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"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Friday, February 3, 2012

Ripped from the Headlines! II

Disclaimer:  These may or may not be the most popular news stories this week nor the most important ones.  Rather, this is a compilation of stories which have caught my attention over the past week.
The FBI sure made a huge mistake earlier this week when they raided the wrong apartment in Massachusetts.  They apparently used a chainsaw to break through the door and held the occupant at gunpoint. Their target actually lived in another apartment in the same building. They have since apologized and will pay for the damage they've done, but seriously!  How the heck do you make a mistake like that?!?  Thank goodness the woman was unarmed and passive but what if she hadn't been?  This could have gone so much more wrong.

Speaking of the FBI, it appears that they are looking for a company to create software so they can more easily monitor social networking sites. One has to wonder if this could result in even more people being detained and barred from entering the country like this couple was. If this keeps up, we might as well forget making money off of the tourist industry!

In other news, there is an uproar over the decision by the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the cure to eliminate its grants to Planned Parenthood.  You can read the article to see why they say they are dropping funding and some of what Planned Parenthood has to say about it all.  The important part - to me, anyway - is that many woman may not receive cancer screening now because they lack access to other health care facilities for one reason or another and I think this is a step backwards.  My personal opinion is that the Foundation is allowing a loud minority to dictate what they should or shouldn't do and this will only serve to harm the women who most need the help.  It's a real shame when politics has become more important than the lives of women.

While I'm on my soap box, I have to talk about a bill that has passed in the Indiana senate that will allow the teaching of creationism in science class. Honestly, people!  Religion is NOT science and it does not belong in science class!  If you want to teach a comparative religion class, that's fine with me! Just leave the science to  science classes and religion to religious studies.  Why is this difficult?!?  Hell, no one cares what you tell your children outside of school so teach them whatever you want at home just let them learn science in school!  I know it sounds radical but what would be wrong with presenting them with all the information and allowing them to form their own conclusions?  What are you so afraid of? Anyone?

I don't want to end on that sort of story so I will end with one that might just help to restore my faith in human beings.  It appears that Washington State may become the next state to allow legal marriage between same-sex couples.  Hallelujah!  It's always good to know that there are reasonable people who understand that marriage is a commitment that should be available to same-sex couples as well as straight couples.  It is simply inhuman to tell a same-sex couple that their relationship is not valid.  I applaud the Washington State senate for recognizing discrimination when they see it. Good for them. Let's see... that's seven states down only... oh.  Well, I'll just depress myself thinking about that.  I'll concentrate on the good, instead.

And, hey!  It's Super Bowl weekend!  I'm looking forward to watching the game!  It should be a good match-up!

Have a nice weekend, all!

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