The American legal system has three pillars, Constitutional Law, Statute Law (written law passed by Congress and State Legislatures), and Common Law – aka legal precedence, of which SCOTUS rulings hold the most significance. Most case law in this country is settled with significant attention paid to legal precedence ..
And the Gay marriage ruling was based on the 14th amendment of the constitution, so suck it up ..
The Constitution gives the US Supreme Court the job of examining city, county, state, and federal laws (made by Congress) to see if they are constitutional. They checked the state marriage laws and found they violated the 14th amendment equal protection clause so they declared the laws invalid. They didn't make any laws. They interpreted state laws and the 14th amendment supersedes state laws.
 July 1, 2015 at 10:36pm
The UC system is headed by Janet Napolitano former head of Homeland In-Security and Gov. of Arizona. A fascist lawyer with no real skills and your typical America hater.
 June 30, 2015 at 12:12pm
Actually, the first slaves arrived in North America in 1619, 20 slaves from Angola. The place, Jamestown which is in Virginia. The U.S. Became a nation in 1787, FYI.
 May 17, 2015 at 8:33pm
This is the United States of America. We the people should never need any governments permission for whom we choose to associate with or do business with.
My view is that America is like a team. By letting all of our citizens on the program, we are stronger. You can do what you want, but I'm going to help the team. Are you in or are you a slacker freeloader?
Yes, unless life or injury is a factor (ambulances, for instance) a private business should have the right to conduct business as they see fit.
 May 15, 2015 at 9:17pm
What difference does it make. The train was traveling at twice the speed limit on that curve.
Yes, and it got there in the 60 seconds before it got to the curve! I noticed in early photos, a broken windshield but attributed it to accident damage, like the engineer hitting the windshield as the train came to rest. If the rock/beer bottle conversation took place, there will be other witnesses--like the other engineer, as well as maintenance records of the damage to the SEPTA train. Years ago, I watched in horror as I saw 'kids' on a crossing above the Cross Bronx Expressway dropping bricks onto the cars below. Another time, a man-hole cover landed on the Cross Bronx from above, right in front of the truck next to me! Luckily, it hit the roadway, flat, and didn't bounce--the truck drove right over it! Seems like some people don't have enough to do for 'entertainment' and think it's funny to throw/drop objects on moving traffic! These are anti-social, criminal acts, and the only 'social justice' for such behavior is a long prison sentence--punishment to match the crime--whether or not the crime was 'successful'!
 May 11, 2015 at 4:41pm
Dr. if African Studies… Any course ending with studies should explain all you need to know.
Yes, and no...
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 April 30, 2015 at 3:25pm
I find it difficult that the Mayor would not understand that property rights are at the core of this Constitutional Republic. The Police should know that as well.
 February 1, 2015 at 9:23pm
Needs to get money to those Public Unions so they have cash for the Fascists in 2016.
January 26, 2015 at 6:40pm
This figure doesn’t include the 4 trillion in confetti printed by the Fed, 1 trillion in student loan debt, 4 trillion in Fannie / Freddie bad debt and on, on, on…
If we are taking odds, I’m going with auto loan industry. That’s my prediction for the next bubble. The over-printing of money made it possible for the automakers to carry less inventory and charge a higher NSI per vehicle. With net family income $5,000 less than it was in 2009 and automobiles 14% more expensive than in 09′, we could see some quakes. Cash for clunkers really cleaned out not just the used car market but the used “parts” market too. Fixing your fixer-upper is getting steep. Our government printed money to help keep Americans house’s above water. When they saw how it juiced other sectors like etf’s and industrials, and the auto-market, they got hooked on it. Now we are staring at 4 trillion still parked at central banks doing nothing but costing taxpayers billions in service fees. All of our trading partners are in recession and there is long term deflationary pressure in durable goods. We can’t lower interest rates and there is no need to raise them. Obama has painted us in a corner. “I can’t breathe!”
 January 24, 2015 at 5:07pm
On demand and without apology…as long as it’s free to me…pathetic
 January 24, 2015 at 11:51am
Will he make time to apologize to the families of 15 terrorists who flew the planes in to the Twin Towers? I’m guessing “yes”.
[-2] January 16, 2015 at 10:43am
This is exactly the reason the Founders wanted separation between church and state. Not no religion in schools. This Pope is from Argentina, nuf said…
 January 11, 2015 at 9:50pm
What a sport Mr. Balmer is. Rather than fail the future Captains of Industry, he dropped them a Whole letter grade. Of course, like a wife beater, these idiots have cheated before and will again over and over.
January 6, 2015 at 12:57pm
The Executive Branch does not make / change law. Read the Constitution.
 December 25, 2014 at 3:13pm
The NY Times is a cesspool of Marxists. Big supporters of Castro and other heinous despots, it should be shut down and the owners booted from the country along with Sharpton, DeBlasio etc.
 December 23, 2014 at 2:51pm
When you cook the books as well as the Federal Government, they can show whatever…
 December 21, 2014 at 1:10pm
Once again Obama takes a issue specific to a minute number of incidents and lay it at the feet of every White person in the country. I suggest losing the hyphenated American tag and dealing with these issues as Americans. But that’s not likely while the race bating continues.