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Obama’s Transgender Orders: 43 Republican Traitors Supported Them | National Review

May 28, 2016

Malignant insanity:

“I was up in the wee hours after midnight Thursday when Daniel Horowitz’s tweet crossed my radar: The GOP-controlled House had just voted in the dead of night to write into law Obama’s executive order banning federal contractors who “discriminate” against transgendered individuals.We all know now what that means: If you refuse to let anatomical males into your women’s dressing rooms, locker rooms, or bathrooms, you are just a bigoted hater, end of story.#ad#Just ask Representative Zoe Lofgren (D., Calif.), who descended, Trumplike, to insults when challenged by a witness. “You’re a bigot, lady,” she said, wagging her finger disapprovingly at Gail Heriot, who is a law professor and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.Or ask the poor Queens bartender, or Brooklyn dry cleaner, who now faces massive fines for failing to adequately grasp how to address the 31 genders, beginning with “bi-gendered,” and including “cross-dresser, Drag King, Drag Queen, woman, man, butch,” and my personal favorite, “non-binary transgender androgyne.”Given that the Obama administration, in the last few years, has unilaterally redefined prohibitions on sex discrimination throughout federal law to include LGBT individuals, the willingness of Republicans to step forward and positively reinforce his agenda with legislative action is pretty remarkable. As Horowitz wrote, it “would forever lay down the marker that Republicans are okay with making transgenderism a legitimate national religion codified into law.”RELATED: This Is Not about Jim CrowWho are the 43 Republicans who actively sided with the Democrats so fully that they were willing to insert transgender protections in an unrelated bill?Here is the list of the GOP 43:Amash (Mich., third congressional district), Brooks, S. (Ind., 5), Coffman (Colo., 6), Costello (Penn., 6), Curbelo (Fla., ), Davis, R. (Ill., 13), Denham (Calif., 10), Dent (Penn., 15), Diaz-Balart (Fla., 25), Dold (Ill., 10), Donovan (N.Y., 11), Emmer (Minn., 6), Fitzpatrick (Penn., 8), Frelinghuysen (N.J., 11), Gibson (N.Y., 19), Heck (Nev., 3), Hurd (Texas, 23), Issa (Calif., 49), Jolly (Fla., 13), Katko (N.Y., 24), Kinzinger (Ill., 16), Lance (N.J., 7), LoBiondo (N.J., 2), MacArthur (N.J., 3), McSally (Ariz., 2), Meehan (Penn., 7), Messer (Ind., 6), Paulsen (Minn., 3), Poliquin (Maine, 2), Reed, (N.Y., 23), Reichert (Wash., 8), Renacci (Ohio, 16), Rooney (Fla., 17), Ros-Lehtinen (Fla., 27), Shimkus (Ill., 15), Stefanik (N.Y., 21), Upton (Mich., 6), Valadao (Calif., 21), Walden (Ore., 2), Walters (Calif., 45), Young, D. (Iowa, 3), Young, T. (Ind., 9), Zeldin (N.Y., 1).#share#Tom Emmer was the Republican nominee for governor of Minnesota when a GOP-controlled state legislature elected to put the question of gay marriage to voters. Even though the state’s electorate actually approved gay marriage, Emmer lost his race, and was treated as a pariah in certain circles. Hamline University withdrew an offer to let him teach when faculty complained about his “bigotry.” Apparently he has learned his lesson. (I called Emmer’s office and asked for an explanation of his vote but have received no response.)Michigan’s Justin Amash is (or was) a tea-party favorite, a fan of Ron and Rand Paul, the great next-gen hope of the Liberty Movement. I called Amash’s office to ask why he voted as he did. Jordan Bush, Amash’s district director, referred me to his boss’s Twitter account, where he wrote, “They are mischaracterizing the amdt. It simply prohibits discrimination by VA/military construction contractors in hiring.” In response to another question about his vote, Amash wrote, “Contrary to what some claim, this amendment preserves all existing religious liberty protections from the Bush administration,” leaving unanswered the question of whether refusing to let people with penises into women’s most private spaces is really discrimination or not.RELATED: Transgender Activism Has Produced a Legal AbsurdityAmash’s defection represents the problem with bending over backward to avoid the Left’s charges of hatred and discrimination on all things LGBT: It puts liberals in control of what the conservative movement can do and say on basic issues of human rights and human decency. If only one party is fighting, that party is going to win eventually.But defeatism in the name of realism is no virtue, and it’s politically stupid, to boot.In an April 25 news release, Public Policy Polling, the Democratic pollster, claimed in a headline, “HB2 Deeply Unpopular in North Carolina,” and confidently predicted that Governor Pat McCrory’s support for the now-famous bill may have “closed the door on any chance” he had of winning reelection. Instead, a new Civitas poll shows that McCrory has surged 9 points, to take a five-point lead in his campaign, a 15-point swing in just a month.RELATED: Turning American Law Upside Down for the TransgenderedI went to bed last night astonished by the betrayal of so many House Republicans. I woke up to find that…”

