Thursday, March 31, 2011

Color-coded causes

Okay, I think I reached the final straw on this.  Does every cause have to be color-coded for easy reference?  This Friday it's blue for autism awareness--not a ribbon this time, just the color.  Breast cancer awareness is a pink ribbon.  Red for AIDS awareness.  Purple (or rainbow, depending on who it is) is for gay awareness.  There are technicolor dancing bears for the Grateful Dead.  There are even websites with lists of ribbons and colors and meaning.  And some of them mean more than one thing. 

The problem being if you're not aware that you should be aware, all of these colors and coding mean absolutely nothing.  To me, the only one that matters is this one:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


One of my vices (in addition to knives and other weapons) is books.  It's a vice that both Himself and I share, which is why we've had to turn an entire room into a library.  I've been on subsistence-reading, re-reading stuff I had but then we went to the bookstore last night.  As much as I love Amazon and Amazon Prime (been buying from Amazon for years and Prime has truly changed the way I shop and BTW, this is my experience and hasn't been paid for), there is nothing like walking into a brick and mortar store (in this case, Barnes and Noble) and browsing.  I found some authors I'd forgotten about and found some new stuff that didn't come up in Amazon's new releases so I'm happy.  I WAY overspent, but dang it was nice to bring home almost twenty books (between the two of us, but I had the lion's share at 12).  So I'm set for a couple of months at least.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Earth Hour analysis

Gee, I wish I got paid the big bucks that some of these morons do.  Mark Sanner, a marketing guy for non-profits, did an analysis as to the waning popularity of 'Earth Hour' and blamed it on it 'losing its novelty' (via Big Government--which, by the way, is apparently blocked by the state of Illinois).

Geez louise dude, put down the kool-aid and pick up a frickin' newspaper.  The reason that people have lost interest in 'Earth Hour' is because more and more people realize that its a useless, feel-good piece of propaganda fluff championing a cause that doesn't exist.  Climate change, despite Algore's best efforts is a dead issue--the hiding and distortion of data, the hysteria, and the hypocrisy of those shouting at the wind has been brought out into the open.  People don't like being made to look like suckers and the climate change brouhaha did just that.  The incandescent bulb lit above a bunch of folks' heads as they realized how they'd been had.

People's lights in the UK are going out involuntarily in the midst of winter thanks to the vagaries of wind power--they don't need a special hour to turn them off. 

That's why there is waning interest in 'Earth Hour', not a breakdown in marketing or a need for reinvention.

I'll not be holding my breath for the check for my analysis of the situation (for which I guarantee I did more research than Mr. Sanner).

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Happy belated birthday, Buzz Aldrin

Okay it's a couple of months late, but January 20 was astronaut Buzz Aldrin's 81st birthday.  The second man to walk on the moon and the first to have spacewalked.  Read more about him here.

Fantastic Weekend

Sorry I haven't blogged, but had a very full weekend. On Saturday, I went with Himself, Og, and Parner to the Funshow/Gunshow. We had bacon (or BaKhaaannn) and biscuits so fluffy they would have floated off the table if not for the sausage gravy holding them down. When Og took his first bite of bacon, I honestly wasn't sure if he was having a seizure or an... ahem... petit morte brought on by porcine goodness.

In any case, we waddled over to the show where we looked at many marvelous things. I had admired the work of a knife-maker, Terry Miller, for two years but hadn't found the knife for me. This show I did--I grabbed the handle and it was like something out of Arthurian legend--the sun broke through the roof, a choir broke into song, and I finally found My Knife--and it was priced right. Yay!

Then today, Himself and I went to help Brigid pack her stuff for a journey to the new Range (the Range is a mobile concept, not tied down to a specific spot). We got to break in my New Ride on this trip and also got to help a friend so it was a win/win. There was bubblewrap, laughter, canoes (don't ask), and the wisdom of having someone else look through your cabinets (and dishwasher) for those few items that might have otherwise been left behind. The hard part was making Brigid stay off her foot (we both had to tell her multiple times to just sit and point and we'll do the packing).

