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Christian Cake Maker goes to the Supreme Court
Posted:Jul 26, 2017 10:14 am
Last Updated:Jul 26, 2017 10:16 am
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The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would hear the case of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, teeing up the country's highest stakes legal showdown about whether laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination can violate religious people's constitutional rights.

The justices granted certiorari to hear the case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in its next term, which begins in October.


I don't smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. I won't buy them for someone and if I had a choice, I wouldn't sell it to them either. Nevertheless, when I was a Wal-Mart Cashier, I had to sell tobacco, beer and wine unless the customer was underage. I was probably more vigilant about checking ID than some of the other cashier. For example if a group of young people came in, I would check ALL their ID's and if one of them was underage, I would refuse the sale.

I would prefer to make a wedding cake to a gay couple versus selling cigarettes to a straight couple. It will be interesting to see how this Supreme Court case goes.


My husband and I were married at a Nudist Resort. We wanted two cakes. One with the Tree House Logo and another with a Native American Couple saying they object to Nudity. The first bakery refused to do the cakes so we went to a second bakery. They did the cake with no problems.
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Girls Scouts get Restraining Order against Trump (Satire)
Posted:Jul 26, 2017 9:23 am
Last Updated:Jul 26, 2017 10:15 am
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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an extraordinary rebuke of the President of the United States, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. have obtained a restraining order against Donald J. Trump.
The order, which the Girls Scouts were granted on Monday night, prevents Trump from coming within three hundred feet of any gathering of the Scouts’ organization.
Carol Foyler, a Girl Scouts spokesperson, said that while the G.S.U.S.A. sought the restraining order “out of an abundance of caution,” the girls themselves were “in no way, shape or form” afraid of President Trump.
“They’re prepared to deal with bobcats and bears,” she said. “They can handle a malignant narcissist.”
Trump wasted little time responding to the Girl Scouts’ action, lashing out at the organization in a blistering early-morning tweet storm.
“Failing Girl Scouts bad (or sick) guys,” Trump wrote. “Mints, cookies terrible. Sad!”


Andy Borowitz is the New York Times best-selling author of “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes the Borowitz Report, a satirical column on the news, for newyorker.com
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Bravo to our Lady GOP Senators
Posted:Jul 20, 2017 2:47 am
Last Updated:Jul 26, 2017 9:24 am
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THANK YOU!!!!!!
Senator Susan Collins of Maine,
Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska,
AND
Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia

Thank you for doing what is best for the American People


Senator Susan Collins has called for Republicans to work with Democrats to fix the current health care law — and on Tuesday, her decision to oppose the repeal effort may have helped ensure that that would be her party’s only remaining option

Senator Murkowski said Tuesday that she would oppose the repeal-only effort. “Repealing the A.C.A. without a clear path forward just creates confusion and greater uncertainty,” she said in a statement.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito became the first woman elected to the Senate in her state’s history in 2014, after serving 14 years in the House of Representatives. Since then, she has proved open to working with Democrats, particularly when it comes to addressing the acute opioid problem in West Virginia, which has the nation’s highest rate of overdose deaths.

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God'sWork via Beans&Rice
Posted:Jul 19, 2017 2:36 am
Last Updated:Jul 20, 2017 12:32 am
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I spent the past few months in Washington DC trying to save our rivers and health care. It created a setback with my financial realities so this month I stocked up on beans and rice. I have plenty of spices and canned veggies so it works out just fine for me.

So this afternoon, I get a knock on the door. It's my Jamaican buddy. He always shows up unannounced at the worse possible time. I slept until noon and I was still in my jammies. Dang! If he was looking for a bootie call, he needs to come by when the house is not a mess, the bed made and I am wearing something bs*e?x5y. Nevertheless, we do have the MOST interesting conversations.

We sat out on the porch and talked about various subjects. We talked about White Privilege. I offered to wash his feet and he laughed. "What do I care about white privilege, we won the revolt in Jamaica." He came to the United States for better opportunities and it happened for him. We talked about his Church and my Quaker Meeting. He sings in the church choir, I was kicked out of a church choir but my singing is not a concern for the Quakers. We talked about Grandchildren. He has a bunch of them - I have one.

