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The Five Stages of Acceptance, The Bell Curve, and recent results in Texas and California make a strong case for why we’ve a long way to go to fix our fundamental problems.  They suggest that while the time may not be long, the path traveled will be significant and very bumpy.  The famous Kubler-Ross Five Steps of […]

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So Australia has a new Prime Minister. Former Premier Kevin Rudd has replaced Julia Gillard after a leadership spill within the Labour Party. What do we think of this development? There is a general election scheduled for September which Labour under Gillard looked set to lose. Will this make any difference? Preview Open

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I’m one of those nerds who actually likes to read Supreme Court rulings. I agree with all that’s been written about the incoherence of Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion in the DOMA case yesterday. The best thing about reading Supreme Court decisions is Antoni Scalia’s dissents. And the Windsor ruling is no exception. He openly mocks […]

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Nobody analogizes the current U.S. to the late Roman empire better than Victor Davis Hanson. There is something I’ve been mulling for a while. It started as the Bible class I attend turned its attention to the books of First and Second Samuel in the Old Testament. There’s a theme in those books with a […]

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10cents picked up the show and ran with it, again while I couldn’t attend because I was watching my Hawks take the Stanley Cup. TC held a great conversation with the Boy, Larry, RB49 and Ed over some political movement with some GOP hopefuls and well as real wet work (the scuba kind). Its nice […]

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The Court’s Decisions: It’s Worse Than You Think

 

A lot has been written about the Supreme Court’s decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 yesterday, but no one has a better analysis than Hadley Arkes of Amherst College. He explains at National Review Online how the Court’s decisions aren’t as limited as they seem; in fact, they’re even worse than they appear. 

They lay down the predicates for litigation that will clearly unfold now, and with short steps sure to come, virtually all of the barriers to same-sex marriage in this country can be swept away. Even constitutional amendments, passed by so many of the states, can be overridden now. The engine put in place to power this drive is supplied by Justice Kennedy’s “hate speech,” offering itself as the opinion of the Court in U.S. v. Windsor. Kennedy wrote for the Court in striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the part of the act that recognized as “marriage,” in federal law, only the union of a man and woman.

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I have narrowed down Republican voters to seven types. These are people likely to vote for a Republican over a Democrat, not necessarily people who label themselves “Republicans.” “Swing” voters are not involved in this taxonomy. Republicans tend to believe in the same things generally, but the emphasis and orientations can be quite different.  It […]

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In Embracing Global Warming Is the Left Betraying Its Own Ideals?

 

Global warming: The bad science (per Climategate); the false solutions (per almost no change in average global temperature while killing global economic growth); the clueless politics (per the above). Is there anything more to hear? Rupert Darwall, author of the recently published The Age of Global Warming: A History, offers a surprising answer in the Prospect blog at Prospectmagazine.co.uk:

[I]n adopting environmentalism, the left abandoned its ideals….  

Rights of Conscience in Windsor’s Wake

 

John has offered more comprehensive treatments of today’s decisions and their legal ramifications.  I’d like to touch briefly on the aspect of Windsor that has ominous implications for rights of conscience and religious freedom in America. 

By insinuating that “improper animus” was the motivating factor  behind the passage of DOMA (despite, as John notes below, a plethora of entirely justifiable rationales for it), Justice Kennedy has essentially held that bigotry is the only real reason anyone would oppose gay marriage.

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I would be much more comfortable with gay marriage if we taught abstenence until marriage, or, at least, until 18 or 21 in the schools. Unfortunately, we don’t teach sex ed that way.   We start teaching sex ed to kids who are, what 12 years old?  Because it is understood by the powers that be to […]

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Hugh Hewitt’s interview with Senator Hoeven (he of the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the Senate’s immigration reform bill) is fascinating and revealing.  The poor senator simply does not understand that passing a bill is, in this day and age, only the first step toward actually enacting a policy. Read and weep: HH: I do not like […]

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The Supreme Court’s Present to Jerry Brown

 

What’s next for gay marriage after Windsor and Perry today? Politics is still required, both nationally and locally, to move the issue  forward, but the Supreme Court put a heavy weight on the scale against defenders of traditional marriage. There is a lot of political pain to come for both sides, but in the end the Court has given gays the advantage. The big winner in all of this? Believe it or not, Jerry Brown.

At the national level, Windsor‘s striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act may seem to allow the normal political process to function. I would prefer that result: that the Constitution be understood to allow the states to decide for themselves whether to allow gay marriage, and that we arrive at any national rule through the political process of elections and passing legislation. Despite invalidating DOMA, Windsor does not purport to touch any state’s law on gay marriage, and so it still seems possible for California and New York to have different rules if they wish. We may still see the nation arrive at a consensus through regular political channels, but it will not be through the judicial strong-arming that the Court used on the abortion issue with Roe v. Wade.

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Warning the linked video is disturbing.  It begins with a NJ mother and her 3 year old watching cartoons on TV when a savage beast breaks into their house in an upscale community.  The video  of the animal cruelly beating the young mother was captured on her nanny cam.  If he is captured, found guilty, and […]

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The Truth About the NFL’s Gangsta Culture

 

Today, the sports world is abuzz with the arrest of Aaron Hernandez, a star tight end for the New England Patriots, on murder charges. It’s the lead story on ESPN.com.

Getting much less attention is the case of Ausar Walcott of the Cleveland Browns, who was charged today with attempted murder. Also, last December, there was the prominent case of Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs, who killed himself in the stadium parking lot after gunning down the mother of his child. Seems every other day we read of another NFL player getting arrested for violent crime.