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  • Lawyers Tried to Stop Botched Execution After 1 Hour

    07/24/2014 9:19:56 AM PDT · 38 of 55
    Mr Rogers to Impala64ssa

    “At 8:50 a.m., a Tucson Police officer saw Defendant driving in a suspicious manner near the shop. The officer slowed her patrol car and made eye contact with Defendant as he left his truck and entered the shop. Eugene was on the telephone in an area where three other employees were working. Defendant waited for Eugene to hang up, drew a revolver, and approached to within four feet of him. The other employees shouted for Defendant to put the gun away. Without saying a word, Defendant fatally shot Eugene once in the chest and then smiled. When the police officer saw this from her patrol car she immediately called for more officers. Defendant left the shop, but quickly returned and again pointed his revolver at the now supine Eugene. Donald Dietz, an employee and Eugene’s seventy-year-old brother, struggled with Defendant, who then ran to the area where Debra had been working.

    Debra had apparently heard an employee shout that her father had been shot and was trying to telephone for help when Defendant grabbed her around the neck from behind and placed his revolver directly against her chest. Debra struggled and screamed, “No, Joe, don’t!” Another employee heard Defendant say, “I told you I was going to do it, I have to kill you.” Defendant then called Debra a “bitch” and shot her twice in the chest...

    ...Although he did not testify, Defendant did not dispute his role in the killings but argued he had acted impulsively and without premeditation...

    ...This court has “long held that where the existence of premeditation is in issue, evidence of previous quarrels or difficulties between the accused and the victim is admissible.” Jeffers, 135 Ariz. at 418, 661 P.2d at 1119 (citing Leonard v. State, 17 Ariz. 293, 151 P. 947 (1915)). Such evidence “tends to show the malice, motive or premeditation of the accused.” Id. at 418, 661 P.2d at 1119 (emphasis added). In some cases, of course, such evidence may also show lack of premeditation. In either event, it is relevant. Defendant’s abuse of Debra falls squarely within this rule and, under the facts of this case, tends to show both motive and premeditation...”

  • U.S. ally cuts off communications with Obama and seeks new trade outside dollar

    07/23/2014 8:17:27 AM PDT · 4 of 34
    Mr Rogers to Pearls Before Swine

    The extremists have taken over Turkey. I would no longer consider THEM an ally, and that would be true if Sarah Palin was President!

  • McDonald’s, KFC face new food scandal after workers serve food off floor

    07/21/2014 1:55:48 PM PDT · 36 of 50
    Mr Rogers to driftdiver

    In my house, we have to fight the dogs for any meat scraps that hit the ground. Most are intercepted by the dogs about 6” below counter height. I’m having trouble understanding the “5 second rule’...I’ve never seen food that was still on the floor after 5 seconds!

  • Faulty and False Global Temperature Readings -- Anthony Watts, Meteorologist

    07/21/2014 8:19:24 AM PDT · 24 of 28
    Mr Rogers to USCG SimTech

    These measurements go back to the 1850s. Are you suggesting that the guys measuring the temperature in Siberia in the winter in 1875 were NOT calibrating their instruments to be accurate to within 0.1 deg? Are you suggesting we didn’t KNOW the daily temperatures in the Amazon rain forest with high precision in 1897?

    Skeptic! Suggesting reputable scientists are taking measurements with a sledgehammer and reporting their results with a micrometer!

  • Faulty and False Global Temperature Readings -- Anthony Watts, Meteorologist

    07/21/2014 7:30:24 AM PDT · 13 of 28
    Mr Rogers to pepsionice

    When I was growing up in Tucson, it was a much cooler place. Most summer days hit 102 or 103. Now it will hit 110+. Why?

    When I was young, there were entire 1 sq mile parcels of empty land inside the city. In a number of places, there would be a subdivision occupying 1/4 of a 1 sq mile parcel of land, with 3/4 empty. 2-story buildings were rare, and building above 3 stories almost nonexistent (except in the immediate downtown).

