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Polygamous families protest bigamy law at Utah Capitol

first_imgNZ Herald 11 February 2017Family First Comment: And so the push continues, as predicted….Holding signs that read, “I love all my moms,” and “If we were gay, we’d be OK,” the group rallied in the rain on the steps of the Utah Capitol on Friday afternoon. “I am not a criminal,” proclaimed Joe Darger, a Utah man who has three wives and helped organize the rally. “If you commit adultery, that’s not a felony. It’s only a crime when you have a family and you pretend to be married.”” The family on the TV reality show “Sister Wives” and several hundred other protesters in polygamous relationships and their supporters said Friday they won’t stop fighting for the legal right to plural marriage.Holding signs that read, “I love all my moms,” and “If we were gay, we’d be OK,” the group rallied in the rain on the steps of the Utah Capitol on Friday afternoon.“I am not a criminal,” proclaimed Joe Darger, a Utah man who has three wives and helped organize the rally. “If you commit adultery, that’s not a felony. It’s only a crime when you have a family and you pretend to be married.”The demonstration comes a month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case from Kody Brown and his four wives on the TLC show “Sister Wives” challenging Utah’s bigamy law.The high court left Utah’s law in place, but state legislators are considering changes this year that would leave those convicted under it facing harsher penalties if they’re also convicted of other crimes such as domestic abuse.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11798968Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more


Hulk’s legacy lives on, brother!

first_imgDoes anybody in the history of this country embody the ideal of the American Dream quite like Hulk Hogan?Seriously, I found myself pondering this while researching for an upcoming story earlier this week (hint: ArtsEtc. on Thursday … ooooh yeaaaah!). Where else could a guy named Terry who wears tights, sports platinum blond hair, a vicious Fu Manchu and a serious case of male pattern baldness somehow rise to be one of our country’s most well-known and beloved cultural icons? Since he first came onto the national scene in the early ’80s — whether you believe it to be with his entrance to the WWF in 1981, his part in Rocky III in 1983, or his first WWF championship in 1984 — Hogan has been ingrained in American society.From “Hulkamania” to movies, to television series, to reality shows and now even to pop music, Hogan has his fingerprints all over our culture. The phenomenon that is professional wrestling would never have reached the level of popularity that it has soared to without Hogan.Whereas in Latin American countries lucha libre is highly popular, with masked luchadores acting like stunt devils performing high-risk and acrobatic maneuvers on each other in the ring, Hogan managed to make the slow, lumbering, terribly-contrived and phony style of wrestling practiced in America one of the most popular “sports” around.Think about it. Hogan filled the old Pontiac Silverdome with 90,000-plus people to watch him throw fake punches and body slam a 500-pound man (who incidentally never got much more than 11 inches off the mat, making it more of a body roll than a body slam) for a victory that was decided months before the spectators arrived.Hogan, born Terry Bollea, didn’t just reach the pinnacle of the professional wrestling world (he was so popular he held the WWF Championship for over four years; no one since has held it for more than one), but he did it while wrestling poorly.That is part of what makes Hogan’s story so great. He can’t even wrestle. He has a more limited repertoire of moves than George Costanza and is reputed to be one of the worst fakers in a sport that is built around acting.No, he built his palace of popularity on charisma, despite the fact that his vocabulary at times seemed to really have only one word: Brother. He marched around well. Played to the crowd well and ripped his shirt off better than anyone in the history of shirt ripping.And how fitting is it that his entrance music was the song “Real American.” That isn’t a coincidence.Hogan became almost a religious figure, as at one point he started preaching his “demandments” (brother!). These included saying your prayers and taking your vitamins: not exactly the stuff that usually sells like iPods.Hogan didn’t stop there, though. He became a movie star, albeit a terrible one, turning in clunkers like “Thunder in Paradise,” “Santa With Muscles,” “No Holds Barred,” “Mr. Nanny” and “Three Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain.” Of course, the movies were terrible, but he still made them and still got paid to do so (I know, it’s hard to believe).Even more mind-boggling is the fact that one of those stink bombs got turned into a series, “Thunder in Paradise,” which ran for a year. The plot: Hogan has a high-tech boat and punches villains. The result: cancelled after one season.And now, Hogan is still in the spotlight; after off-and-on stints with wrestling, he now has a reality show, VH1’s “Hogan Knows Best.” And just to top it all off, his daughter is now a pop singer. So let’s recap: A bleach-blonde baldy without a college degree and with a killer ‘stache who can’t wrestle climbs to the top of the professional wrestling world and leap frogs from there to make waves (or ripples) in virtually every facet of Hollywood society he chooses, which is why his later handle “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan is so fitting. More than 20 years after it was originally born, Hulkamania lives on, refusing to die — very much like Ugg boots, the Rolling Stones and “The Real World” — and continuing to seep into our culture. Case in point: approximately 15 minutes before kickoff of both of the first two Badger football contests, the starting lineups were announced by the public address announcer.Badger players introductions had a video accompaniment with somewhat humorous gestures, such as tight end Andy Crooks getting water thrown in his face or linebacker Jonathan Casillas leveling a teammate before coming on screen.I explain this since only a few fans were there to see it. That isn’t a criticism at all (everyone should get to Camp Randall whenever they feel it fit to go, whether that be 45 minutes early to watch the players warm up or whether they show up at halftime. If people don’t want to be there, they wouldn’t make very good fans and supporters, anyway), it’s just a fact.Anyway, there was one player intro that stood out among the rest: defensive end Matthew Shaughnessy, who in obvious reference to Hogan jumped on the screen, tore off a t-shirt that said “Badgermania” and proceeded to strike a couple of the Hogan’s signature poses.Dusty Rhodes might’ve been nicknamed the “American Dream,” but nobody, and I mean nobody, has even better exemplified the ideal of the American Dream than the Hulkster. And that is the fifth demandment, brother!last_img read more


