Washington DC court employees are so stupid they refused to believe New Mexico was a state.

A New Mexico resident didn’t just have to prove his love before getting married – he had to prove New Mexico is actually a state.

When Gavin Clarkson and his future bride applied for a marriage license in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, he was told he needed to provide an international passport to be approved.

“You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver’s license, and they come back and say ‘my supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?’” Clarkson said in a Nov. 20 Facebook post.

Clarkson, a former deputy assistant secretary in the Interior Department, told the Las Cruces Sun-News the clerk checked with a supervisor several times before the office was able to confirm New Mexico has, in fact, been a state for 106 years.

A spokesperson for the District of Columbia Courts said a clerk “made a mistake regarding New Mexico’s 106-year history as a state.”

“We very much regret the error and the slight delay it caused a New Mexico resident in applying for a D.C. marriage license,” Leah Gurowitz, director of media and public relations for D.C. Courts, told the Sun-News.

Source:  Link


A Mom leaves her placenta in the woods of a park and... everyone freaks out

Many women go to a hospital to have a child, pass the placenta after, and never care how the hospital disposes of it.  But there are many other women who are in awe of, or respectful of or have a spiritual or cultural bond to what kept their baby alive and nourished him or her for all those months inside them.

Some women choose to keep the placenta from their child's birth.  Depending on their beliefs, or culture, they sometimes eat the placenta, dry it out and later consume it as a powder, wear it in a vial around their neck, or other various forms of ingesting it back to their body.  Some people may think it gross, others think it spiritual.  Many more women choose to save the placenta and plant it in the ground.  Many times they plant a tree or bush on the spot to honor the birth of their child.

However, when you go against mainstream anything, especially in our world today, you end up causing a panic.

This young Canadian mother caused a widespread panic when she decided to leave the placenta that nourished her daughter, in a park and it was found.  What resulted from a simple, spiritual and well meaning gesture was chaos, panic, and a police investigation.

See the video interview with the mother here: https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1552296

Seeing a 'found' placenta on the news, her mother called her the next morning to let her know one was found and it was probably hers.  She had to call the police to let them know there was no 'mother who gave birth in a public park' and no woman or child was missing or in harms way.  As a matter of fact, the infant was now a one year old child as the placenta had been kept in the deep freezer for a year while the young Mom decided what she wanted to do with it after her daughter had been born.

Still not an easy outcome for the young woman.  She had to have police officers visit her home to 'look around', they had to see her daughter, spoke to her Mother, took DNA to test it against the placenta in question (seriously... how many other people were laying claim to this year old placenta?).  And even during the video interview I posted above, she still had not gotten the placenta returned to her as it was being held at the local coroner's office for testing before it could be released.


Ok, so I checked on a whim and yes... there are actually placenta themed or based products available on Amazon.  This was a path I didn't expect to go down... but you can even get a cookbook with Placenta featured recipes.  Alrighty then!



California is OK with malathion spraying but don't you dare try to buy and have delivered a pair of boots! Cannot deliver to California due to steep penalties of Prop 65

Like most Americans, I'm in the middle of Christmas shopping.  One of the items my son mentioned needing was a new pair of work boots.  As I'm looking around online at various sites, one thing started to jump out at me as I became aware of it on a number of boot listings I was finding on name-brand sites.

They won't ship to California.

Odd, right?

Why California?

So after I saw it on another boot listing I did a quick internet check and found this;

Many .com sites and boot makers aren't shipping to California because of their Prop 65 law and the steep penalties involved.

The Justin boot brand posted this explanation on their website;

Last Updated: August 30, 2018

You may have seen the following warning label on our products:

⚠ WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

We appreciate your concerns about the California Proposition 65 warning placed on our footwear. The label does not mean that our products will necessarily cause cancer or reproductive harm. While we believe our products are not harmful when used as designed (that means wear your boots, don't eat or lick them!), we provide the warning as a result of the California law.
They continue....

What is Prop 65?

