Monday, June 29, 2015

REPOST - Let's Get the State Out of the Marriage Business!

A post from back in 2011, long before the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage, we reminded people of our decades old policy of performing marriage ceremonies without government involvement.

Let's Get the State Out of the Marriage Business!

Revs. Sam and Bunny Sewell of Naples, Florida deliver pre-marital counseling and are recognized by the State of Florida and Collier County as approved for purposes described by the marriage license laws. They do "Spiritual Marriages" that don't involve the state in any way, as well as marriage ceremonies for people who have a license from a secular authority.  See:http://www.bestselfusa.com/

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As I have predicted in the past, a new Pew Foundation study of U.S. Census data confirms what I've been saying -- marriage in America is falling out of fashion.

Among those aged 18 to 29, only 20 percent are now married, compared to 59 percent in 1960. Just 51 percent of all those over the age of 18 are now married, compared with 72 percent in 1960.

The trend away from marriage is now accelerating, rather than slowing down, and I believe that by 2020, marriage will be a road taken by a minority of adults.

I believe the reasons for marriage falling out of favor with Americans are many, including my own clinical observations that the vast majority of married people consider their unions a source of pain, not pleasure, and that too few of them are equipped with the psychological and behavioral tools to achieve true intimacy or maintain real passion. When the architecture of a relationship is airless and seemingly without exit (without bankrupting your family by hiring lawyers and having your kids pack overnight bags every week), people will eventually learn to steer clear of it.

Perhaps no factor, however, is more responsible for the decline of marriage in America than government participation in it. The fact is that getting a marriage license means, essentially, signing a Draconian contract with the state to manage the division of your estate in the event of a divorce, without ever having read that contract.

The contract, if it included all the relevant laws pertaining to divorce, child custody, spousal support and other relevant matters, would probably run hundreds of pages. And what’s more, the contract, once signed, may be changed by the state legislature at any time, leaving the parties to it with no recourse.

This all means that getting married in America is—in the current scheme—an act of self-abandonment which subjugates one to government in a more infantilizing fashion than nearly any other voluntary action you could take.

Actions have consequences. So it is no surprise that volunteering to be lorded over by the state would result in feelings of confinement while married. Nor is it any surprise that signing over one’s rights to self-determination to the state in such dramatic fashion would result in the state over-using its power to dictate how married couples ought to conduct themselves in the event of a divorce—even if they have no children.

And it is also predictable that people would eventually find this distasteful, because human beings instinctively love liberty, especially in matters as personal as love and the raising of families.

The solution is obvious: Get the state entirely out of the marriage business. No more marriage licenses. No more special treatment of married couples by the IRS or any other facet of government. No state ever had a legitimate claim to issue marriage licenses, to begin with, since marriage is a spiritual commitment and quite often, a religious one. And it is, fundamentally, an intensely personal one based in autonomy—until city hall gets involved and messes everything up.

In the new paradigm I suggest, every couple wishing to get married would state that intention to their house of worship or their community of family and friends. They would take meaningful vows in front of gatherings of loved ones. Then they would—like knowledgeable and competent adults, rather than state-dependent, incompetent children—sign financial documents they generate together (while represented by attorneys or knowledgably waiving that right) which would govern how their assets should be pooled during the term of the contract and how they should be divided in the event they decide to end the contract. The state’s interest would be limited to enforcing laws about fair amounts of child support and fair visitation rights which must be included in such documents when children are born.

That’s it. The state would protect kids financially and emotionally from parents who fail to protect them. Otherwise, they would have no business getting involved in people’s marriages at all. They never had any business getting involved in them, to begin with.

Trust me, if marriage were thus structured as a union of heart and mind between competent adults making reasoned decisions, rather than abdicating their autonomy and infantilizing themselves, it would have a much better chance of surviving in our culture.

As currently conceived—with the state lording over anyone who decides to pull a marriage license—the institution is doomed and will barely exist in 75 years.

