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"Make No Law Respecting An Establishment Of Religion"

Category: Gay Rights
Posted: 09/02/15 10:07

by Dave Mindeman

We are hearing a lot about the First Amendment these days...

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...

The conservative right has made a big deal about the "free exercise" of a personal religious belief.

But they tend to ignore the more important aspect..."make no law respecting an establishment of religion".

In the case of the Kentucky clerk who is denying marriage applications to gay couples, we have a violation of that First Amendment clause.

The clerk represents the State of Kentucky. She has established that her religious belief takes precedence over anyone who seeks out her government services.

She has established her religion as the law of that county.

She has lost in court...all the way up to the Supreme Court. And since she has violated the First Amendment, she needs to be fired. Held in contempt. And if it were me, she would be sent to jail.

You do not get to "exercise" your personal religious beliefs if you hold a government job. You just don't. You are expected to expedite the standing legal regulations which your job espouses.

And the fact that other Kentucky officials are allowing this "exercise" means that they should be held in contempt as well. This isn't about God's law...take that to your church. If your job is to work for the government, then you don't get to interpret the laws as you see fit.

You just get to do the job, period.

This lady's 15 minutes of fame are now up.
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Rep. Tara Mack - Caught With Her...Uh...Pants Down?

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/02/15 09:35

by Dave Mindeman

This is kind of bizarre.

A Dakota County sheriff's officer allegedly caught two Minnesota lawmakers "making out" in a parked car last week, according to law enforcement reports and court records, but the lawmakers say that accusation is "completely false" and a "lie." State Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, and Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, were issued citations for causing a nuisance on Aug. 25.

Tara Mack represents Apple Valley and Lakeville and this whole idea of some unseemly liaison with another lawmaker is hard to get your head around.

First, Mack is married to a minister and they have two very young children. Very young. How she would even have time for some kind of tryst is hard to believe.

But you have to ask yourself...why were they in a parked care in Lebanon Hills and why would they draw the attention of a law enforcement officer?

Kelley stated the reason they were meeting...

Kelly said he met with Mack on his way through town to pick up some documents regarding an Owatonna-based health plan.

OK....maybe so. But why the Lebanon Hills park? Why not her house? Why not a coffee shop or restaurant? Why a parked care in Lebanon Hills?

Of course, they issued statements of denial. Both statements were carefully crafted....sounding legal with probable help of counsel....and both used a phrase which was somewhat odd...

Mack: "Subsequently, I have been told the officer wrote in his notes -- information that I've requested, but has not yet been made public to me -- statements that are completely false and inappropriate (and apparently were obtained illegally)."

Kelley: "I've since learned the park ranger included false information in his notes, that I understand have now been obtained illegally. What he wrote is an absolute lie and I intend on filing a complaint."

Exactly how would the officer obtain information "illegally"?

Is this some kind of legal recourse to get information suppressed?

When an officer writes down in his citation..."When I approached the car the female's pants were unzipped and pulled down".....it is hard to imagine he would write that unless it was his actual observation.

I guess Kelley and Mack will have to sort all of this out some way. They each owe a $260 fine for the citation. Are they going to challenge that in court? Who knows.

Still it is hard not to notice that Mack, an anti-gay marriage vote in the House, has an un-family value situation to contend with here.

And as another irony - Kelley and Mack are both on the ethics committee.

Chew on that one for awhile.

(By the way, couldn't exactly resist the title....just couldn't)
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Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 08/31/15 17:11

by Alan Anderson

I have been struck by the meteoric rise of Mr. Trump. He is a star like no other. I tried to imagine what the world would be like if he had lived in a different time and had a very special role. Perhaps like in the time of Jesus.

Donald would have ridden around Bethlehem on a big Ass (donkey) spreading the gospel of wealth and riches. He would have had one large sign on each side of the donkey with his name, TRUMP, broadly displayed.

He would have told the people to save. " Save your gold. Save your family. Save your city." We would have called him our "save yur" for encouraging us to be rich and making us proud of our country again.

He would have told us to go to different lands and take their oil. Bring it back to our home so we could celebrate the aura of lights. We could put the oil in small pots to burn, perhaps calling them "man auras" to honor the beauty of man's illumination.

He would have told us to build a large wall in Jerusalem, a really HUGE wall. He would say it should be a whale of a wall, to keep out the scum of the world, the rapists, the criminals, and the poor. He would call it the "whaling wall" to honor its hugeness.

And he would welcome the scum to return if they survived the starvation, the danger, the poverty, and the life threatening situations in their homeland. And when they returned he said we should ask them to wear a label so we could identify them easily. The label would say, because they were of low class, "I'm a Grunt." So, we would know them as the people they were, "imagrunts."

And he would spread his word throughout the world by building churches in his honor. They wouldn't be quite like churches we know, they would be more like towers, built with small shopping malls on the bottom, to remind us of the foundation of our faith, business and money.

And they would be adorned with the symbol of his life and death on the top. When he was called to heaven he was crucified. So he arranged to have two crucifixes designed to honor his memory. One was a cross, with his name emblazoned on the crossbar, TRUMP. The other was a more subtle remembrance, with the cross forming a T, and the letters RUMP under the right side of the cross.

And so it came to pass that the Donald became a profit. And the Universe was proud of its son. He had become a celebrity, famous among all in the world. And he was learning on-the-job to be leader of all people, a true Celebrity Apprentice.

That is what it might have been like if the Donald had lived long ago. How blessed we are to be alive while he struts the earth today in our presence.
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