“Providing religious conviction accommodations is not antithetical for public employees,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Throughout our history the courts have accommodated people’s deeply held religious beliefs,” Staver said.But as of 7:51 pm (EDT) that door was slammed shut. What's a judgmental Christian bigot to do? Why, "pray about it" overnight. Maybe Dog will tell her that Mary Kay gig looks pretty good after all.
Monday, August 31, 2015
The man accused of shooting and killing a suburban Houston officer has a history of mental illness and once lived in a homeless shelter, authorities said Monday.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
...the real question at the next debate should not be whether Trump will pledge to support the nominee, but, instead, whether each and every one of the others will promise, on national TV, that they will support Trump. Enquiring minds want to know.
*The IRS hearings began 30 months ago.
*Congress has been investigating Fast & Furious since June 2011 – 52 months.
*The Congressional investigations into Benghazi have been ongoing for 39 months.
*The House Energy and Commerce Committee investigation into Planned Parenthood handling of donated fetal tissue - 2 months.
No indictments, no arrests, no prosecutions, no convictions, no sentences.
Of all the domesticated animals, none become feral more readily, or survive better in the wild, than the hog. Of all the larger animals, none reproduce as quickly and abundantly as the hog. The combination of the first fact with the second means that the number of wild hogs in the United States—maybe four and a half million, maybe five—is unlikely to go down. The wild hog is an infestation machine.
Men are more likely than women to say that gun rights are more important than gun control by a 10-point margin. While big majorities of black (72 percent) and Hispanic (75 percent) people say gun control is more important, a majority of white people (57 percent) disagree. (emphasis added)Too bad they didn't stratify by state.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Numbers 31:9-18 New International Version (NIV)
9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.
13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.
15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
"Gimme that old time Christian privilege
Gimme that old time Christian privilege
Gimme that old time Christian privilege
It's what Duke owes to me."
The trouble is Alabama has a voter ID law, and a failure of the state to provide access to the approved identification is not only de facto voter suppression but also likely to provoke lawsuits aimed at forcing Alabama to restore the funding.
This bears watching.
33 part-time rural drivers' license offices will close Oct. 1, Collier said. More closures Jan. 1, 2016 will leave 12 offices statewide, and that number will drop to four on March 1 – one each in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile.That means an estimated 40,000 people a year will funnel to four offices for new drivers licenses and examinations, Alabama licenses for new residents moving from other states, and renewal of licenses after suspensions, department leaders said.
But the landscape has changed and the now a group that actually read a book has decided Mr Akin is somehow as culpable in election finance misbehavior as their primary target Sen. McCaskill. The divide within conservatism couldn't be more clearly demonstrated than by this:
The conservative Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust earlier this month filed a complaint alleging that McCaskill, D-Mo., broke federal campaign laws covering in-kind contributions by allowing her pollster to talk with an Akin campaign adviser about the effectiveness of an advertisement Akin had run in the 2012 Republican primary. A McCaskill spokesman said then the actions were "above board."
According to this theory, all the Joker's "chaos" in "The Dark Knight" was just a well-executed plan to rid the city of criminals and corruption, which it kind of did. Because of this, Gotham's real hero is that crazy clown guy and not the dude with the cool black motorcycle.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has agreed to pay $58,000 in legal fees and costs associated with a federal lawsuit that challenged the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Court documents show that nearly $7,000 will be paid to the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The remainder will be split by lawyers who represented the plaintiffs.
Friday, August 28, 2015
“If Davis’s religious objection cannot be accommodated, then elected officials have no real religious freedom when they take public office,”My apologies to the clerk, but the whole point of elected government officials acting in accordance with the law is to assure secular behavior. (http://bit.ly/1Eql7mO)
NBA basketball teams have tracking systems installed in their arenas called SportVu, essentially a system of cameras pointed at the court to track player movements. Some of that data is browsable through the NBA site...
It is not clear if the 5th Circuit will take this en banc (it is not clear if the votes are there), but my guess is that if it does not that Texas is likely to ask the Supreme Court to review the case, and I think such review would be fairly likely to resolve issues about the proper scope of Voting Rights Act section 2 in vote denial cases.Access to the ballot box may be profoundly altered if Texas prevails. Stay tuned.
But Senator Rubio of Florida? Wouldn't it be horribly ironic if President Rubio was challenged to get a future Democratic Congress to fund levees for Miami?
If you haven't been to New Orleans since Katrina, by all means book that flight now. While I don't necessarily recommend an August visit (unless perspiration is your thing) April and October are great months in the Crescent City. In April you can choose between the French Quarter Fest and one or both weekends of JazzFest. I have to tell you, though, no city on earth takes Halloween more seriously - or hilariously -than NOLA.
And if you're lucky, the amazing Trombone Shorty might be in town.
"...for heaven’s sake if you want women to have fewer abortions you should stump for long-acting reversible contraception. To ignore this elephant in the room means you care nothing about medicine and everything about pandering to a sub set of voters."
A wearable that monitors your health and reports to your physician may be on its way soon. But what if your insurance company or your boss wants to see that data, too?
Thursday, August 27, 2015
"As long as Clinton remains at near parity in the white vote (among whites she trailed Sanders by six in the Fox poll but led by 12 in CNN’s newest survey), her strength among nonwhites should buoy her in a number of states."
"Vice President Joseph Biden runs slightly better than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against leading Republican contenders in the 2016 presidential sweepstakes, and has the best favorability rating among top Republican and Democratic candidates..."
"The impact is most evident in states that expanded eligibility for their Medicaid programs. In these states, self-pay patients account for only 3.8% of revenue compared with 9.2% in non-expansion states."
"The white percentage of the electorate has been shrinking for decades and will be about 2 points smaller in 2016 than in 2012. In 2008, Barack Obama became the first president elected while losing the white vote by double digits. In 2012, Hispanics, the nation’s largest minority, were for the first time a double-digit (10 percent) portion of the electorate. White voters were nearly 90 percent of Romney’s vote. In 1988, George H.W. Bush won 59 percent of the white vote, which translated into 426 electoral votes. Twenty-four years later, Romney won 59 percent of the white vote and just 206 electoral votes." #Trump #2016
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I can see why Josh disappeared into a 28 day rehab program today. In addition to whatever debris he carries from his teenage proclivities now he has to process his newly-revealed history of masturbating to another man's female sexual fantasy.
"the more I examined those 5.5 million female profiles, the more obvious it became that none of them had ever talked to men on the site, or even used the site at all after creating a profile." http://bit.ly/1JnBa3x
The power to judge members’ qualifications is expressly and unambiguously committed to each house of Congress, but no such express power is unambiguously committed to Congress in regard to adjudicating a president’s (or presidential candidate’s or president-elect’s) qualifications. It would seem to follow that if Congress has no power to add to the standing qualifications of its own members, it cannot add to the standing qualifications for the other elected constitutional positions, i.e., the President and Vice President. Any other result risks congressional aggrandizement at the expense of the presidency; any other result risks Congress’s manipulating qualifications for the presidency so that Congress chooses the President, rather than the People of the United States. http://wapo.st/1JnvXIO
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