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Not Backing Down?

Kentucky’s Pernicious Religious Scofflaw wants everyone to know that she didn’t really surrender. The BBC has the latest chapter in the saga of Kim Davis:

A Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples has said she will not block the process but her name will not appear on the paperwork.

However, Kim Davis questioned on Monday whether licences without her signature would be valid.

“I don’t want to have this conflict. I don’t want to be in the spotlight. And I certainly don’t want to be a whipping post,” Ms Davis said. “I am no hero. I’m just a person that’s been transformed by the grace of God, who wants to work, be with my family. I just want to serve my neighbours quietly without violating my conscience.”

Shortly after Ms Davis addressed reporters, a deputy clerk issued a marriage licence to a lesbian couple without incident.

Despite Ms Davis’ claims, several Kentucky officials including the governor said the recently issued licences are valid.

Ms Davis may not understand the difference between a “whipping post” and a “whipping boy”, but she has figured out that annoying a Federal judge is not the path to a comfortable life.

September 14, 2015   6 Comments

Such Lovely People

The ABC reports on the downfall of the Prime Minister of Australia: Malcolm Turnbull to become prime minister after toppling Tony Abbott:

Prime Minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull says he will lead a “thoroughly Liberal government” and paid tribute to his predecessor, Tony Abbott, after winning a late-night ballot for the Liberal Party leadership.

The former communications minister defeated Mr Abbott 54 votes to 44 in a party room ballot which also saw Julie Bishop re-elected as deputy leader ahead of Kevin Andrews 70 votes to 30.

The new leadership team fronted the media just after 10:40pm (AEST) where Mr Turnbull said he was humbled by the honour bestowed on him.

Possibly because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, the Liberal Party is the rightwing conservative party in its political system. Prime Ministers are actually members of parliament who are the leaders of the winning political party. While the leaders are elected by the entire membership of some parties, the Australian Liberal Party limits participation to members of the party in parliament.

September 14, 2015   20 Comments

Northern California Burning

The BBC reports on the California wildfires:

The governor of California has declared a state of emergency after wildfires forced thousands of people to flee their homes in the north of the state.

Governor Jerry Brown said the fires had destroyed buildings in the Napa and Lake counties and threatened hundreds of others.

More than 1,300 people fled Middletown, north of San Francisco, as their homes were consumed by the flames.

Four firefighters who were badly burned are receiving treatment in hospital.

Three of the fires, the Rough Fire, the Butte Fire, and the Valley Fire have burned a combined 381.3 square miles destroying hundreds of homes and other structures.

September 14, 2015   Comments Off on Northern California Burning