- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
- “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11)
- “One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him . . . ” (Matthew 22:35)
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, consolidated with three other cases, on whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires that states grant and/or recognize same-sex marriages.
The case will probably be decided in June.
If you’re short on time, here are 5 key facts about same-sex marriage from the non-partisan Pew Research Center.
SCOTUSblog editor, Amy Howe, has written an overview of the case in two parts:
Nina Totenberg of NPR has said that groups, individuals, and governments with an interest in the outcome have issued a record number of amicus briefs, at 148, exceeding the record of 136 set for the 2013 Obamacare case.
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Sure, the M’s are the trendy “expert pick” to battle it out with the Nats in this year’s Fall Classic, but ol’ Jeffy boy here thinks they’ll just have to settle for SECOND PLACE behind a far more complete Halo-squad…
2015 Playoff Predictions:
*denotes Wild Card 1
**denotes Wild Card 2
AL [B]est —
1. LA Angels
2. Seattle Mariners*
AL Central —
1. Chicago White Sox
AL East —
1. New York Yankees
2. Toronto Blue Jays**
ALDS: Angels over M’s; White Sox over Yanks
ALCS: Angels over White Sox in 5
AL MVP: Trout, LAA
AL CY: Hernandez, SEA
NL West —
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Colorado Rockies**
NL Central —
1. St. Louis Cardinals
2. Pittsburgh Pirates*
NL East —
1. Washington Nationals
NLDS: Pirates over Dodgers; Nats over Cards
NLCS: Pirates over Nats in 7
NL MVP: Tulowitzki, COL
NL CY: Kershaw, LAD
NL ROY: Pederson, LAD
WORLD SERIES: Angels over Pirates in 7
WS MVP: David Freese, LAA
Castro gained national recognition when he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
First elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2011 and 2013, the 39-year-old is the youngest mayor of a major American city, according to his website.
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The former Arkansas governor, recently under fire for his controversial takes on the libido status of modern American women, look to clarify his position on gay marriage to Iowa conservatives earlier today.
Huckabee, who is also a pastor, told a conservative crowd, “I’m not against anybody. I’m really not. I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic.”
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In a legal world that some perceive to be in a tailspin amidst a less than thriving economy, effectiveness and efficiency have become very important. As law firms search for new ways to operate more leanly, the question arises whether or not there is a demand for law librarians. Law librarians have been in the forefront of cost-cutting measures since 2008. Although it can be argued that law librarians are a wealth of knowledge and a valuable resources, as technology continues to transcend the industry it is becoming more transparent their demand is minimal.
However, over the past five years law librarians have viably searched for ways to maintain their importance in the legal profession; most notably leaving traditional roles consisting of on-demand research and moving towards the support of true knowledge management. How law librarians are to change their roles into the “new normal” in…
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This is just . . . disturbing. And incredibly disappointing. From John Brummett today:
A few days ago [Senate Democrats] were approached by state Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway, the leading showboat demagogue of the Republican caucus, who handed them a copy of the governor’s centerpiece legislation — a bill to complete the governor’s proposed and popular drawdown of the sales tax on groceries as budget developments allow — and said he would be sponsoring the bill for the governor.
I have been advised as to several Democratic senatorial responses, most of them profane. “Are you [bleeping] kidding me?” was one. “Jason [bleeping] Rapert? Jason [bleeping] Rapert?” was another.
There are two issues here, in ascending order of significance:
1. Democratic senators were at least due the courtesy of a heads-up, which they didn’t get.
2. Jason [bleeping) Rapert?
Bipartisanship is one thing, and a good thing. But Rapert is singularly the most grandstanding right-wing blowhard in the Republican caucus.
But, more than that, a moderate Democratic governor with near-70 percent approval has just handed a marginalized, extremist, out-of-the-mainstream Republican new bonafides of credibility by letting him handle as lead sponsor the governor’s most popular measure.
I’ve said it many times, but it’s worth repeating again today — Mike Beebe’s overall popularity completely belies the apathy of so many active Democrats in this state. Frankly, I’ve found him to be completely lame as leader of our party. Perhaps is unwillingness to be bold on anything is what has led to his historic poll numbers.
But half of us actually want to show how proud we are of the Democratic party in a time of so much progress on so many of the important issues we’ve long been fighting for nationally…while the other half is apparently content on letting our state turn into another GOP-wingnut version of Kansas as they wait on the black guy to finish out his presidency, hope for Hillary to the ticket in four years, and then decide to get serious again with effective messaging on policy debates, pushing important reforms, and fielding electable candidates that can help others down-ticket. It’s been pretty insulting, at times, to be honest.
Too much is at stake and the state party needs to demand more from the governor and others.
Time for a bit of quick reflecting and processing . . .
So, we begin our news week with the always-unlovable-yet-always-inevitable gov frontrunner Dustin McDaniel offering up his hastily arranged “apology” regarding personal misdeedery in an unfolding sex scandal that appears plenty sordid enough to fetch D-G headlines for months to come. Ouch, McDeezy. Have we learned nothing from recent mistakes, sir? You may be plowing through that traditional Arkansas Democrats’ playbook on your way to the throne, but Bubba you ain’t. Surely you do understand you can’t whether these sorts of storms and attacks on your character. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time ego and libido threw a wrench in the plans of a rising politician, would it?
