLIC who needs permission to go through six wives….and who allow their priests to get married.
(my speaking tongue is planted firmly in cheek…)
 August 15, 2014 at 10:35pm
I don’t think that ISIS sees the difference.
So, we all want to know…what is the TRUE Christianity? Do we all have to speak in tongues, handle snakes, protest with Wesboro Baptist, or buy the Dead Sea salt shaker for a love gift of 19.99 plus shipping and handling.
And if you are a bible based Christian, which Bible? The Uversion bible app offers 982 versions in 679 languages. What? You haven’t read them all? That’s OK, we’ll wait.
I would recommend 'Misquoting Jesus' to anyone who has an interest in how their Bible came about and was translated through the years. The verses about handling snakes and drinking posion and not being harmed are not even in the oldest manuscripts. They were added centuries later. The oldest manuscripts of the New Testament are from a couple of hunderd years after Christ and are written in Greek. Most Christians know less about their Bible than they do the contract they have for their cell phone service. And yet, they like to lecture us on 'what the Bible says'. I would hazard a guess that there are very few christians on this blog who have actually read the entire Bible. Many think the KJV is THE BIBLE, but it is far from accurate if you take the knowledge og Bible scholars seriously. Reading the entire Bible is often the pathway to athiesm. I challenge any of you to read the 4 Gospells side by side. They don't jive! They contradict each other a bunch. Don't believe it, I dare you to try it.
"I don’t think that ISIS sees the difference." I believe you're saying ISIS (the latest terrorist group of the month to kill Christians and are grabbing the headlines) don't care what "type" of Christian they kill? If so, why do we Christians make it so easy for them by attacking one another. We didn't even wait for ISIS to strike the Shepherd, we scattered the flock by ourselves! If you think ISIS and the other radical Islamist terrorist groups are the big threat, stop trying to fragment Christianity; get behind God and get ready to fight and die for your faith.
 August 14, 2014 at 9:41pm
I think one of the keys here is terminology. Just as there are about 15 different kinds of vegetarians, there are a number of different kinds of atheists, from confused agnostics to the far out freedom from religion fanatics.
We need a new term for the fanatics…I strongly recommend antitheists. Antitheists hate God and everyone who loves and respects Him. Like Pharoah, their hearts have been hardened. I believe that many of them would be Satanists, but Satan ignores them too for two reasons….first manifesting himself would prove the existence of the supernatural and open the door for conversion….and second, he has them already, so why waste his time and energy on them.
Free will means that they have the right to choose to divorce themselves from God, and to suffer the consequences for that decision. It is written that before the end of the age, a great apostacy will descend upon the Church. Beware – be vigilant, and keep the faith.
Atheists don't believe in Satan any more than they believe in your God - they are both characters from the same book of Mythology - just like Thor and Loki are characters from a different mythology .. Divorcing ourselves from your God is no different than divorcing our selves from Hindu gods and the old Egyptian Gods. They are all works of fiction. The only difference between Christians and Atheists is that Christians don't believe in 99.99% of the gods that man has ever worshiped throughout history and Atheists attained the 100% score.
Antitheist already exists as a term--it means someone who BELIEVES there is no god (the opposite of a theist), as opposed to an atheist, who is simply someone who isn't a theist (i.e. doesn't believe in the existence of any god). All antitheists are therefore atheists, but not all atheists need be antitheists.
July 20, 2014 at 2:10pm
An IV drip of uncut heroin should work quite well. It’s fast, totally painless, and readily available to law enforcement. #AlixTrichelman
 July 10, 2014 at 2:01pm
If you would take the time to go to Meruryone.org you would discover that the organization has seven different causes you can donate to, not just this one.
Also, you are free to begin your own charitable foundation, where you can railse money for any cause you wish. You can also donate to one of the thousands of mostly Progressive charities out there where 80 percent of your donation is used to defray administrative costs and engage in additional fundraislng.
Finally, whether we like it or not, those kids ARE in the US, until we can arrange to send them back. Are you recommending that we let them die?
 June 30, 2014 at 1:41am
Saint Paul was excellent at condemning people, and many believe that he was personally involved in the stoning of St. Stephen because he was offended by his preaching.
