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Chip Bok

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  1. Brock Olee

    Brock Olee said, 4 days ago

    “Typo” came about with the invention of the typewritten word, or after the advent of the typewriter. Cool ’toon, nice faux pas. I wonder if Chip was deliberate or lazy and thoughtless.

  2. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 4 days ago

    You are being too literal. I am sure handwritten “typos” abounded back then. Nuances of meaning also change as the culture evolves over time.

  3. katzenbooks45!

    katzenbooks45! said, 4 days ago

    That whooshing sound was the joke going over your head…

  4. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 4 days ago

    Roberts went with the Original Intent of the democratically elected majority who passed the ACA, rather than the legalese construct assembled 5 years after the fact.
    Hello? RepubliCons? If you don’t like RomneyObamaCare you’ve got to VOTE it out the same way it was VOTED in, not squash it in some Koch Smoke Filled Back Room.
    At least for now, in this man’s America.

  5. lonecat

    lonecat said, 4 days ago

    There’s a whole academic field called textual criticism which deals with errors of various sorts. Every text you read from the ancient world (and lots from the more modern world) has been worked over by textual critics. Ancient manuscripts abound in errors of various sorts, and these have to be corrected. Sometimes we are pretty sure about the corrections, but there are also hard choices. I don’t do textual criticism myself, but when I was in graduate school I had to take a course in textual criticism so I would know where the texts I work on came from and why they are the way they are. It’s actually quite a fascinating field, and I have a lot of respect for textual editors.

  6. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 4 days ago

    It’s UNITED States, Bok. Not individual and several states.

  7. wbr

    wbr said, 4 days ago

    no wmconelly Robert went with what the supporters of aca wish now what they had written just like the not a tax is a tax

  8. PainterArt

    PainterArt GoComics PRO Member said, 4 days ago


    What is the difference between a tax and a penalty?

  9. PainterArt

    PainterArt GoComics PRO Member said, 4 days ago

    Conservatives always like to talk about channeling the founding fathers and knowing the intent of what they wrote and sticking to that intent. Here the people that wrote the ACA are still alive and so you do not have to channel anything you can ask their intent.

    Conservatives have used in the past that Congress does not hide elephants in mouse holes. From Conservapedia:
    The elephant-in-mousehole doctrine holds that “Congress … does not alter the fundamental details of a regulatory scheme in vague terms or ancillary provisions—it does not, one might say, hide elephants in mouseholes.” Whitman v. American Trucking Association, 531 U.S. 457, 468 (2001). This doctrine is an exception to the textualism approach to constitutional interpretation.

    American Trucking’s elephant-in-mousehole doctrine was first implied by FDA v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., 529 U.S. 120 (2000), where the Court held that nicotine was not a “drug” within the meaning of the statute (the FDCA) and thus could not be regulated by the FDA. Although a pure textualism approach could find that nicotine fit within the FDCA’s technical definition of a “drug”, the Court held that “we are confident that Congress could not have intended to delegate a decision of such economic and political significance to an agency in so cryptic a fashion.” Brown & Williamson, 529 U.S. at 160.

    The Court also applied the elephant-in-mousehole doctrine in Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243 (2006). It held that the Attorney General lacks authority under the physician-registration provision of the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) to prohibit physicians from prescribing drugs for use in physician-assisted suicide. The Court found implausible “[t]he idea that Congress gave the Attorney General such broad and unusual authority through an implicit delegation in the CSA’s registration provision.” Gonzales, 546 U.S. at 267 (citing American Trucking and Brown & Williamson).

    Courts of Appeals have been applying the elephant-in-mousehole doctrine. Compare Am. Bar Ass’n v. F.T.C., 368 U.S. App. D.C. 368, 430 F.3d 457 (D.C. Cir. 2005) (finding elephant-in-mousehole where Federal Trade Commission claimed authority under financial consumer privacy statute to regulate attorneys) with Am. Fed’n of Gov’t Employees, AFL-CIO v. Gates, 486 F.3d 1316 (D.C. Cir. 2007) (finding no elephant-in-mousehole where the Department of Defense claimed authority under National Defense Authorization Act to curtail collective bargaining with civilian employees) (2008); NISH v. Rumsfeld, 348 F.3d 1263, 1269 (10th Cir. 2003) (“We simply do not see the elephant in the mousehole” where the military claimed statutory authority to give blind vendors priority in awarding mess hall contracts).

    Lastly, conservatives claim to hate the Supreme Court making laws when they should be made in Congress. That the Supreme Court should only be allowed to determine the constitutionality of a law or act of government. Yet in this case they are asking the SCOTUS to not the constitutionality of the ACA, but to interpret the ACA. So they are for binding SCOTUS when it suits them or giving it more powers than they advocate when it suits them.

  10. omQ R

    omQ R said, 4 days ago


    huh…had never heard of this field. Cool, thanks!

  11. DrDon1

    DrDon1 said, 4 days ago

    Has anyone asked why the American Enterprise Institute and theCompetitive Enterprise Institute pushed the frivolous King v. Burwell case all the way to the Supreme Court? Just what did they hope to accomplish?

  12. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, 4 days ago


    Long post, but well worth the read. Thank you.
    (gee, ’wonder if the usual suspects bothered to read it?)

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    Courts look at and debate the specifics, language, and INTENT OF LAWS, at all levels, all the time, from town ordinances to county, state, and federal. That’s why so much research is done before decisions are reached, well, usually.

  14. Tarredandfeathered

    Tarredandfeathered said, 3 days ago


    Conservatives have one simple Rule for SCOTUS:
    Just make sure all your decisions agree with Our Doctrines and we’ll never complain about them.

  15. Tarredandfeathered

    Tarredandfeathered said, 3 days ago

    Dictionary definition of STATE:
    a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government.
    IOW, the Entire USA is also a State.

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