Second Order Video Godwin?

I find this video hilariously ironic. Don’t get me wrong, I think Faux News is a steaming pile of´╗┐ bias like most sane individuals. But this video is chock full of exactly the kind of scare mongering that it is accusing Faux News of delivering. I can almost hear an announcer saying “They’re worse than Hitler because they accuse Obama of being worse than Hitler!!!”

Texas Bans Marriage

Apparently, in their zeal to ban gay marriage, Texas may have overshot a little and banned all marriage. The line in their state constitution (added in 2005) causing problems is this one: “This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.” One way to look at it, and apparently a valid legal view, is to say that marriage is identical to marriage and therefore the state of Texas may not recognize it as a valid legal status.

At first blush I thought, you know, that’s one of those little snafu’s that is likely to simply be ignored. Yeah, technically marriage isn’t recognized in the state of Texas any longer. However, no one is likely to pursue that, and so even if it remains unchanged in the constitution it’s not likely to have any real effect.

But as I thought about it more I realized that it’s actually likely to come up at some point or other. The most likely avenue for a challenge to this amendment will be in the case of a divorce. Some lawyer somewhere is going to recognize that it will be a lot easier and more profitable, both for them and their client, to simply argue that the couple was never technically married at all. In that case, I’m not so sure that it won’t have to be upheld. Logically it’s a bit silly, but legal has never necessarily equaled logical.

History Is Written…

I absolutely love this story from the Onion. What would an alternate history of an alternate history look like? What would the world look like if the Axis had won the war? And then what would their world look like if the Allies had won the war? It’s like doing a literal translation of a phrase into another language and then doing another literal translation back into the original.

Since history is written by the winners, the Axis would be considered the good guys, and the Allies would be the enemies. How evil would the world be if the enemies had won?