Happy (as possible) New Year

Even Jumpstart is starting…

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And, as we careen into 2017, Nov 9, 2016 is still with us, as I suspect it will be for quite a while.

Happy New Year everyone, or as happy as possible.

Context for those who don’t read Jumpstart, one of the sweetest comics I read: Ray Ramsey is an ex-con who was a mugger and considered irredeemable by the police characters in the strip. Officer Joe Cobb, the shocked guy in the last panel, was/is one of those police characters. However, over the past year or more of this comic strip, Ray’s life has slowly been turning around, and it’s been a pleasure to watch. So be shocked, Joe; it’s fun! And, yeah, I was shocked on November 9, too, alas.

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Yes, it happened. On to November.

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And on November 8, 2016, don’t forget to vote for the Democrats. They appear to be our only hope at the moment, God help us.

Have we hit bottom with Trump? Or is there worse to come? I wonder.

Oh well, hurry November.

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Thank you!

Statue Women United!

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Heh! The Supremes might only work this out for California, but California is 11% of the country, so that would at least add 11% to the existing percentage of civilization right thinking people have been able to carve out in our often highly misguided country. Bravo, California. Bravo Boies and Olson (w/the usual reservations about Olson). Bravo bravo bravo bravo.

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Full disclosure: Except for being a fan of truth, justice, equality, fairness, love, commitment, progress, tolerance, appreciation, prosperity for all, and the American Way, I don’t have a dog in this fight. I’m not gay, so I’m not planning to get a gay marriage. However, if I ever needed a gay marriage, I’d like to know I could get one. I’d also like to see my gay friends get married, with all the ensuing joys and challenges of married life, like my straight friends It’s the 21st Century, after all.

Further full disclosure: If The Law is going to deny gays civil marriage because it will mess up the Marriage brand or whatever it is, then NO ONE should get a civil marriage: everyone gets a quick and easy license for a civil union or domestic partnership with all the ensuing rights an privileges of what we now know as civil marriage. Leave Marriage in religion; that’s where it belongs anyway. (Yes, I have been thinking about this, thank you for asking.)

March 30, 2013: Also Marriage Equality: Not Now, But Soon?, by David Cole, NY Review Blog, March 30, 2013