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Prop 8 Overturned, What's Next?

I can't help but consistently be riled by this topic, which seems to boil down to vocabulary. For some reason, it seems as though for most "marriage" cannot be joined with the term "civil" but is only to be joined with the term "religious".

The term marriage is not mutually exclusive to specific religious institutions, at its heart it means a binding. I don't see why you can't call "civil unions" "civil marriages". No law will ever be able to legally force religious institutions to bestow the sacrament of holy matrimony on couples their church does not approve of, so I don't understand that fear either. There's a reason Church and State were to be kept seperated.

August 6, 2010 at 9:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Many Local Connections To 2010 World Cup

I love World Cup! And every time it comes around, I'm more and more excited to see people around town excited about it too! I don't get to follow soccer much on a regular basis (I can't really pay extra for the soccer channels) but World Cup has such excitement, drama, and competition on a global scale, I try to follow as closely as I can. I'm rooting for th USA, who has one of the more promising teams they've had in decades, but I'll be happy to see the Cup find a home in any of the countries in the Americas... except Brazil. They've won it enough times. =)

June 16, 2010 at 10:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Students Suffer When Deportation Tears Families Apart

Fair enough, though if the kids were minors they don't have actually have a choice in the eyes of the law. I can't imagine the parents wanting kids to come along anyway if there's another option for them. They *did* try to come here for a reason, after all.

To the second point, I'm merely refering to the fact that in news media and general public opinion, when people hear "illegal" they think "Mexican" and don't really register that there are others out there. To me, it's like saying "American" and thinking "Anglo". White European-decendent American might be the majority, but there is a whooooole lot of variety.

Yes the laws of a country are *laws* but people are people and enforcement of those laws is always different. To give an example, blacks were given the right to vote after emancipation. That was the law, but all over the south they were subject to ludicris "voting tests" because the people at that time did not actually want them voting. Please realize I'm not trying to draw a situational comparison, just hoping to make clear what I mean by laws might say one thing, but people don't strictly follow.

Just me saying that it seems people actively seek out Mexican (specifically, "Mexican looking") illegals and only barely passively do so for others when the security gaps could be just as large. It's just one point that circles around the Arizona law debate, is all.

May 21, 2010 at 2:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Huntington's Disease

((That side note is for Aunt more than Hope, sorry.))

May 21, 2010 at 1:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Huntington's Disease

Stories like this have a real way to getting to you.

I suppose the only way I can weigh in on this debate is in saying that it seems cruel and unusual to subject your child to the possibility of this or any other such disease when you know or suspect that you have it. Who would want to subject their child to that? I'm with starboy: education is the way to go so people can make informed decisions.

I say that while thinking people are people and people are far more emotional than rational, everyone has a right to chose what goes on with their own bodies AND people procreate. There is no real "off" switch for that drive... Though there are already a lot of kids out there on adoption lists that could use someone with a maternal or paternal instict.

Hopefully scientists will figure out something sooner rather than later. Genetic studies give hope, I suppose!

((On a minor sidenote, Hope: there's two vaccines for polio. There's no vaccine for bad genetics. It's kinda weird to include it in that list, though I get your point.))

May 21, 2010 at 1:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Students Suffer When Deportation Tears Families Apart

KPBS has reported on the otherside of the issue and discussed both sides a lot. At least in my memory. I certainly never hear much about the "illegal side" on those foul 24 hour news channels the majority of people in this country watch.

This country has had problems with illegal immigration since its *creation*. That is the issue that comes with being a nation completely comprised of people who came from "somewhere else" and that has done pretty well for itself to boot. This isn't a "Mexican" or "American" problem. This is a problem for both sides (as recently acknowledged by both presidents). America has practically no pusnishment for when it's own people break the law and we've never truly attempted some kind of more benevolent reform (like international worker programs). As for Mexico? Let's be honest. They're just all kinds of a mess and, frankly, with the drug wars and severe corruption, they've got lots of other things to worry about and that's probably why so many of their citizens want to get the hell out.

