Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sarah Palin Asks "Does Media Ask Democrats About Bible Verses?" As A Matter Of Fact, They Do

So, the Sarah Palin "interview" of GOP White House hopeful Donald Trump was more snore than sensation. She lobbed softball questions, and The Donald seemed bored.

But in classic Palin, the former half-term governor groused over Trump being asked his favorite Bible verse this week:

So you get hit with these gotchas, like most conservatives do. For instance, asking what's your favorite Bible verse. And I listen to that going, what? Do they ask Hillary that?

Funny you should ask, Sarah.

Courtesy of MotherJones:

Indeed they do! On August 27, 2007, in a nationally televised debate, Tim Russert asked every Democrat on the stage to share their favorite Bible verse:

RUSSERT: Before we go, there's been a lot of discussion about the Democrats and the issue of faith and values. I want to ask you a simple question.

Senator Obama, what is your favorite Bible verse?

OBAMA: Well, I think it would have to be the Sermon on the Mount, because it expresses a basic principle that I think we've lost over the last six years.

John talked about what we've lost. Part of what we've lost is a sense of empathy towards each other. We have been governed in fear and division, and you know, we talk about the federal deficit, but we don't talk enough about the empathy deficit, a sense that I stand in somebody else's shoes, I see through their eyes. People who are struggling trying to figure out how to pay the gas bill, or try to send their kids to college. We are not thinking about them at the federal level. That's the reason I'm running for president, because I want to restore that.

RUSSERT: I want to give everyone a chance in this. You just take 10 seconds.

Senator Clinton, favorite Bible verse?

CLINTON: The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I think it's a good rule for politics, too.

The other Democratic candidates were asked also, but you get the picture.

Of course, the fact that Palin didn't know this is no surprise.

News Round-Up: August 29, 2016

Some news stories you may have missed:

• After Republicans bashing First Lady Michelle Obama for years as having "no class," meet possible First Lady Melania Trump.

• Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro says early rumors for him to be Hillary Clinton's running mate "flattering." I say it's a definite possibility.

• The Democratic National Committee unanimously approved a resolution supporting marriage equality, along with over 60% of the country. The Republicans still think they can turn back time.

• Bill Maher to Josh Duggar: "Dude, you're just horny."

• Calgary bus driver refuses to drive rainbow-covered Pride bus because "religion." So, basically, no one wants to do their job these days?

• Newly out rugby player (and hottie) Keegan Hirst celebrates at Manchester Pride.

Keegan Hirst

New York Times Op-Ed Questions Homeland Security Raid Of Rentboy

I've been wondering all week why, after almost two decades of operation, the Department of Homeland Security decided to focus on, and ultimately raid, the offices of gay escort website Rentboy.

Especially when you consider that dozens of straight escort sites continue to operate in New York City. Why just target the gay escort site?

Apparently, I'm not the only one as the New York Times editorial board pens an op-ed questioning the motivation and ultimate goals of the office raid.

Here's just an excerpt from the op-ed:

Prosecutors can credibly argue that the site’s operators were breaking the law. But they have provided no reasonable justification for devoting significant resources, particularly from an agency charged with protecting America from terrorists, to shut down a company that provided sex workers with a safer alternative to street walking or relying on pimps. The defendants have not been accused of exploiting sex workers, featuring minors on the website, financial crimes or other serious offenses that would warrant a federal prosecution.

Amnesty International announced this month that it would be pushing for the decriminalization of consensual sex work worldwide. After a lengthy and at times fraught debate, the organization’s experts concluded that sex workers were less likely to be harmed and exploited in places where the trade is lawful. Several gay and transgender rights organizations, including Lambda Legal and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, issued a joint statement supporting Amnesty International’s position.


The bust may spook clients and sex workers for a while, but it would be naïve to think it will do much more. Federal authorities should consider whether continuing to spend time and money turning the website’s operators into felons is worthwhile, while far more serious crimes, including human trafficking and sexual exploitation, go unpunished.

I'll add that I personally support the decriminalization of consensual sex work. I think as long as no one is physically harmed and it's between two consenting adults, the government shouldn't be involved.

Drone Spots Man Catching Rays Atop 200 Foot Wind Turbine

Here's a solution for the crowded beaches and pools of summer.

Drone pilot Kevin Miller, shooting video of a giant wind turbine in Rhode Island, was surprised to find a man sunbathing on the top of it.

Via RT:

The bearded man’s identity was unknown at first, with some speculating that he might have been an engineer who had decided to take a short break after conducting some maintenance work.

