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  • Suburban Governments Were Just Nationalized by the Federal Government

    07/21/2015 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Sopater · 54 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | July 13, 2015 | S. Noble
    For years, the cities have been robbing the suburbs but they now have a scheme that will quickly end in a takeover of the suburbs by a leftist federal government. HUD announced enforcement of its new 377-page rule called the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule which will allow them to move people from poor crime-ridden areas into ďwealthyĒ suburbs. It was announced by leftist Julian Castro Monday. The rule has force behind it. Federal monies will be withheld and lawsuits accusing residents of racism will be filed. Any town that takes federal funds will be transformed. It is not only...
  • LGBT advocates hope to use White House aging forum to advance agenda

    07/12/2015 3:28:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/11/15 | Fredrick Kunkle
    The last time the White House hosted its once-per-decade Conference on Aging, at least 1,200 advocates and policymakers attended. Among them was a single delegate representing older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. On Monday, President Obama is expected to host a smaller affair, with perhaps 200 delegates. But there will be four people officially representing the interests of older LGBT people, including Michael Adams, executive director of Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE). Two of the LGBT representatives are octogenarians. One of them is transgender. ďThereís a story there from the LGBT angle about...
  • Smoking marijuana may affect weight gain

    07/10/2015 12:36:01 PM PDT · by dware · 29 replies
    Live Science via Fox News ^ | 07.10.2015 | Agata Blaszczak Boxe
    Whether smoking marijuana contributes to weight gain may depend on how much pot a person smokes, in addition to other factors such the person's gender, according to a new study. Smoking marijuana often gives people the munchies ó a sudden increase in appetite that can make them eat a lot at once ó so researchers wanted to examine whether this drive to eat might mean that people who smoke pot put on extra pounds over time.
  • Vatican Radio Posts, Then Removes Photo of Lesbian Kiss

    07/09/2015 4:45:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/8/15 | Thomas Williams
    In a bizarre sequence of events, the German edition of Vatican Radio published a cover photo of two lesbians kissing, with the caption: ďChurchís sexual morality is in motion,Ē only to be removed, then reposted, then removed again. Veteran Vatican reporter Edward Pentin, who spotted the picture, tweeted that Vatican Radio had opted for a ďremarkable choice of photoĒ in posting the two women kissing. The Canadian Voxcantoris site, a conservative Catholic blog that follows Church abuses, managed to capture a screen shot of the image before it was taken down, and noted that a year ago a German Bishop,...
  • Christian Colleges' Right to Deny Married Housing for Gays Is 'on the Edge of the Indefensible'

    07/08/2015 9:01:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/08/2015 | Samuel Smith
    WASHINGTON ó Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced Monday the launch of an "aggressive" initiative to combat any state or federal legislation, or court ruling seeking to protect religious objectors of same-sex marriage from government consequence for living according to their religious convictions. The organization, which advocates a strict separation view of the religious freedom clauses of the First Amendment, has started the "Protect Thy Neighbor" project, which will monitor and battle all state and federal legislation and court challenges that pertain to giving individuals, business and religious institutions the right not to serve or participate in...
  • World's Largest Baptist University Drops 'Homosexual Acts' From Sexual Misconduct Code

    07/08/2015 8:11:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 96 replies
    Charisma News ^ | JON HERSKOVITZ
    The world's largest Baptist university, Baylor, has dropped language in its sexual misconduct policy that punished those who engaged in homosexual acts, a change the socially conservative school said better reflects its values as "a caring community." Baylor, in the central Texas city of Waco, had been one of a handful of religious U.S. colleges and universities that allowed for the dismissal of students, and sometimes staff, for homosexuality. Baylor has removed "homosexual acts" as a punishable offense in its sexual misconduct policy, an official said on Tuesday. The policy also mandated disciplinary action for sexual assault, incest, adultery and...
  • Ontario push for more access to Ďsex-changeí surgery is absurd: psychiatrist

