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So it turns out that Americans love football.  And by that I mean Americans really love soccer.  Ratings for the World Cup have hit all time highs in the United States, and have continued even after Team USA was eliminated.  Perhaps we could get behind some other things that the rest of the world enjoys?

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Happy 4th of July!

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While some of us on the East Coast are having our holiday dampened by Hurricane Arthur – Boston had to move it’s fireworks to the 3rd and barely beat the weather – I hope the rest of you are enjoying your holiday weekend and celebrating America in style.  I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of the brave men and women who have fought for this country, and those who work tirelessly to make her a little better every single day.

Happy Birthday America!

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Utah appeal on marriage equality struck down

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In addition to the marriage equality news out of Indiana, the three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled 2-1 that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. Federal trial court judge Carlos Lucero previously struck down the ban in December 2013.

With their ruling, the appeals courts becomes the first appellate ruling on marriage equality since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.  In their ruling, the judges wrote,

Having heard and carefully considered the argument of the litigants, we conclude that, consistent with the United States Constitution, the State of Utah may not do so.  We hold that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, establish a family, raise children, and enjoy the full protection of a state’s marital laws.  A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union.  For the reasons stated in this opinion, we affirm.

The judges put their ruling on hold in the event that it will be appealed, which is anticipated from the state of Utah.  The judges have not yet issued a ruling in a similar case in Oklahoma.

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Marriage equality moves to the Hoosier State

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A major marriage equality victory was handed down today in the Midwest, with a judge in Indiana ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The ruling comes from U.S. District Judge Richard Young, who states the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection clause.  The ruling involved multiple lawsuits from several gay couples.

The Indiana State Attorney General is expected to appeal the ruling.

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The World Cup of viewers

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The World Cup is currently going on down in Brazil, no better time to update the top countries for all-time!  I’ve stopped listing the top viewers for the week as the numbers rapidly diminish for after you get out of the top 5.

For all-time: Minor changes in the all-time viewer list but some interesting ones nonetheless.  The big gainer was Switzerland (up 3) while Greece fell hard, down 4 spots.  Indonesia rallied back on the list to rejoin the Asian-Pacific group, which had consistent representation with Philippines (down 1), New Zealand (no change), Singapore (down 2) and Malaysia (up 2).  The Latin Contingent held with Mexico gaining one spot, although not even the World Cup could keep Brazil from sliding two spots and out of the top 20. Once again, Scandinavia was fully represented, with Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden all in the top 30.  The Eastern Bloc lost Croatia but remained with Romania moving up one while Poland continued its slide by falling two.

I hope you all are enjoying the World Cup soccer (football) action and thank you once again for viewing the blog!

All Time:

  1. United States
  2. Canada United Kingdom
  3. United Kingdom Canada
  4. Australia
  5. Germany
  6. Netherlands
  7. South Africa
  8. India France
  9. France India
  10. Belgium
  11. Sweden
  12. Philippines Mexico
  13. Mexico Philippines
  14. Italy
  15. New Zealand
  16. Spain Denmark
  17. Denmark Spain
  18. Ireland
  19. Brazil Malaysia
  20. Singapore Switzerland
  21. Malaysia Brazil
  22. Greece Singapore
  23. Switzerland Finland (tied with Switzerland)
  24. Norway Austria
  25. Austria Norway
  26. Poland Greece
  27. Finland Indonesia (tied with Greece)
  28. Croatia Poland
  29. Turkey Romania
  30. Romania United Arab Emirates

“dead broke”

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If you happened to catch Hillary Clinton’s interview with Diane Sawyer last week, you undoubtedly heard the moment when the former Senator and Secretary of State told Sawyer that after leaving the White House, she and husband President Bill Clinton were… well, “dead broke”.

There’s been a lot of political talk about that comment since the interview, and I do love me some Hillary Clinton, but this someecard pretty much sums up my feelings on the situation.  Sorry Hilz.

Back to work for the rest of us…

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