Navy Chaplains Will Be Able To Officiate Same-Sex Marriages

Teabaggers will find something wrong with this.

Once the military’s ban on gays serving openly is lifted, Navy chaplains will be permitted to officiate at same-sex marriage and civil union ceremonies on base, according to an April 13 memorandum from the Navy’s head chaplain.

“Consistent with the tenets of his or her religious organization, a chaplain may officiate a same-sex, civil marriage: if it is conducted in accordance with a state that permits same-sex marriage or union; and if that chaplain is, according to the applicable state and local laws, otherwise fully certified to officiate that state’s marriages,” the memo signed by Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark Tidd states. The memorandum, designed to update chaplains’ training guidance for the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning openly gay members from serving, was posted by the conservative website Media Research Center.

In addition, the memo states that “if the base is located in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, then base facilities may normally be used to celebrate the marriage. This is true for purely religious services (e.g., a chaplain blessing a union) or a traditional wedding (e.g., a chaplain both blessing and conducting the ceremony).”

It should be noted that no chaplain would be required to administer marriage vows.

Puff-Balls Came For Lunch

It is a yearly event that we always wait for, and when it arrives it never fails to amuse.  The puffballs came for lunch. 

Both parents and six baby ducklings came for food and playtime in the grass.

When it was time to leave…..they used the crosswalk…..no kidding!

Graceland Safe From Memphis Flooding

Just saying.

I want to say this: Graceland is safe. And we would charge hell with a water pistol to keep it that way and I’d be willing to lead the charge,” said Bob Nations Jr., director of the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency.

But most of downtown sits on a bluff, so there was no immediate threat to landmarks like the historic Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash got their starts.

Also, the water was not expected to reach Presley’s iconic home Graceland, which is farther inland.

What Is Worse Than Eating A Big Mac Every Day?

Eating frozen Big Macs stored in your freezer.

This story is just not very pleasing to my stomach.  In fact, the thought of a frozen Big Mac warmed and eaten makes me want to hurl.

While I think a Big Mac every now and then is fine, I can not fathom eating one every day for a number of years.  Or considering placing a few in the freezer in case McDonalds was shut down for a holiday!

The last time Don Gorske went a day without eating a Big Mac, Bill Clinton was president.

It was Thanksgiving 2000, and in Gorske’s home town of Fond du Lac, the McDonald’s restaurants were closed.

“I thought I had some in the freezer,” Gorske said.

The manager of his favorite McDonald’s later told him she would have been happy to open that day especially for him, but Gorske wouldn’t have accepted the offer.

“I’m not going to inconvenience anyone,” he said.

Since Nov. 23, 2000, Gorske has eaten at least one, and usually two, Big Mac sandwiches each day. It is his longest uninterrupted streak of eating daily Big Macs since this all started back in 1972, and now Gorske is approaching a significant milestone.

On May 17, Gorske, 57, will eat his 25,000th Big Mac. Along with his favorite McDonald’s — on Military Road in Fond du Lac — Gorske is hosting a 3 p.m. celebration that will include a giveaway of some 300 free meal cards, displays of Gorske’s McDonald’s collectibles, and, of course, the ceremonial eating of Big Mac No. 25,000.

Governor Walker Shut Down By Feds Over Train Money

Good.

Wisconsin Governor Walker, and his fellow Republicans frowned on the high-speed train money earlier this year, and have now been served their just desserts with this latest news.  Let Walker find the funds somewhere else!

I think it was rich for Walker,  after all the bitching about federal money and how it was somehow tainted, to have ever sought out train funds in this way.  I am glad he was shut down.

Wisconsin was shut out Monday in its bid for $150 million in federal money to upgrade the Milwaukee-to-Chicago Hiawatha line.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that 22 projects in 15 states would share $2 billion in federal high-speed rail money that had been rejected by Florida.

Wisconsin was seeking some of that money for train sets, locomotives and a maintenance base for the Hiawatha line. But while LaHood’s announcement listed $268.2 million for five other Midwestern states that had joined Wisconsin in the application, it made no mention of the Badger State.

Officials at the state and federal transportation departments confirmed that no money would be awarded to Wisconsin. The federal agency had previously yanked an $810 million grant to this state after newly elected Gov. Scott Walker refused to use it to extend the Hiawatha from Milwaukee to Madison, a 110-mph stretch that would have been part of a larger plan to connect Chicago to the Twin Cities and other Midwestern destinations with fast, frequent trains.

Sarah Palin Supporters Less College Educated And Earn Less, Mitt Romney Supporters Smarter And Better Paid

Are we shocked?

Republican college degree holders are more likely than those without a degree to support Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, 21% vs. 13%. Similarly, Romney’s support climbs from 9% of Republicans earning less than $24,000 annually to 21% of those earning $90,000 or more. The reverse is true for Sarah Palin, who is favored by nearly twice as many Republicans without a college degree as those with one, 16% vs. 9%, and her support decreases by income from 22% among the lowest income group to 7% among the highest.

Donald Trump Says He Is Not A Racist

Donald Trump sounds like the man who told me once he was not racist as he owned a Sammy Davis. Jr. album.

There is just no way to cast Donald Trump as anything but a racist, given how he has acted, and the statements he has made over the past weeks.

I have said it.

Bob Schieffer has stated it.

But Donald Trump claims he is not a racist.

“Well, you know, when it comes to racism and racists, I am the least racist person there is. And I think most people would me would tell you that. I am the least racist I’ve had great relationships. In fact, Randal Pinkett won, as you know, on The Apprentice a little while ago, a couple of years ago. And Randall’s been outstanding in every way. So I am the least racist person.”