Well, I can't say I didn't see it coming. The Republicans in the Senate, either afraid of the Tea Party or in league with that miserable mob of malcontents, have decided against all reason and decency to block former senator and army veteran Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense by demanding a 60-vote majority to confirm him.
Forty years ago this month, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade ruling that both legalized abortion in America and made access to abortion a Constitutionally protected right. Since then the debate has raged over whether this decision was right, what the consequences were, and whether it should be reversed.
Martin Luther King, Jr. has been in the public consciousness lately, and this is entirely appropriate as Monday, Jan. 21 is the day we celebrate his birthday.
This year, his opinion on guns and gun control are of particular interest.
Partisans on both sides invoke his name and legacy in an often vain attempt to add a measure of credibility to their argument.
While the notion of whose "side" King would take is certainly interesting to think about, maybe it's more effective if we let King's writings speak for themselves.
Another day in America, another gun crime.
Last month, barely a week before Christmas, the nation was shocked and horrified when a young man armed to the teeth with semi-automatic weapons blasted his way into an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., then proceeded to shoot and kill 20 children and seven teachers.
The killing spree ended when the police showed up and the gunman took his own life.
In the weeks that followed, we were treated to almost daily reports of gun-related crimes and violence from around the nation.
This should come as no surprise; in 2009 the United States ranked among the top ten nations with the most firearm-related deaths, with 10.2 per 100,000 people.
Ever notice how breaks are always simultaneously too long and too short? That's how this one felt. It seemed like classes ended, then Christmas, New Year's, and now here we are, back again for more. All in three short weeks. I need a break to recover from my break.
The president, by all accounts, completely jacked up what happened in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11. But wadda ya know, the media has done little to let us know about it.
Education in the United States is a hot topic lately. There is no question that American students are falling behind in test scores compared to their international counterparts. There are many theories regarding the causes and just as many regarding potential solutions to this problem. One of the ideas most debated right now is the concept of reducing the federal government's role in education while increasing the parents' role through school choice.
Less than halfway into 2012, and school reform has proven to be a tough sell to lawmakers. Measures designed to improve teacher and administrator accountability in both Virginia and California have failed. This may come as a surprise to many, considering education consistently ranks among the highest concerns of voters.