    Now, it has filled in. The streets are 3 lanes in each direction instead of one. There is very little empty land. Subdivisions are now built with houses touching each other instead of with large backyards.

    Yet somehow it is CO2 making Tucson hotter, and not the huge population increase and all the buildings...

    I now live out in Vail. We are about 1000 feet higher (and about 20 miles from where I grew up). Our typical summer highs are 99-101. A thousand feet higher, and 10 deg cooler - does that sound like a normal temperature gradient?

  • Soccer Balls, Sanctimony and A Billion Dollar Group Called “Baptist Child and Family Services”…

    07/19/2014 1:06:44 PM PDT · 80 of 81
    Mr Rogers to VerySadAmerican; ansel12

    “By the way, when was the last time you heard a Southern Baptist leader condemn the liberal agenda?”

    That would have been last Saturday, from my pastor at the Saturday Men’s meeting. I missed church on Sunday, so it couldn’t have been Sunday.

    “In another finding, SBC pastors overwhelmingly favor Republican John McCain over his two Democratic rivals, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

    Eighty percent of SBC pastors plan to vote for McCain. Obama was supported by 1 percent of pastors, while Clinton gained 0 percent of pastors’ support...

    ...When asked whether they “believe that the media has overstated the threat of global warming,” 86 percent of SBC pastors responded in the affirmative...

    ...The study findings are based on surveys conducted by LifeWay Research in spring 2008. “

  • Soccer Balls, Sanctimony and A Billion Dollar Group Called “Baptist Child and Family Services”…

    07/19/2014 12:46:43 PM PDT · 79 of 81
    Mr Rogers to VerySadAmerican

    “As for the Baptists, I’ll never set foot in another Baptist Church. (Or any other church) I know ALL Baptists aren’t involved but I haven’t heard any of the mega Baptist preachers condemning it either. I’ve been to several large Baptist Churches over the past few years. All of them with the SBC. Everyone of them had a huge room with Hispanics where the sermon was being interpreted. And I mean a huge room! I have to wonder if the American taxpayer didn’t build the facilities.”

    Time to lay off the weed...

  • Colorado Baker Appeals Gay 'Re-Education' Order

    07/18/2014 6:47:22 PM PDT · 43 of 58
    Mr Rogers to SpaceBar

    True. There is a reason many conservatives opposed the Civil Rights Act, and I’m NOT talking racism. It was the wrong way to solve the problem, and it left us with a country that was no longer free.

  • 20 Signs The Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic

    07/17/2014 1:32:44 PM PDT · 30 of 167
    Mr Rogers to cuban leaf

    The problem has less to do with households than farms. 80% of California’s water goes to farming.

    Where I live in Arizona, the water run-off of my roof would NOT keep me in water year around. The vast majority of the water falling on my 2 acres runs off into temporary rivers. The water supplier for my area has kept a pretty level pumping depth for the last 10 years, but hopes to bring in outside water to supplement it for continuing growth.

    In Arizona, farming takes up about 70% of the state’s water.

  • Virginity Pledges (Still) Don’t Work, Unless You’re Really Religious

    07/17/2014 9:32:56 AM PDT · 13 of 29
    Mr Rogers to Morgana

    Am I the only one who remembers when abstinence was ASSUMED?

  • Witness: Ventura Said SEALs Deserved To Lose Men In Iraq

    07/16/2014 5:55:11 PM PDT · 3 of 39
    Mr Rogers to RIghtwardHo

    The court case has nothing to do with assault and battery. Ventura is claiming he was never hit.

  • Two years on, Yahoo under Marissa Mayer still treading water

    07/16/2014 11:29:44 AM PDT · 15 of 15
    Mr Rogers to jimbo123

    From Wiki:

    “Mayer is Lutheran, but said, referencing Vince Lombardi’s “Your God, your family and the Green Bay Packers” quote, her priorities are “God, family and Yahoo, except I’m not that religious, so it’s really family and Yahoo.”

