What is “rape”?

Here is a link to a BBC article about a study that was done of young adults who were asked to determine whether or not a certain “staged” event would be a rape in the real world.  It’s interesting how many Shades of Gray there are . . .

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34470205

 

(FYI – I’m personally of the opinion that, no matter what the technicalities of law require, if a person does not give advance informed consent that is both voluntary and sober, if anything sexual happens it should be classified as rape.)

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Alabama Moves to Eliminate Marriage Licenses

Source: Alabama Moves to Eliminate Marriage Licenses 

Nah – it’ll never survive.  It makes too much sense for the government to be able to make it work.

I was actually thinking about writing a blog about why this would be the smart way to go, nationwide, based on the sheer size of the government bureaucracy that would be needed to actually verify legal weddings across the nation.  Think about it – just for tax and insurance reasons.  There are 50 states, plus the IRS and a few territories.  Each has a Department of Revenue that needs to know for sure if a couple filing a joint tax return is actually married. However, at present EVERY county in the country issues marriage licenses.  That means that about 55 different governments need certified copies of every blank marriage license application, PLUS they need authenticated lists of the authorized signatories for each and every county – and those all need to be updated every time there is a change.  And that is just the government.  Add into the complexity that every business needs to be able to verify all of that as well, for adding dependents/spouses to insurance policies . . . .

Oh, and we still haven’t dealt with  . . . . . . inheritance laws.

Help stop Loretta Lynch . . .

I’m afraid the fix may be in on Loretta Lynch’s nomination.

Over the weekend, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) told CNN:

“This logjam that you are talking about over this nominee likely will be worked out in the beginning part of this week…”

On Friday, Jeb Bush called on Senate Republicans to confirm Lynch.

Playing on Republican’s known disdain for Attorney General Eric Holder, Bush said the sooner the Senate confirms Lynch, the sooner Holder is gone.

But you’d have to be completely ignorant of Lynch’s positions on key policies of the Obama Administration to make such a statement.

Before President Obama leaves the White House, Loretta Lynch may make Holder look like a constitutionalist!

Just consider what came out in her confirmation hearings:

*** NSA Spying.

When statist Republican Lindsey Graham asked her views on the constitutionality of the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program, Lynch boldly called the program “constitutional and effective”;

*** Drone Strikes on American Citizens.

Like Attorney General Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch flat-out REFUSED to state whether or not she believed the President has the power to carry out drone strikes on US soil against American citizens;

*** Executive Authority.

Loretta Lynch supports Barack Obama’s misuse of Executive Orders to effectively overturn the will of Congress and write news laws via executive fiat.

And this is all in addition to her role as the Queen of civil asset THEFT!

As U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Loretta Lynch’s office SEIZED nearly a BILLION dollars’ worth of private property under the guise of civil asset “theft” just in 2013.

Senator Paul recently testified before the Senate, “Civil forfeiture turns justice on its head, our current laws assume you are guilty until you can prove your innocence.”

So, of course, Obama has chosen the Queen of this practice as the chief law enforcement officer in the country…

That’s exactly why you and I must act quickly to stop her nomination.

The Senate vote on Lynch will come down to the wire — potentially being decided by one vote.

It’s up to you and I to make sure this vote isn’t close enough for Joe Biden to cast the tie-breaking vote.

Please take action IMMEDIATELY by signing your “Vote No! on Lynch” Action Fax.   http://www.chooseliberty.org/defeatlynch.aspx?pid=421oo

Paris taught the whole world . . .

My heart goes out to all the victims, their co-workers, and their families, of the shooting at the Charlie-Hebdo offices in Paris, France.  I couldn’t help noticing that most news outlets seemed to pick up quickly that these were Muslims who were agitated by cartoons about their prophet.  Again.

However, what you don’t hear very many American media outlets reporting is the biggest piece of news about the shooting.  France has a 100% ban on all firearms, and these shootings were carried out with FULLY AUTOMATIC machine guns.

The lesson to be taken away from the Charlie-Hebdo shootings is that gun control will never work – criminals intent on murder will find a way even in countries with no legal guns anywhere.  The genie is out of the bottle – until everyone on the planet is enlightened, there will always be guns, even if they are illegal.  Criminals do not care what laws you pass, because they not only won’t obey the laws, but the laws make their “jobs” safer.

The only sane recourse is to respond to violent threats with the capacity to kill the criminal before he kills you.  Also, if 80% of all US households reported the ability to repel criminal invasion, what do you think would happen to the arrogance of Washington?  Personally, I think the Congress would start listening to Average Joe & Average Jane a lot more closely.

Thinking on US race-wars . . .

The following is taken from a comment that was posted on a Yahoo! News article that tried to explore the Constitutionality of Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration law.  I don’t necessarily agree with it, but thought it was an interesting point-of-view to consider. – V

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For almost 150 years the United States has been conducting an interesting experiment. The subjects of the experiment: black people and working-class whites.

The hypothesis to be tested: Can a people taken from the jungles of Africa and forced into slavery be fully integrated as citizens in a majority white population?

The whites were descendants of European societies who had created several majestic civilizations. The former slaves had been tribal peoples with no written language and virtually no intellectual achievements. Acting on a policy that was not fair to either group, the government released newly freed black people into a white society that saw them as inferiors. America has struggled with racial discord ever since.

Decade after decade the problems persisted but the experimenters never gave up. They insisted that if they could find the right formula the experiment would work, and concocted program after program to get the result they wanted. They created the Freedman’s Bureau, passed civil rights laws, tried to build the Great Society, declared War on Poverty, ordered race preferences, built housing projects, and tried midnight basketball.

