Sweetness & Light http://sweetness-light.com Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:24:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Terrorist Attempts In US Reach Highest Level Since 9/11 http://sweetness-light.com/archive/terrorist-attempts-in-us-reach-highest-level-since-911 http://sweetness-light.com/archive/terrorist-attempts-in-us-reach-highest-level-since-911#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:24:09 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=46359 And yet Obama got reelected by telling us he had terrorism on the run. — Still, to be fair, this is probably all because he hasn’t been allowed to close Gitmo.

From the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal:

Terrorist Attempts in US Reach Highest Level Since 9/11

By Natalie Johnson | June 29, 2015

The United States is experiencing its highest level of terrorist activity since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Heritage Foundation report published last week advocating Congress to take the U.S. terrorism threat “much more seriously.”

Surely they must be talking about rightwing hate groups that are inspired by talk radio and Fox News. (Just kidding.)

The report detailed the FBI’s arrest of a 19-year-old in North Carolina for conspiring with… ISIS, to attack public venues in an attempt to kill hundreds of Americans.

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From the New York Times:

U.S. Tells Iran That Preliminary Nuclear Deal Must Stand

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and DAVID E. SANGER | JUNE 29, 2015

VIENNA — The United States warned Iran on Monday, in both English and Persian, that a preliminary agreement reached two months ago in Switzerland must remain the basis for a final nuclear deal.

What agreement? Even back in April the Iranians claimed there wasn’t a framework. But we were told they were just saying that for ‘public consumption.’ And that there really was a deal, but it wasn’t written down.

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ISIS Beheads Women For The First Time (For Sorcery) http://sweetness-light.com/archive/isis-beheads-women-for-the-first-time-for-sorcery http://sweetness-light.com/archive/isis-beheads-women-for-the-first-time-for-sorcery#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:35:10 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=46355 ISIS had previously only decapitated female corpses and stoned living women. Out of their world famous respect for the fair sex.

From Agence France Presse:

IS beheads two Syrian women ‘for the first time’

June 30, 2015

Beirut (AFP) – The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of "sorcery," the first such executions of female civilians in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday… In both cases, the women were executed with their husbands, with each pair accused of "witchcraft and sorcery".

‘Witchcraft and sorcery’? And to think some call them backward.

The Observatory said IS has previously decapitated the corpses of Kurdish female fighters during battles, and the jihadist group is reported to have stoned civilian women to death on allegations of adultery…

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Greece Is In Shock As Banks Shut; Could Lead To Unrest http://sweetness-light.com/archive/greece-in-shock-as-banks-close-may-lead-to-social-unrest http://sweetness-light.com/archive/greece-in-shock-as-banks-close-may-lead-to-social-unrest#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:43:38 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=46345 In other non-same sex marriage, Confederate flag — hence unimportant — news.

From Reuters:

Greece in shock as banks shut after snap referendum call

By Karolina Tagaris and Michele Kambas | June 29, 2015

ATHENS (Reuters) – Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis.

Reuters doesn’t bother to mention it, but the banks are reported to be closed for at least six days.

With Greece’s bailout expiring on June 30 and an IMF payment falling due at the same time, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pleaded by phone with European officials to extend the programme until a referendum on Sunday on its future terms…

It also pushed Greece towards defaulting on 1.6 billion euros ($1.77 billion) due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday…

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#TweetYourPeriods Must Include Transgendered Women http://sweetness-light.com/archive/tweet-your-periods-must-include-transgendered-women http://sweetness-light.com/archive/tweet-your-periods-must-include-transgendered-women#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:32:16 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=46343 Put this on the ever growing stack of things we would have joked about just a few short years ago. Before all of the ‘new normalcy’ we now currently enjoy.

From the Daily Caller:

Men Can Get Periods, Too, Apparently

By Philip DeVoe | June 28, 2015

The twitter tag #LiveTweetYourPeriod, initiated on Twitter by social justice advocates to raise awareness about the stigma surrounding periods, has unintentionally caused a criticism of modern society’s alleged intolerance toward the trans community, whose menstruation patterns are as up to personal choice as their gender.

The [hashtag campaign], say other social justice advocates, suggests only women can get their periods, which is gender exclusive.

Weasel Zippers… first reported the development in the gender identity discussion by reposting a tweet [which said:] “remember to be inclusive of our trans sisters, brothers & genderqueer kin when you #LiveTweetYourPeriod.

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From the Weekly Standard:

Congressman’s Son Part of Black Market Selling Junk Food in Schools With the help of his father.

By DANIEL HALPER | June 26, 2015

A congressman’s son is part of a black market at school to sell junk food, the child’s mother revealed on Fox News. The revelation came from child’s mother, Rachel Campos-Duffy, who is married to Rep. Sean Duffy [R-WS] , an accomplice in the black market sales of junk food.

[As she explained] on Fox News: "My own son is part of a black market at his school, after school. They’re selling — you know, the machines are school now are full of healthy snacks that kids don’t want to buy.

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From the New York Post:

Obama’s half-brother sells revealing letter from president

By Carlos Greer | June 27, 2015

President Obama’s half-brother, Malik Abongo “Roy” Obama, has sold a handwritten letter from the president, penned 20 years ago, that reveals Obama’s reasoning for getting into politics — including “to deal with some serious issues blacks face here.”

“Some colleagues of mine here have talked me into running for the Illinois State Senate (like being an MP for a province),” the future world leader wrote his kin in July 1995, before his political career began. “I have agreed, since I have an interest in politics to deal with some serious ­issues blacks face here,” Obama wrote.

