Um, sorry to be overly critical — heh, but you know this man — but the pink “=” sign on Facebook is overwhelmingly shallow. I mean, that’s great that you support your gay friends and family or what have you but it’s as if everyone rushed to change their profile picture to PROVE it. Do you need that kind of affirmation? Fine. You’re all good people. And you are very talented at identifying a trend and jumping on board. Not that this one was hard to identify…Now that we’ve turned the focus where it belongs — on how awesome and sensitive all of you are — my question remains: can you be counted on to do anything that requires actually taking a risk in defense of freedom and equality or whatever you think the gay marriage issue is about? Because I gotta say, I look around and see a whole lot of silly flag waving and very little actual kindness in the street. I’ve heard it referred to as “slacktivism.” Makes me sad sometimes in fact. And where are all the protest/support memes when it comes to other pressing political issues like the debt crisis or the threats emanating from North Korea? If you want to be perceived as being involved then here’s an idea: get involved. Otherwise you’re just all copying that stupid haircut from Friends in 1995 or reading Game of Thrones a year or two ago because it’s what your friends did to be accepted and so you must now follow suit. The whole thing reminds me of the entire plot of that movie Heathers. Oh yeah — gay folks think it’s shallow, too. You should know that…
Anyway, I was asked to clarify how I feel about the gay marriage issue — imagine that. Someone cares how I feel. Kooky. Anyway, here’s where I come down on it: I honestly have no dog in the fight. It’s a bit goofy that the issue is before the Supreme Court because it’s an attempt to overturn a decision made by a state. That doesn’t sit very well with me ideologically. I think it would be much more palatable legally if it were just an organic attempt to amend the Constitution. However, I think — as this Onion piece makes hilariously clear — the 14th Amendment and equal protection are pretty clear. So….yeah, it all seems reasonable to me. I’m no fan of judicial activism — not the job of judges to move with the will of the people so much as interpret the law and all — but I get this one, and I completely sympathize with the desire of people to be wed and declare their love before the law and the state and the country and the world. So, if the Supreme Court decides it wants to just accept the way things are going — and they most definitely are — and get out in front, so be it. I’ll go to some weddings. If not, I think things will ultimately be okay.
And that’s how I feel about it.
In other Supreme Court “news,” I was crying reading this.
I had the opportunity to play with the Microsoft Surface pad last night thanks in part to this gentleman:
The Trotter and I have explored the idea of getting one for work as our portable video viewer when we go to conferences and want to show a loop of our video work at the presentation table. Also, we just want to play with it. And someone put me in charge of this kind of thing so…kooky.
Solid. Will always love this George Michael song and Iron & Wine offers a lovely rendition.
I love them both but now I’m thinking Ayn Rand may actually have been meaner than I thought. It was the atheism. Feel free to disagree but I think that’s what’s making her froth at the mouth. Although, full disclosure, I recently called someone a monster…but not as a notation in the margin and he was totally acting like one.