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Freaky Friday News: April 13, 2017

  North Carolina Not Banning Same Sex Marriage "Um, neither is my state, so why is this news?" you ask.   Earlier this week, three conservative Republicans in the North Carolina House of Representative introduced House Bill 780, entitled "Uphold Historical Marriage Act".  You can read it for yourself here .  Basically, the bill states that the Supreme Court does not have the constitutional right to make same sex marriages legal and so North Carolina does not recognize the 2015 ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges, and that the state will neither perform same sex marriages nor recognize same sex marriages performed in other states. But wait before you panic or get too upset.  North Carolina House Speaker, Republican Tim Moore issued this statement: There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will

Wordless Wednesday: A New Logo for United Airlines

Syria: Another Possible Solution

Credit:  Hassan Ammar/AP There is another solution to the problems in Syria.  It is simple in concept but hard to imagine.  Easy to begin, but possibly harder in the long term.   Save the people of Syria by bringing them here. We have the room.  We even have a place for them to stay.  It's called Detroit, and the city has empty houses, empty apartments, and a basic infrastructure already in place.  Think about it.  Detroit needs more citizens, Syrian people need new homes.  If the government is smart, it can jump start new business opportunities  here. And it's not just Detroit that suffered from the recent housing crisis and from the changes in manufacturing.  There are towns all over the U.S. who could use an infusion of new people, new ideas, and new money.  We know that immigrants and immigration have an overall positive effect economically on host countries (see links below).  It's is literally a win-win for everyone. It would be relative easy to

Syria: An Alternative to War

For the past six years, the world has watched the civil war in Syria turn a prosperous and beautiful country into a wasteland of destruction akin to what you find in post-apocalyptic movies and video games.  Discussion about what to do, how outside countries and people can and should respond, swirl through the ethos as more and more Syrians die. Before and After: Hotel Carlton Entrance From Olympia Restaurant Bashar al-Assad, 2015 from Wikipedia After the recent chemical attacks on the town of Khan Shaykhun, President Trump ordered a retaliatory strike against the Syria government's Shayrat Air Base.  While it made a statement at that moment, Syria's president Bashar al-Assad bombed Khan Shaykhun again less than 48 hours later. Nothing seems to have been accomplished by the missile strikes. So is there something else that can be done? There are more options that either to attack or not to attack.  A little bit of negotiating can go a long way, as can diplomacy

All About That Base (Star Wars Parody)