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Where no man has gone before…

We are about to see sights that no human being has ever seen.

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HERE IS NEW Horizon’s newest image of Pluto, sent from the planet yesterday and released early this morning. Each pixel represents 4 kilometers, and the image is 1000 times the resolution of anything from Hubble.

The image is oriented with Pluto’s north at the top. The dark regions (not shadowed) are the planet’s equator, which is about 2/3rds the diameter of Earth’s moon.

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Iran Celebrates

The Iranians sure seem happy about this. They have been in the streets celebrating. It isn’t exactly clear but John Kerry assures us they are chanting “HEALTH TO AMERICA! HEALTH TO THE GREAT SANTA!”

After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Muslim world.

“This is a historic moment,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said as he attended a final session alongside his counterparts from the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia in Vienna on Tuesday morning. “We are reaching an agreement that is not perfect for anybody, but it is what we could accomplish, and it is an important achievement for all of us. Today could have been the end of hope on this issue. But now we are starting a new chapter of hope.”

I am sure that Obama has drawn a red line across which Iran dare not tread. Don’t worry. Be happy.

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The Peasants are Revolting

First posted on July 14, 2008.

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July 14 is Bastille Day. In France, it is known as Fête Nationale or the “National Celebration”. It is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison by a mob of Parisians who were, first, after the arms cache therein and, as an afterthought, whatever political prisoners were being held there. It turns out there were seven common criminals in the prison that day and no political prisoners. Governor de Launay, the commander of the prison, saw the gathering mob, and to prevent a massacre, pretty much opened the gate and let the mob “storm” in. In the melee inside, 94 of the brave and glorious storming Parisians were killed. A total of one defender died.

From this event, one thing led to another and France quickly progressed into a period that became known as the “Reign of Terror.” This was the revolutionary period when heads of just about anybody and everybody were separated from their bodies by that French innovation, the guillotine. Up to 40,000 of the French population lost their heads literally as the rest of them lost them figuratively. The Jacobins, led by Maximilien Robespierre, invented the modern revolution – yearned for by moonbats everywhere – where everything from the past is eliminated, from the calender to religion. “…and the morals that they worshiped will be gone.” Eventually even the French had enough and Robespierre was eliminated during Thermidorian Reaction when his powdered head dropped into a basket. Again, one thing led to another and, on 9 November 1799 (18 Brumaire of the Year VIII), the French got the little dictator Napoleon Bonaparte who led them on military adventures that cost the lives of 4 million to 6 million people. After that it was pretty much back to business as usual in France much as life existed before the Storming of the Bastille.

Reflect on this archetypal French holiday where a mob, trying to steal weapons, got themselves slaughtered by the dozens, released some criminals from prison and ushered in an era of terror, death, tyranny and bloody warfare. That mob was the 18th century version of Movon.org and, since then, every revolutionary commie puke from the early 20th century to today can trace his pedigree back to the Bastille and the French Revolution. Somewhere in a corner of Hell Che Guevara, Joseph Stalin, Mao and the architects of the French Revolution are sharing stories of revolution.

Happy Bastille Day.

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Now Klinger is never going to get that Section 8!

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This should be interesting.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details, the officials said Monday. Military chiefs wanted time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would be sufficient.

The officials said Defense Secretary Ash Carter has asked his personnel undersecretary, Brad Carson, to set up a working group of senior military and civilian leaders to take an objective look at the issue. One senior official said that while the goal is to lift the ban, Carter wants the working group to look at the practical effects, including the costs, and determine whether it would affect readiness or create any insurmountable problems that could derail the plan. The group would also develop uniform guidelines.

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Amnesty for Illegal Aliens?

We are all against it. Trump is out trumpeting his opposition. Of course when we think of illegal aliens, we think of that animal who shot the young woman in San Francisco. But they aren’t all like that.

There are many thousands of illegals who fit this mold….

    – Brought here by parents when they were infants or toddlers.
    – Raised in the US and have never even visited their countries of origin.
    – Speak very little or no Spanish at all.
    – Are now 18-25 years old and citizens of nations of which they know little or nothing.
    – Illegal in the United States and unable to get a job, drivers licence or loan legally.
    – They are effectively stateless people.

What are we to do with these people?

There is a principle in law called “easements by prescription”. The principle is that, if allow someone access to your property for a certain amount of time, implied easements are automatically granted. For example, if you let the public access the beach over your land for enough time, the easement is implied and cannot be revoked; at least not easily. If you let people cut a trail to the beach long enough, there comes a point when you can no longer put up a no trespassing sign.

