Monday, July 1, 2013

Defense of Marriage Act - VIDEO: (11,286 views) The Supreme Court's Marriage Decisions by the Numbers, Heritage Foundation, 11 (2) Obama Saves the World - American Thinker (3) Farm Bill: The House of Second Chances - Heritage Foundation (4) Nonexistent Frogs and Endangered Private Property Rights - Redstate

The Supreme Court's Marriage Decision by the Numbers - Heritage Foundation (11,286 views) - The morning after two important—and troubling—Supreme Court decisions in the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases, here’s the lay of the land. The important takeaway: The marriage debate is every bit as live today as it was yesterday morning…and that means it’s time to redouble our efforts to stand for marriage across America. Some key numbers following the decisions: 50 The number of states whose marriage laws remain the same after the Court’s marriage decisions. 38 The number of states with laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. That includes California, where the scope of today’s Prop 8 decision beyond the specific plaintiffs will be the subject of ongoing debate and, most likely, further litigation.  Read more.......

(2) Obama Saves the World - American Thinker - Dear Leader gave a speech the other day on climate change. Having solved all of America's problems, he is now going to save the planet. You can tell by his tone and typically snide derision for those who disagree with him that he's serious. "I don't have much patience for anyone who says this problem isn't real. We don't have time for a meeting of the flat-Earth society." If you object to destroying America's economy to prevent something that might happen 100 years from now you are a Luddite. His renewed efforts to heal the planet and halt the rise of the oceans have resulted in his "national plan to reduce carbon pollution, [and] prepare our country for the impacts of climate change and lead global efforts to fight it."  Read more........... Article contributed by Steve Peters.


(3) Farm Bill: The House of Second Chances - Heritage Foundation - The farm bill died in the House—but could it live again? House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is reportedly pushing to split up the old farm bill and take food stamps out of it. The Heritage Foundation has argued that it didn’t make sense to combine the bloated food stamp program with farm-related programs in the first place. It is supposed to be the “farm” bill, after all. And with food stamp costs doubling under President Obama, it’s a program that deserves a careful look on its own. Splitting up the bill is the first step toward reforming both food stamp and farm spending. In a new paper, Heritage experts Daren Bakst and Rachel Sheffield write that “The House now has a second chance to pass a farm bill that benefits taxpayers, farmers, and food stamp recipients.” Read more..........


(4) Nonexistent Frogs and Endangered Private Property Rights - Redstate - St. Tammany Parish, across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, is one of the highest-growth parishes (counties) in Louisiana. The Poitevent family is the largest landowner in the parish. As it turns out, 1,500 acres of the family holdings are considered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be critical habitat for an endangered species: the dusky gopher frog (Rana sevosa), a/k/a the Mississippi gopher frog, declared endangered in 2001. The Poitevents are suing the feds to prevent their land from being permanently ruled off-limits for development. Today a federal judge allowed the Center for Biological Diversity and the Gulf Restoration Network, two private environmental groups, to join in the suit.Did you get that? The F&WS wants to lock up the 1,500 acres in perpetuity, without regard to the estimated development potential (which the Poitevents estimate to be $36 million), despite the fact that: The dusky gopher frog has not been seen in Louisiana, much less on Poitevent land, in almost 50 years; The only remaining population of dusky gopher frogs, about 100 adults, lives in coastal Mississippi, two counties away; 5,000 acres of designated habitat exist in Mississippi, much of that on Federally-controlled national forests; The Poitevents can block the reintroduction of the frog on their land; and The Poitevents maintain that the longleaf pine tree critical to the frog’s life cycle does not exist on their land. It’s not about common sense. It’s not even about saving the darn frog. This is about Federal bureaucrats, aided by environmental busybodies, stopping at nothing to make sure that private citizens know who’s boss.  Read more.........

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