Tuesday, October 17, 2017


sweet, sweet, sweet is the taste of a man


















御旅宿の秋の夕を忘れたり


at the inn
the autumn evening
is forgotten

- Issa (ca. 1790)

Monday, October 16, 2017





"I believe in the kind of love that doesn’t demand me to prove my worth and sit in anxiety. I crave a natural connection, where my soul is able to recognize a feeling of home in another. Something free-flowing, something simple. Something that allows me to be me without question." – Joey Palermo


Miguel Dias by Tim Gerges for Vanity Teen








Friday, October 13, 2017



It's drivin' me crazy 
This waitin' for my baby 
To
maybe
come around

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Cameron Dallas by Michael Schwartz







Monday, October 09, 2017


twinkle, twinkle, little twinks











Saturday, October 07, 2017




朝々や茶がむまく成る霧おりる

morning after morning
my tea tastes better...
falling mist


- Issa (1813)



Justice Department declares that religious freedom
is 'paramount' in America, overriding other rights





A sweeping new statement by the Justice Department calls religious freedom a “fundamental right of paramount importance,” placing the Trump administration squarely on the side of religious conservatives in America’s culture wars.
The statement by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, with a long legal analysis by the department’s lawyers, is intended to be guidance to the rest of the federal government on how to decide conflicts involving declarations of religious belief – for example, the recent case involving a baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple's wedding. The Justice Department already has intervened in that case on the side of the baker.
The statement released Friday makes clear that, in Sessions’ view, the benefit of the doubt should go to the person declaring a religious belief over those claiming illegal discrimination.
“Except in the narrowest circumstances, no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with federal law,” the statement reads.
Justice Department officials say the analysis was produced to follow up on President Trump’s executive order on religious freedom in  May, and they say it sets no new policies and isn’t directly related to any pending legal dispute.
But the impact of the new stance became clear Friday when the administration said it would allow more employers to cite religious objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women uncovered by company healthcare plans.
It expanded a religious exemption that previously applied to houses of worship, religiously affiliated nonprofit groups and closely held private companies.
“Our freedom as citizens has always been inextricably linked with our religious freedom as a people," Sessions said.
Source: Los Angeles Times, Joseph Tanfani, October 6, 2017