Thursday, August 31, 2017

10 Objections to Nullification–Refuted


Nullification, also known as State interposition, is controversial because it challenges the Supreme Court’s monopoly on constitutional interpretation. The argument behind nullification is that the States—as parties to the compact that created the federal government—have a right to interpret the Constitution and veto acts where the federal government exceeds its delegated power. Genuine nullification involves a State’s declaration of unconstitutionality and obstruction of that federal law within its territory.

The majority of historians and legal scholars today dismiss nullification, but they rarely engage the arguments in support of the practice. Here are 10 of their most common objections to nullification, followed by a refutation.

(1) Nullification does not work. 

Trump to bring back work requirements for Americans on welfare.......

Via Billy

........reversing an Obama-era policy that had encouraged states to apply for waivers that would exempt welfare recipients from needing to prove that they were either working or receiving job training.

Requiring work or job training was an integral part of the 1996 welfare reform law signed by former President Bill Clinton, The Washington Times reported.

Ohio was the only state that applied for a waiver, which was neither approved nor denied by the previous administration, according to the Associated Press. On Wednesday, the Trump administration closed the door on even the possibility the waiver would be approved by officially denying Ohio’s request, according to AP.

Southern Secession Was Lawful: Uncovering the Truth in American History

Via Mike

Southern Secession Was Lawful: Uncovering the Truth in American History

The online map for this article lists Missouri, Kentucky, and Maryland as states that “did not secede” from the Union. Actually, all of them attempted to secede, but were stopped by unlawful measures or occupation by Union troops.

The Maryland Legislature was scheduled to vote on secession on September 7, 1861, but the vote was blocked by the Lincoln Administration’s arrest of pro-secession members of the Maryland Legislature.  The is covered in the Chapter, “Maryland, My Maryland,” in my book.

Nevertheless, 30,000 men from Maryland served in the Confederate Army.

The Missouri Legislature escaped capture by the Union Army and voted to secede on October 31, 1861, in Neosho, Missouri.  Their secession was recognized as lawful by the Confederate government.

A fraction of the Kentucky Legislature held a convention in Russellville, Kentucky, and voted to secede on June 16, 1861. Their secession was recognized by the Confederate government as lawful.

The 12th and 13th stars in the Confederate battle flag represented Kentucky and Missouri.

Southern Arizona and Southern New Mexico seceded on March 16, 1861, and were recognized by the CSA on February 14, 1862.

The Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole Indian tribes in Oklahoma seceded on various dates in 1861.

BTW, I was born in Missouri and my great grandfather served in the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry regiment (CSA) under John Hunt Morgan.

More information, especially on the early border wars between Kansas and Missouri and the war in Missouri, are covered in my book: The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths, Leonard M. Scruggs, 2011.

The book may be purchased at
and other online sources. 


The Southern secessions of 1860 and 1861 were not only lawful but based on foundational American principles. This flies in the face of the willful ignorance of American history perpetrated by those who have a vested interest in continuing a false historical narrative of the “Civil War” and Reconstruction to achieve thoroughly un-American past and current political agendas. No reasonably informed and reputable historian believes secession was treason or that the Civil War was primarily a crusade to end slavery.

On July 4, 1776, thirteen British colonies announced their Secession from Great Britain and declared to the world their just reasons:

More @ The Tribune

Trump's border wall moves forward with prototypes

Via Billy

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday the winners of a contest to build prototypes for sections of President Trump's proposed border wall.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald D. Vitiello said four companies were chosen to build the prototypes, which are planned to be built in the San Diego area.
Vitiello said the prototypes are a "significant milestone" in Trump's plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

The prototypes will be built out of concrete, 18 to 30 feet high and 30 feet long. Vitiello said they would each cost between "just under $400,000 and just under $500,000."

More @ The Hill

$PLC: The Cost of Left-Wing hate

Via Peter

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) claims to be watchdogs over “hate groups and racial extremists throughout the United States.” However, some believe the SPLC is a radical left-wing organization itself, with an extremist agenda of its own. According to a June 21, 2017 article in the Wall Street Journal, “Aided by a veneer of objectivity, the SPLC rightly condemns groups like the Ku Klux Klan and New Black Panther Party, but it has managed to blur the lines, besmirching mainstream groups like the Family Research Council, as well as people such as social scientist Charles Murray and Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a critic of Islamic extremism.”

SPLC founder, attorney Morris Dees, began his career as a direct mail marketer, raising money for Jimmy Carter and George McGovern. As President of SPLC, according to attorney Gloria Browne, a former SPLC employee, “SPLC’s programs are calculated to cash in on black pain and white guilt.”

Outgoing sheriff Clarke expected to take job in Trump administration

Via Billy

David Clarke is pictured. | Getty Images

David Clarke, the controversial outgoing sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, is expected to take a job in the Trump administration, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Clarke resigned as sheriff on Thursday. A regular presence on Fox News, Clarke has become a well-known figure in conservative circles in recent years. He is also an avowed supporter of President Donald Trump, and he spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year

.More @ Politico

Dershowitz: I'm not wrong about Mueller and Russia

Via Billy

OPINION | Dershowitz: I'm not wrong about Mueller and Russia

Brent Budowsky criticizes me for allegedly saying that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation “endangers democracy.” He quotes a story from The Hill that puts the words “endangers democracy” in quotation marks following the unquoted words, “special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

But if he had gone back to the original source, he would have seen that The Hill quoted the words “endangers democracy” completely out of context. I used these words not to describe Mueller’s investigation, but rather, in reference to the criminalization of political differences.

