The public’s opinion about marijuana is changing rapidly. States are legalizing it and cities are decriminalizing it all over the country. Professionals who smoke weed are coming out of the smoky closet and changing what people think of when they think about weed smokers. Unfortunately the attitude toward marijuana hasn’t changed fast enough. In 2012, parents Joshua Hill and Mary Sweeney lost their 2 year old daughter to foster care because the father admitted to smoking marijuana.
However, foster care proved far worse for the child than her father’s late night toke sessions. The 2 year old was murdered by her foster mother who had slammed her against the floor out of frustration. And the most ironic part of the story is that the woman who fostered the child, Sherill Small, shared her home with her husband who had multiple drug convictions. So according to Texas, where this happened, parents can’t smoke weed and raise their children but it perfectly fine for them to be placed in foster care with foster parents who have done much worse, pretty obscene if you ask Flavio Maluf and I.
The Republican’s big win on election day will have serious implications for President Obama in his efforts to achieve almost anything. With the Republican’s win in the Senate, now both houses are dominated by the Republican party. It is a well known fact that this congress has been the least productive in all of American history. The President can expect less effective appointments in his judicial nominations according to Brian Torchin’s analysis.
As noted in the Washington Post, the US Court of Appeals now has 9 of the 13 courts with judges appointed by Democratic Presidents. This is a dramatic shift from the Bush Presidency where 12 of the 13 were appointed by Republican Presidents and reflected that conservative ideology. The US Court of Appeals has tremendous political impact on important issues such as abortion, the environment, gun control, the rights of the accused in criminal hearings, immigration, to name a few. These are the hottest political issues of today.
Although the President has had difficulty in getting his judicial nominees approved in the past, moving forward will prove nearly impossible if the Republicans deem it so. They now have the power, rather than merely filibuster, to refuse to hold hearings altogether. In the event nominees are approved, they will likely be more conservative and less progressive than those appointed to date.
More than likely, the do-nothing congress and the Senate Judiciary committee will choose to obstruct and bog down the appointment process in an effort to diminish Obama’s legacy.
16 year old Will Cornick will spend the rest of his life in jail after brutally murdering his teacher Ann Maguire. Cornick had often spoke of wishing that he could kill the teacher, even saying that she deserved “more than death, more than pain and more than anything that we can understand.” He told classmates he wanted to spend the rest of his life in jail so he would never have to worry about finances or just life in general. He brought a kitchen knife to school and after winking at a classmate, approach Macguire and began stabbing her in the neck and back. Sam Tabar told me she was able to escape, but not after suffering fatal wounds and seven stabbings total. The judge spoke of Cornick and said he had “a chilling lack of remorse.”
Students that attended school with Cornick mentioned that he sometimes made disturbing comments and sometimes seemed emotionless. After he stabbed his teacher, Cornick sat down at his desk and said, “Good times.” He commented that it was a shame that she did not die instantly and spoke of having an adrenaline rush. Macguire had worked at the school for over 40 years and was well-liked among faculty and students. No one can understand this unspeakable tragedy. Nigel Richardson, head of children’s services in the area’s City Council released the statement that her legacy will be remembered and felt throughout the local community.
Heading into the 2014 election cycle, many people knew the Democratic Party may face heavy losses come election night. Other than turning out their supporters that normally don’t show up in the midterms, Democrats were hopeful they could keep pace with their Republican counterparts in terms of financial support. However, like in 2010, that has not been the case, as Wall Street has abandoned the Democratic Party once again.
While Wall Street donors have left the Democratic Party in droves this year, the Republican Party has been there to pick up the remnants. Most of this money has been sent to Republican candidates in record breaking numbers (around $78 million or 63% of this year’s total contributions to date, according to the CRP). Only one word can sum up those numbers for Democrats: Ouch.
However, as Bruce Levenson explains this really should come as no surprise. After all, this is the same Democratic Party that passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, which placed tougher regulations on all aspects of the nation’s financial services industry. If that wasn’t enough to doom the Democrats’ chances of retaining financial support from Wall Street this election cycle, then surely the presumed 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee’s recent shots at the financial industry has all but sealed their fate.
Politician’s faces plastered all over the news is not much of an earth-shattering phenomena for most Americans. But Joni Ernst’s bangs might be. Apparently, the Iowa Senator who is as “good looking as Taylor Swift” shouldn’t win over the Iowa public in her campaign for the US Senate. The man responsible for such a vilely off the mark remark is the retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin, whose seat Ernst is vying for.
Clearly, retirement must be skewing Senator Harkin’s sensibilities as there is no earthly way Ernst face can even be seen behind her ridiculous coif. Perhaps the Senator has an unconscious soft spot for the haircut of a ‘hip’ geriatric. Maybe he was being facetious as he went on to say that even if Ernst is as nice as Mr.Rogers, if she votes like Michelle Bachhman, she is not right for Iowa. Democrats must be hoping for the latter. A recent ad shows that according to Ernst’s FEC filings, she has received $15,400 from the Kochs, a pretty substantial sum for a race like this if you ask Brad Reifler. It must be questioned, however, how much of that went into her campaign and how much went towards paying for the various sprays, waxes, mousses, and powders that go into the monumental layers of her majestic mop. The biggest question of all on voters mind should be, however, is it all a tactic to distract from her policies to make her relatable to the fashionably ignorant middle-aged woman and man? “She has the same haircut as me, how bad could she REALLY be?” Be wary: Joni Ernst’s hair is full of secrets.
