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Congratulations Hawaii and Thank You!


Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill Wednesday legalizing gay marriage in the state that kicked off a national discussion of the issue more than two decades ago.

Now, the island chain is positioning itself for a bump in tourism as people take advantage of the new law and the state provides another example of how differently marriage is viewed in the nation. An estimate from a University of Hawaii researcher says gay marriage will boost tourism by $217 million over the next three years, as Hawaii becomes a destination for couples in other states, boosting ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons in the islands.

“In Hawaii, we believe in fairness, justice and human equality,” Abercrombie said Tuesday after the state Senate passed the gay marriage bill. “Today, we celebrate our diversity defining us rather than dividing us.”

Hawaii’s gay marriage debate began in 1990 when two women applied for a marriage license, leading to a court battle and a 1993 Hawaii Supreme Court decision that said their rights to equal protection were violated by not letting them marry.

That helped lead Congress to pass the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, part of which was struck down earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The decision led Abercrombie to call a special session that produced Hawaii’s gay marriage law.

Abercrombie signed the measure at an invitation-only ceremony at the Hawaii Convention Center, near the tourism hub of Waikiki.

The law allows gay couples living in Hawaii and tourists to marry in the state starting Dec. 2. Another 14 states and the District of Columbia already allow same-sex marriage. A bill is awaiting the governor’s signature in Illinois.

President Barack Obama praised passage of the Hawaii bill, saying the affirmation of freedom and equality makes the country stronger.

The United States of Shame


I am ashamed of our government!

Brinkmanship is no way to operate a government!

Our country should not have to be held hostage by the Tea Party!

Those are just a few of my many negative thoughts right now about our government. The members of Congress are acting like a bunch of squabbling children who can only say “NO!” We are the United States of Shame, though not necessarily for the 50 reasons stated in the cartoon above.

I have said before that we need a strong third party. Republicans are moving further to the right, while Democrats are moving further to the left. It leaves out the moderates of this country. If we had a stronger third party for moderates, then we could force the current two-party system to compromise. However, compromise is not likely as long as the current members of Congress are in office.

The U.S. Constitution (Article I, section 9, clause 7) states that “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” In other words, Congress is mandated by the Constitution to pass a federal budget. It is one of the few expressed Powers given to the legislative branch. However, they have failed to pass a federal budget since 2009. Think about it, what would happen if you chose not to do whatever is the major part of your job for four years? For most of us, that is unconscionable. Yet Congress has done this, or in this case not done a damn thing but bicker.

I am disgusted with the way our government works. I have been studying the provisions of Obamacare for the past few days trying to wrap my head around the issues that the Tea Party has with it. I asked a friend, who I described as the most rational conservative I know, what is so wrong with Obamacare? Her answer was that she doesn’t like the government telling her what to do. I agree. I don’t like the government telling me I have to buy a product or pay a fine (or tax as SCOTUS declared it). However, is the world going to end because Obamacare went online yesterday. NoIn fact, I think many of the provisions of Obamacare are necessary. Is it a perfect law? HELL NO! So why shut down the government for something that you can’t stop? Because we are dealing with immature assholes (and yes, I know name calling is immature as well).

The more I study the issues and try to keep up with everything so that I can answer my students questions about what is happening, the madder I get. Before the government shut down I was already pissed off at the local justice system. As you know from my post Monday, I was supposed to return to court on the matter of my speeding ticket. I had called last week to gain a continuance because my witness and I were finding it hard to get off work. I was told by the clerk’s office that under no circumstances would a continuance be allowed because the trial had already been continued once. The assistant district attorney had originally set my trial for 1:00 pm on the day of the original hearing but had called and told me that the officer who gave me the ticket was out of town and could not be in court at one o’clock that day. Therefore, the clerk’s office informed me that since it had been continued once, it could not be continued again. However, I received a call from the district attorney’s office on Monday stating that the State Trooper who issued the ticket could not be in court on October 1 due to training and that the hearing had been continued again. This is simply not equal justice.

I am growing very weary of the government, whatever part it may be, saying one thing and doing another. Republicans claim they want government out of our lives, yet they fight to tell us who we can’t marry, what we can do with our own bodies, etc., yet when the Democrats pass a law requiring us to buy insurance, they go apeshit. Ignorance, hypocrisy, and arrogance are my greatest pet peeves. Politicians seem to embody all three.

Thanks for reading my rant today. By the way, I do think there are many government employees who do wonderful and necessary jobs; however, I’m not so sure about politicians. I hope that this can be resolved soon, as I feel sorry for the nearly one million federal employees who are going without pay. Our politicians should be ashamed of themselves.

By the way, I scheduled this last night. If by a miracle, the government shutdowns ends before this is posted, I will still be pissed off at our government.