Five Years After Troy Davis Execution: The Problem Remains

I Am Troy Davis was published on the anniversary of his execution in 2013. (Cover under copyright used to raise awareness of the book).

I Am Troy Davis was published on the anniversary of his execution in 2013. (Cover under copyright used to raise awareness of the book).

Troy Anthony Davis was executed five years ago in America among international controversy for the slaying of a police officer.

There was controversy over whether there was enough evidence to convict him.  Many people, including Former FBI Director William Sessions, said there was not. And there was controversy over whether or not the death penalty was appropriate to a free nation in the 21st century.  Put a man in jail, and if you made a mistake you can release him. Kill him and it’s over.

Most witnesses against him recanted; one of the two remaining allegedly said he, not Davis, was the killer of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia, in 1991.

The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, passed in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, made it much more difficult for a convicted person to get appeals.  Proponents claim it makes it harder for the guilty to postpone their execution with appeals; opponents claim it makes it harder for the innocent to postpone their execution and to show their innocence.

It largely comes down to a matter of priorities over life: would we rather let the guilty postpone their death, or the innocent be killed?

 

Brother and Sister Plan to Have a Baby Together

‘I’m going to have a baby with my sister, and we couldn’t be more excited.’

Chalk that headline up as another one that’s not quite what you might think it is but gets attention.

“Funnily enough, there’s actually nothing remotely incestuous about my sister and I planning to have a baby together,” said Australian Samuel Leighton-Dore.  Samuel identifies as gay, and he and his partner Bradley Tennant wanted to have a child with both of their genes.  As science isn’t yet quite up to converting sperm into eggs, Samuel’s sister Bronte is providing the egg.  They plan to have someone else be the surrogate mother.

In spite of the planned non-incestual arrangement, this is already stirring up controversy not only about incest but about the option of adoption.  While we aren’t experts on Australian laws on children, biologically it seems Samuel may essentially be adopting his sister’s biological child.

In any case, we wish them and any future children well.

See the Facebook page here and read more there..

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/08/04/samuel-leighton-dore-baby_n_11333708.html

U.S. Marines Enter 21st Century

This is still a rifleman.

The U.S. Marines is following orders.  U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the Marines to start making titles more female friendly, i.e,, more genderless.  This is especially important as the first female has signed up for the Marines as an Infantry trooper.

Some people will no doubt lambast this as political correctness gone awry. “What difference does a word make?” As I’ve been a journalist, an investigator, and have some very basic training in psychology, I can tell you it makes a world of difference. All of these professions are trained to listen very carefully to the exact wording a person uses.  The precise choice of words is key to understanding a person’s thinking–especially those things that they’re hiding from you or from themselves.

I still struggle after all these years of knowing nurses that were men, even being friends with one and acting with another, to think of one as a nurse and not as a “male nurse.”  Younger people who grew up hearing nurses of both sexes called “nurses” likely don’t have that problem.

See terms that are changing (and those that aren’t, such as “rifleman”), here.

Link is at http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/06/28/marines-keep-rifleman-rolling-out-gender-neutral-job-titles.html

Thanks to Herr Bookmonger for providing the link and suggesting a form of the title.

Where’s The Blogs?

As of right now, you may notice there’s almost a year gap between blog posts.  Yes, we’re aware of it, and yes, we’re working on it.  We had something of a glitch ($%&!#X!) in doing an update.  It’s in the process of being fixed, so please bear with us while we work to restore the missing posts.

In the meantime, feel free to check out those classic blog posts below

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Update 2016 07 14 #1: We’re getting more back up.  Check below!

Update 2016 07 14 #2: A goof in our supposed fix didn’t allow any new comments on any posts, even the new ones (old ones often disallow comments to avoid spam buildup). We believe we have the problem fixed. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Breastfeeding Two Girls is Beautiful

Chelsea Craig, the mother in the images, is shown breastfeeding her two daughters, Addy and Emilynn, in photos taken by professional maternity photographer Mae Burke.

Photos of a mother breastfeeding her two daughters is going viral. The photos taken by Mae Burke show Chelsea Craig breastfeeding her little girls Addy and Emilynn.

