20 Dec 2014

Saturday History: “Remember the Sabbath…”

Our family had no trouble with the avoiding killing and stealing and worshiping idols and getting divorces. Those things were not happening in German evangelical settings. Keeping the Sabbath seems simple enough, but what consists of keeping it holy and avoiding all work?

17 Dec 2014

Over Easy: SCOTUS: Officer’s Reasonable Mistake of Law Not a Fourth Amendment Violation

On December 15, SCOTUS issued a ruling that says, “A police officer’s reasonable mistake of law gives rise to reasonable suspicion that justifies a traffic stop under the Fourth Amendment.”

14 Dec 2014

Greenpeace Took Things Too Far With the Nazca Lines Stunt

Prior to dawn on December 8, on the occasion of the climate conference in Lima, Greenpeace activists from several countries placed the words, “Time for Change! The Future is Renewable/ Greenpeace” at the historic landmark of Nazca in Peru. The message, since it was visible from the sky, was intended to gain the attention of conference attendees.

13 Dec 2014

Saturday History: The Importance of the Barn

Today when we think of living structures, we tend to think of houses that people live in. To farmers, some of the other buildings, namely the barn, were more important because they housed the animals.

10 Dec 2014

Over Easy: 2015 NDAA Will Give Apache Ancestral Land to a Foreign Mining Company

Last week, the House passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and attached a rider on page 1105 that would give 2400 acres of National Forest that is cherished ancestral Native American land in southeast Arizona to a subsidiary of a large international mining conglomerate.

07 Dec 2014

Representative Hank Johnson’s Poem: “I Can’t Breathe”

Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) recited a one-minute poem on the House floor a few days ago. His heartfelt call for justice is simple and truthful. The refrain, “I can’t breathe” is repeated eleven times, the same number of times Eric Garner said the same words, his final words. The poem speaks for

06 Dec 2014

Recalling December 7, 1941

Letty Owings, age 89, recalls events of the day, on December 7, 1941, as the “day that changed everything.”

03 Dec 2014

Over Easy: Texas to Execute ‘Floridly Psychotic’ Scott Panetti Today at 6 PM

Barring a last-minute stay, Texas will execute Scott Panetti today at 6 PM. Scott Panetti is a severely mentally ill,  “floridly psychotic” individual whose trial was a farce that took place before a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole was an option. A Texas trial court

19 Nov 2014

Over Easy: Grand Jury Basics, as Ferguson Waits for a Decision

In the United States, a person cannot be prosecuted for a felony unless there is probable cause to believe that a person has committed a felony. Pursuant to the Fifth Amendment, all federal felony prosecutions must be by grand jury indictment, unless the defendant waives his right to be prosecuted

15 Nov 2014

My experience applying to ACA in Texas

Open enrollment for obtaining affordable health insurance to take effect in 2015 begins today. Even though I have an undergraduate degree in Biology and an associates degree in a medical field, as well as a reasonable grasp of reading and writing, my attempts to navigate previous versions of ACA enrollment