However, the truth is even more interesting. According to WPRO News, the man is actually a monk who works at the nearby Portsmouth Abbey School. In fact, the school even told the station that it’s not rare for the monk to soak in the sun atop the turbine.

By the way, the video is amazingly crystal clear. Take a look.

Science: Can You Really Have "Too Much" Of A Good Thing?

The guys at AsapSCIENCE ruminate on the possible results from indulging in certain pleasures like coffee, chocolate, alcohol and more.

Be smarter in three minutes. Hit the link.

Eliad Cohen: Good Morning Mykonos

I rarely post from Eliad Cohen's Instagram, mainly because after a while you realize he looks about perfect in every photo.

But thumbing through my Instagram feed this morning, I seriously had to stop and admire the view.

Happy Saturday!

Good morning Mykonos ☀️

A photo posted by Eliad Cohen (@eliad_cohen) on

Friday, August 28, 2015

Donald Trump Presidential Campaign Wrapped Up In One Ad

Pretty much says it all.

From Jimmy Kimmel:
The strangest thing about Donald Trump being on top of the polls for a full month now is that apart from his plan to build a wall to keep Mexicans out, we know absolutely nothing about what he would do as President.

Ordinarily people running for President tell us what they would do if they got the job, but Donald Trump has a much broader approach.

Kentucky: Official Misconduct Charges Filed Against County Clerk By Rowan County Government

The hits just keep coming for anti-gay Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in Kentucky.

Official misconduct charges have been referred to the Kentucky Attorney General by the Rowan County government against Davis late Friday afternoon.

From the Lexington CBS affiliate:

The Rowan County Attorney's Office said on Friday that it has referred to the Attorney General's Office a charge of official misconduct against Davis. A release from the county attorneys office says Kentucky Bar Association "Rules of the Supreme Court of Kentucky prohibit the Rowan County Attorney's Office from prosecuting Davis" because they are involved in current litigation with Davis.

"Typically, the attorney general's office refers conflict cases to a prosecutor from another county," the release says.

The release says Rowan County Government and the Rowan County Attorney's Office cannot take any other action against Kim Davis.

"Kentucky state government is the only entity that can move to have Kim Davis removed as Rowan County Clerk," the release says.

A spokeswoman for the attorney generals office told WKYT they are looking into the matter.

According to Morehead News:

Official misconduct in the first degree is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable with imprisonment not to exceed 12 months and fines of $500.

Official misconduct in the second degree is a Class B misdemeanor and carries a potential punishment of up to 90 days imprisonment and fines of $250.

The charge must be tried in court before a designation of first or second degree is placed upon it.

Davis, who has been married four times, refuses to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians over her "deeply held religious beliefs."

"Religious beliefs" that clearly don't cover the issue of divorce.

Donald Trump Dodges His Way Around Opposing Marriage Equality

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, 2016 GOP aspirant Donald Trump said he "wouldn't speak to them at all about it" if he were asked by a son/daughter/grandchild about why he opposes same-sex marriage.

Wow. That's 'presidential.'

From LGBTQ Nation:

Trump replied, “Well, it’s the way it is. I wouldn’t speak to them at all about it, other than they are who they are and I want them to be happy and I will love them and I will cherish them.”

“I’ve gone to gay weddings,” he continued. “I’ve been at gay weddings. I have been against it from the standpoint of Bible, from the standpoint of my teachings as growing up and going to Sunday school and going to church and I’ve been opposed to it.”

“We’ll just see how it all comes out,” he concluded, “but if I was ever in that position I’d just have to explain it.”

In recent days, the thrice-married Trump (isn't divorce a bad thing in the Bible too?) has proclaimed the Bible his favorite book; although, he was not able to quote or reference a single verse from the good book.

What's clear to many is Trump's "opposition" to marriage equality is only an attempt to placate evangelical Republicans. I no more believe Trump opposes same-sex marriage than I believe he opposes divorce.

Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis Requests Extension Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Heads To SCOTUS

County clerk Kim Davis (R)
Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, having received a big fat "no" from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding a stay on a federal judge's ruling that would compel her to follow the law and issue marriage licenses, is now heading to the U.S. Supreme Court asking for an "emergency" stay.

The original stay by federal Judge David Bunning expires on Monday, August 31st. That stay was issued in "deference" to the 6th Circuit Court. Davis has asked Bunning for an extension to accommodate time for SCOTUS.

Here is Davis' request:

This Court granted Davis a temporary stay of the Injunction Order through August 31, 2015. (Docs. 52, 55.) The Court’s reason for granting the temporary stay was “deference to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals . . . to give the appellate court an opportunity to review, on an expedited basis,” Davis’ request for a stay pending appeal. (Doc. 55 at 1.)

