Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In Defense of Indiana

***Great op-ed in National Review Online:

All the Indiana law says is that the state can’t substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion, unless there is a compelling governmental interest at stake and it is pursued by the least restrictive means. The law doesn’t mandate any particular outcome; it simply provides a test for the courts in those rare instances when a person’s exercise of religion clashes with a law. Nineteen other states have similar protections, and they are all modeled on a federal version of the law that passed Congress with near unanimity in 1993 (Indiana’s law is arguably a little more robust than the federal version, because it also applies to private suits). If these Religious Freedom Restoration Acts were the enablers of discrimination they are portrayed as, much of the country would already have sunk into a dystopian pit of hatred.
This is simply a platform the Left is using to attack an effective conservative, Mike Pence. They have no ideas or principle to fight back with, so they must destroy...then call the OTHER side "haters."  What insanity.
***The Indiana law is even being vilified in states with similar laws on their own books.

“When new laws turn back the clock on progress, we can’t sit idly by. We are sending a message that discrimination won’t be tolerated,” Mr. Malloy said on Twitter.
Lori Windham, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said the reaction shows “just how much misinformation is out there about this law.”
“It’s similar to laws in 19 other states. The federal government, of course, has the law that all these were modeled on,” Ms. Windham said. “There are other states like Massachusetts that use the same standard under their state constitution. This has been the case for at least 20 years, and the sky hasn’t fallen yet, so why would it fall tomorrow?”
Democrats have completely lost their minds.

***Dozens of student loan recipients go on "debt strike." Really? Does this mean we don't have to pay our college loans back? Because of course we were *forced* to take them out. Irresponsibility and no personal accountability - that seems to be what we're teaching kids today. It's someone else's problem, let them clean it up!

Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She's refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless she doesn't include it on her resume. The "debt strike" sentiment is catching on.
Calling themselves the "Corinthian 100" -- named for the troubled Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which operated Everest College, Heald College and WyoTech before agreeing last summer to sell or close its 100-plus campuses -- about 100 current and former students are refusing to pay back their loans, according to the Debt Collective group behind the strike.

Again, did someone hold a gun to your head and make you take those loans out? Did anyone guarantee you would get the job you want? No. Grow up and take some responsibility, or be a loser for the rest of your life. Your choice...and so far you're not doing very well.

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***Taco Bell now has a Biscuit Taco breakfast sandwich. Hmmmm...

Really doesn't sound too bad!

***Woman finds kidney donor via plea on car window. Well, whatever it takes, I guess!

  It's not everyone who appeals to strangers they pass on the road to give them an organ, and it's definitely not everyone who spots such an appeal, turns to his wife, and says, "Did you get her number? Text her right now." But two such strangers found each other on a road in Maine, reports the Portland Press Herald, after 24-year-old Christine Royles scrawled this plea on her car window: "Looking for someone to donate me their kidney. Must have type O blood." Diagnosed with lupus-related kidney failure early last year, Royles went on a waiting list of 100,000; of those, some 17,000 a year get transplants. Not liking her chances, Royles tried her unusual approach. "My fiance thought it was kind of weird," she says. Josh Dall-Leighton did not; he got in touch with Royles, and has since been identified as a potential match. "I started crying," Royles says of getting the news, "because, oh, my God, I can’t believe he’s gonna do this for me."

***From Oddee.com:

Founding Father John Hancock is probably best remembered these days for his flamboyant signature on the Declaration of Independence. The term “John Hancock” has since been synonymous with “signature.”

As president of Continental Congress, the convention of delegates that emerged as the first national government of the United States during the American Revolution, Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. Hancock signed the document in his now famous large, bold signature. (Hancock was one of two men who signed the finished draft version of the Declaration on July 4th, 1776. Most of the others signed the parchment version later.)

Legend has it that after Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence and said “Gentlemen we must all hang together,” meaning they should all sign the document together, Benjamin Franklin supposedly said, “Yes, or we shall assuredly all hang separately.” Not to say that he didn't have an ego – Hancock was reportedly disappointed when George Washington was nominated to command the Continental Army instead of him, even though he had little military experience.

Hancock became treasurer of Harvard in 1773 and was entrusted with the school's financial records and about £15,000 in cash and securities. The Revolutionary War quickly followed making Hancock unable to return the money and property due to his commitments in Congress. Harvard's leaders repeatedly wrote to Hancock requesting the return of the materials, and received no response. Hancock eventually paid the money back minus interest, but it wasn't until after his death that the matter was completely settled.


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***Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. ~~ Henry David Thoreau

***Have a great day!

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