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I am not inclined by nature to be a "good soldier." I try not to be a jerk, and I will compromise when I need to, but there comes a point when I just can't do that anymore. I think I have that in common with a lot of people.

Politics )

I'm trying to cut down on the politics posts, I swear.
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So the Department of Justice filed a brief that amounts to a defense of DOMA in federal court on Thursday. A married gay couple wants federal benefits; I assume it's because one of them is a federal employee. More here.

A letter I sent to the White House )

Looking at it now, I feel I was too reasonable. What I've seen of the brief is shameful, and the idea that the DoJ "must" enforce it is horseshit. I suspected it was, and now I have proof. This is just crap piled on crap. Epic fail is too mild.

The President does a lot of stuff I agree with, and I admire him. But not for this. This is bigotry and bullshit, and he should know better.

Sheesh

Mar. 18th, 2009 06:05 am
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Privatizing VA health care is just plain dumb. Even partially. That was just poorly thought out.
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Boo!

Extraordinary rendition sucks. Invoking "national security" to excuse crimes sucks. I am so very, very disappointed right now.
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Apparently, President Obama's Inaugural Address will call upon the nation to reject the culture of "anything goes."

I have mixed feelings about this. I like Anything Goes. I went to some effort to get the Ella Fitzgerald version just this weekend, in fact.

In all seriousness, there is a sense in which I believe in responsibility and a sense in which I very much do not. I do not believe in shirking, cowardly anonymity, and doing whatever one likes, whenever one likes, to whomever one likes, no matter who gets hurt. But I also do not believe in sober-sidedness, respectability, and the kind of "adulthood" that boils down to fear of looking ridiculous and a deep suspicion of having a good time.

I'm pretty sure President Obama will say things I admire and respect. He usually does. I'm even fairly sure he'll be championing the kind of responsibility I like. The headline from the Huffington Post just made me feel a little... off.
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So one of the nutbars who keeps insisting Barack Obama is a furriner or renounced his citizenship as a child (!) or any number of other things making him ineligible to be President is named Orly Taitz.

Orly.

That's her name.

I can't wait for the press release from Lolcat Jones.

She's cute.

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