Some people are upset because you can see her breasts, including her nipples in some shots, and some people are upset because one of her daughters is no longer a toddler. Well guess what? Breasts don’t have an expiration date. There’s no warning saying when you’re supposed to stop using them. And whoever decided women’s chests are sexy and men’s aren’t was probably a heterosexual man. Let’s get over ageism and sexism and let life be beautiful.

An opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the entire family.

Facebook Fake Name Purge is Over

miley_cyrus_loveshadeThe Facebook Fake Name Purge is finally over! If you don’t know, Facebook had a real-name campaign. It was removing or blocking accounts of people who didn’t use their real name. That included reporters and freedom activists in dangerous countries, LGBTQ people, and writers, musicians, and actors. It even got Adam Gorightly, the “crackpot historian” and Discordian who is known only by that name (and by his Discordian name).

One woman who was forced to reveal her name had escaped from a man who had beat her and sexually abused her. Two weeks after Facebook forced her to reveal her name, he found her.

I could have gotten kicked off Facebook because I’ve used Miley Spears for a long time when it wasn’t my legal name. Lucky for me I got my name legally changed before the purge. I had to show my driver’s license to Facebook or lose my account.

And what if Destiny Hope Cyrus hadn’t already legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus? Would they have kicked her off too?

An opinion of a friend or associate of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.

 

I Am Reverend Loveshade

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I Am Reverend Loveshade. Isn’t everyone? (Image is from the music video for “Black Hole Sun” performed by Soundgarden.  No threat to its copyright is intended.)

If you don’t know, there’s a paranoid conspiracy theory that everyone who mentions Reverend Loveshade without grossly insulting him must be Reverend Loveshade.

And if you don’t know, almost nobody who doesn’t know me IRL believes my name. Is my name really Miley Spears? Yes. Is that the name I was born with? No.

I had to show my driver’s license to stay on Facebook when they had the “fake name purge.” I’ve posted my SCA membership card, PETA membership card, ASPCA membership card, ACLU membership card, and more online. When they accepted my SCA name (Ariel Lovechild) and device (with a pentacle and a mermaid), it threw out a precedent and set a new one here. I’m an admin at Discordia Wiki and SubGenius WIki and Peta Wiki and wrote featured articles at Uncyclopedia and Uncyclopedia (two different ones), and a Wikipedia editor.

I was accepted by Order of the Pineapple (so was Reverend Loveshade) and the Knights of Buh. There’s an article about a protest I did in Minnesota, my college career, and more online. See also this.

Who’s been accused of being Reverend Loveshade? Miley Spears, Pope Hilde, Adam Gorightly, Gypsie Skripto, Brenton Clutterbuck, Dr. Howland Owll, Dr. Howl, Alan Moore, Robert Anton Wilson, Alden Loveshade, Greg Hill, Kerry Thornley, Sheered Völva, S. John Ross, Richard Nixon. (Feel free to add to the list here if you think of someone else). I know three of these who really did write as Reverend Loveshade at one time or another, but I don’t think all of them did! And some of them were accused after they were dead!

One of the people on that list got served a certified legal notice from my family, then posted online that he was wrong about me being an prostitute and I was not Reverend Loveshade.

But if they want me to be Reverend Loveshade, fine. I Am Reverend Loveshade. Isn’t everyone?

So spread the word! Post that you’re Reverend Loveshade, or that somebody else is Reverend Loveshade. Make a list!

An opinion of a friend of associate of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect that of the family.

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This posted was edited to include links, one to a later blog entry, and a disclaimer.

Women’s Chests are Obscene

Princess Unicornia (Lorien Loveshade) painted by Gypsie Skripto. Image had to be censored for  Discordian Wiki because it included painted nipples which Wikia.com staff considered violated Terms of Use.  The ToU doesn’t allow images staff consider to be “obscene or pornographic.”

“Who decided it’s OK for Vladimir Putin to parade around topless but not women? And no, this is not licentiousness, or sluttiness, or whatever. This is about fighting the message that it’s OK for society to sexualize women, but not for a woman to bare her body on her own terms.”

