Okay, the headline is a bit of snark… But, could you imagine if a Republican had said this?
It gives new meaning to the term “shotgun wedding”: Government officials in New York have told an upstate farming couple that they must host same-sex “weddings” on their property — and because they refused to do so they must pay a $13,000 fine.
The hapless farmers are Robert and Cynthia Gifford, who have owned Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York, for more than a quarter century. During much of that time at least, writes The Daily Signal’s Leslie Ford, they have opened “the farm to the public for events like berry picking, fall festivals, and pig racing” — and, sometimes, for weddings. This was never a problem until 2012, when, reports Ford, “Melissa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy contacted the Giffords [by telephone] to rent the family’s barn for their same-sex wedding ceremony and reception. Cynthia Gifford responded that she and her husband would have to decline their request as they felt they could not in good conscience host a same-sex wedding ceremony at their home.”
Unbeknownst to the Giffords at the time, however, the phone call was being recorded.
What happened next was that Erwin and McCarthy filed a discrimination complaint with the government. On what basis? Ford explains, “New York’s Human Right’s [sic] law (Executive Law, art. 15) creates special privileges based on sexual orientation that trump the rights of business owners. Because the Giffords’ family farm is open to the public for business, New York classifies it as a ‘public accommodation’ and then mandates that it not ‘discriminate’ on the basis of sexual orientation.”
The Giffords were then found in violation of the law and were “ordered by DHR [Division of Human Rights] Judge Migdalia Pares and Commissioner Helen Diane Foster to pay $10,000 in fines to the state and an additional $3,000 in damages to the lesbian couple … for ‘mental pain and suffering.’ Additionally, the Giffords must provide sensitivity training to their staff, and prominently display a poster highlighting state anti-discrimination laws,” reports Lifesite’s Kirsten Andersen.
This issue strikes especially close to the Giffords’ heart because “marriage ceremonies on the farm typically take place in and around the couple’s home, where they live full-time and are raising their two children,” writes Andersen. “They consider the farm their home,” said the Giffords lawyer, Jim Trainor. “They live there, they work there, they raise their kids there.” In fact, not only is the couple intimately involved in planning weddings they host — providing catering, floral arrangements, and everything else save a wedding official — but they even allow part of their living quarters to be used as a bridal suite.
None of this mattered to the NYS DHR, however. This prompts Ford to ask, “Should the government be able to coerce a family farm into hosting a same-sex wedding?” She then answers, “In a free society, the answer is no” and explains, “Government shouldn’t be able to fine citizens for acting in the market according to their own — rather than the government’s — values, unless there is a compelling government interest being pursued in the least restrictive way possible.” As many critics would point out, however, there’s the rub. What constitutes a “compelling government interest”? And should the state have the power to use private property for its own interests in the first place?
We live in a sick and sad, sin-depraved society that long ago rejected the Christian values that this nation was founded upon; this story proves that little notion. Christians talk of revival; what bunk! — that ship sailed long ago. Judgement is coming, but, there is hope.
Join the club Joe.
I don’t think I’m ready to become a Republican yet … In good conscience, however, I can’t continue to call myself a Democrat. In becoming an independent, I think I’m maintaining the independent (dare I say, libertarian?) mindedness and patriotism that my parents endowed me with. For the country’s sake and for their own, I hope the Democrats wake up.
I was a Democrat because while it was clear to me that the Republican politicians were out of touch and cared for only the upper class, Democrats like Franklin Roosevelt cared for the masses and helping the working man … By and large, none of these values are represented in the Democratic Party today.
From where I’m standing, the party has largely abandoned its commitment to civil rights and instead allows race-baiters to be national power brokers. As spokesman for the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey, I am hurt that there is not one Democrat in Washington who cares enough about the great inner cities of this country to help those in dire distress from poverty and crime. These cities are in worse shape than those countries from which all those illegal ‘children’ crossing our borders daily are coming….
Most disheartening, though, is the Democrats’ weak commitment to a strong defense and maintaining America’s place in the world as the only superpower. All I see is an American foreign policy led by a Democratic administration that is floundering when it comes to things like dealing with Iraq, Russia and Syria, inept when it comes to crises like Benghazi, and weak at the knees when it comes to protecting our strongest Middle Eastern ally, Israel.
When you lose someone, like this guy? You know your political party has issues.
Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found. One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said. Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.
