A Harrisburg, PA judge is stopping a Montgomery County official from issuing marriage licenses for gay couples. It was only a matter of time because gay marriage is not yet legal in PA. There have been a couple of controversies surrounding the issuance of the licenses and finding an officiant, so this official was bound to be stopped. I'm just surprised it took this long.
Bruce Hanes, the Register of Wills for Montgomery County, has issued 174 marriage licenses for same sex couples this year. The Commonwealth Court judge Dan Pellegrini said that Hanes did not have the power to issue such licenses, and their issuance defies Pennsylvania state constitution.
Earlier this year, however, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and state Attorney General Kathleen Kane called the Pennsylvania ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
It's only a matter of time before Pennsylvania legalizes same sex marriage. I have faith that my home state will follow the trend set by several other states that have already legalized it. Voters, especially those in the city of Philadelphia, will ensure the marriage equality bill is passed. I'm certain of it. It's only a matter of time.
Read the blog about the New Hope, PA mayor who refused to officiate a gay marriage ceremony.
My friend Andy posted a link to this obituary (to follow) which appeared earlier this evening on Gawker. Having grown up with a wonderful mother and grandmother, I can't say I relate to it much, but I can appreciate the lack of sentiment for a woman who must have been pure hell to live with. This obituary says so much in three short paragraphs. Take a look:
Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Aug. 30, 2013. She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible. While she neglected and abused her small children, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit.
Thank God I don't live a life that would warrant an obituary like this. As awful as she was to her kids, imagine what she must've felt like inside to be able to treat human beings as objects of torture. I believe she deserves to pay for her crimes, but I also hope she gets to feel love as well. It doesn't seem as though she ever felt it on earth.
UPDATE 09/12/13: The back story behind this scathing obituary came to light on the Huffington Post website yesterday afternoon. Apparently Marianne Reddick was either the foster or adoptive mother of these 8 children, 6 of whom are still alive. According to the story, the children's case was taken to court and resulted in legislation allowing children of abusive parents to terminate their parental rights. These kids aren't martyrs, they actually took action, and I admire them.
Logogate: the new Gap
The Watergate of the corporate identity and branding sector, "Logogate." is a real controversy as of late. Yahoo! just unveiled a new logo which the public deemed boring, the new Gap logo spawned a huge controversy, and sales of Tropicana products fell 20% after they revealed a new logo and new packaging. Even the University of California's new logo incurred huge backlash. That being said, it seems brand loyalty is closely tied to the branding and identity of the corporations who sell the products we buy. A new logo means a new image for the brands we choose to buy, therefore changing who we are as consumers. Judging by the backlash, or acceptance as is the case for Chiquita and Hot Topic, we as consumers do judge books by their covers and products by their packaging. So much so that both Gap and Tropicana went back to their old look based on the resulting consumer feedback and sales decline. Food for thought: do you buy into Logogate? You can decide by clicking on each text link above to see the logos, the stories behind them, how consumers received them, and ultimately what happened to them.
> Bakery owners speak out after being shut down.
> Daily Mail article covering the story with photos.
Two lesbians walk into a bakery... Let's try that again... In January, two lesbians entered a bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa, and placed an order for a wedding cake. Simple enough, but once the Christian owners realized that they'd be making a cake to celebrate the marriage of two women, they refused the order citing their strong Christian belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.
Shortly thereafter, the lesbian couple reported the discrimination to Oregon's bureau of Labor and Industry. They're still reviewing the case and deciding whether a suit should be filed against the bakery. It seems cut and dry to me, so I assume a suit will be filed soon enough.
An interesting thing happened while the investigation was taking place. The people of Oregon began to protest the bakery, sending hate mail and death threats to its owners. The protests barred the bakery from obtaining lucrative accounts in the special events industry, which is any bakery's lifeline. If you're not making birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, and wedding cakes, you're not going to be able to pay the rent and overhead that comes standard with operating a bakery in a storefront.
Unfortunately for the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Oregon passed the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations. Had they known that, they would have known they could be sued for declining the two women's order for a wedding cake.
If you own and operate a business that serves the public, common sense tells you not to decline ANY order. It's bad for business. I think it's amazing how this town in Oregon banded together to put a bigoted bakery out of business. I think it's even more amazing that there are laws in place to protect us from things like this happening. When they do happen, there are consequences. Sweet Cakes by Melissa is feeling them. For the GLBT community, this revenge is so sweet!
Yesterday evening, I was on my way to therapy, traveling along at a little under the speed limit because I was driving uphill and BAM! A young lady tried to beat me out by cutting me off to make a left hand turn. She came out of a residential street and across two lanes of traffic that are traveling uphill with a visibility handicap. How absent minded can you be? To this, my dad said, "That's why they call them accidents." He's right. We both (the other driver and me) went to Aria hospital which is right around the corner. She was complaining of back pain, and I had some killer burns and bruises on my arms and chest from the airbag deploying. Essentially, though, we're both fine. Especially if you take into account the damage that was done to both cars. It's the stuff of nightmares. I am so grateful that not just I, but both of us are alive. I couldn't live with myself if I killed or seriously injured another person, whether or not it was my fault. In this case, I had the right of way, and it was her fault for pulling right out in front of me, but had anything happened to her, I wouldn't be able to live with myself. But I don't have to worry about any of that, because my mom, my angel, was watching out for us that fateful moment when things could've gone very wrong. Much more so than they did. I am eternally grateful. So, so, so, so, so, so grateful. Thank you God, thank you mom, and whoever else there is to thank, thank you!
> Product listing on Walmart.com: http://ow.ly/nXd9Y
> Note: There are many variations of the Bomb Speaker
I was so excited about this little speaker. If it delivered what it promised, it would be a great deal. I picked this up near the checkout at Walmart from a spot with a price sticker that read $4.27. When the cashier scanned it, the display read $6.97. It would still be a good deal if it performed as promised, but as soon as I plugged it in and started playing a documentary on Netflix, the speaker blew out and gave off this "tinny" sound with tons of feedback. The sound quality is awful. The documentary was all speaking and no music. I tried it with music in Spotify, Google Play, and iTunes, all of which had the same "tinny" sound (the sound speakers make when blown out) and feedback. Even if the "tinny" (I use the word tinny for lack of a better word to describe the sound of metal hitting the plastic case surrounding it) sound wasn't present, it sounds like a cheap AM radio at best. I'm returning this product immediately and using the money to buy something else. I'd rather spend more money on a better product. I hope this helps someone else thinking of buying this piece of junk.
Originally published to Facebook on Sunday, August 11:
Dear Bill Gates,
What's up with all of these Windows Updates? What if I don't have time to wait a full hour (at least) while they download, install, and then go through a surprise configuration when my laptop restarts. I thought once I got through the download and installation I'd be in the clear, but instead I had to wait another 20 minutes while your software configured things. It's not that I'm impatient--I don't tailgate, run red lights, or throw fits when the postal worker delivers my mail late--I just don't want to watch my hair turn gray and fall out while I wait for my laptop to become usable again. I never had this problem with Apple. Please streamline your updating process. If you use your own software, Bill, I'm sure you'll understand.
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My name is Nicholas Emeigh, but everyone calls me Nick, and I prefer it. I'm usually called Nicholas when I'm in trouble. I'm from the Philadelphia area, work in business, and fancy myself as a freelance graphic designer, writer, and artist. I have a passion for art in all its forms including music, but I restrict my singing to the shower and the car for the good of society. If you'd like to know more, just send me an e-mail. I really appreciate you stopping by.