On Oct. 12, California federal judge Virginia A. Phillips ordered the termination of the U.S. military's fickle "don't ask, don't tell" law, as it violates the equal protection and First and Fifth Amendment rights of openly homosexual enlisted men and women. Almost immediately, the Department of Justice and the Pentagon began a campaign against the new policy, citing that the sudden changes in arrangements would make problems for other U.S.
It seems that, ultimately, whether or not California decides to pass its nationally anticipated Proposition 19 will come down to money.
As many countries scramble to find a plausible solution to the global energy crisis, many individuals across the United States find themselves unable to deal with the side effects of renewable energy resources and their means of production. A popular form of renewable energy, wind farming, seems detrimental only to those who live in proximity to the insistent hum of the turbines and within eyeshot of offshore wind farms. Though only measured at a noise level just above that of a humming refrigerator, wind-power turbines often frustrate residents of rural areas that have agreed to host wind-power facilities, as many of the dissenting voices claim that the turbines mar the otherwise natural vista and that the noise disrupts the area's otherwise noiseless tranquility. To city residents, such an enthusiastically negative reaction to a little bit of white noise seems absurd, as main road residents train themselves to sleep through fire truck sirens and street sweepers.
In the realm of current political gaffes, Joe Biden takes a big bite of the pie, having most notoriously told a man in a wheelchair to stand up and take a bow while he spoke publicly on the campaign trail with President Obama. But Carl Paladino's comments on homosexuality, made earlier this week in response to fellow gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo participating in a gay pride parade with his family, seem to go beyond something that we can simply set aside as a campaign hiccup. As an editorial board, we would like to believe that his remarks were brash efforts to accommodate the politics of a conservative group of Orthodox Jewish leaders.
When was the last time you were able to go through a day and not touch your cell phone or have someone text message you about absolutely nothing? In today's society, cell phones are attached to consumers' hips and sometimes even their hands.
The San Francisco 49ers were everybody's sexy preseason pick. With fiery coach Mike Singletary at the helm, an aggressive defense featuring linebacker Patrick Willis, a high-powered running game led by Frank Gore and offseason addition Brian Westbrook, and downfield threats Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, the 49ers looked like they would trample over the rest of the weak NFC West and make the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Right now, though, they are one of only three winless teams in the NFL, sitting at 0-5 after Sunday night's loss to the Eagles.
Derek Jeter gets all the credit. But when you step back and look at the success the New York Yankees have had over the past 15 years, you may be surprised to find out who is really responsible. Now, let me be clear right off the bat.
New York State Governor David Paterson again finds himself in a battle with the Seneca Nation, a Native American group that enjoys special treaty rights and considers itself separate from the state. The latest issue between the two groups is the state's claim that the Senecas owe over $200 million in revenue-sharing payments.
The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, also known as Senate bill 3804, was introduced last month and is now causing an uproar in the online community. The bill, if passed, would not only give the Attorney General the power to remove from the Internet any website that contains copyright-infringing material; it would also grant him the right to remove the entire domain associated with that website. For example, we've all experienced the following problem: The new hit song comes out, and we all want to listen to it, but we don't want to pay for it to hear it just once.