Rainbow Facebook – Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!

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The above picture is of a rainbow over what made me think is a burning bush. It’s kind of appropriate and on-topic for what is set out below.

I just saw a post on my favourite opera singer’s Facebook page Jacqui Dark (you should all check out her singing every time she performs). Anyhow she is banging on about homosexuals being in the sunlight and their rainbow marriage rights being a good thing. It seems people have been posting things saying how she is essentially a bigoted and ignorant idiot.

First of all, that is clearly wrong – she is not a soprano.

Second of all, The Book of Genesis’ prohibition on homosexuality (which is one of the major complaints hurled at Jacqui) comes, ostensibly, from the story of the little old town of Sodom which was divinely bulldozed (presumably to make way for a highway of some sort). So it goes that divine condemnation of the town called “Sodom” shows god has somewhat of a dim view of the love that dare not speak it’s name. Well, even a casual reading of the chapter reveals a shocking development. It’s actually about how two angels popped into Sodom for a visit (I won’t ask why…) and every man in Sodom turned up to, I kid you not, sexually assault them (check your translations). So, not unexpectedly God took a dim view of that and decided to bulldoze said town.

We can gather from that a few things:

1. God has an OH&S responsibility to look after his employees.

2. Clearly Heaven has some sort of Policy about sexual harassment of angels, and it includes some pretty severe grievance procedures.

3. God didn’t bulldoze Sodom because of the gays. He bulldozed the joint because it was a town full of raping criminals.

Now, there is a fourth point that might not be self-evident from the above. Namely – even if we assume that the “rainbow plague” makes up for as much as 10% of the population (even back in the biblical times when gays must not have existed because the Earth was good and dinosaurs didn’t exist) then the overwhelming population of Sodom was not punished for being gay because they weren’t. They were punished for being criminals. That is 90% of the town was heterosexual.

And the point of the story – criminals have been criminals at every epoch of the civilised world. Changing the story from criminals to “gays” is really the same as calling a Soprano a Tenor. As everyone knows, the only thing those two share in common is an awkward lack of useful stage-presence.

Oh, the other lesson is – don’t have sex with angels. That’s bad. Career-breaking move.

Finally, I would like to, for the record, note that Jacqui Dark is perfect in every way and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if, once the curtain falls on her final performance in the great opera of her life, she is cast in the celestial choir as a fully-tenured angel herself. Presumably she can then make appearances all over the universe bringing the good news of decency, love, abiding peace and dignity to every corner of creation (or the big-bang-consequenceism – whatever takes your fancy).

I should probably say a little something about attacking people because of what is contained in the Bible. It is rarely (if ever) a satisfactory argument to say something is so because I read it in a book (assuming such people have actually read it in the book in question). Saying that is a little like saying Iron Man saved New York because, well, I saw it on TV. And we all know, not everything you see on TV is true. – We all know that right?

Finally, one last Biblical quote from the best hippy of them all: “there is only one commandment: love one another”.

Clearly, Jesus was a ‪#‎barihunk‬. And helpfully concise. ‪#‎notWagner‬.

Aaron Kernaghan

Obamacare Victory Shows Failure of Scalia’s Conservative Revolution

Has the SCOTUS Conservative agenda put itself out-to-pasture or is it simply regrouping and awaiting the arrival of an argument it can win? Perhaps it’s longer term success will be not in the changes of law it holds back but in the charges of law that it persuades liberals to introduce. Increasing conservatism and nannyism will be a more potent conservative victory than the agenda of railing against change.

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By upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in King v Burwell, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court demonstrated that while the conservative revolution led by Justice Antonin Scalia may have had a strong impact on the court (and on the nation), it has not succeeded in winning over Justice Anthony Kennedy or Chief Justice John Roberts. Thus, while Justice Scalia has won many battles, he has not won the war. And in today’s King v Burwell decision he lost a major battle.

Justice Scalia has fought tirelessly both to limit the court’s focus in interpreting statutes (in other words, to look only at the letter of the law and not at the broader purpose of the legislation) and to limit the power of the national government.

King v Burwell seemed tailor-made to vindicate both goals.

