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Mormon church, Utah senators lend their support to bakers refusing to make cake for gay weddings The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a majority of state senators have signed on to friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a Colorado bakery shop owner who refused on religious grounds to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. In response to the article above, I see a lot of people say “Well don’t businesses have the right to refuse service to anybody?”   Actually, no. Federal law dictates that a public business cannot discriminate against somebody based on their race, color,…

I’ve never really agreed with the adage “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it.” Partly because I believe that history will always repeat itself, partly due to the fact that it’s unreasonable to expect everyone to study it to the level that would allow total avoidance. I do agree that knowledge of history gives you a better perspective on the trends of the world and can help you see them in a new light. For example, let’s look at the Mormon Pioneers. When they crossed the country to settle in Utah, they were being taught (or had personally…

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks playing Splatoon 2 on my Nintendo Switch, and I’m loving it. It’s such a fun game, even when I have to play the stupid Port Macherel level over and over again. I’ve always enjoyed playing shooter games up to a point because there’s so much skill required that I know I’m never going to have. Splatoon allows you to be good at it through pattern learning and strategy even on days when you still can’t aim at an enemy properly, and those extra goals and mechanics make it way more fun for me.…

  One of the cons (or pros, I haven’t decided yet) of my education is that it taught me that life is a mad dash through the jungle. And the jungle is thick, it takes up your whole vision, you can’t see the sky or the end of it. Every tree is different and every route takes a different strategy, the only consistency is how fast you have to keep running and how many trees you have to dodge. Now that I’ve gotten the broad, vague metaphor out of the way, let me elaborate. It starts pretty early, maybe even…

Last year I was privileged to be able to attend a conference in Philadelphia for my media work. We had a limited budget for this conference, and it was important to me that I take a few of my co-workers with me, so we found an AirBnB near the convention center to stay at for cheaper than the hotel prices. The reviews for this place were pretty good, the location and the pictures were nice, everything checked out. I sent a message explaining who we were and why we were staying there, and got approved to stay there. About a…

It was pretty early in my life that I decided I wanted to make games. I didn’t really know anything about making games, but I loved the way they layered story, puzzles, and exploration into a single package that also gave you the feeling of adventure and progress. Now that I know more about game making, I realize what I wanted to be at the time was a Game Designer and Writer. At Elementary School recess I would gather my friends together to tell them the story of the day, explain the dungeon they were in, and we would play…

This week is the Inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.  I have to laugh a bit… Remember last year when people said that as a joke? This last week people have been preparing to end “Transition 2017” and move fully into this new administration. Which includes President Barack Obama, who gave his farewell speech this week. He took office when I was 14, I didn’t know that much about politics. I thought he was alright. People didn’t seem to like Bush anymore, although I thought he had done fine under the circumstances. Bush was the only president I had really known,…

This last week I posted the following poll on my Twitter feed: Poll: Do you trust congress to represent the will of the American people and act in their best interest? Please answer and RT. — Jarom Solar Norris (@JaromNorris) January 3, 2017 As it currently stands, 84% of the vote is “I do not.” Unfortunately, with only 26 votes, I’m not going to even pretend that this is representative of the American people, or even that it made it outside of my political bubble. Plus when you add in all the problems with this poll, including the comment by…