Because “bias” is in the eye of the beholder

Since SFgate reported that Judge Vaughn Walker is gay, several groups opposed to gay rights have apparently claimed that his sexual orientation constitutes a bias that should prevent him from presiding over the Federal trial over California’s Proposition 8.  Despite Walker’s long-standing reputation as an impartial judge,  Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel has said that: “Any decision favoring plaintiffs in this case will be permanently marred and universally viewed as stemming from Judge Walker’s personal biases.”

Of course, this is the same Liberty Counsel that is currently looking to hire a “religious liberty attorney” with “an unquenchable desire to be on the front lines of the culture war that is raging against America’s Christian heritage.”  Presumably, the successful candidate should also have no aspirations to a judicial career.

Pants/trousers* and Superbowl Commercials

I honestly don’t know what is  worse:  The commercial or what appears  to be the manufacturers/advertising agency’s comment on it:

And here’s the explanation:

The Men Without Pants ad makes a statement about modern masculinity, or lack thereof. The anti-anthem commercial dramatizes the ridiculous behavior of a group of men not wearing pants. These proud but childish men march through a field with purpose while singing I Wear No Pants and are interrupted with a notice to mankind: Calling all Men – its time to Wear the Pants. The takeaway of the ad is that men might see a glimmer of themselves in the pant-less parade and make the decision to Wear the Pants, both literally and figuratively.

Given the amount of drinking that can be going on as this commercial is watched, one has to worry about whether such a commercial is going to bring out undesirable behavior.  Or so I think.

What do you think?


*trousers are called “pants” in the US>

Comments getting lost in spam

I just discovered 3 comments buried in the  spam box.  The algorithm used to decide what goes in there is obviously very imperfect.  If you don’t see your comment getting posted, please use the “contact us” to let us know.  We do not screen comments, though we may delete those that violate our policies.

The posts were on the following three topics:

– query from a reader

– once upon a time

– pretty thin men