Friday Quote – H.L. Mencken

Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic, but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.

This was about Prohibition, but it seems eerily accurate about the War on Drugs.

Alabama Poised to Abolish Marriage Licenses

Via friend Sean on the Book Of Face comes this article on Alabama’s House Of Representatives passing a bill that would essentially abolish state issued marriage licenses.

Under the bill that passed today, couples wanting to get married would submit to the probate judge a form that includes an affidavit saying they meet the legal requirements of marriage and the probate judge would record that as the official marriage document.

It also takes out the requirement that a minister or similar position be the officiant of the ceremony.

There is criticism from the left – justifiably- that this is an end run around making some probate courts actually do their job and issue licenses to same-sex couples. Honestly, I don’t care if that’s the reason, if this is passed.

Friday Quote – Frank Martin

You know what makes me sick to my stomach? When I hear grown people say that kids have changed. Kids haven’t changed. Kids don’t know anything about anything. We’ve changed as adults. We demand less of kids. We expect less of kids. We make their lives easier instead of preparing them for what life is truly about. We’re the ones that have changed.