A New Battle for Masterpiece Cakeshop

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A New Battle for Masterpiece Cakeshop

This post has been updated with a response from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. If Jack Phillips had hoped a Supreme Court ruling in his favor would bring an end to his saga, he was sadly mistaken. The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop is in another legal fight in Colorado, this time over an order for a birthday cake that would also honor a gender transition.

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On June 4, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission acted with animus when they tried to punish Phillips for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, citing his Christian beliefs. The Supreme Court victory was the culmination of a six-year legal battle for Phillips and the Alliance Defending Freedom, a prominent Christian legal group that has won a number of high-profile religious liberty and First Amendment cases before the high court in recent years. 

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission filed a new complaint against Phillips on July 20. The crux of the new charge is that Phillips refused to bake a birthday cake that also celebrated a gender transition. According to a release from the Alliance Defending Freedom: 

 

On June 26, 2017, the same day that the Supreme Court agreed to take up Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, an attorney asked Phillips to create a cake designed pink on the inside and blue on the outside, which the attorney said was to celebrate a gender transition from male to female. Phillips declined the request because the custom cake would have expressed messages about sex and gender identity that conflict with his religious beliefs. Less than a month after the Supreme Court ruled for Phillips in his first case, the state surprised him by finding probable cause to believe that Colorado law requires him to create the requested gender-transition cake. 

‘Most Damning’ Planned Parenthood Videos Yet Set for Release if Judge Lifts Gag Order

Of course the judge stifled the most damning of the videos. 

Strategically, they should have figured out how to leak those regardless. 

‘Most Damning’ Planned Parenthood Videos Yet Set for Release if Judge Lifts Gag Order

On Thursday, Center for Medical Progress project lead David Daleiden promised that a “solid dozen” new Planned Parenthood baby body parts videos would be released in October if the NAF federal gag order is dropped.

On Wednesday, David Daleiden and his lawyers filed a motion to dismiss a gag order in the federal case involving the undercover sting videos showing Planned Parenthood selling baby body parts for profit. If the federal judge’s gag order is dropped, Daleiden told reporters that at least 12 new videos would drop.

In a conference call with reporters, Daleiden, project lead at the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), said that if the gag order is lifted, “You can expect probably a solid dozen more videos, really in the same vein as the original undercover video releases” in 2015. He was responding to a question from the Washington Free Beacon’s Bill McMorris.

Daleiden and CMP became famous (or infamous) for publishing videos showing Planned Parenthood affiliates haggling over prices for aborted baby body parts in 2015. Planned Parenthood responded by hiring Fusion GPS to publish a report suggesting the videos were falsely edited. Then, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) brought a federal lawsuit against Daleiden. As part of that lawsuit, a federal judge placed an injunction on further videos, which Daleiden said were some of the “most damning.”

Bernie Sanders socialism moves to Democratic mainstream

MCA2We had Democratic Socialism in Moscow before the rest of the US did. See how well that worked for Moscow? #MoscowCivicAssociation #Defunct Via The Hill:

The biggest Democratic star of the summer is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who, like Sanders, is a democratic socialist.

Prospective Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential election are flocking to the Sanders “Medicare for all” bill, which would institute a single-payer health-care system across the country.

And a new Gallup poll this week found that 57 percent of Democrats view socialism favorably, compared to 47 percent who view capitalism positively. 

Two years after Sanders energized progressives during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, it all suggests the Democratic field in the upcoming primary will be pulled more and more to the left as candidates compete for a large slice of their party’s electorate. 

“Bernie Sanders lost the war but won the battle to reshape the party,” said Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist.

Facebook Targets PragerU: Posts Reached ZERO of 3 Million Followers, Videos DELETED

PragerU is a site that I follow. 

There’s definitely no hate speech out there. They have well articulated conservative politics. 

Maybe that’s what’s considered hateful these days. 

#ShadowBan

https://pjmedia.com/trending/facebook-targets-prageru-posts-reached-zero-of-3-million-followers-videos-deleted/

How liberals keep making life more expensive and frustrating for NYC’s most vulnerable populations

From Jason Riley writing in the Wall Street Journal (“Getting Around Is About to Get Harder for Minorities“) in response to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his city council’s efforts to protect the taxi cartel at the expense of outer-borough dwellers by becoming the first major US city to cap the number of ride-sharing vehicles it allows to operate.

The city’s move to limit ride-sharing vehicles wasn’t a win for “the people.” It was a win for special interests with deep pockets—namely, the traditional taxi drivers and their affiliated labor unions—who want to stop ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft from competing for customers. Since running for mayor in 2013, Mr. de Blasio has received more than a half million dollars in campaign contributions from the taxi industry. The mayor placed the concerns of the people who financed his election above the concerns of people who voted for him, then spun it as a victory for the latter.

