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  • Kentucky Clerk ‘Out Of Options’ In Gay-Marriage Dispute, May Face Stiff Penalties

    09/02/2015 9:26:44 PM PDT · 49 of 100
    spinestein to hoosierham

    [. . . they don’t keep it private and that is the problem.]

    Personal anecdote: I know a lot of people and am fortunate to have made many friends over the years. A significant number of them are gays and lesbians. My personal experience tells me that “deviants” are no more or less moral than straight people.

    I’m truly sorry that your 2000 year old book of wisdom has mislead you into believing they are depraved and evil. And they are certainly not demanding attention other than where necessary to achieve equality under the law. Two of my lesbians friends waited patiently for 6 years until the state of Illinois began issuing same sex marriage licenses last year. They were the first ever same sex couple to be married in Kane County, yet they made no big deal of that fact and sought no publicity. They were just happy they could be legally married. By the way, I took the pictures at their private ceremony. Both brides were radiant.

    Now why can’t those who personally believe they should act according to words written in their Bible keep their practices “private”?

    A great number of people, myself included, don’t want our government basing its laws on a primitive book of fairy tales that dubiously claims to be the word of God and the source of all that is moral, but condones tribal warfare, slavery, the subjugation of women and the murder of those who think the wrong way.

    There. I trust that makes clear the position of tens of millions of decent American citizens who are fed up with religious zealots trying to control everyone’s private lives all the time. Mind your own business.

  • Kentucky Clerk ‘Out Of Options’ In Gay-Marriage Dispute, May Face Stiff Penalties

    09/02/2015 8:56:40 PM PDT · 43 of 100
    spinestein to mrsmith

    Okay, now I understand your point.

    You’re comparing the court that ordered this Kentucky clerk to do her job and get back to issuing marriage licenses to the Holy Inquisitin that sentenced Galileo to house arrest for the rest of his life against the threat of death by torture.

    Yeah, I can see the similarities. . . .

  • Kentucky Clerk ‘Out Of Options’ In Gay-Marriage Dispute, May Face Stiff Penalties

    09/02/2015 8:46:55 PM PDT · 38 of 100
    spinestein to greene66

    What part of ‘Keep your nose out of other people’s genitals and mind your own business’ do you find so hard to practice?

    This is the exact reason why this Kentucky clerk is so wrong. It’s not her business to judge the private sexual practices of the citizens she was elected to serve.

  • Kentucky Clerk ‘Out Of Options’ In Gay-Marriage Dispute, May Face Stiff Penalties

    09/02/2015 8:34:04 PM PDT · 33 of 100
    spinestein to mrsmith

    [The law punished Galileo]

    The Holy Inquisition, presided over by the Pope himself, tried and convicted Galileo. Their sole evidence of Galileo’s guilt was quotes from the Bible that were used as “proof” that the Earth was the center of the universe.

    I admit to being puzzled by your point in trying to compare Galileo’s trial with this clerk’s refusal to comply with the court order.

  • Kentucky Clerk ‘Out Of Options’ In Gay-Marriage Dispute, May Face Stiff Penalties

    09/02/2015 8:02:03 PM PDT · 23 of 100
    spinestein to mrsmith

    [The court that punished Galileo had law behind it, too]

    No it didn’t. They acted outside the law and cited the authority of God (according to their interpretation of the Bible) as justification.

  • Kentucky Clerk ‘Out Of Options’ In Gay-Marriage Dispute, May Face Stiff Penalties

    09/02/2015 7:50:25 PM PDT · 16 of 100
    spinestein to Sacajaweau

    Not issuing a license does no harm? Really?

    Would you say the same thing if you went to the DMV for a drivers license and the clerk refused to give you one based only on his personal religious belief that you shouldn’t have one?

    How about if you wanted to get a permit to put an addition on your house and the city official denied you that?

    Do you usually exercise your right to vote? Maybe you’d like to experience being told you can’t register to vote because some public official says that God told him you were a sinner.

