The "pro-life" "Republicans" in the U.S. House, at the behest of the National Right to Life Committee, are slated to take up a bill today that would codify permission for certain professional killers to murder paraplegics, or to kill any person for that matter, if they are first given enough morphine to make sure that they don't feel any pain.
Okay, not really.
But they are offering legislation that is just as capricious, illogical, unreasonable, unconstitutional, and immoral. They are forwarding the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (H.R. 1797). This legislation recognizes the personhood of the child in the womb, and then specifically allows abortionists to kill them, if the child has not yet reached a certain stage of human development.
But the constitutional criteria is not whether or not someone can feel pain. It is whether or not they are a PERSON. "No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law." - the Fifth Amendment
"No State shall deprive any person of life without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." - the Fourteenth Amendment
I will never support any politician who supports the codification of this sort of lawless law. I have so pledged, as has everyone I most closely associate myself with politically.
Every argument in favor of this bill is Utilitarian, not moral or constitutional, by the way. And I am not a godless Utilitarian. I am a Christian.
And Utilitarian fixes don't work anyhow. Not only are they wrong, in the long haul they always prove to be an abject defeat, not a victory. Because to buy into them, you have to first surrender all of the moral, constitutional, and legal principles that argue against the heinous practice of killing babies.
Dr. David Berman
“Anti-government nuts, right wing extremists, haters, racists,” and every other name you can think of. We have all heard the big government socialist lovers of centralized power call us Constitutional Americans names. Accusations are made constantly about us not caring for the poor (we give way more to the poor than liberals), not caring for the children (we don’t kill our children), and as Obama put it, clinging to our guns and religion (our Constitutional right to cling to).
For over 25 years I have been speaking out, writing, and preaching concerning the importance of the biblical principles necessary to see a nation sustain God’s blessings and the blessings of liberty itself. The idea that we can continue to dismiss what history’s lessons scream at us concerning excessive government power is foolishness. These are sad days to real Americans. Even sadder is the fact that many Republicans simply look at recent scandals as simply political opportunities. Those of us who deeply care about the principles of liberty do not see these scandals as an opportunity to just get Republicans in. We see these scandals as evidence of the great hoax that has been perpetrated on this once great nation. The Republicans grew government, and Obama is the Republicans on steroids when it comes to centralizing power.
The one bit of solace we true Americans get from government tyranny coming to light is the vindication of what we have said all along. The Constitution is vindicated, the founding principles of liberty are bolstered, and the ones that have been maligned by the President and the media have been proven right. While there is some comfort in that, the comfort is short-lived since about half of the citizens are either too dependent on government, or completely clueless as to how illegal, immoral, corrupt, and tyrannical the government has become. The Obama administration has trampled on the Constitution in numerous ways let’s review just a few of these tyrannical actions:
1) The Obama administration has used the I.R.S. to persecute his political enemies and in doing so has broken every principle of this nation’s founding. He has used the government I.R.S. to target conservative groups so as to suppress their efforts to get out the vote against him in the last election. Centralized government power has been consolidated under a system of power that has unending resources and force at its disposal. Average citizens are no match for the power of the I.R.S. They have the lawyers, confiscatory power with no due process of law, and police power. – Constitution vindicated!
2) He has given sweetheart government deals to those who helped get him elected. One such nefarious deal was the “SOLYNDRA” company government loan guarantees. In this case Obama made sure that the federal government backed the loans. His administration approved $535 million in guarantees to the now defunct solar company. Who started and ran the company? A man named George Kaiser, who is also a major Obama fundraiser. The Solyndra executives gave about $87,000 to the Presidents election efforts and they received $535 million….not a bad return. - Constitution vindicated!
3) The Obama administration backed and signed into law the defense authorization act of 2012 in which they gave themselves power to arrest and detain American citizens without any due process of law. This they did with the help of Republicans. – Constitution vindicated!
4) The Obama administration charged that James Rosen, a Fox News reporter was a “co-conspirator and flight risk” in order to find a judge to let them spy on his, and his parents personal communications. They did this knowing full well that Rosen was just doing what every reporter has always done; received information from sources and reported it. In doing this the administration tramples on the first amendment. – Constitution vindicated!
