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  • KY clerk   23 hours 6 min ago

    I think I heard her singing this tune as she was escorted to jail.

  • KY clerk   23 hours 41 min ago
    Quote gumball:

    The law is clear, the pandering on this by some politicians is absurd.

    Of course the law was clear when Gavin Newsome ignored it and ordered gay marriage certificates be given out in San Francisco, Obama's changing immigration law unilaterally and Jerry Brown refusing to defend prop 8 as the California ag. How is this different? We cannot just applaud ignoring the law when we agree with the action.

    You are mixing apples and oranges. I'll help you sort.

    • Gavin Newsom did ignore California law when he ordered his clerks to issue same sex marriage licenses and so this comparison to Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis' refusal to issue licenses to same sex couples is valid in some regard. Both engaged in acts of civil disobedience for what each claimed was a principled position. Acts of civil disobedience have consequences and the consequences for Gavin Newsom was that the licenses he ordered be issued were later voided by the Court, sorely dissappointing his constituents. His action did help facilitate the eventuality of marriage equality in California and then later the Nation. We'll have to wait and see whether Ms Davis' act of disobedience produces her desired result of introducing exemptions for Christian beliefs into the execution of civil law. The two instances do differ significantly. When Newsom, who was convinced that the law banning same-sex marriage was not constitutional under the state's constitution (an opinion later confirmed by the State Supreme Court), was ordered by the Court to discontinue issuing licenses he complied. Kim Davis continues to defy the Court's orders. Gavin Newsom committed civil disobedience in defense of equal justice, a foundational tenet of civil law while Kim Davis defied civil law so as to thwart the principle of seperation of church and state, a principle observed so as to allow that laws remain in accordance with the tenet of equal justice. Newsom's civil disobedience was in defense of a basic tenet of civil justice while Davis' civil disobedience is in defiance of a basic tenet of civil justice.
    • Obama has not changed immigration law but only organized a policy around existing law, the job of the executive branch, and so this comparison is nonsensical.
    • As AG Jerry Brown was the defender of the rule of law for the State of California. As the State's chief advocate he was of the considered opinion that Proposition 8 was at odds with the State's constitution and, in accordance with the authority he had as that advocate, he chose to defend a fundamental tenet of law by not defending a new and vagrant law that violated that tenet. This was not a case of Brown refusing to defend a law but of Brown choosing to defend the rule of law by recognizing a legal distortion in the Prop 8 law and choosing to defend the State's constitution first and foremost. By not defending the vagrant law, knowing it was in conflict with state constitutional law, Jerry Brown was not neglecting his duty but properly doing his duty. So this comparison is also nonsensical, and especially as jerry Brown was not in violation of any law by choosing not to defend the proposition.
  • When A dog doesn't bark you need to watch out. KKK and Ayrian nation aint barking. Times a comin   23 hours 58 min ago

    #4 Awwww, blaming the jews is FUN. I started a hashtag before I got banned from Twitter. #proud2bAnti-Semetic

    ps. I grew up in a Midwest Jewish neighborhood and worked for Jews most of my life. The problem is "New York jews" ...Midwest Jews are fine.

    pss Seinfeld is not funny.

  • When A dog doesn't bark you need to watch out. KKK and Ayrian nation aint barking. Times a comin   1 day 4 min ago

    #3 You will note that the Jesuits taught me that I cannot complain unless I have a solution. I want to get rid of the cop as he/she exists today. I scream kill them just to get your attention, you have been numbed ( DUMBED?) by foxnews.
    The solution is do what Palm Beach does. Cops have college degrees, dress in suitcoat and tie, , have a 30 second response time, rarely arrests anyone, and...GETS PAID DOUBLE THE GOING RATE.
    ( get rid of drugs laws and don't have cops involved in domestic disputes and you will have one half the crime so you can double their pay.
    You get what you pay for..low wages gets you today's cop..stupid, donut eating, power-hungry thugs..playing military with toys that KILL.
    How we transition over is the question..cops will not go quietly into the night

  • Scott Walker and WI GOP’s effect on total wages and income of state’s residents, excluding the rich, now in the NEGATIVE BILLIONS<$$$>   1 day 22 min ago

    I used to vacation in Wisconsin. NO MORE, Any place that elects a PUNK governor is not a place where I would spend my money And I am sure there are many,many more with my sentiments.

