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Oh Mama! Jesse the Baby Ventura

marcmat Wrote: Aug 04, 2014 4:37 PM
Respectfully, I have been an attorney for more than 25 years. First, unless the state where the trial took place requires a unanimous verdict in civil cases, the fact that the verdict was not unanimous is irrelevant. Second, I am aware that the article recites that Ventura was NOT actually defamed by the book since the false characterization of him as the speaker was not made until after the book was published. That too is, of course, irrelevant. Third, I think it would be very admirable for Ventura not to try to collect the judgment as a gesture of respect and grace, but I do not speak for him, nor does anybody else on this thread.
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Oh Mama! Jesse the Baby Ventura

marcmat Wrote: Aug 04, 2014 12:33 PM
Wait a second: With all due respect to the widow, Jesse Ventura was apparently able to prove to the jury's satisfaction that the author of a best-selling book defamed him and as a result he was damaged to the tune of $1.8 million. The problem with that is . . . ?
Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Barney Frank the guy who touted the "strength" of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac not too long ago???? Give us a break, please.
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Suicide By Stupidity

marcmat Wrote: Jul 31, 2014 7:52 AM
Instead of the lead news story being Lois Lerner's appalling display of bias against conservative taxpayers, it's the House voting along party lines to sue a sitting president. Unreal.
I tend to agree.
That may be very true. Good point!
Those that read my posts know that I believe Obama is a poor, poor excuse for a president. That said, I'm not sure I understand the logic or strategy behind a lawsuit. From what I have read, most polls show that the Dems stand to lose big in November, and it would truly be extraordinary for any court to intervene in a political dispute. Accordingly, why turn the focus away from Obama's failure of leadership, both foreign and domestic? A child can see that the world is exploding around him and that he has absolutely no clue what to do or why it matters.
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Cease the Cease-Fires

marcmat Wrote: Jul 29, 2014 9:22 PM
"Obama's gonna change it; he'll rearrange it; Obama's gonna change the world . . . "
Isn't the cure simply to go back to 2008 and listen to some of his more inspiring speeches?
Agreed. The remedy lies in the political process. The left simply needs to regain control of both houses of Congress by convincing the voters Obamacare needs to be fixed. The fact that the Republicans took control of the House by such astounding numbers in 2010 was due in large measure to opposition to Obamacare. This is nothing more than democracy at play, and SCOTUS knows that. Halbig will be upheld 5-4.
This is a good article, but it neglects the bigger point: even assuming a "drafting error," the statutory language is unambiguous, and it is NOT the role of a court to correct it. That job lies with Congress, and the fact that the Democrats don't presently have the votes to get it done is just too doggone bad. They used to have a name for this in America; it's called "democracy."
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