Friday, October 31, 2008

I'm a Skeptic

Here is a link I got to through a Scientific American podcast.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I'm Published

One of my photos is published on Schmap.

Also installed at bottom of the page. My photo is in the listing for the Napa Wine Train


I'm burning the candle at three ends. This is last night's post.



Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Presidential Ambition

At one time I was wont to say that the desire to be president should be considered a disqualifying trait. Arthur C. Clarke had an interesting idea in his novel Imperial Earth. Go read the novel - get the idea from the original.

I also likened the US capitol to a quarantine facility; as would be state capitols, and on down to the school board.

Under present circumstances I've reason to modify my thinking. Any one without powerful ambition would decline the job with all the crises popping up by the minute. So all the politicos grasping for power don't worry me quite as much - somebody's got to do the job.

Love and kisses,

PS. I'm putting my mark next to Obama's name.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Jumping in - Prop 8

I think about a lot of things - like California's Proposition 8, today because I passed a group of sign carrying supporters on the way home today - but I seldom write much of it down. As a result I find myself thinking in circles; going over the same ground again without making much advance. If I talk about my ideas - often with my brother, a man of singular wit and insight - I can move on to the next step in the current process. My brother is busy with two very energetic children so I need to take a bit more initiative.

OK, about Prop 8:

It is titled "The Defense of Marriage Act." If passed it would limit the definition of marriage in California to one man and one woman.

Well, my marriage is doing fine, thank you. I've been married to Madam for almost fifteen years, now.

I see the situation quite the opposite of the proponents. I need to verify the following assumption (vague memory?): at one time, in the past, my marriage would not have been permitted. I am Caucasian, my wife is not. At one time there was a line between adults who were permitted to wed and those who were not. Proposition 8 would put the line back - albeit in a different position, for now. Where the line stands is not the problem - the problem is the existence of the line.

Telling me that my marriage won't possibly be in that kind of trouble, we are civilized people, after all, won't wash. I claim the right to marry whom I want, along as he or she is an adult and agrees to it. The marriage format of everyone else poses no threat to mine - I do enough of that myself by failing to keep my mouth shut at the right time.


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