    07/08/2015 6:49:03 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/7/15 | Lianne Laurence
    TORONTO, July 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- As Ontario‚Äôs Ministry of Health plans measures to reduce the wait time for publicly funded sex-reassignment surgery (SRS), a well-regarded Toronto-based psychiatrist says the rush to provide these procedures is ‚Äúabsurd‚ÄĚ and the push to increase their availability politically motivated.Citing an unnamed source ‚Äúclose to‚ÄĚ Health Minister Eric Hoskins, Toronto‚Äôs Globe and Mail claimed on June 25, a day before the Toronto‚Äôs ‚ÄúTrans*Pride March‚ÄĚ parade, that the ministry will increase the number of sites that can approve sex-reassignment surgeries, but it is ‚Äútoo early to tell where these will be.‚ÄĚRight now, only the Toronto-based...
  • Theology Chairmanís Same-Sex Wedding Begins ĎFloodí of Challenges to Catholic Identity

    07/08/2015 6:40:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | July 7, 2015 | CNS staff
    The Episcopalian marriage of Fordham University‚Äôs theology chairman to his same-sex partner, just one day after the Supreme Court‚Äôs marriage ruling, begins a new flood of challenges to Catholic identity that most Catholic colleges and universities are unprepared to face, warns Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly.‚ÄúEven if a Catholic college leader wants to uphold Catholic teaching on marriage, the persistent embrace of dissent and opposition to the Church at many Catholic universities makes it highly unlikely that the law will now permit them to uphold moral standards for professors,‚ÄĚ Reilly said.‚ÄúThe fact that a theology chairman at a...
  • U.S. senator: Individuals donít have religious freedom, just churches

    07/08/2015 6:56:59 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 73 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/7/15 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) ‚Äď The freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment applies only to churches, not to individuals, a U.S. senator said on national television recently.Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI ‚Äď the nation's first openly lesbian elected to the U.S. Senate ‚Äď addressed the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision on June 27 on MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki."Should the bakery have to bake the cake for the gay couple getting married?‚ÄĚ the host asked. ‚ÄúWhere do you come down on that?"Baldwin responded that the First Amendment gave Americans no right to exercise religion outside the...
  • The Homosexual Movement Is The Most Hateful And Most Vile Group In All Of The Western World

    07/07/2015 10:23:36 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 120 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | July 7, 3015 | Theodore Shoebat
    Sodomite activist, no different than Nazis The homosexual movement is the most hateful and most vile group in all of the Western world. The sodomites are supremacists; they believe that they have the superior lifestyle, a disposition and constitution more superior than the ďothers,Ē who they consider as inferior breeders. This is the ideology of sodomism. Sodomism is the ideology of homosexual superiority, in which the homosexuals desire to usher in ó through propaganda, violence and state coercion ó a utopia in which homosexuality is seen as a supreme ideal, and those who believe in the conjugal union as...
  • The Supreme Courtís death sentence on Christian culture

    07/07/2015 10:13:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Church of St. Michael ^ | July 5, 2015 | FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER
    The Supreme Courtís abuse of its authority in the decision redefining marriage as an institution based on feelings rather than fact and sanctioning deviancy as a civil right was expected, but the surprise was its sentimental substitution of nihilistic narcissism for jurisprudence, expressed in an amorphous substitute for English diction. This passed a death sentence on Christian culture, just as Roe v. Wade sanctioned the deaths of millions of infants. As Christ rose from the dead, so can our nation, but only the cynic and the naÔf will deny that the next steps will be attacks on Christ himself in...
  • Destroying Religious Freedom to Save It

    07/07/2015 9:54:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Robert Knight
    Even before the U.S. Supreme Court announced the previously unknown constitutional ďrightĒ to impose same-sex ďmarriageĒ on all 50 states, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was readying its next volley. For two decades, the ACLU has cited the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as a defense of religious liberty in various worthy and some not-so-worthy cases. No more. The ACLU has decided that the unalienable right to religious freedom embodied in the First Amendment must give way to newly coined claims by newly empowered groups. In a Washington Post column, ACLU Deputy Director Louise Melling called on Congress...
  • Clandestine Gay Marriage Performed in White House Against Obama's Wishes