One of our favorite topics is cooking. He was describing how he cooks beans and rice. He cooks them together with coconut milk and uses curry. I started asking him questions in detail mentioning that I cook the beans in a crockpot and rice in a rice cooker. I put them in zip lock bags and throw them in the freezer Voila! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinners for the week. Do you cook them with chicken he asked. Not really So he asked, "would you like a steak?"

I am not a vegetarian or a greenie but I honestly have everything I need. I don't NEED a steak. His logic was that if he gives God blesses him. So Fine, I'll say Thank You. He drove over to Food Lion and came back with a steak. He told me that he was doing God's work. Some folks might disagree, I was Washington DC trying to deal with the health care issue which could also be God's work.

I offered to cook the steak and share it with him but he had plans to visit his grandkids and cook for them.

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Can Our Founding Fathers Be Compared with Modern Morality
Posted:Jul 17, 2017 5:03 pm
Last Updated:Jul 18, 2017 1:07 pm
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When the United States Constitution was written - it was a white male property owner's world. The constitution was written with them in mind but a century later expanded to free to free the slaves and give black men the right to vote. It would take another 50 years to grant women the vote regardless of color.

Thomas Jefferson was a product of the political, economic and cultural mindset of his times. Black folks were property and women were chattel. The story is that when Martha Jefferson died from childbirth after her 11th child - he promised her not to remarry. He honored that promise but still wanted sensual gratification without the risk of transmitted ailments. The solution was to utilize one of his servants. This was a practice that carried over from Old Biblical times when the Patriarchs and Kings took on concubines.

Sally Hemming was the half sister of Martha Jefferson. She was 2/3's white but nevertheless property because of the status of her mother and chattel because of her gender.

The story passed down from her family is that teenager Sally was in France and could have petitioned to stay in France as a free woman. She agreed to return with his promise that their future children would be freed

This is a situation that would not be morally or legally permitted by modern standards but does it really undermine the accomplishments listed on Jefferson's headstone
. "Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.".

The accomplishments have expanded to include the right for anyone to attend the University of Virginia regardless of race or gender and worship as they please.

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Public Drunkeness and Vulnerablitity
Posted:Jul 16, 2017 7:46 pm
Last Updated:Jul 17, 2017 7:47 pm
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There is a story about a Lyft Driver who refused to transport an unconscious drunken woman. Her friends called a Lyft driver - tossed the driver the keys and told him to get her home safely. He offered to drive her home IF the girlfriends travelled with him. They refused wanting to get back to the party. He offered to call the police to access the situation and they left with the drunken woman. He pointed out that they were placing her in a vulnerable situation by placing her with a lone male and they were placing him in a compromising situation as a young black male. There were also medical issues that he might not be prepared to deal with in addition to get his car full of punk.

I remember years ago, when a bartender dropped a drunk man at our local 12 Step Hall. He had no ID and no clue where he lived. It is our job to help those who want help not play nursemaid for someone during between their drunken sprees. We called the police and he ended up spending the night in the drunk tank. It was probably the safest place for him to be.

Public drunks don't get thrown into a drunk tank in West Virginia. They are medically assessed - vitals taken and monitored. There was a law suit where an individual died in the drunk tank and WV got sued. There is also the drug factor which complicated issues.

New Years of 2015, my younger son woke up in the emergency room hooked to monitors and IV's. He quit his job and told me that he wanted to have some "fun" before going into treatment. The police found him unconscious and called the paramedics. There was hypothermia in addition to an overdose. I picked up at the hospital telling him, "No Sympathy!" His sponsor drove him to Detox a few days later.

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POSTERITY!!! French Interferance in U.S. Presidential Election!
Posted:Jul 13, 2017 12:35 am
Last Updated:Jul 13, 2017 10:13 pm
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As long as there is Government, there will be a difference of opinion. Everyone will take a side in favor of the many or the few. Nothing can add to what has already been said or what will continue to be said in the future.

