Hennessy's View

Trump Is the Only Viable Pro-Life Choice

Some pro-life activists like Erick Erickson are plotting ways to sabotage Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. They probably haven’t stopped to think. If they succeed in defeating Trump, they will be culpable in many, many abortions. That’s a lot of guilt for a guy like Erickson to carry around, isn’t it? Chances are Congress won’t introduce any major abortion laws in the next four years. That means the abortion battle will remain in the courts. Read more →

Trump’s Immigration Fans Need to Read Wong Kim Ark

It’s sad that Donald Trump has inspired so many good conservatives to promote fantasies about the 14th Amendment. The Supreme Court addressed the issue of birthright citizenship directly, and Mark Levin and Laura Ingram know it. They are Constitutional lawyers. Both Levin and Ingraham are familiar with United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898) which established, thoroughly, that citizenship by birth has been the law of the land since before the Declaration of Independence and was codified by the 14th Amendment. Read more →

How I Would Vote on Gay Marriage Cases

I’m not a lawyer. And I’m not particularly smart. But that doesn’t stop me from writing my opinion. Rather, I’m a libertarian-ish conservative. I like a small central government that protects us from evil people in other countries and delivers mail. And prosecutes people who do great harm across state lines. The Supreme Court has two big gay marriage cases pending. At issue: Do the people of California have the right to define marriage in their state? Read more →

Let Depression Be Your Guide

Yesterday, I gave you a reason to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision. But I never said to let go of your anger or depression. ** That’s because we need creativity, focus, and action, and you get those through emotional distress. ** In his new best-selling book, Jonah Lehrer discusses the link between depression and creativity: This helps explain why Forgas has found that states of sadness— he induces the downcast mood with a film about death and cancer— also correlate with better writing samples; subjects compose sentences that are clearer and more compelling. Read more →

Here’s What’s Great About the Supreme Court’s Obamacare Decision

In the Ronald Reagan movie Kings Row, Reagan plays Drake McHugh, whose legs are sawn off by a sadistic, class-conscious doctor. Everyone remembers the line “Where’s the rest of me?” No remembers what happens after that. I’ll fill you in. McHugh’s best friend, a psychiatrist, decides to tell McHugh (Reagan) the truth: his legs were perfectly healthy, but the doctor cut them off to keep the lower class McHugh from pursuing the doctor’s debutante daughter. Read more →

Obamacare Ruling Comes Down This Week, and We’re Having a Tea Party

Pack clothes, flags, and signs for an Obamacare Tea Party at Forest Park on Art Hill this week. The rally will begin at 7:00 PM on the day the Supreme Court rules. We don’t know the day, but we do know the time: 7:00 pm in Forest Park on Art Hill (map below). The most likely days are Monday or Thursday, but because of the magnitude of this case, it could be any day of the week. Read more →

McCaskillPAC

What I find so funny about Claire McCaskill’s war on super pacs is that her husband is a super PAC. For the record, I have formally endorsed Senator McCaskill in her race to return to private life. Zimmerman Update Having declared George Zimmerman guilty of first degree, racially motivated murder, the MSM are now investigating the case. What they’re finding: The George Zimmerman that Francescani describes is quite different from the “delusional racist vigilante” that many have made him out to be. Read more →

The Supreme Court Votes on Obamacare Today

We won’t know the result until late June, most likely. And the results of today’s vote could change by then. Still, it’s sort of weird that after three years of public, wildly emotional and stupifyingly complex arguments, the fate of the republic comes down to a short meeting in Washington involving nine people in a paneled room. Mark Sherman of AP describes the cloistered scene: After months of anticipation, thousands of pages of briefs and more than six hours of arguments, the justices will vote on the fate of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in under an hour Friday morning. Read more →