5) The Obama administration spied on numerous A.P reporters and seized their records. According to the Washington Times:
“The AP disclosed last week that Justice seized 2012 records of outgoing calls for the work and personal numbers of 20 phone lines assigned to the news service in an attempt to find out who leaked news of the U.S. government
’s intervention of a terrorist plot in Yemen
. The phone records were from April and May 2012 and included calls made from a main AP number in the House of Representatives
press gallery. A congressional source said that is particularly unnerving to congressional leadership. Congress
is sensitive about intrusions by the Justice Department
, which is part of the executive branch, into its territory in the legislative branch — and legal analysts familiar with separation-of-powers protections in the Constitution say seizing phone records of journalists working out of a House press gallery raises red flags.” –Constitution vindicated!
6) The Obama administration is presiding over the worse violation of the Fourth Amendment in history. They are recording every single cell phone call and computer use record of every American. No warrant, no probable cause, no Constitutional authority at all. The Fourth Amendment reads:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
This is completely un-American. The so-called Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham said this on Fox News:
“I don’t think you’re talking to terrorists, I know you’re not, I know I’m not, so we don’t have anything to worry about,” Graham said. “I’m glad the activity’s going on but it is limited to tracking people who are suspected to be terrorists and who they may be talking to.”
This of course is downright absurd. It is also a lie since every American’s cell phone is tapped. I would ask the Senator if he would be okay with the government coming into his house checking for “terrorist literature”? After all, he is not doing anything wrong, so why not allow it? The point is that our founders set our judicial system up as innocent until proven guilty
. This is what freedom is about. Who I talk to or do not talk to is no one’s business. To assume every citizen is a suspect is to assume everyone guilty until proven innocent.
Our founders knew that this type of government power is always used to persecute political enemies, and allows abuse of power in other ways. The Constitution is a limiting document on purpose! If there is no probable cause to tap a phone and a warrant issued, then no one should ever have their phone tapped, period!
I could go on with the numerous violations, the corruption, and outright disregard for the rule of law. I think we all get the point (at least half of us do). The founders warned us of centralized power. This is why they set up enumerated powers within the federal government as well as between the federal and state powers. This is why the Tenth amendment is so clear:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”
With all of the corruption and abuse finally coming to light, the Constitution and those who hold it in high esteem have been vindicated. The “progressives” (another word for communists) have lost the argument, however, the problem is that many simply do not care since they want the “free” stuff. I pray to God that they would understand that they are receiving things that are not free. They are actually paying for the “free” with their own freedom and the freedom of their children. Eventually they will neither possess stuff or freedom. This is the lesson of history, the warning of the Constitution, and it is being played out before our very eyes.
Undoubtedly someone will email me after reading this and comment on my insinuation that Constitutional Americans are, as I put it, “real Americans.” They will be angry at me for not including liberals as real Americans. I will now use a phrase that Obama uses a lot; “Let me be clear”…. I do not believe socialistic, centralized power loving, anti-Constitution, baby killing, liberty-stealers are real Americans. Got it? Get as angry as you want. I am not moved by anger, or intimidation. The truth is the truth. One more time; CONSTITUTION VINDICATED! Now I pray that my fellow countrymen wake up.
From a citizen of Iowa, to our legislators:
First, let me say that HF 138 is righteous, lawful legislation. It is in perfect accord with the laws of nature and of nature's God.
It lines up perfectly with the stated self-evident natural law moral principles of our national charter, the Declaration of Independence.
It fulfills all of the clauses of the stated purposes of the document you swore before God to support and defend, the U.S. Constitution, and its explicit, imperative requirement in the Fifth and the Fourteenth Amendments that no innocent person be deprived of life, and that all persons, in every jurisdiction, in every State, be provided with the equal protection of the laws.
It fulfills every word of Article One, Section 1 of the Iowa Constitution which you also swore to God and the people of our great State to uphold.
Contrarily, HF 171 is utterly immoral, completely unconstitutional, and quite obviously unlawful. While defining children in the womb as persons, it fails to provide equal protection to all of those little persons, as the supreme law of the land absolutely requires, without exception.
In fact, it brazenly, explicitly, spells out which disfavored classes of innocent persons can be killed under the color of a lawless "law."
