Amid the fanfare of becoming the first state to legalize recreational use of marijuana for non-medical customers, Colorado appears to be leading an inexorable trend toward relaxing pot laws that's taking place in all of the United States...EXCEPT Indiana. Because of laws requested and signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence, Hoosiers actually have to deal with even stricter laws and penalties.
It has become a tradition, and rightly so. Every year as summer shows signs of receding into fall, millions of Americans take time out to participate in somber remembrances, such as holding moments of silence, reciting victims' names, and displaying U.S. flags at half staff, to commemorate the horrific tragedy of September 11th, 2001.
It's been a dozen years since those attacks, but I, along with the vast majority of folks who are old enough can still remember where they were and what they were doing on that awful day.
Meanwhile, another September anniversary of an event that had dire consequences for this country is about to pass. While not as lethal as the 9-11 attacks, the catastrophic meltdown of the nation's financial markets began emerging this week five years ago on September 15th, 2008.
I recently read a Facebook post that asked what facet of today's life would be the most difficult to explain to someone from the Fifties. The typical responses from folks, predictably, had something to do with the sweeping technological changes that have occurred. And to be sure, the idea of having iPads, social media and even microwave ovens would be inconceivable to people who lived in a world where television sets were tuned to 'Uncle Miltie' every week. Overlooked, however, among the answers was today's political mood, which I believe has taken an almost unrecognizable shift to the right during the last six decades.
R.I.P. George McGovern (1922-2012)
It is truly upsetting to learn about the passing of Senator George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee who lost to President Richard Nixon in a landslide of epic proportions. McGovern’s death resonates directly with me because at the age of 15, I became politically active for the first time in my life as I worked for his presidential campaign that year. (McGovern's campaign was the only one until Obama’s in 2008.)
I'll admit it. I'm somewhat of a Facebook junkie. I've been known to idle away many hours on this social network getting connected with family and friends. I love to post pictures, share news and sports stories, and yes, discuss politics. While a majority of my 1500+ friends lean to the left, I do have some who are tea partying Republicans. I purposely maintain my friendship with them because I've always believed that they bring arguments and viewpoints that are often thought provoking, and in turn, strengthen my own progressive talking points. But in my 'news feed' today, I was disheartened to come across a shared post that crossed the line.
Once upon a time, a partier rented and moved into a beautiful house whereupon he began holding a huge, never-ending party that lasted during the next eight years. At first, the neighbors thought the man was charming and cool. However, the partier refused to clean up the messes left from the constant debauchery. Soon, leftover trash became towering piles of garbage, which emanated an awful stench all over the neighborhood.
No written record exists of the exact time when human beings began to demonstrate the abstract ability to think of things in terms of numbers.
Carbon dating has revealed that prehistoric humans were able to count things some 37 thousand years ago when scientists recently used it to determine the age of what is believed to be the oldest evidence of counting - an African baboon bone with 29 distinct and deliberately cut notches.
Congressman Brad Ellsworth(D-IN) has announced he'll seek election to the U.S Senate currently held by Evan Bayh. Ellsworth currently represents Indiana's Eighth Congressional District, which spreads out across a large cross-section of the southwest portion of the state. The district's three largest cities are Evansville (Ellsworth's home town), Terre Haute and Bloomington.
In October, the one and only vice presidential debate will unfold in St. Louis. The forum will feature Democratic U.S. Senator Joseph Biden from Delaware...and Republican Governor Sarah Palin from Alaska. No contest! Biden should easily outshine Palin in what should be an intellectual mismatch.
The speculation on Obama's choice for veep is running amok at this hour as conventional wisdom has it that the Illinois senator will pick his running mate Saturday in his homestate's capital of Springfield. Fortunately, many pundits still list Senator Evan Bayh, from neighboring Indiana, as one of the leading contenders.
This is my first attempt at blogging. But, McCain's recent uptick in the polls seems to have coincided with his recent campaign use of "the surge is working", and "Senator Obama still opposes the surge".
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