Six months ago, I said I thought full marriage equality would be the law of the land nationwide before the end of the Obama presidency. Now legal experts say the Utah AG's decision to appeal his state's case directly to the Supreme Court makes it likely that the Court will rule on the ultimate question in 2015.
In Waukesha, Wisconsin today, a group of business leaders held a press conference to press Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The event was part of a so-called National Day of Action for Immigration Reform - coordinated by various groups including the US Chamber of Commerce and Mike Bloomberg's Partnership for a new economy. But things got kinda of weird when a local developer named Dagoberto Ibarra got up to make an impassioned speech which ended with him say ""I'm not seeing anybody doing anything. This is the most useless Congress in the last eight years, because a n----r is in charge."
I think we know our laws about sexting and purported sexual predation have gotten totally f'd up when, in order to prosecute a 17 year old for exchanging naked pictures with his 15 year old girlfriend, prosecutors get a warrant to compel the 17 year old boy to submit to what amounts to a mini-porn shoot with a police photographer.
I’ve been involved with Mars research on and off since 1973, when Carl Sagan published my first paper — on photostimulated oxidation in the Martian environment (essentially, how Mars got to be tawny or ochre-colored, to oversimplify a bit) -- in the journal Icarus, of which he was then both publisher and editor. I’m not involved currently in any NASA missions, or in academic research related to Mars, but I have a pretty good understanding of what we think Mars is like now, and of the various theories that have come, gone, and stuck around to explain how we think it got to be that way.