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Tragic Shootings in Arizona

In In the News, Politically Speaking on January 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm

 

Tragically, shootings have taken place, today, in Arizona.  For more on this story, please visit: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/08/congresswoman-gabrielle-giffords-shot-in-arizona/.  Victims include Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and several others.

The hatred in the country is truly unreal.  What is going on?  How can a person just go up to a congresswoman and shoot her in the head, kill a child, and injure and/or kill several others?

I pray for the victims and families of this senseless event in Arizona.  My heart cries for them and other victims of such violence and evil. I am saddened and furious that such horrific acts take place in a “civilized” country.  

May God help and keep us all.

Related news stories can be found at:

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/01/08/sarah-palin-blamed-by-bloggers-for-shooting-of-gabrielle-gifford/

(Source: AOL News, Politics Daily)

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/09/christina-taylor-green-girl-killed-in-giffords-shooting-was-bo/

(Source: AOL News)

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/09/clarence-dupnik-is-the-anti-joe-arpaio-sheriff-in-arizona/

(Source: AOL News)

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

In food, In the News on December 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

 

The newly passed bill, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 will increase the access of healthy, nutritional foods to students across the country.

This is a step in the right direction.  Healthier foods—more fruits, more vegetables, and less sugar—will mean less calories and more antioxidants.  This is especially important for students—many of whom don’t get well balanced meals at home—who come from low income homes.

Thumbs go way up for the passage of this bill.  We’d really be cooking with smoke if we could get to work on the issue of antibiotics and additives in the food—perhaps in due time.

Is it Okay For Men to Cry…In Public?

In In the News, Politically Speaking on December 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Yesterday, I watched the 60 Minutes interview with soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner.  Throughout the interview, Boehner became emotional–with tears streaming down his face–several times.  At one point, Lesley Stahl said, “What set you off this time?”

On The View, Barbara Walters said she hoped that Boehner would be a good Speaker of the House, but she thinks that he has an emotional problem, because he can’t control his tears.  Joy Behar called him “the weeper of the house.”  

Tears make some people uncomfortable.  I must admit, I would feel a bit uncomfortable seeing “my man” crying at the drop of a hat.  Maybe it’s a double standard that I feel this way, because I am an emotional person–sometimes the tears will come when I’m sad, mad, or in pain.       

I understand that Boehner gets emotional about having grown up in poverty and how he’s attained “the American dream.” But, I must agree with Joy Behar:  Boehner, who’s been described as being mean, cold, and calculating by some, doesn’t seem to show empathy for others who are trying to attain that same dream.  His actions and rhetoric attest to his lack of empathy.      

So, is it okay for men to cry in public?  Some people might say that men should not be ridiculed for crying, publicly.  Some might say that men should not cry under any circumstances. 

Personally, I think it’s okay for men to cry every now and then.  It just depends on who is doing the crying and why they are crying; it’s case specific.  And, if at all possible, it certainly shouldn’t become a habit.

Elizabeth Edwards Passes Away

In In the News on December 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm

 

Elizabeth Edwards has passed away—she was 61.  She had fought breast cancer since 2004.  She left behind two young children and an older daughter. 

I liked her; she seemed to be a very strong woman.  She and former Senator John Edwards seemed to have the perfect marriage and family.  That was until John Edwards’ affair with Rielle Hunter became public.

Thus, I don’t like him so much anymore.  He kicked her when she was way down—with his lying and cheating.

I haven’t read Elizabeth Edwards’ book.  Perhaps I’ll read it.  Although I had seen her on The View a while ago, I am curious about the thoughts and perceptions she had during her final days. 

I just hope that Edwards passed away with peace in her heart.  I hope she was able to forgive the man who had done her so wrong. 

In a way, I wish she had been totally oblivious to the fact that he had betrayed her so badly.  That way, she would have been none the wiser and would have died in his “loving arms.”  But instead, his presence—perhaps at her bedside—may have been sort of like having a “giant elephant” in the room. 

I hope her transition was peaceful.  I pray that the children will always have warm thoughts of their mother and that they will make her proud.

President George W. Bush on The Oprah Winfrey Show

In In the News on November 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Yesterday, I saw President George W. Bush on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He was on the show to discuss his new book.