Dr. Baden provided a diagram of the entry wounds, and noted that the six shots produced numerous wounds. Some of the bullets entered and exited several times, including one that left at least five different wounds. “This one here looks like his head was bent downward,” he said, indicating the wound at the very top of Mr. Brown’s head. “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.” He stressed that his information does not assign blame or justify the shooting. “We need more information; for example, the police should be examining the automobile to see if there is gunshot residue in the police car,” he said. Dr. Baden, 80, is a well-known New York-based medical examiner, who is one of only about 400 board-certified forensic pathologists in the nation. He reviewed the autopsies of both President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and has performed more than 20,000 autopsies himself.
So, you see, the media lied. The black liberal activists lied. Just like the black radicals lied when they said that a black man was shot, face down at a blind pig in Detroit; which sparked the 1967 riots in Detroit. It’s all the same, start a rumor,rile the people up and force change. This is how the left works, they have been doing it for years.
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You know, I really was not going to post anything against the left today, seeing that it is a holiday. But, you know; I just think this needs to be said.
Take a look at what this holiday means to the left; go here, here, here and here — and read what this truly American Holiday means to these stinking Marxist swine bastards. These people are evil to the stinking core; and should be identified and treated as such. These aren’t the Democrats of the Roosevelt and Truman era; these are Marxists and committed ones at that. You know, sort of like our so-called President?
In my mind and in my humble opinion; there is only one thing more evil, more dangerous and more Satanic than the marxist liberal left; and that is the bastard neoconservatives of the Kristol and Podhoretz stripe. Those are the bastards that gave us Iraq and want us to go back; and they are the ones who want to bring down, along with the Marxists; our current American capitalistic system, in favor of a one world Government — complete with a one world currency and a microchip under the skin of the hand. They will get it too, once the body of Christ is taken out of this sin depraved world. After all, the neoconservatives are of the same tribe which sent Christ to the cross for supposed blasphemy.
Instead of yowling on any further, I’ll just quote this:
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. — (Matthew 10:16 KJV)
From to time to time, I get comments like this, and I like to respond to them — For the record, he is referring to this posting here:
Author : mrethiopian (IP: 22.214.171.124 , 203-174-86-88.rev.ne.com.sg)
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
URL : http://gravatar.com/mrethiopian
Whois : http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/126.96.36.199
Hopefully you have time to respond, I see your site is inundated with a plethora of comments. Could you elaborate on your statement “extremists on the left” your suggesting that the left has a spine and has actually used it in the past, to my knowledge the left hasn’t once committed an action that can be interpreted as extreme, ever in the existence of time, so what the hell are you talking about?
BTW- have fun with my spoofed IP
I really enjoyed your bigoted Blog, have a great life living in your box.
Perhaps this idiot ought to google Floyd Lee Corkins and learn a little, before shooting off his mouth.
Not to mention this list of them here: (H/T LiveLeak)
Berandine Dorn – Bombed Petnagon, Killed Police, Obamas friend, baby sat Obamas Kids.
Bill Ayers – Bombed Pentagon, Killed Police, Obamas Best Friend, Wrote Obamas Book.
Amy Bishop- college professor obsessed with Obama, shot 6 people.
Jared Loughter – killed 6 year old girl and shot gabby giffords
James holmes - Batman shooter
John Patrick Bedell -petnagon shooter
David Guy McKay – Plotted to bomb the Pentagon, caught first
Bradley Neil Crowder – Plotted to bomb the Pentagon, caught first
Antonio Martinez - Bombed a Recruiting Station
Una Bomber – Another left wing college professor psychopath
James W. Von Brunn – Holocaust Museum Shooter
Andrew Joseph Stack III – Bush Hating Leftist Who Flew His airplane into IRS building 9/11 style
Ryan Komosinski - Occupy Wall Street, Caught in BOmb Plot.
Brandon Baxter -Occupy Wall Street Protester Caught Planning to Blow Up Bridges
I wonder what Mr. Special Snowflake would say about that?
If anyone has any more to add, do it in comments section.
No, this isn’t a joke.
This story comes via TopConservativeNews.com, who notes the following:
Notice that it is perfectly acceptable for black people to oppose the demographic change of their neighborhood. If the races had been reversed, the national media would be screaming “RACISM!”
Consider this statement from the Portland African American Leadership Forum. They “remain opposed to any development in N/NE Portland that does not primarily benefit the Black community.” This would be a national controversy if the races were reversed. They would be denounced as the Ku Klux Klan.