Their new laws intruded into people’s lives in ways that would have been otherwise unthinkable. They called in National Guard troops to enforce school integration. They outlawed freedom of association. Over the protests of parents, they put white children on buses and sent them to black schools and vice versa. They tried with money, special programs, relaxed standards, and endless hand-wringing to close the “achievement gap.” To keep white backlash in check they began punishing public and even private statements on race. They hung up Orwellian public banners that commanded whites to “Celebrate Diversity!” and “Say No To Racism.” Nothing was off limits if it might salvage the experiment.

Some thought that what W.E.B. Du Bois called the Talented Tenth would lead the way for black people. A group of elite, educated blacks would knock down doors of opportunity and show the world what blacks were capable of. There is a Talented Tenth. They are the black Americans who have become entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors and scientists. But ten percent is not enough. For the experiment to work, the ten percent has to be followed by a critical mass of people who can hold middle-class jobs and promote social stability. That is what is missing.

Through the years, too many black people continue to show an inability to function and prosper in a culture unsuited to them. Detroit is bankrupt, the south side of Chicago is a war zone, and majority-black cities all over America are beset by degeneracy and violence. And blacks never take responsibility for their failures. Instead, they lash out in anger and resentment.

Across the generations and across the country, (as we have seen in Detroit, Watts, Newark, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and now Ferguson) rioting and looting are just one racial incident away. The white elite would tell us that this doesn’t mean the experiment has failed. We just have to try harder. We need more money, more time, more understanding, more programs, more opportunities.

But nothing changes no matter how much money is spent, no matter how many laws are passed, no matter how many black geniuses are portrayed on TV, and no matter who is president. Some argue it’s a problem of “culture,” as if culture creates people’s behavior instead of the other way around. Others blame “white privilege.”

But since 1965, when the elites opened America’s doors to the Third World, immigrants from Asia and India–people who are not white, not rich, and not “connected”–have quietly succeeded. While the children of these people are winning spelling bees and getting top scores on the SAT, black “youths” are committing half the country’s violent crime–crime, which includes viciously punching random white people on the street for the thrill of it, that has nothing to do with poverty.

The experiment has failed. Not because of culture, or white privilege, or racism. The fundamental problem is that white people and black people are different. They differ intellectually and temperamentally. These differences result in permanent social incompatibility.

Our rulers don’t seem to understand just how tired their white subjects are with this experiment. They don’t understand that white people aren’t out to get black people; they are just exhausted with them. They are exhausted by the social pathologies, the violence, the endless complaints, the blind racial solidarity, the bottomless pit of grievances, the excuses, and the reflexive animosity.

The elites explain everything with “racism,” and refuse to believe that white frustration could soon reach the boiling point

Obama’s Firsts

Obama has had many “FIRSTS”

◾First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
◾First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
◾First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
◾First President to violate the War Powers Act.
◾First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
◾First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
◾First President to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs that never happened.
◾First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
◾First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
◾First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
◾First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
◾First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.
◾First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.
◾First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.
◾First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
◾First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
◾First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.
◾First President to tell a major manufacturing company where it is allowed to locate a new factory.
◾First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
◾First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years before.
◾First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).
◾First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
◾First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.
◾First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.
◾First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his first five years in office.
◾First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.
◾First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
◾First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours.
◾First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.
◾First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
◾First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
◾First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.
◾First President to repeat the Holy Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth
◾First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).
◾First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”
◾Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

Finally – he was the First President to propose discharging 30,000 honorable members of the military, and then offer their jobs to ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!

Crossing borders . . .

There seems to be no end to the willingness of some people to use social rules as a hammer to force others to behave as they wish. Right now, I’m specifically thinking about the whole “civil rights” movement, and “gay rights” . . .

You see, I agree that it was wrong for Christians to try to pass laws outlawing practices that harmed no one else, but were offensive to them because of their religion. I think that was part of the reason why the Founding Fathers of the US put the 1st Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Spirituality, when it’s done right, is private and personal. When it’s done wrong, it’s a hammer forcing ideas on others.

But, it is just as wrong now for “Gay Rights” or LGBT groups to use the courts to try to force anyone to participate in any aspect of their lives involuntarily. That is just the pendulum swinging too far to the other extreme.  They are now doing to others what they didn’t like when it was done to them.  I agree with my whole heart that everyone should be free to marry anyone who is willing to marry them – but I do not agree that the happy couple has a right to demand that a specific baker make their wedding cake if he is unwilling to do it. Besides – do you really want urine-flavored icing? No, I do not think it HAS happened, but I do certainly believe it is as possible as stirring spit into a bowl of soup.

I see examples of extremism at almost every website that I visit. In addition to which, my dad is a fundamentalist Christian. So, I’ve seen and heard it all – everything, that is, except anyone looking for neutral ground. I’d like to offer that neutrality.

Let’s make a law that absolutely protects the rights of anyone to marry anyone else who freely consents (caveat to the age limits) in all states of the US. But, in the same law, at the same time, we absolutely protect the rights of business owners to refuse service to anyone who is not being directly and immediately hurt by that refusal. With the internet, cell phones, smart phones, 320 million people, 200+ variations on religion, 17,000+ communities, and a half dozen different kinds of transportation, it shouldn’t be too hard to find someone who will do business with you with a glad heart.

DNA evidence can be faked . . .

check out this article . . .

www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/science/18dna.html

This has very far-reaching implications.  In the US, DNA evidence has become the gold-standard of crime-scene evidence.  It has been used to convict people of crimes, and it has been used to exonerate people who were previously convicted.  Now, we’re being told that it can be faked – two different ways.

Holy Batphone, Batman!  The Joker just took over the Police Crime Lab!

Seriously, this presents itself as a built-in appeal reason for everyone who’s been convicted of any crime based on DNA evidence.  Particularly if it was a serious, violent crime with scant or no other evidence available.  It looks like our already over-worked courts are about to get a whole lot busier.