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8 September 2005

Can they get their stories straight?

Eventful couple of days on the gay marriage front.

First, the Mass. attorney general certified a ballot petition yesterday. What this means is that opponents of gay marriage can now go out and collect just under 70,000 signatures and qualify a constitutional amendment for the 2008 state ballot.

Second, the California legislature sent a bill legalizing marriage between “two persons” to the governator, who has indicated that he will veto the bill.

Arnold noted in his announcement that he would veto the bill that he thinks that this issue should be left to the courts or to a ballot of the people. The first part of that statement is the exact opposite of what gay marriage opponents often advocate; they DON’T want the courts to decide, preferring to let legislatures or popular elections decide the question. And what are legislatures for, if not for representing the people (obviating the need for an election on every issue of public policy)?

This is obvious. No one wants to come out and say, “Gay people are less desrving of the right to make civil contracts like the rest of us, and we therefore prohibit them from the right of civil marriage.” So instead they engage in buck-passing, saying that the decision should be anywhere other than where it is, under the guise of being more “fair”, “proper”, or “legitimate.”

So what’s more fair, proper, or legitimate: courts, legislatures, mass ballots? Why?

And so some of my cards are on the table, I think initiative petitions are bad public policy, and the evidence suggests that they are more captive to “special interests” than the regular legislative and judicial processes.

Posted in Politicks on 8 September 2005 at 11:50 am by Nate

Computing problems

I’ve had problems with my Windows XP machine for the last little while. and it seems like (although they are small) they keep popping up just when I’ve fixed the last one. Today’s is that the startup routine now takes two to three times longer than it used to, just two days ago. And there’s a lot of disk use going on there. I’ve run the spyware and virus stuff with all applicable updates, but nothing. In fact, the only change I made to the computer was to update the spyware and virus software.

I’ve only had this thing for two and a half years, but I wonder if it’s time to take the plunge and buy the powerbook. It’s annoying, because I got four years out of my last computer, and I was hoping to eke out a few more months at least. And it makes me afraid to work on my work, because who’s to know if the machine is on the verge of konking out and losing what I’ve done. (And, yes, I do backup my Docs folder, along with e-mail boxes and browser bookmarks.)

Any ideas? Is it prematurely dying? Time to switch?

Posted in Day2Day on 8 September 2005 at 11:37 am by Nate