Isn’t that principle at work with the child who grew up in America? If we allowed a child to grow to adulthood for many years in this country, to develop as a person during his or her formative years as an American, isn’t there an implied easement?

I don’t have the answer. Discuss.

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Background Checks

Example #1

Charleston gunman Dylann Roof should never have been able to buy the gun he used to kill nine worshippers at a church Bible study last month, the FBI director said Friday, citing a breakdown in the national background check system.

A loophole allowed the 21-year-old to buy the .45-caliber handgun with money given to him for his birthday despite a criminal record that included a recent drug possession charge, James Comey said.

“We are all sick this happened,” the FBI director told reporters. “We wish we could turn back time.”

Example #2

Carol Bowne knew her best shot at defending herself from a violent ex was a gun, and not a piece of paper. And it was paperwork that left her unprotected when Michael Eitel showed up at her New Jersey home last week and stabbed her to death, say Second Amendment advocates, who charge local police routinely sit on firearms applications they are supposed to rule on within 30 days.

Bowne, 39, had a restraining order against Eitel when he killed her in her driveway last Wednesday, but she was still waiting for Berlin Township Police Chief Leonard Check to approve the gun permit she had applied for on April 21. Tragically, she had gone to the township police department just two days before her death to check on the status of her languishing application. In another indication of her fear of Eitel, Bowne had recently installed surveillance cameras around her home, and the equipment recorded the 45-year-old ex-con attacking her as she arrived home and got out of her car.

Any questions?

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When the rebels become the prudes and prudes become the rebels

In 1960, the prudes-in-charge had some rules.

    – Drugs are destructive.
    – Unwed pregnancy and single motherhood are shameful.
    – America: love it or leave it.
    – Don’t even talk about homosexuality.
    – Get a job.
    – Welfare will cost you your standing in the community.
    – Attend the church of your choice.
    – Anybody can make something of themselves with hard work.

If you violated any of these rules of acceptable opinions, you would be unemployable, ostracized and excluded from polite company.

Then, during the 1960s, the counter-culture worked hard to undermine all of those values. The counter culture warriors are all grown up now and they are the new prudes-in-charge. They have rules too.

    – Marijuana use should be legal and its use is to be praised.
    – Unwed Unwed pregnancy and single motherhood is brave and noble.
    – America: meh, nothing special.
    – A same sex marriage is identical in every way to a heterosexual marriage.
    – Work is, at best, a necessary evil.
    – Welfare is honorable.
    – Church is backward and discussion of it is to be avoided.
    – White people make something of themselves only with white privilege.

If you violate any of these rules of acceptable opinions, you will be unemployable, ostracized and excluded from polite company.

So, if the left are the new prudes-in-charge, who is the new counter culture warriors? Why, you are. Pat Buchanan explains.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the state Capitol.

Calling the Commandments “religious in nature and an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths,” the court said the monument must go.

Gov. Mary Fallin has refused. And Oklahoma lawmakers instead have filed legislation to let voters cut out of their constitution the specific article the justices invoked. Some legislators want the justices impeached.

Fallin’s action seems a harbinger of what is to come in America – an era of civil disobedience like the 1960s, where court orders are defied and laws ignored in the name of conscience and a higher law.

Only this time, the rebellion is likely to arise from the right.

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Mitt Romney: Right about literally everything

The left, never tires of being wrong.

More than 20 million people had their personal information stolen when Office of Personnel Management (OPM) servers were breached by Chinese hackers last year, sources close to the agency are reporting.

The New York Times and the government are reporting 21.5 million, and CNN is reporting 22.1 million. ABC and Reuters have reported 25 million.

Down the memory hole to 2012.

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More dumbass Obamite Tweets here.

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Struggle Session

In case you don’t know what is going on here, this will help you understand.

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Reverse Conditioning

I don’t think I have to defend my bona fides on the issue of gay wedding cakes. I have argued loud and long that a) Christians should just bake the damned cakes or shut up about why they won’t and, 2) that public accommodation laws requiring non discrimination in business practices are a reasonable application of the law. Philosophically, I still believe in the arguments I have made.

Philosophy and practical reality, however, often conflict. Now comes the case of an Oregon business owner who has not only been fined an outrageous $135,000, for refusing to make a cake for a lesbian wedding, but has had their voices silenced by the state. A family of seven has had its livelihood destroyed by the state and has been legally prevented from crying out.

Here are the practical facts: The lesbian couple has made the claim they have suffered grievous harm. They claim, that after one discussion with the baker, they were distressed to the point of being unable to eat, fearful they were without souls and would be condemned to hell. This caused them severe and long lasting emotional distress. Again, this was after one discussion with a baker they had never met previously.

