A highly-respected panel of federal judges met at William & Mary Law School in mid-September to bemoan a partisan political environment that wants to put them on teams or partisan lineups. The panel rejects characterizations of the judiciary as partisan.

In November 2018, Chief Justice John Roberts said: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges. There are no Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”

It has been said: The robes of Supreme Court judges are not red or blue, they are black. Once a judge has risen to the top of their profession, and are certified qualified by the Standing Committee of the Federal Judiciary of the American Bar Association…their dedication should be respected.

Democratic candidates for president have expressed their displeasure that a hundred conservative judges have been appointed to federal courts, including two to the Supreme Court, but said nothing when Beto O’Rourke said: “If I am elected president, I will do everything in my power to stack the courts with liberal judges.”

At the William & Mary gathering, Judge Stephanos Bibas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia said: “My boss is not my chief judge. My boss is not my appointing president, my boss is the Constitution and the laws.

“There is no doubt the various judges interpret the law somewhat differently. But none of them, they say, would have taken the job if they wanted to be legislators. Yes, they may have different legitimate understandings of how to do that,” Judge Bibas said.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a former University of Notre Dame law professor, and now a member of the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court, believes the greatest threat to the judiciary is that people perceive judges as partisan.

“While judges differ in their legal theories and methods, and their votes sometimes can be predicted along ideological lines, they aren’t driven to produce specific outcomes,” she said. The public needs to respect the integrity of the jurists and believe justice is blind.

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People are learning that social media is fraught with pitfalls. Some have said social media is like having a tattoo. They are both easy to get but very hard to explain when things go south. They seem like a good idea at the moment.

In both situations, you need to be careful. We are seeing what can happen in today’s news. Things people did, said or wrote 10, 20 and 30 years ago are coming back to haunt them because their personal data from past times (and bad choices) just won’t go away. What seemed like innocent fun back 35 years ago can now be career ending.

Just because personal data is deleted or erased from a device doesn’t mean it is gone. Cybercriminals can still retrieve your documents, images and other files using easily accessible recovery tools found online.

Deleting files, emptying the Recycling Bin and even formatting a computer’s hard drive, USB thumb drive or memory card can still leave your personal files buried among those Os and 1s, experts warn.

Unless you take the necessary steps to properly wipe the hard drive or Flash drives clean, don’t sell, donate, trade-in or re-cycle your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Newer models may offer better options, but why take chances? Don’t assume your children, high school students or college students are thinking about what might happen in the future. Bad youthful decisions can derail a promising career.

By comparison, getting a questionable tattoo might be the least of their problems in the future.

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Prediction. The 2020 presidential election ballot will not have either Republican Donald Trump or any of the current 15 Democrat candidates at the top of the ticket.

Leading Democrat candidate Elizabeth Warren has a serious math problem. She contends that her proposed wealth tax plan will raise $3.6 trillion over 10 years and she won’t admit that her massive spending programs will require raising taxes on middle-class families.

Warren says she will spend $1.07 trillion to pay for a universal child-care plan, $610 billion for free college tuition, will cancel $640 billion in student loan debt, $800 billion for K-12 education and then there is Sen. Chuck Schumer’s $462 billion for a car swap (gas for electric).

Even her Democratic opponents can’t explain how she would have money to pay for the Medicare for All plan that her advisers say will cost at least $52 trillion over 10 years. Warren prefers to call the Medicare middle class tax increase “a premium.” Dr. Don Berwick, former Harvard faculty member, defends Medicare for All by saying: “Without change, Americans will spend over $45 trillion on health care in the next 10 years, so pick your poison.

The pandering doesn’t stop there. Both parties want over a trillion dollars for infrastructure programs. All agree that entitlement program costs are soaring as baby boomers retire and live longer.