Separation of church and state

May 21, 2010 Not so very long ago, “separation of church and state” was as American as motherhood and apple pie. Despite perennial debates over the degree of separation, public support for the principle itself has been strong for much of our history. But in today’s culture-war climate, the very mention of “separation of church and state” is enough to trigger a bitter argument over the relationship of government and religion in the United States.

Unsweet, or sweet?

May 21, 2010 Kentucky is not normally a state that is seen as a bellwether to the national political mood. Comfortably in the “Red,” the Bluegrass State often passes through the electoral season with very little national fanfare. Last night that changed. For the first time since its rapid evolvement, the Tea Party movement helped a significant political candidate earn electoral victory —marking a notable increase in the movement’s importance to candidates across the country. No longer can anyone call this a fluke.

Before a fall

May 20, 2010 My four-year-old daughter and I were playing a game a couple of days ago. Well, she was playing a game; I was actually trying to work. In her game she would sneak near me and pop me on the arm and then run away quickly before I could get her back. After several minutes of laughs, she decided instead to sneak away. As she crept backwards, away from me, I could see the pending danger. A toy lay in her path! I knew that she was sure to trip. My warnings were dismissed with a grinning giggle until ... FLOP ... she hit the floor.

Spineless despots don’t like cartoons

May 20, 2010 As incredible as it might seem for a modern European democracy, Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico is suing for an apology and €33,000 ($43,000.00) for a political cartoon, drawn by Martin “Shooty” Sutovec for the SME Daily newspaper, that mocked the Prime Minister’s health by suggesting he didn’t have a backbone.

Burger ban

May 19, 2010 It should be “Ban the Burger Month” instead. May is “National Hamburger Month,” an annual “tradition” that began 18 years ago when White Castle, purveyor of small, tasty, high-calorie burgers, initiated it. It figures that a capitalistic organization would promote such a thing. According to about.com, White Castle, in 1921, was the first to introduce the mass distribution of the burger. The concept was an immediate hit.

Obama: Trust only me

May 19, 2010 Always the smooth operator, Obama is urging the American people to tune out other voices and listen only to the sound of their dear leader’s voice.

Facing strange changes

May 18, 2010 Compelled to fork out my own eyes, I resisted, if only because that would surely have been more traumatic for these kids than the mental image of some over-easy chicken embryos. If you watch TV long enough, any night of the week, early enough for the kids to still be up, you’re likely to see commercials featuring voluptuous young underwear models strutting around wearing barely enough to cover their naughty parts. It’s the kind of stuff for which we used to make fake ID’s and pay good money to see at the movie theater. In the words of Eddie Murphy in “48 Hours,” “TV has changed.”

Finding ways to communicate

May 18, 2010 What it is about a cell phone that makes some folks think they can’t even go to the bathroom without it? I’ll admit that I do feel anxious without my phone during a normal business day, since several of my contacts have my number and sometimes it’s easier to reach me that way instead of calling our office. But on weekends, I figure people can leave a voicemail or text me, and I’ll get back to them at my leisure. I definitely do not consider myself a slave to my phone, by any means.

Political battles continue

May 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK. (AP) — The Democratic and Republican primaries for a United States seat in Arkansas on Tuesday may be a referendum on just how deep anti-incumbent sentiment has set in among voters this year. Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Republican Congressman John Boozman, the front-runner for the GOP nomination for her post, are both being targeted by candidates touting an anti-Washington message.

Nashville is still singing

May 17, 2010 The circle may be a little waterlogged but it’s unbroken. Floodwaters in Nashville earlier this month have certainly dampened the city but not its spirits as news reports highlight Music City’s efforts in pulling itself up by the bootstraps. This is a perfect example of the American spirit, as it is anytime tragedy befalls on American soil and I know Nashville will come back strong, just as our great country does whenever put to the test. A telethon last week hosted by musician Vince Gill and others raised more than $1.7 million and another on Sunday evening helped to do the same.