  • Billy Bean hired by MLB as Ambassador For Inclusion,will lead gay inclusion program

    07/16/2014 7:56:43 AM PDT · 31 of 48
    Mr Rogers to Vigilanteman

    They say they want me to stay out of their bedroom, but they then insist on entering my living room and having sex there. I’m beginning to think that 5000 years of anti-homosexual laws existed to allow the other 99% to live in quiet!

    I’m 56, and I’ve managed to go thru my entire life without ever walking up to a stranger and saying, “Hi! I’m hetero, and I get turned on by a good looking woman’s body....accept me for who I am!”

  • Pentagon’s big budget F-35 fighter ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’

    07/15/2014 9:41:02 PM PDT · 11 of 29
    Mr Rogers to Rabin

    I’ve got an old book on my shelves explaining why the F-15 should be cancelled along with the F-16. I keep it to remember how full of dog poop many of these writers are.

  • GOP moderates revolt in Kansas (not exactly "big tent" people are they?)

    07/15/2014 6:55:16 PM PDT · 7 of 38
    Mr Rogers to cotton1706

    In my experience, moderates ALWAYS refuse to support a conservative. Most will vote for the Democrat instead.

  • ‘Transgender’ Files Complaint Against Hobby Lobby for Denying Use of Women’s Restroom

    07/15/2014 2:53:51 PM PDT · 49 of 60
    Mr Rogers to massmike

    Why can’t female employees sue the transgender for sexual intimidation and harassment? Or do we need to go to unisex bathrooms to please 0.5% of the population?

  • Why Holder remark made white people mad

    07/15/2014 10:21:41 AM PDT · 8 of 58
    Mr Rogers to Conservative Beacon

    In reality, the reason is very simple:

    It makes us mad because we’re tired of being crapped on for stuff we do not do. I loathe Obama for the same reason I loathe Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid - I hate lying socialists who want to destroy America. I am an Equal Opportunity Loather of America Haters.

  • Pope Says Children at U.S. Border Must Be 'Welcomed and Protected'

    07/15/2014 9:44:23 AM PDT · 115 of 130
    Mr Rogers to Oldeconomybuyer

    39. The Church recognizes the right of a sovereign state to control its borders in furtherance of the common good. It also recognizes the right of human persons to migrate so that they can realize their God-given rights. These teachings complement each other. While the sovereign state may impose reasonable limits on immigration, the common good is not served when the basic human rights of the individual are violated. In the current condition of the world, in which global poverty and persecution are rampant, the presumption is that persons must migrate in order to support and protect themselves and that nations who are able to receive them should do so whenever possible. It is through this lens that we assess the current migration reality between the United States and Mexico.”

    Strangers No Longer Together on the Journey of Hope

    Issued by USCCB, January 22, 2003

    “US authorities have detained some 57,000 unaccompanied minors since October, twice the number from the same period a year ago. Mexican authorities have picked up 8,000 child migrants in the first five months of the year, and more than half of them were traveling by themselves.

    Addressing the Colloquium, Cardinal Parolin stated: “Whether they are traveling because of poverty, or violence, or with the hope of reuniting with relatives on the other side of the border, it is urgent to protect them and help them because their vulnerability is greater and they are defenseless against any abuse or misfortune”.

  • Pope Says Children at U.S. Border Must Be 'Welcomed and Protected'

    07/15/2014 9:39:31 AM PDT · 113 of 130
    Mr Rogers to Oldeconomybuyer

    “...I would also like to draw attention to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence: This is a category of migrants from Central America and Mexico itself who cross the border with the United States under extreme conditions and in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain. They are increasing day by day. This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected. These measures, however, will not be sufficient, unless they are accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin. Finally, this challenge demands the attention of the entire international community so that new forms of legal and secure migration may be adopted.

    I wish every success to the laudable initiative of the Mexican government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in arranging a colloquium of study and reflection on the great challenge of migration and cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to all those present.

    [Translation by Vatican Radio]”

    In the name of compassion and caring, we need to fund the transfer of 50,000 of these poor, helpless children to the Vatican.