    On the other hand, all this self righteous woman needs to do is perform the task she was elected to do and fill out some paperwork. No harm done. Unless you want to believe that gays having a piece of paper that says “marriage license” somehow causes harm.

  • ever-before-seen Bill Cosby deposition from 2005 reveals IN HIS OWN WORDS pursuit of sex

    07/19/2015 2:12:10 AM PDT · 26 of 56
    spinestein to Talisker

    Get ready to be accused of condoning “rape” because you’ve seen past the media hype and recognize what has really been happening - consensual sex between free willed adults.

  • Fact Check: The Washington Post on Donald Trump and John McCain

    07/19/2015 1:48:01 AM PDT · 25 of 64
    spinestein to Kazan

    Is John Kerry a war hero?

    He did serve in Nam and was awarded 3 Purple Hearts.

  • Archaeologists Find Assyrian Tablets in Turkey, Some About Women's Rights

    07/19/2015 1:28:00 AM PDT · 3 of 21
    spinestein to GraceG

    Rights for women - 4000 years ago. Like
    the right to a 5 minute rest between beatings.

  • DEA to traveler: Thanks, I’ll take that cash

    05/09/2015 4:44:18 PM PDT · 46 of 48
    spinestein to stephenjohnbanker

    [Hard to believe anyone would carry this amount of cash, or be this dumb.]

    I’ve done this before and it’s pretty arrogant of you to assume that those who do sometimes carry thousands of dollars in cash are “dumb”. There are quite a few reasons why it’s not just the smart thing to do but why it’s sometimes absolutely necessary.

    If we’re talking about a young musician who is moving to Hollywood to pursue his dream then it’s easy to understand why having a pile of cash on your person is the way to go.

  • DEA to traveler: Thanks, I’ll take that cash

    05/09/2015 4:35:23 PM PDT · 45 of 48
    spinestein to Rome2000

    [Anybody that carries 16 grand in cash should be armed.]

    That’s ridiculous. We have laws to protect people from government abuse. The best way to make sure the system works is to hold law enforcement legally/criminally accountable when they do infringe on our liberties.

    I’m 100% certain that had been armed, it would not have ended with him being told to “Have a nice day” and being sent on his merry way with his money still in his possession.

    [Not defending the action of the DEA but this guy is some kind of crook.]

    And you know this, how?

  • 22 former NIU frat members guilty of misdemeanors in death of pledge

    05/09/2015 3:22:12 PM PDT · 13 of 22
    spinestein to Citizen Zed

    I attended NIU for two years. Like many schools, drinking and partying is a big part of school life for some. For many of these, being in a frat house is the best way to party hard with new friends who won’t judge you but actually enable you to binge drink and engage in other hazardous activities for fun. It’s the primary reason why they join.

    It’s too bad the kid died and this doesn’t lessen the guilt of the reckless idiots who put him up to it, but he did know what he was getting into and why. He gambled that he could handle a night of absolutely reckless drinking and lost.

  • 22 former NIU frat members guilty of misdemeanors in death of pledge

    05/09/2015 3:13:43 PM PDT · 12 of 22
    spinestein to PAR35
    [Band members at FAMU killed one of their own, and they ended up with felonies.

    Privileged white dudes in Yankeeland kill one of their own, and they end up with slaps on the wrist - wouldn’t want brand them for life.]

    Are you being serious??

    The FAMU “hazing” death resulted from a mob actually beating the victim to death. He was punched, hit with sticks, kicked and stomped on repeatedly and continuously for many minutes on end by dozens of his fellow students.

  • Where are the supporters of RFRA? Silent out of fear of 'bullying,' law's architect says

    03/31/2015 10:04:31 AM PDT · 20 of 22
    spinestein to gemoftheocean
    [so you’re okay with the gay printer being forced to print up “God hates fags” or the black seamstress being required to sew up KKK robes. GOT IT. Cuts all ways you know. THINK.]

    Maybe you could hypothesize a situation that might actually apply to the issue at hand.

    But since you want to invent this alternate universe scenario, let's then suppose that I am okay with it. We can let the courts decide if they want to force a printing company owned by gays to print “God hates fags” fliers or to force a black seamstress to sew up KKK robes and these companies using only the new Indiana law to support their side.