My parents came here legally (from a different Spanish speaking country) a couple decades ago and became citzens a little while back (they got tired of not being able to vote) and luckily we've had a pretty smooth experience over all. We're proud Americans, but I know that even American born kids whose parents were legal in my school would have a hard time for "looking" illegal. Meaning their skin was darker than most. We need immigration reform, but racial profiling isn't the way to go and if you're going to get angry about illegals, get angry at ALL of them, including the estimated tens of thousands of illegal Canadians living in the US, too. They actually take jobs Americans *want*. There are a lot of illegal Europeans here too! How about you keep an eye out for the estimated million of illegals from Asian countries too? Or the hundreds of thousands from other parts of the world? Most of who have to do more than just 'run across a stretch of dirt' to get here. I know that they're the majority, but don't focus-fire on one group when there are many other loop-holes, too.

That being said, I find the plight of the kids caught up in all this tragic because it's not even their fault. Most of them have lived in the US their whole lives and if you were a baby brought over, not born here to illegal parents, it's got to be even worse because you're here illegally, but have no real connection to your country of origin other than ancenstry. Can you imagine getting shipped off like that? Also, to benz72, I'm pretty sure you can't deport citizens, especially to a potentially dangerous country. I'd say place them in foster care if their parents are deported, if our foster system weren't already on the verge of imploding...

May 21, 2010 at 12:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Protests Against Arizona's Immigration Law To Spread Across California

@fretsward

That is a paranoid and gross over-exaggeration of any problems that arise with illegal immigration. There are so many disturbing correlations and conclusions being drawn in that post, I don't even know where to begin. 7/8ths of the problems in there are caused by legal Americans (of no particular minority of majority) doing illegal things and dated laws.

Moving on...

There is a problem with illegal immigration in this country (there *always* has been and not just with our neighbors in the south...) and while I think something has to be done to rectify it, this law is not the way. All it does is feed the fear of the foreigner.

How *exactly* do you pick out someone you *suspect* of being illegal without an investigation already underway which there are already laws on? Do I have to be darker skinned? Because there are pleanty of Latinos who are light. Do I have to speak Spanish? Like that's a real good indicator in a country that's is host to over 52 languages. Do I have to be standing on a street corner while doing those things? Because I might do that while just hanging out with friends. If there's one thing I've learned in my life it's that you can never tell where a person's lineage lies with the people of this country and I'm disturbed by the attitudes of all sides in this case.

Frankly, I'd say if you're so worried, get your government to lay down the law on those HIRING illegals. Yeah, that means keeping a closer eye on businesses in the interest of "fairness."

In short, I'm not sure how the basic wording of this law is anything but racist. And one last note: Even if this economic crisis, I haven't seen jobless whites making a desperate rush to work 10 hours a day bent over in fields doing manual labor...

May 7, 2010 at 4:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Evaluating California's Sex Offender Laws

There are hundreds of problems with our system, with our statistics, with emotional rages, extreme punishment, too much and at the same time not enough supervision, and the underlying social meanings to it all as well (I hate to point out that it seems like the only victims we get worked up over are those with somewhat affluent families and pretty looks...).

There are always going to be these predators out there, we need to prevent as much as punish and there are multiple angles from which to tackle the problem. With that, there's another side to this coin I wish there had been more discussion on: what people can do to protect themselves, legally and physically. Why aren't there more programs teaching boys and girls how to watch out for themselves? Why don't we talk to kids about this in school BEFORE there is a tragedy? Why don't we tell girls how to keep their heads up or tell boys to triple check for that age?

April 2, 2010 at 4:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Special Burden for Politicians: Liars

I'm positive this isn't an argument against free speech and I wish people would stop leaping up and calling others using *their* right to free-speech ungrateful, especially when that is hardly at the heart of the matter of what they’re discussing. I do believe there's a big difference between the right to state your opinions and malicious slander. It's a shame that people seem to *want* that line blurred more and more every day...

Anyway, thank you for clearing that up, Gloria Penner. I was wondering why it had been so long since citizens in public office utilized the same anti-defamation rights the rest of us get to enjoy.

April 2, 2010 at 3:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Alice In Wonderland

I'm a little scared that no one could name Lewis Carroll... But ah well, as was said, the advertisements certainly didn't promote it as his wonderland.

March 8, 2010 at 2:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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