Source: Obama’s Transgender Orders: 43 Republican Traitors Supported Them | National Review

Debating Common Ancestry – Evolution News & Views

May 27, 2016

“You can see it on display in the recent, fascinating exchanges between ID proponents Cornelius Hunter (a biologist and Discovery Institute Fellow) and ID-supporter Vincent Torley, a gifted philosopher who writes at Uncommon Descent. This type of robust exchange on the evidence for common descent is the sort of thing you would be hard pressed to find among supporters of modern Darwinism, either atheist or religious.”

Source: Debating Common Ancestry – Evolution News & Views

Truthbomb Apologetics: Does the Reference to Jesus as a “Mighty God” indicate that Jesus is a Lesser God than God the Father?

May 26, 2016

“The folly of the Watchtower position is at once evident in the fact that Jehovah himself is called a ‘Mighty God’ in the very next chapter of Isaiah (10:21). That both Jehovah and Jesus are called ‘Mighty God’ in the same book within the same section demonstrates their equality.”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Does the Reference to Jesus as a “Mighty God” indicate that Jesus is a Lesser God than God the Father?

And then Bill Gates said, You’re fired! | Uncommon Descent

May 26, 2016

“Kirk Durston, picking on the theme, offers a translation from the Darwinspeak:

The authors are blowing smoke here so far as thinking they are offering a scientific explanation. To illustrate, I’ve translated the paragraph to explain how the full range of personal computers has arisen. Here goes … “It is now generally accepted that the emergence of increasingly complex personal computers was accompanied by a corresponding increase in the complexity of information required to build them, entailing both an expansion in the amount of memory required to store it all, and more elaborate instructions as to the assembly procedure. Only by recombining the information on the SSD by way of randomly duplicating small sections of information here and there, and shuffling it around and saving it in random spots here and there on an SSD can adequately account for this massive increase in the number of components needed to assemble personal computers and the complexity of how the parts are produced and assembled.”

Brilliant! Now we know how it all happened. Crystal clear! (Face-palm)”

Source: And then Bill Gates said, You’re fired! | Uncommon Descent

In a Debate with Peter Singer, Richard Weikart Drills Down to the Bottom of Atheist Ethics – Evolution News & Views

May 26, 2016

“Singer is careful to say he is not a believer in evolutionary ethics, in the sense of moral ideas that follow from the fact, as he sees it, of Darwinian evolution. But living in a cosmos resulting from random, undirected churning is why he, like Susan Blackmore, insists that life can’t have an ultimate, objective meaning.”

Source: In a Debate with Peter Singer, Richard Weikart Drills Down to the Bottom of Atheist Ethics – Evolution News & Views

New ID book by Oxford Biologist from HarperCollins

May 24, 2016

“Starting with the hallowed halls of academic science, Axe dismantles the widespread belief that Darwin’s theory of evolution is indisputably true, showing instead that a gaping hole has been at its center from the beginning. He then explains in plain English the science that proves our design intuition scientifically valid. Lastly, he uses everyday experience to empower ordinary people to defend their design intuition, giving them the confidence and courage to explain why it has to be true and the vision to imagine what biology will become when people stand up for this truth.”

