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RCW 26.04

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I would prefer that Chapter 26.04 RCW considered anything conforming to the definition of “Domestic Partnership” in SB 5688 qualified as a “Marriage”, but the fact that SB 5688 exists is enough to for Hannah and I to complete a “Marriage License” and formalize our arrangement with the state.

We should throw a party or something.

Rob McKenna’s response

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I requested that Rob McKenna stop his nonsense, noting that he was harming my small business. Here is his response, in which he implies that he does not drive cars and is further not aware that one who drives cars must carry insurance.

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office to express
your opinion about my decision to join the multi-state lawsuit,
led by the Florida Attorney General's Office, challenging
specific provisions of the recently enacted federal health care

I apologize for the delay in responding. Our office received more
than 25,000 contacts via e-mail, phone and U.S. mail and due to
the tremendous volume, cost and time involved, we are simply
unable to respond personally to each one. I appreciate the
opportunity to provide some additional background to you based on
common questions we've received.


As you may know, in December 2009 I joined several state
attorneys general in expressing concerns over provisions in the
U.S.  Senate health care bill which appeared to violate our
federal Constitution. At that point, we were primarily concerned
about the special arrangement in the Senate's health care
proposal which permanently exempted Nebraska from paying its
share of the additional Medicaid costs mandated by the bill –
costs that all other states, including Washington, would
bear. The attorneys general also indicated there could be
legal or constitutional concerns with other provisions of the
proposed legislation, and we were waiting to see what ultimately
remained on final passage of the bill.

On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, after further legal analysis and
deliberation — and after notifying Governor Chris Gregoire of my
decision -- I joined what was then 12 fellow AGs in a bi-partisan
lawsuit challenging specific provisions as an expansion of
federal power beyond that we believe is allowed under the
U.S. Constitution.

Florida AG Bill McCollum filed this suit in the U.S.  District
Court for the Northern District of Florida. As a party to this
multi-state suit, Washington is one of 20 states now
participating to date.  As the lead state, Florida has negotiated
with a Constitutional expert to cap his fees for the case at
$50,000. Florida has also negotiated a cost-sharing agreement
with the bulk of the states to cover the costs of resources and
personnel to pursue the case. Washington is not participating
in the cost-sharing agreement so the cost to the state will be

What is this case about? 

As this state's independently elected attorney general, I take my
duty to defend your constitutional rights very seriously.  Health
care reform is much too important to build on an unconstitutional

The two main provisions of our lawsuit deal with:

1) The unprecedented and unconstitutional mandate that individuals lacking
health insurance must purchase private insurance or face a fine; and

2) The massive expansion of the Medicaid program required by the
bill, which will unconstitutionally require states to spend
billions more on this federal program at a time when state
budgets are already in crisis.

The attorneys general who signed on to this lawsuit believe both
of these mandates represent expansions of federal authority that
violate the 10th Amendment, which states that "the powers
not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states
respectively, or to the people." We're also concerned
the individual mandate violates the Commerce Clause, because
never before has Congress required all Americans to purchase a
specific product in the private marketplace.

Does this lawsuit overturn the health care bill?

Contrary to what has been reported, I did not join this suit to
"overturn" or "repeal" the new health care
reform legislation.

In fact, this lawsuit will not affect most provisions of the
federal health care legislation, including among other things:
  • Allowing children access to health insurance regardless of
    pre-existing conditions;
  • Providing seniors a rebate to fill the so-called "donut
    hole" in Medicare drug coverage, which severely limits
    prescription medication coverage expenditures over $2,700;
  • Banning lifetime caps on the amount of insurance an individual
    can have;
  • Prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to
    existing policy-holders when they get sick; and
  • Allowing young adults to continue to be covered by their
    parents' health insurance until they reach age 27.

While most provisions of the federal health care bill meet
constitutional muster, my fellow AGs and I feel strongly that the
federal government exceeded its constitutional authority in certain
provisions of the health care bill, and that the individual rights of
our citizens deserve to be given the respect that the Constitution

My office has received a tremendous amount of feedback on this issue
both supportive of and in opposition to the suit. Some people claim
that because the majority in Congress approved the bill, I should not
pursue these constitutional concerns. However, the Constitution was
adopted as a means to ensure people's basic rights are protected,
using the judicial branch and other checks and balances in our system.

These are issues of the utmost concern in our state and around the
country. Regardless of the positions or viewpoints they express, it's
important that Washington citizens are making their voices heard.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me.