The basic question in King v Burwell was whether the…

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CDC Finds Increase in Outbreaks Linked to Hot Tubs and Pools

Let’s start the stop watch and see how long it is until the nanny-state declares pools and hot tubs illegal… “for your own benefit”…

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The U.S. saw 90 outbreaks of illnesses associated with pools and hot tubs between 2011 and 2012, a number that has has “significantly increased,” officials said.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention released a report this week on the outbreaks, which spanned 32 states and Puerto Rico, led to 1,788 cases, 95 hospitalizations, and one death. Half of the incidents associated with treated recreational water—pools and hot tubs—were caused by cryptosporidium, a parasite found in fecal matter that causes diarrhea. That’s a large increase since the first cryptosporidium-related outbreak was detected in 1988, the CDC said.

According to CBS News, the CDC issued a 2014 report that recommends the installation of ultraviolet light, ozone, or some other supplemental disinfectant to kill germs like cryptosporidium.

The best way to keep swimmers and swimming facilities healthy, according to the CDC:

  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.

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Donald Trump Leads All But Bush in New Hampshire

This is certainly one of the most hilarious self-firing’s in the foot that a political party might do.

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Apparently, Donald Trump for President is a thing in New Hampshire.

A second public poll released this week shows the real estate mogul-turned-reality show star ahead of all other Republican presidential hopefuls except former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Earlier this week, when a Suffolk University poll showed Trump in the No. 2 spot in New Hampshire, some dismissed it as a fluke. Then on Thursday, a CNN and New Hampshire’s WMUR-TV showed the same. It is part of a one-two win for Trump this week, yet it also comes as Trump’s former business partners are moving away from the tough-talking bully and his incendiary comments about China, Mexico and immigrants.

While Trump is nipping at Bush’s heels, the polling also shows potential problems, including that few voters believe he has a chance at the White House. Trump is a recent addition to the race and none of his rivals have…

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Watch Firefighters Rescue a Puppy Trapped in a Sewer Drain

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This puppy had one ruff day.

Firefighters went to extreme lengths to save a 3-month old Yorkiepoo that had fallen and gotten trapped inside a sewage drain in Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday, according to NBC affiliate WGRZ.

Bailey, the pup, fell six feet into an open sewer drain Wednesday afternoon while on a walk with his owner’s father, Ed Sayles.

Ed and his wife Penny Sayles were dog sitting for their daughter and her family.

“They’re vacationing right now in Texas,” Penny Sayles told WGRZ. “I’m dog sitting and I’m responsible.”

The Sayles family called the Buffalo Fire Department…

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News

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Anesthetized Patient Accidentally Records Doctors Insulting Him During Surgery

Oooops….

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A Virginia man has been awarded $500,000 in medical malpractice and punitive damages by a jury after his phone’s voice recorder, accidentally left on during a procedure, captured cruel and mocking comments his doctors made about him while he was under anesthesia.

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In the recording, which jurors heard as part of the three-day trial that took place in mid June, anesthesiologist Tiffany Ingham can be heard with other doctors and assistants calling the man (who remained anonymous in the case) a “wuss” and a “retard,” the Washington Post reports. “After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op, I wanted to punch you in the face,” Ingham says.

The recording also caught the doctors calling the man names, mocking his health, and planning how to avoid him after the surgery. At one point, Ingham calls the patient “annoying” and suggests that the gastroenterologist performing the surgery fake…

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ISIS Destroy 2 Historic Sites in Syrian City

The world is appalled at ISIS, but that’s not enough. Perhaps the loss of history itself will mean something. Though perhaps too few understand the history that is in that part of the world, waiting to be explored by the west and appreciated for the cultural and philosophical value it provides in abundance.

Nickelback Cancels Rest of North American Tour for Singer’s Surgery

Breaking Nickelback news…

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Nickelback, who canceled shows over the weekend, have officially scrapped the remainder of their No Fixed Address North American tour. Lead vocalist Chad Kroeger will undergo surgery for an operable cyst on his voice box during the time the tour was scheduled to take place.

“I am sorry I have to interrupt the party this summer,” Kroeger said in a statement, “and I am definitely not thrilled with the prospect of being silent for many weeks to come when I could be out there playing for our fans.”

Kroeger’s doctors ordered vocal rest for the singer and expect him to make a full recovery in time for Nickelback to resume the European leg of their tour on Sept. 30. Fans with tickets to the canceled shows will receive refunds.

The band also released a video on Twitter announcing the news.

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