Source: New ID book from HarperCollins | Uncommon Descent

Richard Weikart on the Revealing Inconsistencies of Scientific Materialism – Evolution News & Views

May 23, 2016

“[C]onsider how Richard Dawkins responded when Larry Taunton asked in an interview if his rejection of external moral standards meant that Islamic extremists might not be wrong. Dawkins replied, “What’s to prevent us from saying Hitler wasn’t right? I mean, that is a genuinely difficult question.” Taunton admitted that he was stupefied by Dawkins’s answer — as he should have been. Anyone who thinks that making a moral judgment about Hitler is difficult has lost their moral compass completely and has no business pontificating about any moral issue (or proclaiming that he has discovered the “root of all evil” — which is what he called religion, of course). (p. 80)”

Source: Richard Weikart on the Revealing Inconsistencies of Scientific Materialism – Evolution News & Views

Transgender Bathrooms & Basketball – Free Thinking Ministries

May 21, 2016

“Should a convicted pedophile be able to perceive himself as a non-pedophile and then have access to children because of his new “perceived reality”? Should a blind person be able to perceive himself as a “seeing person” and receive a driver’s license. . . can I perceive myself on April 15 as a person who made no money the previous year and avoid tax liability? . . . But are we not discriminating against the blind, the pedophile, and the taxpayer by not allowing them the right to define their own status according to their subjective perception?

The point is that perceived gender is a denial of the reality of the mind-independent world. It is false knowledge with respect to the correspondence theory of truth. The transgender and related sexual deviancy legal issues are simply the worst examples of legal sophistry around today.”

Source: Transgender Bathrooms & Basketball – Free Thinking Ministries

Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College Campuses Across America | Cold Case Christianity

May 18, 2016

“There are times when our words collapse under their own weight. As I train university aged Christians around the country and listen carefully to their common college experiences, I’ve started to collect some of the more popular self-refuting statements uttered by college professors. Here are the top four:…”

Source: Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College Campuses Across America | Cold Case Christianity

Rafting Monkeys “Fill a Gap” in Evolutionary Theory? – Evolution News & Views

May 17, 2016

“Early anthropoid (humanlike) monkeys were flourishing in Asia at that time. But they also, somehow, found a way to migrate across the watery barrier to Africa. And since monkeys don’t really swim, scientists’ best theory about their migration is — I kid you not — that they sailed across on rafts made of trees.”You’re laughing,” Beard said…”

Source: Rafting Monkeys “Fill a Gap” in Evolutionary Theory? – Evolution News & Views

In Court Rulings on Teaching Origins Science, Law Review Article Finds a Double Standard – Evolution News & Views

May 16, 2016

“The Lemon test states that, “First, the statute must have a secular legislative purpose; second, its principal or primary effect must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion… finally, the statute must not foster ‘an excessive government entanglement with religion.'” Under this rule, only a “primary effect” that advances religion can cause a government policy to be declared unconstitutional; “secondary” or “incidental” effects are not constitutionally fatal.”

Source: In Court Rulings on Teaching Origins Science, Law Review Article Finds a Double Standard – Evolution News & Views

In supporting Trump, evangelicals are reaping what they’ve sown (COMMENTARY) | Religion News Service

May 13, 2016

“In 1994, Mark Noll, a history professor at evangelical Wheaton College published “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.” The book began with what is now a much-quoted phrase among the evangelical intelligentsia: “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” Noll then went on to describe a deep-seated anti-intellectual impulse that has long characterized American evangelicalism.”

Source: In supporting Trump, evangelicals are reaping what they’ve sown (COMMENTARY) | Religion News Service

Despite loving, Christian parents, I left the faith

May 13, 2016

“On the outside, my image didn’t add up. I was raised in a devout Christian home, went to a private Christian school, had amazing parental examples, and was taught to memorize the Bible from a young age. But by the time I got to high school I’d grown bored with everything that had to do with God and church. Blah, blah – I knew the stories. Blah, blah – Christ died. Blah, blah – life with God is wonderful. Blah, blah, blah. I was tired of the same old, same old.”

If objective reasons are not given, no amount of pious bloviating or formulaic Appeals to Authority will suffice.