  • Protestants: It's time to come back

    07/14/2014 11:48:18 AM PDT · 110 of 647
    Mr Rogers to NKP_Vet

    “A majority vote by church leaders could launch an unsuspecting Protestant from the Spirit of the Gospel right into the spirit of the age...”

    Sola Scriptura. Standing firm against the traditions of man for 2000+ years!

    Of course, the Roman Catholic church believes in an evolving tradition, allowing new doctrines to rise to the surface.

  • Archie to be shot saving gay friend in comic book

    07/14/2014 7:26:18 AM PDT · 25 of 90
    Mr Rogers to Olog-hai

    “In “Life with Archie,” Keller [he] is a married military veteran and newly elected senator who’s pushing for more gun control in Riverdale after his husband was involved in a shooting.”

    If that is what Archie has become about, then killing Archie off is a mercy. The pity is that this sludge was ever printed in the first place!

  • Joel Brinkley: Why Is America Fighting and Dying for Proud Pedophiles?

    07/14/2014 7:18:53 AM PDT · 22 of 23
    Mr Rogers to sitetest

    “But Bush told us these were actually freedom-loving folks who yearned to be westerners.”

    Rush Limbaugh said the same thing. I believed both of them until I did a tour in Afghanistan in 2007.

    There is no innate yearning to be free in most people. Our own desire for it in the 1700s was due to a combination of a long Christian heritage combined with a lot of land that could be settled. Now that we have neither, our freedom is rapidly sliding away with the approval of the majority of the population. The American colonists would have taken up arms to defend their right not to rent a room in their house to a couple of practicing homosexuals...

    The normal desire of man is for security, not freedom. When societal order doesn’t arise from internal values, it will be imposed from the outside by the strong.

  • Joel Brinkley: Why Is America Fighting and Dying for Proud Pedophiles?

    07/14/2014 7:09:55 AM PDT · 21 of 23
    Mr Rogers to detective

    The man-boy thing is no shock to anyone who served in Afghanistan. I was told about it in briefings when I arrived in country. Given that men live in almost total isolation from women, is it surprising that the whole country starts to look like a prison population?

  • The Feeding of the Four Thousand

    07/13/2014 4:50:46 PM PDT · 16 of 26
    Mr Rogers to NYer

    We’ve had our differences in theological discussions, but I enjoyed your post and agree with the article. Thanks!

  • Why I Joined Gun Owners of America

    07/13/2014 3:22:29 PM PDT · 33 of 40
    Mr Rogers to Q-ManRN

    What do I like best about GOA?

    During jury selection for a crime involving a shooting, the attorney asked if anyone was a member of a gun group. I said I was a member of GOA. What is that, the attorney asked. I replied, “They’re a group that formed because they were tired of the namby-pamy, limp-wristed liberals at the NRA!”

    The liberal woman next to me, who said she got all her news from the NY Times, let out a shriek. The attorney looked at me like I had 12 heads, all drooling. They decided they didn’t want me on the jury...

  • Bible is clear on helping immigrants

    07/13/2014 8:20:14 AM PDT · 39 of 77
    Mr Rogers to mdmathis6

    “Do you have a way of confirming those donations go there vs being diverted by drug cartels or corrupt local officials?”

    A friend of mine drives the truck to the border, where the guy who runs the orphanage picks up the food and clothing. Many churches are actually quite good about getting stuff into the hands of the needy instead of drug lords.

  • Army to replace 9mm pistol with more reliable gun packing better 'knock down’ power

    07/13/2014 8:09:02 AM PDT · 80 of 110
    Mr Rogers to SampleMan; SpeakerToAnimals

    I’m a 5’8” male. I enjoy shooting my S&W Model 29 in 44 magnum, but I cannot shoot it worth squat double action because the gun is too big for my hand. Single action brings the trigger back to where I can hold the gun properly.

    My DIL is 4’11” and weighs 100 lbs. She shoots a J-frame OK, but cannot handle a larger gun.

    It isn’t the recoil, but the fit.

