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Conservative Justice Unexpectedly Dies


Conservative and often controversial Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, was found dead of apparent natural causes this morning.

Scalia, who was appointed to the high court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, was a stalwart of the conservative bent of the Court.

Often his remarks and actions were seen as a pox by the liberal portion of the nation while endearing to the right.

Scalia was a guest at the Cibolo Bend Ranch in the Big Bend area of Texas when he was discovered dead this morning.

Many had thought a vacancy may occur on the Court earlier, but presumed it would be Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She, however, opted not to retire.

With the vacancy caused by Scalia’s death there will be a push by Democrats for President Barack Obama to name a successor to the bench, who will turn the Court from conservative leaning to liberal leaning. However, with Republicans holding the majority in the US Senate, the vacancy most likely will not be filled until the next President takes office.

Scalia, whether loved or hated, will leave a dent in the cases considered by the Court. He was in the minority of such landmark decisions such as upholding the Affordable Care Act and the decision which made same gender marriage legal across the nation.

With this presidential election cycle already destroying the conventional wisdom, it is certain that the passing of Scalia and the vacancy on the Supreme Court will become a major campaign issue with both Democrats and Republicans.

The pressure to appoint a new justice will be intense on the White House. Equally, the vise will be twisted to the extreme on the Senate to not confirm any appointee.

Scalia was the first Italian-American appointed to the Court. He was also the longest serving justice of the current bench.

From the Cornfield, no matter your political persuasion, Antonin Scalia was a legal force and a brilliant mind impacting our judicial system from the top to the bottom.

Thoughts and condolences to the Scalia family.

May he rest in peace.

Deadly Crash on Las Vegas Boulevard


Last night around 5:00 pm my husband and I headed down to the Las Vegas Strip for a Christmas party. Luckily for us we got there and were safely 37 floors up when things became deadly.
As we all went out on the balcony to watch the Bellagio fountains someone noticed the police lights. Soon we were watching the red and blue police, ambulance and fire truck lights instead of enjoying the water show.
As we watched from far above the strip many of us speculated about what was actually going on; imaginations ran wild.
Now that morning has dawned we know that a woman intentionally drove her car up on the sidewalk of the strip near the Paris.  She did not just make one swipe but according to witnesses, she backed up and then drove onto the sidewalk again and again.  What is even more disturbing is that she brought a 3 year old child along with her on her deadly drive.
One person lost their life and 36 more were injured.  Right now the police are not suspecting terrorism and while that is a relief, incidents like this remind us that safety is an illusion.
One of my favorite quotes reminds me to live more and worry less.
“On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club