Read more: Why I’m Burning My Bikini Top | Immodest proposal | OZY

Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia 10 Year Anniversary

Cover of the pulled edition of Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht.

No, it’s not the 10-year anniversary of the book. Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht came out just a couple years ago–then was pulled from publication very, very quickly. (Obscenity? Plagiarism? Government Crackdown?)

And no, it’s not the 10-year anniversary of when it began. The earliest Discordian pieces written by Reverend Loveshade that appear in Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia were written in late 1994.

But it is the 10-year anniversary of Reverend Loveshade’s vision to begin the collection. The Rev. was in hiding on Mid Year’s day, 2 July 2005, on a friend’s small farm in Texas. That was where and when the dream vision of Cherub Princess Shamlicht to write the book came in a dream.

And though the book, which received blurbs from Alan Moore, R. Crumb, Robert Anton Wilson and Rev. Ivan Stang, was pulled, it appears Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia may return in 2016….

Gay Marriage in America Approved by Supreme Court

Public domain flag by Xxmandyx91xx for “straight people who very proudly support gay, lesbian, and bisexual rights and issues.”

In mid 1960s American television, a foreign man kissing an American man on the cheeks, or two American men almost accidentally kissing each other, were standard sitcom laughs. In the late 1960s, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in was considered cutting edge partially because of its gay jokes that much of the audience didn’t understand (“You don’t have to be happy to be gay.”)

In the 1970s, the two males Dan Aykroyd and Garrett Morris (playing a woman) kissed on the lips in a bit on the then controversial Saturday Night Live.  In 1981, Love, Sidney starring Tony Randall became the first American television program to center on a homosexual, although Sidney’s sexual preference was so downplayed many viewers didn’t even know the character was gay.

Today, in a split decision the United States Supreme Court declared that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 American states and Washington D.C.

The ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is likely to be considered one of the most significant decisions on personal rights in Supreme Court history.  National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg said, “This is probably right up there with Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade — if you like it or hate it — and today, Obergefell v. Hodges. This was a historic moment.”

The 5-4 vote largely centered on the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Many supporters said the amendment, which is primarily known for eliminating slavery and for being cited in Roe v. Wade, guarantees citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws, and thus applies to marriage rights.  Many opponents claimed that the court overstepped its bounds in making a decision on marriage which is traditionally seen as the province of each individual state.

Time will tell if this controversial decision will be hotly debated 40 years later, as is Roe v. Wade, or will simply become a generally accepted part of American history, as is Brown v. Board of Education.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/26/417717613/supreme-court-rules-all-states-must-allow-same-sex-marriages

Thanks to Vernon K. Avaritt III for sharing the news of the decision with us.

Edit: Also see this video about what traditional marriage actually is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=90_UlLSz6Nc

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Opinions of The Loveshade Family

“While I support the decision, I also support the idea of marriage not being defined or controlled by the federal government.  Personally, I’d like it to go back to the ‘old days’ and move it outside of government jurisdiction altogether, except for consensual contracts for such issues as custody of children, decisions of health care, and distribution of property.

In any case, if no one has yet resurrected the call for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as strictly one-man, one-woman in order to overrule this decision, I can guarantee it will happen very soon.  Ironically, many if not most of those who hold to that standard quote the Bible which describes many of the greatest biblical patriarchs as being polygamists.”  –Alden Loveshade

“I’ve said for years, ‘don’t make laws against love.’  You should be able to marry anyone you want.  This is a fantastic decision!” –Lorien Loveshade

“Maybe America is finally getting it together.  But I doubt it.  Just wait for the calls for Biblical marriage.  When they come, here’s what you tell those who support Biblical marriage.  According to the Bible, God’s perfect plan is for a man to produce children through sex with his sister (Adam and Eve); marry many woman (Abraham, Israel, David, Solomon, Jonah, etc.); marry his half sister (Abraham and Sarah); and to force young girls to marry the rapist who stole their virginity (Deuteronomy 22:28-29).” –Reverend Loveshade