These words by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy–
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility. I welcome it.
–are inscribed on the wall surrounding his tomb at Arlington National Cemetery. Today is the day that the Supreme Court of the United States of America has another chance to get it right and to possibly save our Republic–to ensure that the Constitution means what it says and says what it means. They, too, should refuse to shrink from their responsibility to ensure that We the People do, indeed, have a Republic of the People, by the People, and for the People, which shall not perish from the face of God’s green Earth. Pray for them to welcome their responsibility. Pray for them to have the wisdom and the courage to uphold the Supreme Law of the Land, as the best eligibility case to date is distributed to them for conference, today, upon request for a rehearing. Let us pray. (h/t itooktheredpill)
UPDATE March 7, 2011: 10-678 HOLLISTER, GREGORY S. V. SOETORO, BARRY, ET AL.: REHEARING DENIED.
A remorseful day. We have our answer. They shrink.
In related news, WTPOTUS reader/commenter tdr has requested a new thread in which to discuss a discovery that resulted from diligent work by an intrepid group of citizen bloggers: Miss Tickly, butterdezillion, and ladysforest. Do read and follow all the links in Miss Tickly’s post. In a nutshell, she delineates the significance of the difference between “date filed by registrar” (as seen on Barry’s COLB) and “date accepted by state registrar” (as seen on other Hawaiian COLBs). Of particular interest is the form, pried loose from the HDOH by butterdezillion, which shows how an application is made for a “late” birth certificate.
We here at WTPOTUS have commented upon this topic for several years now, some of it lost to history at TD’s blog. We’ve parsed the HDOH statements and speculated about the meaning of those “date” phrases, too. Speculated, because Hawaii is less than forthcoming with information concerning the exact meaning of those phrases. They say, when asked, that they have no information about it; however, they’re playing games because most certainly some office in Hawaii has such information, else they could not have computerized the various forms. Computer database specifications would clarify all with great specificity, except they hide those, too. Or they imply that the specs have been destroyed or never archived, iirc.
Feel free to comment here on the COLB topic, as well as today’s SCOTUS conference, and any other news of the day or weekend. Keep in mind that if past procedures hold, there will be no decision announced until Monday morning.
CLARIFICATION: ladysforest is an intrepid citizen researcher and blogger. She clarifies on her blog that she is an independent operator–meaning that while her efforts support those of others, she doesn’t specifically work with them as a team. (I hope I have that right.) Bottom line: She works on her own, although she kindly shares the results of her research with others. We applaud her unbiased presentation of facts. We applaud her efforts to GET the FACTS for herself. Her work is greatly appreciated. I apologize for referring to her as a member of a team.