Ky. clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses

A Kentucky county clerk was found in contempt of court Thursday for her refusal to issue marriage licenses in wake of the Supreme Court decision to allow gays to wed.

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning placed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in the custody of U.S. marshals until she complies, saying fines were not enough to force her to comply with his previous order to provide the paperwork to all couples and allowing her to defy the order would create a “ripple effect.”

“Her good-faith belief is simply not a viable defense,” Bunning said. “Oaths mean things.”

Davis, who was tearful at times, testified that she could not obey the order because God’s law trumps the court.

“My conscience will not allow it,” she said. “God’s moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties.”

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Bunning warned other clerks — at least two other counties in Kentucky also shuttered their marriage-license operations for all couples — that his order applied to them, too. He gave Davis’ deputy clerks time to meet with public defenders and said he would continue the hearing later this afternoon; they, too, could risk jail if they don’t comply.

As word of Davis’ arrest became known in the crowd that numbered more than 100 protesters outside the courthouse, cheers and chants erupted. One minister called the ruling unjust, saying religious freedom had been trampled on.

Retired steelworker Charles Ramey stands in support of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis outside the federal courthouse Sept. 3, 2015, in Ashland, Ky. (Photo: Chris Kenning, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal)

Demonstrators lined the street, waving signs either with religious messages or calls for marriage equality. Before the hearing began, one man stood in the crowd, shouting over a microphone.

“If we want to live like Sodom and Gomorrah, God will punish us like Sodom and Gomorrah,” he said. In Genesis 19:23-26 God rained burning sulfur on the land of the two cities destroying all who lived there because of their sins, which included sodomy.

Lawyers inside the courtroom with the Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, which is representing Davis, argued that she met a legal test for protection under federal law because her convictions created a “factual inability” to issue licenses to same-sex couples.

But lawyers for the couples repeatedly pressed Davis to admit that her policy is the result of a personal choice.

Bunning agreed and said fines for Davis, who makes $80,000 a year, would not be enough to ensure that she would follow his orders. He also raised concerns that supporters, whom she said are raising money for her, would pay any fine he levied against her, hampering its force.

“I don’t do this lightly,” he said. “It’s necessary in this case.”

Though Davis was tearful as she testified how she came to Christ in 2011 following the death of her mother-in-law, she appeared straight faced as marshals led her out of the courtroom. When previously asked her beliefs, she has said she is an Apostolic Christian.

Outside, each side continued to clash.

Ashley Hogue, a secretary from Ashland, held a sign outside the courthouse that read, “Kim Davis does not speak for my religious beliefs.”

“This is so ugly,” she said, wiping away tears. “I was unprepared for all the hate.”

Demonstrator Charles Ramey, a retired steelworker, downplayed the vitrol.

“We don’t hate these people,” he said. “We wouldn’t tell them how to get saved if we hated them.”

Davis has been resisting suggestions that her deputies could issue the licenses because her name appears on the certificates. But the crux of the contempt case against her involves Kentucky law, which, unlike some states’ laws, requires county clerks to issue marriage licenses.

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When four couples — two gay and two straight — filed suit against Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses after the June Supreme Court ruling, she argued that they could be served in other Kentucky counties. Bunning, son of GOP Sen. Jim Bunning who retired from the U.S. Senate in 2011, told her she or her deputies must issue the licenses but stayed his order until this past Monday as she filed an appeal with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

When that stay expired, appeals court judges declined to renew it. And when she asked the Supreme Court to weigh in Monday, justices in Washington refused.

The judge was not given any other alternatives by her actions and I would have done the same thing in this particular case. She is entitled to her beliefs but as a government employee there has to be a separation between church and state. And cannot pick and choose who she thinks is allowed to lawfully marry. That is discrimination and a big problem especially when done in the government level. You cannot pick and choose what laws you want to obey…….

Marijuana use may lower sperm counts “quite a lot”

Smoking marijuana more than once a week may lower men’s sperm counts by about a third, according to a new study.

Researchers found that the men in the study who smoked marijuana more than once a week had sperm counts that were 29 percent lower, on average, than those who did not smoke marijuana, or used the drug less frequently.

