You look around seems a nice place for some much needed shore leave when Bones grabs your arm and points to a white rabbit in a waistcoat saying “Oh, dear, oh dear it’s Frenetic Friday!”
And down the rabbit hole we go. First up is politics.
So in case you haven’t heard the sixth court of appeals in reviewing the ban on same sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee said they do not violate the federal Constitution.
Here’s a summary:
1. The Supreme Court’s summary ruling in Baker v. Nelson (1972) binds federal courts of appeals to hold that state laws that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman are constitutional. The Court’s ruling last year in Windsor v. United States doesn’t overrule Baker, nor does it clash with it. Neither of the two preconditions for ignoring Supreme Court precedent applies. Nor do the Court’s recent denials of certiorari in other marriage cases have any bearing. (Slip op. at 13-17.)
2. Under the original meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment, state marriage laws are clearly constitutional. (17-18.)
3. State marriage laws easily survive rational-basis review. It is rational to define marriage as a male-female union because (a) governmental recognition of marriage operates to regulate the intended and unintended effects of male-female intercourse (19-21), and (b) it’s reasonable for the people of a state to assess how the benefits and burdens of redefining marriage are playing out in other states before they decide whether to take that step (21-22). “Any other approach would create line-drawing problems of its own.” (See 22-23.)
4. State marriage laws do not reflect animus. (24-28.)
5. There is no “fundamental right” to SSM. (28-31.)
6. Under Sixth Circuit precedent, rational-basis review applies to sexual-orientation classifications. Windsor says nothing to the contrary. (31-35.)
7. Under an “evolving meaning” approach to the Constitution, the relevant measure is society’s values, not judges’ values. “Freed of federal-court intervention, thirty-one States would continue to define marriage the old-fashioned way.” (35-38.)
Source:National Review Online
Of course this will force the hand of the Supreme Court as basically it divides the country by saying that same sex marriage is both legal and illegal in the country. Plus the proponents of same sex marriage will not be satisfied until it is legal in all fifty states.
Albert Mohler covers this brilliantly in his briefing podcast as well as discusses Ligioner and Lifeway’s theology poll that I linked to last week. Read the transcript here.
Now moving to Northern Ireland it appears that a Christian Bakery is in trouble because it refuses to make a cake featuring the Sesame Street characters Bert and Earnie that is being used to promote same sex marriage.
Ashers Baking Co, based in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, was told by a Government equalities agency that it was guilty of “unlawful religious, political and sexual orientation discrimination” for its stance on the Sesame Street-themed dessert.
Just to lay it out for you the religious portion comes from the fact that the owners are Christian and are holding to their biblically based views which violates the rights of customer who doesn’t hold those views. Political because the bakers are against the current political policy, and sexual orientation, well I think you can figure that out.
Now the ironic thing about all of this is that Sesame Street has always maintained that Bert and Earnie are not a gay couple. (Open Sesame) But the gay activists have co-opted the characters for their own agenda.
However, in the meantime Asher’s Baking Co must pit it’s small bank account against the wealth of the government of Great Britain. Read more here.
Changing to the new and outré but staying in Great Britain the very first breakfast café has opened. With over hundred varieties of breakfast cereal and different kinds of milk the customer can make his very own breakfast bowl consisting of different combination of cereal. The café will be decorated in the breakfast cereal theme consisting of different boxes and other cereal memorabilia. Who is responsible for all this? Twin brothers Alan and Gary Keery who love breakfast and turned this love into a business. (Source)
And now for a bit of a rib tickler here is an article from Teaching Good Things about a homeschool victim who survived!
Moving to technology if you’ve seen any of the Iron Man movies you know that when Tony Stark puts on his helmet he doesn’t actually see through those eye slits instead he “sees” via a heads up display. Well life imitates art with this new motorcycle helmet.
Sticking with tech news I think my co-author Robin pointed me to this bit of news. China has decided to remove all Windows based operating systems from their computers. They have decided to create a state sponsored Linux version and plan on being windows free by 2020. So far fifteen OS programmers are working on the operating system. China has also banned all computers that have Window 8 on them because of spying concerns. (source: Maximumpc.com)
And now in Robotic Over Lord news:
US Needs a New Robotics Agency or the Machine Overlords Will Win … Or Something
Yes from Nextgov.com comes a story where assistant law professor Ryan Calo says that ” The U.S. government’s ‘hopelessly piecemeal’ approach to robotics could allow other countries to leapfrog us in innovation”.
Federal Robotics Commission would be small by agency standards. “Ideally, it would be staffed by robotics experts,” Calo told Nextgov Monday. “That would be folks who are expert in software, in hardware, in human-robot interaction.”
Calo said he would put engineers and others with backgrounds in mechanical and electrical engineering and computer science right alongside experts in law and policy.
He isn’t looking to regulate robotics, he said.
“The agency would advise on issues at all levels — state and federal, domestic and foreign, civil and criminal — that touch upon the unique aspects of robotics and artificial intelligence and the novel human experiences these technologies generate,” he said. (source: Nextgov.com)
I don’t know about you but personally I’ve never seen a federal agency that didn’t end up regulating what they were assigned to advise. Which actually may be a good thing because with a government agency regulating our Robotic Over Lords the robotic apocalypse will never occur.
That’s it for Frenetic Friday now everyone out of the rabbit hole.