Kentucky clerk Kim Davis released from jail

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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis walked out of a Kentucky detention center to massive applause Tuesday after spending five days behind bars for defying a federal order that she issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But her attorney said that Davis would continue to abide by her conscience, which cannot condone same-sex nuptials, and that all licenses issued since her incarceration were not valid.

The defiant stand seems likely to land Davis right back in jail, from where she emerged Tuesday afternoon alongside her attorney, Mat Staver, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who was hosting a rally in her honor. Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, told reporters outside the detention center he’d be willing to go to jail in her place should a federal judge find she’s violated the conditions of her release.

“We cannot criminalize the Christian faith or anybody’s faith in this country,” Huckabee said.

Davis later addressed the crowd herself, walking up to the stage in tears as Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” played on loudspeakers. Huckabee and Staver stood on either side of her, victoriously holding her hands up in the air.

“I just want to give God the glory,” Davis said. “We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and everyone stands. Keep pressing, don’t let down because he is here. He is worthy.”

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Earlier Tuesday, U.S. District Judge David Bunning – the same judge responsible for putting Davis behind bars – authorized her release pending her office’s continued compliance with an August order that she issue marriage licenses to all eligible applicants. Davis had stopped granting marriage licenses to both gay and straight couples since the U.S. Supreme Court decided in June to make marriage equality the law of the land.

Since plaintiffs in the case have been able to receive marriage licenses from Davis’ deputies, Bunning said he was satisfied the clerk’s office was complying with his order to issue the licenses.

“On September 8, 2015, Plaintiffs filed a Status Report at the Court’s behest,” Bunning wrote in his order Tuesday. “According to the Report, Plaintiffs have obtained marriage licenses from the Rowan County Clerk’s Office. The Court is therefore satisfied that the Rowan County Clerk’s Office is fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples, consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Obergefell and this Court’s August 12, 2015 Order. For these reasons, the Court’s prior contempt sanction against Defendant Davis is hereby lifted.”

Tuesday’s release order came as Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Huckabee headed to the Carter County Detention Center to meet with Davis and potentially score points with social conservative voters.

Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, pledged to do “everything in his power to ensure more Americans don’t become victim to religious persecution by the government,” an aide to his campaign told NBC News. The statement reflected Cruz’s broader strategy to run as the ultimate protector of religious freedom, which the White House hopeful has consistently warned is facing an assault in America. In a separate statement on Facebook Tuesday, Cruz said “Praise God that Kim Davis is being released.”

Not to be outdone, Huckabee hosted an “#ImWithKim Liberty Rally” outside the Carter County Detention Center Tuesday, following his visit with Davis. Cheers rang out as Huckabee entered the detention center with his wife in the early afternoon. He emerged a hero, walking out a few steps behind Davis. (Cruz, meanwhile, walked out of the detention center a few minutes earlier, alone.)

The case has become a lightning rod for religious freedom advocates who oppose same-sex marriage. For Republican presidential candidates, it has presented an opportunity to court evangelical voters and break away from the crowded field.

“She has ignited something across this country,” Huckabee told reporters Tuesday. “People are tired of the tyranny of judicial action that takes people’s freedoms away, takes their basic fundamental constitutional rights and puts them in jeopardy, and the tyranny of a legislative court that believes it can make up law and somehow find a way to enforce it.”

Not every Republican presidential candidate agrees, however. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham have all said that Davis should abide by the law, not her religious beliefs.

Davis had been in jail for five days, having been found in contempt of court last week by Bunning, a President George W. Bush appointee. In August, Bunning concluded that Davis’ religious objection to same-sex nuptials was not a good enough reason for her to deny eligible couples their marriage licenses — something Davis had been doing since June, when the nation’s highest court found same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional in the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges. Bunning ordered her to resume issuing marriage licenses to all couples — gay and straight.

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But Davis continued to turn away couples seeking marriage licenses, even after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to put a hold on Bunning’s order pending appeal. Citing concern that financial penalties would not be enough to secure compliance with his order, Bunning found Davis in contempt of court on Thursday and remanded her into the custody of federal marshals.

