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Mike Huckabee wants to give us an important lesson about sinfulness and forgiveness. (I’ve added some missing adjectives for clarification.)
Good [i.e., white Christian heterosexual] people and do regrettable and even disgusting things. … The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a [white Christian heterosexual] minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a [white Christian heterosexual] minor means that one’s judgement is not mature. … They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection.
He also has other things to say:
Huckabee … slammed President Barack Obama for inviting “some of these thugs and rioters and mob members … to sit down and have a conversation” at the White House, a reference to meetings the President held with young activists and community leaders, among others, this week.
“When people are breaking the law, they don’t get an invitation to the White House. They ought to be getting an invitation to the big house,” he said.
Do you see the difference between thugs and good families now?
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who admitted to shoving a Hindu man off a New York City subway platform to his death in an attack motivated by religious animus has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Erika Menendez was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter for killing Sunando Sen in December 2012 in Queens.
According to the complaint, the 33-year-old Queens woman was seen talking to herself and pacing back and forth on a No. 7 train platform.
As the train entered the station, the complaint says Menendez approached Sen from behind and shoved him onto the tracks. Sen was struck by the train and died of multiple blunt force trauma.
Provo • Police Chief John King on Tuesday called for the Utah Legislature to accept federal funds to extend health insurance for thousands more state residents to prevent future crime, as well as save money.
King made his plea along with a representative of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, an anti-crime organization that supports Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah expansion plan, which includes provisions for treatment of mental health issues.
“I’m not here as an expert on health care policy,” King said at a news conference.
But as a law enforcement officer, the chief — who stressed that he and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids are not equating mental illness with criminality — said he knows the toll that mental illness, behavior disorders and substance abuse can take.
“It’s a smart move,” King said of expanding coverage.
Remember how Verizon argued in 2012 that net neutrality rules violate its First and Fifth Amendment rights?
While Verizon itself isn’t challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s latest net neutrality order, AT&T and the other Internet service providers that are suing the FCC have resurrected this argument.
In a statement of issues that AT&T intends to raise when the case moves further into the court process, the company said last week that it plans on challenging whether the FCC’s net neutrality order “violates the terms of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and the First and Fifth Amendments to the US Constitution.” The First and Fifth Amendment will be used to attack the FCC’s decision to reclassify both fixed and mobile broadband as common carrier services, as well as the FCC’s assertion of authority over how ISPs interconnect with other networks.
I emboldened (bolded ?) that last line as it most agrees with why I have a hard time settling for a candidate I don’t like because they appear less harmful than the other. For some this is really a primary election concern as they put it away for the general and get behind their parties candidate even is behind closed doors they know they don’t have what we need. Elizabeth Warren is in a better place to shape both the primary and general elections policy messaging than Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, or Hilary Clinton. In the economic sphere, to be more specific. For whatever reasons her bully pulpit really grabs our attention. Heck she might even force some positive changes in the pacific trade deal.
Time to fight, be a little less inclined to settle. Push, prod and cajole. Party planks can make all the difference. Give the indy’s something to get behind, rather than merely oppose the GOP.
Says What She Really Thinks
Anyone hoping for Warren to call out President Obama by name over a controversial trade pact was disappointed. But she did make caustic remarks about the deal, saying it would benefit multinational corporations and “leave American workers in the dirt.”
And she made abstract attacks on those who place politics above principle, comments that could be seen as indirect criticism of White House leadership on some core Democratic causes.
“When we stand together, when we make it clear what we believe in, America is ready to stand with us,” Warren told the rapt crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center. “This isn’t just about politics. It’s about values.”
Later, she added, “We don’t win what we don’t fight for.”
I’m with Santorum on this issue. Let ‘em all on stage. The more the whole USA sees the absolute joke of a panel the Republican ticket has to offer, the more America will get what it deserves if they still choose to vote for this panoply of imbeciles and know-nothings.
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The Duggars Respond to Reports That Josh Duggar Was Accused of Child Molestation
BY CHARLOTTE TRIGGS AND ALICIA C. DENNIS 05/21/2015 AT 05:55 PM EDT - People Magazine
In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Josh Duggar, his wife Anna, and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle are speaking out in response to reports that Josh was once accused of molesting five underage girls as a teen.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Josh, 27, tells PEOPLE in a statement. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
Josh has resigned from his position at the Family Research Council as a result of the accusations becoming public, but his family has stood behind him.
As preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough are reappearing in the United States, many anti-vaxxers are re-evaluating their opposition to immunization, and others are questioning nonmedical exemptions from vaccine requirements. The California state Senate, for instance, just overruled a long-standing law that permitted parents with religious and philosophical reservations to send their children to public and private schools without their shots.
This is a sound decision: Vaccinations are safe and essential for the health of our society. We cannot allow philosophy or faith to trump public health. But denying children potentially life-saving vaccines is just one part of the problem; I’d like to eliminate even more exemptions: those now enshrined in many laws permitting religious parents to withhold scientific medical care from their children in favor of faith healing.
Forty-eight states—all except West Virginia and Mississippi—allow religious exemptions from vaccination. (California would be the third exception if its bill becomes law.) A similar deference to religion applies to all medical care for children. As the National District Attorneys Association reports, 43 states give some kind of criminal or civil immunity to parents who injure their children by withholding medical care on religious grounds.
Children who die from refusing blood transfusions are extolled as “Youths who put God first.”
If your faith mandates spiritual healing and your child dies because you offer prayer instead of insulin or antibiotics, your chances of being charged with a crime are slim. There are religious exemptions for child neglect and abuse, negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter. Several states allow parents to use a religious defense against charges of murder of their child—and in some places they can’t be charged with murder at all. And even when parents are prosecuted, acquiescence to religious belief often leads to their being acquitted or given light sentences, including unsupervised parole. None of this, of course, applies to parents who refuse medical care on nonreligious grounds; those individuals get no immunity from prosecution.
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You don't have the slightest understanding of the difference between government action and private action, and you have certainly destroyed any case you might otherwise have had with this Senator. -- Senator Gorton, to which Frank Zappa responds with "Is this private action?"