Happy 4th of July. Is everyone ready for the long weekend which starts tomorrow?
Who has special plans for the 4th?
I love fireworks but I hate crowds. I have traveled across the country just to see good ones in a non-crowded environment.
The bet I have seen have been in Long Beach, Washington, right on the Pacific ocean from my hotel room. I wish I were there this weekend. Such is not to be, however. I could probably never get that room again. I am sure it books up years in advance. Where have you seen the best fireworks?
No, Rick wasn’t his real name. I knew that Rick has been sick with pancreatitis. His Facebook page said he was waiting for a diagnosis of what they now thought was pancreatic cancer. I didn’t contact him at the time. I meant to. Yes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
Today I was going to ask him if he had gotten some better news. I was going to ask him if he needed anything. As I went to his Fb page I saw the bad news. Rick died June 26, at his home. He was 49 year old. That’s just too effen young to die.
Rick was brilliant. I followed him on bvbl years ago and was impressed with his reasoning. He could also irritate the living hell out of all of us at one time or another. He was a provocateur.
Rick was quite an accomplished movie critic. He saw most of the new film. I am sure he got more out of a movie than I ever did. I sincerely hope he is in some great theater in the sky, chunking down popcorn and having the time of his life.
I thought about posting the obituary here but then decided not to. He used a moniker here and I will respect that, even in death.
I am extremely saddened by this horrible news. The good part of it is, he didn’t suffer long. He announced on FB that the doctors thought he might have cancer on June 18. He died on June 26 at his home.
I am heart broken. I will miss that smart ass horribly.
The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 on Monday to uphold a procedure used by states to carry out executions by lethal injection.
The justices were considering a challenge brought by death-row inmates in Oklahoma, who allege that the use of a sedative called midazolam has resulted in troubling executions that violate the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Problematic executions in Oklahoma and elsewhere have captured national headlines since early last year.
Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority that included Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy and Clarence Thomas.
That’s the long and short of it. Part of the problem is being able to obtain lethal injection drugs because of the European community. I have a few questions;
Why can’t we make our own lethal injection drugs? What do we use to euthanize our pets? Why can’t those drugs be used on those being executed? It’s a lot kinder than what they did to someone. One of the criminals in question raped and killed an 11 month old. That that is one sick, depraved bastard. Who cares if he writhes around a little. Oooops.
Good job on this one, Supremes.
The Supreme Court on Friday delivered an historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5-4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples.
The court’s action marks the culmination of an unprecedented upheaval in public opinion and the nation’s jurisprudence. Advocates called it the most pressing civil rights issue of modern times, while critics said the courts had sent the country into uncharted territory by changing the traditional definition of marriage.
“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.
The country’s first legally recognized same-sex marriages took place just 11 years ago, the result of a Massachusetts state supreme court decision. Now, more than 70 percent of Americans live in states where same-sex couples are allowed to marry, according to estimates.
Holy cow, what a week. Lots of change. All of it was just a matter of time. Now everyone can marry who they love, all over the nation.
Looking back, the end result of all these changes is that people have more rights. This should be seen as a good thing.
Same-sex marriage was only a matter of time and is definitely a civil rights issue. The LGBT community still has a long way to go to have full rights. There still is no job protection, for example. It’s been less than 50 years since Loving v. Virginia codified interracial marriage in Virginia. At the turn of the century, there were places were homosexual sex was illegal. Imagine the number of lives that have been ruined because former respected members of communities across the country were somehow discovered. That is no longer an issue.
Just as a perspective, when I was a young psych major in college, homosexuality was by the AMA and the American Psychiatric Association as a mental illness. We have come a long way, in so many respects. The wheels of social justice march on. Limbaugh has something to bitch about for decades.
Today I read an interesting article in the Washington Post about the history of the much maligned Confederate Flag. It was actually designed in Fairfax City so that troops could distinguish between North and South.
Most people were unfamiliar with the history of this flag. People on the street were questioned about their opinions. The article is a must-read.
From Jim Webb’s Facebook page:
This is an emotional time and we all need to think through these issues with a care that recognizes the need for change but also respects the complicated history of the Civil War. The Confederate Battle Flag has wrongly been used for racist and other purposes in recent decades. It should not be used in any way as a political symbol that divides us.
But we should also remember that honorable Americans fought on both sides in the Civil War, including slave holders in the Union Army from states such as Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware, and that many non-slave holders fought for the South. It was in recognition of the character of soldiers on both sides that the federal government authorized the construction of the Confederate Memorial 100 years ago, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.
This is a time for us to come together, and to recognize once more that our complex multicultural society is founded on the principle of mutual respect.
RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that he will phase out a state-sponsored license plate featuring an image of the Confederate flag.
At an appearance in Richmond, the city that served as the capital of the Confederacy, McAuliffe (D) called the symbol “unnecessarily divisive and hurtful.”
The announcement comes in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of nine members of a historically African American church in Charleston, S.C., allegedly by Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man who, according to police, wanted “to start a race war.”
It comes just one day after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) called for the flag to be removed from the grounds of that state’s capitol — and the week after the Supreme Court ruled that Texas is free to reject a specialized license plate featuring the Confederate flag.
We all know that I am a creature of contradiction. This issue is no exception. I happen to think Terry McAuliffe is simply jumping on the band wagon. The targeted group here is a fairly revered group–Sons of Confederate Veterans. The one and only person I know who is a proud member is a man named Bob Perry. Bob is one of the kindest, most genteel gentlemen I know. He is one of the least racist people I have ever known. He honors his ancestors.