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From the Daily Caller:

Wal-Mart Store Apologizes For Baking ISIS Battle Flag Cake

By Kerry Picket | June 27, 2015

Wal-Mart is apologizing for a store in Slidell, La., which refused to bake a cake designed as the Confederate battle flag but accepted a request to bake a cake that looked like the ISIS battle flag.

Chuck Netzhammer, a local resident, presented his story in a YouTube video Friday, saying, “Alright, Wal-Mart, you’ve got some explaining to do. I went to go buy a cake from you all the other day with this image on it and y’all wouldn’t do it.

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is this via CBS News:

Cummings: "Not enough" to take down Confederate flag

By Reena Flores | June 28, 2015

As the debate rages on over the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s capitol, one Democrat is saying that taking down the "symbol of racial hatred" is only the first step. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, said on CBS’ "Face the Nation" Sunday. "But that  [removing the flag] is simply is not enough…"

"Now we must begin to address racial disparities and inequalities themselves," Cummings added. "And I think that’s the most important thing. Again, it’s good to take the flag down, but now we have to move beyond that." …

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TX: Clerks Can Refuse Gay Couples; AL Co’s End Licenses http://sweetness-light.com/archive/tx-clerks-can-refuse-gay-couples-al-cos-end-licenses http://sweetness-light.com/archive/tx-clerks-can-refuse-gay-couples-al-cos-end-licenses#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:14:19 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=46328 Boy, the South is hateful and bigoted and backward. They are the epitome of ‘bitter clingers.’ Maybe they should have been allowed to secede after all.

First, there is this from an outraged Reuters:

Texas attorney general says county clerks can refuse gay couples

By Daniel Wallis | June 29, 2015

County clerks in Texas who object to gay marriage can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring states to allow same-sex marriage, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Sunday…

Paxton said in a statement that hundreds of public officials in Texas were seeking guidance on how to implement what he called a lawless and flawed decision by an "activist" court. The state’s attorney general said that while the Supreme Court justices had "fabricated" a new constitutional right, they did not diminish, overrule, or call into question the First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion…

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Politico Writer Proclaims: It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy http://sweetness-light.com/archive/politico-writer-proclaims-its-time-to-legalize-polygamy http://sweetness-light.com/archive/politico-writer-proclaims-its-time-to-legalize-polygamy#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:56:08 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=46326 At first glance we thought this (originally 2,219 word, 51 paragraph) article was a reductio ad absurdum argument against ‘same sex marriage.’ But it isn’t. It’s written by a long time proponent of polygamy, who welcomes the ‘slippery slope.’ In fact, he says it’s long overdue.

From the Politico:

It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy

Why group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism.

By FREDRIK DEBOER | June 26, 2015

Welcome to the exciting new world of the slippery slope… The question presents itself: Where does the next advance come? The answer is going to make nearly everyone uncomfortable: Now that we’ve defined that love and devotion and family isn’t driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals?

The most natural advance next for marriage lies in legalized polygamy—yet many of the same people who pressed for marriage equality for gay couples oppose it…

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Politico: Gay Marriage Healthier Than Straight Marriage http://sweetness-light.com/archive/politico-gay-marriages-healthier-than-straight-marriages http://sweetness-light.com/archive/politico-gay-marriages-healthier-than-straight-marriages#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:26:35 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=46322 Of course they are! (Unless you count STDs or mental health statistics.) By the way, the question mark in the Politico’s headline has nothing to do with the article. The article is dead certain same sex marriages are superior. After all, they spoke to an expert in the field, so now it’s ‘settled science.’

From the Politico:

Are Gay Marriages Healthier Than Straight Marriages?

Gay relationships benefit for being the very thing straight relationships are not: a union of two people of the same sex.

By EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH  [sic]| June 26, 2015

Ask any husband and wife and they’ll admit that marriage is hard—but social science is beginning to discover that part of the challenge of marriage stems from the fact that most couples choose to marry a member of the opposite gender.

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First there is this inevitable piece from the New York Times:

Next Fight for Gay Rights: Bias in Jobs and Housing

By ERIK ECKHOLM | June 27, 2015

Exhilarated by the Supreme Court’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, gay rights leaders have turned their sights to what they see as the next big battle: obtaining federal, state and local legal protections in employment, housing, commerce and other arenas, just like those barring discrimination based on race, religion, sex and national origin.

The proposals pit advocates against many of the same religious conservatives who opposed legalizing same-sex marriage, and who now see the protection of what they call religious liberty as their most urgent task.

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From a joyous CNN:

White House shines rainbow colors to hail same-sex marriage ruling

By Allie Malloy and Karl de Vries | June 27, 2015

Washington (CNN) – In the wake of Friday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling that allows same-sex couples nationwide to marry, the White House was illuminated in rainbow colors for the evening, a nod to the achievement of the gay rights movement.

In fact, the official White House YouTube channel even showed a live stream video of the historic event. Which is sure to be remembered up there with the moon landing.

On Twitter, the official White House account displayed a rainbow-colored avatar of the presidential mansion.

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From Weasel Zippers:

Gawker Posts Profanity-Laden Tirade Against Same-Sex Marriage Opponents

By Nickarama | June 27, 2015

Gawker [tweeted] a vulgar, profanity-laden tirade against same-sex marriage opponents.

Gawker [tweeted]: "The jig is up. The world has turned and left you fuming, seething, weeping. Fuck you, Mike Huckabee. Fuck you, Focal Point – Bryan Fischer. Fuck you, Maggie Gallagher for APP. Fuck you, Dr. Ben Carson. Fuck you, Fox News. You should all feel like assholes because you are all assholes. And now you’re also, difnitively , losers. And it feels incredible."

They [later] edited it down to just one swear word.

Gawker [tweeted]: "In his speech today following the Supreme Court’s ruling, President Obama reminded us to respect the defeated.

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