    07/07/2015 9:47:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/07/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    Jon Lovett, a former White House speech writer to President Barack Obama, claimed at last week's Aspen Ideas Festival that he performed a secret same-sex wedding at the White House. Lovett believes Obama had no knowledge of the secret and rushed same-sex ceremony and believes his then boss would not have approved of the event. While the recording of Lovett's talk is not yet available, Mike Allen of Politico reported Lovett's comments which took place during "The Moth Radio Hour" podcast at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Lovett claims it was the first same-sex marriage at the White House. "Steve and...
  • What Clarence Thomas Can (Still) Teach George ĎSuluí Takei

    07/06/2015 10:08:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    SNIP That Takeiís first instinct was to deny the blackness of Clarence Thomas tells us much about the rancid racial essentialism of the left, which canít get its head around minorities stepping out of ideological line. That aside, the leftís freak-out is so remarkable since what Thomas wrote represents American Founding 101. Where did Thomas get this outlandish notion of rights and dignity that exist prior to government? SNIP
  • What this young educated black female has to say about liberal racists

    You have to hear what this young black educated female has to say about the liberals and Democrats. Needless to say, I am very impressed by this young woman:
  • Thousands take part in anti-abortion rally in Dublin

    07/06/2015 8:35:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    rte.ie ^ | 05 July 2015
    Thousands of people have gathered at Parnell Square in Dublin city centre for an anti-abortion rally. Organisers say the theme and aim of this year's march, titled 'Rally for Life', is to speak up for babies with a disability. It is being organised by Youth Defence, the Life Institute, and Precious Youth. At 2.30pm demonstrators began making their way down O'Connell Street towards their finishing point outside Leinster House. GardaŪ estimated the crowd for today's rally at between 5,000 and 8,000, while organisers said the figure was between 25,000 and 30,000. In a statement following todayís rally, Amnesty Ireland said...
  • What Would Jesus Say About Homosexual Sex?

    07/06/2015 7:37:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 213 replies
    This whole perversion of the Word of God began when Luther said each person should interpret the Bible for themselves. ¬†This has led to so called‚Äô christians‚Äô condoning and accepting homosexual sex and ‚Äėmarriage‚Äô. ¬†Luther is ‚Äėturning in his grave‚Äô. ¬†He said that ‚Äėhaving sex without having children was the sin of sodomy too.‚Äô This slippery slide where christians accepting this perversion began with the condoning of divorce. ¬†It was well brought out when CNN asked Donald Trump what he believed about homosexual ‚Äėmarriage‚Äô. ¬†Trump responded by saying he is in favor of ‚Äėtraditional marriage‚Äô. ¬†They then called him on...
  • Atlanta Fire Chief Fired For ĎAnti-Gayí Views ĎAbsolutelyí Wants His Job Back

    07/06/2015 7:28:46 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 29 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 06, 2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    After being fired for writing whatís been described as an ďanti-gayĒ book, former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran says he ďabsolutelyĒ wants his job back. ďIn the United States of America, Americans should not have to choose between keeping your job and living out your faith,Ē Cochran told The Daily Signal in an exclusive interview. ďAnd thatís the position the city of Atlanta actually has takenóthat I have to have a choice to live out my faith or to keep my job.Ē Cochran was fired in January 2015 for publishing a menís devotional book for a Baptist church group. In...
  • Sen. Cruz: SCOTUS 'Stopped Being an Umpire...They Put on an Obama Jersey'

    07/06/2015 7:21:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 6, 2015 | Susan Jones
    By trying to resolve policy matters, the U.S. Supreme Court "stopped being an umpire," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. Cruz said the justices have become team players: "They put on an Obama jersey, they got out the eraser, they erased terms in the (Obamacare) statute and rewrote it, joining the Obama administration. ... In a period of 24 hours, we had two decisions in the Supreme Court where a majority of the justices violated their judicial oaths," he told NBC's Chuck Todd. "In one, they ignored the text of federal law -- they rewrote...
  • Standing Up to the Ruling Class [After the SCOTUS' redefinition of marriage]

