Redefining Marriage: Group Marriage


Group marriage is a next logical step in our culture’s redefining of marriage. An early step is a religious group marriage in Thailand this week, not yet recognized by civil law.

How many people can share in a group marriage? 30? 100? What is marriage? Is marriage any group of people who elect to share property and erotic relationships?

“Three gay men from Thailand have tied the knot in what is thought to be the world’s first three-way same-sex marriage.

“Happy newlyweds Joke, 29, Bell, 21 and Art, 26, took the plunge on Valentine’s Day after exchanging their vows in a fairy-tale ceremony at their home in Uthai Thani Province, Thailand.

“The three blushing grooms are thought to be the world’s only wedded male threesome and have since become internet sensations after photos from their big day went viral.” Read more:

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Pray…Then Sue?

Sizzling-platter“An Applebee’s customer who was burned while praying over his plate of sizzling fajitas has been told he cannot sue the chain.”

Praying at mealtime is good. Praying in public is a good witness. Praying and then suing the restaurant for serving piping-hot food…not so much!

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Good-bye Rights

If our rights are given by law, then our rights can be taken by law! If our rights are granted by government, then our rights can be taken by government! That is the cry of the Declaration of Independence. Somebody please tell CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and actor-activist Ben Affleck.

Today, Chris Cuomo said, “Our rights do not come from God, your honor, and you know that. They come from man.…  Our laws come from collective agreement and compromise.” He subordinates human rights to human laws. Try telling that to John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

If Cuomo cannot get an Attaboy from our Founders, he can at least count on actor-activist Ben Affleck for support. Last October, Affleck said the following in a debate with Bill Maher:
“We are endowed by our forefathers with inalienable rights.”

What did Thomas Jefferson actually write in the Declaration of Independence? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

President John F. Kennedy declared, “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

Wouldn’t you love to watch a team debate of Cuomo and Affleck vs. Adams and Jefferson?

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The Cost of a Cabin

Snow2 vert2 My cabin is boring beige
The hazy clouds are layers of lavender, pink, white and blue
High above a half moon nods a slanted greeting
As we jet north, the fields far below hue from tan to white
Infrequent towns are hoisting their street lights
Rural roads form a patchwork crazy quilt
Sections square in even Midwestern miles
In between are random mixtures of 320, 160, 80 and 40 acres

Each of these fields has a story
Sweat-irrigated earth
Tilled with tears
Bought with blood
Fifty years ago in that 80, Ralph lost his right arm to a corn-picker
Fifty years earlier, over the fence William first kissed Bertha under the willow
Across the creek William was gored by his bull
Widow Bertha milked the cows morning and evening
Drove the one-horse plow
Chopped the wood
Carried the water
Baked the bread
Wept on her washboard
Grew old too young

Bertha’s great-grandson dismounts his air-conditioned tractor
Eats his lunch in the shadow of her stone fireplace
The skeletal remains of William and Bertha’s once-laughing cabin
A moment of inspiration
He sees himself and his wife and their almost-born child
Cozied on a couch
Watching a fire-tongued log on this ancient stone hearth
He pulls his carpenter pencil from his jeans
And a fertilizer invoice from his shirt pocket
He sketches and laughs
He loves his fields and sees his cabin
Little does he know their price

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Most Overused Word of 2015

Blah blah blahThe most overused word of 2015 is absolutely “absolutely.”

As you listen to interviews, you can hear it before the interviewee even says it: “Absolutely.” Anytime the answer could be “Yes,” “Sure,” “Certainly” or “Probably,” you will hear “Absolutely.” Unfortunately, now that we’ve pointed this out for you, its overuse may drive you insane.

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Farmer’s Market Stew

One word from a teen-age omnivore was all I needed for a perfect day. He downed a bowlful of lentil and fennel stew and said, “Fabulous!”

fennelThis morning I went to the Farmer’s Market to find great soup! It’s not wintery in Southern California, but the cool evenings beckon for stew. First, just-picked fennel with bulb, branches and leaves (If you’ve never experienced fennel, it’s sort of a combination of a turnip and celery that smells like anise.). Then, fresh basil, sage and potatoes. Added carrots, onion, and green onions. Stopped at the grocery store for lentils and sausage.

Simmered lentils and sausage and commenced veggie prep. Rinse, chop, repeat. Sautéed mushrooms and added to the pot. The house smelled heavenly.

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#1 Freudian Slip of 2014

Ben Affleck

“We are endowed by our forefathers with inalienable rights.”

Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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