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I post vampire porn and random squawks here. You may also be subjected to local news, provided it's absurd, and pictures of my children during their formative years. Politics will be mentioned at times, and it goes without saying those posts will also be absurd.

September 2013
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missmurchison [userpic]
Gay people are too responsible to be allowed to marry

That's the stand of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the legal brief they provided to the Supreme Court.

Marriage should be limited to unions of a man and a woman because they alone can "produce unplanned and unintended offspring," opponents of gay marriage have told the Supreme Court...

Conservative attorneys did not argue that gays or lesbians engaged in "immoral" behavior or lifestyles. Instead they emphasized what they called the "very real threat" to society posed by opposite-sex couples when they are not bound by the strictures of marriage.

So opposite-sex couples are such a danger to society they need to be bribed or coerced into marriage, whereas same-sex couples don't? This is the most bizarre twist on the "But think of the children!" theme yet. (As opposed to the "Biological families are the only real families!" argument, which is merely disgusting.)

I get that they're looking at this from the point of view of public policy and encouraging the kind of behavior that benefits society. But setting aside that they're ignoring all the benefits of marriage that don't have anything to do with raising children, I'm having a hard time understanding why a same-sex couple who adopts one of those unplanned kids isn't entitled to the same rights as the feckless opposite-sex couple who made the baby in the first place.

If they mean that unplanned children need more of society's protection, shouldn't they be arguing that only people who forget a trip to the drugstore be allowed to marry? Or mandating shotgun weddings?

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missmurchison [userpic]
the anti-masturbation homophobe won

She has a chance of becoming a U.S. Senator, along with the anti-fluoridation candidate in Nevada and the one in Kentucky who thinks that it's wrong to force a restaurant not to discriminate against its customers but it's okay to force a rape or incest victim to carry an unwanted pregnancy. Apparently, a man's business is sacred but a woman's uterus needs to be regulated by the government.

Speaking of uteri, I've been watching Rachel Maddow try to tactfully disagree with Chris Matthew's opinion that the anti-pleasure, anti-gay candidate won the nomination with the help of women who are upset that Hillary Clinton didn't get the presidential nomination. Chris seems wedded to the notion that there is a Vagina Vote.

Me? I gave up at trying to explain why an anti-tax crowd, enraged at a President who lowered their taxes, has declared its hatred of government by voting for candidates who want to regulate citizens' personal lives.

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missmurchison [userpic]

First, thanks for the birthday wishes. I haven't thanked a lot of people individually yet because I've had a really busy week, although in general a good one.

It just got a bit better. I opened the mail and found a letter from the state department of revenue, the income tax people. It seems they disagreed with my calculation of deductions for the 2008 tax year and sent me a nice refund. It's not enormous, but it will almost pay the cost of bringing M:TNG-1 home for Thanksgiving.

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My FL is full of Torchwood squee and I have not seen the episodes, so I will babble.

M:TNG-2 is having friends over to watch movies, so I cleared out of the living room and settled down with my computer. Suddenly, the doorbell rang, and I realized there was only silence and the smell of popcorn in the house. I let in a friend of hers, but the crowd that had been there earlier had vanished. The house had a vaguely Mary Celeste air, with the most eerie touch the bag of fully-popped corn sitting in the open microwave, untouched. Yes, teenagers popped corn and failed to eat it. And the friend said he had only a text telling him to meet them there, with no mention of an excursion.

Before I could call the ghosthunters or some other psychic service, they all reappeared with some explanation I cannot follow. Now, whenever there is a pause in the giggling emanating from the living room, I stop typing and listen to make sure they haven't been wafted off again.

Stuff is happening to me, but it's all boring, so I will link to various things on tabs open on my browser.

Fish and flush )
possibly the worst commercial Photoshop ever )
but let's not mock the Poles )
I knew it was just a matter of time before Iowa got blamed for Swine Flu )

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