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Masterpiece Cakeshop Back In The News.

You may remember the case Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission which was decided by the US Supreme Court last year.

The case was about Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado and it’s owner, Jack Phillips. In 2012, a gay couple came into the shop and wanted a specialized cake made for their wedding. Parker, who is a Christian, declined to design and make the cake on religious grounds, mainly that he did not want to be creating something that would be used to promote an idea that was against his religious beliefs.

The two men filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission saying Parker had violated their civil rights. The Commission ruled against Phillips and demanded that he and his staff undergo training on the issue and for the next two years write reports that would be reviewed by the Commission on the cakes he sold.

Phillips appealed the decision and the case eventually made it to the Supreme Court which ruled against the Commission but did not endorse Parker’s assertion that he had the right to deny the artistic creation of a cake if it endorsed a message that was against his religious beliefs.

The Supreme Court noted that at the time, Colorado did not recognize gay marriages.

The second thing the Court noted was that someone named “William Jack” had gone to three different bakeries and asked the bakeries to make a cake with a message that demeaned gay marriages. In each case, the Commission upheld the rights of the bakers not to make the cakes which contained messages with which they disagreed.

The Court also took note of the animus of the members of the Commission towards religion itself. From the Supreme Court opinion:

University Of Florida Sued By Conservative Student Group.

The conservative group Young Americans for Freedom chapter at the University of Florida is suing the University of Florida over claims that the school violated the groups First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. (The complaint can be found here.)

The suit alleges the University applies an arbitrary process which decides which student organizations are “budgeted” and “non-budgeted.” After a speech by New York Times bestselling conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, the University changed the rules and now does not allow “non-budgeted” student groups to receive funding to pay for the speaker.

According to the Young Americas Foundation:

Over the last two years, UF YAF is the only non-budgeted student organization to request student activity funding to pay for a guest speakers’ honoraria.

“UF officials are actively trying to stifle the University of Florida Young Americans for Freedom chapter on the basis of the students’ conservative beliefs,” said Young America’s Foundation Spokesman Spencer Brown. “This past year, the University of Florida denied UF YAF funding to host Dana Loesch and Andrew Klavan. That denial—and the timing of policy changes that, in function, only impact UF YAF—speaks loudly to the University of Florida’s true intention to prevent conservative ideas being heard on campus. The First Amendment guarantees all students the right to free expression, yet the University of Florida seems to think that it has the power to arbitrarily deprive students of their free speech rights,” added Brown. “This viewpoint censorship has to stop.”

“University of Florida administrators are limiting YAF members’ First Amendment freedoms by forcing them to pay into a system that funds opposing viewpoints. Worse yet, the university forces YAF to play an arbitrary, complex game of Chutes and Ladders in the funding process, wherein the student group can continually be sent back to the beginning of the game at the sole discretion of the student government. The university also changed its rules to single out and disqualify the conservative group from receiving funding for speakers fees and honoraria—making it even more difficult for the group to express its viewpoint on campus,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Blake Meadows.

The money issue is not insignificant when it comes to the students who pay them:

The Gun Buyback That May Not Have Turned Out Well.

The City of Baltimore has started a “gun buyback” program.

The actual research on whether these types of programs is mixed, with many studies showing that the programs are not effective.

One woman, however, decided to use the money from turning in a weapon for an interesting purpose.

The 9mm handgun appears to be semi-automatic which means that the woman would have been given $250 for the weapon. According to Fox45:

Twenty-five dollars for rifle magazines that carry more than 10 rounds, one-hundred dollars for revolvers, pump and bolt action weapons, two-hundred dollars for semi-automatic weapons and five-hundred dollars for full-auto weapons.

We don’t follow gun prices at all, but it seems to us that $250 is a good start to a better, larger weapon.

You Knew It Would Come To This.

Quick…. see if you can spot the difference between these two graphics issued by the Dorchester Historical Society in Boston, Massachusetts:


The top image was used in a post to celebrate the season and obviously was a take on the song “White Christmas.”

The second image replaced the first after charges of (wait for it…..)…..


“And OU Still Sucks” Earns Texas Player An Official Reprimand From The Big 12.

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Brecklyn Hager is a 6′ 3″ senior linebacker for the University of Texas Longhorns.

He is also a bit of a “loose cannon” when it comes to interviews with the media.

Texas’ victory over Iowa State this past weekend sets up the potential for a Big 12 Championship game against rival Oklahoma. (Both schools have to win this weekend, but the odds are that they will.)

As an interview after the Iowa State game ended, this exchange took place between Hager and a reporter:

Wearing a cowboy hat and sunglasses with his hair braided, Hager was walking back to the locker room after Texas’ victory over Iowa State when a reporter informed him that the Sooners had just given up 40 points to Kansas.

Hager turned around and said, “Hey, OU has no defense.”

Hager then stopped again, pointed to a nearby clock and added: “Wait, wait — it’s 11:12 and what? OU still sucks.”

The Big12 took offense to the comment:

R.I.P. Stan Lee.

Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics and what is called the “Marvel Comics Universe” passed away this past Monday. It is difficult to imagine how many people Lee touched with his work, and even more difficult to know how many people he inspired through his characters and his art.

We have often thought that the best writers and artists are those who can take you to another place – to suspend reality for a bit. Even historical authors and artists that depict people and times from the past can do that. Reality is so, so….so real, and the ability to suspend reality – even for a second – and transport you to another time and place in your mind is a talent not many people have.

Lee’s characters will live on, but he will be missed.

(image courtesy Tibsey on Deviantart.)

Veterans Day.


It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

Author: Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

Today is Veterans Day, a day in which we in America should pause and recognize the service of the men and women who protect our freedoms, defend the innocent, and act a deterrent to evil in the world.

As long as there are people and nations seeking to deny rights and basically enslave others, there will be a need for the military to stand up and say, “no. Not today. Not on my watch.”

You have to admire, appreciate and honor that stance – that devotion – that willingness to lay your life on the line so others can live in freedom.

Today, we take time to thank veterans for their service.

Twitter Ban Hits Too Close To Home.

Our friend William Teach ovwe at the Pirate’s Cove announced in a post yesterday that Twitter had banned him.

They gave no reason.

New Twitter Account
By William Teach November 7, 2018 – 8:11 am

I got the permanent suspension from Twitter, and, of course, they do not explain why, even after asking them a second time. I’m assuming it is simply due to being a conservative.

My new account is @WTeach2, or just click here. Follow me and I’ll follow back. Have to rebuild.


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