That’s Gonna Leave a Mark

Bench slaps are fairly rare in Supreme Court decisions, and it’s almost unheard of for one to be directed at a fellow justice. Justice Gorsuch wrote this in the majority opinion in Whole Women’s Health v. Texas.He was joined by Justices Kavanaugh, Barrett, and (for this part of the opinion) Thomas.

The Left’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Monday was a bit of a rocky start with the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments about challenges to the Texas law that allows citizens to bring lawsuits against persons who perform abortions. Based on the justices’ questions, the case isn’t a slam dunk for either side. A win for the Left isn’t a gimme.

Tuesday was election day. The Democrats lost bigly in Virginia, and were reduced to referring to the first black woman to win state-wide office as a “white supremacist.” They lost a special election in Texas in a heavily Latino legislative district. Most stunning, they barely able to keep the vote within the margin of theft in New Jersey.

Wednesday, oral arguments in the challenge to the New York handgun permitting system were heard by the Supreme Court. Most commentators are projecting a 6 to 3 decision vindicating the petitioners’ Second Amendment rights. (I’m betting on 5 to 4.)

Thursday, the first actual arrest was made in the Russia Collusion Hoax case. The supporting indictment filed by Special Prosecutor John Durham paints a picture of collusion by the Clinton campaign with Russians.

Friday, was the day that Nancy Pelosi was going give Joe Xiden a win by passing his more-than-a-trillion dollar “infrastructure” bill. She failed to do so, and also failed to move the legislation for the Build Back Better scam either.

And that’s just some of what went right this week.

UPDATE—Well, well, well … Mrs. Pelosi did move some legislation. She did get the Senate’s version of the infrastructure bill through 228 to 206 (7 not voting). 13 Republicans voted for the bill: Katko, Bacon, Van Drew, Young, Upton, Kinzinger, Gonzalez, Fitzpatrick, Reed, Gabarino, Malliotakis, McKinley, and Smith of New Jersey. Pelosi couldn’t have pulled this off without that Republican support. It will be interesting to see how many of these congresscritters are reelected.

Today’s Text Is From The Book of Second Opinions

UPI has a story up titled New Texas abortion law spurs churches to espouse ‘reproductive freedom’ which reads in part—

Leaders of Just Texas: Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice announced at an Aug. 25 news conference at First Unitarian Church of Dallas that 25 churches have earned the designation of Reproductive Freedom Congregations since 2016 and about 70 more are in the process of getting it.

The program teaches clergy about reproductive healthcare and encourages them to talk about the subject, including abortion, from the pulpit and individually with members of their congregations.

There is no indication that the Reproductive Freedom Congregations will be using Exodus 20:13 as a basis for their teaching.

But I Was Told There Was No Fraud

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. Those are all felonies in Texas. Rodriguez was caught on video by Project Veritas engaging in ballot harvesting. She admits in the video that what she was doing was illegal and that she could go to jail for it.

BTW, this story broke before noon today, but as of 9:45 pm ET this evening, none of the major nation media are on it.

Don’t Know Much Geography

Map reading seems to be another non-existent skill for the Cabin Boy™.There’s no particular reason for the Cabin Boy™ to have a reasonable hope that any Texas state records will be destroyed by the hurricane now moving into the state. The latest predictions show that Austin is on the edge of the very low probability zone for hurricane force winds.Indeed, while the official forecast for Austin for the next few days includes the possibility of a tropical storm, the probability of rain over the weekend never exceeds 80 percent.Of course, anyone in the possible path of the storm should take proper precautions, but no Hill Country Lickspittles have been put on alert.

Foolishness in Travis County, Texas

Rosemary Lehmberg, the District Attorney of Travis County, Texas, was busted for DWI. As a result, she did jail time and temporarily lost her license to practice law. She refused to resign her office, and now, a special prosecutor has indicted Governor Rick Perry for exercising his veto power over a part of the state’s funding for the DA’s office.

This case is so bizarre that even John Chiat and Think Progress are embarrassed by it, but much of the leadership of the Texas Democrat Party is gone all in, hoping to make a dent in the Republican Party’s control of state’s government.

Patterico has the best legal analysis I’ve read so far of the patently bogus indictment. Read the whole thing.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Here’s another installment in the Saga of The Dread Pirate Kimberlin detailing another of his accomplishments. It’s provided for those of you who are new to the story.

During his 20s, Brett Kimberlin was a very successful businessman. In addition to a heath food store and a restaurant, he operated an import business. He imported marijuana. In large wholesale quantities. By 1978, he was bringing it in by the ton.

In February, 1979, he was in Texas to receive a DC-4 load of dope at a makeshift airfield. However, the weather was such that the pilots couldn’t find the field. They were directed by air traffic controllers to a real airport. Rather than land with bales of marijuana on board, they began dumping their load over south Texas. Kimberlin and his crew wound up being busted by local cops in Kleberg County who turned Kimberlin over to the DEA.

Mark Singer’s book Citizen K records this conversation (p. 108) that supposedly occurred while Kimberlin was being driven to Corpus Christi by the narcs:

“What are we under arrest for?”

“Conspiracy with intent to possess and distribute marijuana,” one agent replied.

“What marijuana?” asked Kimberlin.

“We got your airplane,” said the other agent.

“What airplane?”

“Your pot was scattered all over south Texas.”

“What pot?’

Indeed, over 5 tons of Kimberlin’s dope in 45 pound bales were strewn across several counties. One bale landed in the main downtown intersection in Alice, Texas, and ranchers were joking about feeding the stuff to their livestock (a different kind of loco weed?).

Kimberlin wound up pleading guilty. He got 4 years.

But getting busted for smuggling dope was the least of Brett Kimberlin’s problems in the late ’70s and early ’80s. We’ll consider another of his legal difficulties in a later post.

Stay tuned.