SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

MARRIAGE AND SELF-GOVERNMENT UNDER ATTACK...AGAIN. A very disappointing ruling was issued by King County Superior Court Judge William Downing, holding Washington State's Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional under the Washington State Constitution's Privileges and Immunities Clause as well as the (Substantive) Due Process Clause. Judge Downing issued a stay on his own decision, pending an ultimate decision by the State Supreme Court. The Evergreen State is now poised to follow in the footsteps of Massachusetts--where a runaway judiciary illegitimately assumed unto itself the power to redefine a bedrock institution of Western Civilization that is itself grounded in the laws of nature.

Indeed, Judge Downing invoked the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's recent decision in a number of places in his summary judgment order (available here). How Appealling first alerted me to Judge Downing's order and the pertinent post links a Seattle Times story. Also worth noting is Hugh Hewitt's interview with Dr. James Dobson, as well as Terry Eastland's recent column on the chances of a Federal Marriage Amendment appearing before the U.S. Senate in the near future. (Again, hat tip to Hewitt.) On a more fundamental level, I think it entirely appropriate to check out Dr. Robert George's First Things back-issue article on Abraham Lincoln and judicial imperialism.

My former boss, Washington State Senator Val Stevens, is one of the third-party defendant intervenors in the suit, defending the state statute along with the State itself. I appreciate her willingness to stand up for marriage and the separation of powers.

I finished my first read of Judge Downing's order a few minutes ago, and needless to say I take great exception to his ruling and several aspects of his reasoning. More to come on this...

(Atlanta, GA)
MOVING ALONG. Athens proved a neat little town, but I was not so fortunate to have remained long enough to have sampled its music scene. I did, however, manage to get some dinner at The Globe—a Globe Burger, complete with salad, fries and a dark beer. I understand that the establishment's owner is Athens' own Michael Stipe, singer in R.E.M.

The University of Georgia proved a very nice and very large, and I was much impressed—in spite of the Draconian $40 parking ticket I managed to get stuck with.

Unfortunately, Athens doesn’t have a minor league baseball team, thus depriving me of any chance to catch another game down South. (The Atlanta Braves are out of town at the moment.)
I find the roads here a bit confusing and the mediocre to poor A/C in my car doesn't help. Then again, its not the worst thing in the world to be cruising around in a stylish car--my rented Chrysler 300. Apparently, Thrifty was out of the Dodge Neons, so they upgrade me for a discount. I’ve received several compliments for my ride already. And I'm lucky enough to say that with all the heat down here that the nearly one liter of Diet Dr. Pepper I spilled on the driver's side floor is all dry. The mat and carpet are both dark, so it doesn't even show.

(Atlanta, GA)

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

STILL ALIVE. I was on a forced blogging hiatus, due primarily to work, work and more work, plus some chores and errands. Despite my high hopes for getting something posted yesterday, an early rise and a long day left me wiped out. It didn't help when Delta Airlines lost my luggage, but they gave me a dinner voucher that I used to get a triple cheesburger and a frosty at Wendy's. I was proud of myself for laying off of the fries.

In any event, with jet lag I couldn't help but stay up very late in this dive of a hotel I'm presently staying at. Of course, I didn't intend to stay at a dive, but that's the way it is. Indeed, I found it rather disturbing to find a slug--of all things--in my room last night. This made me quite paranoid for the rest of the evening, so anytime the A/C made a little squeak, I began to think that it might be a rat...running around the room. It would give me the Hanta Virus, I just knew it.

Anyway, I managed to survive the evening and after some bland coffee and the complimentary all-carb breakfast I'm somewhat rejuvinated. The South can get pretty muggy, but the scenery can be just beautiful--particularly so in Georgia. Now, back to work...

(Athens, GA)