Of course, as is the case with all significant political scandals, and no matter how far out the next election may be, one could hear some very important dominoes begin moving in the hypothetical race for ’14. By Thursday, my man Bill Halter is emailing a Christmas greeting card and family portrait that was so gooey with warmth and wholesomeness I swear I could actually smell the apple pie emanating from my computer monitor. (Seriously, that’s a great lookin’ bunch of gals he has there.)
Next, without even a full day having passed since that little well-played jab on family values from Halter, we all got to sit back and marvel once again at those mighty Hutchinson family connections at work with our boy “Asa!” suddenly reborn in the national media, grabbing instant headlines with his NRA-Figureheadedwhatever role in yesterday’s otherwise forgettable presser on gun violence. There’s little doubt in this author’s mind that Mr. Hutchinson’s showing yesterday in that extremely disappointing and completely unconstructive “response” on schools and guns will poll very well in our state and was a masterfully devised first-strike in this race.
Now we can be sure that these dominoes are falling, not even two full months since the last election. There’s been chatter that big names like Mike Ross and Timmy Griffin are now reconsidering their recent formal declarations to not run. There has also been some more remote speculation that the heavily bankrolled and AFP/ALEC queenpin State Senator Missy Irvin might just bypass her more logical step of running for State Treasurer and go right for the top spot (presumably because Griffin was out and the in-house disdain for Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who will have some serious character issues raised in his next campaign himself).
Early polling showed things pretty tight even with McDaniel jumping out early with all of his built-in advantage; now, in the course of a week, it looks like the Democrats are destined for an even nastier primary fight and that ol’ Doyle Webb and the crew have a real shot to both vote their portly pizza man off the island and turn their wet blanket into a NRA Superstar “Gov!” like he’s long been dreaming about.
Ok, back to the spirit of ol’ Kris Kringle and whatnot. Am I right?? Happy Holidays to all my fellow political hacks out there! Let’s all do our part to make it a great 2013!
It’s beyond time to reform our gun laws, folks. True, it won’t solve everything overnight, but it would certainly quickly aid in screening lunatics who can now pick and choose at gun show festivals and order mass murder arsenals online. Responsible gun owners should have no problem in some extra questioning to further public safety. I mean, we all gladly take out our belongings at an airport because of one awful tragedy, right? It’s not “Big Liberal Government Lockdown” or whatever, either. It’s called being practical because we all have to live with one another.
Frankly, I’ve had my fill of the often over-the-top Facebook treachery coming from many of today’s servicemen . . . sadly, family included. It’s apparently not about to stop just because the current source of their spite was overwhelmingly re-approved in a national election, either.
Yes, I hold you all to a slightly higher standard. When it comes to free speech, the military is most certainly unique. But, for what it’s worth, I’m also the guy that stands up in public to sing about those like you that have defended my country, lets you cut in line ahead of me if I notice you’re waiting, will come up to you randomly and shake your hand and thank you for your service, advocates for more assistance programs for returning veterans, and yes, even tears up just about anytime I watch documentaries that chronicle the personal sacrifices of you and your families. I guess that’s just my own small way to show you that I appreciate that “higher standard” I’ve felt you earned.
But now I’m someone that’s seriously starting to have doubts about whether many of you are actually standing up for the same basic American values that I believe in. Free speech and the right to voice your opinion on political matters and our culture is one thing, the act of perfidy is quite another. When Americans join the military, they become soldiers that swear an oath, not to defend any political ideology, but to defend the Constitution. However, with the advent of Facebook and Twitter as a public forum in which political junkies and novices alike have found to be created precisely for the daily airing out of political grievances, our servicemen and women have been unable to resist weighing in with some awfully irrational criticism of the current Commander-in-Chief, much to the detriment of the otherwise glorified persona we civilians have assigned to them in our society.
As fellow citizens, enlisted men and women enjoy the same freedoms that civilians do, which obviously includes the freedom of speech; however, our soldiers owe it to their country to be mindful of their audience. While it’s perfectly fine to badmouth his Commander-In-Chief from the comforts of home, or with her buddies out on a jog, re-posting that “Obama as Stalin” picture or “Obama Conspires Against Vets” story link you found over at some Tea Party Facebook page seems to carry a lot more weight and negative repercussions because you said it. And that’s not just the opinion of some infamously loudmouthed and “ungrateful” local progressive, it’s actually the law as stated under Parker v. Levy(1974), where a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court stated that the “different character of the military community and of the military mission” requires a “different application” of standard free speech protections under the First Amendment. More recently, in 2009, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, said:
“The U.S. military must remain apolitical [ . . . ] and be a neutral instrument of the state, no matter which party holds sway.”
I thought the last president was a truly a disaster, especially in foreign policy (hardly becoming the international diplomat his father had been), but I still respected the office he held and hoped the decisions he made would somehow work out well for most people. If you could support him – some halfwit pretending he was one of you as he hopped out of a jet plane to say “I won!” – I know you can take a step back from the current political discourse we all hear every day, think about the unique role you play for this nation, and start treating the current guy (and the significant majority of the citizens of this country who have elected him twice) with the same respect you feel that’s owed to you.
There, I said it.
I hope those of you that are currently serving or have previously served know it comes from a love of country and sincere hope that we can somehow improve our political discourse, not some expectation that you bow down to the guy I happen to support. I’m curious to see what some of you think about this, actually.