The story via AP:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trader Joe’s grocery-store chain has dropped a plan to open a new store in the heart of the city’s historically African-American neighborhood after activists said the development would price black residents out of the area.
The grocer, whose stores are found in urban neighborhoods across the nation, said Monday it wouldn’t press its plan, given community resistance, The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/1n7Jyqb ) reported.
“We open a limited number of stores each year, in communities across the country,” it said in a statement. “We run neighborhood stores, and our approach is simple: If a neighborhood does not want a Trader Joe’s, we understand, and we won’t open the store in question.”
The Portland Development Commission had offered a steep discount to the grocer on a parcel of nearly two acres that was appraised at up to $2.9 million: a purchase price of slightly more than $500,000. The lot is at Northeast Alberta Street and Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and has been vacant for years.
So, why did Trader Joe’s decide not to build there, well for two reasons:
Critics said the development would displace residents and perpetuate income inequality in one of the most rapidly gentrifying ZIP codes in the nation.
…and the biggest reason? This:
The Portland African American Leadership Forum said the development commission had in the past made promises about preventing projects from displacing community members but hadn’t fulfilled them.
It sent the city a letter saying it would “remain opposed to any development in N/NE Portland that does not primarily benefit the Black community.” It said the grocery-store development would “increase the desirability of the neighborhood,” for “non-oppressed populations.”
Mayor Charlie Hales and the urban renewal agency’s executive director, Patrick Quinton, signed a letter in January that described what they said was the commission’s contributions “to the destructive impact of gentrification and displacement on the African American community.“
We don’t want no honkeys in our neighborhood! If you ain’t black, we don’t want your business here!
Now, could you imagine, if a business, who was owned by a black man, wanted to open a store, say in like Troy, Michigan or Rochester Hills, Michigan; which are, for what it is worth, predominantly upper middle class/wealthy class, white neighborhoods and a group of white people starting complaining about it and starting saying that it would cause the neighborhood to go into decline? Man, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be all over it!
There would huge protests and it would be all over the media. However, because this is a black thing, and the company is white owned; it is no big deal, nothing to see here, move along.
This is why I continue to run this blog; regardless of the fact that I make little or nothing on this blog at all, despite the fact that I make little or nothing on this blog, since Google Adsense dropped me. Because this sort of stuff is NOT reported by the national media; least of all by MSNBC and CNN. Fox News most likely will not touch it either, because of the taboo subject.
Furthermore, I believe that the Conservative right just will not touch this one; because they are afraid of being called racists. I do not have such issues. I simply do not care what blacks really think of me; least of all black liberals. Considering what happened to my cousin and myself; I think I’ve earned the right to point this stuff out.
By the way; these are Obama’s people and don’t you ever forget it.
This makes me feel so good; that black people are waking up to the fact that they have been lied to by the Democratic Party machine.
This is un-freaking-believable!
Several New Mexico police officers are under investigation for a routine traffic stop that devolved into a chaotic car chase last month. In their attempt to apprehend an uncooperative driver, the officers smashed a baton through the woman’s car window and fired several bullets at the children-filled vehicle.
The incident was recorded by a police dashcam video, which was released last week to KRQE News 13. According to a report from Taos News, the incident started when a New Mexico State police officer pulled over 39-year-old Oriana Ferrell for speeding 16 mph over the limit on a state highway.
The officer (whose name has not been revealed) approached Ferrell’s minivan in what appears to be a calm manner and told her to wait while he returned to his vehicle. Ferrell then sped off, starting a chase. When she pulled over again, the officer returned to the driver’s side window visibly agitated.
A few things to point out here:
- She ran, she could have gotten her ticket, kept her mouth shut; and everything would have been fine. But, no, she started arguing with the cop and then on top of that, she takes off —- twice! You cannot do that and not expect the police to get pissed off!
- She had her kids attack the police; if that had been me; that 14-year-old would have ended up in a body bag when I shot him!
I think it is important to point out; she is black. Which basically means that she will most likely get a slap on the wrist and will file a lawsuit and get a bag full of cash; and live high on the hog. Because some evil, racist white police officer actually decided that he was going to do his job. (and yes, that is sarcasm…)
Sorry, but Reason magazine is full of crap on this one; this woman broke the law and paid the price for it. The only person that is to blame for this woman’s kids getting shot at; is Oriana Ferrell and that is the only person who should be blamed.
