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Modern mankind may be too clean, that is, not dirty enough. That may surprise you. Today we take personal hygiene to be a standard in the developed world, not only healthy, but also a state which gracious people routinely adopt.
It hasn’t always been so. As close back as 100-200 years ago, cleansing yourself on a regular basis might mean a semi-annual or monthly bath…
Here's Something Different
Every now and then, stars of stage and screen, the sporting world, and sometimes even politicos, get into trouble. As do average citizens.
The incident itself may be of major or minor importance. The significant element is what happens after someone gets into the public eye. That often tells us more than the incident itself about the people involved. All too often, people in trouble lash out, publicly, and more often, privately.
Bickering & Backbiting
I have an argument as to the reason behind all this bickering, backbiting, squabbling and infighting. The cause may surprise you. It’s the jet airplane. Back before the jet, members of Congress were in Washington most weekends. It was not unusual for the various members to meet one another socially, even across party lines. Being better acquainted with one another, they even sometimes became friends with members of the opposing party.
Battle For The Bottom
Two Gwinnett County legislators aren’t serving the public interest in proposing a measure before the recent session of the Legislature. It gets worse — for we anticipate they will bring up this proposal again at next year’s General Assembly meeting.
Both Sen. David Shafer and Rep. Tom Kirby are behind proposals to eliminate Georgia’s income tax. You may remember both neighboring Florida and Tennessee have no state income tax. Neither does Texas. These two legislators maintain that Georgia having a state income tax is bad for us in competing against these nearby states for new businesses.
Ever since mankind organized himself into governments, there’s been a need to pay for the services that governments provide. How to tax and what to tax has been, and will continue to be, a main topic of conversation. You may remember prior to when our government was being formed, there was a revolt against the “tea tax” that the British government sought to enforce. Yes, it was “Indians” who started that rebellion in the Boston Harbor. An early incident in this country centered around imposing the federal excise tax on whiskey.
It was a surprise bombshell for Catholics around the world when Pope Benedict XVI announced that he is retiring. As always, the worldwide church faces unusual problems in selecting the next pope.
In modern times, there is no precedent for a pope’s resignation. It’s been 598 years since a pope has left the church while living, the last with Pope Gregory XII in 1415 during what was known as the Great Schism.
Since Georgia will be choosing a new U.S. senator in 2014, what would be best consideration for the people of Georgia in picking this person?
One thing for certain: forget sheer logic, which is too simplistic a way for the voters of Georgia to act. After all, no matter what political race you consider, it’s not the reasonable logic about any of the candidates in the races that determines the winner. It’s always politics that enters the picture, as it probably should, in selecting the person to represent any geography in any election.
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Modern mankind may be too clean, that is, not dirty enough. That may surprise you. Today we take personal hygiene to be a standard in the developed world, not only healthy, but also a state which gracious people routinely adopt. It hasn't always been so. As close back as 100-200 years ago, cleansing yourself on a regular basis might mean a semi-annual or monthly bath. Royalty of the days of old thought that the long-hanging germs on your body fought off disease, and kept you healthy. Hence, few baths. From the year 1075, one monk living in Cluny, wrote: "As to our baths, Read on →
If state Democrats want to win big elections like the one they lost Tuesday on the coast, they’re going to have to get busy and retake control of the state Senate. Why? Because the outcome of Tuesday’s election was practically determined two years before the special contest between GOP former Gov. Mark Sanford and challenger Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Why? Because constitutionally-required redistricting to even population changes after the 2010 census made it tough for any Democrat to win. In the First Congressional District, for example, voting age blacks comprised just 18.2 percent of voters. Huh, you might wonder? On the coast where African Americans comprise 30 percent of Charl Read on →
In this day of anonymous email trashings, un-informed blog posts, and you tube mistakes that last forever, we rarely see political second chances. But last week a disgraced public servant rose like a Phoenix from the ashes to reclaim former glory in the political arena. Mark Sanford has been elected to represent Charleston, and South Carolina, in the United States Congress. In a room where everyone is addressed as “honorable” Sanford will have an opportunity to regain the revered glow that accompanied him during his magical time as governor of one of the self-proclaimed great states in this country, and finally bec Read on →
We are barbarians. I can't take credit for saying that, although I completely agree. My friend did that, just after I posted this video on my Facebook page: I was all set to write about how Charles Ramsey isn't a hero. But this, this makes me realize that I was wrong about that. Here I was thinking Ramsey, the guy who answered Amanda Berry's cries for help, ending the imprisonment of three women in Cleveland, shouldn't be called a hero because he just did the right thing. My argument was that we've set the bar way too low for bestowing hero Read on →