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US Officials Rule That Monkey Selfies Cannot Be Copyrighted

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redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Bad news for the British photographer who allowed a curious monkey to take a selfie using his equipment – or, indeed, any of us looking to allow wild animals to borrow our smartphones or cameras to take self-portraits – US officials have issued new rules declaring that…

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Hobby Lobby Ruling Opens Doors For Satanists To Strike Down Anti-Abortion Laws

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My father used to say, "There's nary an ill wind that doesn't blow some good." Pretty smart guy, my pop.

While everyone on the right is cheering the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby finding and looking for more religiously restrictive ways to use it, there're some others who are seeing a bright lining to this dark cloud. Those people are the Satanists.

Okay, most of you think those who worship Satan march to a much different drummer than the rest of us. Sure they do. But they have a right to their beliefs and the Hobby Lobby decision is a religious-based determination. And Satanism, despite how little or much you know about it, fits the description of a bona-fide religion.

Now comes the interesting part. The Satanists are making an argument, based on the Supreme Court's finding, that some anti-abortion laws are forcing a state's religious belief on them and therefore need not be followed. The Raw Story:

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 35 states currently have informed consent laws, and of those, 33 require that the woman be told the gestational age of the fetus.

In some states, that information consists of pro-life propaganda that links abortion to a higher incidence of breast and ovarian cancers, or discusses “post-abortion syndrome,” a mental condition not recognized by any major medical or psychiatric organization.

Regardless of your personal religious beliefs, you can see the argument here that science is being misused, misconstrued or misinterpreted to serve a "right wing, religious" view. There has been no consensus on abortion leading to higher rates of breast or ovarian cancer or "post-abortion syndrome." Truthfully, postpartum depression is a real and acknowledged clinical psychosis and that's generally, by definition, after a child has been carried to term.

Because the Satanic Temple bases its belief “regarding personal health…on the best scientific understanding of the world, regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others,” it claims that state-mandated information with no basis in scientific fact violates its religious beliefs.

Now I get to use a favorite word -- ergo -- this makes forcing a woman to read informed consent laws unconstitutional. At least in the 35 states that require it.

Hobby Lobby and the Satanists could be a blessing in disguise, or as my pop would say, the good that the ill wind kicked up.

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Right Action, Wrong Reason - Gun Nuttiness Again In Texas

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Tragedy befell the city of Hearne, Texas, recently. A 93-year-old woman was gunned down by Officer Stephen Stern of the Hearne Police. And now the people of the small town want this cop's badge. They want him fired and the Mayor is leading the charge.

According to DailyMail:

'There's no justification. Any police officer would know not to kill a 93-year-old fragile woman when they could have backed off,' said William Foster, 64, a retired professor in Hearne. 'She was no threat to him.'

'That lady should be living today. She should not have died like she did,' Embra [another mourner] said.

Damn, when you hear it that way, it sure sounds like the cop used awful judgement. If that was all there was to the story, perhaps we'd agree. But it's best we hear all the details before we pass judgement.

It seems this all happened after Officer Stephen Stem responded to a 911 call about a disturbance involving a woman and a gun. When Stem arrived on scene, the 93-year-old woman was wildly brandishing her gun and refused to put it down. She aimed at the officer and he fired.

Now comes the public outrage. But is it because of this woman's age, or because the officer could have possibly found another way to diffuse the situation? The officer was responding to the 911 call. It came in because of a reported dangerous disturbance and a gun. Officer Stern fired three times, hitting the woman twice and grazing her with the third shot. Was this the right course of action? Did he use justifiable force? Well consider this. If this woman had fired, that bullet would have left the gun with the same lethal velocity.

Then what if the senior-aged woman had fired first and the cop was dead, would there be such a public outcry? Would the neighbors and friends of the late Pearlie Golden be lamenting the loss of this cop because he didn't shoot Ms. Golden when he had the chance? I doubt it. It seems the victim in this case isn't the 93-year-old woman. And it's not the cop either. It's the system that lets people loose with guns.

Yes, this is a plea, a call to sanity. It's a shout out for gun control. This result is what carrying and brandishing a gun can get you into. This woman should still be alive, all things considered. But she's not. And the reason why? Not because the cop shot her. It's because she was waving a gun. If she didn't have a gun, I very much doubt she would have been hurt, let alone killed. And there would be no reason for this story.

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Rep. King: All LGBT Is Self-Professed Behavior, Laws Protecting It Are Made For Pedophiles

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Ah, the LGBT life: unfortunates filled with public pain, abuse, ridicule, discrimination, beatings, and even murders. Wait. Maybe unfortunates is a poor choice of words. Masochists is more appropriate, according to Congressman Steve King (R - Iowa). It seems Dr. Steve believes homosexuality or sexual identity is a choice, just not a verifiable one. HuffPo:

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) defended Arizona’s recently vetoed anti-LGBT legislation on Sunday, arguing in part that homosexuality is a “self-professed behavior” that cannot be “independently verified."

“Although it’s clear in the civil rights section of the code that you can’t discriminate against people based upon -- and I’m not sure I have the list right -- race, creed, religion, color of skin," King said, "there’s nothing mentioned in there on self-professed behavior, and that’s what they’re trying to protect: special rights for self-professed behavior.”

I guess that means that most, if not all professed LGBT'ers are masochists. They love being discriminated against and ostracized. Just listen to King's own words. Count how many times King says, "self-professed behavior:"

Sexual orientation does not warrant constitutional protection because it cannot be “independently verified” and can be “willfully changed,” King contended.

See. It's a choice and we can just learn them gays and other queers to be straight. Just send them to Marcus "Mr. Michele" Bachmann. And King's insights and vast scientific knowledge on the LGBT life aren't new:

During the 2009 passage of the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act -- which expanded the existing 1969 law to include crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity or disability -- King argued that the sexual orientation provision would provide pedophiles with special protections.

Ah yes, that very strong Washington pedophile lobby -- the leading firm there is Findem, Rapem & Abusem.

Money. Yup, and that's the reason Rep. Crazy made in arguing for the recent Arizona anti-gay (religious freedom) bill. By her vetoing it, Gov. Jan Brewer opened the door for the big fix. The big scam. What is that, you may be asking?

He [Rep. Steve King]  went on to suggest that anti-discrimination laws protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people could give those individuals the opportunity to trick businesses into discriminating against them with the intent of “setting up a case.”

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Well, at least now we know. When you're not being a pedophile, you're scamming the justice system with phony discrimination claims. This is all a money-making plot. Rep. King has officially set the record straight.

Thanks to him, I'm going out to get my LGBT membership card, put on a "Seinfeld puffy shirt," move to Georgia or Kansas where similar legislation to Arizona's is being considered and go sue somebody before it's too late. I want to be rich. I want to be part of the "1%" group. I wanna be gay!!!

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