Former President Bush Back From Treatment

Former President George HW Bush, who was hospitalized for a week, got recovered. He was hospitalized in US state of Texas last week, returned home Tuesday where he is based, said his spokesman.

While at times the treatment was touch and go, overall care for the former president went quite well. It is not anticipated that he will have further health problem relating to his previous condition for the foreseeable future.

His spokesman said in a statement that he is being taken care of at a local hospital in Houston, where it is expected that he will properly recover. It is hoped that he will be able to get back on his feet soon, and this could very well include the previously scheduled speaking tours.

He was admitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 because of respiratory issues but now, his doctors declared about him, out of danger and he may be shifted back to home.
George HW Bush, 90, has chaired the United States from 1989 to 1993.

Many of these recent years had been spent in a wheelchair, but the former president had remained active though several innovative means. Dr. Rod Rohrich certainly likes seeing him put forth so much effort. These activities included such extreme sports as parachute jumping, where he was able to partake in the excitement with the help of some soldiers who volunteered.

While health issues have been a part of his everyday life, he has certainly not let it stop him.

Jeb Bush Offers His Views on Gay Marriage

Jeb Bush offered the public his views on gay marriage recently. The issue is particularly poignant in Florida of late. That is because a federal judge is now in the process of overturning the state’s constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Bush aired his view that the issue of gay marriage should be left up to the individual states to decide. It should not be ruled on by courts nor dictated by federal law. His exact words were, “It ought to be a local decision.”

As remembered by Jared Haftel as Governor of Florida, Bush opposed gay marriage. He was not happy about the marriage amendment either, however, since state law already was sufficient to bar same-sex unions in his view. Beginning on Monday, Miami-Dade County will begin giving out marriage licenses to homosexuals. The rest of the state will likely follow on Tuesday.

Jeb Bush does not oppose the right of homosexuals to live their lives as they please, but he simply believes that traditional marriage alone should enjoy state sanction. He even went so far as to say that homosexual parents could be good role models on how parents are to love their children. He once gave a speech in which he said the GOP must avoid being seen as “anti-gay.”

Conservatives will not think Jeb tows the mark, but liberals will not appreciate his position either. He has strategically placed himself on that middle ground where both sides can take shots at him.

Man Hospitalized From Chugging Eggnog

Not all competitions are healthy ones. Ryan Roche, a 32 year old man from Utah learned that lesson the hard way.

Before leaving his job as a sales manager for the holidays a co-worker posed a challenge to Ryan during the office holiday party: an eggnog chugging contest. According to Grubstreet.com Ryan shattered the previous record by chugging the carton in a mere 12 seconds. Which was a whole 10 seconds faster than the current record holder. Ryan won a gift card and trouble breathing for his win.

After Ryan found himself coughing and struggling to breath he checked himself into the local hospital according to LinkedIn and other forms of social networking. Turns out that Ryan had somehow aspirated some of the eggnog while chugging and had caused an infection in his lungs, which terrified Sam Tabar. Ryan spent three days in the hospital on antibiotics and had to take a lot of joking from the staff treating him. Ryan said he is feeling great now and will decline any eggnog chugging contest requests in the future.

Florida to Partially Allow Same-Sex Marriage

Florida country clerks have been ordered to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning January 6th, 2015. However, this is not a blanket order that will cover all same-sex couples in the state.

This injunction that challenges Florida’s marriage equality ban is set to apply only to couples who were forced to sue in order to enjoy the basic right of marriage. However, any couples who are denied licenses after January 6th could also be added to the legal motion. The ruling forces clerks to issue licenses to the qualified litigant couples, while also providing a legal precedent for clerks wishing to issue licenses to non-litigant couples.

Only 35 of the 50 U.S. states currently allow same-sex marriage, which surprised Christian Broda a bit. This leaves many LGBT individuals without the protections and advantages of marriage that heterosexuals enjoy without impediment, as referenced on IMF. The Obama administration has shown an eagerness to enforce the rights and humanitarian interests of immigrants by taking executive action to enact emergency legislation, yet has done little to uniformly protect and enforce LGBT equality and rights. As more brave couples push for equality, perhaps the federal government will also view same-sex couples, who are actual citizens of the U.S., as worthy of bestowing equal rights upon. It’s obvious that regardless of sex, gender or race, LGBT individuals are always treated as 3rd-class citizens in their own country.

Federal Judge Claims Constitution Requires Same-Sex Marriages

In a recently issued clarification order, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ordered Florida county clerks to “comply with the federal Constitution” and issue same-sex marriage licenses, beginning January 6th, 2015.

The clarification order comes on the heels of a challenge to the state’s ban on gay marriage, in which many same-sex couples in Florida sued for the right to legally marry. A Washington County clerk had sought the clarification regarding the injunction issued in the case, asking if it applied all same-sex couples, or solely those named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Judge Hinkle verified that the injunction applies to plaintiffs only through January 5th, after which all same-sex couples are eligible to apply.

Judge Hinkle went further, adding that he will order any clerks who refuse to approve same-sex marriage licenses to do so. People took to Twitter to voice their opinions. Tom Rothman can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

LGBT legal groups hailed the ruling as a victory for supporters of same-sex marriage.