On Friday, Davis’ deputies began issuing marriage licenses to both gay and straight couples, though her attorney said those licenses were “not worth the paper they’re written on.” Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins, meanwhile, has said licenses issued without Davis’ approval would still be valid.

Among several appeals that Davis’ legal team has filed with the 6th Circuit, one asks for relief from Gov. Steve Beshear’s mandate that all county clerks issue marriage licenses. If Davis’ name is removed from the licenses, her attorneys said, she will not stand in the way of her deputies issuing them.

Beshear, however, maintains that only the state legislature can change the marriage licenses, and that he will not call a special session to address the matter. To do so, he said, would cost “hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money.”

Bunning said in his order Tuesday that Davis “shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.” But Staver suggested such interference was likely.

“She cannot allow a license authorizing same-sex marriage to go under her authority or name,” Staver said in an interview with NBC News’ Gabe Gutierrez, ahead of Davis’ release. “That’s been her position from the beginning and that will be her position, I assume, on any subsequent occasion. She’s asking for a simple fix, a simple accommodation.”

“We’re back to square one,” he added. “She’s been released. But there has been no resolution.”

Some people think she is a hero, I personally do not. I have no issues with her personal beliefs, she has every right to those, as do we all.

But she is an elected official and took her personal beliefs over her work as a representative of the people. She was not jailed for her personal beliefs, she was jailed for contempt of court and not obeying the laws put before her.

We as citizens cannot pick and choose which laws we will comply with, we comply with the laws we have until they are changed. That is reality.

Let me give an example: If a police officer is an alcoholic can he not enforce DUI laws he does not believe in? Or is he required to enforce all the laws he has sworn an oath to follow.

This woman is not complying with the laws she has taken an oath to follow, and if she does not believe she can do that she should step down, or can she give up that $80,000 a year salary? Maybe it is not all about her faith all the time.

It also appears she has been baited into some activities by prominent people like the former governor and all the people chanting her name. Maybe it is not all about God after all, she is the one put on a pedestal now.

I will say it again, I will fight to the death for her to believe as she sees fit in her personal life, but that stops in her official capacity as a representative of the people in the clerk’s office.

We all have laws we have to live with whether we like them or not. Say like paying taxes.

Dawg says just let them shave…….:-)

I must have missed the declaration of war on pubic hair.

It must have happened sometime in the last decade because the amount of time, energy, money and emotion both genders spend on abolishing every hair from their genitals is astronomical. The genital hair removal industry, including medical professionals who advertise their speciality services to those seeking the “clean and bare” look, is booming.

But why pick on the lowly pubic hair? A few sociological theories suggest it has to do with cultural trends spawned by bikinis and thongs, certain hairless actors and actresses or a desire to return to childhood or even a misguided attempt at hygiene.

It is a sadly misconceived war. Long ago, surgeons figured out that shaving a body part prior to surgery actually increased, rather than decreased, surgical site infections. No matter what expensive and complex weapons are used – razor blades, electric shavers, tweezers, waxing, depilatories, electrolysis – hair, like crab grass, always grows back and eventually wins. In the meantime, the skin suffers the effects of the scorched battlefield.

Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds. Rather than suffering a comparison to a bristle brush, frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area. When that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy culture medium for some of the nastiest of bacterial pathogens, namely Group A Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus and its recently mutated cousin methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). There is an increase in staph boils and abscesses, necessitating incisions to drain the infection, resulting in scarring that can be significant. It is not at all unusual to find pustules and other hair-follicle inflammation papules on shaved genitals.

Additionally, I’ve seen cellulitis (soft-tissue bacterial infection without abscess) of the scrotum, labia and penis as a result of spread of bacteria from shaving or from sexual contact with strep or staph bacteria from a partner’s skin. Some clinicians are finding that freshly shaved pubic areas and genitals are also more vulnerable to herpes infections due to the microscopic wounds being exposed to viruses carried by mouth or genitals. It follows that there may be vulnerability to spread of other STIs as well.

Pubic hair does have a purpose, providing a cushion against friction that can cause skin abrasion and injury, protection from bacteria and other unwanted pathogens, and is the visible result of long-awaited adolescent hormones, certainly nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.

It is time to declare an end to the war on pubic hair, and allow it to stay right where it belongs. We owe it to our patients to encourage them to let it be.

You go ahead and shave it-Dawg don’t mind…….

I’m Angry’ Economy ‘Devastating for Workers’

Monday at an AFL-CIO Labor Day event in Pittsburgh, Vice President Joe Biden ranted about the economy as it pertains to the American labor force.

Biden said, “We can’t let the changes that have taken place and crept in for the last twenty years— but they have been devastating for workers. I hope everybody in America has a chance to become millionaire and we need billionaires. But let me tell you something, man, The tax code’s not fair. It’s simply not fair. The wealthy aren’t paying their fair share. It used to be one America everybody was in on the deal. When when we were in trouble everybody jumped in. When we were doing well everybody did well but that is simply not the case anymore. Back in the mid 70’s you know the top 1 percent of Americans they owned 20 percent of all wealth in America. Today 1 percent of Americans owns 40 percent of all wealth in America.”

“It’s the way the tax code has been setup,” Biden added. “I’m hot I acknowledge that. I’m mad, I’m angry.”

Time to say anything while you are pandering for votes……..

Texas Mayor Bans ‘Sharia Court’

Irving, Texas is a Dallas suburb just west of the big city. Area Muslims had started a “voluntary” Sharia court and were seeking sanction from the city. The mayor said NO WAY!

The city council was split 5-4 in a decision March, 2015, to not allow the religious court, but the mayor was emphatic that a foreign system of law to operate is unconstitutional and forbidden by state and federal statute.

The attempt to establish a Sharia court on American soil was stopped here, but it will not be the last and they will continue in their pursuit to undermine the US Constitution.

Mayor Beth Van Duyne said it well:

American citizens need to remember that their rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and I believe that no one should subjugate themselves to anything less. ~May. Beth Van Duyne

I think it is a good lesson that with the rise of sharia minded muslims, the rights of individuals disappears. I hope this result is duplicated by every city that they try this in.

Star of ‘Adam-12,’ ‘Route 66,’Martin Milner Dies at 83

Martin Milner, who starred on TV on “Adam-12” with Kent McCord and, earlier, on “Route 66” with George Maharis, died Sunday night, Diana Downing, a representative for his fan page, confirmed. He was 83.

Milner was also known for his roles as a jazz guitarist in the brilliant 1957 film “Sweet Smell of Success” and in the 1967 camp classic “Valley of the Dolls.”

Milner began acting in movies while a teen, after his father got him an agent, first appearing in the 1947 classic “Life with Father.” The film starred William Powell and Irene Dunne, and thus Milner, along with his co-star Elizabeth Taylor, bridged the generations in Hollywood between the golden age and contemporary era.

He appeared as Officer Pete Molloy alongside Kent McCord’s Officer Jim Reed in NBC’s “Adam-12” from 1968-75. Molloy was the seasoned, savvy veteran bringing along Reed who was, at first, a rookie.

The innovative series had a more realistic quality than previous cop shows: The partners, on which the show narrowly focused, would patrol with no idea what they would encounter through the course of the day, and viewers got to witness the highs and lows in their lives.

After he stopped acting, he co-hosted a radio show in Southern California, “Let’s Talk HookUp,” about freshwater and saltwater fishing, for a number of years. In the early 1970s he bought a 24-acre avocado farm where he lived with his family.

Survivors include Milner’s wife, Judith Bess “Judy” Jones, a former singer and actress to whom he had been married since 1957; daughter Molly; and sons Stuart and Andrew. Daughter Amy, who appeared in an episode of “Adam-12,” died of acute myeloid leukemia in 2004.