Dr. Keith Ablow

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist. Dr. Ablow can be reached at info@keithablow.com. His latest book is "Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait" (St. Martin's Press)


Valerie Jarrett Organized White House Rainbow Lights



Valerie Jarrett Organized White House Rainbow Lights
by Charlie Spiering 29 Jun 2015
White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett was one of the mobilizing forces behind the decision to light up the White House with the colors of the gay pride movement to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

According to the Washington Post, Jarrett worked with gay rights organizations to pay for the display to avoid using taxpayer money. The idea came from one of Jarrett’s aides who was also the LGBT liaison in the White House.

When Jarrett approached President Obama with the idea, he responded, “It’s a great idea if you can get it to work,” she told the Post.

The rainbow lit White House went viral online as onlookers flocked to snap selfies at the location to commemorate the historic Supreme Court decision.

“Tonight, the White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world,” a White House official explained in a statement. “The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights.”

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John G. Roberts Jr. is the chief justice for the U.S. Supreme Court, the chancellor for the Smithsonian Institution, and an honorary member of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (Gainesville, VA).

Note:  Joseph R. Biden Jr. is a regent at the Smithsonian Institution, and the vice president for the Barack Obama administration.
Shirley Ann Jackson is a regent at the Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
David M. Rubenstein is a regent at the Smithsonian Institution, a co-chairman for the Brookings Institution (think tank), and the president of the Economic Club of Washington.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. was the president of the Economic Club of Washington, is the president emeritus for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (Gainesville, VA), an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), Valerie B. Jarrett’s great uncle, a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Brookings Institution (think tank), Demos, and the International Rescue Committee.
International Rescue Committee is a partner with the ONE Campaign.
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and a contributor for the American Bridge 21st Century.
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. is an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
William M. Daley is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a trustee at the Third Way, and was the chief of staff for the Barack Obama administration.
Peter B. Lewis was a trustee at the Third Way, and a contributor for the American Bridge 21st Century.
American Bridge 21st Century was a contributor for the National Education Association.
Demos was a funder for the National Education Association.
John I. Wilson was an executive director for the National Education Association, and is a director at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Daniel S. Loeb was a trustee at the Third Way, and supported same-sex marriage in New York.
Clifford S. Asness supported same-sex marriage in New York, and is a director at the International Rescue Committee.
Susan McCue is a trustee at the Third Way, and was a founding president & CEO for the ONE Campaign.
International Rescue Committee is a partner with the ONE Campaign.
Michelle Obama was an advocate for the ONE Campaign, a friend of Valerie B. Jarrett, and was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.
Valerie B. Jarrett is a friend of Michelle Obama, a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the senior adviser for the Barack Obama administration, and her great uncle is Vernon E. Jordan Jr.
R. Eden Martin is the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Newton N. Minow is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Barack Obama was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP, and is the president for the Barack Obama administration.
Joseph R. Biden Jr. is the vice president for the Barack Obama administration, and a regent at the Smithsonian Institution.
John G. Roberts Jr. is the chancellor for the Smithsonian Institution, an honorary member of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (Gainesville, VA), and the chief justice for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is the president emeritus for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (Gainesville, VA), Valerie B. Jarrett’s great uncle, an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), was the president of the Economic Club of Washington, and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
David M. Rubenstein is a co-chairman for the Brookings Institution (think tank), the president of the Economic Club of Washington, and a regent at the Smithsonian Institution.
Katharine Weymouth is a director at the Economic Club of Washington, and was a publisher for the Washington Post.



























Sunday, June 28, 2015

Authorities Warn of Potential Fourth of July Terror Attacks



Official portrait of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson


Authorities Warn of Potential Fourth of July Terror Attacks
By Newsmax Wires   |   Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 09:52 AM
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says his department is encouraging law enforcement "to be vigilant and prepared" ahead of the July 4th holiday in the U.S. following attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait

Johnson says people should attend Independence Day events as planned but "remain vigilant" and report any suspicious activity.
He says U.S. authorities will adjust security measures, including those unseen by the public, as necessary.

On Sunday, House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul said Americans should heed the government's warning.

"It is concerning," McCaul told "Fox News Sunday." There is a great deal of chatter, a high volume," he said of terrorist network communications.