  • KY clerk   1 day 55 min ago

    Thou shalt be frutiful and mulitply.

    I suppose Kim believes that you reap what you sow and she must have sowed a lot of oats. Doesn't it say in Kim's version of the Bible that thou shalt be fruitful and multiply? Four marriages and only one twins offspring? What kind of hanky panky is going on in her house of her lord? Four marriages? Very fruitful but the only multiplication one can see in her four marriages is in her glorious figure. In her version of the bible why is a woman like herself holding Bible study for inmates and not remaining silent as told? Doesn't her version of the Bible have something to say about hypocrites in the name of the lord? Any one know? I guess she won't be getting the Sandra Bland menu while in lockup.

  • NPR Needs To Clean Up Their House   1 day 2 hours ago

    JackieO, I don't know why you were affected that way but I assure you it's am anomaly. Perhaps holding your hit in deprived you of oxygen and if you'd had enough to drink it overtook you, or perhaps there was something in the weed, or perhaps you're somehow, unfortunately, "allergic" to it but people have been mixing liquor and weed forever and it NEVER seemed to cause anything like that.
    On the contrary, sometimes it even seemed to mitigate drunkenness by adding a pensive perspicacity to one's condition. You can be sure your assertion is incredible news to millions of frat rats and barflies huddling outside the tavern for a toke.

  • NPR Needs To Clean Up Their House   1 day 2 hours ago

    That's okay, riff raff like us couldn't possibly have anything worthwhile to say anyway.

  • NPR Needs To Clean Up Their House   1 day 2 hours ago

    DFMM, the program has been gentrified, it seems, and "trailer trash" like us, with our government, welfare phones, can't participate any more.

  • NPR Needs To Clean Up Their House   1 day 3 hours ago

    I said it before and I'll say it again; I gave up on NPR and PBS at the run-up to the last Iraq war. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Had it not been for Amy Goodman, I would have thought I was going crazy... for it seemed that the rest of the nation had gone crazy. I just couldn't believe how gung-ho that the US was. Although I also couldn't believe how gung-ho the country was for the first Iraq war.

    I'll give you a little hint…the support for the Middle East wars was all about racism. Anti Arabic-Islamic racism. Now, Trump is showing us just how racist the US really can be as "The South" seems to be rising out of the ashes of its Confederate past, dragging along with it those numerous pockets of racists from The North that people generally discount as a tiny minority.

    True, to the powers that be, the Middle East wars were all about oil. But for the public, the sell job was all about anti Arabic-Islamic racism. NPR and PBS dutifully did their part by never interviewing those that had real facts to contradict the rightwing war machine and often allowed those that supported the wars to blather on as if they were the only ones that could be truly believed.

  • KY clerk   1 day 4 hours ago

    Equality and mutual respect are my own guiding principles. They don't seem to work well with these civilized institutions. That's to some extent how I've managed to learn to live alone.

  • KY clerk   1 day 4 hours ago

    I will add that I sympathize with your sentiment that one ought not need licensure from a state to validate a commitment to share your life with another person but business intrudes. It is that bit of human interaction, business between individuals and the state and business between individuals and businesses (which legitimate state purpose is only to record for legal verification purposes), that creates the need to license. To that point the denial of licenses when same sex marriage was not legal was a denial of certain people's human nature but not others and, now that it is legal to provide licenses to same sex, couples to deny a particular couple's application because they do not make the same choice in a mate as otehrs is to make the statement that one believes some humans are inherently superior to others. There is the case for being alienated by the institutions that we have built around ourselves robbing humanity from us.