The researchers thought that amount of reduction in sperm count “was quite a lot,” said study author Tina Kold Jensen, of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

They also found that the sperm concentrations (which is measured slightly differently than sperm count) were 28 percent lower in the men who smokedmarijuana more than once a week.

It is not clear why marijuana use may decrease a man’s sperm count and concentration, but it may have something to do with how THC — marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient — interacts with certain receptors in the testes, the researchers said.


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In the study, the researchers asked 1,215 Danish men ages 18 to 28 whether they used marijuana and other drugs like amphetamine, ecstasy and cocaine within the past three months, and if so, how often. [11 Odd Facts About Marijuana]

The researchers also collected semen samples, to measure the men’s sperm counts and concentrations.

About 45 percent of the men in the study said they had smoked marijuana in the past three months. About 10 percent of the study participants had used marijuana as well as recreational drugs during this time.

Moreover, in the men in the study who smoked marijuana and used other recreational drugs, the sperm counts were reduced by 55 percent, and the sperm concentrations were reduced by 52 percent, compared with men who hadn’t used the drugs.

The researchers found that the men who had smoked marijuana in the past three months were also more likely to smoke cigarettes, and consumed more alcohol and caffeine than those who had not.

These lifestyle factors also could have affected the men’s sperm levels, so the researchers took them into account, and the link between marijuana and lower sperm levels held. However, the study still does not prove that the drug caused the lower sperm counts, Jensen said.

“We cannot exclude the possibility that the men who used marijuana generally have an unhealthier lifestyle and health behavior, which may also affect their semen quality and hormone levels,” the researchers said in the study.

“It is … important to note that marijuana users were distinct in several ways from nonusers,” Dr. Michael L. Eisenberg of Stanford University School of Medicine, who was not involved in the new study, wrote in an editorial accompanying the study in the journal. And although the researchers adjusted for these differences, such as higher rates of cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption, they could have still confounded the potential effects of marijuana on sperm, he wrote.

Still, the new study “provides important information for patients and providers regarding the negative association between marijuana use and semen quality,” Eisenberg wrote.

Boy this one affecting the little swimmers is not going to go well with the bong crowd.

And yet another Darwin award winner

A 19-year-old Texas man who was posing with a gun for a social media selfie photo accidentally shot himself and died from the wounds, Houston police said on Wednesday.

“A witness told police he was taking a selfie with a gun and the gun accidentally discharged,” Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said.

The identity of the man killed in the Tuesday incident in Houston has been withheld pending an investigation by the coroner.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. He had shot himself in the upper body, police said.


Dean Jones, ‘The Love Bug’ Star, Dies at 84

Actor Dean Jones, best known for his acting work in such Disney films as “The Love Bug” and “That Darn Cat,” died of Parkinson’s disease Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

In addition to his appearances in films such as “Under the Yum-Yum Tree,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “The Million Dollar Duck,” “Snowball Express,” “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” and “Beethoven,” Jones also had roles in five Broadway shows and appeared in numerous television series and specials. He appeared in 46 films over the course of his career.

The actor made his Broadway debut in “There Was a Little Girl” with Jane Fonda in 1960, and went on to star in Broadway’s “Under the Yum-Yum Tree” that same year, before starring in the 1963 film adaptation with Jack Lemmon.

Jones’ other Broadway credits include the original role of “Bobby” in Harold Prince/Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” and Cap’n Andy in a national tour of “Showboat.”

MGM signed Jones to a contract, and he began with a small role in “Somebody Up There Likes Me.” He later played a DJ in 1957 Elvis Presley movie “Jailhouse Rock.”

Other film credits include “Any Wednesday,” “The New Interns,” “Never So Few,” “Other People’s Money,” “When Every Day Was the Fourth of July,” “A Brush With Time” and Tom Clancy’s “Clear and Present Danger.”

Jones was born in Decatur, Ala., and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He attended Kentucky’s Asbury University, which awarded him an honorary degree in 2002.

The actor was inducted into the Disney Legends Hall of Fame in 1995.

