Defenders of Proposition 8 produced no evidence to back up their claim that marriage between same-sex couples would hurt heterosexual marriage. “I don’t know. I don’t know,” the defense attorney, Charles Cooper, said when asked for an explanation by the judge at a pretrial hearing.
The defense called only two witnesses. The first, Kenneth Miller, a professor at Claremont McKenna College, argued that gay people are a powerful political force, which was meant to support the claim that there is no need for enhanced judicial protection. He ended up admitting that gay men and lesbians suffer discrimination.
The other witness, David Blankenhorn, the president of the Institute for American Values, argued that marriage is being weakened by rising divorce rates and more unmarried people having children, but he could not convincingly explain what the genders of married couples had to do with that.
Upon questioning, he acknowledged that marriage is a “public good” that would benefit same-sex couples and their children, and that to allow same-sex marriage “would be a victory for the worthy ideas of tolerance and inclusion.” The net result was to reinforce the sense that Proposition 8 was driven by animus rather than any evidence of concrete harm to heterosexual marriages or society at large.
This from THE DEFENSE of Prop 8. The people who are supposed to be saying "yeah, keep this law that says no same-sex marriage in CA."
I had this realization that most of the world isn't like that. Most people don't see things that seriously because they don't have that sort of thinking embedded into their brains.
n.b. to people reading this: serum ferritin levels can matter even if you have lots of hemoglobin. At least that's what my anecdata says.
n.b. n.b.: "anecdata" is an awesome word
*I take iron with vitamin C and also often try to eat a grapefruit (yes, a whole one, they're delicious and only 50 cents and why bother storing half in the fridge?) around the same time.
"You don't eat cake?" she asked.
"I do," I said, "but I don't like bakery cake."
"So every time you eat cake it's homemade?"
I couldn't explain to her in a minute in that noisy club about the Orthodox community I grew up in and its baking fetish, and how overfrosted cakes made with off-brand Crisco and not enough egg (like bakery cake from any not-gourmet bakery) just can't compare to the sometimes-dumpy looking things that come out of real people's kitchens.
There's a PDF of the complaint (very long) filed here.
How can people do that? What in the world is going on in their heads to be so disrespectful to elderly people?
Aha! A study that confirms what exactly I've been thinking: 10mcg/L *is* low serum ferritin; iron supplementation helps with fatigue and anxiety in those with low serum ferritin, even those who are not are not anemic (i.e. have normal hemoglobin levels).
I found myself needing to type a bit on an iPhone (not mine) the other day and I couldn't stand it. If there were any question in my mind about ever wanting one, it's gone. I don't like touchscreens and I particularly don't like touchscreens that have zero give like the hard glossy iPhone surface. I think I can generalize this up to the iPad (although we're getting one for the office so soon I'll actually know on that). I'm hoping that someday the $30/month unlimited internet that can be used with ipads makes its way to the netbook-with-keyboard world soon. And maybe not on the AT&T network?
Cow's milk feta (Whole Foods' house brand), however, is weird. I'm not a big fan of feta in general, but now I have the remnants of a 1-lb block of it. I wish it were tomato season, at least. Hmm.