However, on the road to Damascus, Jesus closed, and then opened his eyes. If you add up all of the condemnations you, and he, will reach one inescapable conclusion,,,,
ALL of us have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God.
The only way to salvation is through the grace of God, eviidenced by the sacrifice of his Son.
While the bible is a great guidebook of policy and behaviour, we should try as hard as we can to leave the judging of our fellow humans to Someone of a much higher paygrade. The fine line comes between the Bible’s use for reproof and correction, and slipping over into judgement.
This is our mission, whether we choose to accept it or not. Good luck, Jim. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.
18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself. 20 Again, when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I place an obstacle before him, he will die; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 However, if you have warned the righteous man that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; and you have delivered yourself.
June 30, 2014 at 1:21am
Both the bible and human history are full of people who thought that their own hopws, wishes and ideals supercede the the Word, and are the way God REALLY feels.
From Lucifer to Moamar Qadafi, it never EVER ends well, even here on earth. I’m relatively sure that Judgement Day will probably not turn out much better.
Also, can Sir Elton name ANY world religion based on self-gratification that has strengthened society or its adherents over the long term…how about the short term?
Finally, if marriage is simply a license for sexual gratification then it opens up some truly frightening possibilities in a totalitarian world. Will their be fines and imprisonment if someone engages in unlicensed coupling? And what if someone uses that totalitarian power to setup a theocracy in the United States of Amerika? What use do you think they would make of the lists of licenses…I understand Hitler had some very chic pink triangles.
Sexual gratification by consenting adults is between them and the gods of their choice, but marriage is encouraged by society for a very specific set of reasons mostly involving procreation and child rearing which, regardless of our religion, some of us believe are the mortar that keeps the fabric of society together,
Is monogamous, male/female marriage perfect? Of course not. Are some gay couples better than Ozzie and Harriet? Of course, But thousands of years of human evolution seem to indicate traditional marriage has the best chance of worki
 June 19, 2014 at 3:47pm
It has been said that a competent prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich…
Yet, despite YEARS of investigation and MILLIONS spent, they have only gotten one low level flunky, and that was dubious.
Where’s the charge? Where’s the indictment? Oh, and in another coincidence, Walker is up for re-election in 4 months. This whole thing stinks.
 June 13, 2014 at 10:54pm
Judge Crabb was appointed by Jimmy Carter 35 years ago to the Federal bench.
She was then promoted to Senior Judge by Barack the Magnanimus in 2010.
It should come as no surptise that she has rarely ever consulted precedent or logic or common sense in her decisions, about one a year of which causes everyone’s eyes to cross and in some cases their ears to bleed.
She does seem to rely heavily on one source for her legal reasnoning though….The Badger Herald, which is the student newspaper at UW Madison, which views Nancy Pelosi as way too conservative for their tastes
I predict that by 2035 (if the US/NWO is still around) the Constitution will only have 1 Amendment and the other 26 will be forgotten to time. That one amendment will read:
"The right of queers to get married shall not be infringed."
What a sick, twisted, degenerate society we've become.
[-1] June 8, 2014 at 7:13pm
One probably was. See from LVRJ…
One unconfirmed report is that the two exchanged gunfire with a citizen who was carrying a concealed weapon, and that one of the shooters was injured. Police confirm that at least one civilian at the Walmart was shot and killed.
 June 8, 2014 at 7:10pm
The Las Vega Review Journal is reporting the following
“One unconfirmed report is that the two exchanged gunfire with a citizen who was carrying a concealed weapon, and that one of the shooters was injured. Police confirm that at least one civilian at the Walmart was shot and killed.”
Take away concealed carry, and there will be no one to stop the revoluton……
Weird thing is about this incident, I was in a local CiCi's Pizza joint just last week with one of my kids. Of course I may or may not have been CCW'ing but I was facing the entrance as I always do anywhere and was keeping an eye on a strange acting, ultra skinny, unhealthy looking, possibly coming down from a meth high man/woman team in there eating. They reminded me of those two in the movie Natural Born Killers.
May 6, 2014 at 9:22pm
It doesn’t matter if the Republican legislators who voted for this were liars or hopelessly incompetent. They all need NRA backed challengers in the next primary, and they all need to experience the retirement plan they also undoubtedly “accidentally” voted for.