Indecorous, You Say?

Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia know indecorous when they see it. Who am I to judge them for dissenting from a denial of a stay of an injunction that… Bottom line, this morning there are gay marriages going on in Alabama, despite Roy Moore, despite Long Dong Silver, and despite Scalia turning scarlet with the indecorousness of it all. I have to agree with them, though, that the Supreme Court seems to want to lead from behind on same-sex marriage. Tant pis for the Supreme Court. By the way, gay marriages are probably not the most indecorous thing to have happened in Alabama.

I also regretfully find myself agreeing with Senator John McCain that Angela Merkel’s repeated assertions that there “is no military solution in Ukraine” are mere truisms, and “should not lead us to believe that there is no military dimension to the problem, or that hard power can play no role in a favorable solution.” Merkel certainly seems to have a thankless task right now, and I think the American people wisely chose not to elect a cranky and hotheaded President in 2008, but McCain is right to point out that “when Berlin was surrounded, we sent in an airlift…we didn’t say, ‘hey, we don’t want to provoke the Russians.'”  At today’s Washington news conference with Obama, though, Merkel seemed to me to imply that she would not be upset if “President Barack” sent up-to-date radar and antitank weapons to Ukraine.

P.S. The Supreme Court ruled in 1967 (Loving v. Virginia) that bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional.  In 2000, thirty-three years later, Alabama voters aligned themselves with the law of the land by repealing the state ban on interracial marriage.  The vote was 59 percent (801,000) to 41 percent (545,000).  That is, 545,00 Alabamans voted to maintain the state prohibition on interracial marriage (which one could say was long since a dead letter, except that many local probate judges had continued to refuse to issue licenses to interracial couples).

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