  • KY clerk   1 day 4 hours ago

    That seems to be a kind of general consensus on this thread anyway. Not an idealistic fool after all. Just another nihilistic entrepreneur.

  • NPR Needs To Clean Up Their House   1 day 4 hours ago

    'What happens when the news media stops covering news objectively-and instead becomes a source of very specific opinions that serve a very narrow agenda?"

    The general public....those who try to pay attention anyway, become less and less informed, to the point where Trump is the biggest story....lmao

    This of course makes it easier and easier for the Fascists to concentrate the wealth and thus wield the same type of tyrannical power our founders fought and died to break away from.

  • NPR Needs To Clean Up Their House   1 day 4 hours ago

    Soon as Congress voted to de-fund NPR some years back, I saw this coming. NPR used to be a great station with lots of progressive programming... now it's just another corporate noise machine.

  • KY clerk   1 day 5 hours ago

    A shame for Ayn Rand that she was misguided and revealed to be a hypocrite

    Rand also believed that the scientific consensus on the dangers of tobacco was a hoax. By 1974, the two-pack-a-day smoker, then 69, required surgery for lung cancer. And it was at that moment of vulnerability that she succumbed to the lure of collectivism (Medicare).

    but you're right, her virtue of selfishness schtick was certainly a nihilistic approach.

    I may watch the film you suggested but only if I find the time to give myself over to the babysitting machine for that hour ;)

    But, back to Kim Davis; this isn't a Howard Beale moment with Kim Davis screaming out the window "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." I appreciate your analysis. It's very thoughtful but, what you have overlooked is that, this is not a clash of id versus ego -- Ms Davis' primitive self crying out for some recognition that she is an individual, damn it. That's not apt at all. This is ego stroking; a clash of institutions with Ms Davis acting as double agent Kim who's attempting to plant the flag of one institution on the property of another. She wants to be the latest martyr for a cause and that cause is not her state of mind but her self aggrandization within her favored institution (Christian fundamentalism) at the expense of the other which presently employs her (rule of law). This is actually just grifing 101 (yet another institution). It's just the updated version of the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker show featuring newcomer Kim Davis.

  • Thomas Jefferson Monument Washington D.C.   1 day 5 hours ago

    Funny, albeit tragically so, that a pedophile and rapist are deified by white folks. Tell me how you justify a man in his 40's sexually acosting a 14 year old girl (and 14 year old girls then were probably more innocent and socially immature than they are today, and even today, that is a baby). The fact that she was a black slave and, thusly, "property" meant that she was, therefore, not human and could not "just say no". There was no law protecting that child; yet, you find a way to dispose of this in your minds somehow and feel quite smug about it.

    Truly amazing, the disconnect...the "dissonance". A very disturbing thing for the vast majority of the world...who are people of color; and particularly bad news for black Americans.

    It is what it is.

  • Thomas Jefferson Monument Washington D.C.   1 day 5 hours ago

    Well since we are quoting Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson one of Americas 'Founding Fathers' ,writes that an acquaintance who had suffered financial reverses “should have been invested in negroes.” He advises that if the friend’s family had any cash left, “every farthing of it [should be] laid out in land and negroes, which besides a present support bring a silent profit of from 5. to 10. per cent in this country by the increase in their value.” -

    Thomas Jefferson who wrote Declaration of Independence—' All men are created equal' must have been talking about white men only , because during his lifetime, Thomas Jefferson owned over 200 humans or as the US calls them slaves.

    Jefferson’s Farm Book, that he confronted a taboo subject and made his fateful deletion. Randolph reported to Jefferson that the nailery was functioning very well because “the small ones” were being whipped. The youngsters did not take willingly to being forced to show up in the icy midwinter hour before dawn at the master’s nail forge. And so the Jefferson's overseer, Gabriel Lilly, was whipping them “for truancy.”

