Whilst on vacation in Florida, I had an opportunity to see what all the fuss is about shooting and owning these things. I shot off a few rounds…ok, more than a few! Asked some questions, got quite alot of safety training from some experts.
But, I have to admit I’m still mystified. I just don’t have the desire to own one of these bad boys, unless the dead rise from the graves or aliens descend from the skies.
Imagine working to pay the alimony to your husband’s ex-wife. Imagine the court coming after your assets because your elderly spouse can’t keep his alimony payments to an former partner. Not an appetizing future at all. May even make you think twice about dating a divorcee.
The world is changing so fast. And women are enjoying parity with the opposite sex in many areas, even it seems in the aftermath of divorce. No longer considered the weaker sex, sometimes the ex-wife has to pay alimony to man who has less in income. The nature of alimony is no longer just a women’s issue. Marriage itself has become quite elastic, with gender roles changing, and marriage for same sex couples is becoming legal in the United States by increments. So why not change the financial side of divorce? I read this article in Time, and it really got me thinking; Should a lifetime of payments be foisted on one party when a marriage dies? Should more people consider that unwelcome prospect before marrying? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Time article, kids. http://nation.time.com/2013/05/16/is-this-the-end-of-alimony-as-we-know-it/
Just what are the minimum requirements to be fit to serve in public office? I really have to wonder these days. Aside from the blatantly criminal behavior evidenced by the boys and girls serving up in Albany, NY that is…..those jerks have really brought the bar down low, and it just seems politicians are getting less intelligent. Governors leaving office because of sex scandals, jump immediately to mind. Shouldn’t one have their personal life in order before they dare presume to order our public lives?
Consider the national Congress and Senate shenanigans, during speeches and on the Sunday shows, and you could make a case for the decline of American politics indeed. Some of the most stupid, harebrained, and racist comments are not made by some loopy blogger in an obscure location; they’ve been uttered by those already holding public office, and usually seeking a higher office. I even wonder if politicians should be tested for mental illness. Continue reading →
As I watched the events unfold at the Boston marathon; two bombings during that venerable city’s Patriot Day celebrations, I felt shock at the pain and devastation caused by persons unknown.I was horrified at the injuries and deaths that were reported and depicted in living color everywhere you cast your eyes it seems. I will never forget some of those images of suffering out of my head.
During the manhunt, I didn’t feel right about theorizing, or opining on what happened or would be revealed as the investigation continues. I was not there, and I am not an expert on such things. It felt to me to be rather ghoulish, and definitely not something that would help. Besides, the media was doing a fine job of muddying the waters, weren’t they?Our own home town rag, The New York Post, quickly jumped to conclusions and smeared the reputations of two innocents, calling them “bag men”, and printing a photo of them at the marathon on the front page. If they had waited they would have gotten better information. Irresponsible journalism in the quest to be first if you ask me, and not the only example of such behavior.
The Tsarnaev Brothers
The only bright spot about some of the television coverage of the bombing aftermath was that it highlighted the kindness and caring of the people of Boston for one another.The lack of complaint from the multitudes of Bostonians that were greatly inconvenienced while “sheltering in place”, basically house arrest– was remarkable. I am truly very impressed.Continue reading →
You see and hear about them all the time. They have nicknames like gun nuts, weapons collectors, firearms hobbyists. The ones passionately proclaiming their willingness to kill anyone who attempts to take their guns away. The National Rifle Association claims to have 4.5 million members, and even that number is in dispute. And their desires count for more than the majority of Americans, numbered at well over 308 million in 2010. Think about it for a moment. This is a fact, one confirmed for us every time a massacre of gun violence moves the nation to even consider stronger regulation of firearms.
Let us examine the gun enthusiast for a moment. We really should, since this small contingent of the United States population is loudly and vociferously holding back the overwhelming majority’s will on the issues of regulation of firearms in this country. We know they love the some of the Constitution, but are especially fond of the Second Amendment. Continue reading →
All great civilizations throughout known human history have had several things in common, which in my opinion, help make them great. Fairer property, commerce and labor laws, better systems of governing and organization, public access to clean water, state supported schools and libraries, state built big engineering works like dams, parks and roads, and patronage of the arts and sciences are a few examples.
It feels like America is losing its grip on these attributes. The highways and bridges that are the lifeblood of capitalism are crumbling. Our underground systems that deliver water and power to our homes are ancient, primed for catastrophe. Continue reading →