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  • Supremes: Romance Trumps Process

    06/30/2015 6:49:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    San Francisco changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to "put a human face on discrimination." The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the public's romantic side. When two people are in love and want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives, activists asked, how can the government say no? That sentiment permeates Friday's Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. "In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were," wrote...
  • Conservatives Love Scott Walker’s Anti-Gay Transition

    06/30/2015 6:02:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    the Daily Beast ^ | June 30, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    Scott Walker’s call for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling has saved his reputation with the conservative right. Scott Walker has his groove back with social conservatives and he has the Supreme Court to thank. After the court ruled that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry, Walker released a statement calling for a Constitutional ban on gay marriage. And social conservatives loved it, and it came at a moment when he needed all the love he could get. Back in May, the Wisconsin governor traveled to Washington to...
  • Quo Vadis, America?

    06/30/2015 5:49:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "Natural law -- God's law -- will always trump common law," said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a Christian leader in her own right, "God will have the final word in this matter." But, for now, Justice Anthony Kennedy has the final word. Same-sex marriage is the law of the land, as the right of gays and lesbians to marry is right there in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in 1868. We just didn't see it. Tony Kennedy spotted what no previous court had detected. The absurdity of the decision aside,...
  • Supreme Court Lets Obama Administration Say Words Don't Mean What They Say

    06/30/2015 5:05:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Michael Barone
    For most people, words mean what they say. But not necessarily for a majority of Supreme Court justices in two important decisions handed down Thursday. In the most prominent, King v. Burwell, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for a 6-3 majority, ruled that the words "established by the state" mean "established by the state or the federal government." In a second decision, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for a 5-4 majority, ruled that the omission in the 1968 Fair Housing Act of words banning acts that have a disparate...
  • Deep Thoughts On Flag Banning

    06/30/2015 4:51:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Mike Adams
    It’s not possible for me to write about First Amendment issues and refrain from weighing in on the current Confederate flag controversy that is brewing down in South Carolina. Many of my students and readers have asked for my take, so here it is. I will start with an empirical prediction of what I think will happen. I’ll follow that with my opinion about why I think it will be bad for the country. First, there will be the successful effort to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol. The move will spread to other states like Mississippi...
  • Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution, Michael Jackson and the upcoming Iran deal

    06/30/2015 4:39:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/29/2015 | LISA DAFTARI
    Since the interim deal was announced in April, the government in Tehran has proven to the world what its people were trying to convey in 2009: they cannot be trusted. Six years ago today, round-the-clock coverage of Iran’s Green Revolution suffered a fate all too common in today’s media world – it came to a complete halt, in this case upon breaking news that Michael Jackson had died. Up until those moments, the people of Iran, taking it upon themselves to become brave citizen journalists in a censored and suffocated political environment, posted updates and vivid videos on social media...
  • Forget A Federal Marriage Amendment and Go For Religious Freedom Acts In All 50 States

    06/30/2015 4:37:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | John Hawkins
    “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools. By imposing its own views on the entire country, the majority facilitates the marginalization of the many Americans who have traditional ideas.” – Justice Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court decision that forced gay marriage on the country The dilemma Christians and conservatives face after the Supreme Court's made-up-from-whole-cloth-instead-of-the-Constitution ruling on gay marriage is...
  • Rachel Dolezal's Real Life Story vs. Obama's Real Life Story

    06/30/2015 4:35:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | JunJune 29, 2015e 29, 2015 | Lloyd Billingsley
    Will the old-line establishment media tackle a bigger identity mystery? ​​In June, a reporter from KXLY in Spokane, Washington, asked Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, if she was an African American, as she claimed. Dolezal said she didn’t understand and walked away, but national media jumped on the story. Then Dolezal’s parents came forward with the truth. Their daughter Rachel was in fact a person of no color, a white woman. In short order, Rachel Dolezal stepped down from her presidential NAACP post but her case raises questions...
  • Churches and their Schools Next Target of the Left

    06/30/2015 2:56:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/30/15 | James Longstreet
    Federal involvement seems to be the exploited niche of the motivated Left. For it is the tax code and the special tax treatments carved into the most complicated compilation in the Western World that affords the activists their openings. The gay marriage issue was essentially an equal treatment issue regarding Social Security benefits of surviving spouses, estate taxes, and joint tax returns. All the emotional scenery was fluff. It was about money and how the federal government, based on marital status, taxes some people one way and others another. Next apparently on the docket are the churches. The same thread...
  • EPA Gets Another Much-Needed Smackdown From The Courts

