“Humans suffer much more during extreme winters than hot summers.
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Could someone explain this to me?
The Indiana General Assembly has now put off a referendum on putting the gay marriage ban into the state constitution until at least 2016. And some predict it will never get to the voters, giving how rapidly public opinion is moving on the issue. (See here) This comes in the wake of a Virginia's same-sex ban getting overturned by a feeral judge and the tossing of Kentucky's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
In the most radical administration this country has had, the Justice Department has become the most radical agency. First, they urged states to start allowing felons to vote. I suppose you could make a plausible argument for that if you tried very hard. But then there is this:
Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson and FWCS board President Mark GiaQuinta visited with our editorial board last week, and one of the things they mentioned in passing was their worry that the disruptions because of snow days would affect student performance. It seemed like common sense -- all those absences make it hard to keep an academic rhythm going with any kind of learning momentum.
Wendy "It's never too late for an abortion" Davis has suddenly started speaking out in favor of open carry in an apparent effort to sound less blue and more red to gun-rights-supporting Texas voters. You know, I just don't believe her. But here is a woman whose Second Amendment sincerity I do not doubt for a second:
I hope this means both stations will have vigorous news organizations:
As had been rumored for several months, a deal has been made to sell Fort Wayne stations WPTA-TV and WISE-TV.
ABC affiliate WPTA and its companion CW Network station are being acquired by Quincy, Ill.-based Quincy Newspapers Inc. from Malara Broadcasting Corp. WISE, the NBC affiliate, and its MyTV station are being sold to SagamoreHill Broadcasting.
We've gone from Bill Clinton's "I tried it, but I didn't inhale" to Barack Obama's "Yeah, I indulged -- so what?" So this seems like a step back in some way:
It’s a question politicians are asked all the time: have you smoked weed? Sen. Marco Rubio won’t say.
Call me a dreamer, but I think this is good news: Rand Paul is pitching libertarian ideas to social conservatives. And they're listening:
If you're even a casual reader of newspapers, you know about the First Amendment -- hell, we can't shut up about it. And if you pay attention to the news at all, you've heard the Second Amendment debates: Give me that gun! Stay away from my gun! But the Third Amendment gets no attention and no respect. When have we ever had to worry about soldiers quartering themselves in our homes? Except . . .
I've always been a proponent of early voting -- the easier we make it for people to get to the polls, the better for democracy, I thought. And the time I used it myself I found it a great convenience not to have to cram my participation into the short window of one busy work day. But here's someone giving "eight reasons for halting early voting," and some of them are pretty persuasive.
Just in case you thought only Democrats could come up with bad big-government ideas, Bill Shuster has a whole new tax he'd be delighted to share with you:
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said he favors user fees including a vehicle miles tax to pay for a long-term U.S. highway bill that would extend for at least five years.
Indiana is in the vanguard of the anti-1984 movement:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens.