I’ve already stated that while I disagree with the whole “Gay marriage” argument that Vt. acceptance of it by the normal legislative procedure is just as acceptable as any other law I disagree with that is passed. The people have spoken and unless they speak differently that’s the law. That is how a republic works.
Maggie Gallagher a staunch defender of actual marriage finds one silver lining in the Green Mountain State:
the Vermont same-sex marriage bill was a breakthrough in another way that has received zero attention in the press: For the very first time, a legislature has formally acknowledged that gay marriage poses a serious threat to the religious liberties of Vermonters who disagree with the government’s new definition of marriage; and the gay marriage movement has permitted — if not exactly trumpeted — that legislature’s enactment of some imperfect, yet substantive, religious-liberty protections, rather than the “fake religious liberty protections” generally offered to deflect voters’ attention from the real issues at stake.
Unlike the magically discovered “right” that courts have pushed, freedom of religion is explicitly listed in the bill of rights, right in the very first amendment. It is very wise that Vt. make it a point to respect this.
Keep at least 5-10 mill in reserve or you might spend two hours on game night re-drawing cards and hoping for the best.
Ann Althouse cuts to the chase on how being a judge is supposed to work:
Scalia is resisting telling us about his personal views because they are irrelevant to the work of a judge, and he’s modeling upstanding judicial behavior, saying what the law is and nothing more.
The second quote is even better than the first:
You may think it’s cruel of Scalia to deprive us of soothing words, but don’t be tricked about why he writes like that. Scalia is adhering to the most basic legal proposition that judges must decide cases according to the law and leave the rest to the processes of democracy
In a democracy it is the people representatives who are supposed to make the law. Ann gets it. I think a debate on the subject between her and Darren Hutchinson would fill a hall and expand the mind.
If there is a better argument for the 2nd amendment than this column I haven’t heard it.
It’s a story like this that the “better judged by 12 then carried by 6”. saying is made for.
Picking up on the Drums along the Mohawk quote I imagined how the exchange would go with the president:
America: “President Obama have you ever run any kind of business or economy or even gotten a paycheck from a profit making business?”
President: “No but I need to run GM and get control of the banks and the health care system.”
America: “Well that’s ok, a man’s got to start somewhere. We have hope for your change”
Just a reminder, the general who is the source of the other quote in the movie…he died.
Just woke up, was up till 4 cleaning customer systems. Still connected to one so missed Morning Joe except for the last few minutes where here is some running gag about Andrew being threatened by the FDIC and a Gene Robinson Column going after Michael Steele who is still the butt of jokes.
Quick comment on Steele I just woke up and I don’t know what he said that generated Robinson’s column or even what it says but if past performance if indication of future results nothing would surprise me. We can safely say that we have apparently reached the post racial era at least for republicans since we can ridicule them without worrying about race. Then again that has been true since on the republican side since Clarance Thomas.
8:21 a.m. Who would have known Chris Dodd was in trouble? If the MSN did it’s job it would have been known months before the election as blogs like Instapundit reported on it over and over but the MSN ignored it.
8:25 a.m. Apparently Tarp2 happens without a vote? Joe is Shocked SHOCKED that democrats are doing it.
8:29 a.m. Joe complains he has Obama has no private sector stuff Sen Cronin points out president Obama won.
8:31 a.m. “If you are going to operate on a brain I hope you operated on a brain before.” There is a great line from Drums Along the Mohawk concerning that. I’ll see if I can find the clip. (no sign of it but it goes like this. The General needs his leg cut off and he is being laid down to have it done and he talks to the young doctor:
“Doctor have you ever taken a man’s leg?” “No General” “Well don’t be embarrassed. A man’s got to start somewhere.”)
8:38 a.m. Soros trying to influence the markets? Say it isn’t so!
A few min ago got a ping from my son in AIM trying to send me a picture, as I’m busy with my customers I pinged him back saying I had no time for it, he said he didn’t send it.
Apparently the people I’m working with tonight are also having this thing sent to them. It seems it is a virus spread via stolen entries in the buddy list!
So as always beware of odd links sent, you never know what might be behind it.
Update: Been deep in two systems I’m working on and my son’s account suddenly logged on an hour after he hit the sack and attempted to send me a link again. Instead of saying he was “pregnant” like the last time it said look at the new pics and gave me a link to a bebo pictures four dot TK.
Apparently the virus once acquired re-logs at different times and attempts to re-send the trojan using a different combination of words in the hopes that people on the buddy list will be foolish enough to click on one of them. Once there it reads the list and then starts re-sending. It may also lock the account by changing the key word preventing you from changing the password and locking the virus out. My son’s attempt to change the password failed. As it’s locked for 24 hours he will try again tonight.
As we see opening day break on a bleak winter we remember that wonderful year of 2004.
On this day Baseball Musings saw strong outings from both Schilling and the Bullpen as a good sign for the Sox.
Meanwhile the only Redsox story at the Baseball Crank in April was the telling of his tale of meeting Ted Williams. But that’s something always worth remembering.
I guess the daily beast is trying the Kos methods to increase traffic.
Or maybe Journolist has spoken!
Went from browsing the net to 4 machines being remotely worked on and two different customers on the phone in under an hour, blogging might be light for a bit as I try to sort through the virus’, page faults and printer issues. I hope to squeeze in an opening day post sometime today.