In Roe vs. Wade, abortion-supporting Justice Blackmun and his colleagues in the majority, while openly acknowledging the obvious fact that the Constitution "of course" absolutely, explicitly, requires equal protection for all persons, knew that they needed the fig leaf of the dehumanization of the child, the denial of the obvious, plain-as-the-nose-on-your-face fact that the child in the womb is in fact a human person.
Conversely, the writers of regulatory legislation like HF 171 go far beyond the gross injustice of Roe by admitting to the obvious personhood of the child, and then allowing disfavored classes of those persons to be slaughtered anyway.
Frankly, unlike Judge Blackmun, they don't even have a poor fig leaf. They're standing buck naked and helpless, morally, constitutionally, legally, and politically.
Every one of you who has a conscience that remains in any part un-seared, and a mind that still maintains some connection to logic, moral reason, and basic American morality, I beg you, just start doing the right thing. Keep your oath. Let God strategize the outcome for once. Please.
Adopt the decent, moral, statesmanlike attitude of our wise first President, George Washington:
"If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God."
By Tom Hoefling, November 15, 2012The practice of human abortion violates every single clause of the stated purposes of the United States Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land, and its explicit, imperative requirements. It is the worst sort of lawless rebellion against the laws of nature and of nature’s God.The stated purposes of the Constitution of the United States, the Supreme Law of the Land:"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." Abortion is NOT "the law of the land." The idea that it is the law of the land is the biggest, most destructive lie ever told in America.
The Supreme Law of the Land states as its first purpose the formation of a more perfect Union
. The practice of human abortion destroys the most fundamental familial bonds that unite humanity, the natural ties between a mother and her child, destroys the unity of families and communities, and is well on its way to destroying the Union we call America. Abortion is NOT "the law of the land."
The Supreme Law of the Land states as its purpose the establishment of Justice
. There can be no greater physical injustice committed towards any innocent person than to murder them.Abortion is NOT "the law of the land."
The Supreme Law of the Land states as its purpose the insuring of domestic Tranquility
. The practice of human abortion is the cruelest violence that could possibly be committed against women, children, and their families. It has, in fact, filled our land with violence, burdening the national conscience with guilt for the shed blood of countless tens of millions of innocent little boys and girls.Abortion is NOT "the law of the land."
The Supreme Law of the Land states as its purpose the provision of the common Defense
. That is, by definition, the defense of ALL persons in America. The practice of human abortion is the destruction of the child AND the destruction of Equality.Abortion is NOT "the law of the land."
The Supreme Law of the Land states as its purpose the promotion of the general Welfare
. That is, by definition, the welfare, or well-being, of ALL persons in America. Again, the practice of human abortion is the destruction of the child AND the destruction of Equality.Abortion is NOT "the law of the land."
The Supreme Law of the Land states as its purpose the securing of the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity
. The practice of human abortion has already obliterated nearly an entire generation, depriving each individual victim of any possible chance to enjoy any of the Blessings of Liberty, and, by erasing entire bloodlines, it is obliterating Posterity itself.Abortion is NOT "the law of the land."
The Supreme Law of the Land, in the Fifth Amendment, explicitly and imperatively forbids the killing of any innocent person
, the willful destruction of any person who has not been charged, tried, and convicted of a capital offense. Abortion is the grossest violation of Due Process imaginable."No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law."
-- The Fifth Amendment to the United States ConstitutionAbortion is NOT "the law of the land."
The Supreme Law of the Land, in the Fourteenth Amendment, explicitly and imperatively requires every State in the Union to equally protect the right to life of every innocent person, and requires that each and every person be provided with the Equal Protection of the laws
by each State. The practice of human abortion is the grossest violation of Equal Protection imaginable."No State shall deprive any person of life without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
-- The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
Even if abortion was "the law of the land," which it is not, any such lawless law or constitution would be NULL AND VOID
anyway, grossly violating as it must the first Law of Nature, which is the absolute right and DUTY of the people, and of ALL governments, to protect innocent life
, individual liberty, and private property."Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature."
-- Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists, the Report of the Committee of Correspondence to the Boston Town Meeting, November 20, 1772"An unjust law is no law at all."
– St. Augustine of Hippo"Good and wise men, in all ages...have supposed, that the Deity, from the relations, we stand in, to Himself and to each other, has constituted an eternal and immutable law, which is, indispensably, obligatory upon all mankind, prior to any human institution whatever. This is what is called the law of nature, which, being coeval with mankind, and dictated by God himself, is, of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries at all times. No human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid, derive all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original."