There are only two reasonable conclusions to draw from this: the lesbian couple are borderline insane and need institutionalized counseling immediately or the whole thing was a staged hit-job designed to draw the maximum financial compensation from the bakers. A third conclusion, that this was a sane and reasonable response to a short discussion with a previously unknown shopkeeper, is too absurd to even laughingly consider.

The ridiculously absurd third conclusion, of course, is the one the state based the compensatory damages it awarded the couple.

This, then, has nothing whatsoever to do with public accommodation or equal protection under the law. This is cultural warfare. This is an assault on religious freedom. This is an assault on the right to speak freely. This is lawfare meant to crush those who, due to their religion, dissent with secular sensibilities.

I have been a strong advocate for gay rights, equal access and public accommodation. I have argued forcefully that my fellow Christians should serve their fellow man fully understanding that literally every human being we meet is a broken, fallen sinner. It isn’t ours to cast the first or the last stone but to serve all with love and understanding. This is what our faith demands.

In exchange we are given no quarter for even the slightest deviation from these values. The state offers no accommodation, no understanding and no mercy. The state only offers total war and, having won that war in the culture and courts, is now walking the battlefield shooting any surviving opponent.

So be it. We have tried to find balance. We have tried to find peace. The state has made it clear, however, that there will be no balance or peace until, on bended knee, they receive an unconditional surrender and no enemy dissenters survive.

I have been reverse conditioned.

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Conditioning

At the moment of victory, athletes regularly hug and kiss teammates, wives, husbands, children, parents, etc. It is a daily occurrence. In this case, however, you are supposed to cry so hard it “destroys your tear ducts. Why do you suppose that is?

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Rumpelstiltskin Economics

Rumpelstiltskin Economics is based on the sincere belief that you can spin straw into gold. It is the belief that – simultaneously – jobs can be nonproductive, taxes can low, retirements can be early and people can spend half their adult lives on a pension and it will all work out fine. Rumpelstiltskin Economics is common in places like Greece, Detroit, Chicago and Washington DC.

Every time an American calls for “free” health care, he is calling for Rumpelstiltskin Economics. Every bit of support for Obama’s stimulus is a call for Rumpelstiltskin Economics. Every time someone claims an increase in minimum wage will create wealth it is a call for Rumpelstiltskin Economics.

Here is where it leads you every time: Broke, hopeless and crying in the street.

THESSALONIKI, GREECE: Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece’s second city of Thessaloniki on Friday in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain.

The 77-year-old told AFP that he had broken down because he “cannot stand to see my country in this distress”.

“That’s why I feel so beaten, more than for my own personal problems,” Chatzifotiadis said.

The image of him sitting outside the bank, openly crying in despair with his savings book and identity card on the floor, was captured by an AFP photographer illustrating how ordinary Greeks are suffering during the country’s debt crisis.

I probably shouldn’t swipe this photo. See it here.

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Greece Votes

It would appear that Greece has voted “no”, or for those of you who aren’t following along, Greece has voted to tell Germany, “Fuck you Fritz, we aren’t cutting spending! Now give us more money you fucking Nazis.”

They don’t want more austerity so, instead, they will prove that “too big to fail” is a myth.

The Euro has, not surprisingly, taken a dump on the new and banks prepare to raid savings accounts.

Meanwhile, panic sets in as Shanghai Composite drops 30pc, $3.7 trillion wiped of China share market despite crackdown.

Pay attention. This will be a graduate course in macroeconomics.

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Is the Declaration of Independence Treasonous Today?

First published on July 4, 2013.

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From our Founding Document, the Declaration of Independence.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, 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.

Does this still apply? Or did a new covenant arise out of the Civil War that invalidated the words above? Will a man be prosecuted in America for just advocating the words of the Founding Document and advocating for the “duty” to throw off a government such as the one described? Is the United States Government, ipso facto and by definition, never “such a government” no matter what its actions? Is to advocate the principles of America’s Founding Document to advocate treason?

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

Every single poll I have ever seen has shown that a majority opposed the passage of the bill creating Obamacare and every single poll I have seen since has called for its repeal. Yet Obama has stated again and again that he will veto any bill of repeal placed before him.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He arbitrarily refused to enforce the duly passed and signed Defense of Marriage Act. He uses executive orders to create laws, seize wealth and undermine rights. He has seated appointees (NLRB) without the consent of the Senate as required by the Constitution and ignored court orders mandating their removal. Just this week hs Treasury Department announced that it is arbitrarily opting to enforce the employer mandate of Obama’s signature legislation during 2014.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

Obamacare resolutions were passed at midnight and on Christmas Eve. He has broken his promise to provide time for bills – even those of thousands of pages – to be read before they are signed into law makinging resistance to specificities impossible. The sole purpose, of course, is fatiguing Americans into compliance with his measures

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners…

He refuses to enforce much of immigration law and gives the states no say in their inhabitants.

