Same-sex marriage supporters opened the door, and what followed was as predictable as night following day:
U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups overturned Utah's ban on polygamy in December 2013.
The state is appealing the ruling, and now the polygamist "family" of Kody Brown has a lawyer getting involved:
"From the rejection of morality legislation in Lawrence to the expansion of the protections of liberty interests in Obergefell, it is clear that states can no longer use criminal codes to coerce or punish those who choose to live in consensual but unpopular unions," Turley wrote in his answer to Utah's appeal.
Yep: if same-sex marriage is okay, then anything goes. If Kody wants seven "wives", and they're all willing to go along with it, it's all good. And people are making a big deal about adultery web-sites....
Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger, Wyoming says he made sure to get the proper permits from his state government before building the pond.
Johnson is facing millions in fines from the federal government after the EPA determined his small pond -- technically a "stock pond" to provide better access to water for animals on his ranch -- is somehow violating the federal Clean Water Act.
The EPA has, in the past few months, managed to kill rivers in Georgia, Colorado, and Arizona - prompting the sovereign Navajo Nation to file charges against the agency - yet they believe that a rancher who builds a small pond on his own property must owe them millions of dollars in "fines". Moreover, they've been losing case after case in federal courts due to what the judges recognize as continued overreach, but that doesn't even slow them down:
A federal judge in North Dakota acted late on Thursday to block the Obama administration’s controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was due to take effect.
Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota found that the 13 states suing to block the rule met the conditions necessary for a preliminary injunction, including that they would likely be harmed if courts didn't act and that they are likely to succeed when their underlying lawsuit against the rule is decided.
The decision is a major roadblock for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, who were planning on Friday to begin enforcing the Waters of the United States rule, expanding federal jurisdiction over small waterways, like streams and wetlands.
But the Obama administration says it will largely enforce the regulation as planned, arguing that the Thursday decision only applies to the 13 states that requested the injunction.
As always, EPA strikes a defiant tone - and a stupid one; if, as expected, the thirteen states win, their water-grab becomes void nationwide. By the way, according to EPA, if water pools on your land following a heavy rain - they call it a "wetland", even if it remains for only hours or days. Property rights? What are those? You don't own that land!
Not to be out-done by American government agencies, the Mexican government has evidently forgotten that Texas isn't part of their country: they issued a "warning" to the state last Monday not to refuse to issue birth certificates to their "anchor babies":
The Mexican government is warning that Texas’ denial of birth certificates for U.S. children born here to undocumented immigrants stands to imperil the relationship between Mexico and the Lone Star State.
The concern was raised in an amicus brief filed Monday evening to lend support to immigrants parents who sued Texas after being denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children, even after showing their “matrículas,” the ID cards issued by the Mexican Consulate to undocumented immigrants.
Mexico says the practice stands in stark contrast to the historical practice among countries to accept passports or other forms of ID to issue birth certificates.
Well, compadre, let's get a couple of things straight, here, okay? You boys don't grant citizenship to anybody other than in-country-born Mexicans, so you can take your "historical practice" and stick it. More to the point, Texas doesn't need you - particularly since the only things you send to them are illegal drugs and illegal aliens.
Here's the way I see it, Pedro: Texas can ship them back home, and you can issue the birth certificates in your own damn country.
The Los Angeles Times notes that 43 percent of people surveyed don't use their cars' voice recognition to call up things like GPS directions. Thirty-five percent never tried automatic parking, 32 percent avoided apps like Yelp, and 20 percent didn't even use half of the tech features in their cars. (The survey asked about 33 tech features that seemed to be available in all respondents’ cars.)
So what features do they use? Believe it or not, people tend to use features directly related to driving, rather than entertainment features; things like rear-view cameras, blind-spot detectors, cruise control, and maintenance diagnostics all get heavy use. What a surprise!
My phone synchs automatically for hands-free calling, but I never use it. I simply don't use the phone when I'm driving - that's what voice-mail is for. Ditto when it comes to texting; they'll keep. But I like those rear-view cameras.
For the past four years, the race-baiter's been a nightly fixture on MSNBC, but they've decided to move his show from that M-F 6:00 p.m. time-slot to: Sundays at 8:00 a.m.! Despite dropping from five shows a week to one - and at a time when few watch - Al's portraying this as a promotion into the ranks of the all-important Sunday Morning News shows, joining the likes of "Meet the Depressed".