-- William Blackstone"When human laws contradict or discountenance the means, which are necessary to preserve the essential rights of any society, they defeat the proper end of all laws, and so become null and void."
-- Alexander Hamilton
Not only is the practice of human abortion NOT “the law of the land,” it COULD NOT BE the law of a land premised as this one is in a clear understanding and acknowledgment of the laws of nature and of nature’s God
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain UNALIENABLE rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men..."
-- The Declaration of IndependenceEvery elected executive, every legislator, every judge, that allows the practice of human abortion to continue anywhere in America is in gross violation of their sacred oath of office
. They have, as our constitutional republic’s founders charged against King George III in our nation’s charter, the Declaration of Independence, “abdicated government here by declaring us out of [their] protection and waging war against us.”They must, by any and all lawful means, be removed and replaced by those who understand the foundations for law in America and the most fundamental and important obligations of their oaths.That, by the mercy and grace of God, is the only hope we have to prevent the further destruction of America. Sign the Equal Protection for Posterity Resolution here: http://www.equalprotectionforposterity.com/the-equal-protection-for-posterity-resolution.html
Written by Joe Wolverton, IIBy a vote of 261-116
, the House of Representatives passed a bill rewriting Article II of the Constitution and divesting the Senate of the power to accept or reject the appointment of many presidential nominees.
Last year, the Senate passed the measure by a vote of 79-20,
so it now goes to the desk of [Alleged] President Obama for his signature.
"Important positions will be filled faster, government agencies will be more capable of offering valuable services to their constituents, and the overall confirmation process will be more efficient,” said Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Dozens of key management positions in the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Commerce, and Homeland Security (including the treasurer of the United States, the deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, the director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness, and the assistant administrator of FEMA) will now be filled by presidential edict, without the need of the “advice and consent” of the Senate, a phrase specifically removed from the process in the text of the bill
Although the House vote occurred on Tuesday, the Senate voted to surrender its constitutional check on the executive over a year ago on June 29, 2011.
Despite a last-minute attempt by some House leaders to put the measure to a voice vote
, thus allowing members to vote in favor of the legislation without being listed on the record, a roll call vote was taken, and the name of every congressman who voted to unconstitutionally neuter the legislative branch is listed.Read this story at thenewamerican.com ...
Dr. David M. Berman
Throughout history there have been many revolutions. Most of the time, they are bloody and involve internal fighting, insurgencies, or outright civil war. For the last 80 or so years we have been living in a slow bloodless coup. Slowly, culturally, and systematically we have been experiencing this in the proverbial old “frog in a pot” scenario in which our entire basis of philosophical thought has been captured and slowly thrown in prison. In every institution including much of the Church, the coup has taken place in front of our very eyes.
How has this happened? It happened through generations neglecting their responsibility to teach the next generation the principles of liberty. The Constitution is often portrayed as some sort of difficult document that needs “professors” and “Constitutional experts” to interpret for the average citizen. It is not. It is a very straight forward document that anyone can understand.
Over time the citizenry simply stopped caring about knowing, understanding, and passing on the principles of liberty to future generations and instead relied upon the “experts” to tell us what is and is not “constitutional.” This neglect has had grave consequences starting with F.D.R. who instituted massive federal government control with his so called “New Deal” socialist Trojan horse. This mindset continued as we get to the 1960’s and President Johnson comes up with his misnamed “war on poverty” big government socialist economic enslavement policies. Particularly since Johnson, we have been in a steady decline concerning personal liberty and responsibility. This has slowly turned us into a culture of entitlement as our young people believe they deserve a living for just showing up. Some believe they deserve a living even if they do not show up.
The leftist, big government Marxists have largely won this bloodless coup over time because they systematically convinced large amounts of the population through controlling education, entertainment, and the news media, that socialism is “fair.” They do not call it socialism, they call is “social justice.”
There has been a death of logic, and a death of common sense. Our culture is now motivated not by long term principled thinking but rather by short term gain that leads to long term loss. Our tyrannical [Alleged] President Obama, has made it clear that he wants to, as he put it, “fundamentally change America.” His idea of changing America is quite clear. He desires a nanny state in which the power is in the hands of the government elite rather than in the hands of the individual citizens. He desires to place as many people as he can under the enslavement of government power in order to fundamentally change us from an individual liberty and responsibility society to a collectivist society (otherwise known as Marxist).
