I will just touch upon some aspects of the (partial) federal government shutdown in just this 1 post because in approximately 10 days when I blog again, I hope I am not writing about it again. Usually I try not to blog about the #1 thing in politics, but this shutdown has been building for weeks and is dominating the headlines in such a way that there’s no way to avoid it. I’d like to thank POLITICO for their in-depth coverage of all the facts and drama coming out of DC, because I still don’t know how they’re able to stand the hypocrisy, ridiculousness, and histrionics that occur on a constant basis.
I do realize that opinion is shifting, and some might say rapidly, towards legalizing gay marriage. Nearly all the articles/stories devoted to the subject talk about the ‘when’ and not the ‘if’ about its legalization. Whether it be conservative, liberal, or in-between media outlets, the polls, proponents, and opponents recognize that attitudes towards marriage equality is changing from hostile to indifference/tolerance to acceptance/advocacy. Now I will state my opinion on this subject at the end, but I’d like to explain my subject line with two other hot button and (possibly equally) divisive as they personally relate to me (which happen to be a ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ viewpoint, respectively) and why I believe that we shouldn’t be so harsh against those that are for the “one man, one woman” definition of marriage.
I have had so many opinions, and non-opinions, after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the first in more than 600 years. As a Catholic (but I would not label myself as devout), I am very surprised at how interested I am in the election, although some would rather say discernment, of the 266th Pope. Of course, as is this blog in general, is mainly focused on American politics, and the papal election is, at its face, politics. I thought that I would be look
ing more at the political horse trading within the electors of cardinals which is just the reality in American politics.
I find myself, however, Continue reading