Jarrellsuit

Fursuiters, I need your help!

The current homepage of our website was introduced in November in response/celebration to the US being liberated from the former administration: http://myrainbowark.com/index.html

The Butterfly is a symbol of renewal, and it's all very colorful and happy but admittedly it's not very furry.

I have new banner art ready, color scheme and general layout in my head, but what I need from you are links to photos of you in fursuit!

I'm looking for full body suits and partials. Poodling is fine. It can be both current and past photos. More than one fur in the frame is fine as long as you think the other participant(s) will be okay with their fursuit showing up on a homepage.

I'm looking for at least 5 to as many as 9 furs to send links of themselves in fursuit. If at all possible, I'd like to feature furs associated with Rainbow Ark (LiveJournal, FurAffinity, or Twitter) before having to seek images from the wider fandom. The photos themselves can be any size, shape, landscape or portrait. If you are in possession of the image, but it's currently not online, you can send the physical file of your photo as an attachment to jarrell@myrainbowark.com

The finished fursuit images will appear in a horizontal band within the homepage with the user having the ability to click on each small image to take them to a large version of your photo. Please include the name/spelling of your fursona as you want it to appear.

Plans are to drop the new homepage by this Summer.
baby raccoon

Springtime on the Ark

A personal update and inviting you to chime in with yours: I'm still jobless.

The host company was asking for me back by name and I was to start again April 12. Now there has been a total reversal, and they're instead bringing the 3 of us back to join the remaining 2 in September or before. I can't say I'm heartbroken. My manager felt bad with the news, but it's not his fault. With the extended unemployment with stimulus, I'm making more now than if I was back working there. That's not even counting how much gas I've been able to keep in the tank from not having that commute.

I just took in the Subaru this morning for an oil change and tire rotation for the first time since middle of last year. Normally that would be once every 6 weeks or so. I get my haircut for the first time in 13 months, tomorrow.

I got my second Moderna dose March 31 and Renee will get her second one on April 14. Now, I won't have to take off work for hers or for other appointments coming up for both of us. I briefly mused that if this keeps up a little longer, I could retire before they call me back.

So what's happening with you?
Jarrell by Kitler

Website Calendar

Ferly and I were talking about this recently.

I'm thinking about bringing back the Calendar on the MyRainbowArk.com website. Here is an archived page for reference: http://myrainbowark.com/calendar1.html

What would you most like to see listed?


* LGBT events, including virtual or in-person events from GLAD, PFLAG, GLMA, and others

* Furry conventions, virtual events, regional furmeets and meetups

* A blend of both

* Something else entirely (please comment)


Is it an issue for you if the calendar page and really the entire website is old-school and not geared for smartphones?
pawprints

Winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn

I'm going to try again this evening to set up a telescope on the front patio and get a glimpse of the Saturn and Jupiter alignment. It was overcast yesterday, so no luck. But I figure even if it's the same result this evening, it will still be worth a try for days later even after they are moving apart -- I have a couple of wide angle oculars which will still work for capturing them in the same view.

We received 8 inches of snow from the storm last week and about half that is left, though it's a little warmer today (44°F) and most of it should be gone by morning.

Christmas is just going to be Renee and me, and our cat Kiki. We'll be calling Dad who is safe at a retirement community, and we'll also be in contact with the Carters as well.

How are you spending the holidays this year?
baby raccoon

Christmas?

Gonna ask the same thing I asked on Twitter. If you normally do, do you plan on putting up a Christmas tree this year?

I asked Renee a few days ago, leaving it up to her, and she said yes definitely. We had a real tree last year, but this time we'll put up the artificial one.

It's going to just be the two of us and our cat, Kiki. Same with Thanksgiving before, as Covid cases rise all around the country.

What are your plans?
skybow

An update of active pertinent communities

RATING    RANK   COMMUNITY NAME   DATE FOUNDED MEMBERSHIP    POSTING ACCESS
47 1 ftmgaragesale 1 May 2006 Open All Members
153 1 fursuit 21 April 2003 Open All Members
709 2 birls 22 February 2003   Moderated All Members
713 2 rarsuit 1 February 2008 Open All Members
779 3 totem_animals 30 June 2002 Open All Members, Moderated
790 4 furrymedia 21 January 2005 Open All Members, Moderated
944 3 crossdressing 2 August 2003 Open All Members, Moderated
1049 4 camptrans 28 March 2005 Moderated All Members, Moderated
1146 5 transgender 23 June 2001 Moderated All Members
snoopy by bleuunicorn

Two Supreme Court justices say marriage equality decision should be overturned

Justice Clarence Thomas issued an opinion today that repeatedly attacked the 2015 Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges – which legalized marriage equality in all 50 states – as unconstitutional because it “bypassed” the “democratic process” and cause people “with sincerely held religious beliefs concerning marriage” to “find it increasingly difficult to participate in society.”

“By choosing to privilege a novel constitutional right over the religious liberty interests explicitly protected in the First Amendment, and by doing so undemocratically, the Court has created a problem that only it can fix,” wrote Thomas, who was joined by Justice Samuel Alito. “Until then, Obergefell will continue to have ‘ruinous consequences for religious liberty.’”

Thomas made the statements about Obergefell while denying a petition from Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing her Christian beliefs. She has been involved in litigation ever since and asked the Supreme Court this year to overturn an appeals court decision that held her liable for violating people’s rights as an elected official.

The Supreme Court refused to hear the case. Thomas and Alito agreed with the Court because Davis’s case “does not cleanly present” a chance to overturn Obergefell, but they explained exactly why they think the landmark marriage equality decision is unconstitutional.

Thomas called Davis a “devout Christian” who was “one of the first victims of this Court’s cavalier treatment of religion in its Obergefell decision.” He wrote that now Christians who oppose LGBTQ equality are being branded “as bigots.”

When bakers refuse to sell cakes to same-sex couples are held liable for discrimination, Thomas argued, the problem is not just anti-discrimination laws but Obergefell itself because it legalized marriage equality.

“Obergefell enables courts and governments to brand religious adherents who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman as bigots, making their religious liberty concerns that much easier to dismiss,” he wrote.

“Since Obergefell, parties have continually attempted to label people of good will as bigots merely for refusing to alter their religious beliefs in the wake of prevailing orthodoxy.”

While Thomas and Alito don’t currently have a majority of the court to overturn the decision, the ACLU’s Chase Strangio noted on Twitter that it’s unusual to see Supreme Court justices openly show their desire to overturn a five-year-old decision.

“The brazenness of the rightward direction of the Court is a threat to even the most basic expectation of legal protection,” he tweeted.

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/10/two-supreme-court-justices-say-marriage-equality-decision-overturned/
Jarrellsuit

Welcome

I wanted to say welcome to the 3 new members who have joined us in the last month or so.

Unfortunately there is not much activity taking place these days due to the waning popularity of LiveJournal and since furries in general have largely moved on to newer platforms. You should have seen us back in our heyday of 2004-2010. Those were the glory days, no doubt. :)

A few of us are still around and check in at least once a week or so, so please feel free to give us a yip. It would be nice to see some activity here.