Greetings faceless people. Here’s some things for today while I contemplate a good lunch (you thought I was going to say healthy didn’t you? Hahahahaha! “Healthy” to me means moderation. In other words, I’ll eat the hell out of some fried chicken, just not every day. Being all obsessive and calculating about weight and appearance to the point of denying yourself the deliciousness of life seems kind of…vain? Also, just goofy). There’s also the little matter of some writing I have to do that actually promotes me professionally so, ya know, kinda have to carve out some time for that. But, as is usually the case, chatting with you kids is the primer and the warm-up for that. Gets my fingers moving…
Right, so let’s start with the whole DOMA thing. Gutfeld speaks for me here. As a Catholic, I have very strong opinions on the terminology used in this debate over marriage. But my feelings on the definition of certain words does not mean that I think equality under the law shouldn’t exist (even if I think it’s not about love (still makes me laugh that one of the most pragmatic and cynical “socially mobile” adherents I’ve ever met couldn’t just be honest about every facet of the gay marriage debate, i.e. there’s more to it than “love is love.” Peer pressure is a bitch I guess and that person’s chosen peer group — liberals — is inordinately unforgiving…)). The most interesting thing to come of it, just behind this push that will come to deal with Section 2, is the obliteration of the power of referendum. In other words, it shakes out that the Prop 8 amendment was a wash. And that basically, if your elected officials won’t defend something in the halls of power, the people no longer have the right to say, hey, we want to come together and address this. That’s a simplistic way of putting it. But here’s the deal: I’ve long been bothered by something related to the Tea Party and the Silent Majority — it’s always AFTER THE FACT that they get themselves pulled together and start speaking. And while that’s groovy, perhaps this will force them to be a bit more proactive in who they elect and how often they vote and what they do to convince others of the proper course of policy. Is that making chocolate bread pudding out of a turd sandwich? Maybe. But if the results are positive that’s cool. And it looks like, because of the other decision that was handed down this week, votes may begin to mean something again (and if you try to talk about how that has to do with race please, please, PLEASE comment below because I welcome the chance to get into it with you). So I guess what I’m saying is, now’s the time to get in front of things. We grouse about it all the time — being proactive rather than reactive — and if we can’t address something after the fact anymore, looks like we have no choice but to get more involved on the front end. I’m personally optimistic about that.
Interestingly, the Voting Rights Act came up in a piece I read earlier that was fascinating for its attempt at a reasoned — if not forgiving — look at Paula Deen. I don’t agree with everything this guy says but I do think he has an important outlook. And I think Deen should take him up on his offer. Does this make him a mercenary, too, TMZ? (jerks). (h/t Popehat) On a related note, this is a pretty good take down of the silliness of all this — again, not excusing. But can we put it in perspective please? I mean, is Trayvon Martin’s characterization of George Zimmerman less offensive? And, if so, why is that? Also, I can’t figure out the gaps of silence on this video…
Finally, on DOMA, my buddy Dan is typically rational on the subject.
I’m pretty much on board with this, but I respect the Cornyns of the world who register their concern.
Excellent article that, once and for all, destroys this idea that Citizens United is in any way to blame for what happened at the IRS. I get the effort to have a designated criminal but make it logically sound at least.
Still trying to figure out which of these to see…I think it’s going to have to be one of the ones in August.
These thoughts are why, when people begin to shove their successes in your face and run around acting like they’ve won some kind of game in life, it’s best to just smile knowingly and carry on. Because it happens to us all, these little earthquakes of failure, and sometimes the things we fight hardest to have are the biggest failures waiting to happen.
Oh, okay then. I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read so far. Engaging story that should lend itself well to film production.
Finally, a friend posted that he was watching this last night and, having had it in the queue for a while now, I decided to also give it a run. You can say there’s no accounting for taste but I LOVED IT! Mary J. Blige just can’t sing anything without making it sound better. Truth. So here’s one of the tracks they covered. I’ve been jamming out to all this 80s glam rock all morning…