Tuesday, May 26, 2009

California, Television, and Guns

So all in all today was a pretty crappy day for news. First, California's Supreme Court made a terrible decision by upholding the Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage. I'm sure they had a reason for doing so that fits within the narrow confines of the Constitutional question, but frankly it's embarrassing that we as a nation still deny equal rights to a portion of the population based on nothing more than fear, bigotry, and outdated religious ideals (which of course should have nothing to do with the laws we pass, unless you clear it with every single religion before passing it). Another thing that bothers me is that I always hear people giving the justification that homosexuality is ok to discriminate against because "it's a lifestyle choice." What difference does it make if it is a choice? You can't discriminate against someone because of their religion, which is a choice; why should choice of sexuality be any different? It's an argument that can't withstand a logical attack, but of course logic has nothing to do with this kind of bigotry so that point will probably never be argued by those making the decisions. It upsets me to see that this kind of discrimination still exists, and I look forward to the day when we can look back on this as a blight on our history rather than something that's still up for debate.

Second, I kept seeing news stories about some show on TLC (The Learning Channel) called "Jon & Kate Plus 8." Apparently it's a show about two terrible parents who felt that the best way to raise their 8 children was by pimping their everyday lives out on national television for all the world to scrutinize. I guess people tuned in because apparently there are rumors that these people are cheating on each other, which I guess our screwed up country finds entertaining. I don't know what's more embarrassing, the fact that people actually watch this show or the fact that the network that broadcasts this tabloid crap still has the balls to call itself The Learning Channel. This quote from the father was especially mind-blowing:

"I did not sign up for a public scrutiny of everything," said Jon.

Yeah, because that's not what they do on a reality show at all. What an asshole. His kids should be put in foster care for that kind of negligence.

The one piece of positive news I saw today was that some people here on the Kenai Peninsula were celebrating Open Carry Day. In Alaska, you can openly carry a firearm in public (with some limitations), and a group was organizing an event to raise awareness of this privilege and to safely exercise the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It's nice to see a piece of news about guns that doesn't involve controversy or abuse or accidents. Go USA!

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