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.
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.
This is a non-metal Metal Tuesday entry, but it was a surprising gem when The Wife and I were watch Babylon Berlin. Which I would also recommend.
If you’ve got ten minutes, I’d highly recommend this.
It’s good to know who hates you and it is good to be hated by the right people.
Issues with my house in Tampa. If I was going to suffer an incident requiring me to file an insurance claim, why couldn’t it have been something catastrophic enough to require replacement?
No spoilers. I didn’t have the problems with the final season that a lot of folks seemed to have. I thought it was a decent, but not spectacular ending.
Five Finger Death Punch isn’t a band I normally associate with strong metal ballads. Yet, this one is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
I know I put the text of my Ice Breaker Speech a bit ago, but I finally got around to getting the video set up.
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.