    06/30/2015 2:54:43 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/29/2015 | Staff
    nvironment: The rogue agency known as EPA has been slapped back by the Supreme Court for failing to consider the cost of a massive new regulation. What else is new?
  • 'Cash Strapped' VA Forgot It Had $43.1 Million Stashed Away

    06/30/2015 2:51:46 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/29/2015 | John Merline
    When not pleading poverty, the Department of Veterans Affairs can be awfully careless with its money.
  • David Limbaugh: Thumbs Down for Justice Roberts

    06/29/2015 4:57:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 30, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Last week's Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare (Burwell) and same-sex marriage (Obergefell) were enormously dispiriting for reasons beyond the substantive issues of socialized medicine and same-sex marriage. I couldn't be more opposed to socialized medicine, which I believe is the endgame of Obamacare, and I am opposed to the societal sanctioning of same-sex marriage, but those are not my greatest concerns with these two rulings. In both cases, the court flouted the Constitution, the rule of law, the English language and the truth itself. People who appreciate the unique American system of government and those who value truth itself should...
  • Walter Williams: Constitutional Ignorance and Dereliction

    06/29/2015 2:35:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 1, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    The nation's demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, South Carolina, AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear Arms." A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said, "I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations." That's a vision shared by many Americans, namely that the Constitution's framers gave us the Second Amendment to protect our rights to go deer and duck hunting, do a bit of skeet shooting, and protect ourselves against criminals. That this vision is so widely...
  • Sowell: Supreme Court Disasters

    06/29/2015 1:17:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 30, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about ObamaCare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them. But there is a deeper and more long-lasting impact of these decisions that raise the question whether we are still living in America, where "we the people" are supposed to decide what kind of society we want, not have our betters impose their notions on us. The Constitution of the United States says that the...
  • What Anthony Kennedy and His Four Cronies Have Unleashed

    06/29/2015 12:46:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 29, 2015q | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There wouldn't be social issues if there weren't angst and misery and unhappiness. And make no mistake: That's what's driving all this, folks. You may think this is all political, but it's angst and misery. It's unhappiness. It's people seeking a mysterious... You can read it in Kennedy Supreme Court ruling. You know that Supreme Court decision that Kennedy wrote is basically all about self-esteem and dignity. That's why Scalia openly wrote, he would be embarrassed to sign his name to a majority opinion such as that written by Anthony Kennedy on the gay marriage business. Esteem and dignity...
  • Why Polygamy Is Inevitable

    06/29/2015 12:32:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: So I checked the e-mail during the break, and I can tell you I need to further explain why I think the court decision leads to polygamy. And, by the way, I could easily do that by simply reading to you some blog posts that I printed out from people that are already gonna agitate for it, that they want it, and they think they know that this opens the door for it. Look, folks, you can think all you want, but there's no legal basis to stop it now. There is no intellectually honest way to distinguish the...
  • Ann Coulter has fallen from grace — and the reason why is terrifying

    06/29/2015 12:28:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 70 replies
    Salon ^ | June 29, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    ... [Ann Coulter] was riding high, perhaps the most famous polemicist of her day, the scourge of liberals everywhere and the fantasy of young conservative men's dreams. And then suddenly, she was nowhere. After having been relegated to a "debate" with her friend Mickey Kaus the year before, she was excluded from CPAC in 2015 where she'd been featured for 17 years. It seems that conservative organizations have been trying to have her dropped for a while but friends in high places had intervened. But the planners had had enough. She was very bitter about it, telling the Washington Examiner,...
  • The Prospect of Normalcy Makes Gay Activists Sad

    06/29/2015 12:13:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I want to throw something out. I'm not gonna have to time to analyze this, but I did reference it. Already on Sunday in the New York Times and even on Saturday there were stories about, "Oh, no! You know, now that we've won, gosh, it doesn't feel that good. Wow, you know what? I just don't like not being a member of the oppressed. I don't like it. I don't like not being an activist." I've got some audio sound bite. Jodi Kantor is a New York Times writer, and during a discussion about the decision with Gayle...
  • Republicans Cannot Win Without Voters Who Care About the "Social Issues"

