I so love it when the Courts expose the incompetence of legislatures and constituents

The latest out of Ohio where the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage managed to also negate domestic violence between unmarried heterosexual partners.

So the legislators and citizens of Ohio were so all fired anxious to eliminate even the faintest whiff of granting approval to same sex marriage that they managed to make it so a guy or gal can beat the ever loving crap out of their opposite sex partner and get away with it. So long as you beat said partner to within an inch of their life. If you kill them you have other problems.

Its nice to know that state and federal legislators seem to think creating a second class citizenry is better than addressing the real problems that we face.

Yum! Cultured Meat

Seems we’re just one step closer to the food replicator. I won’t be happy until I can walk up to mine and say “Earl Grey hot” and get a steaming cup of tea. Then of course I can say “ricotta rice pie” and get that delight that I occasionally make.

In any case, they can now culture meat in a petri dish but they aren’t sure how it’ll scale to full production levels.

Interestingly a group has asked them to produce human meat. Hey, why the hell not. We eat the other white meat already. :)

A Democrat gets it Right

Wow – someone actually has factual data to back up his statements that the Medicare Part D program is a miserable failure.

Of course those of us that followed the story knew what the deal was. As I’ve said before, eliminate the insurance and billing companies and watch the cost of medicine decrease. While other countries have implemented a national health system, it’s been proposed that the U.S. try a single source insurer. Imagine no greedy hands in the pie. Imagine every American citizen covered from cradle to grave.

The Democratic Leadership needs to cultivate guys like Tom Allen. But then the culture is so toxic that Allen would soon be one of the collective of do-nothings.

Some more thoughs on the National Debt

First – read this article by Bob Burnetton The Huffington Post.

Now let me say that the Bush administration is reckless with regard to financial matters. Lets set aside for the moment the recklessness of it’s other policies and just focus on the one I just mentioned.

Grover Norquist is on record as stating “I’d like to shrink government down to a size where its small enough to drag into the bathtub and drown it.” And what better way to do that than cripple it with debt.

Had I mentioned that Grover Norquist has been spending more time at the White House to plan the Spring Offensive? Yes, this puke, and that’s the nicest way I know of to refer to Norquist, is doing his damnedest to destroy the Federal Government.

Granted, many of us have had that fantasy at one point or another but like it or not, government does provide a certain level of benefit.

For example – those highways the almost every one of use on a daily basis were paid for with Federal dollars and continue to be maintained with same. How about public transit systems. While overall funding has been limited to capital expenditures, public transit agencies still owe part of their existence to the Federal budget. And need I mention SSI, Medicaid and Medicare? Or how about ADC, or other welfare programs.

Do the neo-cons really expect faith based charities and corporations to lend a helping hand? I highly doubt it. Corporations would love to introduce the concept of indentured servitude with no benefits, while at the same time decimating public education.

So tell me what happens when you have a population that is mostly poor and uneducated, or more accuratley what effect does it have.

If you guessed less of al likelyhood to overthrow corrupt leadership you’d be correct. But that oversimplifies it. This is the golden opportunity for unions to take leadership again. But they won’t because they too have been corrupted.

So what shall we do? I think that situations like this are precisely why the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was written. Those men knew what a despot ruling with tyrannical power could do and wrote a safeguard into our constituion for the very reason to protect our republic.

The only problem is that we’ve been quibling about the 2nd Amendment for quite a while now. I truly believe it doesn’t mean you can own your own aresnal, but it does mean you can organize and take up against a despotic government.

Take the Belief-O-Matic Quiz

And find out what religion would be best for you.

Here’s where I ranked. I’ll reserve my comments for after the results:

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Secular Humanism (97%)
3. Liberal Quakers (89%)
4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (88%)
5. Nontheist (80%)
6. Neo-Pagan (70%)
7. Theravada Buddhism (64%)
8. New Age (53%)
9. Bah�’� Faith (51%)
10. Taoism (51%)
11. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (48%)
12. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (47%)
13. Reform Judaism (41%)
14. Orthodox Quaker (39%)
15. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (37%)
16. New Thought (36%)
17. Mahayana Buddhism (36%)
18. Scientology (31%)
19. Jehovah’s Witness (30%)
20. Sikhism (27%)
21. Seventh Day Adventist (22%)
22. Jainism (21%)
23. Hinduism (11%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (11%)
25. Islam (11%)
26. Orthodox Judaism (11%)
27. Roman Catholic (11%)

Ok – note my top ten. Better yet, my top five. Yep – liberal to the core. THen note my last place – Roman Catholic. I was born and bred Catholic mind you. I think it’s more telling when you look at the percentage compatibility – anything over 50% could pretty much go either way, while anything 70% or higher is pretty solid.

So go take the test now and report your results in the comments. I’d be interested to see what other UU’s and SH’s I already know.