Get 'em while they're still (relatively) cheap, smokers:
INDIANAPOLIS — Public health may bump up against politics as lawmakers step into a debate over doubling the state’s cigarette tax.
I've written before that there is a difference between refusing to serve a gay couple at your restaruant and declining to cater a gay wedding. How that difference, largely unacknowledged now, is handled will deteremine how well religous libery advocates and and anti-discrimination advocates are going to be able to accommodate each other.
Now comes a new wrinkle:
Yes, alas, Obamacare is probably here to stay. The longer a government program stays in place, the more people have expectations about it, and the less interested they will be in seeing it go away. Eventually, the Republicans will understand this and move on to other issues. But, as infuriating as this betrayal by John Roberts was, it really isn't all that significant in one way:
Too much attention is being paid to this:
President Obama faced off with a heckler during a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month at the White House, telling the person “you’re in my house.”
“My house”? Er, not exactly, Mr. President. That’s the people’s house and you are just being provided room and board for as long as your term lasts.
Welcome to your new home, fellow Hoosier!
BOSTON (WISH/AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is coming to Terre Haute, Indiana, a judge ruled during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, 24-Hour News 8’s sister station, WPRI-TV reports.
Tsarnaev also spoke for the first time in the courtroom, apologizing to victims.
Interesting words encounterd while wandering through the blogosphere.
anodyne (AN-uh-dahyn), n. -- a medicine that relieves or allays pain; anything that relieves distress or pain; and, adj. -- relieving pain; soothing to the mind or feelings, as in: "Some viewe the Confederate flag as an ugly reminder of slavery, while others see it as an anodyne symbol of Southern heritage and military valor."
Gettting rid of the Confederate flag has suddenly become the latest national obsession, at least among the commentariat and the political class. I haven't read so much drivel since thumping Indiana over the RFRA was the national obsession. I'm tempted to say that flags don't kill people, but that would probably be regarded as crude and insensitive, so let's forget I brought it up.
Never mind Christian bakers not wanting to cater gay weddings. Do tattoo artists have the right to refuse to ink someone? A delicate flower at the Jezebel site doesn't think so. She asked tattoo artist Dan for a neck tattoo of her daughter's name and went ballistic when he refused:
Dan: “It’ll look tacky. It’s just tacky.”
It's bad enough that our astronauts have to hitch a ride with the Russians to get to the space station. But this is downright scary:
Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa.
The most chilling part of the horror inflicted by the gunman in the AME church in Charleston is that he worshiped with the congregation for an hour before shooting nine of them dead. Was he trying to work up the courage? Was he savoring the moment to come? Whatever it was, that one hour he spent among them just underscores the absolulte evil he took into that church.
If you want to be an effective global warming climate change alarmist, you have to walk a fine line. You have to predict dire, truly scary cataclysms that are just around the corner, which can only be averted by massive, drastic action right now. You can't undersell the danger, because then people won't put up with all the government control you're proposing.
So, they're not going to put a woman on the $20 bill after all but on the $10 bill. This has resulted in the usual silly stuff, like, so, another example of economic inequity -- downgraded to the $10! There is even a minor controversy about getting rid of Hamilton instead of Jackson:
As noted in an earlier post, this country has likely already had a gay president, or at least a bisexual one, in James Buchanan. Of course, that's back when sexuality wasn't even talked about, let alone celebrated. If anyone had known about Buchan's sexual nature, he wouldn't have gotten near the White House.