Congress Tinkers with Withholding Tax Tables for 2010

    BigGovernment.com: “After much investigating and several discussions with the IRS, it appears the Democrats have played a ‘cash-flow trick’ on working Americans and are taking more out of American’s paychecks across the board–all the while touting the Making Work Pay tax credit.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: biggovernment.com

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Savages Obamacare says it is infected with ‘bribes’

Houston soon to be home of abortion ‘supercenter’

Skeptics Questioning Value Of Law School

“UW Law School may assist in prayer case”

Unions, ACLU, Planned Parenthood etc. . . join to oppose Iowa marriage amendment

South Carolina Candidate Oath Law Violates Free Association Rights, Argues ACLU

    ACLU: “The law requires every candidate for office to sign an oath to abide by the results of a party’s primary and if the candidate loses the party’s primary, bars the candidate from petitioning or campaigning as a write-in candidate for the general election ballot for any office for which the party has a nominee.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.aclu.org

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“The Republican Who Might Bring Gay Marriage to Jersey”

Italian High Court Defends Crucifixes, National Sovereignty against European Human Rights Court

Male prostitution is Nevada’s newest legal profession

MI: Gulfport Council halts permits for adult businesses

    Sun Herald: “The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a six-month moratorium on permits for adult-oriented businesses and tattoo parlors. Councilman R. Lee Flowers said the moratorium was probably proposed because businessman Barry Artz applied for a permit to open an adult bookstore near a Gulfport School District building where General Equivalency Diploma examinations are held, meaning teenagers could be exposed to the business.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.sunherald.com

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VA lawmaker seeks reversal of non-denominational prayer policy

    The Gazette: “As state legislators prepare for the 2010 General Assembly, a local delegate has once again renewed his commitment to overturn an administrative order requiring Virginia State Police chaplains to deliver non-denominational prayers at official events. Delegate Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), a retired state trooper, has introduced House Bill No. 9 for the upcoming General Assembly, which is set to begin Jan. 13 — an identical bill to the one seen in the Senate’s court committee that died by one vote last year.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.galaxgazette.com

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How the British government funds radical Islam

The battle over New York City’s worst teachers

    New Yorker: “By now, most serious studies on education reform have concluded that the critical variable when it comes to kids succeeding in school isn’t money spent on buildings or books but, rather, the quality of their teachers. A study of the Los Angeles public schools published in 2006 by the Brookings Institution concluded that ‘having a top-quartile teacher rather than a bottom-quartile teacher four years in a row would be enough to close the black-white test score gap.’ But, in New York and elsewhere, holding teachers accountable for how well they teach has proved to be a frontier that cannot be crossed.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.newyorker.com

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While Europe sneered

    Bruce Bawer writing at City Journal: His thesis: Europe is chugging along just fine; Islam poses no real challenge to the continent’s freedom and prosperity; after all, the “experts” say so. Never mind the draining of European welfare systems by Muslim families, the explosion in rapes and gay-bashings and Jew-baitings, the proliferation of honor killings and forced marriages and no-go zones; never mind the murders of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh by fanatics who objected to those men’s positions on Islam; never mind the threats directed at critics of Islam, such as Geert Wilders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Robert Redeker, which have obliged them to live in hiding or with round-the-clock bodyguards.


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.city-journal.org

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NH lawmaker wants voters to decide same-sex “marriage”

Same-sex “marriage” foes slam plans to televise Prop 8 trial

Canada: Kids will be exempt from airport scanners

Hearing on Federal Prop. 8 challenge takes place today

Tennessee school district agrees to stop handing out Bibles

WI: “Adult entertainment” still possible in Spooner

EU: What happens if a German-Greek couple living in Belgium divorce?

