Sep 20, 2014
(image courtesy of kait8.com.)
On September 13, 2014 we posted
about memorial stickers on the helmets of football players for the Arkansas State Red Wolves
To honor two team members that had died in the past year, the team leadership council designed the stickers which comprised a cross and the initials of the two teammates. Current team members could voluntarily choose to wear the stickers on their helmets or not.
After Arkansas State played the University of Tennessee in a nationally televised game, the school received a complaint from a lawyer saying that the stickers amounted to a violation of the First Amendment as the stickers were promoting a certain religion.
The school gave in and had the stickers removed.
One team member did not give in as easily as the school did. He contacted the Liberty Institute, a group that “is the largest legal organization dedicated solely to defending and restoring religious liberty in America.”
Liberty Institute sent the school a letter reminding the school that the football players had First Amendment rights as well and that the school could not restrict student initiated speech when it comes to religion:
Sep 20, 2014
Westover Winery of the Castro Valley in California is closing its doors.
The winery has been cited by the California Department of Industrial Relations for using volunteer labor to help in the production and sale of the wines the vineyard produces.
A small-time vintner’s use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000 in fines — and sent a chill through the wine industry.
The volunteers, some of them learning to make wine while helping out, were illegally unpaid laborers, and Westover Winery should have been paying them and paying worker taxes, the state Department of Industrial Relations said.
As Westover Winery makes roughly $11,000 a year in profit, the fine is over a decade worth of profits. No business can take that much of a loss and survive.
Over half of the workers at the winery were volunteering their time, many of whom were taking wine making courses or wanting to learn more about wine making. Some wanted to learn about the business of running a vineyard. We would bet that some would have found the idea of helping to make the wine one would drink would have a charming and romantic element to it.
We find the closing of Westover Winery troubling especially when it comes to the volunteers.
Why shouldn’t people be able to volunteer or donate their time to a business – even a for profit business – of their choosing? Aren’t people smart enough to determine the benefits and disadvantages of volunteering for themselves without government intervention demanding a wage (and more importantly to the government – taxes) be paid?
The flip side of that is that it seems “unfair” for a business to use volunteer labor when another for profit business does not. Of course, there is nothing preventing the other business from getting volunteers as well. If a business offers more for their volunteers and so more people want to volunteer, should a business be penalized for that?
Peter Melton, a spokesman for the state of California said:
Sep 19, 2014
Imagine that you are part of an athletic booster club who is looking to raise money to support athletics at your local high school. You find a local business that is willing to donate 200 meals that you can sell in order to help raise money.
The amount of money raised? About $1600.
Great deal, eh?
Not according to Ventura High School Principal Val Wyatt.
Back in 2012, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A gave an interview to the Baptist Press and was asked about his stance on traditional marriage.
Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
The backlash from his statement was swift and immediate. People called for the removal of Chick-Fil-A’s from college campuses. The mayor of Boston said he would block any Chick-Fil-A from opening in the city. Even the Muppets said they would no longer partner with Chick-Fil-A on anything such as toy give-aways.
Sep 19, 2014
Last Friday night at 10:50 PM in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania, two law enforcement officers were shot in an ambush outside the State Police barracks. The ambush occurred when one man was entering the building while the other was leaving it.
The attack killed 7 year veteran Corporal Bryon Dickson (seen on the right above). Trooper Alex Douglas was seriously wounded in the attack but has regained consciousnesses and is speaking to investigators concerning the attack.
The police have now announced the man they are looking for in the attack is 31 year old Eric Matthew Frein (seen below.)
Sep 18, 2014
The Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) sorority at Cal State Fullerton is in a boat load of trouble after a “Taco Tuesday” event during recruitment week caught the eye of university administrators.
According to Dean of Students Tonantzin Oseguera, during the event the members of the sorority wore “racially insensitive clothing.”
What was that clothing that was deemed “racially insensitive?”
Sombreros, sarapes and “in some cases, gang attire.”
A hat is now “racially insensitive?”
There were no reports of violence or protests at the event – just some people with hurt feelings for a perceived wrong.
Without violence or even a protest, one must wonder why Oseguera writes that the sorority is “responsible for violating the following:”
Title 5, Section 41301 Code Violations Subsections:
(3) Willful, material and substantial disruption or obstruction of a University-related activity, or any campus activity.
( 4) Participating in an activity that substantially and materially disrupts the normal operations of the University, or infringes on the rights of members of the University community.
(6) Disorderly, lewd, incident [sic], or obscene behavior at a University related activity, or directed toward a member(s) of the University community.
(7) Conduct that threaten or endangers the health and safety of any person within or related to the University community, including physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, or sexual misconduct.
(16) Violation of any published University policy, rule, regulation or presidential order.
(20) Encouraging, permitting, or assisting another to do any act that could subject him or her to discipline.
We have read and re-read the alleged violations and cannot understand where the sorority violated any part of the stated code.
We would have preferred that the ladies of ADPi had aggressively asserted their rights to engage in activity that is not only protected by the First Amendment, but not covered by the Code of Conduct.
Instead, it appears that the women have agreed to the sanctions and punishment laid out by the school. Those sanctions include:
Sep 18, 2014
Awhile back, a young woman named Mariam Weeks announced to the world that she was the porn star Belle Knox. The announcement was carried in a lot of places because Weeks said she got involved in the porn industry to pay tuition to attend Duke University.
(Trust us when we say it was not easy to find a picture of Weeks that was not copyrighted and that we could use on this family friendly site.)
Conde Nast, a company that publishes Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and other titles has announced a 5 part docu-drama on Weeks’ life both in and away from the porn industry.
Accompanying the announcement has come the typical media blitz and hype.
Our friend and blogger “William Teach,” the “Pirate” in “The Pirates Cove,” has short, pithy post linking to several mainstream articles on how Weeks has handled being in the porn industry.
One article Teach quotes Weeks as saying:
“A lot of s*** in my life has been ruined because of sex.”
Teach has a different take on this and his post and accompanying citations should be read.
PIRATES COVE: Belle Knox: Hey, Sex Kinda Ruined A Lot Of My Life
Sep 17, 2014
The Satellite Beach City Council meets twice tonight.
At 6:45 PM, the Council will meet in a public hearing on a grant proposal for improvements to the Satellite Beach sports and recreational facilities.
At 7:00 PM, the Council will meet in a regular session. The agenda for the meeting can be found here and the agenda packet here.
This is the last meeting on the 2014 – 2015 budget and millage rates for the city.
Hope to see you there.
Sep 16, 2014
Congratulations to the Baltimore Orioles, champions of the American League East Division.