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  • Germans celebrate first gay marriage

    10/01/2017 5:29:05 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1st October 2017 | bbc news
    Two men have become the first gay couple to marry in Germany, on the day gay marriage became legal there. Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende, a couple for 38 years, exchanged their vows at the town hall in Schöneberg, Berlin. Registry offices in several German cities were opening, unusually, on Sunday to allow couples to wed on the first day it was legally possible. Getting married will give gay couples the same tax advantages and adoption rights as heterosexual couples. Germany has allowed same-sex partners to enter into registered partnerships since 2001, but these did not give couples exactly the...
  • Faith-based pregnancy clinics: Hawaii law forces them to promote abortion

    09/24/2017 8:56:19 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | Friday, September 22, 2017 | Rick Daysog
    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pro-life pregnancy centers went to court Friday to try to overturn a new law that they argue requires them to publicly post abortion referrals. During a hearing before U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, attorneys for Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor and the Aloha Pregnancy Care and Counseling Center argued that the law violates their right to free speech and religion because it forces them to post signs that interfere with their faith. "It compels even non-medical pregnancy centers to recite what amounts to a government-scripted advertisement for abortion," said Kevin Connelly, Calvary's attorney. "It forces a church, Calvary...
  • Christian man sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan: Lawyer

    09/15/2017 10:06:24 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 21 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, September 15, 2017 | PTI
    A Christian man in Pakistan was sentenced to death for blasphemy after he sent a WhatsApp message to a friend that insulted Islam, his lawyer said on Friday. His trial continued for more than a year at the Gujrat Jail, about 200 kilometres from the provincial capital Lahore. Lahore -- A Christian man in Pakistan was sentenced to death for blasphemy after he sent a WhatsApp message to a friend that insulted Islam, his lawyer said on Friday. Nadeem James Masih was charged in July after his friend Yasir Bashir told the police that he sent him a poem on...
  • Retired Jurist Makes Compelling Case For Term Limits In Stunning Admission

    09/13/2017 11:56:01 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 26 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 9-13-17 | Ed Morrissey
    For decades, a debate over lifetime appointments in the federal judiciary have pitted those who value freedom from political influence against those who see a need for accountability. The former want to continue the tradition, and the latter want either term limits, retention elections, or a combination of both, as many states have in place now. No serious effort has been made to propose such a system, but perhaps an “exit interview” by the New York Times’ Adam Liptak of retired appellate jurist Richard Posner will prompt one. And it should, as Posner inadvertently makes the best possible case for...
  • What Criminologists Don’t Say, and Why

    09/02/2017 6:44:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    City Journal ^ | September 2, 2017 | John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
    The history of academic criminology is one of grand pronouncements that don’t often prove out in the real world. In the 1960s and 1970s, for example, criminologists demanded that public policy attack the “root causes” of crime, such as poverty and racism. Without solving these problems, they argued, we could not expect to fight crime effectively. On this thinking, billions of taxpayer dollars poured into ambitious social programs—yet crime went up, not down. In the 1970s and 1980s and into the 1990s, as crime rates continued to spike, criminologists proceeded to tell us that the police could do little to...
  • Federal district court blocks Texas' sanctuary cities law

    08/30/2017 10:03:16 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 49 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 8-30-17 8:00 PM | James Barragán, Gromer Jeffers Jr.
    A federal district judge in San Antonio blocked significant portions of Texas' sanctuary cities ban Wednesday, two days before the law was set to go into effect — a significant blow to Gov. Greg Abbott, who said the state would appeal. In a 94-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia blocked provisions in the law that required local law enforcement departments to comply with federal requests to hold unauthorized immigrants in their custody. He also blocked a part of the law that said local departments couldn't implement policies that would "materially limit" the enforcement of immigration laws.
  • Federal judge blocks enforcement of Texas' 'sanctuary cities' law

    08/30/2017 9:53:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2017 | AP via Fox News
    A federal judge blocked enforcement of much of a “sanctuary cities” law in Texas on Wednesday night, just days before it was set to go into effect. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia blocked portions of Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) requiring local law enforcement departments to comply with federal requests to hold unauthorized immigrants in custody. Also blocked: a provision that stopped local departments from implementing policies that would “materially limit” enforcement of immigration laws, the Dallas News reported.
  • Let’s Study the Constitution, Part 9