    07/06/2015 4:58:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/06/2015 | by ANGELO M. CODEVILLA
    ďTo learn who rules over you, find out whom you are not allowed to criticize.Ēó Voltaire If youíre wondering what Americans can do as our ruling class sets about enforcing its redefinition of marriage, start by looking back at what it did to the citizens of Indiana when their legislature raised the possibility that someone might object to joining in celebrations of homosexual marriage. Support for homosexual unions was incidental to the insistence of the likeminded folks atop societyís commanding heights on punishing Indiana. What incurs their ire has less to do with any substantive matter than with the...
  • Battle Lines for Religious Liberty and Same Sex Marriage Set

    07/06/2015 4:52:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Kelly Shackelford’s debate with Evan Wolfson on Fox News Sunday highlights the battle lines for religious liberty in America now that the Supreme Court has grossly overstepped its authority by declaring same sex marriage a constitutional right. The issue is whether religious liberty extends to how you earn your living, get an education, and run a business. For years to come, the fight for many Christians will be on whether their right to the free exercise of religion includes the right to earn a paycheck without violating their conscience. Televised debates need to focus on the fierce debate over whether...
  • Donít Equate Same-Sex Marriage Decision with National Concealed Carry Reciprocity (NRA)

    07/06/2015 8:28:50 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | July 5, 2015
    On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which concerned whether same-sex marriage is a right protected by the U.S. Constitution. Although the case did not address the right to bear arms, some pro-gun advocates began debating whether the Courtís reasoning and analysis had application to national concealed carry licensing reciprocity. This is a reasonable question. If states that formerly did not sanction same-sex marriage now have to recognize all marriages from states that do, shouldnít that also mean restrictive ďmay issueĒ concealed carry jurisdictions have to recognize concealed carry...
  • Judge not: GOP blocks dozens of Obama court picks

    07/06/2015 5:41:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | July 6, 2015 | Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim
    The GOP-controlled Senate is on track this year to confirm the fewest judges since 1969, a dramatic escalation of the long-running partisan feud over the ideological makeup of federal courts. The standoff, if it continues through the 2016 elections as expected, could diminish the stamp that President Barack Obama leaves on the judiciary ó a less conspicuous but critical part of his legacy. Practically, the makeup of lower-level courts could directly affect a number of Obamaís policies expected to face legal challenges from conservatives. Republicans appear willing to absorb criticism that theyíre interfering with the prerogative of a president to...
  • Mark Levin's New Blockbuster "Plunder And Deceit" Sets The Stage For The 2016 Debates

    07/06/2015 4:54:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Stephen K. Bannon
    In the summer of our discontent ó a summer marked by gay marriage, the battle flag, Obamacare, trade deals, immigration ó Mark Levin delivers a fabulous broadside against the Left and an out-of-control government.
  • Gay marriage: Episcopal Church OKs religious weddings

    07/06/2015 8:34:31 AM PDT · by NorthMountain · 31 replies
    M-Live ^ | on July 02, 2015 at 7:00 AM, updated July 02, 2015 at 7:07 AM | By The Associated Press | Wire reports
    SALT LAKE CITY ó The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The new policy won overwhelming approval from the top Episcopal legislative body Wednesday, following decades of debate and conflict. It came 12 years after the denomination blazed a trail by electing the first openly gay bishop. "To finally get to this day is an incredible moment," said the Rev. Cynthia Black, of Morristown, New Jersey, a lesbian who has been campaigning for gay acceptance...
  • Paul Ryanís Thin Gruel?

