Strange, somehow, to see the rise of conservative, clamp-down militarism in government and simultaneously witness an on-going swell of progressive and permissive activity.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Soldiers fanned out to guard possible terror targets acrossAnd, from the BBC:
BelgiumSaturday, including some buildings within the Jewish quarter of the port city of Antwerp. It was the first time in 30 years that authorities used troops to reinforce police in Belgium's cities, and came a day after anti-terror raids netted dozens of suspects across Western Europe. [emphasis added]
Meanwhile, with a relative speed that is hard to compass, the Supreme Court will take up gay (homosexual) unions banned in a minority 14 states:
Europeis on high alert following anti-terror raids and arrests of suspected Islamist militants.
More than 20 people have been arrested in
Belgium, Franceand Germanyand Belgiumhas joined Francein deploying troops alongside police.
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether states can ban gay marriage, delving into a contentious social issue in what will be one of the most anticipated rulings of the year.When I was a kid, the idea of homosexual unions, state-sanctioned or otherwise, was off the prurient American charts. It feels as if now, such unions are one step away from being what they always deserved to be -- yesterday's news. It's not that righteous, religious revulsion won't exist, but the balance of the scales seems almost reversed... a liberal step...
The court, in a brief order, said it would hear cases concerning marriage restrictions in
Michigan, Kentucky, Ohioand Tennessee. The ruling, due by the end of June, will determine whether 14 remaining state bans will be struck down.
In a distinctly illiberal time riven by economic hardship.
Perhaps you have to be well-heeled -- or at least well-sheltered -- to entertain liberal philosophies that will eventually spill someone else's blood ... just like dictatorship.
I think I may watch "V for Vendetta" again today ... just a small fantasy suggesting that dictatorship is not the only option. It's a wet dream, but who doesn't like a good wet dream?