  • Bible is clear on helping immigrants

    07/13/2014 8:02:38 AM PDT · 8 of 77
    Mr Rogers to moonshinner_09

    In 1500 BC, there were no immigration laws. The Israelites were invited into Egypt. They did not invade. When they did invade Canaan, they had to fight.

    I’m all for helping the their own country. I support LEGAL immigration, although I wish we would write our laws to take in people who would help America instead of being a burden. My wife is a LEGAL immigrant from the Philippines.

    What I oppose is an invasion of foreigners with different ideals and political beliefs flooding in from Mexico across the southern border. I object to the idea that people who wish to immigrate to the US legally have to wait their turn, UNLESS they come from Mexico or Central America. I object to having a flood of people entering illegally and trying to change our culture into one of never-ending entitlement to my money instead of supporting themselves.

    I do, however, donate food, money and clothing to orphanages in northern Mexico...

  • 'Don't hate the men who killed my husband' Brave widow calls for forgiveness of two men (Barf)

    07/13/2014 7:24:13 AM PDT · 53 of 59
    Mr Rogers to Mrs. Don-o

    “Forgiveness does not replace justice; in fact the widow could forgive the murderers and at the same time state that they deserve to be shot.”

    Do you remember the woman in Texas who had been sentenced to die and converted?

    “Among those who appealed to the State of Texas on her behalf were Bacre Waly Ndiaye, the United Nations commissioner on summary and arbitrary executions; the World Council of Churches; Pope John Paul II; Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi; the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich; televangelist Pat Robertson; and Ronald Carlson, the brother of Tucker’s murder victim Debbie Thornton.”

    The parole board refused her request, and GWB refused to intervene. That was one time I agreed with GW Bush. Assuming her conversion was real, it did not change the brutal murders she committed or the need for retribution and the total rejection of her deeds by society.

    If she repented and asked God to forgive her, God did. But society needed to punish her for the evil she had done because unlike God, we do NOT know the truth in her soul and we administer LAW, not JUSTICE. Indeed, the biggest perversions of justice come when human judges ignore the law and try to impose justice...

  • 'Don't hate the men who killed my husband' Brave widow calls for forgiveness of two men (Barf)

    07/12/2014 5:45:47 PM PDT · 28 of 59
    Mr Rogers to VerySadAmerican

    The legal system does not judge a man’s immortal soul. God does that. We merely speed up the introduction at times...

  • Well Done Phil! (Solo Scriptura Is Not Sola Scriptura)

    07/12/2014 11:54:15 AM PDT · 51 of 59
    Mr Rogers to Gamecock; NKP_Vet

    NKP_Vet, what you are describing are the Nola Scriptura churches, not Sola. It is what happens when traditions of man outweigh the testimony of God.

  • Well Done Phil! (Solo Scriptura Is Not Sola Scriptura)

    07/11/2014 6:51:44 PM PDT · 39 of 59
    Mr Rogers to Gamecock

    Sola scripture does NOT mean:

    Don’t go to church.

    Ignore pastors.

    Don’t touch a Bible commentary.

    Don’t look at the underlying Greek or Hebrew.

    Be a Solo Christian.

    It does mean that each of us, as individuals, will stand before God for judgment, either for our rejecting Him, or to reveal the quality of work we did under Him. It means we each have an individual responsibility to seek God, and what better guide that the Word He breathed out? It means commentaries and theologians and pastors and traditions are evaluated against the gold standard of God’s Word - God’s written revelation to man.

    Scripture rules tradition. Tradition does not rule Scripture. If someone does not want commoners to read the Word in their common tongue, it speaks volumes about their intent. And if someone doesn’t WANT to compare doctrines taught to the Word of God, it speaks volumes about the individual!

  • Will Company's Owned By Jehovahs Witnesses Have To Include Blood Transfusions In EBP's? (Hobby Lobby

    07/11/2014 3:15:58 PM PDT · 43 of 49
    Mr Rogers to Laissez-faire capitalist

    The Hobby Lobby decision specifically said it did NOT apply to blood transfusions. This is in part because you cannot buy a month’s worth of blood transfusions at Walmart for $9...

  • Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

    07/11/2014 3:11:13 PM PDT · 21 of 44
    Mr Rogers to afraidfortherepublic

    Can the kid sit still while playing video games or watching TV? No problem except a lack of discipline.

    Still can’t stay still? Send him outside to play...

  • Why Sola Scriptura Honestly Scares Me

    07/11/2014 9:24:43 AM PDT · 167 of 275
    Mr Rogers to NKP_Vet

    “Without the Catholic Church’s teaching authority, we would not know with certainty which purported books of Scripture are authentic.”

    So what did the churches use for their New Testament before 400 AD, when local councils discussed the issue, or the 1500s, when the Roman Catholic church finally issued its authoritative list? There was no binding canon for Catholics prior to the Council of Trent, so what did they use?

  • As vote-buying allegations are reeled back, Chris McDaniel is running out of options

    07/11/2014 8:50:44 AM PDT · 14 of 33
    Mr Rogers to plain talk

    I think someone pointed out to him he was confessing to a crime and could do jail time. Then he decides he was just joking...

  • Flake Admits Backlash Against Immigration Reform, But Doesn't 'Understand'

    07/10/2014 7:13:47 AM PDT · 34 of 49
    Mr Rogers to pgkdan

    I voted for McFlake believing his claim to be a conservative. Within weeks of the election, he went hard left and positioned himself deep inside McCain’s rear end. He hasn’t moved since.

    There are no words to describe how deeply I loath him. My emails to him have been obscene, as he has contemplated going to war in Syria, being one of 3 senators to support cuts to military retirement - possibly the only retirement fund in the country that was properly funded in advance and that is in the black, and his ongoing support for illegals.

    “Put aside the low-skilled side, and I would argue you are going to have need for that as well, particularly in the agricultural areas and hospitality areas. But on the high skill side, my goodness, to not understand that we need more high skilled immigrants, those in the STEM fields, I just don’t understand.”

    Really? Maybe companies ought to hire some of the older STEM types. Maybe they shouldn’t write their requirements with an eye on hiring foreign workers. And the low skilled set will get nothing for wages as long as they have to compete with the poor from Central America for jobs!

    “I think Americans expect that a party governing ought to be rational, reasonable, and responsible. And I don’t think we have that.”

    Great! Echo the DEMOCRAT party line! And this SOB has 4 years left in office minimum! Folks wonder why I don’t want to vote for moderate Republicans, but this SOB ran as a strong conservative - and look at what we got!

  • Media Campaign Against Chipotles Open Carry is Backfiring

    07/09/2014 6:35:53 PM PDT · 16 of 18
    Mr Rogers to Red in Blue PA

    Just in terms of good public relations: If you want to carry a rifle openly, carry a 30-30 lever gun on a sling. If anyone asks, tell them you were worried it would get stolen if you left it in your car. Or carry a nice bolt action with peep sights.

    If a horse is afraid of having its ears touched, you don’t cure it by hitting his ears with your fist. You do it slowly and softly...

  • Cleveland chosen to host 2016 Republican National Convention

    07/08/2014 9:23:15 PM PDT · 189 of 242
    Mr Rogers to chrisser

    What’s next? A Southern Baptist Convention in Mecca?

  • Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study

    07/07/2014 7:28:20 PM PDT · 39 of 44
    Mr Rogers to SkyDancer

    The lead researcher is a homosexual who is raising kids with his sex partner. The ‘study’ was done by asking the ‘parents’ to rate themselves. Neither of those tidbits is in the NBC article.

    “The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families collected data on 500 children nationally, up to the age of 17. Of the 315 gay, lesbian and bisexual parents who completed the globally recognised child health questionnaire, 80 per cent were women.

    Read more:

    “Dr Simon Crouch is a gay dad with twins. He is also running the worlds largest research project into the health and wellbeing of children of same-sex attracted parents (ACHESS).”

