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Opening Arguments

Just the fax, ma'am

The right not to marry

Now, I really believe there is true equality:

The first time I heard the question was a year ago at my brother’s wedding, an occasion where such coaxing is commonplace. “When are you and Christian going to get married?” asked a well-meaning aunt whose daughter married another woman several years previously. “I know it’s legal in New York. Wouldn’t it make your mother happy?”

Donald trumped

I'm no fan of Donald Trump -- he has the potential to single-handedly wreck the GOP presidential primary. But in his current fight with NBC, I'm on his side:

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” NBC said in a statement. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”

Puffed up

Get 'em while they're still (relatively) cheap, smokers:

INDIANAPOLIS — Public health may bump up against politics as lawmakers step into a debate over doubling the state’s cigarette tax.

Courting trouble

For those opposed to the Supreme Court's gay-marriage edict, presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has the right reaction:

And so it begins

I've written before that there is a difference between refusing to serve a gay couple at your restaruant and declining to cater a gay wedding. How that difference, largely unacknowledged now, is handled will deteremine how well religous libery advocates and and anti-discrimination advocates are going to be able to accommodate each other.

Now comes a new wrinkle:

Screwed again

Yes, alas, Obamacare is probably here to stay. The longer a government program stays in place, the more people have expectations about it, and the less interested they will be in seeing it go away. Eventually, the Republicans will understand this and move on to other issues. But, as infuriating as this betrayal by John Roberts was, it really isn't all that significant in one way:

In the house

Too much attention is being paid to this:

President Obama faced off with a heckler during a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month at the White House, telling the person “you’re in my house.”

“My house”? Er, not exactly, Mr. President. That’s the people’s house and you are just being provided room and board for as long as your term lasts.

A sorry performance

Welcome to your new home, fellow Hoosier!

BOSTON (WISH/AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is coming to Terre Haute, Indiana, a judge ruled during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, 24-Hour News 8’s sister station, WPRI-TV reports.

Tsarnaev also spoke for the first time in the courtroom, apologizing to victims.

Interest is flagging

Real Americans

Word power

Interesting words encounterd while wandering through the blogosphere.

anodyne (AN-uh-dahyn), n. -- a medicine that relieves or allays pain; anything that relieves distress or pain; and, adj. -- relieving pain; soothing to the mind or feelings, as in: "Some viewe the Confederate flag as an ugly reminder of slavery, while others see it as an anodyne symbol of Southern heritage and military valor."

Bobby Jindal, American

Flag day

Gettting rid of the Confederate flag has suddenly become the latest national obsession, at least among the commentariat and the political class.  I haven't read so much drivel since thumping Indiana over the RFRA was the national obsession. I'm tempted to say that flags don't kill people, but that would probably be regarded as crude and insensitive, so let's forget I brought it up.

Body of work

Never mind Christian bakers not wanting to cater gay weddings. Do tattoo artists have the right to refuse to ink someone? A delicate flower at the Jezebel site doesn't think so. She asked tattoo artist Dan for a neck tattoo of her daughter's name and went ballistic when he refused:

Dan: “It’ll look tacky. It’s just tacky.”

Hot stuff

We're all doomed, doomed, I tell you!

Don't want to see your neighbors die in a heat wave?

Then you should care about climate change.

Hitchhikers

It's bad enough that our astronauts have to hitch a ride with the Russians to get to the space station. But this is downright scary:

Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa.

Dirty word

That hour

The most chilling part of the horror inflicted by the gunman in the AME church in Charleston is that he worshiped with the congregation for an hour before shooting nine of them dead. Was he trying to work up the courage? Was he savoring the moment to come? Whatever it was, that one hour he spent among them just underscores the absolulte evil he took into that church.

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