Source: Despite loving, Christian parents, I left the faith

First They Came for the Climate Skeptics – Evolution News & Views

May 11, 2016

“Yet the goal of these state attorneys general seems to be to treat disagreement as something more or less criminal. That’s wrong. As the Supreme Court wrote in West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion.”

Source: First They Came for the Climate Skeptics – Evolution News & Views

CPBD 040: Luke Barnes – 11 Responses to Fine-Tuning

May 7, 2016

This is an atheist website, but the guy treats Dr. Barnes fairly regarding the indisputable fine-tuning in the universe for life:

“Frankly, once you listen to this episode you will be better equipped to discuss fine-tuning than 90% of the people who discuss it on the internet. This episode will help clarify the thinking of anyone – including and perhaps especially professional philosophers – about the fine-tuning of the universe.”

Source: CPBD 040: Luke Barnes – 11 Responses to Fine-Tuning

Evolution in Kindergarten – Evolution News & Views

May 7, 2016

“Writing in The Guardian, developmental psychologist Nathalia Gjersoe laments, “Although it is part of the compulsory science curriculum in most schools in the UK and the USA, more than a third of people in both countries reject the theory of evolution outright or believe that it is guided by a supreme being.” Her solution is simple.

According to developmental psychologists, children have an intuitive bent toward intelligent design. Thus schools should begin evolution education at younger ages — one advocate says five to eight years old. Disrupting this natural inclination will pave the way for greater scientific understanding.”

Source: Evolution in Kindergarten – Evolution News & Views

Is God Unfair to Those Raised in Other Faiths? – Come Reason Ministries

May 7, 2016

“It is either true that we’re sinners before a righteous God or it isn’t. Both Islam and Christianity hold to this point. It is either true that God would allow us a way of escape or He wouldn’t. This is where Islam and Christianity diverge. Christianity holds that not only is there a way of escape, you can know that you have escaped God’s judgment. And if God allows a way of escape, then it would make sense that he would make it knowable.”

Source: Is God Unfair to Those Raised in Other Faiths? – Come Reason Ministries

Countering Dawkins & the Atheists: the ‘clarification question’ | mentalist49er

May 6, 2016

“There is an underlying (and usually hidden) presumption behind nearly every Atheist assertion and question. Very often an excellent alternative to bearing the burden of trying to answer the challenge yourself is to pause and simply ask yourself one simple question instead: ‘what is the presumption that my interlocutor is looking to smuggle in here?’ Then simply go after that presumption by calling it out with your own counter, ‘clarification question’!”

Source: Countering Dawkins & the Atheists: the ‘clarification question’ | mentalist49er

Darwin’s Finches: The Hype Continues – Evolution News & Views

May 6, 2016

“In the 1970s, biologists studied a population of medium ground finches on one of the islands in great detail. When a severe drought left only large, hard-to-crack seeds, 85 percent of the birds perished. The survivors had beaks that were about 5 percent larger than the average beak size in the original population. The biologists estimated that if similar droughts occurred once every ten years, the population could become a new species in only 200 years. In a 1999 booklet defending evolution, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences called the finches “a particularly compelling example” of the origin of species.

But after the drought, birds with smaller beaks flourished again, and the average beak size of the population returned to normal. No net evolution had occurred. No matter; Darwin’s finches became an icon of evolution that is still featured in most biology textbooks.”

Source: Darwin’s Finches: The Hype Continues – Evolution News & Views

How was mathematics woven into reality? | Uncommon Descent

May 6, 2016

“MIT cosmologist Max Tegmark has a theory. He says consider a character in a computer game (let’s call him Mario) that is so complex and sophisticated that he is able to achieve consciousness. If Mario were to begin exploring his environment, he would find a lot of mathematical connections. And if continued to explore, Mario would ultimately find that his entire world is mathematical at its roots. Tegmark believes we live in a universe that is not just described by mathematics; he believes that mathematics defines all of reality, just as the reality of Mario’s computer game world is defined by mathematics.

Here is the interesting part. Tegmark makes no design inference. (He is a multiverse fanatic). This is astounding. All he needs to do is take his own analogy one step further. Why is Mario’s computer game world connected mathematically? Obviously, it is because that mathematical structure was imposed on the game by the game designer.”

