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.
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)
The Iowa primary is going earthy early this year. First of all, Joni Ernest, Republican state senator from Iowa, gave her state a “let’s make ‘em squeal” commercial. In a well-done political ad, she gave her prospective constituency a brief bio, telling them that she grew up on a farm castrating pigs so she knew how to slice and dice pork. Now we have Bob Quast threatening to blow someone’s “balls off” if they come to his door to harm his daughters. Quast’s sister was apparently murdered by a sexual predator.
Will this kind of bluntness attract voters? Does a filters-off ad appeal more to voters? Maybe in Iowa. I think Washington, DC is a little too pristine and white glove for this type of ad. How about the kids who might hear these commercials. Is it sending a good signal?
Do we want our politics to have this violent of an image? Finally, is there anything we can do about it even if we object? Voting with your remote seems like great over-simplification.
Quast is running as an independent. Ernest is a Republican. I can only speculate what the Democratic opponent will come up with.
It sounds like a war on external genitalia to me.
One of the best re-caps of yesterday’s BOCS meeting can be found at the Bristow Beat. Stacy Shaw did a great job of summarizing the very long meeting as well as using citizen profiles and quotes to encapsulate the various points of view represented. In fact, the Virginia Press Association named Bristow Beat the best in Breaking News Writing in the online-only category at their annual awards banquet last Saturday night. Congratulations, Bristow Beat!
Perhaps the most refreshing part of Stacy’s write-up was the air of neutrality. I saw none of the bias one usually associates with local news, whether it is blog related or actual online or print media. Yes, we expect blogs to portray bias. That is sort of the point of a blog. But all too often the actual online news sources can’t seem to resist showing their colors. It is just darn difficult to find your news without an infusion of commentary.
One of the most touching parts of the meeting was listening to people speak to the needs of the Prince William Free Clinic. It literally is a lifesaver for people who do not have health coverage and who might not have the out of pocket funds to get medical and dental treatment. Not everyone gets Medicaid, especially men. Where would these people be without the free clinic? Hopefully, Ray B. will come along and enlighten us about who really does qualify for Medicaid in Virginia. This illumination will be helpful when we listen to our state legislators argue the need for expanding Medicaid for 400,000 Virginians.
Meanwhile, be sure to read Stacy Shaw’s article covering the most recent Board of Supervisors meeting. Keep up the good work, Stacy.
Maureen Dowd, columnist for the New York Times, whether you agree with her or not, is probably one of the most talented opinion writers in America today. She had the following to say in her April 8, 2014 column entitled “Jeb in the Vortex:” (nytimes.com)
Some of those close to Jeb say he’s serious about running and bringing back a civil tone to Republican politics. Others say he needs to act as though he’s running to keep his speaking fees high and options open. Rush Limbaugh thinks Jeb’s “act of love” comment was a gambit to tick off the Tea Party and “get the conservative backlash to him out of the way.”
Jeb thinks Republicans have lost their way. He may soon learn that a lot of conservatives think they have found their way — and it’s not the joyful, loving, government-can-be-a-force-for-good way. It’s the mean, cruel, gut-the-government way.
When this crowd thinks of a Thousand Points of Light, they’re thinking of torches as they march toward the Capitol.
Is Jeb right and have Republicans lost their way? It appears that many have done exactly that. The Republicans of yore were kinder, gentler and didn’t carry torches and pitchforks, as a rule.
By now, everyone has seen Jeb Bush utter those fateful words about illegal immigrants committing an act of love. I think Bush is correct. I also believe he was correct in stating that 40% of our illegal immigrant problem is because of folks over-staying their visas. He is correct that our government should know about this as it is happening and that the problem should be dealt with then.
From the Richmond Times Dispatch:
A bill that would have codified the rights of students to pray, participate in religious activities or wear faith-themed clothing on public school property at public events was vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe Friday.
The school prayer-bill veto of Senate Bill 236, the third of McAuliffe’s term, followed a recent veto of a similarly themed bill governing prayer by chaplains in the Virginia National Guard.
Sponsored by state Sen. Charles W. Carrico Sr., R-Grayson, the legislation would have required every school system to have a policy allowing students to make religious speeches at any school event in which students are allowed to speak. It also would have removed the liability of school systems for allowing religious speech by having administrators offer disclaimers that student views are not endorsed by the school division.
Supporters said the legislation would protect religious liberty. But the governor disagreed.