    07/06/2015 6:21:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | Brian Birdnow
    Last week,¬†Wisconsin Congressman and recent Vice-Presidential aspirant Paul Ryan appeared on the venerable CBS-TV program ¬ďFace the Nation¬Ē and stated that the Obamacare battle is temporarily over, and that the other side won. He stated that Obamacare was a bad policy and would ¬ď‚Ķcollapse under its own weight¬Ē and that our side needs to settle in and wait for this eventuality to come to pass. Congressman Ryan was not, as some have supposed, counseling surrender in the health care fight. He was advising the conservatives that they must take the long view, and give the Obamacare architects enough time, and...
  • Filibuster divides GOP 2016 contenders

    07/06/2015 4:24:51 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/06/2015 | DANIEL STRAUSS and BURGESS EVERETT
    Thus far on Hewittís show, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have argued for using the so-called Reid Rule to get rid of the filibuster and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Hewitt also put the question to Scott Walker at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, and the Wisconsin governor replied, ďYes, absolutely.Ē ďYes. Republicans need to do whatever it takes to get rid of Obamacare,Ē Jindal elaborated to POLITICO in a statement. ďDemocrats used budget reconciliation to pass it. Republicans should just be as committed...
  • Medicareīs Victims

    07/06/2015 4:07:23 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/6/2015 | David Catron
    Despite the Supreme Courtís repeated attempts to prop it up, Obamacare is collapsing. This is obvious not merely to the majority of Americans who have always disapproved of the law, but also to an increasing number of progressives. Consequently, we are once again hearing calls for single-payer health care. Most advocates of this system, including Hillary Clintonís main competitor for the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination, favor Medicare-for-All. They want, in other words, to put all Americans on the government program that covers the elderly and disabled. An excellent antidote for this simplistic solution is David Hogbergís new book, Medicareís Victims:...
  • Oregon Baker to Christians: 'Get Ready for Civil Disobedience'

    07/05/2015 8:06:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 3, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Defiant Oregon bakers fined $135,000 for their 2013 refusal to make a cake for a lesbian wedding reportedly vow to "fight back" against the state labor commissioner's stiff penalty Ė and are calling on "Christians Ö to take a stand." "For years, weíve heard same-sex marriage will not affect anybody," Aaron Klein, co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told The Blaze. "Iím here firsthand to tell everyone in America that it has already impacted people. Christians, get ready to take a stand. Get ready for civil disobedience." Oregon's Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on Thursday issued a final ruling in the...
  • Beam Me Up Scotty. The funniest line in any news article this week.

    07/05/2015 8:11:28 PM PDT · by xzins · 122 replies
    Red State ^ | July 5th, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Texas has a stockpile of gold. That gold is kept in New York City in an underground vault managed by HSBC. Texas has decided it wants all its gold back in Texas. Earlier this year, Governor Greg Abbott signed a law that had sailed through the Texas Legislature. It sets up a depository facility in Texas that will house all of Texasís gold inside Texas. According to the Associated Press, Texasís gold measures ďabout 20 square feetĒ. Iím thinking that should be cubic feet, but no matter. Thatís not the best part. In examining how Texas might get its actual,...
  • WHAT IS POPE FRANCIS UP TO WITH HIS POLITICAL GAME

    07/05/2015 7:44:47 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 26 replies
    5 July 15 | hapnHal
    In September of this year, Francis will come to America to address the UN and to meet with Obama and Congress. He will give the opening speech at the UN in New York and will call for ďclimate change throughout the worldĒÖ..but is climate change really his game ? His speeches and actions of recent have been raising eyebrows around the world with his flock ! His openly crawling in bed with the deceivers ( Obama and company) who are pushing for ďdepopulationĒ, ďredistribution of wealthĒ, Ďglobal governanceĒ, and all the other nasty items in the UN plan called AGENDA...
  • Mark Levinís New Blockbuster ĎPlunder and Deceití Sets the Stage for the 2016 Debates