The Sixth Circuit entered an order denying Davis’ motion for stay pending appeal by Order dated August 26, 2015. (6th Cir. Case No. 15-5880, Doc. 28-1.) Davis filed today, however, in the Supreme Court of the United States, an emergency application to stay the Injunction Order.

Accordingly, Davis now requests that this Court extend the same deference to the Supreme Court, to give the Supreme Court an opportunity to review and finally decide Davis’ emergency application for stay.

WHEREFORE, defendant/Third-Party Plaintiff Kim Davis respectfully requests that this Court extend the temporary stay of the Injunction Order pending the Supreme Court’s final disposition of her emergency application for a stay pending appeal, by the form of the proposed order attached hereto.

It is doubtful that SCOTUS would grant the "emergency" stay. Davis' cases hinges on flouting the ruling made BY SCOTUS.

And speaking of that ruling, all requests that come from within the 6th Circuit are routed to Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagen, who sided in favor of marriage equality in the recent historic ruling.

In her filing with SCOTUS, Davis' lawyers contend that since there are county clerks in Kentucky (several hours away), gays and lesbians can still get married, so what's the harm?


UPDATE: Federal Judge Bunning denied an extension of his original stay.

We'll see what SCOTUS says...

Bye Felecia.

Cool Thing Of The Day: Skylight Opens Up Second Floor

We have finished the install of the new balcony Velux in Staines... What a great way to give you that bit of extra space in your loft conversion!

Posted by on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Viral Video: West Des Moines School Teachers Parody "One More Day" From LES MISERABLES

For all the teachers and theater fans. This flash mob will make you smile.

Almost 2 million views so far.

While the West Des Moines Community School District Superintendent was beginning her speech to the staff of WDMCS at the district-wide welcome back meeting, the teachers of the district created a flash mob to the enjoyment of their unsuspecting colleagues. With only one more day of preparation left, the teachers shared their talents by performing a parody of the song, “One more day” from Les Miserables.

How about the impressive voices???

You can read the clever lyrics below the video.

One day more!
Another year and one more planning day.
As we start this road to the end of May;
These students who in spring were here
Will surely come to school this year.
One day more!
I am not ready for today.
What shall I do once school has started?
One day more.
Tomorrow you’ll be halls away
Because the summer now has parted
One more day all on my own.
Do we know the common core?
No more time for preparation.
Will my lesson be a bore?
I’ve run out of planning time.
Please collaborate with me
Soon the students will be here
One more day before we start!
Do I join her for PD?
Learning targets bring you freedom!
Shall I join their PLC?
Common assessments shall be made
Formative or summative?
Will you come and plan with me?
The time is now, the day is here!
One day more!
One more day to education,
We will help these students grow!
We'll be ready for these schoolboys
We will teach what they don’t know!
One day more!
Watch 'em run around,
Catch 'em if they fall,
Making sure the classroom’s
Ready for them all,
Here’s a little crayon
There’s a little glue
Markers, pens, and pencils
They know what to do!
One day to a new beginning

Raise the flag and say the pledge!

Every student will arrive

And I hope I will survive!

There's a new world for the teaching

There's a new world to be taught

Do you hear the school bells ring?
All right,
I’ll join,
your PLC!
One day more!
I am not ready for today.
What shall I do once school has started?

We’ll become these student’s heroes
We will lead and they will go
We will build them a bright future,
We know things that they don’t know.

One more day all on my own!
One day more!
Tomorrow you’ll be halls away
Because the summer now has parted

One more day to education,
We will help these students grow!
We'll be ready for these schoolboys

Watch 'em run around,
Catch 'em if they fall,
Making sure the classroom’s
Ready for them all,
Here’s a little crayon
There’s a little glue

Tomorrow we'll discover
What our God in Heaven has in store!
One more dawn
One more day
One day more!

(h/t JMG)

Donald Trump's Language Towards Latinos Makes Ricky Martin's Blood "Boil"

Music superstar Ricky Martin is fed up with Donald Trump's attacks and demeaning tone towards the Latino community, and he's not going to stay quiet about it.

In a spanish language op-ed (translated on, Martin unleashes his displeasure over The Donald's harassment that Martin says makes his "blood boil."

“The fact that an individual like Donald Trump, a candidate for the presidency of the United States for the Republican party, has the audacity to continue to gratuitously harass the Latin community makes my blood boil.

