Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Gay marriage

This started out as a comment on NCO Brief.

It is not unreasonable for the State to encourage the raising of children in families, by giving tax breaks, simplifying paperwork, and the like. To the extent that marriage means anything, it is about the making and raising of children, something that every self-sustaining government must take an interest in. It is not practical (or desirable) for the government to review every child to determine how much their parents should be rewarded, but it is possible to give useful general support with marriage subsidies. (IMHO divorce rates don't refute this. Marriage subsidies do help keep an extra parent around for the first few years of the kid's life, a time when extra social contact is uniquely valuable.)

To put a simple lifestyle choice on the same footing, with the same subsidies and benefits, is corrosive to those interests. It must either take money away from other needs, or the taxpayer must be held up at gunpoint for more money, while at the same time trivializing the real purpose of the laws. Proponents of government-subsidized homosexuality cannot plausibly pretend surprise that taxpayers might object to money being frittered away for their private gratification.

In any event, the ostensible reasons in support of gay marriage are probably a smokescreen. I do not mind if San Francisco and its provinces legalize gay marriage. However their experiment works out, we will all learn valuable lessons in due course, and any people harmed can simply drive over to Sacramento and harass the legislature into making some changes. The real reason gay marriage is being popularized is to set the stage for it being litigated in the Supreme Court, so that one more aspect of American life can be regimented in a single winner-takes-all contest. The statists want to bring to family law what they brought to drug law and race relations. The prospect of child custody cases being decided by a National Family Law Administration is chilling.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

ATF versus radiator hose - steel cage death match

The automatic transmission fluid wins.

I spilled fluid on the hose changing the transmission fluid. I thought "How bad could it possibly be? I'll just wash it off later." After just the test drive to make sure the tranny wasn't leaking, the hose was already sticky and well on its way to leave-fingerprints-in-the-rubber.

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