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  • It's not often that you can describe a respondent's brief before the Supreme Court as badass, but this document by Ted Olson and David Boies regarding the Prop 8 case certainly qualifies. In part:
    The unmistakable purpose and effect of Proposition 8 is to stigmatize gay men and lesbians—and them alone—and enshrine in California’s Constitution that they are “unequal to everyone else,” Rome v. Evans, 517 U.S. 620, 635 (1996), that their committed relationships are ineligible for the designation “marriage,” and that they are unworthy of that “most important relation in life.” Neither tradition, nor fear of change, nor an “interest in democratic self-governance” (Prop. Br. 55), can absolve society, or
    this Court, of the obligation to identify and rectify discrimination in all its forms. If a history of discrimination were sufficient to justify its perpetual existence, as Proponents argue, our public schools, drinking fountains, and swimming pools would still be segregated by race, our government workplaces and military institutions would still be largely offlimits to one sex—and to gays and lesbians, and marriage would still be unattainable for interracial couples. Yet the Fourteenth Amendment could not
    tolerate those discriminatory practices, and it similarly does not tolerate the permanent exclusion of gay men and lesbians from the most important relation
    in life. “In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law.” Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537, 559 (1896) (Harlan, J., dissenting).
    Arguments will be heard on March 26.
  • Rush Limbaugh is ashamed of America. Fortunately, the feeling is mutual.
  • We progressives often joke about whether the right thinks that corporations should have the right to vote. Well, one Republican legislator in Montana really contest, and you could win one!
  • Oy vey? Jewish delis are in decline. Guess another trip to Langer's is in order. And yes, the pastrami is that good there, so try it.
  • Hockey news: The Chicago Blackhawks just made history by getting a point in their first 17 games to start a regular season. The lockout-shortened season is already a third of the way over...and they still haven't lost in regulation.
  • Democratic State Senator Lou Correa is sponsoring a bill that would made it illegal to drive with any detectable presence of marijuana in their system. He explains:
    “We want to send a clear message that any level of being drugged is dangerous when driving, so the level should be zero,” Correa, D-Santa Ana, said during a Capitol press conference this morning introducing the bill.
    When he says that about alcohol, I'll know he's serious. Until then, I'd prefer not to discriminate against cancer and glaucoma patients who need medicine.
  • This is how Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of Orange County (CA) treats his constituents:
    I wanted to tell Rep. Rohrabacher my story, I wanted to explain that I have no other home than Costa Mesa, I wanted to speak for all those in my community who are too afraid to talk about their status, all those who live in the shadows and who have had their families torn apart. But when I told him I was an undocumented American he stiffened visibly. He got angry and told me he “hates illegals.” He pointed his finger at me and asked — who are you, that you think you’re so important?
  • And speaking of Republicans being dicks to vulnerable people, here's geriatric asshole, Senator John McCain:
    Teves' son, Alex, was 24 years old when he was gunned down alongside 11 others inside a movie theater. On Thursday, Teves, of Phoenix, attended a town hall held by McCain with hopes of encouraging the senator to support an assault weapons ban, which would restrict the sale of weapons such as the semi-automatic rifle used by the Aurora shooter.

    McCain responded sharply to Teves' attempt to push the legislation.

    "I can tell you right now you need some straight talk. That assault weapons ban will not pass the Congress of the United States," McCain said, drawing cheers from the crowd.

    In an interview with Talking Points Memo, Teves expressed disappointment in the way McCain handled her question.

    Yeah, no doubt she was disappointed. Wouldn't you be?
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