When Robin Williams committed suicide, figures were released on the skyrocketing numbers of middle-aged men taking their lives. Unexpected health problems, derailed careers, financial implosions and exposure of sexual dalliances were some of the factors.
In the past few years there seems to be an epidemic of adulterous and sexually inappropriate relationships coming to light on a regular basis. Let's be honest, it's alarming to many of us onlookers plus causes much fear and trepidation among spouses who ponder the question, "Are we going to be next?"
And it's not just marrieds who are scratching their heads. Religious authorities are struggling watching the chilling increase of moral failures in their ranks. more >>
One member of the "Duck Dynasty" clan is preparing for marriage after proposing to his girlfriend on Oct. 11.
John Luke Robertson, the 19-year-old son of Willie and Korie Robertson, decided to use his birthday as the perfect setting for his proposal to girlfriend Mary Kate McEacharn.
"I am so excited to marry my best friend," John Luke told Us Weekly. "I know my parents married young as well, and they have always been examples of what 'could be' to me. Fast-forward 22 years and they are more in love than ever, and I hope Mary Kate and I are the same way in the years to come. God has truly blessed us." more >>
"Get the government out of marriage" seems to be a favorite libertarian talking point. Among Christian libertarians, "get the government out of marriage," sometimes means, "get the government out of sacraments." One of their arguments for this position follows this chain of reasoning:Marriage is a sacrament. We don't want the state administering sacraments. Therefore, we don't want the state administering marriage.
Here's what is true about this argument:Some marriages are sacraments. We don't want the state explicitly administering sacraments.
Here's what's false about the argument. It implies that all civil marriages are sacramental marriages. Or, at the very least, it only accounts for sacramental marriages and does not account for non-sacramental marriages. more >>
Social Security is unsustainable at its present level of benefits and taxes. To put Social Security on a sound footing, Congress will have to cut pension benefits or increase tax rates. Congress will not raise tax rates to pay for Social Security. Why not? The reason is simple.
If Congress raises tax rates to pay for Social Security benefits they have already promised, then it will be that much harder for them to increase tax rates to pay for other stuff they want to promise to do. It will be harder for Congress to increase tax rates to pay for that "green" company they want to subsidize; it will be harder to raise tax rates to pay for more defense spending or to increase spending for education special interests. No, Congress will not increase tax rates to pay for Social Security.
Congress will therefore cut Social Security benefits. more >>
All too often, instead of being the keepers of the law, state bar associations flagrantly violate the law instead. They get away with this because they are controlled by powerful judges and affluent left-wing attorneys. Most often, people are too terrified to take on the rich and well connected, fearing they could be easily decimated by (ab)using the legal system.
The debate about Measure 6, on the ballot this fall in North Dakota, is a recent example. Measure 6 would establish approximately 50/50 shared parenting as the default when parents with children split up, unless a court finds that one parent is unfit. Although 110 world experts have endorsed shared parenting, the deceptively named "Keeping Kids First" - which should be more accurately named "Keeping Kids With One Parent" - appears to be the only group opposing Measure 6. However, this group is nothing more than a cleverly named front for the primary opposition - feminists, divorce attorneys, the state bar association and the ACLU. Notably, not a single divorce attorney is identified as such on the website of the organization where the members are listed. However, all but three of the 12 members are divorce attorneys. Divorce attorneys stand to lose a lot of money if child custody becomes less acrimonious, and shared parenting would accomplish just that.
The original email address for the organization was email@example.com. That is from the domain name of the North Dakota State Bar Association. Tellingly, after the shell organization was called out on misuse of bar association assets, the email address was changed – evidence of guilt. The executive director of the bar association is also listed as one of its members, more evidence of the cozy relationship. more >>
It's called Pandora's Box.
And the Supreme Court just opened it.
Did you actually think the debate over "gay marriage" was about marriage? Have you really come to believe that this cultural kerfuffle has anything to do with "civil rights" or "equality"? Have you bought into the popular premise that this is a legitimate discussion on federalism – that it's a reasonable disagreement over whether the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause requires that newfangled "gay marriage," something rooted in same-sex sodomy, a deviant and disease-prone behavior our Constitution's framers officially declared "the infamous crime against nature," be made law of the land? more >>