Well, Alabama was in the national news all week.
Gay marriage is legal here now, despite the continuing efforts of our buffoon Chief Justice. I’ve said pretty much all I have to say about gay marriage here and here. I’ve had it settled to myself for decades—intellectually, morally, emotionally, spiritually—and I hope this divisive and destructive page really is finally turning. To my friends who still can’t see it my way: please consider everything facing our world—all of the issues that could potentially respond positively to your energies—and ask yourself whether this is a hill worth dying on.
In other news, about a mile down the street a Madison police officer body-slammed a thin man from India who was here visiting his new grandson. He needed spinal surgery and is still partially paralyzed. I was mostly giving the officer the benefit of the doubt until I saw the video, which unambiguously shows senseless brutality. He’s been fired and charged with third-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor. I think the video shows malicious intent to injure the man, and that the officer should be charged with a felony. A federal investigation continues.
This paragraph was going to be about the winter storm that’s going to wallop us early tomorrow morning, but they’ve backed off to a winter weather advisory since I started the post. We might tumble all the way down to cold rain.