Another Reason – NO ON 36!

Another reason to vote no on 36 (for non-Oregonians, 36 basically modifies the Oregon Constitution to explicitly state that marriage is between a man and a woman). One may enter Mary’s Club from El Grillo (which means the grillo) if one is 21 or over or accompanied by a spouse who is of legal age. Thus speaketh the sign. True story…but seriously, this measure is quite possible the one in which I have heard the least rational arguments for in my entire life. There is no viable reason to ban gay marriage even if your religion says that gays are going straight to hell. Marriage is an institution of love and commitment. Under the eye of the law, it is one of the most serious commitments available to two people. In the law, marriage is a legal state of being for two people. These people gain benefits under the law for their partnership. It is human nature to couple in this way (or something similar), so it makes perfect sense to accomodate it legally. Then there is the religious aspect. Due to the whole human nature thing, it also makes sense for religion to have something to say about it, bringing in restrictions and presents and stuff. Let the Catholic priests throw the first stone in that regard, but in any case religion and law really have nothing to do with each other.

Update: crap! I somehow wrote yes somewhere in the text. Just caught it and made it no. Like it should be. In case the context or the title didn’t give it away.

Big Sky Crystal Ale

Wandering throught the beer aisle at New Seasons looking for something tasty and new, I happened upon a nice fellow who was giving samples of some tasty ales. The first that I tried was also my favorite of the bunch…Big Sky Crystal Ale. This ale is really good, having a very crisp flavor, complicated by bursts of sweet and bitter, the latter reminding me of the pleasant hopping of a Czech Pilsner. The body is light and unobtrusive, the color a mellow gold that even my grandfather might appreciate. The aroma is honest, complimenting this ale throughout, not presenting any overt complications itself as it escorts this ale through the palate. This may be my most exciting discovery since Lost Coast’s Indica IPA.


sorry about the hiatus. Been way quiet lately, even though I have a few good things to post. Partly busy, partly trying to lessen computer/rick time, partly just beaten down dealing with all the frickin blog spam.