The White House, Washington, D.C., 11:26PM June 26, 2015
The White House was decked out in rainbow colored lights in celebration of the Obergefell v. Hodges finding a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage in all 50 States. There was quite a crowd down there taking pictures of the scene last night.
It is a gloomy, rainy, lovely day -- especially for the time of year in this part of the world -- with temps. only around 74F here in D.C. and a dew point not much lower (69F at KDCA at 1PM hour). A batch of moderate rainfall is moving into the immediate D.C. area. We have a flash flood watch through 2AM and up to 2 inches of rain could fall in certain spots.
KDCA has already had 0.59" through 1PM; KIAD has had 0.58" and KBWI a bit less at 0.33", although it's monthly total is already into record territory even before today's rainfall with 9.98" through yesterday. KDMH (Md. Science Center) is at 0.10" for today so far.
KDCA should easily click over 10" for the month today though even that won't be enough for 4th wettest June.
Sterling (LWX) NWS advisories, 1:45PM June 27, 2015.
Yesterday evening, I biked over to Georgetown and met Miss Wendy, as arranged, for dinner at Paper Moon. It was a belated birthday dinner for her. We parted after dinner and I biked over to No. 9, although I didn't stay long and instead went to Floriana, where I had a glass of wine in the downstairs little "grotto bar."
Northeast quadrant U.S. composite radar mosaic, 1718UTC June 27, 2015.
The TV was on tuned to CNN -- gay Don Lemon interviewing lesbian Suze Orman (Is America great or what??) -- and the discussion was yesterday's historic 5-4 Supreme Court decision of Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
There was a shot of the White House and it was all decked out in the gay pride rainbow colors.
I just had to go down there. I paid for my drink and hurried down there.
At first, I thought I missed it because I couldn't see anything through the dense canopy of trees in Lafayette Park (there is some historical irony for that for gay men, but let's not get sidetracked right now), but then as I got closer, I saw that the lights were still on.
Another view of the White House decked out in rainbow colors celebrating the historic Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, June 26, 2015.
This picture was taken by a bar acquaintance named Andy, unsure the time.
It was really lovely and there was a sizable crowd down there in the darkness of Pennsylvania Avenue. It wasn't frenetic and almost wild as when Osama bin Laden was killed but just happy and low-key festive.
I must have texted and sent picture messages to 10 different people.
I biked back up Connecticut Avenue -- somewhat harrowingly, although I went slowly and traffic was moving slowly -- with all the intense nightlife activity and "boom-boom-in-a-zoom-zoom" attitude and giant, black Suburban SUVs with Maryland tags. Anyway, I got to Larry's and it was in one of its Friday night hyper-energetic modes with lots of the regulars, about two-thirds gay. I met Gary, Milan, and Bob and had a good time, eventually closing the place. I was talking to this black guy from Upper Marlboro. I think his name was James. We exchanged numbers.
Eventually, I got home and went to bed.
By the way, while it was easy to figure out who is Jim Obergefell, figuring out "Hodges" was a bit harder. It is Richard Hodges, Director of the Ohio Department of Health. It's a complicated story of how his name came to be on the final case.
James (Jim) Obergefell (left) and his late partner, John Arthur, who was ailing with ALS, are married on the tarmac at Baltimore/Washington Int'l Thurgood Marshall Airport on July 11, 2013. It was this marriage and the refusal of the State of Ohio to recognize it that led to one of the cases that would become the historic Obergefell v. Hodges case.
Alas, I was going to try to go to the gym today -- it's not been a good past week for that with only one visit (Thursday) -- but it just doesn't work out today as I have that work-related banquet to go with Gary to at Holly Hills Country Club up in Ijamsville by 430PM.
It's going to be quite a rainy ride.
I don't even know how to pronounce "Ijamsville" ... Is the "j" silent? Does anyone know??
OK, that's all for now.
Well, actually, let me just write about this topic...
I've been thinking a lot the past few days about the philosophy of half-man, half-gorgonzola-stuffed shiitake mushroom that is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in relation both to Obergefell v. Hodges and the legal absurdity of the King v. Burwell case that was decided 6-3 in favorite of decency and commonsense.
For starters, at this point, Scalia is basically a Supreme Court justice version of Ann Coulter. He's really a rightwing performance artist trolling everyone near and far with the legal "philosophy" of "strict constructionism" that is really just a form of trolling -- even while the Washington Consensus Very Serious Crowd and Beltway pundit class take as Legal Genius.
Scalia's profound "strict constructionism" goes something like this:
The foundational document of our country -- the U.S. Constitution -- is (in his words that I read once somewhere) "dead, dead, dead" and the words only mean what the Founding Fathers "intended" by those words, and that "intent" is what you, as Antonin Scalia, alone know it to be the meaning, then so that it always produces exactly the intended outcome you want.
Antonin Scalia and his brother-in-arms fellow Supreme Court Justice Clarence "Slappy" Thomas.
This is horseshit, of course, and not how a society of gargantuan complexity could possibly run and not fall into chaos or, more likely, fascism. The outcome of it is the creation of a quasi-feudal corporate dystopia of overclass rule and serfdom, if not outright slavery.
Just consider the concept of the Government providing for the basic public health including sanitation.
To begin with, the United States Constitution doesn't actually ever use the term "health" and the term "general welfare" appears in it twice, one in the preamble and once in Section 8 of Article I.
In a sane world with a sane understanding of the Constitution -- not an Ann Coulter trolling one -- the term general welfare would be understood to include these ideas and "allow" for it.
Thus, someone couldn't put fecal matter in the drinking water.
But in Scalia's bogus philosophy, because the late 18th Century concept of human health and medicine didn't understand the concept of bacteria or viruses, and because these terms don't appear in the document, and because ONLY Scalia "knows" what the Founding Fathers "meant" by the "literal text," the only way to prohibit putting shit in the drinking water is to amend the Constitution, which, of course, is virtually impossible, thus guaranteeing the "shitty" outcome.
Only an intellectually adolescent society would actually take that as a serious legal theory. Wall-P, a.k.a., Pitty Shil, loves it because it validates the zero-dimensional atheism and solipsistic nothingness of its binary world view.
"Eh. Eh. Eheheh. Contract law defines all exist and value is measured by monetary assets. For this reason, I am a morally and ethically superior life form whose existence --"
Ohhhh, shut-up, Wall-P, you corporate toady stooge.
The point worth noting, though -- and this is seldom mentioned -- is that while Scalia's "philosophy" appears to make the world safe for Ayn Rand economics, morality, and ethics, itself it is based on his far-right, outright kooky Catholicism of the Opus Dei sort.
It's a truly and uniquely American bizarre hybrid. And we are stuck with this little troll for at least another decade, probably longer. I'm sure he'll live to 102.
OK, that' really is all for now. I'll try to post a quick jukebox Saturday night entry but at this point, it isn't looking promising. Regardless, I won't be updating the blog until early next week (possibly as late as Tuesday night).