Whether you or I were right Posterity must judge
quoted by Thomas Jefferson


After the progress of the French Revolution led to war between Great Britain and France in 1793, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson was among those who thought the United States should support France, its champion during the Revolutionary War. Instead, Washington sided with his pro-British Treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, and others who argued that the United States should remain neutral in the conflict per gOOgle Research

When George Washington opted not to run a third term. The French put out the message that the only way to avoid a war with France is for Jefferson to be elected.

They Planted FAKE NEWS

The FAKE NEWS didn't work.

In early February 1797, the election results came in: Federalist John Adams won the presidency by a narrow margin, and Jefferson became vice president. It was not a Love Match made in heaven.

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Bible Eating Dogs and Koran Burning Preachers
Posted:Jul 11, 2017 10:26 pm
Last Updated:Jul 14, 2017 9:52 pm
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My 12 Step Training taught me to connect with God of my understanding.
It was a relief to not have to listen to a Preacher ranting about all that "Fire, Brimstone, God is gonna get ya!" nonsense.

Since that time, I have been baptized, sprinkled, confirmed, smudged, sweat lodged, and survived some very unusual initiations including a Quaker Clearing Committee.

Currently, I meditate with the Quakers although the politically correct term is silent worship.

I found the Episcopalian educated in their thinking. Yes there is a God who proves himself through coincidences. The Bible contains Truths but may not be all literal Facts. So What
.

Mythology is not a bad thing - Many Major Religions explain things through Mythology.

Years ago, The Dog got ahold of my Bible and chewed it up to Smithereens. The Vicar suggested that I simply throw it away and buy a new Bible. That was an easy solution.

The Catholics burnt Martin Luther's Version of the Bible but it didn't stop the Lutherans from creating a Reformation.

If Ben Ladin opted to Burn Bibles - It won't stop Christians from being Christians. The Christian Bookstores could charge him double for the Bibles.


There is much ado about a Loonytoon Preacher who wants to burn the Koran on September 11th. This is really stupid.

Nevertheless, Preacher Terry Jones has a solid constitutional right to burn any book he wants as long as he doesn't violate fire code
. If he burns Korans, it doesn't change the words in the ones that the Lawabidding Citizens in the United States
Possess.

The only thing Preacher Terry Jones actions accomplish is to reveal him for the nutcase that he is. He is the reason why some folks opts to be non christians.

Big Firetrucking Deal if the Radical Islamics in the other countries that they oppress are offended. They are looking for excused to be offended so that they can control their people.

They are manipulating Spirituality for Political Power.

The Dog ate my Bible but it didn't stop me from finding a Spiritual Walk
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Angry People are not always wise.
Posted:Jul 8, 2017 6:38 pm
Last Updated:Jul 11, 2017 10:09 pm
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It cuts off the sunlight of the spirit and blocks the messages of wisdom from divine sources.

What are men to rocks and mountains.

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

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The Corset in my Closet & Lots of Fun at the Trump Hotel
Posted:Jul 7, 2017 11:22 am
Last Updated:Jul 19, 2017 1:17 am
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It is amazing how when packing for a trip - I always have the feeling that I forgot something and wishing that I packed a whole lot lighter when I am coming home.

So this year, I've taken FOUR trips to Washington DC. I am very good at travelling on a shoestring but the one thing I forgot to pack this time is was a formal dress. I have three in my closet that I have never worn because I never have the occasion to wear them.

Thursday, I took the Metro to DAR headquarters and was horrified to note that everybody was wearing formal attire. Gadzooks. I left and came back the next day in my jeans. I spent the day in the Library which requires climbing stairs and moving rolling bookcases. Jeans are much more practical than formal attire for these activities.

I have seriously considered selling those formal dresses on the bay. I listed the corset in my closet for sale. REALISTICALLY will I ever have the opportunity to utilize these garments? Do I even WANT the opportunity to utilize these garments?

Maybe I will wear one of those formal dresses the next time I go to the Greenbrier Theatre when they livestream Operas from the Met.

There were several DAR sisters who stayed at the Trump Hotel. The cost is $400. a night at the low end and $5000. a night at the High End. I was told that they partied all night. That is not my forte.

So I stayed at the William Penn House - $45. a night - simple breakfast included and walking distance to Capitol Hill. I went to the Senate Building before heading to DAR headquarters. THAT is my forte!!!


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