August 13th, 2010


A new hero in the judiciary

It is entirely possible that Judge Walker is my new hero. He's got a knack for seeing past the fluff of Proposition 8 supporters.

According to an NPR story:
The judge said he's not sure the proponents have the authority to appeal since they would not be affected by or responsible for implementing his ruling. By contrast, he said, same-sex couples are being denied their constitutional rights every day they are prohibited from marrying.

[regarding how anti-gay marriage persons are affected]: "Proponents have not, however, argued that any of them seek to wed a same-sex spouse."

He does, actually make a good point. . . not just a hilarious one. Essentially, Proponents of Prop 8 have not at all made the case that anyone (or anything) is adversely affected by letting persons of the same sex marry one another, and thus have no right to appeal. Only the sponsors of the ban, Gov. Schwarzenegger and Attorney Jerry Brown, could file an appeal, if this is the case.

And both the Governator and Brown are against Prop 8 and chose not to defend it.

Supporters of Prop 8 will probably get their day in court (again), but I found Judge Walker's statement to be entirely apt, and worth posting about today.

Somewhere Over China: Updating the Buffett Oracle

Recently, I added to my back-library of Jimmy Buffett albums by picking up Somewhere Over China. At this point, I own (or did own: one CD was stuck in an old CD player and I couldn't get it out) every Jimmy Buffett album that's out there, except You Had To Be There, which I may pick up next month or possibly early next year. My readers are free to judge whether this is good or bad, I suppose. Of course, he did just put out a 2-CD set of songs I mostly already own, but I've been buying songs I already own from him literally for years, so I don't think this will be much different. (I own something like seven legal copies of "Margaritaville," so some of you who have illegally downloaded some of Buffett's more popular songs out there are theoretically covered by my purchases.)

Anyway, I've got about two and a half days of Buffett music that I can listen to, which is kind of nice: it's good stuff, and relaxing to listen to. I have rare stuff and common stuff (probably way too much common stuff; I prefer the stuff that isn't "top billing" in his shows), things from out-of-print discs, and stuff from before he hit the beach. It's kind of strange, really, to have all this music by one person. It's probably a bit creepy to some folks, actually.

For a while, it was somewhat defining: people simply knew me as a Buffett fan, and I didn't do much to dissuade people from that notion. I actually, actively fueled the idea, creating the Jimmy Buffett Oracle and putting together the Jimmy Buffett Rite (which, if I did it today, would look very different). Thinking about it, it was sort of strange how much I let that define me, actually: people were more likely to call me a Parrothead than a Discordian or a Druid.

I am in the process of updating the Buffett Oracle to reflect my most recent album acquisitions. . . I have wanted to do that, and clean out some of items I now think of as "non-oracular." I just haven't had the time required to devote to that until recently. At this point, I'm adding a lot of information (song title, album, etc.) and making the page a bit more friendly for mobile devices. I am excited to see how it works out.

I'll have more to say on definitions down the road.