I don’t agree with Bush’s politics, and I certainly would never have voted for him.  But, he was personable and pleasant on the show.  So, maybe I didn’t like him as a President.  But, on a personal level, Bush doesn’t seem like a total jerk.

I Say “No” to Proposition 19

In In the News, Politically Speaking on October 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm

 

I’ve been hearing a little bit about Proposition 19—passage on November 2 would legalize marijuana usage in California.

In my opinion, all states should allow medicinal marijuana.  If it were legal in my state, I would entertain the thought of using it for my Cervical Dystonia, a neurological disorder which causes me bouts of horrific pain and spasms.

But, I do not support legalizing marijuana in general.  I know a few people who are “weed heads” and it’s not a pretty sight. I do believe that habitual use of marijuana may cause some damage to brain cells; this theory is based on those above mentioned “weed heads” with whom I am familiar.

 I wish there could be a sign on top of all cars telling whether or not a person is drunk or high.  But, since there isn’t , I figure it’s best to keep marijuana illegal and simply hope and pray to avoid people who are high—especially those on the road, doctors, pilots, etc.

Are You Serious, Virginia Thomas?

In In the News, reflectons on October 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

You have got to be kidding me.  After all of these years, why would Clarenence Thomas’ wife, Virginia leave a message for Anita Hill requesting an apology.

Well, first off, I believe that Anita Hill was sexually harassed by Thomas.  So, there would be no reason for her to apologize.  It just amazes me that Thomas was allowed to become a Supreme Court Justice in the first place.  Then again, Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his womanizing history, is Governor of California.  Only in America…

Virginia Thomas needs to apologize to Hill for being so inappropriate.  This is not highschool, Virginia.  It’s real “adult”  life.  Let it go…

Miracles Do Happen

In In the News on October 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm

In a world where we are consistently plagued with visions of tragedy and despair, God shows us miracles as well.  Thank God for the rescue of the Chilean miners!!!

A Legal Lesson About Privacy

In In the News on October 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Yesterday, I wrote about the situation involving Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi.  Clementi took his own life after learning that he had been taped, by his roommate, having a sexual encounter with a man.  

I wondered if the students who did the crime would spend any time–in jail.  Well, based on the law, there is a good chance that they will be criminally charged for invading Clementi’s privacy and/or for the outcome (suicide) that occurred due to that invasion of privacy.

The following article explains the potential legal ramifications:  http://www.fanhouse.com/2010/10/01/rutgers-suicide-raises-difficult-legal-questions/?icid=main%7Cmain%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%7C174827

Poor Judegment Leads to Senseless Death

In In the News on October 2, 2010 at 2:52 am

This week, we lost Tyler Clementi, a bright, young man who was a freshman at Rutgers University.  Sadly, Clementi took his own life after learning that his roommate had distributed, over the internet, a videotape of him having a sexual encounter with a man.      

My thoughts and prayers are with Clementi’s family. How devastating it must have been to get a phone call saying that their son had taken his own life. Then, the next blow must have been truly incomprehensible—he might still be here if it weren’t for the ignorance of two, immature college students.

Was the roommate a homophobe? Or, was the roommate just a young, silly kid who wanted to have some fun at the expense of his roommate? But, in the end, it doesn’t really matter…All that will matter to his friends and family is that they have senselessly lost their son, brother, cousin, and friend. All that will matter is that their loved one is no longer here because to live would’ve been too humiliating, in his eyes.

I know there are those among us who are placing judgment—“He wouldn’t have been so embarrassed if he weren’t gay.” Maybe that’s true. But, that’s not the point. The point is that the young man was entitled to privacy, and there was a gross infringement on that privacy.

It’s just so sad that at some point in time the roommate didn’t say to himself, “Maybe we shouldn’t be doing this.” Then again, why didn’t his accomplice second guess the evilness they were embarking upon? A simple “How would I feel if it were me?” might have served to put the brakes on such a horrific deed. But, unfortunately, there would be no checks and balances.

All it would’ve taken was a little empathy and compassion. Unfortunately, bullies seem to lack these characteristics. To all the bullies: Before attempting to make someone’s life a living hell, stop and say to yourself, “How would I feel if this were being done to me?” If only it were that simple…

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