    06/29/2015 11:28:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, folks, there's all kinds of news out there that has nothing to do with Supreme Court decisions last week. There's plenty of it, and it involves electoral politics, Hillary Clinton, Algore, some other stuff out there as well. However, I do want to spend just a little bit of time here kind of... I don't know that it's closing the loop on everything. It's just that I've had an entire weekend now to actually dig into this and figure out what actually happened and, as best I can, determine how and why it happened. These things are of...
  • Even Nathan Bedford Forrest could change: guest opinion

    06/29/2015 9:36:07 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    Alabama ^ | June 29, 2015 | By John W. Davis
    On an incredibly hot day, a cool decision was made by the Governor of Alabama. He took down the Confederate flags flown on our capital grounds in Montgomery. This is a good thing. It is good because now our capital, and so symbolically our State, is more welcoming than before. The Governor took a stand for all the people of Alabama. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most of the soldiers of days gone by knew about as much about grand politics as soldiers of today. They would be content, I'm certain,to have their time and flag memorialized in a museum, not as a prop...
  • 'Cash strapped' VA forgot it had $43.1 Million stashed away

    06/29/2015 8:47:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/29/2015 | John Merline
    When not pleading poverty, the Department of Veterans Affairs can be awfully careless with its money.The latest example: In 2011, the VA set $43.1 million aside to produce brochures informing veterans about their benefits, then forgot about it. The money went unspent for three years and now might be lost for good.
  • Repairing the ObamaCare Wreckage

    06/29/2015 8:22:57 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 28, 2015 | By Scott W. Atlas
    Despite the Supreme Court decision to uphold the subsidies for private insurance in King v. Burwell, the fundamental problems with the Affordable Care Act remain. Ironically, it is the growing government centralization of health insurance at the expense of private insurance that must be addressed. The 107 million people on Medicaid or Medicare in 2013 will increase to 135 million by 2018, a growth rate tripling that of private insurance, according to projections by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. At the same time, private health-care insurance premiums are expected to skyrocket in 2016, many by more than 30%....
  • Time For A Principled Policy On Iran

    06/29/2015 8:04:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Almost 30 years ago, when the US was negotiating with the Soviet Union about intermediate-range nuclear weapons, President Ronald Reagan was told that the Russians like to talk in proverbs. A writer on Russia taught him the proverb “doveryain no proveryai,” which means trust but verify. It was a phrase Reagan would use many times in his dealings with Mikhail Gorbachev – and one that seems particular wise now. As I’m writing this, the US and five other nations (the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) are engaged in nuclear talks with another adversary, Iran (towards a...
  • Unpaid Internships Are Worth it: Suck it Up Millennials

    06/29/2015 7:50:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Kristan Hawkins
    A die-hard Hillary Clinton supporter – a young, female Millennial – recently applied to be a fellow with the campaign and was accepted. However, she was asked to move out of state and work for free. It was hard not to laugh at her over-the-top, entitled millennial reaction published in USA Today: “Finding out that Hillary perpetuates the exploitation known as unpaid internships was like discovering that Santa wasn't real.” Poor baby. Millennials are in a tough position right now. They are hard pressed to find work, with 14% of them unemployed, others barely able to make it on a...
  • Time for Conservatives to go on the Offensive in the Framing Wars

    06/29/2015 7:14:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    The left has figured out how to successfully push through its agenda by using one simple tactic: demonizing the right. Even if there is no truth to the cruel labels, the left has figured out they work. Repeat the words "bigot,” "hate,” "sexist" and "intolerant" enough and they will start to stick. It’s known as the “framing war,” and Republicans aren’t very good at it, probably because we’re too nice. We’re the party of Judeo-Christian morality, so calling the opposition names isn’t considered polite. Instead, we naively think we can stick to debating the substance of issues and the truth...
  • Not the Land of Opportunity?

    06/29/2015 6:36:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Terry Paulsen
    Welcome to the state of political correctness run amuck! In training initiated by UC president Janet Napolitano, provides new guidelines for the 200,000-student University of California system faculty. Inspirational phrases such as “America is the land of opportunity,” “Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough,” “America is a melting pot,” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” are now being labeled “microaggressions” – any “brief, subtle verbal or non-verbal exchanges that send denigrating messages to the recipient because of his or her group membership (such as race, gender, age or socio-economic status).”...
  • America's Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

    06/29/2015 6:29:27 AM PDT · by rhema · 18 replies
    Wallbuilders ^ | 6/16/15 | David Barton
    When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general...
  • Marriage Policies in America Similar to Communist China

