Friday, May 24, 2013
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Following several recent disasters, some natural and some not, Americans have been called on a lot more to help communities closer to home recently.
Americans are known throughout the world for many things, some good and others maybe not so. But one thing that has never been in question is the fact that by nature Americans are global philanthropists. When there is a call to action anywhere in the world, Americans are there. But of late some people have been questioning whether it is worth it, especially when it does not always appear to be appreciated. According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, some people considered “world-class philanthropists” are now turning those attentions closer to home. An example given was Lynda and Stewart Resnick, of California, who found that when they were looking to offer assistance that was more than just writing a check, they didn’t have to …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
A jury is charged with deciding whether the convicted murderer should get the death penalty for murdering her one-time boyfriend.
For several weeks, television viewers have been focused on the trial of Jodi Arias, now convicted of murdering her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander. The penalty phase is under way and the jury is to decide whether she gets life in prison or death for the violent crime of which she has been convicted. Initially, the NY Daily Mail reported that Arias had claimed in a television interview that she wanted to die rather than spend the rest of her life in jail. According to a story in Fox News, much as she did throughout the case, Arias has again changed her story. She reportedly now says asking for the death penalty is like asking for assisted suicide, and she wants to spare her family the pain. She is now asking the jury to spare her life…
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think so. What do you think?
There has been many a report of college grads taking menial jobs during the recent economic downturn. Yet others have moved back in with parents, unable to support themselves or pay off college loans. According to a story in The Daily Mail, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, famous for his nanny tactics with constituents by making laws restricting what he considers bad habits, is now suggesting that not everybody go to college. But does he have a point? The Daily Mail reported that Bloomberg, speaking on his weekly radio show on May 17, suggested that students who aren’t necessarily top of their class should rather go to trade school than take on an expensive college degree. His example, the Daily Mail reports, is the career of a plumber. "…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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It does matter that DOJ is collecting information, without authority on media phone calls.
Does it make a difference that the Department of Justice in Washington has collected private phone information from some members of the media? Recently, in a conversation with someone, they asked me several questions concerning all the events we are hearing about that is coming out of the Obama administration. “Why should I care that DOJ is listening to a phone conversation of media people?” was another question I was asked. While trying to think how I could respond without overreacting to the questions, I realized many people could be like the person asking me these questions. They could be uninformed. They could be thinking that what happens in or from Washington has no effect on them. There are people who seldom keep up with the events …
Although last week was a tough one for the Obama administration, the president's popularity doesn’t seem to have been affected.
After scandals plagued the White House last week, this week began with yet another one. However, according to the Huffington Post, President Barack Obama appears to have weathered the storms relatively unscathed – at least according to a recent poll. The Huffington Post reported that the poll, from CNN and ORC International, found that 53 percent of Americans approve of the job the president is doing while 45 percent disapprove. This is the same as he was doing in the polls before the scandals hit. This recent poll was taken on May 17 and 18, and has a 3 percent margin of error, the Huffington Post reports. The scandals began when the White House faced continued scrutiny on Benghazi then expanded to news of the IRS unfairly targeting …
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Monday, May 20, 2013
A general lack of trust is found in all levels of our culture.
With the news coming out of Washington, there is a mood of distrust that has found its way into every corner of life. General frustration with the people serving in elective office at every level of government is spilling over into business. A general attitude of lack of trust is found in all levels of our culture. It is hard to explain what is happening in our nation. In areas of business, customers do not trust products they buy. We also know there is a distrust seen between employers and employees in our current societal mistrust of anything and anybody. Striking off on an attempt to bring understanding to what is happening in our current culture can be dangerous but I will attempt, at least, to speak to one element of what is taking …
The federal government is proposing a drop to a .05 percent blood-alcohol level.
The National Transportation Safety Board wants to reduce deaths caused by drunken drivers, and one of its ideas is to change how states measure drunkenness. The board has proposed reducing the blood-alochol limit to .05 percent, down from the .08 percent states enforce now, according to Fox News. That limit could mean one drink for a lot of women, and two drinks for a lot of men. "Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable," NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said in the Fox story. Among those who oppose the idea: Groups that sell alcohol. "Moving from 0.08 to 0.05 would criminalize perfectly responsible behavior," American Beverage Institute Managing Director Sarah Longwell said in a statement quoted …