    08/05/2017 12:21:12 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    The Coach's Team ^ | 8/5/17 | Susan Frickey
    The Ninth Amendment, also known as the “silent” Amendment, says “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” What does this mean? What makes the Ninth Amendment unique is that it guarantees protection of all our rights even though they may not be specifically mentioned in the Constitution. Just because the document is silent on some natural rights does not mean they do not exist. The Ninth Amendment closes the loophole. James Madison was concerned that any attempt to enumerate fundamental liberties would be incomplete and might...
  • 'This is about protecting the children': Notorious child raping priest walks free from prison

    07/30/2017 11:32:11 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Crime Online ^ | Saturday, July 29, 2017 | Lawrence Bonk
    Paul Shanley, a priest convicted of multiple counts of child rape, has walked free, as reported by FOX8. Shanley, 86, has spent the last 12 years behind bars after being convicted in 2005 of two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child and two counts of rape and abuse of a child, according to the sex offender registry. The Massachusetts man now begins 10 years of supervised probation, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement. Shanley was one of a number of Catholic priests convicted of child rape, the fallout from an infamous Boston Globe investigation...
  • Police cheer Trump after jab at mayors who don't let them do their jobs

    07/28/2017 2:52:01 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/28/17 | Max Greenwood
    President Trump drew a round of applause from law enforcement officials on Friday after he took a swipe at mayors who don't let police "do their job." "I've met police that are great police that aren't allowed to do their job because they have a pathetic mayor or a mayor that doesn't know what's going on," Trump said in a speech in Long Island, N.Y., eliciting applause from a crowd of police officers standing behind him. "Were you applauding for someone in particular?" Trump asked with a smile, shaking his head. The jab was interpreted by some as a veiled...
  • Judges Ordered to Set Affordable Bonds for Defendants Who Pose No Danger

    07/18/2017 11:58:46 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 17, 2017 | Megan Crepeau
    Cook County judges will soon be explicitly required to set affordable bond amounts for defendants who do not pose a danger to the public. Beginning Sept. 18, judges will be prohibited from setting a higher bond than felony defendants can afford to pay. The same rule will apply to misdemeanor cases starting in January. Advocates of bond reform, including Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, applauded the decision. "There is often no clear relationship between the posting of a cash bond and securing the safety of the community or the appearance of a defendant," Foxx said in a statement Monday....
  • Democrats Across The Nation Are Opposing Laws Against FGM – It’s A Disgrace

    07/15/2017 8:37:32 PM PDT · by davikkm · 20 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    The act of Female Genital Mutilation is becoming far more widespread in the US than ever before. There are more than half a million (at least) women and girls who have undergone this barbaric procedure in the US alone and studies suggest there are more than 200 million women and girls worldwide living today who have been abused in this way. Yet Democrats (and some Republicans) across the nation are voting AGAINST making this practice illegal in their States. In Maine, the House voted 76-71 AGAINST a new law that would make Female Genital Mutilation illegal. They have instead opted...
  • Pam Bondi ordered to respond to lawsuit over unregistered charities

    07/10/2017 12:25:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    floridapolitics.com ^ | 7/10/17 | Jim Rosica
    Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday was ordered to file a written response to a lawsuit claiming she forces businesses to donate millions of dollars to unregistered charities as part of settlements in consumer protection cases. Circuit Judge Charles Dodson, sitting in Tallahassee, also granted a request from Orlando entrepreneur John D. Smith to seek “discovery” in the case—that is, to get information from Bondi’s office in preparation for a possible trial. Smith filed a petition for a “writ of quo warranto,” which demand government officials to prove their authority to perform a certain action. He did not attend Monday’s...
  • Fyre Festival organizer ARRESTED: Promoter of disastrous festival is charged with wire fraud [tr]

    06/30/2017 8:24:16 PM PDT · by Enchante · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 30, 2017 | Jenny Stanton
    Fyre Festival organizer ARRESTED: Promoter of disastrous festival is charged with wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison over claims he LIED about being worth millions William McFarland was arrested in New York and charged with wire fraud The 25-year-old founder of Fyre Festival is expected to appear in court Saturday Revelers arrived at the Bahamas festival to find a wasteland of half-built tents
  • Baltimore Restaurant Owner Says 30 Employees Left Due To ICE Crackdown

