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Should Justice Ginsburg retire?


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No, and here’s why in her own words

Just a couple of months back I wondered out loud as to why Justice Ginsburg shows no signs of retiring while President Obama still warms the chair in the Oval Office, especially given her age, health, the precarious balance of the Supreme Court, and the lack of any guarantee that there will be a solid shot later at at least a half-decent successor for her.

With a hat-tip to ThinkProgress for pointing the way, here’s Justice Ginsburg in her own words, courtesy of an interview with Elle magazine’s Jessica Weisberg:

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Is it time for Justice Ginsburg to retire?


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Is going strong, going long good for the country?

Having just read this article from the Washington Examiner, I find myself a bit perplexed and asking not only whether Justice Ginsburg should retire, but why won’t she of her own accord?

“I will do this job as long as I can do it full-steam,” Ginsburg said. “When I feel myself slipping, when I can no longer think as sharply, write as quickly — that will be the time for me to leave the court.”

The article concludes, and fairly at that:

The nightmare scenario for liberal court watchers would be a replay of 1968, in which a liberal justice, Ginsburg, dies or is forced to retire under a Republican Senate and president. If this occurs, the court’s swing vote could move one member to the right, from the unpredictable Justice Anthony Kennedy to Chief Justice John Roberts, who is…

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Finally just pulled the Facebook plug


I have been contemplating pulling the pull on Facebook as well. Please keep us updated as if you keep the plug pulled or if you get pulled back in.

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It took me a while and a measure of forgetfulness, but the deed is done

Since my last post on the subject of Facebook (see Goodbye, Facebook below), I’ve paid next to no attention to it at all, reminded of its existence only by the slow feed of occasional email notifications, an onslaught that slowed to a trickle once I stopped feeding the best. Once in a while I’d click a guilty click to see a picture, perhaps of a friend’s newborn. Other times I was curious to see if the powers that be at Facebook ever bothered to get back to me on my request to cancel my Ars Skeptica page.

A quick bit about that, as an aside:

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Christians can’t comprehend geography?


It’s a valid question. Read on and leave a comment on your thoughts

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Why is it the even though the Bible makes it clear all events take place in the Middle East and or Africayet everyone believes people in the Bible are Causation? To my knowledge Europeans were only mentioned when Rome conquered Israel. What were they called? GENTILES.  There are very, and I mean very, few Caucasians mentioned in The Holy Bible. I’m not trying to be controversial or hurt anyone feelings. This is FACT. I’m tired of people trying to distort facts. The Holy Bible does not revolve around Europe.

It’s very simple people; Europe = White people, Africa = Black people, Middle East = Middle Eastern people — which is a mix of Blacks and Asians. Geography is your friend. LEARN IT! Enough of my words. What does The Holy Bible have to say it’s peoples skin color?

Job 30:30
My skin is black upon me, and…

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My Mental Medley is getting a ‘facelift’ – please be patient.


Hello to all our of our wonderful fans & followers.

We are updating the server & host and themes of My Mental Medley over the weekend.  So, if there is a slight hiccup, please just REFRESH the screen after a few seconds and all should be good.  Our IT guys assure us it should be a “seamless” transition… but you never know 🙂

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Gay, Latino and Macho: The struggle to be queer and out in a machismo culture Story


Gay, Latino and Macho: The struggle to be queer and out in a machismo culture
Story by Albert Serna Jr. and Adolfo Tigerino

 

Forced onto a school bus as the day came to an end on a Thursday in 2005, Josue was frightened and uncertain what the future held for him and his companions. Chaperons from the strict Latino Pentecostal church took away all methods of communication so they were virtually removed from society. Arriving at a ranch in the middle of nowhere under the cover of darkness, the teens were forced into separate rooms. Each day they were made to pray and denounce their sexuality. It was believed that the teens had demons controlling them. And, before he was allowed to be “cured,” the scared 17-year-old was held down against his will while several people screamed in attempts to speak with the alleged demons within.

They performed an exorcism to cure him of his homosexuality.

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Twenty-six year-old student and drag performer Josue Velasquez. Photo by Adolfo Tigerino.

For Josue Velasquez, now 26, the idea of being gay and Latino did not sit well with his religious mother. She upheld a standard of masculinity called machismo that conflicted with the person Velasquez is. In the Latino culture there is a belief that men need to be hyper-masculine, domineering, controlling, and without the slightest hint of femininity. The culture of machismo is a conflict between the two identities; gay and Latino. The ideology requires such a high standard of masculinity that it is nearly impossible to reach. Critics of machismo such as journalist and feminist Germaine Greer have said, “The tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough.”

