Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

This Week In News

For the past week, I’ve been enjoying having the house to myself while my folks are off on their second honeymoon. Meanwhile, I’ve been busy writing two articles for the local newspaper.

And the world keeps spinning. Here’s what’s been happening in the news:

Ron Paul and Barney Frank introduced a bill that would end federal prohibition on marijuana. With a recent report by The Global Commission on Drug Policy declaring the War on Drugs a failure, maybe Americans will realize that criminalizing drugs does more harm than good, and be more willing to legalize them.

Gay Marriage was legalized in New York. Good news if you’re a same-sex couple; bad news if you’re a homophobe. On a related note, Ann Coulter mocked Ron Paul for wanting government to stay out of marriage. (She also said she disliked libertarians—making me lose respect for her by two points.) Ryan McMacken wrote an excellent rebuttal.

The Supreme Court declared that video games have the same constitutional protections as other forms of speech. In other words, bans on video games, like the one passed in California five years ago, are unconstitutional. Somewhere, Jack Thompson is sitting in the corner, crying like the sad bag of bones he is.

NBC omitted “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during the opening to the US Open. NBC later apologized. I place this “controversy” under “who gives a crap?”, especially since the phrase “Under God” wasn’t added to the pledge until 1954—over 60 years after it was written—by a socialist! (In a consistent universe, Glenn Beck would be decrying the pledge as a socialist plot to indoctrinate schoolchildren, while Michael Moore would be demanding all good Americans recite it.)

Herman Cain accused Jon Stewart of mocking him because he’s a “black conservative.” Sigh. I really, really hate it when people play the race card to defend a black politician—especially Obama. Republicans shouldn’t have to resort to such a tactic. This is something Democrats resort to. But then again, neither party has any integrity, especially in matters of race.