For several days now, I?ve been in a running argument with an individual who goes by the name of ?On Lawn? over in the comments sections of the blog ran by anti-gay equality group National Organization for Marriage. In several comments here, here, and here, this person seems to imply that procreation, or at least the potential for procreation, is a requirement of marriage. I?ve tried several times to get this person to explain this concept but they keep brushing off the question calling it absurd. When I tried to point out that there is no link between marriage and procreation they came back with this.
Well, there shows the damage they want to do to the institution. If marriage can?t look equally at the interests of all involved in the practice of human mating, then you tell me what can.
Prehistoric humans didn?t marry before they mated, they just found a bush did it. When you look at the whole of human history, marriage is a relatively new creation, only being a few thousand years old. Our very existence proves that marriage is not a requirement or an essential element of the human mating process.
I watched the first show tonight after i got home from work. I have to say that Ed still has a lot of polishing to do. He seemed a tad nervious and unsure with the cameras. I’m sure that he will quickly wrap that up and have a fairly decent show.
The only other issue I have with Ed is that he appears to be a lot more partisan than I am used to seeing on MSNBC. Sure Olbermann and Maddow are fairly liberal hosts with their shows on MSNBC but they do a fairly decent job of keeping it reigned in. Ed lets it all hang out, which may be exactly the type of show he is wanting to put out. I’m not sure I will be an avid follower of the show becuase of it. That and he hits the air waves at 5:00pm here in Iowa, which means that he is on generally during the time right after I get home from work and rarely have the TV on.
Rachel Maddow showed several segments of an interview with Collin Powell last night. I thought it was very interesting.
Here she asks him what he thinks of the GOP Budget alternative that was put out yesterday. A transcript of the interview and other clips can be found here. I am currently reading through the GOP budget proposal and hope to have my take on it out this weekend.
In this next clip he talks about Gitmo and the Bush Administration’s use of torture.