Islamist march through British town draws massive opposition

A clash of civilizations in Nigeria

Ireland: Up to 683 may have had lawful abortions in 2008

UK: Polygamy for all

Saudi Arabia: ‘Polygamy for women’ article sparks public row in Egypt, Muslim world

Malaysian Polygamy Club Draws Criticism

“Octomom’s Doctor Michael Kamrava Sued by CA Medical Board”

Dodd, Dorgan out; 5 other Senate Dems vulnerable

“Catholic Portugal set to legalize gay marriage”

AZ Republican Gov commits to cap and trade initiative

    AZ Capitol Times: “Gov. Jan Brewer issued an executive order Jan. 5 that aims to continue Arizona’s participation in a multi-state agreement to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon emissions.”

    Western Climate Initiative: “The centerpiece of the WCI strategy is a regional cap-and-trade program. The WCI released the design of its program on September 23, 2008. When fully implemented in 2015, this comprehensive program will cover nearly 90 percent of the GHG emissions in WCI states and provinces . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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Oregon: Ashland adopts citywide nudity ban, despite ACLU threat

Friedrich Engels, saw three major obstacles to the socialist vision: “private property, religion and this present form of marriage”

Restrictive home school legislation up for vote in NH

“Abortion in Israel and the United States: A Lesson in Questioning Assumptions”

    Sherri F. Colb writes at Findlaw: ” . . . To draw this conclusion, however, would be to miss important distinctions between how Judaism and Christianity (Catholicism, in particular) conceptualize abortion, and how the U.S. and Israel each treat the practice of terminating pregnancies. When Does Life Begin? At Conception, Versus At Birth . . . I place ‘life’ in quotations because here, the term refers to a value judgment, rather than an empirically verifiable observation about living and nonliving organisms.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: writ.lp.findlaw.com

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Job bias claims based on disability, religion rise

Michael Medved: Custody Case Highlights Artificiality of Same Sex “Marriage”

“RI lawmakers back funeral rights for gays”

Report recommends 2 more casinos in Delaware to compete with other states

Republicans see courts as last line of defense vs. Democrats’ agenda

ACLU condemns efforts to stop transfers from Guantanamo to Yemen

    ACLU: “While we appreciate that President Obama stated that he is still determined to close Guantánamo, the decision to halt all transfers of detainees to Yemen will prolong a shameful chapter in American history without making Americans any safer. Continuing to detain individuals who have been cleared for release simply because they come from a certain country is unwise, unjust and does absolutely nothing to improve our security.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.aclu.org

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“Gay-marriage foes slam plans to televise Prop 8 trial”

ACLU: “Administration Adds Gender Identity To Equal Employment Opportunity Policies”

    ACLU: “Beginning in 2010, the Obama administration, through the Office of Personnel Management, has started to list gender identity among the classes protected by federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies. By including gender identity as a protected class, the federal government is stating its commitment to protecting transgender employees and has taken a significant step toward ending employment discrimination of LGBT people in the federal workforce.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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US Supreme Court: NRA wants time at the podium

    SCOTUS Blog: “The Court in the McDonald case will consider two main arguments for applying the individual right to possess guns to state and local laws: first, that gun rights should be protected at those levels by the 14th Amendment’s “Privileges or Immunities” clause; and, second, the protection should come under the Amendment’s Due Process clause. Both of those arguments are at issue in the question presented by the petition. The NRA said it wants to put stress on the due process argument.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Church compensation survey now online

    Baptist Press: “The 2010 SBC Church Compensation Survey, a joint effort of Baptist state conventions, LifeWay Christian Resources and GuideStone Financial Resources, is now online. All Southern Baptist church employees are encouraged to participate in the survey of pay and benefits of ministers and other staff, which can be accessed through April 30 at www.LifeWay.com/compensationsurvey . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.bpnews.net

Malaysian polygamy club draws criticism

“Ex-gay” mother disappears with daughter

MI: “Scalia Defends Gay, Abortion, Gun Rulings at First Baptist”

