Archive for October, 2009

Word Moment: Enmity

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on October 29, 2009 by Josh Wittner


n. pl. en·mi·ties


Deep-seated, often mutual hatred.

Word Moment: Remunerative

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on October 28, 2009 by Josh Wittner




1. Yielding suitable recompense; profitable.
2. Serving to remunerate.

Politically Convenient: Gay Marriage As a State Issue

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by Josh Wittner

Yesterday a couple of friends and I were watching The West Wing and on the show there was a brief discussion concerning same-sex marriage. One of the characters, a current senator and presidential candidate played by Alan Alda doesn’t support same-sex marriage protections by the federal government because marriage is a ‘state issue.’ We got into a heated discussion where I attempted to defend Alan Alda’s statements against Kevin’s argument that certainly same-sex marriage was like other civil rights issues and the federal government is in fact constitutionally compelled to intervene, arguing that “if states offer the contract of marriage to opposite-sex couples, they must offer it to same-sex couples.”

My personal morality lies with Kevin’s as I do also believe the feds should intervene, and certainly I’ve yet to hear a valid constitutional defense of DoMA, but what I’ve gotten to thinking about is whether the “marriage is a state issue” is anything more than a political convenience for our politicians. Kevin goes so far as to call those who use it ‘bigots’ in the same sense as those who use purely religious reasons are, though I argued that one could in fact support same-sex marriage at the state level, while believing that the national government should keep its hands out of state business (this would require supporting the repeal of DoMA). One could argue that they are simply creating a compromise between their beliefs as equal rights activists and their beliefs as federalists, but does that make their actions any less bigoted? Thoughts?

Word Moment: Arbitrage

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on October 27, 2009 by Josh Wittner




The purchase of securities on one market for immediate resale on another market in order to profit from a price discrepancy.
intr.v. ar·bi·tragedar·bi·trag·ingar·bi·trag·es


To be involved in arbitrage.

Fortunate Days

Posted in Fortunate Days with tags , on October 21, 2009 by Josh Wittner

“You will reach high levels of intelligence.”

Too late cookie, too late.

Word Moment: Tort

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on October 21, 2009 by Josh Wittner


n. Law

Damage, injury, or a wrongful act done willfully, negligently, or in circumstances involving strict liability, but not involving breach of contract, for which a civil suit can be brought.

Word Moment: Otiose

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on October 16, 2009 by Josh Wittner



1. Lazy; indolent.
2. Of no use.
3. Ineffective; futile. See Synonyms at vain.

[Latin tisusidle, from tiumleisure.]