Monday mid-day News Roundup

A couple of commenters are confused by my position over the latest flap over contraceptives. My position is that religious freedom is a right granted to individual US citizens by the Constitution. The right is not granted to institutions. I’m sure that this clarification will make things perfectly clear. 🙂

Wall Street is happier with the Greek deal.

Highlights of the Obama budget plan for 2013 can be found here. There are $350 billion in short-term job growth initiatives in this budget. I’ll have more on this later.

I was truly surprised at how Mitt Romney decided that begging was the right tactic at CPAC. Basically, he thought it was necessary for him to roll out a list of his credentials to prove to the conference that he was truly a conservative. If you are truly a conservative, you shouldn’t have to prove it. One would figure that a conference full of conservatives should be able to spot a conservative from a mile away.

Somehow, we need to change our jury system. We are way too influenced by eye-witness testimony, which can be terribly flawed.

Iran is censoring the Internet and blocking access. This is confirmed by Google.

The Department of Justice withheld vital information on wiretapping from Congress. Congress, the supposed overseers, were out to lunch.

A study of 2009 of sexually active American women between the ages of 18 and 34 revealed that 30% of them had put off a visit to their gynecologist or family practitioner in order to save money. A quarter of the women who are on birth control pills were not taking the pills every day in order to save money. Women need affordable healthcare and this includes birth control. It is that simple.

In a shocking study, 10% of physicians admit that they’ve been untruthful with their patients.

Although Adele takes the Grammys, Whitney Houston is definitely remembered.

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  • TCB

    ECT: My position is that religious freedom is a right
    granted to individual US citizens by the Constitution. The right is not granted
    to institutions. I’m sure that this clarification will make things perfectly
    clear.

     

    For me, this is a little less than perfectly clear. Are you
    saying that the free expression of religion is only an individual right and not
    also a right involving religious institutions? Is this a belief in the way that
    you think the Constitution “should” be interpreted or are you asserting that
    this is a standard. As with your corporation meme, you are reading ideas into
    the Constitution that do not seem to have a place in our history or even a
    straightforward reading of the Constitution. 
    So for example, here is the First Amendment:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
    religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
    speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and
    to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

     

    Here is what you seem to add in [*]:

     

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
    religion, or prohibiting the free exercise[by individuals] thereof; or
    abridging the freedom of speech [by individuals], or of the [individual] press;
    or the right of the people peaceably to assemble [unless incorporated], and to
    petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Have you found a history of the  Supreme Court only ruling in such a narrow
    fashion? Consider these landmark rulings involving institutions and
    corporations:  New York Times Co. v.
    Sullivan(1964); Simon & Schuster v. Crime Victims Board (1991); Grosjean v.
    American Press Co. 297 U.S. 233 (1936); NAACP v. Alabama (1958).

    Most recently, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 against the Obama
    administration in favor of a religious institution: Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical
    Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC

    If the first amendment did not apply to religious institutions
    or corporations, than we would be little different from China where the government
    oversees Patriotic churches and chooses the ministers and Sunday sermons. Religious
    institutions would become de facto established state churches.