Like my earlier posting’s video said; blacks seem to believe that they can do as they damned well please, because the actions of white men 300 years ago and it is never, ever their fault; it is the fault of the evil white man and society.
Police State? Not on this one. More like a stupid black woman.
Fixed some typos and spelling errors…. What I get for blogging in a hurry.
Update #2: Da Tech Guy links in! Thank You!
However, this little tweet here, just struck me, as…well, just wrong:
— The Americanist (@Americanist313) November 1, 2013
The Tweet I am referring to:
Yeah. This. pic.twitter.com/rMYF8EA5YM
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) October 31, 2013
Full coverage at Twitchy.
Let me say this here. Because of the writing business that I am in here and because of my political position that I happen to hold to; I have good deal of interaction with white supremacists, white nationalists and white separatists. So, I feel to label someone, like Ted Cruz, who is a Cuban minority; is quite bigoted in my humble opinion. I understand, if this woman was trying to be funny. If she was, it didn’t work, at all.
I can understand her political position; but she could have said the very same thing, without coming off as some sort of knuckle-dragging bigot. Which is what she totally sounded like, when she made that demotivator. I also happen to be quite against illegal immigration as well; is Sally Kohn going to label me a Neo-Nazi as well?
You know, if I were an undignified sort; I could very well raise the point that the only reason she gets away with things of this sort, is because she is a Jew or maybe because she is a bull-dyke Lesbian. However, I will not do that; because like her little lame demotivator — it is just a bit too easy.
Not shocking at all, most liberals do not like being questioned.
Comments can be bad for science. That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off.
It wasn’t a decision we made lightly. As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter.
But even a fractious minority wields enough power to skew a reader’s perception of a story, recent research suggests. In one study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Dominique Brossard, 1,183 Americans read a fake blog post on nanotechnology and revealed in survey questions how they felt about the subject (are they wary of the benefits or supportive?). Then, through a randomly assigned condition, they read either epithet- and insult-laden comments (“If you don’t see the benefits of using nanotechnology in these kinds of products, you’re an idiot” ) or civil comments.
A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to “debate” on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.
Vox Day Saith:
Comments aren’t bad for science. Comments are bad for those who are stubbornly clinging to outdated scientific paradigms that are showing obvious cracks.
I guess they haven’t heard of using methods like Bad Behavior, Akismet, Disqus, and others commenting blockers. They aren’t perfect, but certainly cut down quite a bit.
There are many Warmist websites I’m blocked from commenting at. Same with other Climate Realists like Steven Goddard, Tom Nelson, Anthony Watts, etc. Because Warmists do not want debate: they want people to sit down, shut up, and smile as Government becomes more intrusive and controlling. All based on a lie.
This is pretty much what I was thinking too. If you have a blog or a website; and you do not allow comments, what you basically have is a pulpit with an empty Church. Now, I moderate comments, because this blog sometimes like to attract the attention of some trollish folk who like to make appearances here. But, anyone can comment and as long as the comments don’t blatantly violate my comment policy, I will let them stand. This is because I do not mind people coming back and commenting. I also like it when they donate, but I digress.
This is not good, at all.
Go read over at Lady Liberty: #ShutUppery and the Drums of #WAR
As Andrew Breitbart would say….:
Update: Okay, as I said in my comment policy. I normally don’t ask for, or allow personal information of anyone to be posted. Except, when I ask for it. I know where this personal lives. The problem is that his surname is a common one. If anyone knows what this guys age is let me know and I will post his address and phone number. And there is a damned good reason: Back when I was still on the “skeptical left of center camp,” I did something like this here. It involved Michelle Malkin. The difference is, the information that I found on the web, was quite old. This guy here, posted the real name of a blogger, who wished to keep her identity secret. So, as far as I am concerned, turn about is fair play. Anyone that knows the age and maybe the actual address of this guy, please, feel free to turn it over to me and I will publish it. The first amendment works BOTH WAYS. He wants to play that game? I am more than willing to do it too. My name, address and telephone are a matter of public record and I have zero to hide. Can Mr. Greg Flynn say the same thing? I highly doubt it.
Update #2: I lined out the above for a reason: Lady Liberty replied to my e-mail and told me that she does not support such actions. So, I will respect her wishes. Consider yourself lucky Mr. Flynn.