Thank you, 31 judges, for denying the false claims that jeopardize future payments to the truly disabled.
IN 1954, Concord University in Athens, W.Va., did something it had not done in its first 82 years by admitting its first black student, Billy Owens.
He had just returned home from a hitch in the Air Force in the Korean War. His dad was a miner and the younger Owens was determined not to follow that path.
He was set to enroll at the black college, Bluefield State, but Billie Harries, who ran the post office in Giatto, talked him into enrolling at Concord, where the registrar, S.L. McGraw encouraged him.
"Mr. McGraw told me, 'Listen, Billy, you're going to graduate just like any other student from this school.' That made me feel pretty good. That moved me on to keep going," Owens told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
The 1954 Supreme Court reversal of its awful Plessy v. Ferguson case from the 1890s, which supported the doctrine of separate but equal, removed the legal color barrier, but it took men like Owens to actually break through so others could follow.
Which was fitting since Owens played football and could block.
Owens eventually retired from Long Beach Memorial Hospital in 2006 in New York, but not before breaking another barrier by becoming the first African-American to serve on the Long Beach zoning board.
This month, he was the grand marshal of the homecoming parade and returned to the field as an honorary team captain for the homecoming game.
Isaac Newton said he stood on the shoulders of giants. Many people stand on the shoulders of Billy Owens.
When he was governor of California the first time in the 1970s and 1980s, Jerry Brown's then-girlfriend, Linda Ronstadt, nicknamed him "Moonbeam" for some of his proposals, such as the establishment of a space academy.
Brown left the Governor's Mansion after two terms in 1983. He returned in 2011 for a third term at 75.
This week, the Democratic Brown vetoed a bill passed by his Democratic legislature that would have allowed non-citizens to serve on juries in California.
"Jury service, like voting, is quintessentially a prerogative and responsibility of citizenship," Brown said. "This bill would permit lawful permanent residents who are not citizens to serve on a jury. I don't think that's right."
How far from the American ideal has the Democratic Party fallen? A fellow named Moonbeam is now the party's voice of reason.