The sad irony is that the same liberals who act in the name of the less fortunate continue to find ways to make life more expensive and frustrating for New York City’s most vulnerable populations. They’ve promoted rent-control policies that create housing shortages by making the construction of affordable dwellings unprofitable. They’ve promoted education policies that aim to block popular and academically successful public charter schools from multiplying if their teachers aren’t unionized. And now they’re working to undermine the most positive development in urban transportation in decades: cheap, reliable car service.

HT: MJP

Thomas Sowell quotation of the day on redistribution

Thomas SowellFrom Thomas Sowell:

Redistribution of material resources has a very poor track record when it comes to actually helping those who are lagging, whether in education, in the economy or elsewhere. What they need are the attitudes, priorities and behavior which produce the outcomes desired.

But changing anyone’s attitudes, priorities and behavior is a lot harder than taking a stance as defenders of the oppressed and crusaders against the forces of evil. To the extent that doing the latter misdiagnoses the problem, it makes solving the problem even harder. That does no good for those who are lagging, however much it exalts those who pose as their defenders.

Were Children Smarter A Century Ago? Test For Eighth Graders In Kentucky Dated 1912 Ignites Debate Over Kids’ Intelligence Today

A general examination to test eighth grade students in Kentucky’s Bullitt County school system in 1912 has stumped some adults and ignited a debate over the intelligence of children today.

The arithmetic, geography, civil government, physiology, grammar and history questions range from ‘What is a personal pronoun?’ to ‘Who first discovered Lawrence River?’ and ‘Define Cerebrum’.

Posted on Lew Rockwell, the type-written test has promoted some adults to try and answer the questions, and caused some parents to critique the U.S. school system.

 
Could you pass this test? A general examination to test eighth grade students in Kentucky's Bullitt County school system in 1912 has stumped some modern adults and ignited a debate over the intelligence of children today

Could you pass this test? A general examination to test eighth grade students in Kentucky’s Bullitt County school system in 1912 has stumped some adults and ignited a debate over the intelligence of children today

 

 

‘I performed poorly,’ wrote Jezebel’s Laura Beck. ‘But to be fair/excuse my stupidity, some of the answers, especially history, are very different now that we know more of the truth.

Some questions are specific to Bullitt County, such as ‘name five county officers in your region,’ while  other aspects of the test are antique.

What is a ‘pennyweigh’, for example? The measurement is approximately 1.56grams, and the term derives from the weight of an English penny during the time of King Henry III.

There has been no shortage of claims in recent years that education within America has declined.

In 1995, the U.S. ranked second after New Zealand in terms of college graduation among 19 countries with comparable data. In 2010, it ranked 13th among 25 countries with comparable data.

 
Testing memory: The arithmetic, geography, civil government, physiology, grammar and history questions range from 'What is a personal pronoun?' to 'Who first discovered Lawrence River?' and 'Define Cerebrum'

Testing memory: The arithmetic, geography, civil government, physiology, grammar and history questions range from ‘What is a personal pronoun?’ to ‘Who first discovered Lawrence River?’ and ‘Define Cerebrum’

 

But many parents argue that the children in 1912 who took such tests were no smarter than the children of today.

One commenter noted: ‘Most of these questions are memorization-based. They prompt memorized answers with specific words that would have been used in classes back then.

‘There are very little critical thinking questions or any other questions that require more than rote memorization to complete.

Another woman, under the name of Leah Jaclyn, agreed, writing: ‘Often people who think our kids are dumb fail to realise that rote memorisation is a skill that is not often required anymore.’

 
Mark of intelligence? Posted on Lew Rockwell, the type-written test has promoted some adults to try and answer the questions, and caused some parents to critique the U.S. school system

Mark of intelligence? Posted on Lew Rockwell, the type-written test has promoted some adults to try and answer the questions, and caused some parents to critique the U.S. school system

 

But several commenters put emphasis on the value of learning certain things by rote.

One woman explained: ‘Is it a bad thing to memorize basic geography? Doing so allows me to read a newspaper article and understand where it is taking place. Memorizing historical facts allows me to interpret that article and put modern day occurrences into context.

She continued: ‘I work with a lot of “smart” kids who might read about the situation in Israel/Palestine, but can’t find those places on a map, and have no idea about their basic history. Thus, no context, rendering “smart” somewhat irrelevant.

Some people deemed the entire test irrelevant in comparing past and present intelligence of children.