    “These results from questionnaires completed by 315 gay, lesbian and bisexual parents showed no statistical difference in their children to the rest of the population in terms of their children’s mental and physical health, interaction with others and in their relationship with their parents. However, in measures of family cohesion and general health, children with same-sex parents scored significantly higher...Simon Crouch is a gay man with four-year-old twin boys, and this research is the largest study of gay families in the world, so far.”

    So much for unbiased research - a homosexual activist studying family happiness by asking the homosexual parents how good a job they are doing.

  • Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study

    07/07/2014 5:39:14 PM PDT · 23 of 44
    Mr Rogers to Citizen Zed

    This study was done by a homosexual who is raising kids with his homosexual partner. No bias there...

    Also, ratings were based on reports of happiness by the parents, not the kids, nor did they follow up kids to see indications of stress such as alcoholism, etc.

    So bottom line: Homosexual parents think they do a better job than straights, as surveyed by a homosexual activist.

    Bringing you the rest of the story that NBC forgot to tell!

  • Harry Reid: ‘We’re going to do something’ on Hobby Lobby

    07/07/2014 2:50:16 PM PDT · 72 of 107
    Mr Rogers to All

    Per Scalia:

    “(a) Although a State would be “prohibiting the free exercise [of religion]” in violation of the Clause if it sought to ban the performance of (or abstention from) physical acts solely because of their religious motivation, the Clause does not relieve an individual of the obligation to comply with a law that incidentally forbids (or requires) the performance of an act that his religious belief requires (or forbids) if the law is not specifically directed to religious practice and is otherwise constitutional as applied to those who engage in the specified act for nonreligious reasons.”

    According to Scalia, the requirement to provide abortion-causing drugs and devices at employer expense IS acceptable under the First Amendment. It is only the HHS RULING that cannot stand up under the RFRA - a law passed by Congress in response to Scalia’s opinion.

  • Harry Reid: ‘We’re going to do something’ on Hobby Lobby

    07/07/2014 2:46:26 PM PDT · 71 of 107
    Mr Rogers to 4rcane

    I expect the Senate to try to repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It will pass with democrat votes, but he House will reject it.

    The Supreme Court has already, for all practical purposes, rejected the First Amendment as it applies to religion.

    “Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon vs. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990), is a United States Supreme Court case that determined that the state could deny unemployment benefits to a person fired for violating a state prohibition on the use of peyote, even though the use of the drug was part of a religious ritual. Although states have the power to accommodate otherwise illegal acts done in pursuit of religious beliefs, they are not required to do so.”

    Per SCALIA:

    “It is a permissible reading of the [free exercise clause] say that if prohibiting the exercise of religion is not the object of the [law] but merely the incidental effect of a generally applicable and otherwise valid provision, the First Amendment has not been offended....To make an individual’s obligation to obey such a law contingent upon the law’s coincidence with his religious beliefs, except where the State’s interest is ‘compelling’ - permitting him, by virtue of his beliefs, ‘to become a law unto himself,’ contradicts both constitutional tradition and common sense.’ To adopt a true ‘compelling interest’ requirement for laws that affect religious practice would lead towards anarchy.”

    Nothing like having a conservative on the court write an opinion that stripped the meaning of the First Amendment right out of it. According to Scalia, as long as the law doesn’t TARGET religious practice, it can prohibit the religious practice, even if there is no compelling need (such as would be served with human sacrifice, for example).

  • Islam is 2nd Largest Religion in Twenty US States (maps at linked site)

    07/07/2014 1:17:03 PM PDT · 23 of 29
    Mr Rogers to vette6387

    I haven’t met ANY Hindus in Arizona, but I’ve only lived here 9 years. I’ve met far more New Age types than I can shake a stick at, which is what I usually want to do with New Age types...

  • Fireworks at Supreme Court over emergency injunction applied against “accommodation”

    07/06/2014 7:54:49 PM PDT · 31 of 35
    Mr Rogers to dervish

    I think the toughest challenge the employer mandate faces is the idea that birth control pills are a right AND a compelling state need. Generic birth control pills run under $10/month, and many counties will provide them for free (along with free IUDs) for those who cannot afford them.