    07/05/2015 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 5 Jul 2015 | Stephen K. Bannon
    Radio host Mark Levinís new book warns America about the impending crisis that will doom the next generation: ... Levinís sixth book is a ďfire bell in the nightĒ to our nation, especially its young people, about the attack on liberty and prosperity and the coming crisis, manufactured by a Leviathan-like government, that threatens to swallow future generations. The power of Levinís book is in his taking virtually every major problem facing the country ó the debt, entitlements, open immigration, radical environmentalism, education, minimum wage, national security, the Constitution, and others ó and compellingly laying out the case against big...
  • What citizens can do to resist the ruling classís redefinitions of moral and cultural norms

    07/05/2015 3:52:38 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/4/15 | ANGELO M. CODEVILLA
    ďTo learn who rules over you, find out whom you are not allowed to criticize.Ē ó Voltaire If youíre wondering what Americans can do as our ruling class sets about enforcing its redefinition of marriage, start by looking back at what it did to the citizens of Indiana when their legislature raised the possibility that someone might object to joining in celebrations of homosexual marriage. Support for homosexual unions was incidental to the insistence of the likeminded folks atop societyís commanding heights on punishing Indiana. What incurs their ire has less to do with any substantive matter than with the...
  • METHODIST OFFICIAL: ďI NEVER HAVE ASKED JESUS TO DEFINE MARRIAGEĒ

    07/05/2015 3:42:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    First Things ^ | July 4, 2015 | Matthew Schmitz
    One measure of the decline of mainline social justice activism can be found in a recent Facebook exchange between the Methodist civil rights leader Maxie Dunnam and the Methodist civil rights official Bill Mefford. Dunnam was a heroic opponent of Jim Crow as a young pastor in Mississippi and went on to become the president of Asbury Theological Seminary. He also happens to believe in the historic Christian understanding of marriage, so in response to Obergefell v. Hodges, he made the following post on his Facebook wall:To which Mefford, the ďDirector of Civil and Human RightsĒ for the United...
  • America's favorite fast food chain is Chick-fil-

    07/05/2015 4:13:26 PM PDT · by vis a vis · 52 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 05 jul 15 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    Full title--- America's favorite fast food chain is Chick-fil-a while McDonald's is at the bottom of the heap in new survey The annual American Consumer Satisfaction index polled 70,000 people for their opinions on various consumer offerings, including fast food. In its first year on the index, the Southern-born, Christian-run sandwich chain debuted at the top.
  • Multiple Factors At Work As Many Brace For Higher Health Insurance Premiums In 2016

    07/05/2015 3:08:32 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 13 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | July 3, 2015 | Kathleen McGrory
    The Affordable Care Act has weathered its share of punches in recent weeks, including a Supreme Court challenge that could have led to its unraveling. Its next bout could hit consumers in the pocketbook. In Florida, several big-name insurance providers ó including Aetna, Cigna, Coventry and United Healthcare ó have already proposed double-digit rate increases for individual health insurance plans, federal records show. The figures are not final, and they represent only a slice of the plans available on the individual insurance market. (Companies requesting single-digit hikes don't have to publish their rates until later in the year.) But experts...
  • Why not polygamy, and why stop there?

    07/05/2015 3:06:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | July 5, 2015 | Jim Picht
    The Supreme Courtís decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the country is the end of the legal discussion on the topic, at least for now. It isnít, however, the end of the discussion on marriage. Justice Anthony Kennedyís opinion rests on four principles, which according to him ďdemonstrate that the reasons marriage is fundamental under the Constitution apply with equal force to same-sex couples.Ē His first and third principles raise some intriguing possibilities, and his fourth principle opens the floodgates to a world of fun. The first premise of this Courtís relevant precedents is that the right to personal choice...
  • Shocker: So-Called ĎAnti-Gayí Incident in Utah Was Staged