    06/26/2017 4:46:31 PM PDT · by canalabamian · 106 replies
    SeeBS Baltimore ^ | June 26, 2017 5:18 PM | Mike Hellgren
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The owner of one of Canton’s most popular waterfront restaurants, The Boathouse, says more than 30 immigrant workers left in fear after a Department of Homeland Security worker hand-delivered a letter demanding documentation of their immigration status. That stunned the eatery’s customers. “It seems like terrorizing people who are trying to work at the restaurant,” says customer Michelle Zhang. “It’s not only bad for for the business but it’s bad for the families.” “If that many left… are they not following the policy?” asks Ryan Horan, another customer. “Are they not doing it the way they should...
  • Trump Close to Signing Bill Into Law to Make it Easier to Fire Folks at the Failing Veterans Affairs

    06/18/2017 6:00:52 AM PDT · by davikkm · 15 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    The crippled and corrupted Department of Veterans Affairs is the ultimate evidence of why government-run healthcare will never work. The Republican-held House of Representatives passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 on Tuesday 386 to 55. This is a breath of fresh air during these divisive days in that poor performing and incompetent government workers are going to be held accountable, assuming President Trump signs the bill into law. The Senate passed the bill on June 6th and Trump is expected to sign it into law, tweeting last week that “we can’t tolerate substandard...
  • James Comey Has A Long History Of Questionable Obstruction Cases

    06/12/2017 2:37:59 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 12, 2017 | Mollie Hemingway
    Law James Comey Has A Long History Of Questionable Obstruction Cases From Martha Stewart to Frank Quattrone to Steven Hatfill, former FBI director James Comey has left a long trail of highly questionable obstruction of justice cases that he used to make a name for himself. Mollie Hemingway By Mollie Hemingway June 12, 2017 Following countdown clocks on cable outlets and dramatic claims in the media about what devastating testimony to expect, James Comey sat down before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week. The hearing ended up being a bit of a let-down for critics of President Trump who hoped...
  • The Supreme Court Just Bolstered Your Right to Repair Stuff

    06/01/2017 1:17:17 PM PDT · by Thalean · 36 replies
    Wired ^ | June 1, 2017 | Kyle Wiens
    The Supreme Court heard arguments in March and considered the principle of patent exhaustion. This idea stipulates that a patent owner’s rights over a product should vanish once the patent owner sells the product to a consumer. By attaching a post-sale restriction to its single-use cartridge, Lexmark aimed to create a zombie patent that’s never exhausted. You may have bought that cartridge, but Lexmark still controls it. The justices agreed 7-1 that Lexmark can’t do that. (Justice Neil Gorsuch was appointed after the court heard the case.) The court held that Lexmark exhausted its patent rights when it sold its...
  • Let’s Study The U.S. Constitution – Part 2

    05/24/2017 9:03:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/24/17 | Susan Frickey
    The Constitution was written with the intent that it must endure for ages to come and be adaptable to the various crises of human affairs. Edmund Randolph, one of the five men charged with drafting the document, observed that it was necessary to stick to basic, “essential principles only; lest the operations of government be clogged by rendering those provisions permanent and unalterable.” The Framers knew that principles of liberty remain constant throughout time, so they provided this foundation for altering future law. Let’s continue our study of the U.S. Constitution with Article I. Article I, Sec 1 basically set...
  • Illegals Now Serving as Judges in Texas! And Officials Don’t Seem to Mind

    05/22/2017 9:08:46 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/22/17 | Doug Book
    Officials in Corpus Christi, Texas just discovered that one on their Municipal Court Judges is not a United States citizen. And how was the situation handled? Well, “Judge” Young Min Burkett was placed on unpaid leave, after which “the city council [gave] her 90 days to become a citizen and keep her job.” Yep. An illegal alien has been passing judgement on the activities of actual Americans in a Texas town. But it's OK, because Corpus Christi Mayor Pro-Tem Lucy Rubio said that city officials “never asked during the qualification process to become a municipal judge whether Burkett was a...