    06/29/2015 5:05:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Bethany Blankley
    It’s astounding to review the requirements to be legally married in America. Even more astounding is the reality that Americans, and especially Christians, comply with them. Worse still— Christians continue to demand that the government regulate a predominantly Christian practice. (Monogamous heterosexual marriage is a unique New Testament Christian concept. Nearly all non-Christian faiths advocate polygamy and pedophilia as part of acceptable social marriage norms.) America’s oligarchic-republican-democratic government currently requires citizens to receive government permission to be legally married—similar to requiring the Chinese to receive government permission to legally have a child. Imagine living in a country where couples are...
  • If Rihanna Open Carries Her Guns, So Can You

    06/29/2015 4:55:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    Editor's Note: This column had the wrong byline when it was originally published. Of course, the column featured below is all Ms. Kieffer's work. This was a dreadful uploading mistake, and we apologize for the error. (Matt) Black pop star Rihanna wins awards and makes millions for wearing guns in public while everyday black Americans risk losing their jobs if they dare to exercise their 2nd Amendment right. Are you growing tired of seeing wealthy black Americans get by with things that cause middle class black Americans to lose their jobs or go to prison? Things like carrying firearms, flying the Confederate flag...
  • Slave or Rebel? Ten Principles for Escaping the Matrix and Standing Up to Tyranny

    06/29/2015 4:33:17 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 30 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | 6/29/2015 | John W. Whitehead
    “Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious.”— George Orwell The more things change, the more they stay the same. It’s a shell game intended to keep us focused on and distracted by all of the politically expedient things that are being said—about militarized police, surveillance, and government corruption—while the government continues to frogmarch us down the road toward outright tyranny. Unarmed citizens are still getting shot by militarized police trained to view them as the enemy and treated as if we have no rights. Despite President Obama’s warning that...
  • Obama Ignores Another Red Line After Massive Chinese Cyberattacks

    06/29/2015 2:20:14 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/26/2015 | Staff
    Cyberwar: The damage done by Chinese hackers grows worse by the day, with news that they stole a treasure trove of blackmail-worthy material on those with high security clearances. What's Obama's reaction?
  • Clinton Email Scandal Has New Legs, "Hillary Has Only Herself To Blame"

    06/29/2015 12:17:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 28, 2015 | John King
    "....The Democratic front-runner has only herself to blame. After the House Select Benghazi Committee released some new emails this past week, the Obama State Dept. was forced to admit it was not in possession of some Clinton emails that clearly discuss Department business... Now, will some Republicans blow this out of proportion or wander into the realm of conspiracy theory? Perhaps, even probably, but as Democrats accuse them of being partisan or reckless, remember this: This would not be an issue if Clinton hadn't erased her email server..."
  • Supreme Court’s White Lie on Obamacare

    06/29/2015 1:02:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 28, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    ".............................Between a rock and a hard place, Roberts argued that Congress surely never meant to cut out subsidies in states without their own exchanges, because “it would destabilize the individual insurance market in any State with a Federal Exchange, and likely create the very ‘death spirals’ that Congress designed the Act to avoid.”I sympathize, but Roberts has to know he’s wrong. Jonathan Gruber,an MIT economist who advised the White House, explained during a 2012 speech that the federal law limited subsidies to enrollees of state exchanges in order to “squeeze” states to act. Quoth Gruber,“If you’re a state and you...
  • The sooner Greece defaults and dumps the Euro the better

    06/28/2015 6:46:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2015 | Peter Morici
    <p>Greece and its principal creditors—the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund—should acknowledge that Athens will never be able to repay the €131 billion it owes, write down its debt and let the Aegean nation exit the euro gracefully.</p>
  • The “journey” of a 10 year old transgender child. Somebody call the cops

    06/28/2015 2:35:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    This is a disturbing, or perhaps better described as heartbreaking story which popped up this weekend and set off all sorts of alarm bells for me. NBC News is featuring the tale of a child named Lia (until recently, Liam) who is being fully encouraged and supported by his parents on a “journey” to become a girl. The child is ten years old and began this “trip” at the age of five. We moved from Indiana to New Hampshire when Lia was 4. She was still wearing boys’ clothes and playing with trucks through preschool, but she really wanted girl...
  • I Believe That We Can Win [Court rulings animate dysfunctional Democratic Party]