 
The numbers: Bullitt County Census Data from 1910 shows there were 845 white and African American children aged ten to 14 attending school, out of a possible 1,032

The numbers: Bullitt County Census Data from 1910 shows there were 845 white and African American children aged ten to 14 attending school, out of a possible 1,032

 

‘This test may have been used in 1912 to determine if someone has passed the 8th grade, but it was not an achievement test to determine the learning level of all 14 year olds,’ one man commented on the Huffington Post.

‘The poor and less bright children would have already left school and were working by age 14 (if they started school at age 6, then they would be 14 in grade 8). In 1912, most of the children (poor and lower-middle class) started work before the age of 12. Many worked in textile mills. 

‘The children who took this test were probably children of the upper-middle and upper classes or children who were so smart that someone noticed their potential and sponsored them.’

A Bullitt County 1911 school report, written by superintendent, Ora L. Roby, reveals that teachers advocated for children to stay in school, even though that was not always the case.

 
Eighth grade equivalent to university? Comparatively, the number of children aged 15 to 17 attending school in 1910 was just 268 children, out of a possible 523

Eighth grade equivalent to high education? Comparatively, the number of children aged 15 to 17 attending school in 1910 was just 268 children, out of a possible 523

 

‘The compulsory school law, I think, is a step in the right direction,’ wrote Ms Roby. ‘But we find it defective, in that there is no jail sentence attached.

‘Most of the people failing to send children to school are parents too poor to pay a fine and no property on which to make it, but in this county the attendance increased 75 per cent the past term.’

Bullitt County Census Data from 1910 shows there were 845 white and African American children aged ten to 14 attending school, out of a possible 1,032.

Comparatively, the number of children aged 15 to 17 attending school in 1910 was just 268 children, out of a possible 523. 

 

 

American Couple Believing ‘Evil Is A Make-Believe Concept’ Bike Through Territory Near Afghan Border. ISIS Stabs Them To Death.

Naive utopianism is extremely dangerous to your health. 

Tragic conclusion of their presuppositions. 

American Couple Believing ‘Evil Is A Make-Believe Concept’ Bike Through Territory Near Afghan Border. ISIS Stabs Them To Death.

A young American couple who took a year-long bike trip around the world, believing that evil was a make-believe concept, took a fatal route in Tajikistan near the Afghan border, where alleged ISIS terrorists stabbed them to death. Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, 29, quit their jobs last year in order to make their trip.

No more jails for the mentally ill?

When I was a kid, there were mental hospitals for the mentally ill. 

But the liberals said that it was awful to lock up the mentally ill. 

So those were shut down and the mentally ill were turned out on the streets, and the violently mentally ill were locked up in prison once they committed a crime. 

The state of Washington has agreed to a plan to resolve a lawsuit filed on behalf of mentally ill people who’ve been warehoused in jails for weeks or months while awaiting competency services.

A settlement reached Thursday between Disability Rights Washington and the Department of Social and Health Services is designed to bring the state into compliance with a judge’s 2015 ruling that said the state was violating the rights of its most vulnerable citizens. The plan also will end the contempt fines the state has been paying for years. So far, those fines have topped $60 million and average $3 million to $4 million each month.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman must approve the settlement before it gets implemented.
 
“Every day that someone with a serious mental illness sits waiting for help in jail, they get sicker,” said Kimberly Mosolf, attorney for Disability Rights Washington. “This plan will keep people out of jail when mental health treatment and community supports are more appropriate, and it will get people with mental illness who are currently in jail into community settings where appropriate.”

DSHS Secretary Cheryl Strange said the settlement “lays out a comprehensive plan to reform the way we treat individuals with a mental illness who interact with our criminal justice system.

Lawyer: Slaying suspect too drunk to waive rights

So what are the police supposed to do? Not read her her rights? Ignore anything that she says after her rights are read? 

Very convenient excuse saying someone was so drunk that you cannot hold them to what they said. 

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Central Point, Ore., woman accused of fatally shooting her husband and attempting to flee had blood-alcohol levels nearly triple the legal limit when she was captured, and her lawyer says she was too drunk to remain silent.

The Mail Tribune reported 56-year-old Susan King’s lawyer argued in court documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court that she was too intoxicated to waive her Miranda rights after the incident.

Court documents say King was pulled over Aug. 17, 2017, and arrested near her home on a drunken-driving charge and on suspicion of shooting 58-year-old Duane King.

King’s lawyer, Michael Bertholf, said in documents they want to exclude statements she made to police because of “extreme intoxication.”

King faces charges of murder and attempting to elude police in a vehicle, along with a count of driving under the influence of intoxicants.