The state of California has enacted the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 generally referred to as "Proposition 65". Proposition 65 is a far reaching law and applies to any company that operates in California, sells products in California, or manufactures products that may be sold in or brought into California.

Proposition 65 requires warning labels on any product that contains or may contain any of the 700-plus elements that California Air Resources Board considers harmful. Many of the elements listed under Proposition 65 have been routinely used in everyday consumer items for years without documented harm.

The penalties for not complying with Proposition 65 are steep. As a result of the steep penalties and because there is no penalty for providing an unnecessary warning, Justin Brands and many other manufacturers have elected to provide the Proposition 65 notice out of an abundance of caution in order to avoid the potential for liability.

For more information about Proposition 65 visit http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/getNSRLs.html

As I paid attention to this a little more today and continued shopping for some other items I found it listed on items such as body lotion and skincare product sites, perfumes, water filters, air filters, lamps (due to an energy consumption law), some home decor, hiking boots, 3D printer filaments and more... oh so much more.

What I found funny-not-funny about this is that I used to LIVE in Southern California.  They won't allow you to buy a pair of work boots online and have them shipped to you without penalties to the manufacturer, but I used to stand in the doorway of our home, not far from orange groves, and watch the planes and helicopters spraying malathion on the fields.  As the cancer-causing pesticide drifted in the air, I could smell it so I knew I was breathing it.  

California is OK with malathion spraying but don't you dare try to buy and have delivered a pair of boots or certain body lotions from the Body Shop!


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Rambling over morning coffee: Most muslims have never actually read the Qur'an and think it's about doing good works, meditating, fasting and praying. It's not.

One of my siblings was in the military and served overseas in predominantly muslim countries.  One of the things I recall him mentioning in passing was that most of the muslims don't actually know their own religion because very few, if any have actually read the Qur'an. 

As someone who was raised Catholic, reading the bible was a given.  As with all Christian religions, our beliefs are from the bible.  We read it. We sing it. We memorize parts of it. We refer to it constantly for knowledge, wisdom, strength, hope, lessons.  We read and read the bible stories. As children we read it and draw pictures of the stories, act out the bible stories. It's just such a given that we read the very base of our faith.

I didn't understand how someone could profess to be muslim but not read all of their Qur'an.  Not know all of what their own 'religion' teaches.

Of course I didn't know much about the muslim 'religion' back then.  But that little tiny mention was enough to stick with me a dozen years later.


This morning I was looking up something on the internet when I came across a link on a page for an article at Crosswalks.com.  It had nothing to do with what I was looking up at the time but as I clicked on the article, one sentence stood out to me and brought back the memory of what my brother had mentioned in passing from Iraq;

"She was unaware of much of what I explained to her from the Qur’an because she has not read it."

Although I was simply glancing at the article, that line made me stop.  Again, I was thinking the same thing as when my brother told me similar after living among muslims for almost 10 years.

So I read a bit more;

"She is a naturalized citizen who immigrated to America over twenty years ago from Senegal with her Roman Catholic Senegalese husband. They are both “spiritual,” not religious. To her, being a Muslim is based on performing good works, meditating, fasting, and praying."

But according to the Qur’an, no true female follower of Islam can marry a non-Muslim man unless she is doing so under the auspices of taqiyya, which is Qur’an-sanctioned deceit. If not, and her husband refuses to become a Muslim, he would be killed under Shari’a law. She might be spared, although still severely punished. If she chose to leave Islam, she and her entire family would be killed.  

Because she is living in America this is less likely to happen.

Islam is not a peaceful religion according to its doctrine.

Secular Muslims and especially formerly devout Islamists, cannot freely leave Islam, or deny the Qur'an or Islam, without fear of being killed. The Qur’an instructs that they be killed.

After a series of caliphs ruled over Muslims, the ulema (Islamic scholars) sought to define the Muslim existence within their immediate geopolitical context. In doing so, they divided all of humanity into two categories: Dar al-Harb and Dar el-Salam.

