Friday Night Potpourri

*From Monday through Thursday evening, the leading cable news channels – Fox, Fox Business, MSNBC, and CNN – invited almost twice as many men as women onto their shows to discuss contraceptive coverage.
Out of a total of 146 guests who discussed contraception, the cables invited 91 men compared to 55 women as commentators. In other words, males comprised 62 percent of the total guests who commented on contraception. Fox was the most gender stratified network . . . .

More here.

WTF? Really? Really? Really? Really, WTF? There are just no words. I have no words. How in Hades is this still possible more than one decade into the Twenty-First Century?

*I had a business lunch down on K Street today, so I left the office a bit early and dropped some Phygrian caps and apples off at Occupy DC. (G/Son and I were going to go last weekend, but the police were tearing up the encampment.) The folks at McPherson Square are such great people and they’re really glad for anything you can do to help them. If you live nearby, they can use food and would especially welcome anything hot. They’d also like loaner tents; if you’re not going to use yours until this Summer, maybe you could help them out.

I’ve continued to play around a bit with the pattern for the Phygrian caps. I’ll try to post my latest version shortly.

*Managed, in between working 12-hour-days and covering up drancunculus vulgaris sprouting way too soon, to read the Ninth Circuit’s opinion on Proposition 8, the California initiative that took away from gay people the right to be married. This is certainly not my area of expertise (and I don’t give legal advice on this blog, which contains opinions that are solely my own), but my take is that it’s a precisely-crafted opinion, designed to probably deflect a petition to SCOTUS for certiorari. It’s also careful to quote Justice Kennedy throughout the opinion. Since, if SCOTUS does grant cert., Kennedy may be the swing vote, that was a wise choice. Other lines have gotten more attention, but I was most impressed by the court’s summation:

It is enough to say that Proposition 8 operates with no apparent purpose but to impose on gays and lesbians, through the public law, a majority’s private disapproval of them and their relationships, by taking away from them the official designation of ‘marriage,’ with its societally recognized status. Proposition 8 therefore violates the Equal Protection Clause.

The section of the opinion dispensing with the various rationales for Proposition 8 (which are the equivalent of the “gay marriage will weaken het marriage” insanity) was best described by one legal wag as the “Are You Fucking Kidding Me?” section of the opinion.

Weakest, IMHO, was the section refusing to overturn the lower court’s decision that the gay judge who heard the case should have recused himself. It’s conclusory and circular. And it should have been, and could have been, much stronger.

We’ll see now whether the proponents of hatred take another run at the Ninth or head straight to SCOTUS.

(I’ll say again for the record that, in my ideal world, the State would only grant civil unions, regardless of the sex(es) of the people in the union. Then, religions would be free to grant the “sacrament” of marriage, or handfasting, or whatever to whomever they saw fit and to deny it to whomever they liked. I don’t see that happening any time soon.)

*Imbolc’s barely gone, but there’s a different quality to the light in the morning when I drive past the Potomac. Winter is gathering up her gloves and her bag, finding her car keys, and getting ready to “faire la bise,” before she leaves us. Which is not to say that She won’t run into someone interesting on her way to the door, stop, and chat for some time more. But you can see by the way that the sunlight plays across the chilly water that She’s begun her exit.

*Take a minute, make a cup of tea, ground, and just sit with this:

Picture found here

One response to “Friday Night Potpourri

  1. Just saw a recommended book in a decor magazine and thought of you: “Breaking Through Concrete” by authors Edwin Marty and David Hanson (University of California Press) — stories and lots of photos of urban gardens across America ….

    Winter has decided to visit DFW this weekend! Putting out lots of birdfeed and veggie scraps ….

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