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A Patriotic Petition of Grievances

First Published May 19, 2009.

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The Executive Administration and Legislative Branch, which has subordinated itself to the Administration, have created genuine cause for alarm among the People undermining the Rights to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them. Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to petition the Government for Redress in the most humble terms and to declare the causes which impel them to such petition.

The Administration has absorbed and continues to absorb ownership of large segments of the private Sector denying rightful owners their protection under the law and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

The Administration dominates the Executive and Legislative branches and is preparing to control the Judiciary as well and, in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution has subjected the States to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving its Assent to their Orders and Acts of pretended Legislation.

The Administration threatens to deny the People the right to keep and bear arms in the defense of their homes, farms, shops and businesses.

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Planning to barbecue this 4th?

The the governmental personnel at ChooseMyPlate.gov, a bureau of the United States Department of Agriculture, would like to be involved in your grilling decisions. Brisket and short ribs are not among the Leviathan’s approved fare.

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Hipster Rail

It is like a hipster bicycle. No gears. No brakes. Pedal backwards, go backwards. It is incredibly inefficient by modern standards but the inefficiency is its appeal. The goal isn’t to efficiently travel from point-to-point. The goal is move about with maximum inefficiency so as to display your disdain for modernity and, well, efficiency.

Yeah, urban light rail is just like that. A combination of Hayak’s “fatal conceit” that bureaucrats foolishly believe know what the market wants more than the market and a ridiculous urban/hipster/gay desire to promote a gentrified and retro image conspire to create this stupid monstrosity. Watch with disgust….

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Another uncomfortable history lesson…

We want the truth, right? Of course we do. We want the truth even if it tears apart our cherished myths.

Here, therefore, is a quote from a document called “A Declaration of the Causes which Impel the State of Texas to Secede from the Federal Union” dated February 2, 1861. That would be about a month before Lincoln took office.

We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.

That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding states.

By the secession of six of the slave-holding States, and the certainty that others will speedily do likewise, Texas has no alternative but to remain in an isolated connection with the North, or unite her destinies with the South.

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In Germany…

Sexual relations between siblings or between parents and their children are forbidden under section 173 of the German criminal code and offenders can face years in prison.

But on Wednesday, the German Ethics Council recommended the section be repealed, arguing that the risk of disability in children is not enough to warrant the law and de-criminalising incest would not remove the huge social taboo around it.

“The majority of the German Ethics Council is of the opinion that it is not appropriate for a criminal law to preserve a social taboo,” it added.

“In the case of consensual incest among adult siblings, neither the fear of negative consequences for the family , nor the possibility of the birth of children from such incestuous relationships can justify a criminal prohibition.

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Ending tax exemptions for churches that don’t do SSM?

This writer says it needs to be done.

It’s going to be an issue because it should be an issue. America’s highest court has now ruled that marriage is a “fundamental right”. We have decided, correctly, as a nation, that when we say that “all men are created equal,” included in that is the right to marriage, no matter what your sexual orientation.

If your organization does not support the right of gay men and women to marry, then the government should be very clear that you’re in the wrong. And it should certainly not bend over backwards to give you the privilege of tax exemption.

Hmmmm… Let’s try that logic elsewhere.

It’s going to be an issue because it should be an issue. America’s highest court has has ruled in Citizens United that corporate spending on political issues cannot be limited. We have decided, correctly, as a nation, that when we say that “corporations are people,” included in that is the right of people to free speech, including political speech.

If your organization does not support the right of corporations to spend on political issues, then the government should be very clear that you’re in the wrong. And it should certainly not bend over backwards to give you the privilege of tax exemption.

That works. Let’s try another.

It’s going to be an issue because it should be an issue. America’s highest court has has ruled the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution applies to federal enclaves and protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes. We have decided, correctly, as a nation, that when we say that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” included in that is the right of people to possess handguns anywhere in the United States.

If your organization does not support the right of the people to keep and bear arms, then the government should be very clear that you’re in the wrong. And it should certainly not bend over backwards to give you the privilege of tax exemption.

Yeah, this works well.

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Edited to reflect the correction made in the comments. Hat tip Chad.

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Spending money, money to burn, money you did not necessarily earn…

Socialism is, as Margaret Thatcher famously said, a fine system until you run out of other people’s money. Greece has run out of other people’s money.

