Don Surber

"Exceptional Americans 1" goes on Kindle on the Fourth of July

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tweet of the day

"Exceptional Americans 1" goes on Kindle on Saturday

Reposted from Monday:

The Gay Divorcee

Homosexual divorce arrived. It could have a positive impact on heterosexual marriage.

From the Leaf-Chronicle:
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – While many were celebrating Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that now allows same-sex couples to marry in Tennessee, a smaller group was breathing a quiet sigh of relief for what it means for them — the right to divorce a same-sex spouse.
A former Clarksville woman filed what is believed to be the first paperwork in the state seeking a divorce from a same-sex partner. Her Complaint for Divorce was filed in Montgomery County Chancery Court just before the courthouse closed Friday afternoon.
The couple married in Shelbyville, Indiana, on June 4, 2014, but before Friday’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Tennessee, they could not seek a divorce here. To terminate their marriage, one or the other would have had to move to a state that recognizes same-sex marriage and establish residency — a process that usually takes at least six months, said Nashville Attorney Ryan Johnson of Turner Law Offices.
He and Robert J. Turner are representing Taramarie Gulledge, who now lives in Kingston Springs but lived with her wife and their almost 3-year-old daughter in Clarksville until the couple split up in May.
In the complaint, Johnson’s client not only asks for a divorce based on irreconcilable differences and inappropriate marital conduct but asks for a temporary restraining order to keep her wife, Carol Lyn Wolf-Gulledge, from taking the toddler out of state.
Before the recent ruling, gay couples who married somewhere else but stayed in Tennessee didn’t have the legal remedies they have now — from divorce, to child custody and child support, to name a few.
“You had these people living in limbo,” Johnson said. “Sometimes they moved here and things hit the rocks.”
Now, Tennesseans can file for divorce from a same-sex partner so long as they meet same requirements of anyone else, including six months of residency. It doesn’t matter if they married in California, Massachusetts or Indiana.
“The right to same-sex marriage, will inevitably result in same sex-divorces,” said Clarksville attorney Mark Olson, who is not connected to the case. “Just as same-sex partners in marriage now have a right to be married, they will have the right to have access to the divorce courts. The divorce statutes will simply be interpreted as being gender neutral.”
Pardon me, but shouldn't all marriages be gender neutral, favoring neither side on the basis of their sex?

Britain's Prime Minister goes squishy on Islamic State

As an American, I still feel embarrassed that my president brushed off the Islamic State as the "JV squad." That was about a million murders ago. (Am I alone in noticing the human rights groups are not tallying the death toll in this war?) But really, Britain should apologize for re-electing avid David Cameron as prime minister, as well.

Gay marriage no longer helps proponents

Dave Weigel of Bloomberg Politics tweeted: “There’s a whiff of media wishful thinking in this 'SCOTUS saves GOP from having to discuss gay marriage' meme.”

I agree with him but for a reason he has not considered. By legislating from the bench, Supreme Court justices neutered gay marriage for its supporters, but it remains an issue for opponents. In fact, I will argue that opposing gay marriage now carries no penalty just as supporting it carries no reward.

John Bardeen, the team player

John Bardeen was nervous and excited as he and his wife and their daughter sat at the table with King Gustav VI of Sweden at the dinner honoring him and his former colleagues, William Shockley and Walter Brattain, who shared the 1956 Nobel Prize for Physics. The ordeal for the introverted Bardeen was further burdened by the fact that the laundry had turned his white vest and white tie green. But Brattain came to the rescue, loaning him his spare vest and tie. King Gustav chided Bardeen for bringing only the youngest of his three children to Stockholm for this momentous occasion. The father had not wanted to interrupt the college studies of his sons. Bardeen promised to bring them all next time.

Everyone laughed,

And then 16 years later, he did just that. The unassuming college professor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign became the first man in history to win two Nobels in physics. His work on the creation of the transistor in 1947, and later the BCS theory which explained why metals become superconductivity at extremely low temperatures, were among the top breakthroughs in science in the 20th century. Both were the result not of lonely nights by a genius in the laboratory, but in teamwork among many geniuses.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tweet of the day

You make the call

This from "Occupy Democrats"?

Or this?

Nonsense. That cannot happen. We have all these rules.

The headline in the Telegraph was a scream!
The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns BIS.
Oh what nonsense. This is impossible. We have all these rules and regulations in place to protect us. We have the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and the European Union. It is taken care of. We have as many financial rules or regulations in place as there are people in the United States.

Mr. 401-k

I like today's vignette so much, I may marry it.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tweet of the day

The network that mistook a flag depicting dildos for the Islamic State flag.

Our media overlords: You can keep your tax exemption, period

The Los Angeles Times wants you to believe that churches that refuse to hold gay marriages will not lose their tax exemption.

Sure they won't.