For political junkies like me election season is always an exciting time. Next year’s presidential campaign promises to be one of the more interesting campaigns for Republicans. Right now it appears they have the political upper hand which means there’s no shortage of Republicans who think he or she can be president.
Sometimes you hear a story and think, “This can’t possibly be true. It doesn’t make any sense.” Like the well known urban legend about waking up in a bathtub of ice with your liver missing. It might sound vaguely like it could happen but really you know it’s not true. That’s how I felt when I read the story about the woman in Ohio who was jailed on a felony charge for sending her kids to school in the wrong school district.
In seven short weeks (or long weeks if you ask my wife) I’m going to be a father for the second time. This time around I’m much calmer and have far less anxiety about the whole process. Maybe because I’ve long since accepted I have no idea what I’m doing. I think fatherhood works more smoothly that way.
Recently I was perusing a baby-related message board (I know, I know) and I came across a posting by a woman sharing the story of her seven year old son’s experience being picked on by another kid because his skin is dark. The typical, “Oh this is horrible” or “they’re kids they don’t know that they’re saying at that age. Just ignore it” responses followed. Yes, it is horrible but I suspect the kid knew exactly what he was saying, he was raised that way.
I’ll bet ever since the Bill of Rights was ratified people have probably been arguing about the meaning of the second amendment. While I generally don’t think it gives citizens the rights that most people think it does; I’ve come to accept that the right to bear arms folks have won the argument. It would be great if they figured that out too.