Prop 8 was of the people, as are all the constitutional amendments passed in many states explicitly defining what marriage is or isn't. Isn't that independence of the people? Who is it that's against independence now?
The 14th Amendment reads in part, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
Note that the only two descriptors of people are "persons" and "citizens." It doesn't talk about white, black, native, asian, gay, straight, or anything else. The only thing that counts is "citizen." So even if your state passed an amendment to its constitution that said black people couldn't drive on Sunday, it would be unconstitutional. This is the same reason the court invalidated laws prohibiting inter-racial marriages in Loving v. Virginia in 1968, a point which seems to have been lost on Justice Thomas.
I'm not really clear on how you ban encryption. Do you lock up all the mathematicians?
Ask Phil Zimmerman about that. The US didn't lock him up, but it wasn't for lack of trying.
"I'm genuinely baffled as to why Batteroo would need to resort to claims like 8 times life."
Really? You are genuinely baffled why a company might exaggerate their claims? Really?
Smiling Bob is their ad agent. And, I'm sure the "shipping and handling" charges will be quite reasonable.
There are multiple wineries in Alaska (and they all seem to be new).
You can make bad wine anywhere.