Uzbek court overturns Baptist fines

    Baptist Press: “A court in Uzbekistan has overturned massive fines levied against three Baptist Union leaders in late October but upheld their criminal convictions, which Uzbek Baptists claim were based on fabricated evidence . . . The charges of evading taxes and involving children in religious activity without their or their parents’ consent were based on assemblies held at the union’s Joy Baptist Children’s Camp, which was directed by Pitirimov.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.bpnews.net

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Indian Court Delays Start of Shariah-Compliant Investment Company

“N.J. Senate schedules vote on gay-marriage bill”

Restitution for victims of child pornography

Assembly OKs bills to change California schools

C-SPAN to Democrats: Televise the health care reform negotiations

Conference Committee Bypass Set, House Will Vote on Pro-Abortion Senate Bill

Lawyer Seeks Stay of Order Banning Him From Practice

    Law.com (Daily Business Review): “Fort Lauderdale labor and employment attorney Loring Spolter said Tuesday that he will ask for an emergency stay of an unusual order by U.S. District Judge William Zloch imposing $110,000 in penalties and banning him from practicing in the Southern District of Florida for 3 1/2 years. The ban is part of a long-running battle over Spolter’s claims that Zloch is biased against women and minorities in employment cases because of his conservative views and Catholic faith . . . ”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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West Virginia Videos Focus on Democracy

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Push Expanded Gambling

Neb. officials try to restrict gaming machines

    AP: “Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is taking his fight against new video games that offer cash pay-outs to the state Legislature, a move that distributors of a popular new barroom game called a continuation of his ‘witch hunt.’”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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Departure of ND Sen. Dorgan unsettles Democrats

NY: Parents arrested for failing to register home-schooled kids

Dodd, D-Conn., retiring from Senate; AG to run

Law Review: Should Texas’s Former Ban on Obscene Device Promotion Pass Constitutional Muster Under a Murky Lawrence?

Law Review: A Coach and Prayer: Borden v. School District of the Township of East Brunswick

    A Coach and Prayer: Anatomy of Borden v. School District of the Township of East Brunswick
    Joseph O. Oluwole, 249 Ed. Law Rep. 561 (2009)

    “A high school coach, Marcus Borden, wanted to kneel and bow with his students during prayer. The school district, however, implemented a policy designed to prevent the coach from these silent acts during his students’ prayers. According to Borden, these silent acts were intended to foster team unity, not endorse school-sponsored prayer . . . This Article presents the anatomy and analysis of the various claims in the case. The first section sets forth the facts of the case. The second section presents the reasoning and analysis of the Third Circuit decision. The final section highlights the implications of the case for school districts and policymakers.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Law Review: “The gay religion”

Law Review: Judicial deference to selective science in Gonzales v. Carhart

    Ames C. Grawert, The Fundamental Meaning of ‘Medical Uncertainty’: Judicial Deference to Selective Science in Gonzales V. Carhart (July 17, 2009). 12 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 379, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1435480

    “Examining Gonzales v. Carhart, this Note takes the position that the Supreme Court’s latest abortion decision sets a lower bar than is prudent for the scrutiny of scientific and medical congressional ‘findings’ that purport to justify limiting rights otherwise entitled to constitutional protection. In doing so, the Court invites collateral attacks on the same rights through the use and congressional adoption of slipshod, deliberately uniformed science (‘sham science’).”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Law Review: The political morality of liberal democracy

    Michael J. Perry, The Political Morality of Liberal Democracy (December 21, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1525920

    “Can any worldview that is not religious support—embed—the twofold claim to which liberal democracy is, as such—as liberal democracy—committed, namely, that each and every human being has equal inherent dignity and is inviolable?

    I can now see, in retrospect, that each of the principal questions that have engaged me over the course of my career concerns one or another aspect of the political morality of liberal democracy; in particular, each question concerns either (a) the grounding, (b) the content, (c) the implications for one or another political-moral controversy, or (d) the judicial enforcement of the political morality of liberal democracy.”


  • Posted: 01/06/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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