Recent SCOTUS Rulings

On June 26, 2015, in Constitution and Laws, Ethics, Healthcare, Politics, by An American

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court held 5-4 that “the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.” The basis for the ruling was not made clear. Out of state common law marriages are recognized by all states as provided by the Fourteenth Amendment, despite the fact they are legal today in only 9 states. Apparently, the Court wanted further reduce whatever remains of the sovereignty of the individual states.

In King v. Burwell, the Court ruled 6-3 the Court held that “Section 36B’s (the ACA) tax credits are available to individuals in States that have a Federal Exchange”. This despite the clear words of the Act that it does not provide such credits.

In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, the Court held 5-4 that “Disparate-impact claims are cognizable (allowed) under the Fair Housing Act.” The civil rights law permits compensatory and punitive damages for policies with a disparate impact on protected classes of people, without showing the defendant intended to violate the law (mens rea). The State of Texas felt that such a law violated people’s civil rights. They lost.


U.S. Marshal Two-Gun Bill Tilghman

On June 20, 2015, in History, by An American

U.S. Marshal Two-Gun Bill Tilghman is a Legend of the American Wild West. Bill Tilghman was born on the Fourth of July 1854 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Tilghman is a direct descendant of the Honorable Matthew Tilghman who authored Maryland’s first State Constitution in November 1776. He was designated as a law enforcement deputy by Bat Matterson in 1874, shortly after his twentieth birthday. Tilghman would serve the public honorably for five decades before being murdered by a rogue federal agent bootlegger. Two-Gun Bill died on November 24, 1924.

Bill Tilghman was a lifelong democrat and was appointed to serve on the national party delegation that traveled to New York City to announce to Alton B. Parker he was the standard bearer as the democrat presidential candidate in 1904. President Teddy Roosevelt handily won reelection and admired the exploits of Two-Gun Tilghman. In February 1905, Roosevelt empowered U.S. Marshal Tilghman to extradite a U.S. postmaster who had absconded federal funds. Tilghman brought the fugitive Fitzpatrick back to stand justice in an American court.

Two-Gun Bill would later finance his own silent film production, which recreated the famous gun battles he and his posse participated in during the previous century. Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaws: Picturization of Early Days in Oklahoma premiered on June 10, 1915. Tilghman was later coaxed out of retirement and hired as Sheriff in Cromwell, OK. He was mortally shot on Halloween 1924 before midnight during a struggle with a corrupt federal agent.


Nancy and coauthor Susan Collins recently completed “OK Now What? A Caregiver’s Guide to What Matters”. This highly acclaimed book addresses the practical and emotional issues that arise when attempting to care for someone with a terminal disease.

She grew up sailing and building boats with her father, married a tugboat captain, (who she’s still happily married to) and embarked on a life of adventure, challenge and fun. Her first book, Woman in the Wheelhouse, told the sometimes harrowing story of working on an old coastal tugboat as cook/deckhand. She earned a tug operator’s license and worked in Mexico in the Campeche oil fields on a supply boat.

Her second, Course of the Waterman, the coming of age novel of a young Eastern Shore waterman, won the Fred Bonnie award in 2004. Her third book, second novel, A Love Like No Other: Abigail and John Adams, A Modern Love Story, takes readers into the lives of the new nation’s strong-willed second First Lady and her stubborn, often-absent and adored husband, John, our second US President. Robson wrote the book because she had spent big chunks of time raising children alone while her husband was at sea.

A University of Maryland Master Gardener, lives in Galena, Maryland.


Infinity Recycling

On June 5, 2015, in County Issues, Economics, Environment, Millington, by An American

Infinity is a local firm that offers curb side recycling throughout Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. The waste material it collects are sorted for resale to companies that convert it back into useful items. Proceeds from the sale of the recycled materials cover most of the cost of collecting and sorting the waste materials.

Infinity recently moved to large, modern facilities in Millington. It is in the process of converting its operation to dual-stream recycling. That means customers sort their waste into two broad categories: containers and fiber. Containers are glass and plastic bottles and jars and metal cans; fiber is paper, cardboard and clothing. Within the categories, customers don’t need to sort items. They will be sorted out at the Infinity plant.

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