    07/05/2015 1:18:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fools ^ | July 2, 2015 | Jammie
    Imagine that, another phony hate crime. A Utah man who alleged assailants carved homophobic slurs into his arms, robbed his pizza restaurant and firebombed his house has admitted faking the attacks, authorities said. Now the question is whether Rick Jones, 22, of Delta will be prosecuted for reporting false crimes, Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker told CNN affiliate KSL. ďThe investigation has come to an end today with the admission of Richard (Rick) L. Jones Jr. to having staged all of the incidents,Ē the Sheriffís Office and County Attorneyís office said in a Tuesday statement. Dekker said he didnít know...
  • Feminist Website: People Who Vote Republican do it to "Hurt People of Color"

    07/05/2015 11:46:01 AM PDT · by rightistight · 53 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 7/5/15 | Aurelius
    If you vote Republican, there's a good chance you're doing it because you want to "hurt people of Color." That's one of the messages from Everyday Feminism's new article, "Here Are the Real Reasons Why We White People Struggle to Admit That Racism Still Exists." The author, Jamie Utt, says that "we whites" need to realize the evil we're perpetrating. One of the "reasons" why white people can't admit that racism still exists is that "White People Have an Emotional Stake in Denying White Supremacy," he explains. "Because that way, we can avoid dealing with how weíre complicit in its...
  • Hillary Clinton Encourages Distraught Gay Child Depicted in Viral (staged) Photo

    07/04/2015 10:51:54 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 83 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 4, 2014 | Liz Kreutz
    I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me. This Humans of New York photo showing what it says is a distraught young boy crying because he is gay has gone viral, with thousands of people commenting on Facebook offering advice and words of support. ďIím homosexual and Iím afraid about what my future will be and that people wonít like me,Ē the caption reads. [Snip] ďPrediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing,Ē [Hillary] wrote. ďYou will surprise yourself with what youíre capable of and the incredible things...
  • Star Trek Icon Apologizes for Clarence Thomas 'Blackface' Slur

    07/04/2015 9:34:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    The Root ^ | July 4 2015 | LYNETTE HOLLOWAY
    George Takei called Thomas a "clown in blackface" following the justice's dissent in last week's landmark same-sex marriage ruling.Star Trek legend George Takei has apologized for calling Clarence Thomas a "clown in blackface" following the Supreme Court justice's dissent in last week's landmark same-sex marriage ruling, according to CNN. "I was still seething, and I referred to him as a 'clown in blackface' to suggest that he had abdicated and abandoned his heritage," Takei wrote Friday in a Facebook post. "This was not intended to be racist, but rather to evoke a history of racism in the theatrical arts. While...
  • Twelve Things to Remember if the SCOTUS Decision Upsets You

    07/05/2015 5:21:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 3, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The Supreme Court decision allowing gay ‚Äúmarriage‚ÄĚ in the United States has upset all right minded Christians, and rightly so.It is pretty clear that the Supreme Court has rubber stamped a widespread rejection of Christian morality by a large segment of the American people.Not only has the Supreme Court ratified same sex ‚Äúmarriage‚ÄĚ but they have overturned majority opinions of the people, set themselves up as arbiters of human morality, trampled on states‚Äô rights, ignored not only historic Christian teaching, but the understanding of marriage held by all people at all times and in all cultures down through history.We‚Äôre right...
  • As Book Is Released, Ted Cruz Sours on His Role Model

    07/04/2015 3:55:36 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jun 30, 2015 | JANET HOOK
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, in his new memoir ¬ďA Time for Truth,¬Ē confides that when he was a young lawyer learning how to argue a case in the Supreme Court, he had a role model: John G. Roberts, whom he described as ¬ďa brilliant Supreme Court lawyer,¬Ē the ¬ďbest advocate¬Ē of his generation.That would be the same John Roberts, now chief justice of the Supreme Court, that Mr. Cruz has been lambasting of late for last week¬ís ruling upholding a key piece of President Barack Obama¬ís signature health-care law.¬ďWhen I began practicing, I worked hard to emulate his argument...
  • Entire Tennessee county clerkís office resigns over same-sex marriage licenses

