Desperation is setting in for those who oppose same-sex unions, however, as the red herrings are leaping from the water, everything from the tried, true, and terrible call for a statewide voter referendum on the issue — Rule #1 of a civil society: Never let those who have rights vote on whether others should be granted them — to how this is going to be a huge imposition on various religions and businesses. Bullshit all. As is the idea that sexual orientation is "a choice." As is the idea that two people of the same gender getting married has the slightest effect on what you, your spouse, and your family do in your own free time. Mind your own business, fer Chrissake. With a 50 percent divorce rate the norm these days, a little more time spent on enhancing one own's wedded bliss might not be such a bad idea.
While Fox has been reining in Ajello's attempts to push for a vote ASAP — no doubt to allow more saliva froth bubbles to be formed in the corners of the mouths of those opposing the measure — Edie is confident her committee votes are already there and it should get full House floor consideration. We would say this should be a no-brainer, but unfortunately that might be construed as the initiative being backed by NOM.
Come on, our respected representatives of the people and respected solons, simply put your imprimatur on what is a basic issue of civil rights, so your sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, don't have to look back on your performance years from now, shocked that anyone would try to prevent two people in love from formally recognizing that they wish to spend the rest of their lives together, 'til death do they part.
WALK (TALL) LIKE AN EGYPTIAN
Continuing with the musical references, as in the headline, the Egyptian staff members at Casa Diablo have been channeling Hank Williams in recent weeks, running around singing "Goodbye Moe, You gotta go? Mio Miyo." And now he is gone, thanks to what is being termed both a youth and a social-network revolution. (Did it come with free apps?)
There's certainly concern about the aftershocks anytime we see this sort of momentous upheaval/revolution (See: "Wall, Berlin.") But to paraphrase a great Eddie Izzard line about Europe, the Mideast "is where history comes from." Egyptian civilization has been around for a few thousand years, so it may not be stretch to believe that the current generation can handle molding a new future for their country without being given instructions by Americans, becoming Hosni Part Deux, or falling prey to Islamic extremists.
That said, we wouldn't advise any of the nation's wiser heads to turn their backs on the Islamic extremists for a moment; there is virtually no doubt that there will be blood on occasion before a true normalcy can be returned.
On a lighter note, here is why P&J feel very comfortable with Barack Obama as our leader during this historic moment as opposed to, say, C-list celebrity and prez wannabe Sarah Palin. Robert Dreyfuss of The Nation wrote that Palin's reaction to the Egypt situation "sounds like it was written by Miss South Carolina, speaking for all 'US Americans.' " Here's the Palin verbiage: