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Month: August 2010 (page 2 of 3)

The Constitution and Gay Marriage

I don’t understand how anyone can claim that gay marriage is against the Constitution.  I really do not understand.  The 14th Amendment clearly states: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” (emphasis mine)

Whether you like gay people or not.  Whether you agree with gay marriage or not.  The 14th Amendment clearly states that we are to all be treated equally.  The ability to marry in this country isn’t a right, it is a privilege.  Being able to file taxes together, make medical decisions for each other, inherit from each other and make legal decisions for each other is a privilege.  If all couples are not treated equally under the law, then there shouldn’t be legal marriages.  Period.

What makes my brother, Brian’s, marriage to Tara better than my marriage to Cheryl?  Why should they be allowed to file taxes together?  Or, inherit from each other?

Case in point – and something I’ve discussed with my brother – if one of my siblings proceeds our parents in death (God forbid), their heirs (i.e., wife and children) inherit a third of my parents’ estate.  However; if I proceed my parents in death (again, God forbid), Cheryl gets nothing.  Because the state refuses to acknowledge our relationship legally and morally, Cheryl is not considered an heir of my parents.

Is that fair?  Is it just?  Is it right?

No, no and no.

Do my parents consider Cheryl less of a daughter-in-law than Robyn and Tara?

Again, no.

But, legally, there’s nothing to protect her.  Granted, my parents could make a provision in their will, my brothers could split my parents’ estate with her or whatever.  That really is beside the point.  They shouldn’t have to do anything.  She should be my legal heir via a marriage license – just as Robyn and Tara are Scott and Brian’s legal heirs.

Anything less is unconstitutional.

Dan Rostenkowski

Dan Rostenkowski died today. He may have gone to prison, but if I remember my childhood, he was well liked in the Chicago area. RIP, Congressman Rostenkowski.

You can read the article about him here.

Day Two

I didn’t do as well today with not smoking real cigarettes as I did yesterday, but I’m not going to let that get me down.

It was a tough day and it raced by.  I hate feeling like I’m working against the clock like that.  On the other hand, I have a job and I love my job, so I really shouldn’t complain.

Well, tomorrow is another day.  Here’s hoping I manage to stay off the smokes tomorrow.

Former U.S. senator killed in Alaska plane crash, staffer says – CNN.com

Just saw this on CNN – RIP Senator Stevens.

via Former U.S. senator killed in Alaska plane crash, staffer says – CNN.com.

Net Neutrality is in trouble – and I blame Glenn Beck

Net Neutrality – People who are new to the Internet, this term probably doesn’t mean much. To people like Glenn Beck, it means nothing but something else to lord over the President’s head. To small bloggers like myself, it means freedom.

Back in April, I discussed Net Neutrality and its importance.  I mentioned then, as I’m mentioning now, that both Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are against Net Neutrality.  The difference between then and now is that then, I didn’t think that within days Net Neutrality would go away and vanish forever and now I do.

For those who don’t know, the Internet is a vast maze of servers.  Each ISP – Internet Service Provider – has a certain amount of bandwidth that it provides each customer.  There are tiered systems to how fast the customer can get on the Internet.  I don’t have a problem with this.  This is how ISPs make money.

On the other side of the coin are the Internet content providers – in other words, people like me, as well as YouTube, CNN, Fox News, etc.  Some of us charge you, the consumer, for the content and some of us don’t.  Some of us only make money from the ads that appear on our sites.

ISPs, such as Verizon and AT&T, want the Internet content providers to pay them money to have our content get priority.  In other words, I pay them money and they let me drive in the fast lane.  I don’t pay them money and my site is sitting behind the slow driver who has had their right blinker on for the last ten miles.

And, you – the consumer – lose.

You lose the ability to read the sites you want to read, when you want to read them.  Traffic will flow the way the ISPs want it to flow.  For example, if someone wanted to start a new site like YouTube, with the deal that is days away from being signed by Verizon and Google (which owns YouTube), well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be worth their while.  Verizon would merely put the traffic to YouTube’s rival site in the slow lane with me.

And, that’s exactly how it will be for everything.  Looking for a campground?  Well, the only ones you’ll find are the ones who were able to pay for that extra boost – to Verizon and AT&T.    Do you want to order a video game?  Well, Amazon paid more than GameStop, so guess where your traffic is going?

Net Neutrality isn’t a partisan issue, like Beck and Limbaugh want you to believe.  It is a freedom issue.  It is about greed.  You all ready pay your ISP.  I pay a web hosting company and my ISP.  Why should I have to pay YOUR ISP so you can view my site?  How is that fair?

