You people all enjoy your Mexican “holiday” tomorrow; there’s plenty of time for you to figure out how to deport them starting Sunday.
Let’s think for a minute about Chen Guancheng. Here’s a blind kid from out in the boonies in ShanDong province who goes to a high school for the blind, and then to university where he studies acupuncture and massage and audits law classes; and then he makes a career of attacking the government that’s provided his education. Not saying he isn’t a heck of a guy; but, if this wasn’t an election year, what are the chances more than 25 people would give a rat’s ass about him? Especially 25 neo-con Republicans?
Junior Seau. I’ve been a Chargers fan since 1970, and enjoyed watching Junior out there at the Murph. He was no Billy Ray, but he was inspirational on and off the field, and a heck of a guy. Having said that, he got a free ride to USC and made a crap load of money playing a violent kids’ game brilliantly. His subsequent depression that likely drove him to suicide was probably related to repetitive brain trauma despite continual improvements in helmet design. There’s a class-action suit pending now against the industry that fed him and enshrined him in the Hall of Fame. As a working under-grad and grad student at SDSU, I had some serious issues with the degree to which I was subsidizing the varsity sports programs; and, later in life, I’ve had issues with the extent to which I was subsidizing professional sports franchises. This whole narrative makes me sick.
On Tuesday, North Carolina will go to the polls to vote on Amendment One to formally ban that which is already banned under state law: same-sex marriage. Amendment One actually bans just about any arrangement other than marriage, too, which is going to be a problem, but my issue is with the marriage thing. I haven’t been able to avoid ads about Amendment One and all of the other campaigns working out there, and I still haven’t heard a single non-theological argument against same-sex marriage. Not one. Occasionally a self-avowed conservative Christian will make a non-theological argument about something, but never about same-sex marriage. With apologies to any of my readers who are content in marriages, marriage is unconstitutionally bound to religion; it needs to go.