If anyone’s wondering why I haven’t posted here in several months, I’ve been taking a break from blogging in order to focus on other projects. Well, I think I’m back now, at least for the time being. Here are some of the things that happened while I was “away”:
May: The Supreme Court rules that sectarian prayers before town meetings don’t violate the First Amendment, thereby preserving the religious freedom of our country’s threatened Christian majority …. Michael Sam becomes the first openly gay football player drafted by the NFL, and celebrates by kissing his boyfriend on live TV …. A college student at the University of California-Santa Barbara goes on a killing spree that ends in suicide, and–surprise!–the guy was kind of an asshole ….
June: The Supreme Court rules that warrantless searches of cell phones during arrests are unconstitutional …. and then promptly undoes all the good will it gained from that decision by ruling against Aereo …. The Supreme Court also rules that the Obamacare contraception mandate doesn’t apply to Hobby Lobby and other closely-held corporations, thereby forcing potentially millions of American women and couples to pay for birth control ….
July: Washington state’s first legal cannabis stores open, and sales of Funyuns go through the roof …. A Staten Island man dies after being placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer. Police were attempting to arrest 43-year-old Eric Garner for the heinous crime of allegedly selling untaxed individual cigarettes ….
August: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) releases a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley, prompting worldwide condemnation …. A white police officer in suburban St. Louis County, Missouri, fatally shoots an unarmed black teenager following a struggle between the teen and the officer during which the officer says he feared for his life …. The shooting of Michael Brown is followed by weeks of unrest, and while many protest peacefully, some take the opportunity to loot and commit acts of violence …. Hackers leak hundreds of private photos of female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. The photos were most likely obtained by exploiting vulnerabilities in Apple’s iCloud service ….
September: An Iraq war veteran with a knife jumps the White House fence and manages to make it inside and all the way to the East Room before being subdued by the Secret Service (in other words, security at the White House is just slightly more lax than security at your local mall) …. The CDC confirms the first diagnosed Ebola case in the U.S., in a man who had recently arrived in Dallas from Liberia ….
October: President Obama appoints an Ebola “Czar” to address our nation’s Ebola crisis. (No word yet on an “African Geography Czar” to educate Americans on which African countries do and do not have Ebola) …. The Supreme Court declines to review same-sex marriage cases in five states, letting stand lower-court rulings allowing same-sex unions in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin ….
November: On election night, voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 and over, while medical marijuana activists in Florida fail to obtain the 60% of the vote needed to amend the state constitution to legalize medical marijuana in the state …. Kim Kardashian’s ass breaks the Internet, but probably not in the way she intended …. Multiple women come forward with rape allegations against Bill Cosby after a clip of comedian Hannibal Buress calling Cosby out as a rapist goes viral …. A grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, declines to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown, touching off yet another wave of unrest ….
…And that brings us to the present. I’m going to try to post here as often as I can, and hopefully I’ll have time to address some of these more recent events in more depth.