He noted that a spokesman for the Islamic State (ISIS) has called for jihad during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan — currently under way — the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the ISIS caliphate and the American Independence Day holiday.

In addition to that confluence is the "Bloody Friday" attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait, all within hours of each other, in which ISIS claimed credit.

The warning to Americans was issued jointly by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center.

"I think given these confluence of events we're being on the cautious side here to warn the public to remain vigilant," McCaul said, "to enjoy the Fourth of July parades, but remain vigilant during these celebrations."

Foiled terror plots have increased "exponentially" in the past year, McCaul said, because of Internet recruiting.

"I'm extremely concerned about the way the Syrian ISIS recruiters can use the Internet at lightning speed to recruit followers in the United States, with thousands of followers in the United States," he said, "And then activate them to do whatever they want to do, whether it's military installations, law enforcement or, possibly, a Fourth of July event parade."

A gunman killed at least 37 people and wounded 36 in an attack on a beach resort in Tunisia Friday. In Kuwait, a suicide bomber killed at least 25 people, while a man with suspected ties to French Islamic radicals rammed a car into a gas factory in southeastern France, triggering an explosion that injured two people. The severed head of a local businessman was left hanging at the factory's entrance.

While there was no specific or credible threat of attack, one law enforcement official told USA Today that a new intelligence bulletin is alerting local colleagues to the ongoing threats posed by the group that calls itself the Islamic State [also known as ISIS or ISIL] and other homegrown extremists. The official was not authorized to comment publicly.

The bulletins are frequently issued in advance of major U.S. holidays out of an abundance of caution and concern that operatives may exploit the timing to generate greater attention.

The FBI and other agencies have worked to disrupt a number of Islamic State-inspired plots, including a planned assault earlier this month on police officers in Boston. In that case, authorities fatally shot Usaamah Rahim as he allegedly planned to attack police with military-style knives.

Earlier this month, a New York suspect in an Islamic State-related terror investigation was arrested after attacking an FBI agent with a kitchen knife during a search of his home. Fareed Mumuni, 21, was charged with attempted murder, after he emerged as a suspect in alleged plots to use pressure-cooker explosives and knives to attack police.

"Particularly with the upcoming July Fourth holiday, here in the United States the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI continue to communicate with state and local law enforcement about what we know and see," Johnson said Friday. "We are encouraging all law enforcement to be vigilant and prepared."

Johnson said that "all Americans" should continue to "attend public events and celebrate."

Friday's attacks that spanned three continents are leading U.S. intelligence agencies to reconsider an earlier opinion that the Islamic State is mostly a "regional threat."

The National Counterterrorism Center and the CIA are working together to determine if the murders were coordinated by ISIS leaders or carried out by "lone wolves" in the name of the militant group, reports Politico.

But either way, the attacks will likely change how the United States and the Obama administration deals with the ISIS attacks in three countries on Friday, which officials suspect may have been directed — or at least heavily influenced — by the militant group.
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Earlier this year, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress that ISIS was a regional threat that would probably only conduct operations in the Middle East, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called ISIS "an internal conflict, internal to Islam."

But ISIS is becoming a global threat because of its ability to "evangelize followers, retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor, who helped create the U.S. military campaign against al-Qaida.

"This will only continue unless something is done to destroy ISIL and reduce its appeal to the extremist fringe in the Islamic community," he commented.

The timing of the attacks was not coincidental, said California Republican Rep. Ed Royce, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The day of attacks were launched after ISIS pushed followers to "rush and go to make Ramadan a month of disasters for the infidels," leading to fears of attacks during the Muslim holy month that started on June 17. The "bloody Friday" also came just days before ISIS will celebrate its first anniversary of when its leaders declared intentions to establish a caliphate in its controlled territories.

"These attacks show that the [ISIL] threat is spreading well beyond Iraq and Syria," Royce told Politico. "A continued safe-haven there means more attacks across the region, Europe and even here at home."

Royce called for more targeted airstrikes, as well as finding a way to destroy ISIS' ability to target young people online and sending a counter message that "ISIS offers no peace, no community, and no future."