Source: How was mathematics woven into reality? | Uncommon Descent

Probability Mistakes Darwinists Make – Evolution News & Views

May 6, 2016

“If you estimate the extreme upper limit for the total number of mutation events in the entire history of life, using 10^30 life forms, a fast mutation rate, large genome size, and fast replication rate, it is less than 10^43 . Not surprisingly, this is pathetically underpowered for locating proteins where only 1 in 10^140 sequences is functional. However, it gets far worse, for evolution must “find” thousands of them.Nonetheless, scientific literature reveals an unshakable belief that evolution can do the wildest, most improbable things tens of thousands of times over. Consequently, I believe Darwinism has become a religion, specifically a modern form of pantheism, where nature performs thousands of miracles — none of which can be reproduced in a lab.”

Source: Probability Mistakes Darwinists Make – Evolution News & Views

Darwin debunker must be stopped! | Uncommon Descent

May 6, 2016

“Sutton’s allegations are explosive. He claims to have found irrefutable proof that neither Darwin nor Alfred Russel Wallace deserves the credit for the theory of natural selection, but rather that they stole the idea – consciously or not – from a wealthy Scotsman and forest-management expert named Patrick Matthew. “I think both Darwin and Wallace were at the very leastsloppy,” he told me. Elsewhere he’s been somewhat less diplomatic: “In my opinion Charles Darwin committed the greatest known science fraud in history by plagiarizing Matthew’s” hypothesis, he told the Telegraph.”

Source: Darwin debunker must be stopped! | Uncommon Descent

Evolution in Kindergarten: Now Brought to You by the National Science Foundation – Evolution News & Views

May 6, 2016

“…the idea of interfering with children’s thinking processes to inculcate a pre-determined opinion is disturbing. Kelemen would like to disrupt children’s understanding of teleology and essentialism before they “have coalesced into a coherent theoretical framework that gets in the way of contradictory scientific explanations.”

Source: Evolution in Kindergarten: Now Brought to You by the National Science Foundation – Evolution News & Views

Origin of Life: Professor James Tour points the way forward for Intelligent Design | Uncommon Descent

May 6, 2016

“Professor James Tour’s recent video, The Origin of Life – An Inside Story, managed to accomplish three things at once: it shattered the credibility of abiogenesis as a theory; it provided American high school science teachers with an excellent classroom resource for countering evolutionary propaganda; and (perhaps unintentionally), it set a new research agenda for the Intelligent Design movement, which will transform it into a bona fide scientific discipline: the task of reverse-engineering life itself.Readers who wish to view the talk may do so here:”

Source: Origin of Life: Professor James Tour points the way forward for Intelligent Design | Uncommon Descent

Finding Christian Hope in This Election Cycle | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

May 6, 2016

“A lot of people I talk with are feeling more and more hopeless, but there is hope to be found in the events we see today. It’s a very specific kind of hope, one that comes about as the result of hard times.”

*Note: There isn’t a ghost of a chance that Trump is as bad as Hillary, so let’s not lose our minds and help her get elected.

Source: Finding Christian Hope in This Election Cycle | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

The Magnetic Sense Is More Complex than Iron Bits – Evolution News & Views

May 6, 2016

“A bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri), for example, was tracked by satellite flying from Alaska to New Zealand in a single 11,000-km nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean. A directional error of more than a few degrees could have been fatal. Because the magnetic compass seems to be the dominant source of directional information, and the only compass available at night under an overcast (but not completely dark) sky, migratory birds must be able to determine their flight direction with high precision using their magnetic compass. Studies have shown that migratory songbirds can detect the axis of the magnetic field lines with an accuracy better than 5°”

Source: The Magnetic Sense Is More Complex than Iron Bits – Evolution News & Views

What Should Christians Do In Light Of Cruz Dropping Out – Deeper Waters

May 6, 2016

What is the call of the church? Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out. I was pretty shocked when I heard the news last night that Cruz had dropped out of the race. Frankly, I hadn’t been too enthused about many of the candidates at all. Still, I did think Cruz was our … Continue reading What Should Christians Do In Light Of Cruz Dropping Out