After a good day, I'm now sitting on the couch enjoying the dessert that Brigid bought for me at the pub.  It has creme brulee, flourless chocolate cake, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce.   The perfect end to a great weekend.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

It was too good to not blog about.. Pole Dancing for Jesus

Pole dancing for Jesus.  Except they call it 'Pole Fitness for Jesus'.  Ecclesiastes 3:4 says that there is a 'time to dance' (I remember that from Footloose) after all.  The instructors say it's about 'connecting to God'.  And if God is represented by a phallic symbol, I dunno, something like a pole, I'm thinking they're totally on track.  I truly would like to muster more snark about this, but am finding that I can't.  It's getting these women off their butts, which is a good thing.  It's possibly preparing them for a second career option, which is a good thing.  They might take some of these moves home, which for their boyfriends and husbands, is a good thing.  I'm calling it a win/win.

Women embrace pole dancing for Jesus:

Learn something new every day

So, is there any reason why the MSM doesn't mention EVER that Fred Phelps (Westboro Baptist Church) is a life-long Democrat??  I'm sure a lot of folks think otherwise.......

Of Pawns and Patsies

I got into a discussion on Facebook with a liberal friend of mine regarding high speed rail.  He had posted a link to an article wherein it was stated that the tea partier folks were patsies and puppets of the oil industry and the Koch brothers because of some tenuous link between a group to whom the Kochs donate and an unfavorable report regarding high speed rail.

Apparently the shell game meme du jour designed to keep the minds of the liberal public off of the fact that their golden boy has just gotten the US involved in another war is that those benighted provincials can't see the wonders of high speed rail and the joys that it would bring to the populace.

So let's take a look and see how well other 'green' initiatives have worked in practice, not just when someone is sitting around a table smoking dope and saying 'oh man wouldn't it be cool if...':

Wind Power: Scotland--In the middle of winter, Scotland had to buy nuclear-generated power from France because their turbines quit spinning (more on the problems with British wind power here).  Ironically enough, the Scottish government opposes nuclear power.

Solar Power:  Spain--Spain was the poster child for solar power.  Only it turned out that it wasn't actually solar power.  It was diesel on solar panels to generate solar power at night.  Since the government was subsidizing the cost, it was more profitable to bring in generators so the panels could work 24/7.  Without the subsidies, the solar power craze will (and is) crumbling.

High Speed Rail:  an article in the Boston Globe detailing some of the problems from 1992; a June 2010 article from the CATO Institute that looks at the issues with US high speed rail (actually moderate speed rail) along with the issues with Europe's and Japan's existing high speed rail systems and also debunks claims about the efficacy of high speed rail.

So we have proven issues with all of the above 'green initiatives' but yet the Obama administration, the MSM, and liberal greenies are still touting these as viable alternatives.  Maybe on a small scale, as a supplement, they are.  But not in lieu of existing methods of power generation and for getting from point a to point b.

Who really are the patsies and the puppets??

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dinner last night....

Sometimes Himself really spoils me.  Usually Tuesday night at our place is pizza.  But last night, as we were discussing dinner and the fact that the one place that delivers just isn't up to standards anymore, he states that we had some hamburger in the fridge and decides out of the blue to make homemade enchiladas.  These included homemade sauce and specially spiced ground beef--both wrapped in corn tortillas and baked with lots of mexican cheese melted over the top.  What made it even more special is that he spiced it up to his level of pain so that they would be spicy enough for my taste.  He proceeded the meal with a blend of the leftover meat and sauce mixed with melted cheddar cheese as a dip with corn chips for the appetizer.  I'm lucky enough to have some for lunch today too.  Sorry folks, didn't take any pictures, but dang, it was a spectacular meal.

RIP-Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor, the epitome of all that was right and wrong and glamorous in Hollywood, died today at age 79.

Edited: Deleted second clip and put in a link to the ending of The Taming of the Shrew:

Monday, March 21, 2011

If this goes bad, it's going to go very bad....

Heard an interesting tidbit on the news this morning.  The meme du jour is that it was the women foreign policy advisers that convinced Obama to go ahead in Libya including Clinton, Rice (Susan Rice the UN Ambassador), and two others on the National Security council. 

So it got me thinking in several different directions: 
1) are they Obama's 'human shield' should this thing go pear-shaped?;
2) do they have greater.. ahem.. intestinal fortitude than Dear Leader?;
3) if it does go horribly awry (as it might considering the Arab League's 180 turn on the no-fly zone from yes, please, to foot stomping anger), can they try to blame it on Sarah Palin who said something about a no-fly zone almost a month ago?

The lights you see, ladies, are the headlights of the bus coming through the tunnel.  You gotta know that Obama will kick you under it in a heartbeat with the willing help of the US media when this thing turns ugly.

