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Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Ryan J. Watson is a commercial financial analyst, account manager, and professional cheapskate. He’s also the kid who paid attention in Sunday School growing up.

SCOTUS Saturday: Idaho and elections

In what we will likely see as a general trend for the next few months, the Supreme Court addressed a local election matter. In this one, they imposed a stay on a lower court ruling which allowed easie …

SCOTUS Saturday: Summer recess activity

During this summer’s recess of the Supreme Court, we are still seeing a handful of matters related to previous opinions. The biggest news this week was the Supreme Court’s refusal to exped …

SCOTUS Saturday: Post term death penalties

Even when opinions are done, the Supreme Court still has filings to attend to. This week they dealt with Federal Executions and some voting matters. The Supreme Court allowed two federal executions to …

SCOTUS Saturday: And Then There were none.

What a week. We knew the cases that were coming, but the fascinating decisions from the court – and the ongoing unpredictability of Justices Roberts, Kavanaugh, and Gorsuch – is something …

SCOTUS Saturday: But Wait, There’s More – a LOT more!

Sit down and strap in, because we have had a crazy busy week from the SCOTUS, and there is a LOT more on the way for next week. First, props to the great SCOTUS reporter Lyle Denniston (@lylden) and L …

SCOTUS Saturday: Under the Radar

Two opinions appeared this week, one particularly a big win for the Trump administration in its attempt to curtail illegal immigration. First was Liu vs. SEC, where an 8-to-sorta-1 decision vacated an …

SCOTUS Saturday – Guns and Qualified Immunity off the table

It was a pretty busy week with a couple of highly-charged decisions this week at the SCOTUS. Erick Erickson covered them pretty well from a conservative angle earlier this week. There were a couple of …

John Bolton and the Potomac Two-Step

In one of the final scenes of 1994’s Clear and Present Danger, the protagonist Jack Ryan (played by Harrison Ford) faces the President who had used US military assets to wage a personal war in C …

SCOTUS Saturday: Three strikes, and still waiting.

Two items of newsworthiness this week at the SCOTUS. First is a unanimous decision in Lomax v. Ortiz-Marquez with regards to the “three strikes” rule, where prisoners cannot file in forma …

SCOTUS Saturday: Opinions from Monday

On Monday the Supreme Court released a handful of opinions: Thole VS US Bank: Addresses whether or not if a defined-benefit plan’s fiduciaries can be sued in certain matters. Judgment was 5-4 al …

SCOTUS Saturday: Late Night Religion

Late last night, the Supreme Court reached a decision in SOUTH BAY UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, ETAL.v. GAVIN NEWSOM, GOVERNOR OFCALIFORNIA, ET AL, and unfortunately for South Bay UPC, they found in a 5 …

SCOTUS Saturday: Qualified Immunity and the Second Amendment

The court appears, in the recent relistings, that it is willing to review the principle of qualified immunity, particularly in its application of what may be clear violations of Constitutional rights …

Getting away from the unemployment bonus

“If you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it.” – Ronald Reagan We all probably know someone who is receiving that extra $600 per month unemployment bon …

SCOTUS Saturday: Lucky Claim Preclusion Defenses.

This week at SCOTUS, a unanimous decision was reached in Lucky Brand Dungarees v. Marcel Fashions Group. The decision is one of those legal “in the weeds” and contains a lot of legalese th …

#Plandemic is a symptom, not a cause.

In the rush to condemn and debunk conspiracy-theory level topics such as the #plandemic fiasco, I am taking a step back here and looking at why some of these theories get so much traction. It is a rea …

Get Justin Amash to the Presidential Debates

No matter your opinion of Justin Amash’s politics, we should get enough support to place a third-party Presidential candidate on the debate stage with Donald Trump or Joe Biden. From a conservat …

Unemployment and Recovery – Getting back to work

Per a recent Axios article, unemployment rates are looking at Great Depression-era dire. However, what we are looking at in a historical context is unlike the Great Depression or any natural economic …

Positive Predictions and Planning

Feeling down? Watching too much news and letting some of the negativity get to you? Time for us optimists to lend a hand here. Once we are all done getting cooped up, we need some good news – an …

The United States Postal Service – A good time to revisit

Many people on the left are making hay about the refusal of the Trump administration to “bail out” the United States Postal Service. Combine this with President Trump’s disdainful tw …

SBA, Justin Amash, and Everyone is a Hypocrite

With the SBA recently stumbling out the gate to enact the Paycheck Protection Program (of which I admittedly will be a beneficiary), we are seeing, at least, in the early going, some of what Rep. Just …

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