Source: What Should Christians Do In Light Of Cruz Dropping Out – Deeper Waters

My Open Letter To Target – Deeper Waters

May 5, 2016

“What do I have to say about the bathroom situation? Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out. To those at Target who might read this someday, I must say I am incredibly disappointed by your recent actions. You see, I want to take my wife somewhere safe when we shop and now, I …” Continue reading My Open Letter To Target

Source: My Open Letter To Target – Deeper Waters

A Telling Habit of Darwin’s Advocates – Evolution News & Views

May 1, 2016

“Krauss, eager to do battle with a straw man…, insisted that [“God of the gaps”] was what ID was about, and ridiculed Meyer (and all of ID) for it. Krauss made the same kind of mistake repeatedly. For example, after Meyer made the point — absolutely uncontroversial among mainstream biologists — that some of evolution’s processes must be random, Krauss ridiculed him for claiming that everything in evolution is random. It’s an easy claim to ridicule, except that (as he underscored in a later blog post) Meyer doesn’t believe the claim and never said it.”

Source: A Telling Habit of Darwin’s Advocates – Evolution News & Views

4 reasons why every Christian should be pro-life

May 1, 2016

“2. Abortion is incompatible with being a Good Samaritan

Jesus taught Christians to love our neighbour as ourselves and used the parable of the Good Samaritan to help us understand what is required of us. For the purpose of my argument the unborn function as the injured traveler who deserves nothing but our compassion and love, because they are at their most vulnerable and in need of protection. Abortion would have us see the injured traveler as someone who is disposable and a burden on our resources rather than someone we can demonstrate the sacrificial love of Christ to. Support for abortion is incompatible with fulfilling Jesus’ command to ‘go and do likewise’.”

Source: 4 reasons why every Christian should be pro-life

Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Chances of Intelligently Designed Universe “May Be Very High” – Evolution News & Views

April 29, 2016

“Whatever that being is, it very well might be able to create a simulation of a universe.”

“And if that’s the case, it is easy for me to imagine that everything in our lives is just the creation of some other entity for their entertainment,” Tyson says. “I’m saying, the day we learn that it is true, I will be the only one in the room saying, I’m not surprised.”

Source: Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Chances of Intelligently Designed Universe “May Be Very High” – Evolution News & Views

Stop Dismissing Feminine Values | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

April 29, 2016

“It strikes me as glaringly obvious that these efforts are using a masculine-tainted yardstick in measuring the worth of women. Alistair Roberts recently made the same point in his article “Why We Should Jettison the ‘Strong Female Character’.” Roberts focuses his complaint on today’s media fascination with portraying women protagonists as action heroes that basically out-man men. He writes:”

Source: Stop Dismissing Feminine Values | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About Transgender Bathrooms

April 28, 2016

“Don’t they know anything about predators? Don’t they know the numbers? That out of every 100 rapes, only two rapists will spend so much as single day in jail while the other 98 walk free and hang out in our midst? Don’t they know that predators are known to intentionally seek out places where many of their preferred targets gather in groups? That perpetrators are addicts so committed to their fantasies they’ll stop at nothing to achieve them?”

Source: A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About Transgender Bathrooms

Haarsma’s Pykaryotes — Another Failed Evolution Simulation – Evolution News & Views

April 28, 2016

“Broadly speaking, however, there are three issues with his paper and model. First, he gives a false history for a key term, “interlocking complexity.” Second, the model assumes that co-option is easy, and bypasses simulating any actual co-option. Third, it allows even a random collection of proteins to be functional.”

Source: Haarsma’s Pykaryotes — Another Failed Evolution Simulation – Evolution News & Views

TEN Problems with the Canaanite Objection – Free Thinking Ministries

April 27, 2016

“Then they devoted all in the city to destruction, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys, with the edge of the sword” (Joshua 6:21). Why would God command the execution of all the Canaanites (along with the children) in the Old Testament? Many think this is one of the biggest objections … Continue reading TEN Problems with the Canaanite Objection

Source: TEN Problems with the Canaanite Objection – Free Thinking Ministries