Beware! There be radioactivity materials thar!

The talking heads on television this morning (I'm not even bothering with names since they are all interchangeable) were jabbering on about the possibility of radioactive cars and materials from Japan.  One brain, who was apparently mimicking words much like a baby or an actor on Star Trek: the Next Generation (and with as much comprehension) says that there's no need to worry about the 'radioactivity materials'.  *facepalm*  And cars and car parts are safe because they are built inside....  True because they won't gather any surface contamination but still something being contaminated is not the same as something actually being irradiated to the point where it also becomes radioactive....  *sigh* 

For myself, I'm questioning the contaminated spinach and milk thing from Japan.  In an article in the Wall Street Journal, it's not clear if the spinach was surface contaminated or if the spinach had actually uptook (ed. from uptaked) the isotopes from the ground (which is highly unlikely considering the short time between the release and the sampling).  It's possible that the cows grazing on grass that was surface contaminated might have picked up some of the residual radiation that was then expressed in milk, but the first good solid rains should solve the problem (dilution is the solution to pollution when it comes to radioactivity).

I think that the emphasis should be on either getting Japan's manufacturing plants up and running ASAP or finding alternative plants to keep American plants producing rather than all of these folks trying to talk about something that they don't understand.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Who knew??

Apparently staged line dancing is universal:  A bunch of folks dancing the Lebanese Dabke at the duty-free terminal of the Beirut airport.  (via Gateway Pundit)  As a note, most of the dancers were professional--it was a promotion stunt, but still cool nonetheless.

One from Israel (judging from the boom camera, staged too but still cool:

Ohio State University:  again staged, but fun to watch:

And a blast from the past:

Okay, it was choreographed for a movie, but c'mon.. you dug it....

Friday, March 18, 2011

So... define ethical?!?

Via Chas Clifton at the Southern Rockies Nature Blog (who brings teh smart on these things): 

PETA-the People for the Extermination of Animals (a much more accurate acronym) filed its statistics regarding its 'treatment' of animals in Virginia.  They killed 97% of the cats (1507 of the 1553) that came through their doors and 87.9% of the dogs (693 out of 792) in calendar year 2010.  This has pretty much been the statistics annually for the past several years.  Note that these are animals taken by PETA for the 'purposes of adoption'. 

But you still have all of these stars stumping for PETA causes and 'going naked instead of wearing fur' and throwing red paint on people (when they, themselves, should be covered in the blood of their victims--over 25,000 animals killed in the last ten years by PETA).  Somehow they maintain this illusion that they are better and more compassionate when it comes to animal causes, except for the ones that they summarily put down as they come through their doors.  Why do certain causes seem to attract such blatant hypocrisy????

Chas notes that the national Humane Society is mainly a lobbying group so if you want to support a shelter, go local where it will do some good.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wise words

From Bookworm Room.  She takes Allahpundit's criticism of the viral nature of the video of the kid in Australia, who, having enough of being bullied, finally just puts down the bully for once and for all.  Allahpundit apparently feels that people are being petty or are ignoring the bigger issues a la Obama and his NCAA picks by passing this video along.

Bookworm posits that the big kid finally at the end of his tolerance is much like the United States and feels that we are coming to that moment where we come to the end of our rope and that's why the video is so popular.  I think that maybe she's right in an underlying metaphor kind of way.  And I can see her metaphor and understand it.  You should read her words at the link above.  That said...

I think that maybe the reason for the video's popularity is a bit simpler:  most people I know were bullied in some way in grade school or high school and I think seeing a bully so completely and summarily squished like a bug brings a sense of visceral satisfaction.  I haven't seen form like that outside of a WWE ring.  I can sympathize with the kid who just stood and took it--my heart hurts for him and I cheered when he finally stepped up.

Allahpundit is right and there are many things, big things, that are going on in the world that should be capturing most of our attention.  But it's also the little victories that give us the heart to keep going in the face of tragedy and war.