When did this character assume he could make comments that are racist, absurd, and above all incoherent and ignorant about us Latinos?

From the beginning his intention was transparent: basically tell barbarities and lies to remain relevant in the public opinion, for votes or simply to stay on the media’s radar.

Yesterday’s episode against journalist Jorge Ramos, one of the most beloved and respected Latinos in world media, has gotten to the point of enough is enough.

Jorge Ramos was doing HIS JOB as a journalist at a press conference in which he appeared freely and democratically, representing one of the most important Latin television networks in the world and with the same right to freely exercise his profession as all other journalists.

But this new character in American politics verbally attacks him and ejects him from the press conference.

This action from Trump doesn’t surprise me, what does surprise me is that as Hispanics we continue to accept the aggressions and accusations of people like him who attack our dignity.

Enough is enough!

If we are united for some things we should be united for others. We have already shown the United States who we are and we cannot allow this behavior.

We have to defeat the power that Trump pretends to have over Latinos, anchored in low rhetoric and xenophobic speech, which his campaign team is convinced works for him.

Let’s show that our Latin race is to be respected, let’s not allow a political hopeful to plant his campaign in insult and humiliation. Let’s demand respect for those first generations of Latinos who came to the United States and opened a path for us. We have fought for every right that we have today.

Xenophobia as a political strategy is the lowest you can go in search of political power.

This is an issue that unites us and we need to battle it together, not just for us but for the evolution of humanity and those to come.”

Sarah Palin: Asking Donald Trump's "Favorite Bible Verse" Is A Gotcha Question

Sarah Palin

For several days now, GOP White House hopeful Donald Trump has been freely stating in his campaign appearances that the Bible is his favorite book.

When asked this week if he could share a favorite Bible verse, he was kind of stumped saying it was "too personal" to share.  (The impression to many, after that response, was that perhaps Trump wasn't all THAT familiar with the Bible).

Personally, I think if you're bringing up the Bible and how much you like it, referencing one inspirational verse isn't too personal. Especially when Trump is the one bringing up the Bible.

Well, former half-term governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin (who has been clearly campaigning for the running mate spot on a Trump ticket) came to The Donald's defense on her Facebook page:

WTH, LAMESTREAM MEDIA! STAY OUT OF MY BIBLE. WTH? Lamestream media asks GOP personal, spiritual “gotchas” that they’d NEVER ask Hillary, or they’d feed the question to her and/or liberal cohorts before they asked it on-air (we know how these things work, lapdog media… the public’s on to you), so good on Trump for screwing with the reporter. By the way, even with my reading scripture everyday I wouldn’t want to answer the guy’s question either… it’s none of his business; it IS personal; what the heck does it have to do with serving as commander-in-chief; and these reporters trying to trip up conservatives can go pound sand until they ask the same things of their favored liberal pals. I’ll cover this in my interview with Donald Trump and other candidates tonight on the One America News Network show “On Point.” The more the media does this, the more they empower America to reject them and their bias as voters run to the anti-status quo candidates daring to Go Rogue.

Palin famously could not name one publication - newspaper, magazine, website - she regularly read when asked by Katie Couric in 2008 when Palin was the GOP vice-presidential nominee.

Palin considered that a "gotcha" question.

Scammed: Ashley Madison Hookup Site Had Practically NO Real Female Accounts

According to Gizmodo, who took a serious look at the data dumb from the Ashley Madison cheater's site, an enormous percentage of the "female" accounts were fake.

An ENORMOUS amount were fake.

Then, three data fields changed everything. The first field, called mail_last_time, contained a timestamp indicating the last time a member checked the messages in their Ashley Madison inbox. If a person never checked their inbox, the field was blank. But even if they’d checked their messages only once, the field contained a date and time. About two-thirds of the men, or 20.2 million of them, had checked the messages in their accounts at least once. But only 1,492 women had ever checked their messages. It was a serious anomaly.

The pattern was reflected in another data field, too. This one, called chat_last_time contained the timestamp for the last time a member had struck up a conversation using the Ashley Madison chat system. Roughly 11 million men had engaged in chat, but only 2400 women had.

Overall, the picture is grim indeed. Out of 5.5 million female accounts, roughly zero percent had ever shown any kind of activity at all, after the day they were created.

The men’s accounts tell a story of lively engagement with the site, with over 20 million men hopefully looking at their inboxes, and over 10 million of them initiating chats. The women’s accounts show so little activity that they might as well not be there.

So out of 5.5 million female accounts, the data shows only 1,400 or so had ever checked messages.

Whoa, bros. You got hosed.
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