The Government Shutdown, Obamacare, and Tigers, Oh My!

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Government Shutdown 2013

[NOTE: This post was written a few days before it went live, so things may have changed a bit by the time it actually posts. So don’t bite my head off if it’s inaccurate now!]

I’m stymied. Now I know any of you who know me find that very hard to believe, but I’m positively stymied over this government shutdown over Obamacare!

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Not the Smartest Cookie in the Box

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According to recent news, Natalie Munroe, a Bucks County, Pennsylvania, High School English Teacher, was fired after being suspended for writing a blog about her job – specifically about her students. Even though she never named her school, or her students, and only went by the moniker “Natalie M,” she did include a photo of herself (Great way to keep everyone guessing who that mystery blogger is, Natalie M!) and wrote some unflattering things about her students. At one point, she wrote, “They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire, and are just generally annoying.”

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Is Christie Out of His Mind?

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On one hand, we have the Governor Chris Christei – the Republican who tells everyone he’s not interested in running for the Presidency (at least not in 2012), is against homosexuality, who openly opposes “gay” marriage, and has just recently vetoed a bill passed by the New Jersey State Senate to legalize this “gay marriage,” opting for a public referendum. (Personally, I don’t like the term “gay marriage” – it’s just marriage; we don’t call it “straight marriage” or “bisexual marriage” for those who can marry today. Why do we need to call it “gay marriage” for the rest of us? But I digress.)

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To be … or not to be … GAY

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Boy ScoutsIt appears that the city of Philadelphia is continuing its pursuit against the Boy Scouts of America. And I have to say BRAVO!!

As you may know (or not), the Boy Scouts ban gays. They’ve put themselves on their own pedestal to rise above human rights, which is their right to do since they are a private club. But here’s the problem: the Philadelphia chapter (the Cradle of Liberty Council) headquarters resides in a building owned by the city. For three years, the city of Philadelphia has requested the city chapter change its views on homosexuality and the rejection of gays in the club, but the Boy Scouts have rejected every attempt. But here’s the rub: the city of Philadelphia does not discriminate against gays. The Boy Scouts of America get free rent from a city-owned property. Do you see the problem?

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Obama Might Veto DADT

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Don't Ask Don't TellI would like someone – anyone! – to explain to me why bills have to be bundled with a whole lot of crap in congress. Why do these people feel the need to wrap a whole bunch of crap together with something that they think doesn’t smell, just to get their crap through. Do they think the one good thing in the bill will make all that other crap smell better? Why can’t the House and Senate unwrap those bill packages and wipe off all the crap that Representatives and Senators stick in there – you know, make the crap stand on its own to see if it gets signed into law?

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Prop 8 Debate

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Proposition 8

As the debates continue in California over Proposition 8 and the legalization of same sex marriage, I can’t help but wonder what goes on in some of these peoples’ minds. The Advocate has been tweeting during the hearings and I find the whole process fascinating (and at times head-scratching-worthy). More

Oil Spill = Law Suits? I’m Shocked!

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Daniel E. Becnel Jr., a lawyer who has worked on many mass tort cases, says he is not taking spill cases for the money. “I want to do right,” he said.

Nearly 200 law suits have been filed against BP regarding the April 20 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including death and injury claims from those who were on the rig that exploded, according to the New York Times. More