I hope this information has been helpful to you. For answers to more
frequently asked questions, a copy of the new law or a copy of our
lawsuit, please visit our FAQ site:

Sincerely, ROB MCKENNA Attorney General

Conversation with T-Mobile

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You have been connected to ^Carsheena H.
C.J. Adams-Collier: hi there!
^Carsheena H: Hi C.J. , welcome to T-Mobile live Chat. I’m ^Carsheena and I will be happy to assist you. Please give me a moment to review your question.
C.J. Adams-Collier: heh, no problem ;)
^Carsheena H: Thank you for your patience, C.J.
C.J. Adams-Collier: I think I may have left my phone somewhere. I’m curious whether you can check the location of it, so I know whether I should re-trace my steps
^Carsheena H: I see that you are concern about your phone location. I know it’s very aggravating to lose your phone. I will be devastated if I lost my phone.
C.J. Adams-Collier: :)
C.J. Adams-Collier: you’re failing the Turing test!
^Carsheena H: Unfortunately, I have no way of tracking your phone from my system. However, depending on your device you my be able to track that device.
C.J. Adams-Collier: cool. I’d love to hear the details.
C.J. Adams-Collier: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_test
^Carsheena H: Can you please give me 1-2 minutes to pull up your account?
C.J. Adams-Collier: no problem
^Carsheena H: Are you using a G1?
C.J. Adams-Collier: yeppers
^Carsheena H: Unfortunately, you wouldn’t be able to track that device, C.J.
C.J. Adams-Collier: you can’t determine which cell towers it is associated with?
^Carsheena H: However, we can get your line suspended so there won’t be any usage on your device.
^Carsheena H: Unfortunately, no I wouldn’t be able to determine that.
C.J. Adams-Collier: heh, okay. how long does it take to un-suspend the line?
^Carsheena H: You can have you line suspended up to 30 days. Once you reach 30 days please give us a call or chat and let us know if you want to restore the line. After 30 days it will go into cancellation.
C.J. Adams-Collier: erhm… how long does it take to *remove* the suspension if I decide to have you do the suspension?
^Carsheena H: You can restore it anytime you want.
^Carsheena H: As long as it’s within 30 days.
C.J. Adams-Collier: okay. go ahead and suspend. what is the process to remove the suspension?
^Carsheena H: Just give us a call and say you want to restore you line.
C.J. Adams-Collier: ok. thanks.
^Carsheena H: You are very welcome, can you please give me 2-3 minutes to suspend you line?
C.J. Adams-Collier: sure. do you mind if I publish our conversation?
^Carsheena H: You are allowed to print this conversation if you would like to.
^Carsheena H: Thank you for your patience, C.J.
^Carsheena H: Your line is currently suspended.
^Carsheena H: Are you still there, C.J.?
^Carsheena H: I have attempted to get your attention. However, it seems that you have stepped away from your computer. I regret the fact that I have to end this chat. If you have any more questions or concerns please contact us via: chat, 611 from your handset, or 8009378997 from any phone. Thank you for chatting with T-mobile live chat have a wonderful rest of the day

PPA installation on karmic

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I don’t know how long add-apt-repository has been around, but I’ve found it very useful for installing some of the bleeding edge stuff I want to test:

$ for ppa in do-core team-xbmc nvidia-vdpau chromium-daily directhex/monoxide
  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:$ppa
$ apt-get update
$ apt-get install chromium-browser nvidia-glx-195 gnome-do xbmc monodevelop

Is there anything like this for debian proper, I wonder?

A quick update – I’m a grad student!

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Hey all!

I’m sorry I haven’t been very active with my packages recently. I all-of-a-sudden started grad school and have been swamped with studying. I also started a contract and have been busy trying to learn a new codebase while contributing something other than snark.

I promise I’ll get back to packaging IronRuby and IronPython on Mono for Debian as soon as things start settling down. Getting an A in the class is higher priority, though, sorry…

Don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten about you ;)



PS, I am implementing a Perl library to exercise my understanding of the class. You can follow along at the search.cpan.org page for Lingua::HPSG or by cloning the git repo:

$ git clone git://karma.colliertech.org/colliertech/langparser

Well, that was an eventful day!

