Prop 8

"Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license," U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled.

"Indeed the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples."

This makes me so happy that I actually cried.

Minority issues cannot be put to a majority vote.


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I like the way they have the girl growing and shrinking, to represent the lifelong battle a lot of women go through, of gaining and losing, which takes an even larger toll on their body than just staying a little too big.

Lovely words by the lovely Demi Moore

‘Does being thin resolve anything? No. The irony is that when I abandoned that desire to dominate my body, it actually became the body that I’d always wanted.
‘But it only happened when I stopped trying to control it. At the end of the day, this kind of obsession is pointless and meaningless.’


A portion of Chapter 5 of the Dhammapada - The Fool

Chapter 5, The Fool

Long is the night to the sleepless; long is the league to the weary. Long is worldly existence to fools who know not the Sublime Truth.

Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal, let him resolutely pursue a solitary course; there is no fellowship with the fool.

The fool worries, thinking, "I have sons, I have wealth." Indeed, when he himself is not his own, whence are sons, whence is wealth?

A fool who knows his foolishness is wise at least to that extent, but a fool who thinks himself wise is a fool indeed.

Though all his life a fool associates with a wise man, he no more comprehends the Truth than a spoon tastes the flavor of the soup.

Though only for a moment a discerning person associates with a wise man, quickly he comprehends the Truth, just as the tongue tastes the flavor of the soup.

Fools of little wit are enemies unto themselves as they move about doing evil deeds, the fruits of which are bitter.

Ill done is that action of doing which one repents later, and the fruit of which one, weeping, reaps with tears.

Well done is that action of doing which one repents not later, and the fruit of which one, reaps with delight and happiness.

So long as an evil deed has not ripened, the fool thinks it as sweet as honey. But when the evil deed ripens, the fool comes to grief.

Month after month a fool may eat his food with the tip of a blade of grass, but he still is not worth a sixteenth part of the those who have comprehended the Truth.

Truly, an evil deed committed does not immediately bear fruit, like milk that does not turn sour all at once. But smoldering, it follows the fool like fire covered by ashes.

To his own ruin the fool gains knowledge, for it cleaves his head and destroys his innate goodness.


Enormous Photo Post

We got back to Austin last night. So without further ado, photos:

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This is the New York Public Library. They have an original copy of the Gutenberg Bible on display.

Noah and I went into Flushing (where I was born) to get Asian pastries (Flushing is predominantly Asian; John's friends in NY refer to it as "Frushing") and we saw this!

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