So here it is:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Liberals have their fingers in their collective ears

Via Big Journalism, there is an article about Paul Krugman, one of the 'big brains' at the New York times.  In an interview, he was asked about the websites he reads (all liberal except for ICanHasCheezburger, which is non-partisan, except for those who don't like cats).  Many conservatives fairly regularly listen to NPR (I know I'll listen to NPR before I'll listen to Ro and Roeper on WLS), peruse liberal blogs, and of course, will listen or read the news from BBC, Reuters, or the AP for that nice dose of liberal thought.  But Krugman simply dismisses conservative blogs and says:
"I don’t know of any economics or politics sites on that side that regularly provide analysis or information I need to take seriously. I know we’re supposed to pretend that both sides always have a point; but the truth is that most of the time they don’t."
In the words of someone I know (liberal) Krugman is saying "I am as informed as I want to be."   He does not want critical thought, or to be exposed to something that might challenge his comfortable worldview that is reinforced by the press, his friends, and the blogs he reads.  He dismisses any idea that might come from 'that side' as not worthy of the time to read it.  Except he does have time for ICanHasCheezburger (I do too, but it doesn't keep me from wandering the web and trying to get both sides of an argument).

Krugman is not even self-reflexive enough to realize that he's biased.  And public policy is formed based on his words.  Scary, huh??

TSA oversteps again.....

Via Old Grouch, it seems that the TSA overstepped itself when it decided to search Amtrak passengers in Savannah, Georgia.  It seems that the Head Amtrak Police Chief, John O'Connor was unaware that the TSA would be setting up shop and that the TSA have/had no right to do what they did and was absolutely livid when he found out (as a side note, he had to find out reading gizmodo--why didn't someone at the station notify him?).  Additionally, the TSA lied on its blog and said that they had Amtrak approval, which they clearly, from the response by Amtrak, did not.

Some important notes:  the TSA did not search passengers coming off of Amtrak trains and they did not funnel everyone into the station, as was originally reported.  However, they did take over the station and put notes up that said you'd be searched if you entered.

Apparently you do not have to go into the station itself to board the train--which again lends itself to the idea of security theater since not all boarding passengers were searched, only those stupid enough to walk past the signs and into the waiting gloved hands of the TSA.

The heat is slowly being turned up under the frogs--there are people out there that will willingly submit to this type of behavior and will call it good.  And that is frightening to me.

Monday, March 14, 2011

For Borepatch and everyone

Ever since Borepatch mentioned Grace in the comments of a previous post, Amazing Grace has been traveling in a loop through my head.  The best version I could find was Johnny Cash and his family (starts at 2:50 on the video).  But it was lovely to listen to June Carter Cash beforehand.  It seems that in the past couple of weeks, many bloggers have either had someone pass on or knows someone who has.  This is for everyone so we can remember the importance of Grace in making this human experience a bit more bearable.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ruminations..... Death and Family....

So, I went home for two funerals last week/this weekend.  North was also at the funeral of a close friend (my condolences again on his loss).  This is not the first time I've attended funerals or known of people (including two other family members) to pass within a three to four day period from March 9-March 13 (so I'm justifiably twitchy at this time of year).  Let's just say that there's something about the time around the Ides of March that just does not work for my family and, IMO, Caesar was a piker.  My aunt said something about more people dying either right after the leaves fall or just before their return and I think she's right, or at least it's been my personal experience to date.

My sister, who is one of the wisest women I know, said that we are at the age where most of our interactions with family will be for funerals.  And I suppose these people, genetically speaking, are family.  But I don't know them; unless there is a funeral, I have few -to-no interactions with them.  Part of that is my fault--there's only been one or two times I've contacted any of them or have been in physically close proximity to actually see them.  But then they've never reached out to me either.  I have finally moved my home close enough to interact with them, but at this point, after so many years, am I welcome or does it even matter to my existence to try to build something with them?  There were a few times where I allowed my personal hurts to override doing what's right, which made me a smaller person (albeit human) and I think that colors things too.

There are people who put great store in the idea of shared genetic heritage, but I am not one of them.  The simple fact of shared DNA does not make a person trustworthy or my family.  Himself is my family. My dad isn't blood, but he's my family.   My mom is my family (she's both).  I'm fortunate that my sister is both blood and family.  My brother (no DNA shared) was family until he decided that genetics was more important.  Broke my heart.  I've gathered family along the way--my best friend whom I met in college.  My cousin in Kansas who I have met in person once (both).  Folks in other states who I never see but know they are there.  Family. Folks who would lay it on the line for me and for whom I would do the same.

I might try (again) to develop something more than a nodding acquaintance with these people who share a genetic heritage.  My male cousins really didn't impress me with their lack of awareness or lack of willingness to help little old ladies and one struck me as being a total tool, actually.  One of my female cousins was very gracious and I think is a good person and might meet me in an attempt to get to know each other.  One cousin who I literally had not seen in decades, came to one funeral both to pay his respects as well as to try to find me and reconnect.  I felt a bit overwhelmed at that.

I'm not exactly sure the point of this is.  I guess these two funerals marked the ending of an era and the ones who once brought disparate relations together as families would--for holidays, birthdays, etc. are gone.  What we do now and where we take it is totally up to us.


For my sister since we completely confused everyone around us eating at the Mexican place yesterday.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sorry about the lack of blogging....

Sorry that blogging has been non-existent.  Had two funerals back-to-back and am tired.  I'll get caught up on the news and gossip and will try put some semi-coherent thoughts on screen soon.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Out sick....

I'm sick and apparently my fever spiked to the point where I was hearing Himself in Chinese last night.  Very odd.  So in lieu of pithy thoughts--River Tam kicking ass:

Monday, March 7, 2011

Interesting tidbit about Obamacare waivers

So I went to a link on the Health and Human Services website that used to have the list of Obamacare waivers given (and to whom) and which stated at the top of the page that it was "to promote transparency" and found that it is no longer updated.  So I followed the new link at the top of the page to try to find the information for which I was looking (the new number of waivers which is now said to be well over 1000).  According to the new website, the organization that formerly had the information, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight has now been absorbed into something called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

Not entirely surprisingly, I couldn't find an updated 'transparent' list of waiver recipients easily.  But I finally found it here (you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page).  They have broken the waiver recipients out by category with the number of waivers in that category in parentheses behind it in order to make the total look smaller.  However, with a little applied mathematical skill (something not taught in college anymore) since they also do not provide a total, it comes to 1,040 waivers given to different entities. 

There is an interesting category called "Non Taft-Hartley Union Plans" (I'm assuming this consists of public-sector unions) which received 23 waivers as of March 4, 2011.  Apparently 'non Taft-Hartley Unions' include the United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund to the tune of excluding 351,000 people from Obamacare, which comprise 67% of the enrollees in this category.  It is the largest waiver with CIGNA (265,000 enrollees and a big provider of insurance to colleges and Universities) a close second (note:  CIGNA is included in the Health Insurance Issuers category).  The United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund and CIGNA together comprise almost a quarter (23.67%)of the total number of enrollees excluded from Obamacare (total of 2,602,873 excluded enrollees) as of March 4, 2011.

I'm still wondering why any federal agency could/should/would have the power to exclude anyone from a law passed by Congress.  Laws should apply equally to all or they should be invalid.  It is a travesty.

Statistics challenge

Don Wade and Roma had on Senator Jauch this morning.  He's one of the Wisconsin senators that is presently residing in the state of Illinois to avoid having to do his job.  Something that struck me during the interview (and I tried and TRIED to get through) was that he claimed that his office is receiving calls and emails 10-1 in favor of the public sector unions.  I don't contest that figure.  However, my question  is "How many of those calls and emails are actually from your constituents, Senator Jauch?"  It's fine for him to toss out a factoid like that, but seriously, I have a suspicion that he's doing it in order to justify his actions and avoid the further responsibility of actually representing his constituents rather than the public sector unions who are so generous to him.

He also claimed that they have six Republicans who are wavering on this bill.  If that's the case, why haven't the Fleebagging cowards packed it up and returned to their state?  I do have to say that if I was one of their constituents, I'd be waiting with the tar, feathers, and a rail.  But if anyone from Wisconsin actually reads this and you're a Walker supporter on this issue, call your Senator (and your Rep for good measure) and chime in and tell them to stand strong on supporting this.  When a person's only argument (as Sen. Jauch this morning) in favor of something is that it has been in place for 52 years, then they really don't have an argument, do they?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

Finally figured out what was bugging me about this..

So, as you've probably heard, a psychology class in sexuality at Northwestern University was followed up with what boils down to have been a live demonstration in the use of toys.  It was optional and only 100 of the 600 students enrolled in the class showed up.  While this demonstration walked the edge of appropriate as far as venue, it is not the demonstration itself that bothers me about this (it was adults, consenting, voluntary attendance, and in the context of the class).  It's the attitude of the instructor that bothers me.  Prof. Bailey said of the students who stayed for the voluntary lecture: 
"I certainly have no regrets concerning Northwestern students, who have demonstrated that they are open-minded grown ups rather than fragile children.”
And this statement is what bothers me.  It's the typical liberal attitude that people who do not share a worldview or morality are somehow lesser or are 'children' who just don't know any better.   It is denigrating, derogatory, and condescending towards those students who choose to either keep their sexuality more private, do not wish to watch sexual acts in a public venue, or for whatever reason chose not to attend the lecture/demonstration.  Also implicit is that if any of the students complain about the demonstration then they are being childish.