Counterterrorism experts says ISIS may not need to exercise much coordination pull off such attacks, as the terror group's leaders can simply use social media to make a general call for worldwide attacks.

"We do know that ISIL encourages lone wolf attacks," Air Force Col. Pat Ryder, spokesman for the U.S. Central Command, responsible for the Middle East, told reporters at the Pentagon this week."They urged their regional affiliates to conduct attacks against Western and coalition interests and Shia population centers, but it’s really too early to tell whether they were involved in these attacks."

ISIS may also be moving away from al Qaida's method of waging large attacks, such as the Sept. 11 events, Western officials fear, meaning that the attacks could come more frequently, but with less warning.

The attacks came a day after House Intelligence Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, citing ISIS, proposed legislation to create a special office on the Department of Homeland Security to counter the spread of violent extremism.

"We have arrested more people in the United States this year who have been inspired by [ISIS] than there are officials working to keep [the group] from radicalizing Americans," McCaul said.

The Texas Republican has proposed legislation to create a special Department of Homeland Security office to counter violent extremism.

"Terrorists at home and overseas are bringing the battle into our homes through the internet," he said. "We cannot afford to complacently watch the threats mushroom. It is time for action, and to treat this issue like the priority that it is."

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Jeh Charles Johnson is the secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and was a governor for the Roosevelt Institute.

Note: Jonathan Soros is a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, George Soros’s son, and was the vice chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
George Soros is Jonathan Soros’s father, and was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Roosevelt Institute, and the Committee for Economic Development.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt is the chair for the Roosevelt Institute, and was the VP corporate citizenship for the Boeing Company.
Madelyn Payne Dunham was an aircraft inspector for the Boeing Company, and Barack Obama’s maternal grandmother.
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP is the lobby firm for the Boeing Company.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is a senior counsel for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, Valerie B. Jarrett’s great uncle, a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Valerie B. Jarrett is Vernon E. Jordan Jr’s great niece, the senior adviser for the Barack Obama administration, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
W. James McNerney Jr. is the chairman & CEO for the Boeing Company, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Barbara G. Fast was a VP at the Boeing Company, and a VP for the CGI Group Inc.
Ronald A. Williams is a director at the Boeing Company, and a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development.
Stephen W. Bosworth is a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development, and was a U.S. ambassador for Tunisia.
Donna S. Morea was a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development, and the EVP for the CGI Group Inc.
CGI Group Inc. was the Obamacare contractor that developed Healthcare.gov web site.
Obamacare is Barack Obama’s signature policy initiative.
Barack Obama’s signature policy initiative is Obamacare, Madelyn Payne Dunham was his maternal grandmother, an intern at Sidley Austin LLP, and a parishioner at the Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago).
Michelle Obama was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.        
Newton N. Minow is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Newton N. Minow is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Trumpeter Newsmagazine is a publication for the Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago).
Louis Farrakhan is awarded the 2007 Jeremiah Wright Jr. Trumpeter award from the Trumpeter Newsmagazine, and is the acting head for the Nation of Islam.
Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. is the senior pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago), and was Harold Washington’s adviser.
Harold Washington’s adviser was Jeremiah A. Wright Jr, and was the Chicago (IL) mayor.
Richard M. Daley was the mayor of Chicago (IL), is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and William M. Daley’s brother.
William M. Daley is Richard M. Daley’s brother, a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, was the chief of staff for the Barack Obama administration, and a director at the Boeing Company.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the VP for corporate citizenship at the Boeing Company, is the chair for the Roosevelt Institute, and an advisory board member for the Wheelchair Foundation.
Jeh Charles Johnson was a governor for the Roosevelt Institute, and is the secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Valery Giscard d'Estaing is an advisory board member for the Wheelchair Foundation, and was the president of France.
Dean Ornish is an advisory board member for the Wheelchair Foundation, and was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
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Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Jonathan Soros is the vice chairman for the Open Society Foundations, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, George Soros’s son, and was the vice chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
George Soros is Jonathan Soros’s father, the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, and was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Roosevelt Institute, and the Committee for Economic Development.
Jeh Charles Johnson was a governor for the Roosevelt Institute, and is the secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.