Dar al-Harb means, “House of War,” which includes everyone who rejects Islam, the Qur’an, Allah, and Muhammad; in essence all non-Muslims.

Dar el-Salam means, “House of Peace,” which includes everyone who submits (Isl’m) and is ruled by Shari’a law in every area of his or her lives.

Although the terms used to describe this two-fold existence are not mentioned specifically in the Qur’an, they are taught in all Islamic schools of thought.

The Sunni Hanafi School of Islamic Jurisprudence teaches that rulers of Muslim lands bordering enemy territory, Dar al-Harb, (all non-Muslim lands), are obligated to wage jihad against their neighbors.

(Now this makes sense; because in countries where muslim is the 'religion' of the greater population, they are constantly at war.  Constantly killing.  There is never peace.) 

Contrary to the English and western meaning of peace, the Islamic definition exists only within the two-fold mindset of humanity’s condition: those who are at peace (under Islamic rule) and those who are not.

In theory, Islamic peace exists under Shari’a law. But in reality, those already living in Dar el-Salam do not experience the western view of peace. Peace does not exist for most women and children who are subjugated to extreme cruelty and abuse. The majority of Muslim women and girls, including those in America, are in arranged marriages, subjugated to FGM, and are primary victims of honor killings.

And, even under Dar el-Salam, as was the case during and after Muhammad’s life, Islamists have never stopped fighting each other. War and violence coexists with Dar el-Salam.

Most Muslims are illiterate and have never read the Qur'an.

(This is exactly what I learned from my brother... and what started this whole post actually.  At the time he told me this, I found it crazy to think someone would follow a 'religion' they only knew through what they are told; not what they have read themselves, as we do in the Bible.  Since then - a dozen years ago - I've learned about many so called religions that don't know their own firm doctrines, including the cult of Mormonism.  They have no idea of their own 'religions' core beliefs.  Not because they are illiterate, as the muslims are, but because they have been programmed to only read bits and pieces of what the LDS church wants them to know at this time.  Those who actually read their own history - the truth of Joseph Smith and what a brilliant and lucky con-man he was, 'study' themselves out of their church.  But... that's a post for another day!)

40 percent of the population of Muslim states falls below the poverty level. Fifty-seven Islamic countries are the world’s poorest and most illiterate. Sixty percent of Muslims worldwide are illiterate; fifty percent of Arab women cannot read.

(This is a LARGE and LONG topic and of course here on Coffee Talking I just chit chat for a couple minutes on a topic over morning coffee.  Certainly not enough time to truly dig into any one topic.  But obviously readers can go on to do that themselves.)

To end, I guess: 

(The Crosswalk article went on to mention ministries in which Christians can support and reach out to muslims - "Christians can support ministries like Open Doors, Voice of Martyrs, or Samaritan’s Purse that are reaching Muslims worldwide, providing humanitarian aid and Bibles in their languages."

"But there is also an immediate need and opportunity in our own backyards. Because of failed immigration policies, more Muslims are in America than ever before—presenting an incredible opportunity for Christians to share the gospel.

The last chapter of the book shares testimonies from former Muslims, who after they came to America and met Christians, accepted Christ. One’s mother had sent him to a jihad training camp as a child. Another trained for the terrorist organization Hezbollah. Yet they were not beyond God’s reach.

Because of the U.S. Constitution, Muslims have the freedom to leave Islam without fear of being killed. As Christians, we have the responsibility and opportunity to point to the origin of freedom: Jesus Christ.")


Since when is securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws a bad thing? Ohhhh since it's President Trump doing it.

Since when is securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws a bad thing?

Ohhhh since it's President Trump doing it.

So it's not really WHAT we're doing, it's just who is doing it.


Oh dear retailers, hear my plea! BRING BACK 'BOYS' TOYS AND 'GIRLS' TOYS search labels. I don't have TIME for PC parent crap.

