It’s April Fools Day, ya bastids! And that’s the only thing that anyone can tell you all day that you can be sure is true.
Air travelers are feeling the effects of sequestration... as though airports weren’t already the most frustrating place on earth already. Customs and immigration in Costa Rica took me five minutes. In Florida it took an hour and a half. With all of the old people, Florida is the last place that they should make people stand in line for a long time—Florida is where people come who don’t have much time left. Unfortunately, the effects of sequestration have hit gradually. So people aren’t thinking “this sequestration sucks.” They’re thinking “Well, I guess life just sucks.” Somebody needs to tell them—it doesn’t have to suck this much.
Last week we had arguments about DOMA and California’s Prop 8 before the Supreme Court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that DOMA set up “two types of marriage” with same-sex marriage being the “skim milk” version. At least skim milk is better for you. It might have been more accurate to say that DOMA set up two types of marriage—regular milk, and an empty milk carton. Justice Kennedy seemed to object to DOMA on federalism grounds, rather than as a case of equal protection under the law. It’s kind of like he’s looking for a way to give gay people equal rights, without saying that it’s OK to be gay.
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan told gay people that they are “entitled to friendship,” but that sexual love “is intended only for a man and woman in marriage.” So Cardinal Dolan is telling gay couples that they are perfectly free to form “friendship” relationships that are devoid of sex. That actually describes a lot of heterosexual marriages... except for the friendship part.
The History Channel presentation of the Bible had its big finale last night for Easter. Last night, American TV viewers were split between true believers watching the finale of the Bible on the History Channel, and fantasy-realm heathens watching the premiere of Game of Thrones on HBO. Of course, a lot of people used the DVR to watch both of them. We’re supposed to have a tolerant society—nothing says that you can’t believe in Jesus AND in dragons.
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