    07/04/2015 5:55:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    WKRN ^ | 07/03/2015
    DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) Ė The employees of the Decatur County clerkís office in west Tennessee have resigned from their positions. Clerk Gwen Pope and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler all said their resignations was due to the Supreme Courtís decision to allow same-sex marriages. The decision reportedly clashes with the employeesí religious beliefs. Their last day will be July 14. Currently, the Decatur Countyís clerk office will not issue a same-sex license.
  • Church Ďobsessionsí As culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church...with truth

    07/04/2015 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 7/1/2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Church Ďobsessionsí As the culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church is called to respond with truth Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly 7/1/2015 Question: My sister-law is hostile to the Church and says that we are obsessed by sex and abortion and donít care about the same things Jesus did, like the poor. Is there an effective answer to this charge? Name withheld, Newark, New Jersey Answer: The charge that the Church is ďobsessedĒ with sex and abortion ó and many today add homosexuality ó is not sustainable. Any look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church...
  • Ted Cruz Is Right to Call for Retention Elections for the Supreme Court

    07/04/2015 9:18:13 AM PDT · by VinL · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/4/15 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Within the space of just 48 hours, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the president is above the law; that straightforward statutory words may be twisted to mean the opposite of what they say; that discrimination ó heretofore, the textbook example of a willful act ó can be committed unconsciously, thereby supplanting our constitutional foundation of equal opportunity for all with the totalitarianís dream of guaranteed outcomes for favored factions; and that five politically unaccountable lawyers, by dint of being issued robes, may impose their vision of the good society on 320 million Americans, reimagining our most basic institutions,...
  • Specter Of McCain Haunts, Closed Primary Resolutions Pass

    07/04/2015 6:06:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    The specter of John McCain was present at a recent meeting the Arizonaís Legislative District 2, as Precinct Committeemen moved to pass a resolution to close the Republican primaries. Despite his operativesí best efforts the resolution vehemently opposed by McCain passed. LD2 Chair Sergio Arellano, who told the group that he personally supported closed primaries, pleaded with attendees to delay the vote until Arizona GOP head Robert Graham could address the group. According to Arellano, Graham, who was in France, wanted the group to refrain from voting on the resolution until he could talk them out of it. Arellano entertained...
  • Burger King Supports LGBT Rights With 'Proud Whopper' And 'Be Your Way' Campaign

    07/04/2015 7:24:37 AM PDT · by EBH · 144 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 7/1/2015 | Curtis Wong
    In what could be a first for a global fast food outlet, Burger King is making a bold proclamation in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community with the launch of a specially packaged burger. The "Be Your Way" project was created at a Burger King franchise in San Francisco, where a limited edition "Proud Whopper" sandwich was added to the menu to coincide with the city's annual pride festivities. According to press materials, guests who ordered the "Proud Whopper" found that the sandwich was the same as a classic Whooper, but came wrapped in a rainbow-colored...
  • Beam Me Up, Sulu

    07/04/2015 6:38:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4,2015 | Steve Deace
    This 4th of July is as much a lamentation as a celebration. I¬ím not trying to rain on your parade but in a world where the Duke boys are the new KKK, as Captain Sulu gets to call Clarence Thomas a ¬ďclown in black face¬Ē while hiding behind a ¬ďLoveWins¬Ē hashtag, we have clearly lost our minds. But I¬ím sure George Takei will feel terrible about his mistake once the Star Trek DVDs and scale models of the Enterprise are taken off the shelves‚ÄĒfaster than you can say ¬ďyou will be made to care.¬Ē Wait, what¬ís that you say? Takei...
  • Response to Gay Pride Supreme Court Ruling

    07/04/2015 6:36:54 AM PDT · by Galactica · 38 replies
    Coca-Cola Email | Karla
    This is Coca-Cola's response when emailed about their support for the Supreme Courts decision on gay marriage: As a believer in an inclusive world, The Coca-Cola Company is pleased with the decision on marriage equality. We have long been a strong supporter of the LGBT community and have advocated for inclusion, equality and diversity through both our policies and practices.KarlaIndustry and Consumer AffairsThe Coca-Cola Company