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*whew* I did a bunch of things yesterday. We took our kindergärtner to her first Friday at her new school (and were about 10 minutes tardy. oops). We then took our toddler to a nearby playground with swings and slides and let her expend some energy. After she had been sufficiently exercised, we walked back home, stopping at a coffee shop on the way. The baristo (you call male baristas “baristos,” right? :) ) recognized my MC Frontalot shirt and asked whether I had caught him the previous weekend at PAX. Unfortunately, I have not attended PAX since 2006, but I *did* purchase the tee directly from The Front himself ;)

When we got home, I worked a bit on an English Language parser implementation and then went to the University of Washington to meet with Emily Bender about getting in to the Professional Master’s program in Computational Linguistics. It all looks good, and I even got the good news that the GRE is no longer required!

After the meeting, I headed home and poked at the parser for a little while longer. I then picked Scarlet up from after-school care and brought her home. I then hopped in the car and drove toward Bellevue to meet up with Monty while he’s in town. I over-estimated the amount of time traffic would steal on my way to Bellevue, and had an extra hour to blow. So I dropped by building 41 and shot the IronPython bull with Dino. It turns out he’s got an android phone, too. I told him it was possible to put a debian chroot on it and that he should even be able to ‘apt-get install ironpython’ to his phone soon ;) We talked briefly about the CodePlex Foundation and Sam Ramji’s departure from The Evil Empire. Dino seems skeptical about the project. I don’t have enough information to have much of an opinion. However, it sounds like some folks I trust are involved, so I’m hopeful.

I left MS just in time to make it to the wrong address at the specified time. My phone had just enough juice to call Monty to get the right address and then use the navigation system to find my way there. I wasn’t able to make reservations at the place we intended to go for dinner until 8:15, so we went to the Barnes & Noble for a bit. They only had one NLP book in stock and the examples are all in Python. I should learn that language one of these days… As we were leaving the Pacific Place, Monty mentioned to me that he is on the advisory board for the CodePlex Foundation, and that they have been responsive enough to his input that they changed the Mission statement, at his recommendation, just one day before the Foundation was publicized. He feels that this is a very good direction for Microsoft to be heading.

My brother Chris was kind enough to watch the kids while we went out to dinner. Quick note: he recently graduated from UW with a BA in Electrical Engineering and is looking for work using his acquired knowledge, in case anyone needs one of those ;)

We met up with my wife, Hannah and our friends, Mike & Cynthia at our place. Monty graciously avoided mentioning the terrible state in which our apartment has recently found itself. The kids were super cute and polite and said hi/bye.

Over dinner we discussed building an android app (Monty has one, too ;) ) to automate the process of creating bounties for apps and getting folks to implement them. We also talked about MySQL and MariaDB, of course. Hannah and I recalled my time working for MySQL, Inc. on the MaxDB project and some subtle cultural differences we noticed while traveling. It was interesting getting the inside scoop about the Sun acquisition and some of the recent goings-on in the MySQL/Sun/Oracle world. I wasn’t aware, for instance, that the EU is balking on the merger because of monopoly concerns.

I was going to write an opinion article….

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But then I thought better of the idea. Anyone who still takes bn seriously after the recent terrorist actions is likely not going to be swayed by facts, proof of their hypocrisy, their total lack of participation in the community and failure to engage with campaigns they claim to support.

Rather than taking the time to write something up proper, here are some questions I asked and the answers that I had to find myself, since was a curious lack of response.

12:07 < cj> 1) do you condone, condemn or have no feeling on the actions taken against Schlesinger?


12:08 < cj> 2) What are your thoughts about patent-laden mesa code in the default desktop releases of many popular distributuions?

13:17 -BNc:#boycottnovell- [schestowitz] Truly Free Software 3D Driver for ATI/AMD Gets Better http://ping.fm/0Ly0M

12:12 < cj> 3) have you or do you plan to contribute to the Software Freedom Law Center?


Matthew Broderick broke The Music Man.

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I was reading Lefty’s recent blog post and was reminded (by way of a certain scene) of being pissed off by Broderick’s s/egg/globe/ in the 2003 production of The Music Man. I was going to put the following in the comments, but I decided not to in order to keep the conversation on topic :)

The Kids in the Pit

Which reminds me of a tangential blather. Did any of you see the recent re-make of Music Man with Matthew Broderick? Do you recall how he changed the script to refer to Columbus and the *globe* instead of Columbus and the *egg*?

That really irritated me. You can’t see it in the above picture, but while I was in the pit and waiting for our cues, I was coincidently reading Larry Wall’s Camel book. I was so confused about Harold Hill’s reference to “Columbus’ conception of the egg” until I read the following: