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A sensible but surprising decision

Posted: August 16, 2010 by datechguy in the courts
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It’s kind of sad that my expectations for the 9th circuit are so low that I expected them to do the foolish thing but every now and then they surprise me.

The argument that there was no harm was weak, because the 9th Circuit certainly saw what happened in the state court process, where the California Supreme Court, though upholding Prop. 8, had to grapple with what to do with same sex couples who had married in the interim. The 9th Circuit didn’t need that headache, and neither did society. Given the expedited schedule, the relatively short delay in such marriages resulting from a stay was not enough to overcome the legal chaos similar to what happened in the state courts.

Let’s hope the process is expedited, the longer people on both sides are kept waiting the worse it is. I would think the issues have been gone over and over so it wouldn’t be too hard but then again decisions are always easier when you don’t have to make them so I guess I should be patient with the people who are charged to do so.

And for those who can’t wait, there is always Massachusetts, particularly for the fall foliage.

Update: If I was more cynical I would think this might have something to do with it:

That decision came as a huge disappointment to the activists who sought to have Prop 8 declared unconstitutional. But it was a relief for the White House, meaning that a potentially divisive issue would not play out during the fall midterm elections.

Democratic pollster Geoff Garin, who is close with top White House officials, said Obama has “suffered through a season of distractions. He didn’t need one more distraction.”

After all nobody would ever suspect the 9th circuit of playing politics, would we?

A bad news FYI

Posted: August 16, 2010 by datechguy in personal
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You might have noticed a big interruption in blogging today. Things might be sporadic for the next few days.

My youngest son was hospitalized late Sunday night and the wife and I are pulling shifts at the bedside with him so my ability to blog is going to be severely curtailed until he gets home or until the hospital wi-fi decides it likes my laptop.

I’ll manage a post or two a day at least but intense blogging will have to wait until my son is home and I can get some rest.

Update: Should have also mentioned that approval of comments will be slow as well. I apologize to people who waited all day today, particularity to those who disagree with me, not ducking you, just was otherwise occupied.

He may be on the wrong side of the Mosque issue as far as the American People are concerned, but he is certainly on the side of the angels according to Hamas:

A leader of the Hamas terror group yesterday jumped into the emotional debate on the plan to construct a mosque near Ground Zero — insisting Muslims “have to build” it there.

“We have to build everywhere,” said Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas and the organization’s chief on the Gaza Strip.

“In every area we have, [as] Muslim[s], we have to pray, and this mosque is the only site of prayer,” he said on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on WABC.

It brings to mind a poem:

One night in late October,
When I was far from sober,
Returning with my load with manly pride,
My poor feet began to stutter,
So I lay down in the gutter,
And a pig came near and lay down by my side;
Then we sang “It’s all fair weather when good fellows get together”,

Till a lady passing by was heard to say:
“You can tell a man who boozes,
By the company he chooses”,
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.

Much better to like down with Hamas than those bigoted Americans, right Mr. Halperin?

Memeorandum thread here

Update: Another example of those unenlightened ignorant Americans that the president’s friends of Hamas would not approve of:

I was asked to say a few words, which were these: this was a quintessential American wedding. A handsome Marine marries a beautiful Iraqi woman who is led down the aisle by two old Jewish guys.

Don’t you think?

Bigots.

Via Glenn who says Only in America