April 4th, 2005

The Tick

This morning could have been worse

I suppose that could be said of most mornings, but I generally find the Monday after the "Spring back" time change an unusually challenging day. I know I'm not alone, but what kinda shocks me is that traffic was kinda on the light side this morn. Methinks many folks were put off rigamarole and decided to call in. Though, I won't be too shocked if all those motherfuckers show up on the road tonight in the 5pm hour. Bastards.

All in all, waking up this morning an hour earlier wasn't nearly as traumatic as I expected even though I couldn't get to sleep at a decent time. Perhaps my morning trauma is in time delay. Maybe Tuesday AM will be the horror that liberal applications of coffee cannot fix.
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Contemplative essay on gay marriage

At http://www.janegalt.net/blog/archives/005244.html, a libertarian blogger writes a fairly lengthy essay she entitles, "A really, really, really long post about gay marriage that does not, in the end, support one side or the other".

It is a longish read, I suppose, but I thought it was well worth it. I found the link at National Review, which would normally put me in a ranty mood 'cause I think several of the NRO staff are just bigots (::cough, Derbyshire, cough::). However, as the title indicates, it's not a social conservative's piece. At the end of the piece, the blogger notes, "I realise that this probably falls on the side of supporting the anti-gay-marriage forces, and I'm sorry, but I can't help that." However, I'm not sure that's true even though she's urging caution before altering laws.

The major theme of the piece is how reforms have had unintended negative effects. The loosening of divorce laws and extending welfare to unwed mothers were intended to ameliorate some uniquely harsh situations that women faced. However, in their wake we have high divorce and illegitimacy rates. Yet even she does not imply that the cure was worse than the ailment. She seems to just want to hold up a STOP sign for people to consider the possible ramifications of changing an institution.

Obviously in the end, this piece did not change my mind about gay marriage. And some of the comments to her essay reflect my thoughts. She focuses so relentlessly on the negative aspects, that somehow she can't intellectually allow that something good may come from it.

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