It is a difference in degree of the attitude that 'progressives' have towards religion and religious folks or someone that does not share their views on gay marriage, 'entitlements', or any other social issue and that's what bothers me more than anything else.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

This guy has some serious anger issues.....

Below is a tirade from Wisconsin Representative Gordon "Happy Ending" Hintz (watch it or not, it doesn't matter).  What shows is that this man has some pretty serious issues and should probably seek professional help (outside the Wisconsin penal system) in anger management. 

Bear in mind that he was cited in Appleton, WI under an ordinance that prohibits "paying or receiving “a fee, directly or indirectly, or to offer or ask for anything of value, for touching or offering to touch the sexual parts of another.”  He immediately tried to shuffle any attention from him on to the ongoing budget battle at the State Capital (this is not the legislator you're looking for, move along).  I'm not surprised that he'd have to pay for it since I can't see anyone putting up with him unless they were extremely well compensated.  Interestingly enough (not really), I can't find any mention of a significant other in any of his biographies online.

He also seems to have some issues with women (please see the above paragraph) since he yelled "You're f**king dead." at a female colleague in the Wisconsin legislature.  Of course, his comments were completely not his fault (although he apologized), it was the shock *SHOCK* of the vote coming after 58 hours of debate.  His colleague handled it with class but has asked that he be formally reprimanded.

IMO, the man is a total douche and the citizens of Oshkosh should recall him for being an embarrassment, regardless of his political connections in the city.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Just a niggling thought....

Today, the New York Times has an article on Natalie Portman and a few other actors, touting their academic achievements, their drive, and their strength of will to achieve both academically and in their chosen profession.  Portman joins Hedy Lamarr (a rocket scientist, literally), Wendy from The Wonder Years (Danica McKellar) who is a mathematician with a theorem named after her, and Blossom aka Amy Farrah Fowler nee Mayim Bialik, who actually has a PhD in neurobiology (as she says, she's a neurobiologist AND she plays one on TV) as actresses with academic credentials.  There is an interview with one of Portman's Harvard professors about her studies in the article too.  Some very cool information and stuff I didn't know about some very famous actresses.

So here's the niggling thought.  There are these actresses and they've excelled academically.  There are interviews with their teachers (at least one) in this article.  So why isn't there anything like this about the Poseur-in-Chief/Obama??  I know this has been asked before, but seriously, there has never been a peep out of anyone who has worked with him, schooled with him, taught him.  Nothing, nada, zip, zilch.  No one who has come forward and said "I knew him when..." or "When he was my student...".  We are told that he attended school, at least post-secondary, in the United States.  Presumably he had roommates, teachers, maybe even friends.  But there's nothing.  Odd.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

SO is anyone really surprised....

Is anyone really surprised that Obama has instructed the Department of Justice (had to laugh when I typed that) to not defend the Defense of Marriage Act (signed into law by Clinton) because he is of the mind that it is unconstitutional??  Perish the thought that the constitutionality of the law has not been challenged in court--the well-nigh forgotten third branch of government--his Majesty says so and so it must be. 

After all, he and his administrative cronies seem to have a hard time understanding the concept that they are bound by oath to uphold laws, equally and without prejudice.  So we've got a Department of Justice *snerk* that does not prosecute if the perpetrator is black, we've got the Department of Health and Human Services granting waivers to Obamacare left and right, and now we have the Poseur-in-Chief just chucking out the defense of whatever law he likes in order to try to gain possible votes (he's assuming he'll make it through a primary battle).

We are supposed to be a nation of laws.  Laws that apply equally to everyone.  If they are bad laws, they either lose in court or are repealed.  Playing fast and loose with the prosecution of laws--either by not defending them in court or just plain out not enforcing them, such as with federal immigration laws, leads more quickly to class warfare than anything else would.  He should realize that and the gay folks who are rejoicing in the streets should realize that this is a very slippery slope.  Can you imagine the screaming if they choose not to defend or enforce the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell?