Right Wing Watch sums this all up pretty succinctly:
The Religious Right’s support for Putin, an authoritarian leader who has infringed on basic liberties and the democratic process, undermined the freedom of religion, particularly for Protestants, and allowed for the creation of a Sharia law enclave where polygamy is legal, once again proves that for a certain segment of American conservatives, everything comes down to opposing homosexuality.
In short, Russia has allowed a Chechnyans to take more than one wife. This includes a forced marriage between a teenage girl and a 57-year-old chief of police.
One of polygamy’s noted defenders ended up being the country’s foremost supporter of the “homosexual propaganda” law: Yelena Mizulina. Ioffe writes:
[W]hen a lone member of the parliament proposed a law criminalizing polygamy, the initiative was duly shot down by Yelena Mizulina, the parliamentarian who was among the most vocal supporters of Russia’s anti-gay laws and other “traditional values” initiatives. Criminalizing polygamy, Mizulina said, was “absurd.” The reason for polygamy, she argued was that “there are not enough men, the kind with whom women would want to start a family and have children.” Last week, Mizulina was promoted to the upper chamber of parliament.
Mizulina authored the ban on “homosexual propaganda” and pushed through a law “banning the adoption of Russian orphans by gay couples, unmarried couples and single people in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.”
I will never understand the concept of sport hunting. Only the truly mentally damaged would enjoy killing a defenseless animal. What makes it even more heinous is this little tidbit:
During the hunt – which the organisers later admitted was badly carried out – Cecil was lured at night about half a mile out of the national park using bait, and then shot with a bow and arrow.
Also, according to The Telegraph, Walter Palmer and others involved in the hunt are to be charged with poaching as their permit wouldn’t have covered this kill.
“All persons implicated in this case are due to appear in court facing poaching charges.””
Both the professional hunter and land owner had no permit or quota to justify the offtake of the lion and therefore are liable for the illegal hunt.
It is one thing to hunt for food, to use all of the animal you kill for food and other supplies — and I’m ok with that. But this… It is just repugnant.
“Almost 50 years ago, a couple tried to purchase a home in suburban New Jersey in a neighborhood they loved, but found their efforts thwarted when the house they wanted was inexplicably pulled off the market. The couple later learned from fair housing advocates who had investigated on their behalf that the home was made unavailable to them because of their skin color. The couple’s names were Cary and Carolyn Booker. They were my parents.
“You’d think this problem is relegated to the history books. But in 2015 — today — a couple can try to purchase a home and in 31 states be told it is not available to them on the basis of their sexual orientation. More than half a century after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal government has yet to pass a large-scale law that protects Americans from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s time for that to change.” – Sen. Cory Booker, writing in support of the Equality Act.
This awesome 458 square foot beachfront cottage has a loft bedroom, and great views. I love it.
Check out more details and all of the photos at smallhousebliss.com
This distinctive cottage sits in the west
coast rainforest facing the waters of the Salish Sea. It is located on
Lummi Island in Washington, a short ferry ride from the mainland and a
couple hours drive north of Seattle. The tiny cottage recently came on
the market with an asking price of $395,000.
Wonderland Trail, Acadia National Park.
Far over the Misty Mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day,
To find our long-forgotten gold
The pines were roaring on the height
The winds were moaning in the night
The fire was red, it flaming spread
The trees like torches blazed with light
On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
They meshed the light of moon and sun.
[Virginia Lake, East Stoneham, Maine]
Ted Cruz must not have a lot of confidence in his new book, A Time For Truth.
Rather than let the book makes its way to the top on its own, he and
his publisher Harper Collins resorted to sneaky tactics to ensure high
sales. They paid people to buy the book.
In essence, The Times accused Cruz’s publisher of trying to buy its way onto the bestseller list by having a firm like Result Source hire thousands of people across America to individually purchase a copy of A Time For Truth, in the hope that some of those retailers are on the secret list of booksellers who report their sales to the Times, or that the aggregate purchasers will simply be too high for the Times to ignore.
Conservatives are furious with The New York Times, saying it
should be okay for the presidential hopeful to buy his way onto the
Bestseller List. The NYT, however, says they have “uniform standards”
they follow and these standards don’t include enticing book consumers
with cash. A Time for Truth? Hardly.
Granted this isn’t Watergate class shenanigans, it does reveal the
character of a man who thinks he is qualified to be president.