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Thursday, March 28. 2013
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Senik on gay marriage:
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The Left is not giving Detroit’s corrupt machine a pass. It is the form of government they respect, desire, and are busy implementing for everyone. Mead seems delusional sometimes.
Mead and his writing staff have a particular world view they are pretty committed to. They can't let go of the global warming meme while still criticising the various bad policy recommendations.
Call it Obamunism, Communism, Fascism, Objectivism, what-have-you, the early 20th century saw the birth of a new culture, new society, new morality. Eventually all words will be redefined; all culture transformed; all institutions revised.
The old order is dead, and with it its conceptions of freedom, liberty, business, humanity, etc. The new one are all around us: business must be responsible (e.g., make payments to government and quasi-government morals police). Freedom doesn’t include speech or religion or owning a gun; in all these things subject (not citizens) must obey the government.
This absolute repudiation of tradition and culture is arrogant, disrespectful and really a form of violance against those who have gone before us and to those of us who believe there is wisdom and truth to be found in tradition. It is the ultimate rebellion against the father archetype.
BD - Once again, our two great native states of CT and CA show that they're alike in many, many ways, besides both starting with the letter 'C' and being composed of 10 to 11 letters, a claim no other state can make. Truly, these two 'sister states' have no equal!
"California’s Golden Bureaucrat Snags $400K of Yearly Compensation – for the Rest of Her Life!"
Then you turn right around and...
Many ex-Connecticut workers collecting big pensions, 469 retirees receiving more than $100K per year
For good or bad, long live CT and CA! Sister states forever!
AVI also defended Tim Hortons. Don't know about the coffee, but they bought out and ruined Jolly Roger Donuts in Columbus. Those were some good donuts.*
Anyway, I'd post that at AVI, but you gotta register somewhere to do so.
*Of course I don't do carbs anymore b/c Dr. Bliss said they were bad.
I don't think polygamy will be legalized because if it is, divorce court judges will start pushing property settlements up to the SCOTUS.
Plus, think of all the cross child support payment and visitations. The kid would never get to sleep in the same bed for two nights in a row.
But just to be safe, we should ask the question: What is marriage as practiced today and what is the State's rationale for privileging it? Plus, why is the federal government so entwined in marriage.
The last, if handled correctly, could spark a debate about pretty much all the incursions of the State into private life since the income tax.
On Dunkin' Donuts
Funny thing is, those massive coffee urns in the mess halls actually made and kept good coffee. I speculate it was the volume permitting convection that avoided over-cooking. Not to mention, having a heating system capable of brewing at the correct temperature.
In addition, coffee remained fresh because it was used up quickly by the mess hall drinkers.
The article on Gay unions was great and the discussion in the comments more cerebral than one finds on most blogs-Maggies excluded. I find the average conservative more tolerant than many would suppose. I frequent a coffee shop owned and managed by a gay male couple. Many of the church groups meet there after church for discussions. I enjoy these two men as aquaintances and respect their ability to put forth a good business. We understand that our friendship can only go so far and accept that. Of course, their attitude helps so I guess it takes both sides wanting to get along.
Not addressed in the SCt arguments I heard yesterday was whether same sex marriage will require homosexuality. If you look at beyondmarriage.org the argument is made that all relationships should be transformed into "marriages" for economic benefit. What if two elderly sisters or two friends or whatever decided they wanted to capture the economic benefit of marriage? Will these relationships be policed? By whom?
I don't see how you can predicate marriage on sexual desire or consummation in the eyes of the State. Otherwise, you would be negating a good number of marriages already permitted.
So the issue is not "gay marriage" but same gender marriage. Homosexuals already have the same marriage rights as heterosexuals, i.e., opposite gender marriage. I've seen no propositions to prohibit gays from opposite gender marriage, and, of course, such a rule would be an issue with bi-sexuals.
Reviewing the highlights of the SCOTUS discussion of DOMA, I was disheartened by hearing that there are 1100 statutes on this topic. That is the problem. You wake up in the morning and automatically break some law by inhaling (EPA).
First, we need sunset laws. How much nonsense is befuddling the ability to make a decision because it takes to many damn lawyers to filter through all the Stuff! If I took this much leisure to make a decision, my company would go bankrupt in two days. The answer is simple: get the $#@% out of stuff the Constitution doesn't allow you to do.
Second, these hearing are a distraction from all the other idiotic activities our government does want us to acknowledge and e-mail our congresspeople to prevent more idiotic laws.
OT, but here: http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/y2kyoto-the-lit.html
Says greenhouse gasses block up tp 95% of sun's harmful rays.
Polygamy will eventually be legalized because bisexuals have a right to marry both their spouses. And because we can’t discriminate between men and women, men will be able to marry two women and women, two men.