Being raised in a machismo culture impacted Velasquez’s his life, and his future. As a teen, he dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. His mother would crush those dreams one day when he showed her his prized drawings. He was a junior in high school and had spent most of the year preparing a portfolio. When he told her of his plans to attend fashion design school, she walked him out to the yard, threw his drawings in the barbecue, and made him light his portfolio on fire.

Continue reading at: https://medium.com/substance/gay-latino-and-macho-c931e022ec47

Nick Jonas shows abs at Gay club & Tweets to his gay fans


Nick a gay club in New York to promote “Jealous” and, at the prompting of the drag-queen host, flashed his washboard abs.

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Nick Jonas To Be Very Naked & Possibly Gay In New Show “Kingdom”


Nick Jonas just can’t keep his clothes on. The 21-year-old singer-actor tearing off his clothes in the vicinity of practically any gay man. Nick managed to keep his clothes on around Andy Cohen, however, when he visited Watch What Happens Live! But that was a rare moment of composure, as he revealed that he just did “a lot of nudity’ for his new  show, Kingdom.jonas

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 10-episode DirecTV series centers on a gym for Mixed Martial Arts competitors in Venice Beach, where there’s “just as much drama outside of the ring as there is in it.” Some of that drama will include Nick, who’s character has several sex scenes and — to Andy’s delight — a “big storyline” around his sexuality.

Below, check out a preview for Kingdom, coming to DirecTV, October 8:

Indiana will recognize another couple’s same-sex marriage in the event of death


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A federal judge in Indiana on Thursday approved an agreement for the state to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple while the state appeals a ruling overturning its same-sex marriage ban.

Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court this week asking a judge to order Indiana to recognize their Illinois marriage because Rivera has advanced ovarian cancer, reports the Northwest Indiana Times.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen acknowledged the agreement and stayed the case while Indiana appeals a separate ruling that struck down its same-sex marriage ban in June.

In the agreement, Indiana said it would recognize the couple’s marriage and, in the event of Rivera’s death, issue a death certificate listing her as married and recording Romero as the surviving spouse.

The Indiana State Department of Health also agreed to assist local health departments, funeral homes, physicians, coroners and others involved in completion of a death certificate to understand their duties in the couple’s case.

The agreement comes following an order in a separate federal case in which Indiana was ordered to recognize the marriage of another lesbian couple. That emergency order, issued by U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, applies only to Munster residents Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, who also is fighting advanced ovarian cancer.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement that while he has a duty to defend the laws passed by the Indiana General Assembly, he must respect previous decisions by the courts.

“Our 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has previously made an exception to Indiana’s existing statute and recognized a plaintiff’s out-of-state marriage under similar, difficult circumstances.” Zoeller said. “In this new case, the stipulation both sides filed mirrors the 7th Circuit’s earlier approach.”

The challenge to Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban involving Sandler and Quasney is one of seven cases that have resulted in marriage bans being overturned in Indiana, Wisconsin, UtahOklahoma, Virginia and that have been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court will conference on the cases on Sept. 29, and could decide to hear one or more of the cases in the coming months, potentially leading to a national ruling on marriage equality.

Via: NWI Times

Video: William Shatner & LeVar Burton drink wine & talk Reading Rainbow


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Burton and Shatner Talk Life over Wine

LeVar Burton is billed as an “educator” in the the latest installment of William Shatner’s Brown Bag Wine Tasting. He’s certainly that, though most people probably think of Burton as an actor first. Either way, the former Star Trek: The Next Generation star and Reading Rainbow creator/host chats with Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk as they drink a mystery bottle of white wine, the label of which is obscured by a brown bag. That’s the concept of the Ora.tv show: drink and talk, drink and talk, and drink and talk some more.

Shatner steers the conversation from Burton’s life and career to the merits of the wine being imbibed. Shatner asks Burton to recount his youth, prompting Burton to note, “If we’re going to talk about my childhood, wine should be involved.” Shatner then asks Burton to describe the wine as if it were a child; trust us, you don’t want to mishttp://on.ora.tv/1lM6514s that exchange. Burton later pays heartfelt tribute to his mom and also discusses how Reading Rainbowhas evolved from its days as an iconic educational television show into a modern-day digital library. And, yes, by the end, Shatner reveals the identity of that wine they’ve been drinking.

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Mind officially blown. How about you?

Source  By StarTrek.com Staff – September 11, 2014

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