More @ The Hill

Report: Trump to End Obama-Era DACA Program & Zuckerberg Group: 700,000 American Job Openings If DACA Ends


President Donald Trump will end an Obama-created amnesty program that gave more than 850,000 young illegal aliens protected status and work permits to remain in the United States.

According to Fox News reports, the Trump Administration is set to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) this week, days before a coalition of state attorneys general said they would sue if the program was not ended by September 5:
President Trump, as early as Friday, is expected to announce plans to end the Obama administration program that gave a deportation reprieve to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, a senior administration official told Fox News.
Trump promised to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, during the presidential campaign — but since taking office had left the door open to preserving parts of it.
According to the official, Trump is expected to announce the program’s end but will allow so-called “dreamers” currently in the program to stay in the U.S. until their work permits expire – which, for some, could be as long as two years.
More @ Breitbart
Sounds good to me.

James Comey started drafting statement exonerating Hillary Clinton before FBI interviewed her, aides

Via Billy

Former FBI Director James Comey started to draft a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton in the bureau's investigation into her use of a private email server before the FBI interviewed her or her key witnesses, the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday.

"Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that's no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a letter to the FBI.

The Judiciary Committee reviewed transcripts, which were heavily redacted, indicating Comey began drafting the exoneration statement.

Political Ignorance–Part of the new slavery

Via Billy

There a lots of “useful idiots” out there on the Left that couldn’t pour water into a teapot if they were handed a set of gilt-edged instructions along with the water. Our government education system has largely aided in their brainwashing and programming so that they think good is evil, freedom is slavery, and white is evil, even though many of them are white. They claim that fascism is a “right-wing” phenomena when any sane person recognizes that there is precious little difference between a Nazi (national socialist) and a Communist (international socialist). They are both socialists!

I just read an article this morning from Frontpage Magazine, by Matthew Vadum, dealing with Antifa, which is supposed to be an “anti-fascist” group but, in reality, acts as though they were Hitler’s brown shirts.

$outhern Poverty Law Center Transfers Millions in Cash to Offshore Entities

Via Billy

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its "hate group" designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.

Additionally, the nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to its top directors and key employees while spending little on legal services despite its stated intent of "fighting hate and bigotry" using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.

White people, here are 10 requests from a Black Lives Matter leader

Via Nancy

 Black Lives Matter

1. White people, if you don’t have any descendants, will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty.

2. White people, if you’re inheriting property you intend to sell upon acceptance, give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way.

3. If you are a developer or realty owner of multi-family housing, build a sustainable complex in a black or brown blighted neighborhood and let black and brown people live in it for free.

4. White people, if you can afford to downsize, give up the home you own to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.

5. White people, if any of the people you intend to leave your property to are racists assholes, change the will, and will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.

6. White people, re-budget your monthly so you can donate to black funds for land purchasing.

7. White people, especially white women (because this is yaw specialty — Nosey Jenny and Meddling Kathy), get a racist fired. Yaw know what the fuck they be saying. You are complicit when you ignore them. Get your boss fired cause they racist too.

8. Backing up No. 7, this should be easy but all those sheetless Klan, Nazi’s and Other lil’ dick-white men will all be returning to work. Get they ass fired. Call the police even: they look suspicious.

9. OK, backing up No. 8, if any white person at your work, or as you enter in spaces and you overhear a white person praising the actions from yesterday, first, get a pic. Get their name and more info. Hell, find out where they work — Get Them Fired. But certainly address them, and, if you need to, you got hands: use them.

10. Commit to two things: Fighting white supremacy where and how you can (this doesn’t mean taking up knitting, unless you’re making scarves for black and brown kids in need), and funding black and brown people and their work.

Pundits And Politicians Are Tacitly Admitting That They Lied About Russia

Via Bill

 Photo published for A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack

It has been nearly three weeks since The Nation pushed an explosive memo from the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity into mainstream consciousness with an article detailing the evidence that the DNC leaks last year could not have been the result of a Russian hack. By continuing to ignore it, the US intelligence community and all the pundits and politicians who have advanced the Russian hacking narrative are tacitly admitting that they lied.

Defense Secretary Mattis Reverses Obama Policy of Hiding Troop Numbers in Afghanistan

 FILE -- Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team patrol a village in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, May 29, 2012. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

Defense Secretary James Mattis has directed the Pentagon to reverse an Obama-era policy of hiding the real number of American troops serving in Afghanistan.

The previous administration, anxious to prove to the American people that President Obama had pulled troops from the war-torn country, consistently low-balled their reports.

Policies were implemented that prevented troops on “temporary assignment” or those involved in overlap of troop rotations from being counted.

The result? The official count of American troops in Afghanistan jumped from 8,448 to 11,000.