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same sex marriage question for lawyers

Or at least someone with more legal training than my one year of law school ten years ago. Are those arguing in favor of marriage equality (by challenging state bans on 14th amendment grounds) using Scalia's dissent in recent cases to make their case?
Posted by arely staircase | Tue Jan 14, 2014, 08:37 PM (1 replies)

Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion spending bill in bipartisan compromise

Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion funding bill late Monday that would ease sharp spending cuts known as the sequester while providing fresh cash for new priorities, including President Obama’s push to expand early-childhood education.The 1,582-page bill would fully restore cuts to Head Start, partially restore cuts to medical research and job training programs, and finance new programs to combat sexual assault in the military. It would also give all federal workers a 1 percent raise

Posted by arely staircase | Tue Jan 14, 2014, 10:46 AM (0 replies)

a family member has offered to pay for me to get a concealed carry license

I am no gun nut but used to hunt quail a lot when my dad was alive so I am not unfamiliar with firearms and safety. I am going to take him up on it though I will never actually walk around town with a gun. But the class should be fun. Should I wear my Obama 08 shirt or my Gay Right are Human Rights shirt for the first class? Justice for Trayvon maybe?
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Jan 13, 2014, 08:26 PM (137 replies)

Obamacare enrollment exploded in December to 2.2 million


December enrollment surge for the Affordable Care Act that the Obama administration long predicted -- and desperately needed -- has come to fruition.As of Dec. 28, 2.2 million Americans have enrolled in private health coverage, according to new data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More than 1.8 million of them signed up in December alone, a huge spike that has gotten the law closer to its original goals than most would have thought possible after HealthCare.gov's disastrous rollout in October.The administration's original projection was 3.3 million enrollments in private health insurance by the end of 2013, so Obamacare isn't quite back on track yet. But considering the combined total in October and November was less than the administration

So the goal was 3.3 by now but given the initial website fuck up this is awesome news!

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Jan 13, 2014, 07:58 PM (1 replies)

Thinking of taking a long weekend trip to Colorado

I can get a round trip ticket to denver for lees than 150 buck. Just want to get a nice room eat a couple of good meals and experience the new freedom for a couple of days then fly home Any advice?
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Jan 13, 2014, 06:55 PM (19 replies)

Fox: Christie scandal is really about Benghazi

Fox: Where The Chris Christie Scandal Is Really Just About Benghazi

January 10, 2014 2:38 PM EST ››› EMILY ARROWOODFox News can't seem to talk about the Chris Christie bridge closure scandal without invoking Benghazi.Fox & Friends devoted five segments during its January 10 broadcast to the growing scandalsurrounding Republican Gov. Chris Christie and his administration's involvement in deliberate traffic gridlock across the George Washington Bridge as political retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee, NJ.But in every segment purporting to discuss Christie, the hosts and guests used the story to attack President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by bringing up the September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.  


Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jan 11, 2014, 11:22 PM (6 replies)

how does atheism/materialism account for

Love, hate, friendship, jealousy, heroism, narcissism, beauty,
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jan 11, 2014, 11:09 PM (174 replies)

Question for UK DUers. Regarding Scottish independence referendum in Sept.

What is the conventional wisdom over there on how it will go? I have looked at the available polling results and it looks tilted against independence but with a large enough undecided sampling to indicate it could go either way.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Jan 6, 2014, 05:38 PM (12 replies)

president obama nominates first native american woman

To federal bench


Diane J. Humetewa, a member of the Hopi tribe and former U.S. attorney in Arizona, has been nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the district of Arizona as a federal judge. If confirmed, she would be the first active member of a Native American reservation, and first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge. Not only would this bring more diversity to the federal bench, but Arizona’s prominent Native community will finally be represented in a state that is infamous forignoring Native issues.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Dec 30, 2013, 10:31 PM (12 replies)

ok finally duck dynasty childbride comments hit msm


There’s a new controversy surrounding "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson as a video made four years ago surfaced showing the show’s patriarch talking about the merits of marrying teenage girls.In the video, Robertson says “Look, you wait till they get to be 20 years old - the only picking that’s gonna take place is your pocket. You gotta marry these girls when they’re about 15 or 16.”
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Dec 30, 2013, 09:39 PM (48 replies)
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