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I'm going to finish posting about my trip, I promise. But at the moment I'm catching up on the news, and locally that involves tracking tornadoes, which is distracting. We're fine so far, and it looks like no one has been hurt.
A few items from my Google reading list:
Amazing HELOC abuse. A HELOC is a home equity line of credit. Nearly impossible to get now, these were being handed out like candy during the housing boom, and led to people using their houses like ATMs. This is an extraordinary example. Over $3 million dollars withdrawn on a house that's assessed at less than $350,000?
The first WTF in this exchange is that Joe Barton thought this was a sensible question. The second is that Barton thought that Chu was baffled about anything except how stupid someone can be and still get elected to Congress. I'm not sure if it's the concept of plate tectonics that escapes him, or if he doesn't understand that fossil fuels are not renewable resources.
Thanks to petzipellipingo for linking me to this story about reactions to gay marriage in Iowa. I'd like to see more acceptance, but I agree with the gist of the story, which is that most Iowans get the concept of tolerance. They may still be uncomfortable with same-sex marriage, but they're likely to comment that they're not too crazy about that guy their niece is marrying either, and they're putting up with that, so what the heck. Besides, we have real gathering storms, not to mention tornadoes, to worry about.
Tomorrow is the first day same-sex couples can get marriage certificates in Iowa, and the local Recorder's office is just a few blocks from here. I'm tempted to drive by to see if anyone other than the two guys who are always marching in front of the women's health center bother to show up to object. Mr. M will certainly go by because he's writing an article for a Polish feminist magazine. In the meantime, the Iowa legislature is finishing up its session and completely ignoring the issue, which means it's not likely to reach a ballot before everyone gets comfortable with the notion and goes back to arguing about hog manure spills.
Mr. M clicked over to Newhart from the news for a few minutes, and I spent a few minutes wondering why the actor playing the advocate for nuclear war seemed so familiar. I finally realized it was Simon Jones, aka Arthur Dent.