While few may pay attention to what goes on in Nebraska's legislature, fairly big news was announced just the other week in the Omaha World-Herald. State senator Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha was picked up for a DUI. His blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit, and he accepted full responsibility for what he had done.
A year ago, this story wouldn't have bothered me a whole lot. I mean, politicians behaving badly is a nightly reality show we call the news. However, this incident reminded me of that little saying: "What goes around, comes around."
Let me tell you the story.
There's something ugly growing in this country. Across the nation, state legislatures are debating bills that'll have profound impact on future presidential elections. Known collectively as "birther" bills, they're a variety of provisions requiring presidential candidates to submit proof of American citizenship before they can get their names on election ballots.
Last Tuesday, while the rest of the nation was watching the president's State of the Union address, the city of Omaha headed to the voting booths to decide whether Mayor Jim Suttle should stay in office. The final tally was very close - a margin of just two percent decided he should keep his job. There's a lesson there: if you don't think your vote counts, think again.
Facebook has more than 800 million users. More than seven million are under 13 years old, according to Consumer Reports. Seven million users are breaking Facebook's rule that no one under 13 can have a page.
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.
Summer's here, and we all know what that means. Swimming, grilling and consuming large quantities of barley malt-based beverages, right? Before you hit the beaches – or pools, lakes, and ponds – take some time to plan your outing. You want to have fun, but make sure you do it right so you can do it as often as possible. The last thing you want to do is spend half of your summer smearing Noxzema and aloe all over your blistered shoulders, or spend any time at all in the emergency room. So, in the interest of ensuring maximum fun and enjoyment of the summer partying season, here are a few timely tips.
Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, passed on as all people eventually do.
However, unlike most people, her death has been marked by celebrations and ugly rhetoric praising her end. To be honest, I was reminded of the people cheering in the streets when the World Trade Center was struck.