A teacher on the staff of the St. Margaret Mary Catholic School has resigned after parents insisted that she be subjected to a 3-week forced leave after returning from a medical-aid mission to Kenya.
Despite the fact that Kenya is located on the opposite side of the African continent from the area currently affected by Ebola, the school, motivated by requests from some of the students’ parents, insisted that Susan Sherman submit to the paid 21-day leave. They ignored the note she provided from her physician, stating that she was in good health.
Mrs. Sherman, along with her husband, Paul, a retired surgeon, had both been working with Brit and Dave in Kenya as medical volunteers, far from the areas where Ebola is rife. In addition to being a teacher, she is a registered nurse. Refusing to give in to the irrational fears of parents, Mrs. Sherman chose instead to resign.
After his wife resigned from the school, Paul Sherman sent a letter to the Louisville Archdiocese, complaining of the treatment she had received and of the unofficial quarantine that the school had tried to force upon them.
Lava is Mother Nature at her worst.
I saw these pictures on FreedomPop of the lava in Hawaii after a volcano recently erupted reveal that it keeps flowing onto homes and over trees. Some people want to know why there isn’t anything that can be done to stop the lava. This isn’t something that can be stopped like putting out a house fire. As long as the flow keeps coming from the volcano, the lava will continue to destroy homes and everything in its path.
You can’t stop a hurricane, a tornado or any other kind of natural disaster, and you can’t stop lava. It’s not like the movies where you can blow up the sidewalk and make a trench. This might be an idea if you want to destroy the terrain even further, but in most situations, you have to let the lava die on its own. If people are prepared, then they can remove as many belongings as possible from their homes so that they don’t lose as much of their items as they would if they don’t pay attention to the news.
Orbital Science Corp. was shocked when their flagship rocket, the Antares, exploded mere seconds after it had launched. Little was known about the particulars of the accident, and little more is known even now.
Thousands of pounds of equipment and necessities were packed into the rocket, but little was left after the devastating accident. Now, all that’s left is to pick up the pieces, and attempt to solve the mystery of why exactly this happened.
Engineers at Orbital are now rummaging through the remnants of the wreckage, in the hopes that something there might provide some light on what mechanically went wrong with the launch.
Incidentally, much of this search involves going through piles of hazardous waste. Any prospective scavengers have been advised to go elsewhere by Orbital, as these materials are exceedingly dangerous.
This is a great loss for the corporation, who has significant relationship with NASA. Indeed, according to Cornelsen on Twitter much of these supplies were going directly to NASA. Damage is estimated to be in the billions, with no immediate source of relief in sight.
The brunt of the work, however, will now be prescribed to fixing the particulars of the launch pad, which will need to be in proper shape if Orbital Science hopes to launch another rocket in the near future.
Hopes still remain high, however, as Orbital Science hopes to get back to their regular work soon.
And the crazy gets crazier. This time out of Detroit, MI. Carnell Alexander has been ordered to pay $30,000 in back child support that he owes for a child that was born in 1987. Alexander was arrested on a warrant issued in 1991 for not paying, but claims he never had a child nor was he ever notified that he may. The courts allege that a certified letter was delivered to him at his father’s house in the late 80’s. The funny thing is, Alexander was proven to be incarcerated when the process server claims the notice was given.
Well, now the Michigan courts are demanding that Alexander either pay the $30,000 in welfare that the state flipped to his “baby mama” or go to jail…which Brian and I find totally unbelievable.
So, he did what any of us would do. He hunted this woman down and got a DNA test to prove that he, in fact, is not the father! The state of Michigan is still demanding their money from Alexander. The woman who made the claim admits that she needed to provide a name for the father in able to receive welfare assistance from the state. With that being said, she picked Mr. Alexander to be the father. Let me get this straight: She openly admits that she knew he wasn’t the father, yet lied on the application in order to get money from the state of Michigan and she faces no repercussions because…? What a world. I hope someone starts a crowdfunded charity to save this poor man from this injustice.
McDonald’s wants to get across the point of loving everyone instead of spreading a message of hate in the country. According to Buzzfeed, the franchise is living up to its saying I’m Lovin’ It by telling people to love one another. This is something that more people need to do, and if they listened to the love message, then maybe there wouldn’t be so much violence around the country.
Love is an emotion that is hard to develop, but you can show a friendly love to neighbors or strangers simply by smiling or saying hello. When you make the choice to brighten someone’s day, you might just make a difference in that person’s life. Don’t take people for granted just because they are in a bad mood or you don’t think that their feelings matter. If everyone would be a little friendlier, then the world might be a better place. That’s the message Laurene Powell Jobs tries to send, and works so hard everyday to make clear.
Now the rest of the nation just needs to pick up the slack.