Jones is survived by his wife, writer Lory Basham Jones; three children, Caroline Jones, Deanna Demaree and Michael Pastick; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

What Hillary Told A Staffer Who Wouldn’t Send Her Classified Doc Stuns

The scandal over Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a personal email server while she was Secretary of State is growing by the week; and this week, we discovered one of her most outrageous actions yet, so outrageous that even some of the talking heads on MSNBC, the far left cable news network, are shocked by what she said to a lowly staffer.

Hillary has claimed since day one that as Secretary of State, she never sent any classified material over her privately operated and kept email server system. But with each newly released batch of emails sent from her secret address, we see that she has blatantly lied. Each and every batch has classified material among them. And now what Hillary did to a staffer over these emails is riling even the lefties of MSNBC.

The folks on Joe Scarborough’s Morning Joe show were shocked that Hillary demanded that a staffer send her classified material via the email address in question, even though the staffer tried to remind her that the material was classified.

In February of 2010, Hillary sent an email to staffer Jacob Sullivan demanding that he send her some information over the email system. But Sullivan wrote back apologizing, yet saying he just wasn’t allowed to.

“Trust me, I share your exasperation,” Sullivan said to Hillary via the email address. “But until ops coverts it to the unclassified email system, there is no physical way for me to email it. I can’t even access it.”

This reply infuriated Hillary, who sent emails slamming the staffer for refusing to send the info she wanted. Hillary’s emails berating the staffer, though, shocked the MSNBC crew.

Scarborough slammed Hillary, saying, “Everything she said in that…press conference about, ‘this is just patently false’ — and here, you actually have her berating somebody that worked for her…and works for her still.”

“Berating him, saying, ‘send me this classified email, And he said, basically, ‘I can’t, it’s classified. I can’t even access it because it’s classified.'”

MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle chimed in and noted that the scandal is starting to redound badly on Hillary and is becoming more about how badly she is handling the scandal than in what she actually did as secretary of State.

Earlier this year, Scarborough also noted that Hillary’s claims that she didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to use a personal email address don’t pass the smell test. In March, Scarborough noted that Hillary herself told staffers that government employees were supposed to use official email, saying: “you should not do State Department business on personal email.”

Dipshit of the day: Oakland Police Officer Spitting At Person Recording Him

The Oakland Police Department is investigating one of its officers after a video posted to Facebook over the weekend shows him spitting at the person recording him.

The person who uploaded the video said in the caption the unidentified officer spat on his friend who was the one recording the video on Friday.

The video shows police officers appearing to question a group of people standing outside a car at a gas station.

When the camera swings over to the police officer, he appears to take something out of his mouth and throw it at the person recording, just before he spits at him.

Two of the young men in the video said they stopped at the gas station Friday night to grab something to drink, not knowing there was a sideshow happening nearby, when they were questioned by a police officer.

In an interview with KPIX-TV, the men said they only wanted to be identified by their first names, “Josh” and “Johnny.”

They said the officer who approached them wanted to know about their cars. “He started harassing us giving us issues about my car, saying it was modified and basically just kind of giving us trouble,” Josh said.

Johnny said one of their friends called the officers “pigs.” After that, the officer called back-up, and Josh and Johnny said they were quickly surrounded by officers, including one who was chewing sunflower seeds.

“He tried to throw a chewing seed at me and he missed and he spat one at me on my left side of the shoulder,” Johnny said. “I was really surprised cause I felt like that was assault.”

Moments later, the officer can be heard saying “if I had another, I’d do it again.”

Josh also said their vehicles were illegally searched. “We didn’t say they could enter our vehicles,” he said. “There was no reason for them to enter our vehicles at any point … I just kept telling him, ‘I didn’t allow you to search the car,’ or ‘I don’t feel comfortable with you doing that.'”

“The Oakland Police Department immediately initiated an Internal Affairs Investigation when we were made aware of this incident,” said spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson Monday. “We pride ourselves on professionalism, respect for others, relationships and community trust building. We take this matter seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation.

If you want respect you have to give respect, it is a simple concept.