Can we finally assume spring is here? Not so fast. The temperature is supposed to get down into the high 20′s on Wednesday morning. That doesn’t feel too spring -like to me.
The cherry trees are finally out. This past weekend hit all time highs for crowds and garbage overflow. The picture is one of mine from another year. None of the men in my house could be talked into going yet. Even I wouldn’t have gone on a weekend.
Americans love the cherry tree blossoms. This has not always been the case. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the cherry trees, a gift from Japan, were the subject of attack. Guards had to be posted to ensure the safety of the trees. See the Smithsonian Magazine for this strange behavior.
UVA’s statement and definition on HAZING:
Pressuring a potential new member or a new member to do anything against her/his will. Hazing is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and IS NOT tolerated at the University.
Apparently the ‘Hoo statement was not embodied by all because 2 charters have just been pulled by UVA because of hazing. People just assume the banned fraternities are minority frat houses. Such is not the case. One of the fraternities was a founding charter member.
A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive.
Shannon Morgan, of Maurice Township, said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission violated her First Amendment rights when its website rejected the plate reading “8THEIST.” She said she received a message stating that her vanity plate request was ineligible as it “may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency.”
Morgan then filled out the online application using the phrase “BAPTIST” as a test, which the website accepted. Morgan claims in her lawsuit that she sent the agency a letter of complaint by registered mail and made several attempts to contact them by phone, all of which went unanswered.
What’s New Jersey’s problem? I disagree that the plate is offensive. The plate message refers to the car owner and isn’t trying to recruit or shove its message down anyone else’s throat. It isn’t close to being off-color nor does it contain sexual or profane language.
Does New Jersey now mandate that people believe in a deity? Afraid that might violate the Constitution. They deserve to lose this court challenge. Somehow I don’t think it will get that far. Perhaps this time their DMV system will get it right.
A small group of black students at Washington and Lee University took school administrators by surprise with a list of demands that included renouncing Robert E. Lee for his racism. The students, who do not represent all African American students at Washington and Lee, call themselves The Committee. The Committee has threated civil disobedience if W & L officials administrators do not meet their demands.
A group of black law students at Washington and Lee University is urging administrators to atone for its Confederate heritage and what they call the “dishonorable conduct” of namesake Robert E. Lee. The movement has struck a racial divide on the bucolic campus in Lexington, Va., where black students make up about 3.5 percent of the total student population. Third-year law student Dominik Taylor, a descendent of slaves on his father’s side, said he felt betrayed by admissions representatives who touted the school’s diversity. “They assured me it was a welcoming environment where everyone sticks together as a community,” Taylor said. “Then I came here and felt ostracized and alienated.” Read more…
There seems to be a rather simple solution for revenge pornography. Don’t allow anyone to take intimate photographs or video of you. Problem solved. Mr. Wonderful could turn into Mr. Wrong real fast.
This simply cannot be rocket science. Why allow someone to capture your most intimate moments for perpetuity?
Only 27% of people polled said President Obama was black. Yet on the 2010 census he identified himself as black.
The following chart shows the increase in mixed marriages over the past several decades:
According to Paul Taylor of the Pew Institute:
More than a quarter of Hispanic and Asian newlyweds “marry out,” as do one-in six-blacks and one-in-ten whites. Whites are still the largest race group, so even though they “marry out” at lower rates, they still account for 70% of all interracial marriages.
By mid-century, what will we call the children of interracial marriages? Today we aren’t even sure what to call our president. We do know this: In many cultures and societies through history, being mixed race — being a “mutt” as Obama sometimes calls himself — has meant being an outcast. In today’s America, judging by those Super Bowl ads or today’s celebrities, the norms are changing and the stigma receding.
Was Birmingham Sunday, the church bombing in Birmingham in the 60′s where 3 young women were murdered, a hate crime? Absolutely.
This crime was committed, allegedly, by a former KKK member named Glenn Miller. He was a frequent flyer in the white supremacist movement. He will be charged with first degree murder by the state and he will also have some federal charges heaped on him.
What kind of monster does something like this? He can hate who he wants in his head. The minute he acts on that hate, he should go to prison. People living in America should be able to worship how they please without fear of being gunned down or assassinated.
Nothing in the Bill of Rights has caused more debate, in recent times, than the second amendment. As written, it seems that there are no limits placed on private citizens. Others would argue that the words imply a well regulated militia. Retired Justice John Paul Stevens suggests that adding 5 words to the current amendment would remove all ambiguity. What do you think?
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”
Your opinion please. Why can’t states regulate guns? The Bill of Rights defines the limitations of the federal government, not the States.
Winter is over. We have all decreed that it is over. Think pansies, daffodils, and cowslips. Anything but winter. What are good flowers to plant now that won’t die if there is an overnight freeze?
How soon can you set out rosemary bushes and cypress from winter gifts? Will they die if they go out now?
How about those cherry trees? Will they bloom before Memorial Day? (Just kidding)