    06/28/2015 1:47:22 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | June 28, 2015 | D.R. Tucker
    Investigative journalist Brad Friedman has observed that America is moving in a progressive direction, despite the mainstream media’s “center-right nation” shibboleth. Despite the obstacles that have been placed in the pathway of progressives, Friedman is correct beyond dispute. Think back to a decade ago. Same-sex marriage was considered an abomination in large parts of the country. Christian fundamentalists were flexing their muscles as never before. Rush Limbaugh and Fox dominated the American media landscape. The Bush administration had launched a war on climate science. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was gay-bashing his way to national prominence. Today, marriage equality is the...
  • SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage mandates nationwide concealed carry reciprocity

    06/28/2015 11:10:19 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 15 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 6-26-15 | Bob Owens
    If you’re following any of the various media outlets this morning, you’re probably aware that the U.S. Supreme Court has just extended gay marriage to all 50 states. The Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide, in a historic decision that invalidates gay marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. The outcome is...
  • Obergefell and the roadmap to drive Christianity from the public square

    06/28/2015 8:42:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    RedState ^ | June 27, 2015 | streiff
    The Supreme Court decision Friday making homosexual marriage not only legal but giving it a status superior to heterosexual marriage* was ominous (never mind that the lead defendant's name sounded like a rank in the Wehrmacht). In his majority opinion, one which cavalierly overthrew well over 6,000 years of human history in the service of Kennedy's vigorously, if vicariously, twitching nether regions, Kennedy laid out a road map for the eradication of the legal ability to oppose homosexual marriage. This is the key section: “Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue...
  • Gay marriage ruling a win for LGB, but transgender woes persist

    06/28/2015 7:25:52 AM PDT · by Salman · 21 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jun 27, 2015 | Matt Kwong
    For marriage-equality activists, Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage rights for LGBT couples was an occasion for good cheer. But even as the pink-label Champagne flowed and the sounds of a long-sought victory throbbed inside New York's historic Stonewall Inn, their transgender brothers and sisters marched on, chanting in the sun just blocks away. Marriage equality is all well and good, Elliott Fukui said, but it was no time to party for dozens of trans activists. Not even close, he said. "The battle for trans rights has been neglected by the mainstream LGB movement," said Fukui, program co-ordinator for...
  • Gary Hart: America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption

    06/28/2015 7:03:08 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 51 replies
    TIME ^ | June 26, 2015 | By Gary Hart
    Welcome to the age of vanity politics and campaigns-for-hire. What would our founders make of this nightmare? Four qualities have distinguished republican government from ancient Athens forward: the sovereignty of the people; a sense of the common good; government dedicated to the commonwealth; and resistance to corruption. Measured against the standards established for republics from ancient times, the American Republic is massively corrupt. From Plato and Aristotle forward, corruption was meant to describe actions and decisions that put a narrow, special, or personal interest ahead of the interest of the public or commonwealth. Corruption did not have to stoop to...
  • Should We Lower the Age of Consent to Protect Teenagers? (Nov. 18 2013)

    06/28/2015 4:54:39 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 77 replies
    Slate ^ | Nov. 18 2013 | Amanda Hess
    In 16th-century England, the age of consent was set at 10 years old in an effort to protect young girls from sexual abuse by adult men. In 1875, parliament raised the age of consent to 13; in 1885, it upped it to 16. Now, a leading public health advocate has proposed that the United Kingdom bring the age down again in light of the high proportion of British adolescents who are having sex—with one another—before they’re legally capable of granting consent. Lowering the age of consent to 15 (where it stands in Sweden) or 14 (where it’s set in Germany...
  • Walker Jumps the Marriage Shark

    06/28/2015 2:42:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 27, 2015 | Roger L. Simon
    I thought Scott Walker was a pretty cool guy when I saw him pull up on a Harley at Joni Ernst’s Roast & Ride a few weeks ago in Boone, Iowa. But he just did something that wasn’t so cool in reacting to the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage — that is if you care about the Republicans winning the 2016 general election. Walker called for a Constitutional amendment to let states define marriage. Now I’m sure the Wisconsin governor has strong feelings about traditional marriage and, although I’m on the other side on this one, I completely respect his...
  • Why America needs to reject the Charleston massacre’s dangerous narrative of forgiveness

    06/27/2015 11:54:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies
    Salon ^ | June 27, 2015 | Ericka Schiche
    ~~Well-intended forgiveness has been seized on by the media and those in power as an excuse to ignore white supremacy~~ Unfortunately, forgiveness, that element of moral sanctity which facilitates assuaging of grief, has morphed into a barrier obstructing the path to justice and accountability in the United States — a place weakened by the ubiquitousness and insidiousness of racism. Although it’s tough to direct a critical lens at the concept of forgiveness when the situation involves grieving family members tearfully addressing an expressionless, depraved killer who isn’t even asking for it, for posterity’s sake this must be done. What happened...
  • Op-Ed: America in a Funk

    06/27/2015 11:02:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    America has a case of Obama Blues. The word’s out that we’re a nation of bigots. Racism is in our DNA. So says our African-American President. I asked Mohammed if he agreed. “Sure,” he said. Mohammed was driving the New York cab. A moment later he shut the bulletproof partition that separates cabbie from passenger – to protect the drivers or the passengers? The President had said that we have been racists since the beginning of time, and that there is no cure in sight. I might suggest that a new President would be a wonderful cure. A few days...
  • Marriage Has Been Redefined: Now What?

    06/27/2015 10:15:30 PM PDT · by iowamark · 49 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | 6/26/2015 | Trent Horn
    In an unsurprising but still disappointing decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in Obergefell vs Hodges that states may not define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Many Catholics, along with other people of good-will who believe marriage is intrinsically related to men, women, sex, and children, are asking, “What next?” Let me offer a proposal: Go back to the basics.How We Got HereIn the span of twenty years, redefining marriage to include homosexual unions went from being opposed by both political parties and a supermajority of the American electorate to being a position that...
  • Telling On Themselves: Rural Cleansing in Idaho and Montana

    06/27/2015 9:55:40 PM PDT · by MarMema · 67 replies
    the daily herb ^ | june 2015 | poet herbalist
    I just love it when someone slips up, and tells us country folk what’s really being planned for us. Rural cleansing is the purposeful removal of rural citizens from the countryside and the relocation of rural populations into urban areas. Many public officials and media pundits scoff at the mere suggestion that rural cleansing is taking place, but the problem, you see, is that there are people who have inadvertently left tell-tale clues we can use to piece together things for ourselves. One of the most startling clues I’ve run across lately comes from a July 1, 1998 newspaper article...
  • Op-Ed: Fake Iran Deal a Cover-up for Obama's Shallow Legacy

    06/27/2015 3:33:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/15 | Dr. Joe Tuzara
    As the looming deadline for a final deal approaches, it is not surprising that the Iranian mullah's heads are spinning like centrifuges praising Allah for an unthinkable US enrichment of a 'historic deal' that could pave the way for them to build nuclear weapons. Given the Obama administration capitulation to massive nuke concessions, President Barack Obama's insistence on striking a very flawed nuclear arms deal with the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism reeks of a major cover up. The most incriminating aspect of Team Obama's deception is the mainstream media lapdogs' broadcasting reports of dangerous disinformation concerning the president's...
  • Gay Marriage: Three things your church must do immediately to protect itself

    06/27/2015 12:06:21 PM PDT · by rhema · 26 replies
    Without question, the Supreme Court’s decision to impose homosexual marriage as a constitutional right is disappointing. There was a time when the Court rightly bestowed a great respect for America’s Christian heritage and to the Creator on which the Declaration of Independence was based. Sadly, those time are passed. As Christians, we know God, in His great wisdom, established the institution of marriage as only between one man and one woman. Not even the Supreme Court can change that.Because of judicial activism, Christian ministries can and should take steps to protect their religious freedoms. No longer can even churches believe...
  • YEEhaw! This side-effect of the gay marriage ruling will make liberals EXPLODE

    06/27/2015 12:00:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 6/27/15 | Allen West
    **SNIP** Now here is the kicker, as the writer articulately brings to light: “By using the Constitution in such a manner, the Court argues that the Due Process Clause extends “certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy” accepted in a majority of states across the state lines of a handful of states that still banned the practice. The vast majority of states are “shall issue” on the matter of issuing concealed carry permits, and enjoy reciprocity with a large number of other states. My North Carolina concealed carry permit, for example, was recognized yesterday as being valid in...
  • Fight or Flight -- There is No Other Option

    06/27/2015 10:37:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | Steve Deace
    The destruction of the most fundamentally important institution of a civil society has been anointed by five pagan shamans on the Unites States Supreme Court, but let me get back to that in a minute. There has been considerable sentiment lately, and some of it backed with sound logic and sober forethought, that the progressive experiment could be in its death throes. The thinking goes something like this. Obama has poisoned healthcare, the economy, and race relations. Then there's other fiascos like the Rainbow Jihad against kindly cake baker and florists, Bruce Jenner’s gender-bending, and most recently the bizarre purge...