Syracuse field hockey opponent preview: What to know about Harvard

first_imgDespite a surprising first-round exit from the ACC tournament with a 4-3 overtime loss to Wake Forest, Syracuse earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Third-seeded Syracuse hosts 16th-seeded Harvard this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at J.S Coyne stadium.All-Time series: This is the first ever meeting between the two programs.Common opponents this season: Both Syracuse and Harvard played four common opponents during the regular season, including Boston University, Cornell, Pennsylvania, and Boston College. The Orange went undefeated against the four teams, outscoring its opponents 14-2. Meanwhile, the Crimson managed a 3-1 record against common opponents, outscoring them, 10-6.The Harvard report: Harvard won the Ivy league boasting an undefeated 7-0 record in conference play. The Crimson ranked 15th in the nation entering the tournament.Harvard relies on its defense to keep opponents at bay. The Crimson rank 12th in the NCAA with a 1.44 goals against average.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Harvard attack comes from the midfield, where all three of its top point-scorers play. Senior Marissa Balleza leads the way for the Crimson with 13 goals and three assists on the season. She is followed by Freshman Bente Van Vlijmen, who has 8 goals in her first year with Harvard, and Ellie Cookson, who hasn’t scored a goal but has assisted on 10 this season.The Harvard offense, however, has struggled this season as it ranks 44th in the NCAA in goals per game averaging just over two per game.How Syracuse beats Harvard: The Orange is the more balanced team heading into the first round of the tournament. If Syracuse reaches its average number of goals, more than three per game, it will likely outscore a struggling Harvard offense. As the heavy favorites, it will take a standard performance from the Orange to outlast the Crimson this Saturday.Stat to Know: 6-0 — Syracuse is undefeated at J.S Coyne stadium this season. Harvard has lost three games on the road.Player to Watch: Bente Van Vlijmen, No. 10, Midfielder.The Ivy league rookie of the year has tallied four goals in Harvard’s last two games. If Harvard hopes to keep up with Syracuse’s potent offense, the Crimson will need an outstanding performance from the freshman midfielder. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2016 at 12:42 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more


West Ham must clear debts before Olympic stadium move

first_imgWest Ham’s vice-chairman Karren Brady has revealed that the club are going to have to clear bank debts of around £70 million before they can make the Olympic Stadium their permanent home.Half of the money owed is debt secured by the Hammers’ current ground, Upton Park. All of this pre-existing debt will have to be cleared before the club can complete their move.Speaking to the House of Lords committee today about the Olympic and Paralympic legacy, Brady stated that the club were not getting the Olympic Stadium on the cheap, and that the deal was of good-value to the taxpayers.Brady declared that she did not believe the sale of Upton Park would go much further than the money needed to pay the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) in return for a move to the Olympic venue.“We did have a tentative deal [for Upton Park] but that fell away. We hope the money generated from the sale of Upton Park will be enough to fulfil our commitment and to help pay off some of our bank debt,” Brady explained.“When we bought the club and took on more than £100 million of debt that was guaranteed on the ground. We have to pay off all our bank debt to move, we can’t take the debt with us. “If there is any excess it will meet some of that debt but I don’t expect there will be,” she added.Brady’s comments came as part of a response to a statement made by former sports minister Richard Caborn, who speculated that West Ham would be getting the Olympic Stadium for a mere £15 million, with £2 million-a-year rent that would be covered by taxpayers money.The vice-chairman was quick to defend the deal and concluded that West Ham would stand to generate hundreds of millions of pounds over the 100-year lease on the £600 million stadium.last_img read more