People often scoff at those of us who call [Alleged] President Obama a socialist/Marxist however the facts speak clearly. The definition of socialism is:
A theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
This is exactly what [Alleged] President Obama believes in. Does anyone doubt that if given the chance, he would nationalize everything he could?
[Alleged] President Obama is not just a man that is in over his head, he knows exactly what he is doing. He wants America to no longer be a free enterprise, individual liberty, limited government society. He wants Marxist theory to prevail in America and that is what Obama Care is really all about. Once the government can control your healthcare, they can tell you what to do in everything since they can express their “right” to govern your every more because as they put it; “The commerce clause gives us this power.” If the government uses the commerce clause to govern your healthcare, they can then regulate everything you do because everything you do can be related to your possible need for healthcare.
There has been a long train of abuses by the federal government. For many years they have confiscated land, taxed without equal protection under the law, ruled with an iron fist and the power of their agencies. Interfered with private contracts, and used the intimidation of their power against the individual. The presidents have abused their authority. Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution is concise in its language: "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."
Rather than being a representative Republic where our representatives legislate under the strict limited powers of the Constitution, we have Presidential power like a king who can use so called “executive orders” to pronounce just about any decree any president wishes. Here are some examples:
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
Shocked yet? Here are some more:
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 12148 created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that is to interface with the Department of Defense for civil defense planning and funding. An "emergency czar" was appointed. FEMA has only spent about 6 percent of its budget on national emergencies, the bulk of their funding has been used for the construction of secret underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of a major emergency, foreign or domestic.
• EXECUTIVE ORDER 12656 appointed the National Security Council as the principal body that should consider emergency powers. This allows the government to increase domestic intelligence and surveillance of U.S. citizens and would restrict the freedom of movement within the United States and granted the government the right to isolate large groups of civilians. The National Guard could be federalized to seal all borders and take control of U.S. air space and all ports of entry.
Because of the natural tendencies of people in positions of authority to power grab, our nation has always had those who wanted more power than the Constitution granted them. From President Andrew Jackson who tried to use executive powers to force the law-abiding Cherokee Nation off their ancestral lands, to President Lincoln who used executive orders to suspend trial rights and closed down newspapers. Many presidents have used so called executive orders to usurp the power of the people and dictate what they wanted like a king. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Now we have all three branches of government who simply ignore the Constitution.
Yes a coup has taken place slowly. The usurpation of rights has happened. It is no longer the America that our founders envisioned and left to posterity. The Declaration of Independence says:
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpation's, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”
We Americans must wake up and throw off this tyranny. If we do not it will be future generations that suffer even more despotism, and they will lament our unwillingness to protect our heritage of liberty that we have the responsibility to pass on to them. Obama must go, the Democrats must go, and the Republican establishment must go! We must forge a new movement that will not settle for the “lesser of two evils” because the lesser of two evils is still evil!
Indeed there has been a slow bloodless coup that has overthrown our Constitution. I fear that only a bloody one will restore the principles of liberty to our beloved country. My fellow patriots; speak out, teach, stand for liberty, and do not allow those in both parties to play you any longer. Stand up and say it “Don’t tread on me!” and “no king but Jesus!”
Provided courtesy of the Committee for American Resource Self-RelianceFort Worth Star-Telegram
The Environmental Protection Agency had "no legal basis" to disapprove a Texas plan for implementing federal air-quality standards, a federal appeals court said.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the agency to reconsider the Texas regulations and "limit its review" to ensuring that they meet the "minimal" Clean Air Act requirements that govern state implementation plans.
"If Texas's regulations satisfy those basic requirements, the EPA must approve them," the court said in its 22-page ruling this week.
The EPA rejected Texas' rules on minor new-source review permits in September 2010, saying they didn't meet Clean Air Act requirements. The Texas attorney general, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and businesses sued the EPA, challenging the ruling.
The EPA failed to identify any provisions of the law that the Texas program violated, the appeals court said. The agency also missed a deadline to rule on the Texas permit plan, the court said. Read this story at star-telegram.com ...