Trust But Verify

The Preznit of These United States spoke to Teh Gays yesterday, and he’s making a few Provisionally Happy Noises. Let’s listen in!

My attitudes are evolving on this. I have always firmly believed in having a robust civil union that provides the rights and benefits under the law that marriage does. I’ve wrestled with the fact that marriage traditionally has had a different connotation. But I also have a lot of very close friends who are married gay or lesbian couples.

Some of My Best Friends is rarely the best line to trot out, but we knew Obama’s take going in.

And, in fairness, by the way, that is true of every single group of supporters that I have. I mean, there’s not a single constituency that doesn’t think we could be doing more.

Hello, Mr. President!

I’m not going to put my constitutional lawyer hat on now, partly because I’m president and I’ve got to be careful about my role in the three branches of government here.

We found your Constitutional Lawyer Hat at Goodwill. Somewhat frayed, alas.

I spoke to Admiral Mullen today. He said he’s taking the [DADT repeal] implementation manual that was a companion to the attitudinal survey off to vacation with him. He is prepared to implement. I spoke to other of the service chiefs, including, for example, General Amos. We saw that in the attitudinal surveys there was the most resistance in the Marine Corps. But Jim Amos said to me that he’s ready to implement and he’s going to make it work.

So my strong sense is this is a matter of months. Absolutely not years.

We would prefer minutes, but we’ll grant that the DADT repeal law requires a sixty-day waiting period after the Brass signs off. Then again — and we can’t stress this enough — can’t current dismissal actions at least be put on hold in the meantime?

Repealing DOMA, getting [the Employment Non-Discrimination Act] done, those are things that should be done. I think those are natural next steps legislatively. I’ll be frank with you, I think that’s not going to get done in two years. I think that’s — we’re on a three- or four-year time frame unless there’s a real transformation of attitudes within the Republican caucus.

True dat, alas. Meanwhile, when does the campaign to end the filibuster start?

Q. Will you use your bully pulpit to lobby for things like that?

A. Yes, well…

Yes. Well.

Yes, well, we’ll just wait and see, shall we? No point getting excited before the event, and we have only so many spare fuses in the toolbox.

Obama: “Prepared to Implement” [The Advocate, via TPM]

DOMA repeal within his presidency would be nothing short of amazing.

@mellbell: Hell to the yes, but SCOTUS may get to it first. A staff attorney at the 9th Circuit is suing OPM for failing to provide her domestic partner equivalent benefits even though Judge Kozinski, in his administrative role as presiding judge, has ordered twice that she get them. OPM (which has an openly gay director, ironically) says they can’t do it because of DOMA. Oral arguments were heard this week in front of a N.D.Cal. judge who is a Bush II appointee but pretty middle of the road per some of his colleagues at his former law firm. And there was this:

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White did not issue an immediate ruling in Golinski’s case. He pointed out twice during the hearing that Obama called the Defense of Marriage Act “abhorrent” before he was elected. Why, the judge asked, was the Department of Justice defending the 1996 law?

@ManchuCandidate: More to the point, Nojo nailed down the Stupid WordPress Trick for custom thumbnails.

If anybody asks: Don’t create the image within the post, but wait until it’s displayed to generate a thumbnail on the fly! Then you can cache the results.

Your world-famous Eugene summer music festival thanks you.

General Amos and General Andy?

I would be very very happy with a Civil Union that meant dick. Or should I say more than dick? The ‘separate but equal’ thread in our your history really put a crimp in my present list at Crate and Barrel. Tax equality: Good. And I don’t really care what it’s called. And since I’m the only one here actively undermining the sanctity of marriage so the little children are afraid to sleep at night I don’t want to hear it.

Nojo: You need some fuses, or what? I’ve got some extras for my guitar amps.
@Benedick: Looking around, maybe we should license procreation rather than marriage.

@Benedick: Hey! Mr. Catt and I undermine marriage DAILY! Sometimes twice a day.

SoSoCal Schadenfreude Update: Whoever put the diuretic in the offering plate Sunday, you’ve made your point.

@nojo: Oh noes! The weather isn’t perfect in California! Je suis désolé.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Newlyweds.

@Benedick: And then, moments later… Blue.

We now resume farting in your general direction.

@nojo: Kinda hard to fart from under a mudslide.

@JNOV: This is the difference between the English and the rest of the world: we think twice a day is some kind of record. We think once a month is pushing it. And really, why would anyone need to do it more?

@Benedick: Ha! I take, “I’m not 18 anymore, JNOV!” as a challenge.

ETA: That’s one helluva recovery time for the English.

(Psst. If you want blockquotes, do this (take out the quotation marks): less than sign “blockquote” greater than sign [Text] less than sign “/blockquote” greater than sign. If you’re not adding commentary after the block quote, you can omit the last tag. We gotta stick together against that Nojo guy and his penchant against antipathy for silly stupid commenter trix.)

@Benedick: WTF is that? My ancient eyes are squinting and squinting!

@karen marie doesn’t want to know: It’s the universal sign for qualified support for a health care bill which, though it came up short on our immediate hopes, could prove a great achievement in the long term.

BTW. Adorable bookish yet hunky Tom beat a couple of totally unworthy opponents to advance to the next round of Jeopardy. From the comments his wife has made about his progress I have to wonder if she really understands him even though he has pledged his winnings to finance her dream of making sparkly vinyl handbags. Does Tom understand that he has other options?

@Benedick: Ha!

˙uʍop sn dǝǝʞ oʇ buıʎɹʇ sı uɐM ǝɥT

@Benedick: Guess what? I haven’t been copying and pasting symbols or using the character palette. ;-) Check out the hexadecimal chart. That upside down mirror stuff? I used a converter. Mais, Je suis à la recherche d’un guide de unitext unicode alors peut-être certains plébéiens peuvent intégrer dans cette commune.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: La première sans statut dieu mineur d’intégrer gagne un prix. Je recommande une image d’un pénis. Incirconcis.

Boo! When will Unicode include Mayan glyphs? That whole embedding thing isn’t going to happen, but we could put up pretty glyphs.


I’ll see your hex chart and raise you the Supplemental Multilingual Plane. There’s a spot for Mayan, but nobody’s written up an encoding so far apparently. Language geeks may want to avoid clicking on that link unless they’ve got lots of free time. :)

@Benedick: @karen marie doesn’t want to know: @JNOV: Well, if you’re describing a book binding, that tool is called a turnip. Can I interest you in a volute to go with that?

@al2o3cr: Oh! I was messing around with that site searching for a chart! Ta!

@Mistress Cynica: Ah, I can see the turnip now. Now off to look at volutes! Ta!

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