And, think about it, this could affect elections.  Every politician has a website, if only the incumbent has enough money to buy the right to be in the fast lane, you’ll never reach his opponent’s website.

Is that what you want?

I know online petitions don’t really work too well, but I’m hoping that Google and Verizon will change their minds about this deal.  Here is the link to the petition.

You need to contact your Congressman and your Senator.  We need the FCC to have the right to put a stop to this.

Before it is too late.

Day One

Today is (was?) day one of my attempt to replace real, burning tar carrying cigarettes with an electronic cigarette.  I have been trying to quit for quite some time.  I’m hoping that using an electronic cigarette will help with cravings and make me cut way down on regular cigarettes.

I’ve purchased a blu electronic cigarette.  The starter kit costs $59.95.  I purchased this one because of the available flavors.  Now, I have noticed that the flavors seem a little on the weak side, particularly the cherry flavor.  I was expecting a strong cherry.

However; they must be doing something right because I’ve only smoked two real cigarettes all day.  I puffed on the electronic one a few times during my work day and, admittedly, a lot during my drive home.

So, I’m going to post about my progress as I go along. I should point out that the cigarette advertised below is not the one I’m using. That one is advertised on the right. Also, the FDA has not approved electronic cigarettes as stop smoking devices.

Poorly Written Headline…

I see this twitter post from @dailydish: Paul Ryan, Fraud?: I have to say that Paul Krugman made a very strong case that the young GOPer is still drinking …http://bit.ly/cvjOfy.

Paul Ryan is my congressman.  My first thought is, “Oh, crap! Another political scandal!”  Seriously.  The last thing we need in America is a political scandal.  Since I think Ryan is a good – if sometimes misguided –  Congressman, I certainly don’t want anything to befall his political career.

So,  I click the link.  No fraud – thank goodness.

@dailydish is merely pointing out that Ryan’s road map for America has a pothole in it.

But, I wonder, what if I hadn’t clicked the link?  What if I hadn’t read the article?  I would’ve been very mislead.  Perhaps, we should expect bloggers and journalists to create responsible headlines?  And, should I be saying this?  I’m sure I haven’t always been responsible.

Just a thought.

Internet Access Problems, but at least a deer didn’t steal my wife!

No new blog post.  I’m still reading this week’s magazines – then, my Internet went down tonight.  Totally peeved!  I messed with it for two hours – turn off the modem, turn off the router, turn off pc, turn everything on, release ip, flush dns, etc.  Whole nine yards – nothing.  Router won’t talk to modem and modem only talks to computer 1/2 the time.  Router will talk to the computer.  It’s like their in a love triangle and had a fight or something.

Finally,  I turned off the modem, router and left the pc on.  Turned on modem, router and connected everything.  Boom, it worked.  100th try must be the charm.

But, hey, even with my Internet issues, no reindeer walked away with my wife! Found this via E3 on YouTube.  Imagine if I couldn’t have connected tonight – I would’ve missed this!

Harley-Davidson – Leaving Milwaukee?

In the news this morning is an article – rumors of which I’ve been hearing about for months – that Harley Davidson wants to move their operations to another state.  (The rumors I heard was they were moving to Canada.)  At issue is the company’s desire to “cut millions of dollars at the factories that build the bikes”.  According to the article, they plan on making their decision within the next two months.

Also, according to the article “The company, he (Harley chief executive Keith Wandell) said, would also be open to incentives to keep the 1,630 manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin.”  I’m sure those incentives include tax breaks paid for by us – the taxpayers of Wisconsin.

And, is Harley-Davidson suffering?  Are they about to go broke?

Not according to their financial report:

“Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) reported second-quarter 2010 income from continuing operations of $139.3 million, or $0.59 per share, compared to income of $33.4 million and earnings per share of $0.14 from continuing operations in the year-ago quarter.”

Granted, sales of Harleys are down, but with the economy suffering as it is – isn’t that to be expected?  Harley-Davidson is the best motorcycle in the world.  Their sales will bounce back.

I don’t want to see 1,630 of my fellow Wisconsinites to be out of jobs, but do we really want our state to bend over and give incentives as a bribe to keep them here?

I know what’ll happen.  Our cash-strapped state will give in, save those jobs and the tax payers of Wisconsin will pay for the privilege of having Harley-Davidson motorcycles built in Milwaukee.

Woman finds out about Husband’s double life

On the day after a Federal judge struck down California’s Prop 8 (which bans gay marriage), news comes out about a wife discovering that her husband had married another woman.  I wonder if that will lead to divorce or if the right wing, anti-gay groups will still claim that gay marriage is bad for straight marriages?

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