In Greece, leftists oppose EU imposed planned austerity. The thing is, planned austerity will look flat out luxurious compared to organic, Venezuela style austerity.

“The Greek economy is not production based, it’s highly reliant on imports of goods and raw materials,” he told The Telegraph. “In other countries where capital controls of this sort of have been put in place, businesses are usually exempted, but not this time. If we can’t make electronic remittances, then soon even the most basic goods will not be available.”

Indeed, over the weekend, there were isolated reports of customers stocking up on staples like rice, spaghetti and tinned milk in some supermarkets, and of motorists queuing for petrol at garages on some of the Greek islands.

On Monday, supermarkets remained well-stocked in Athens, although there were fears that shortages could begin later in the week. Yet even if the banks do reopen as scheduled next Monday, it may take at least another week to clear the massive backlog of transactions.

Socialism fails. Again.

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Can love exist without a licence from the state?

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Last week’s Supreme Court decision overturning state law prohibiting same-sex marriage annoys me but the reason why might not be what you think.

Iowa was the third state to legalize SSM. It has been the law here since 2009. That early adoption made Iowa a SSM tourist destination. Same sex couples would come from all over the region to be married in Iowa. This SSM tourism has tapered off as other states have legalized SSM and will now end completely. At its peak in 2013, however, so many were coming to Iowa that a quarter of the marriage licences in the state were SSM.

It never bothered me. I never saw an SSM happen. I never heard of one happening. In all my personal and business dealings I have only encountered one SSM couple: two matronly 50-something women. Same sex marriage in Iowa has had zero impact on my life and I refuse to oppose the actions of others that impact me not all.

Therefore, I support civil marriage for same-sex couples. If I were in the legislature, I would vote for it. Civil marriage, after all, boils down to a set of tax and legal benefits. That is pretty much it.

Not that you would know that from reading the court’s majority opinion. I am pretty sure that when Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority and droned on and on about love, most of it was plagiarized from a lovesick 14-year-old girl’s diary. “Marriage,” Kennedy wrote, “responds to the universal fear that a lonely person might call out only to find no one there. Cripes, Tony, give Betty and Veronica their diaries back.

Civil marriage isn’t about love. You don’t need a licence from the state to form a loving bond with another person. In fact, a government issued licence with attendant benefits and requirements has nothing whatsoever to do with love, companionship or commitment. Love exists unfettered and, indeed, unaffected with or without a licence from the state. Love existed before there was a US Constitution has flourished perfectly well without government sanction. Government plays no role in love.

Nevertheless, Kennedy absurdly flatters himself that the government has a role in promoting love. He goes so far to imply that the court just legalized love. The reality, of course, is that love exists with or without the musings of the Supreme Court. The court mandated that the states allow same-sex couples to benefit from marriage’s various monetary benefits including reduced inheritance taxes upon the death of a spouse, compensation if a spouse dies as a result of a work-related injury, or loss of consortium damages in tort suits. That’s it. Love remains unchanged by the court’s ruling.

For the record, I don’t oppose extending that suite of benefits to same-sex couples. If I was a legislator in a statehouse I would vote in favor of allowing SSM in order allow same-sex couples to get the same benefits as married couples. Hell, I would vote to extend those benefits to anyone including siblings, cousins, roommates, business partners and whomever wants them and forms a contractual relationship. In fact, screw the contract. I would vote for reduced inheritance taxes for everyone. Actually, let’s just end inheritance taxes completely!

The thing is, I am not a state legislator and neither are the SCOTUS justices. The court granted civil tax and legal benefits and nothing else. They have no power to do anything else. The reality is that anyone has always had the right to love anyone. Anyone may vow romantic and sexual fidelity to anyone. Anyone may form a lifelong partnership with anyone. Government has no power to grant or deny these fundamental rights. These unalienable rights existed before the Constitution and will survive the death of the republic.

As many have said here, it is frustrating that the court has the ability to unilaterally override the legislatures of the states when what is at stake is basically tax and tort law. That the court used the “logic” of a Tiger Beat reader and the doggerel of a Hallmark card to stomp the hell out of state laws defining little more than the conveyance of monetary benefits is especially annoying.

Coming up next, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a five to four decision, rules that “wishes can come true, if you believe in them with all your heart. They’re shining deep down inside of you. ‘Cause that my friends is where the magic lives!”

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Cognitive Dissonance

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C’mon Bristol, WTF?


Double Quadruple WTF?

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James Madison and the Writers of the Constitution Speak

From the grave the Federalists explain that, yes, we intended men to be guaranteed the right to marry other men and that no legislature or state could rule otherwise.

The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court’s previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.



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