  • Fireworks at Supreme Court over emergency injunction applied against “accommodation”

    07/06/2014 5:10:10 PM PDT · 28 of 35
    Mr Rogers to dervish

    “SCOTUS enjoined enforcement of the birth control mandate pending outcome of Wheaton’s appeal.”

    Wheaton College is not controlled by the employer mandate. They are already largely exempt. This case is about what sort of forms the government can require, and what process, to document that one is a religious non-profit.

    There may or may not someday be a court decision saying that a religious non-profit doesn’t have to submit X form, but even if so, that would hardly be some major blow for freedom. It would only apply to employers who are already exempt.

  • Fireworks at Supreme Court over emergency injunction applied against “accommodation”

    07/06/2014 8:51:36 AM PDT · 7 of 35
    Mr Rogers to dervish

    The only thing the Wheaton College injunction says is that an exempt employer MAY not be required to file a certain form with the US government. Until the issue (is a certain form required) is resolved, the government should consider themselves notified and take whatever action they deem appropriate.

    It does not impact the employer mandate or birth control in any way - regardless of the mass hysteria among the Uterus Uber Alles crowd on the Supreme Court!

  • Pro-Abortion “Christian” Pastors Distribute Condoms Outside Hobby Lobby to Protest SCOTUS Decision

    07/05/2014 7:51:43 AM PDT · 33 of 43
    Mr Rogers to rockvillem

    Condoms run 14 cents each thru, and birth control pills are under $10/month at Wal-Mart. So the idea that either is a financial burden is a tough sell.

    Even tougher is convincing me I should be paying for sex I’m not having. What is next? Do I have to buy the booze to make the girl look good or feel willing? Do I have to pick out the drapes in the bedroom, and wash their sheets afterwards?

  • Children raised by same-sex couples healthier and happier, research suggests

    07/05/2014 7:42:00 AM PDT · 43 of 77
    Mr Rogers to Innovative

    Here is another part of the explanation:

    “”I wasn’t surprised that these parents who volunteered for the study all thought their children were doing well,” Ms Phillips said.”

    There are plans at a later date to use reporting based on surveys of the kids and not the ‘parents’.

    IOW, this study shows that the homosexual parents who volunteered for the ‘study’ by a homosexual activist reported their families were happier than heterosexual families. No questions were asked of the kids, no results from later in life to see how the kids turned out...just the homosexual parents scoring their success as homosexual parents!

    Nope, no slanting there!

  • Birth control injunction for religious college draws dissent from female justices

    07/04/2014 7:48:22 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    Mr Rogers to Citizen Zed

    Here is what the injunction says:

    “...the Court orders...To meet the condition for injunction pending appeal, the applicant need not use the form prescribed by the Government, EBSA Form 700, and need not send copies to health insurance issuers or third-party administrators...

    ...Nothing in this interim order affects the ability of the applicant’s employees and students to obtain, without cost, the full range of FDA approved contraceptives. The Government contends that the applicant’s health insurance issuer and third-party administrator are required by federal law to provide full contraceptive coverage regardless whether the applicant completes EBSA Form 700. The applicant contends, by contrast, that the obligations of its health insurance issuer and third-party administrator are dependent on their receipt of notice that the applicant objects to the contraceptive coverage requirement. But the applicant has already notified the Government—without using EBSA Form 700—that it meets the requirements for exemption from the contraceptive coverage requirement on religious grounds. Nothing in this order precludes the Government from relying on this notice, to the extent it considers it necessary, to facilitate the provision of full contraceptive coverage under the Act.

    In light of the foregoing, this order should not be construed as an expression of the Court’s views on the merits.”

    You can read it here:

    One page for the injunction. 17 pages for the 3 justices who have decided the case without hearing any arguments. If they had even a shred of honesty, they would have to recuse themselves from hearing any future case on this issue, since we know in advance how they plan to rule.

    To repeat for emphasis:

    “...Nothing in this interim order affects the ability of the applicant’s employees and students to obtain, without cost, the full range of FDA approved contraceptives.”