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Ryan Poe
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glad we went early, beautiful day and a long line of cars going the other way as we were leaving
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mcLovins at +Headquarters Live in Salisbury md
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Many thanks to the Grateful Dead, the city of Chicago, Nida and Doug, and the Baltimore Orioles for an amazing weekend.
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Very Important, Please give this a read and make the most of every opportunity you have to vote

Particularly my US friends, reposted from fb

Bryan Anderton
"(Apologies: Very long history nerd post ahead.)

We often hear the adage, "elections have consequences." And with regards to today's news, it's certainly not difficult to go back in time to 2008 and imagine a world in which John McCain wins the presidency instead of Barack Obama. In this parallel universe:

* Don't Ask, Don't Tell is not repealed.
* Federal hate crimes laws protecting LGBT people are not enacted.
* The President and Vice President of the United States never come out in favor of marriage equality.
* The Justice Department never abandons its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act, which leads us down a path in which DOMA is never invalidated by the Supreme Court and today's victory never happens.

But today's victory--and the Lawrence and Windsor victories--actually relies on the outcome of an election nearly 30 years ago.

In 1987, in the second half of his second term, Ronald Reagan needed to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell. His nominee was a D.C. Circuit Court judge and former Solicitor General named Robert Bork. Bork was a judicial and academic colleague of Antonin Scalia, who himself had been unanimously confirmed to the highest court in the land the previous year by a Republican-led Senate. Like Scalia, Bork was an "originalist," meaning: If it wasn't explicitly listed as a right in the Constitution by the original founders, then it was basically hogwash, in his opinion. And he had demonstrated this ideology many times over during his time on the D.C. Circuit Court, in rulings that were often co-signed by Scalia.

But between Scalia's confirmation to the Supreme Court and Bork's nomination, a midterm election had taken place, and Democrats had won control of the Senate for the first time since 1980. And they were not about to let Reagan put yet another hardline conservative on the court. With an opposition led by Ted Kennedy, the Senate rejected Bork's nomination.

In his place--after the brief nomination of a second judge who removed himself from consideration after his marijuana use came to light in the press (‪#‎myhowtimeshavechanged‬)--Reagan nominated the much more moderate Anthony Kennedy, who was unanimously confirmed.

So, again: If the Democrats hadn't won the 1986 Senate elections, Bork sits on the court instead of Kennedy. Lawrence v. Texas might still happen (it was a 6-3 decision), but Windsor and Obergefell almost certainly do not.

Remember this the next time you sit out a midterm election."

also, well done scotus, 2 for 2 this week
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Excellent commentary. Well done.
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Reverend Chaos, Continuum, and Paricle
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Chicago Area Residents

I find myself with the opportunity to visit the Windy City for the first time in a few weeks and would appreciate some advice as to how I might best spend the short time I will be there.

Of particular interest:

Friendly Local Gaming Shops
Great Food
Craft Breweries
Parks
Historical and Natural Attractions
Stunning Views
Anything else you consider a must visit

Thank You

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thank you, +Atlas Games, this book is beautiful
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still a few spots open for swords without master tonight at 8 e-let me know if you're interested
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yeah that would have gotten us going, the player i hadn't heard from eventually joined and was late because he didn't see my hangout invite or my post in the event

in my experience no shows are unfortunately common in online games (and in fact i think i was guilty of it myself for one of +Kyrinn S. Eis's games-sorry again about that) so i find it best just to respond yes to event invites if you are interested, perhaps with a comment if it's closer to a maybe because of work or other social obligations, regardless of how many have already signed up
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after a long night we finally made it-very much looking forward to the next few days

#chicago #gd50 #orioles
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wasn't much of a sunrise, but at least there was no traffic +Nida Moore
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Primary interests are ecology and conservation, tabletop RPGs, hydroponic and outdoor gardening, drawing, painting, photography, and live music.
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  • Lower Shore Land Trust
    Volunteer Easement Monitor, 2011 - present
  • Johnson's Seed And Feed
    Greenhouse Manager, 2012 - present
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