I know there is a small wave of obnoxious people who bitch about retailers labeling searches as "boys" and "girls" toys.  The second they see a pink Barbie house is labeled under a general search for 'girls' toys they get their panties in a wad and scream and gnash their teeth and rip their hair out...  and post all over their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts how discriminatory this is and then force the retailers to remove 'boy' and 'girl' from the many choices of search labels.


If you don't want to search for a boy toy, for pete's sake DO NOT USE THAT SEARCH FUNCTION THEN.

Use something else.  Search for the age group, the style of toy, search for the price range; I don't CARE what you search for but stop trying to force the retailers to bow down to your screwed up mental issues about boys and girls.

Because I'm looking for Christmas ideas for 3 little boys and I'm sick and tired of having to scroll through 17 pages or fricken' pink Barbie houses and Hatchimals and other crap that these little boys have ZERO interest in, in order to find ideas for things they DO want and WILL play with.  They love tractors, trucks, cars, farm animals, toy barns, nerf guns, etc. and I'm wasting a lot of time because the retailers have taken the 'boy' and 'girl' labels off their searches.

I GET that your boy might want a Barbie - I don't care if he does - look up BARBIE then.  If these little guys want a pink pair of dress up shoes, or play makeup or baby doll, I'll buy them one (well I don't have to buy the baby doll because we already have the baby doll and all the baby 'stuff' to play with) but the point is if I know my little boy wanted a Barbie House, I know most girls like that toy so it would be labeled under girls toys.  And I could search for it there - and buy it for a boy or girl.  The search is just a TOOL to help the GENERAL POPULATION quickly find items.

Stop complaining loud and long to get rid of a perfectly good COMMON SENSE SEARCH LABEL that most of us WANT to us and is helpful.  If YOU don't like that label don't use it.  But don't take away my right to use it to help me cut down on 40 minutes of wasted effort due to your emotional issues over the use of a word.

Now, back to wading through 17 pages of pink barbie houses because my search options are by price, brand, age group etc. but NOT the easier and simplified 'boys' label that would have brought me to a better search return.


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Last year these were just hitting the market as a 'thing' and I bought them for numerous family members (although they all got different sayings).  This year they seem to have caught on even bigger and are available almost anywhere and everywhere.  I got all mine from Amazon last year and this link is also to Amazon if you can't find them locally.  There are ALL different styles, designs, colors and brands.

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It's that time of year again - my favorite PEPPERMINT BARK COFFEE IS OUT! But you might have a hard time finding it! See where I found it....

The first week of October I started to keep my eyes open for my favorite (and one of the only) flavored coffees - the Original Donut Shop Peppermint Bark flavor!  Typically I can find it at Walmart in a special end cap they usually have over by the coffee brewers; in the main aisle, between the coffee makers and spray paint.  This year however... no special 'coffee' display.

I've checked the last two times I've shopped for household items and obviously I've checked the coffee aisle as well.  I also looked at our local Publix and at a Walmart in another state where I was visiting last week.  Nope.  And I thought that was odd.  Mid November and STILL no Peppermint Bark coffee out?

Usually it's SOLD OUT but I at least find where it's on display and sometimes I get lucky.

Today I was doing some regular shopping and was over by the dairy department.  As I walked past the large doors that lead to the storage and refrigerator area for employees only, I saw a skinny endcap display with little boxes of k-cups.  Odd place for it - considering these doors are smack dab between the bagels and cream cheese and the milk.  I've seen the display there for the past year (at least) but I don't buy little 4 packs of k-cups nor do I buy the larger boxes on the bottom rack because I usually buy our 'large box' of coffee k-cups at Sam's.  But something... something told me to stop and glance today.

And look what I found!  On the bottom rack, on the far right side, next to the swinging doors the employees walk though; the seasonal Peppermint Bark Coffee!

I bought 2 boxes.

Here are the photos I posted to my SnapChat as 3 people on my snapchat list love this coffee as well and have been looking for it.

If you can't find it locally you can order it on Amazon!

And there are other options - 2 other brands that make peppermint coffee, some coffee syrup flavor and peppermint hot cocoa too!