In North Dakota, at least, it's now legal for police to fly drones armed with tasers, tear gas, rubber bullet-shooting weapons, or anything else that qualifies as non-lethal. It was only a matter of time; they've been flying them with cameras for some time now because the drones can hover high enough that they can't be seen nor heard, yet transmit "intelligence video" in real-time. Obviously, they were going to want to take the next step.
Not too long ago, Lefties would tell you that Walmart had a sale on tin-foil when you mentioned this possibility. Today, it's a reality.
If you're on your own property, you're supposed to have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Forget about that.
I mentioned the other day the "outrage" expressed by members of Our Lady of Perpetual Outrage because a costume company has a Bruce Jenner as "Cait" costume out in time for Halloween. Oh! The anger! As I noted at the time, Bruce chose the publicity, so he earned the costume.
By contrast, everybody's favorite lion-killing dentist wasn't out for publicity, but he got plenty of it anyway. And unsurprisingly, the costume company has one for him as well:
I don't expect to see a lot of ginned-up "outrage" over this one, however; the congregation is very selective when it comes to bestowing victimhood.
Personally, I find the whole "trophy hunting" thing utterly repugnant, but professionally, I view it far differently than most:
Economically, it benefits impoverished villagers; bringing in tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars to kill one animal. This fact alone impels locals to view them not as pests to be exterminated but as adding value to their community, which in turn motivates more of a conservation ethic. As well, it is customary for hunters to leave the meat with the villagers, so there is additional compensation involved. Thus, it's hard to argue that legal hunters are just slaughtering innocent animals for no good reason other than their egos; certainly, the latter is why they do it, but the benefits associated with a controlled hunt in order to kill a single animal far outweigh the negatives, both from an ecological and a sociological perspective.
A local business owner has united with law enforcement to identify and bring to justice a serial defecator deemed the "Portland Pooper” who has been making a mess in Southeast Portland in recent weeks.
The business owner set up a camera in a window and caught the mad pooper in the act of doing his...um...business. He does, however, bring a roll of toilet paper along, so he won't be caught by any tell-tale poppy pants.
If the cops find him, he may be charged with public indecency and "offensive littering".
Doubtless, the first words out their mouths, should they find him, will be: "Urine trouble".
The killing this morning of a Roanoke VA reporterette and her cameraman during a live interview is certain to elicit calls by the usual crowd, from Barry on down, about the need for tougher gun laws. But that misses the larger issue.
There will be no Reporters' Lives Matter! protests; after all, all three of the people shot by the disgruntled co-worker were white; the shooter had convinced himself that he was being passed over for coveted jobs at the television station because he's black.
The shooting happened around 6:45 a.m. at Bridgewater Plaza in Franklin County, as Parker interviewed Vicki Gardner about the upcoming 50th anniversary festivities for Smith Mountain Lake, a local tourism destination. Gardner also was shot and hospitalized.
I suspect that Gardner was not an intended target; he was going after the two upstart white kids - especially that 24 year-old girl who'd been give a job that should have gone to him. He'd been thinking about filing an EEOC complaint over her having been given the job. Evidently, he decided that'd take too long.
And it takes a really deranged individual to not only commit the acts, but to record them and upload the footage to social media. At least he shot himself.
Among the faithful over there at Our Lady of Perpetual Outrage, dressing up like George Bush or Ronald Reagan on Halloween is perfectly fine; funny, in fact, because Bush. Or Raygun. But dressing up like Bruce Jenner?
Oh, How Dare You! Why, that's disgusting. And "transphobic"!
Um. Bruce is a publicity hound; he's a public figure because he chose to be one. Folks like Bush and Reagan were our presidents, yes - but neither of them chose to launch a reality television series. Bruce did just that. And in so doing, he also opened the door to becoming a Halloween costume caricature. It's no more hurtful or disgraceful than it was when it occurred during the Reagan and Bush presidencies. Or are the faithful simply "Republiphobic"?
"Transphobic"? Please. Nobody's afraid of old man Bruce. He's chosen his path. He didn't have to make his "transition" a public spectacle; he chose to do that. Actions bring consequences.