Friday, June 26, 2015

I’m pro universal marriage, but the dissenters have a point.

What the dissenters are saying, Roberts anyway, is that the matter of same-sex marriage should have (and would have) been addressed by the legislatures. By the Court stepping in and deciding the issue for the states, they placed themselves in the role of law makers, and pretty much took away the ability of any state to make substantive laws. Following this decision, a state legislature is now a kind of administrative body rubber-stamping federal law and dealing with intrastate affairs. That’s how things have been trending, and maybe it’s a good thing. There are some state legislatures out there I don’t much care for, like Louisiana’s; and maybe some things are just too important to be left to state legislatures. But it does mean that the laws won’t be made at state level anymore, not meaningful ones; there just won’t be any point. Also, now that the power of states to make their own laws has been shown to be at the Court’s whim, the makeup of the Supreme Court will be even more important going forward. It really is nine people making the law now.

Posted by David Rhoden on 06/26 at 02:05 PM

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

If you say I’m not being logical, I’ll just agree with you.

I havr many thoughts on recent events regarding the response to the shootings in Charleston. (I have many thoughts about the shooting itself, but, one thing at a time.).

I will say it is interesting to see whites taking steps towards accepting collective blame, as other races are expected to. The thing is, I don’t like the concept of collective blame and I don’t think it really works. #fireaway

(Is that’s what’s really happening? Language experts are welcome to chime in, just know: I’m thin-skinned, far more intuitive than analytical, and will seek any opportunity to inject levity into any argument.)

Posted by David Rhoden on 06/24 at 11:45 PM

Thursday, June 11, 2015

I have a thing up on redbubble

http://www.redbubble.com/people/davidrhoden/

I have one image up on redbubble, which is one of those sites where they will print an image on one or more of several substrates. If there’s anything of mine you want on a t-shirt, or phone case, or a throw pillow, what the hell, holler at me and I’ll try to oblige.

Posted by David Rhoden on 06/11 at 10:14 AM

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

an exciting creative outlet

Remembemer that site The Pirate Bay? For a long time it sat at http://the.piratebay.se, but somebody in whatever jurisdiction “.se” represents decided they didn’t like that, so The Pirate Bay spread out over a few other domains. Most of these also found opposition, so I got tired of looking up where the site was an I made this little tracker: http://isthepiratebaydown.com. So I can just go there and see which one is functioning, should I want to download something, which I mostly don’t.

image by David Rhoden

Posted by David Rhoden on 06/10 at 11:52 PM

weekly meeting

image by David Rhoden

It feels like this is my entire creative output of late. Actually I also have a painting that should be finished tonight too.

Posted by David Rhoden on 06/10 at 02:18 PM
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