Yes, I Really Took This Picture
No, I didn’t drop off the face of the earth…I just went to Aruba, which is closer to the middle of the earth, off the coast of Venezuela, near the equator and such.
I will return to more substantive postings shortly, but if you’d care to see what we were up to for the past ten days, here are my photos on Flickr.
See you soon!
Well, I’ve been getting ready to do this. I dare you not to sing along! (This is for you, M3!)
So, we are actually moving to the East Side this weekend! I’ve been packing and all that good stuff, and posting will be sporadic for a little while.
The past several days have been rather scary and depressing. The economy is most likely not going to be fixed by the so-called “centrist” (i.e., Republican/Libertarian) stimulus package. Meanwhile, BothWays Barack decided he agreed with Bush on executive privilege, and may be planning to use that whole “computerizing medical records” thing as a backdoor way to implement Aschroft’s Orwellian “Total Information Awareness” program without the knowledge and/or approval of Congress. (I SO have a play in me about this, but I just don’t know if I’ll have the time!)
But I’m trying to keep my pledge to go to my happy place. So what if I’m going to be thrown in a dissenter’s prison in a few years? Might as well have a smile on my face when I’m being carted off! So here’s a bit of good news:
The stimulus package contains enough aid to New York to stave off a lot of the more draconian cuts to education and health care that our Mayor and Governor were considering. This is really good news for us Noo Yawkaz, considering that after 9/11 we were promised billions by Bush and the money either never arrived, or ended up in the pockets of, wait for it, wait for it – Big Business! Bottom line is, my state and city have been suffering for almost eight years now and we deserve some relief.
The other good news is from overseas. The Welsh National Assembly is proving that the 30% Solution works in real-time. Check out the details here.
In the meantime, take deep breaths and put your money in your mattress or roll it over to a bank like ING Direct. The stock market isn’t going to be a good place to hang out for at least two or three years, IMHO.
See you after the move….
Going To the Chapel...
but even in the darkest times, there’s a light.
HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry, making that state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize such unions.
The court ruled 4-3 that gay and lesbian couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry under the state constitution, and Connecticut’s civil unions law does not provide those couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.
Justices overturned a lower court ruling and found in favor of the plaintiffs, who said the state’s marriage law discriminates against them because it applies only to heterosexual couples, therefore denying gay couples the financial, social and emotional benefits of marriage.
Eight same-sex couples sued in 2004, saying their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process were violated when they were denied marriage licenses.
Bravo, Connecticut Supreme Court, bravo! Thank you for recognizing the rights of our GLBT friends and family to love and marry whomever they choose.
May more states lead the way on this important issue, and may the federal government soon realize that preventing loving couples from marrying is barbaric and cruel, and unworthy of the country we aspire to be.
Mr. and Mrs. Madamab on our Sunset Sail
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