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Overnight: Bulldog Puppy Kissing Baby

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Warning: cute overload.

The headline really says it all...combine a puppy with a baby and you can't go wrong.

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The Book Booth: Valentine's Edition

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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

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As I learned earlier this week, Valentine was sainted in AD 496 by
Pope Gelasius 1. Virtually nothing is known of him, other than he was
martyred on February 14 in 314. But somehow, that seems appropriate,
for who does know the mysteries of love?

Literature is replete with the stuff of love. Flavorwire had its top
25 great love affairs
. Be sure to check out number 8, which has the
Alan Ladd movie tie-in cover art for The Great Gatsby. If that doesn't
make you want to read it, I don't know what will.

Of course, nothing says I Love You like having it eternally etched
into your skin. BuzzFeed featured some "epic" literary tattoos here.

And book lovers suffer more than the world can understand. HuffPo

featured eleven "conundrums" that only we are aware of.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/book-lover_n_4562002.html?ir=Books

Not all love affairs endure. In fact, some writers are bold enough to
avenge themselves through their writings. MentalFloss shared some of
these misguided relationships here.

For whatever reason, love has often been linked to war. I suppose it
shouldn't be remarkable, if we remember the Greek god of war Ares was
the brother of the goddess of love, Aphrodite. In any event,
Publishers Weekly recently discussed ten of the best contemporary war
novels here.

If you are between books and wondering what to read, you might want to
check out Kim Stanley Robinson's discussion of three science fiction
novels with modernist overtones
.

Or if you are feeling more ambitious, one the librarians from the New
York Public Library offered up 25 books that changed the world. A
list, by the way, not everyone loved; check out the comments below the article.

A new offering in historical fiction comes from the author of
Fatherland, Robert Harris, who has just had published his take on the
affair Dreyfus, An Officer and a Spy. The Wall Street Journal examined
it here.

There has been something of a dust up this week when Penguin Books
India has decided to pulp religious historian Wendy Doniger's The
Hindus: An Alternate History. Doniger has long been a professor at the
University of Chicago and is well respected in the field. Of course,
she's none too happy. Story here.

Penguin Books India defended their decision here.

Finally, I wanted to share this very insightful essay from George
Packer in the New Yorker on the history of Amazon and its impact on
books and book selling. If you read no other links from today's post,
read this one.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentines Day with someone or something
you love. And I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that Monday is
Presidents Day. Ah, I remember the days when we got two days off from
school for both Washington and Lincoln's birthdays. Those days are
long gone. I shall spend Monday contemplating the presidential term of
the long-neglected William Henry Harrison.

Let us know what books you're enjoying this long weekend!

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Overnight: Another Valentine's Day Flash Mob!

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Photo: indigo.ca

Photo: indigo.ca

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

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Why Does The GOP Fear Same-Sex Marriage?

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The Raw Story:

Republicans in the Kansas House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would make it legal for both government employees and private individuals to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.

According to House Bill 2453, “no individual or religious entity shall be required by any governmental entity” to “provide any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges” if “it would be contrary to the sincerely held religious beliefs of the individual or religious entity regarding sex or gender.”

I guess the GOP in Kansas doesn't read newspapers, the internet or news from any source. They totally missed the Department of Justice memo of last week. Or maybe they did get it and are scared. Neither Discrimination nor hate are part of any religious doctrine that I'm aware of. So violating that "tenet" is impossible to justify as being a religious belief. Talk about reaching!

Bible thumping, hate mongering, fear and revivalist dogma aren't the answer. And either is Kansas House Bill 2453.

With same-sex marriage now legally accepted in nearly a third of our 50 states, the recent Attorney General announcement that the DOJ is going to fully recognize same sex marriage, it's time to take a look at the repercussions these haters in Kansas are trying to promote. With the Justice department memo, gay couples now have the ability to file jointly for bankruptcy and guaranteeing that married same–sex partners would not be forced to testify against each other in trial. They'd be given the rights to visit the dying reserved for family members. 

Hmm. Can't see where that's hurting heterosexual marriage any.

With same-sex marriages come the de-stigmatizing of all adoptions. As a matter of fact, the number of adoptions by same-sex partners is growing rapidly -- and that means more orphaned and unwanted children are finding good homes and the love they've previously been denied. That doesn't seem to be harming heterosexual marriage and at the same time lessens a burden on the states of caring for these unfortunate children.

Then where's the problem? There's not one documented case of same-sex marriage infringing on or interrupting a traditional heterosexual marriage. Not one.

Well, that's still not good enough for the National Organization of Marriage, NOM.

According to THE HILL:

But NOM’s Brown said the [recent DOJ] measures trample on states’ rights to make their own decisions on how to define the institution of marriage.

“The American public needs to realize how egregious and how dangerous these usurpations are and how far-reaching the implications can be,” Brown said. “The changes being proposed here to a process as universally relevant as the criminal justice system serve as a potent reminder of why it is simply a lie to say that redefining marriage doesn't affect everyone in society."

How interesting a point made here. What's their point in case you missed it? THERE ISN'T ONE.

Benefits of same-sex marriage are numerous, some of which are spelled out above. And ther are many more. Among the most important is not to define this relationship between two consulting, loving individuals as second class. Human rights and dignity are the backbone of America. Classifying same sex love as a sin, or evil or a sickness is true -- but not of those who live it -- only of those who deny it from being allowed.

Marriage is a choice. Homosexuality, being gay, lesbian, transsexual or bisexual is NOT. Let's remember the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson in that very cherished document, The Declaration of Independence:

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We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Overnight: Because of Mom (Olympics)

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Photo: P & G

Photo: P & G

This is a commercial but one of the most understated I've ever seen. You'll see who it's by at the end. It's a tribute to mothers who encourage their children to get up when they fall, to help them along their way to wherever they want to go, even to the Olympics.

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Overnight: Shirley and Jenny, 2 Elephants, Reunited After Over 20 Years

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I love elephants and I love stories like these:

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Overnight Post: An Amazing Ad for Same Sex Marriage

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MarriageIrelandw309h244I normally don't like 'just video' links but this video is short and self-explanatory.  The only thing it does not explicitly say is that 'same sex marriage' is a civil rights issue, regardless of what you or anyone, including churches and governments, might think about it otherwise.

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