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Federal Judge: Commerce Clause cannot be used to collect for government run healthcare

Federal Judge, Henry E. Hudson, rules in favor of Virginia that section 1501 of  the Obama government run healthcare law is unconstitutional – the federal government cannot use the interstate commerce clause to require all people to buy insurance.  He said it is not  “economic activity.”  At this stage, this only applies to Virginia.

Greta says she has read the ruling and that the judge severed 1501 and the rest of the government run healthcare law still stands under this particular ruling.  However, 1501 is the part that finances the entire thing, so that presents a problem, obviously, in funding the thing.

She said the next state scheduled will be Florida.  If Florida gets the same ruling, maybe Florida and Virginia could go ahead and take it to the Supreme Court and get a final ruling.  I’m not sure how that would work.  I would think it would be the feds who would have to take it up because they would be the losers.  Maybe I didn’t  understand that properly.

What is amusing about this is the fact that the feds are arguing that it is a Tax, and, therefore, the government has a right to levy a tax, trying to get around the use of the commerce clause.   This flies in the face of all the promises there would be no new taxes.

Also, it will be interesting to see if Judge Hudson now becomes a target of the administration and the progressive state controlled press.

Background:  http://www.roanoke.com/news/breaking/wb/240770

Longer clip here:

After it has become clear that healthcare costs and insurance premiums are going up under the Obama government run healthcare program, I heard one congressman refer to the “least among us” that this bill was supposed to help as “freeloaders.”  Interesting how contempt increases as their power increases.

Posted:  12.13.10


Filed under health care, politics, Uncategorized

Widow on the Hill, Lifetime Movie, True Story (update)

I caught this Lifetime movie, Widow on the Hill, yesterday.  Apparently, it is old and has been aired once, twice, or even more times before.  But I had not seen it.  It was presented as a true story, so, of course, I had to check it out.

Turns out, it is real life, but the “black widow” was called Linda Cavanaugh in the movie, a fictious name.  Her real name  is Donna Somerville.

It takes place in a little town in Virginia.  Linda or Donna was a hospice nurse of sorts and was hired by a well-established and well-respected family to care for the dying wife of Hamilton Somerville.  The wife did in fact die and Hamilton and Donna were married less than a year later.

She was seen as a gold digger by his daughters who never liked her.  The movie mentions only two daughters, but turns out there were really three, and he also had adopted her daughter as well.

But when Hamilton dies, rather unexpectedly,  the daughters were suspicious.  He had cut them out of the will (supposedly at her insistence) and there had been rumors about town that Donna had not been faithful to her husband.

Donna wanted his body cremated immediately, but the daughters prevailed and an autopsy was ordered.  He had died of a concoction of drugs and Donna was charged with murder.


Donna Somerville AKA Linda Cavanaugh

She was tried in June of 2004 for first degree murder in a bench trial, rather than a jury trial, and the judge found her not guilty. (Maybe she beguiled the judge?)

She still lives on the massive 345 acre property she inherited and is rarely seen.

The daughters have filed a civil lawsuit against her and I can’t find anything about whether or not that has been resolved except a mention somewhere about a settlement under seal. [See update at bottom] Couldn’t find a picture of Hamilton either.

Who needs fiction?  I think Ann Rule missed this one.

Oh, and she was reportedly studying to become a minister.  My.  My.



Posted:  05.17.10

UPDATE:  See results of the civil suit here:


Update 09.12.10


Filed under Courts, crime, Human Interest, Uncategorized