    Another incident, Oldham (a black servant) reported that James Hemings, the 17-year-old son of the house servant Critta Hemings, had been sick for three nights running, so sick that Oldham feared the boy might not live. He took Hemings into his own room to keep watch over him. When he told Lilly( Jeffersons overseer) that Hemings was seriously ill, Lilly said he would whip Jimmy into working. Oldham “begged him not to punish him,” but “this had no effect.” The “Barbarity” ensued: Lilly “whipped him three times in one day, and the boy was really not able to raise his hand to his head.” The boy later died.

    one of many sources

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-dark-side-of-thomas-jefferson-35976004/?page=3

  • 100 Things You Can Say To Irritate A Republican   1 day 5 hours ago
    But think of all the politicians that will keep their jobs because of your generosity.

    You mean the democrats of yesteryear? The ones who made these impossible pension promises in order to get votes? For the most part, the pensioners, and the politicians, have moved. A lot of Chicago pension checks get mailed to Florida nowadays.

    Dex, I think our definition of "generosity" might be different than most Liberals. Saying a tax hike makes someone generous is like saying Exxon's customers are being genrous when gas prices go up. :)

  • KY clerk   1 day 5 hours ago

    The law is clear, the pandering on this by some politicians is absurd.

    Of course the law was clear when Gavin Newsome ignored it and ordered gay marriage certificates be given out in San Francisco, Obama's changing immigration law unilaterally and Jerry Brown refusing to defend prop 8 as the California ag. How is this different? We cannot just applaud ignoring the law when we agree with the action.

  • NPR Needs To Clean Up Their House   1 day 6 hours ago

    Did I miss an announcement, will there no longer be a toll free number for calling in to the radio show?

  • Who will the Republican Presidential hopefully? $889 million from the Koch Brother's Primary...   1 day 6 hours ago

    Governor Chris Christie solution is to blame the previous administration of the state of New Jersey for the problems of today. The American people are tired of that argument. Plus Governor Chris Christie made a joke about the suffering of the people of New Jersey under the previous administration.

    I recently drove through New Jersey and the New Jersey Turnpike is beautiful and perfect. But some of the neighborhoods are experiencing extreme poverty and smokestacks and nuclear power plants are plentiful. So how much regulation was eliminated that puts clean water, safe food and clean air at risk?

    Gov. Chris Christie also states a 38k a year job growth while in office... New Jersey has a huge port those jobs could be attributed to the National Economy turning around people buying products brought to port and transported out of the state.

    Gov. Chris Christie is a strong candidate for the republican party and as far as I can tell is not a flip flopper.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4406746003001/watch-a-replay-of-fox-news-prim...

  • Who will the Republican Presidential hopefully? $889 million from the Koch Brother's Primary...   1 day 6 hours ago

    Donald Trump stated that "America does not win anymore we lose to China, lose to Mexico..." My question about Donald Trump is; how much did Donald Trump profit while United States of America suffered so many losses?

    One thing about hiring a CEO is that they are only interested in their stockholders, not their employees. Big business, campaign contributors are the stockholders and the citizens are the employees. Donald Trump will not make the American family wealthy... Donald Trump will make his stockholders wealthy...

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4406746003001/watch-a-replay-of-fox-news-prim...

  • NUCLEAR WASTE....A NIGHTMARE for us now and for future generations to come!   1 day 6 hours ago
    Quote Legend:

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/edf-postpones-flamanville-nuclear-reactor-st...

    The two links you posted want me to suscribe in order to read the article! Maybe you can post some of the highlights of the article instead of the links since that site doesn't want to share the information unless you suscribe and I'm not going to,

  • 100 Things You Can Say To Irritate A Republican   1 day 6 hours ago
    Quote ChicagoMatt:

    Even better since today the mayor annouced the largest property tax hike in recent history. It will add about $800 per year to my taxes. To be honest, I wouldn't mind paying it, if I got more services for it. But the entire hike is set to pay down a pension deficit for city workers.

    But think of all the politicians that will keep their jobs because of your generosity.

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