    Personally, I'd like to see that play out. Perhaps you'd get your wish and this type of fiasco would be the catalyst that makes the Indiana law valid and Constitutional.

    But my main point stands. I don't see this affecting more than a handful of the 300 million Americans and even those it does affect it doesn't even matter that much, except symbolically. To me it's not an issue.

  • Where are the supporters of RFRA? Silent out of fear of 'bullying,' law's architect says

    03/30/2015 11:02:16 PM PDT · 13 of 22
    spinestein to 2ndDivisionVet

    I don’t believe there really is that much support for the new law.

    Not only is it fundamentally wrong in the view of most Americans, myself included, but it’s very unlikely to have any useful benefit in the lives of ordinary citizens.

    It seems the whole purpose of this law is to provide an exemption to render service to the occasional florist or bakery that objects to gays being married. Is this really important? A useless, symbolic gesture that will quickly be struck down by the courts
    the first time it’s tested.

  • School house Rock Spoof - Saturday Night Live

    11/23/2014 3:33:11 PM PST · 2 of 4
    spinestein to Impala64ssa

    That’s very, very funny.

    And terrifying at the same time.

  • My American exceptionalism fantasy is over: How these midterms sealed the deal (Delicious tears)

    11/07/2014 3:33:06 AM PST · 61 of 70
    spinestein to haroldeveryman
    Every couple of election cycles, one Party or the other gets shellacked - and then we citizens are allowed to watch the winners and losers “analyze” the results for us. It seems to me that whenever the Republicans lose, they just quietly pick up the shreds of their dignity and go home to ponder for themselves what happened so they can then discuss strategy among themselves for moving forward.

    There can be no doubt that the Democrats are far, far better at being sore losers. They never fail to blame everyone else for their loss (it's never their fault) and it's always attributed (in the end) to basic stupidity on the part of the voter. The reasoning being: no sensible person would ever vote against the Democrats, who are obviously the smartest people around.

    This is true right now. Democratic pundits are going around complaining that middle class voters have been duped by FoxNews and the Koch Brothers into supporting the Republicans and slitting their own throats in order to benefit Big Corporations. They say this is proof that conservatives are inherently stupid because they will vote against their own economic interests.

    Of course this presupposes that the liberal/progressives are actually smart enough to know what's best for everybody. Good luck winning elections with this kind of smug, arrogant attitude.

  • Why GOP won: Shifting white votes hurt Democrats

    11/07/2014 3:03:48 AM PST · 77 of 108
    spinestein to Blue Jays
    [Repeatedly identifying non-racist, decent, and honorable white people as racist over, and over, and over again just might make them turn against the politician making that absurd accusation.]

    Exactly. The Democrats have offered nothing in the way of positive reasons to vote for them. All they do is yell the same old screed “Republicans are racist, bigoted, misogynist homophobes.”

    And then the pundits go out and bemoan the fact that the typical white American male votes against the Democratic Party?

    Sorry, but this seemed to work as a strategy for a couple of years after President Obama was elected but that is no longer the case. It's become obvious the Democratic Party is all symbolism and no substance. Fabricated outrage over fabricated issues.

  • M Brown's mother accused in armed robbery of Ferguson vendors selling t-shirts

    11/07/2014 2:38:26 AM PST · 8 of 37
    spinestein to Altura Ct.

    This little family incident will probably make Thanksgiving dinner a bit awkward.

  • Utah appeals ruling striking down polygamy ban in case involving 'Sister Wives' family

    10/10/2014 4:33:05 AM PDT · 12 of 18
    spinestein to YankeeReb

    [There is more historical precedent for plural marriage than for gay marriage. Courts and legislatures have put same sex marriage on the same footing as traditional one man one woman marriage, but all their reasons and arguments can apply to polygamy just as easily.]

    We cater to the 10% of the population that is gay yet discriminate against the nearly 100% of the population that naturally favors multiple partners.

    How does that make sense?