Man and God

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis cannot allow her personal beliefs to supersede her political duties, but her rejection of federal court rulings is intriguing.

Davis is the Rowan County Clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses since the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision because, she maintains, she has a religious objection to same-sex marriages and is exercising her First Amendment rights. The Supreme Court denied an emergency application from Davis Monday evening, and a Kentucky has scheduled a hearing for this morning.

Davis insists that her decision is a choice between heaven and hell. Although she certainly must comply or resign, she must believe, at some level, that she can impose her religious beliefs on her community, which is intriguing (four marriages?) yet ultimately alienating.

Privacy Today

Both Hillary Clinton and former University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise have been criticized for using personal email accounts for public business, which raises some intriguing issues about twenty-first century privacy.

Although Clinton’s intentions are perhaps less explicit, Wise’s seem to have included a desire to maintain confidentiality even though the official university position had been that personal accounts, when used for university business, are still subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations. These regulations in Illinois have nothing explicit about personal email accounts, but a 2012 state appellate ruling upheld an attorney general opinion that FOIA does apply to personal devices and machines in instances of official business.  Continue reading “Privacy Today”

Mission Impossible

Succumbing to the hype, I saw Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, the new action movie based upon the 1966-1973 American television series created by Bruce Geller.

In this fifth installment of the franchise, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) must reassemble the Impossible Mission Force, which consists of William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), to dismantle the Syndicate, a mysterious organization of presumably deceased agents. Their efforts are aided by Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who might or might not be part of this rogue organization.  Continue reading “Mission Impossible”

Anger and Other Emotions

Rubin (2009)Gretchen Rubin (2009), in her silly book The Happiness Project, urges people to reject the adage that people shouldn’t go to bed angry.

Researchers have discovered, she reports, no evidence that airing grievances is useful but, rather, evidence that refraining from expressing anger often allows it to “disappear” (64). She elsewhere argues that one of the happiness myths is the belief that venting anger can relieve itContinue reading “Anger and Other Emotions”

Stories to Live By

studiesI admit that, as the summer started, I had seen the three biggest box office movies although I thought all, as films, were flops.

That surprised me given that review aggregation sites suggested average or better evaluations of each. Although each had a lower rating if the sample was limited to the more credible critics, the worst movie, even if only using these these critics, had a 4 in 10 average rating.  Continue reading “Stories to Live By”