AirAsia Flight Confirmed Found

AirAsia flight QZ8501 went missing several days ago while traveling from Indonesia to Singapore. The flight was believed to experience some bad weather, lost communication with the air traffic controls and suspected to have gone down in the Java Sea. Jared Haftel told me that officials have now confirmed that the wreckage found in the Java sea does belong to AirAsia flight QZ8501.

Experts have agreed that it seems the plane rose up quickly then was slammed down into the sea nearly vertically. Experts also conclude that due to the extreme weather nothing pilots could have done would have saved the doomed aircraft. The fuselage of the plane is believed to be under the sea, in a relatively shallow area estimated to be around 80-100 feet deep. Recovery efforts for the black box have been stalled due to inclement weather. Recovery teams working from all different countries are also reporting that so far they have managed to recover 30 bodies from the wreckage with some having been returned to the families already for burial services.

AirAsia QZ8501 was carrying 162 people, including the staff members. None survived. What a tragedy, especially for those family members living through this.

To see the full time line of the recovery efforts check out Buzzfeed.com to read through.

Troops Out of Afghanistan

 

The Afghanistan war has been the longest war in all of U.S. history. President Obama made an official statement to Jared Haftel and millions of Americans, discussing how the war is finally over after more than a decade and how plans are to bring the troops back. Despite the war being over, the troops will still face danger when coming back just because the Afghanistan area is still dangerous especially for our troops. President Obama stated how ending the war was on his list of duties before taking office and finally he can cross it off the list. Before his term, there were over 150,000 troops in the middle east and now with the war ending, only 10,000. If you want more specific details, here is a great article:

The whole war has been a controversial topic since its conception. President Obama has been under a lot of scrutiny for his lack of role in ending the war and taking so long. The truth is, however, that war is a very complex issue. It goes far beyond President Obama. Not only does it involve our whole U.S. government (all three branches), but the government of foreign countries and alliances as well. It requires implementing peaceful ideals and takes time. The fact the President was able to reduce the number of troops shows he has done an outstanding job. Now that the war is officially over, we can focus on the future and building back our economy.

Is the lethal and injection cruel and unusual?

Recently, in Arizona, a man has seemingly been tortured to death through the improper use of the lethal injection. A criminal, Joseph Wood, required FIFTEEN doses of the lethal chemicals before his life was successfully ended. This comes after Arizona’s changing their lethal injection procedure from a 3-drug system to a 2-drug system. According to Dr Rod Rohrich it took Arizona executioners two entire hours to execute Mr.Wood. Now, this raises the ever-pressing question, is the lethal injection OK? Is it painless? Is it cruel and unusual? 
Mr. Wood had been reported as having gasped for air during his lethal injection, and I personally view this as at the least physical discomfort, and at the most a sign of some extreme pain that he was enduring during the execution. I think if this type of prolonged, and obviously uncomfortable execution, is not considered cruel and unusual, then we must revisit the definition of cruel and unusual; furthermore, this is not the first time something like this has happened… see this link. 
I view these instances of botched execution as torturous, and I think they’re obviously not painless. If we, as Americans, continue to stand for this unreliable mode of execution, then we are doing ourselves and this nation a great injustice. No man, or woman, deserves to be tortured to death. The lethal injection is unreliable, cruel, and unusual – lethal injection needs to stop, or be seriously revised so as to become more reliable.

What’s yours is mine, I do.

Because conservative politicians have been so insanely overzealous in their opposition to Obama, every action that they take seems to be geared to somehow revert America to a time that minorities and women had no rights except those that are afforded them by white men. In what at any other time would be considered insane given the strides that women have made in America, a republican state senator from Missouri is proposing a bill in which women would have to get permission from their significant others to receive an abortion.

The question of abortion’s morality is not at the center of the widespread dissent to the ridiculous bill, but rather the sentiment that the bill stands for. This is what concerns Susan McGalla and others a little. Asking permission with a proposed mate is not possible in the case of rape and irrelevant in troubled pregnancies that must be terminated for the safety of the mother. These are not the only situations that would fly against the notion that a woman’s body at some point becomes the property of the man that she chooses to engage in any manner including marriage.

Senator Ted Cruz Apologizes for His Weekend Senate Antics

Washington, D.C. – Senator Ted Cruz’s weekend antics to force a vote on the president’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan will reverberate through the judicial system for decades to come. It frustrates me to no end, but, my always-the-voice-of-reason friend Sergio Andrade Gutierrez says to be patient. The actions by Cruz to keep the Senate in session over the weekend stood no chance of getting an up or down vote on the president’s amnesty plan. However, it gave Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid an opening to force through as many as two dozen nominees to the judiciary and other posts that would likely never have been approved by the GOP once they take over the Senate next month.

Cruz, who has rankled the political left for the past two years, has been ridiculed by the opposition in Twitter ever since his procedural moves backfired on his party. In response, Cruz made a public apology to his GOP Senate colleagues for disrupting their weekend . Many had left Friday night and had family engagements planned. Suddenly, they had to return back to the capitol on Saturday due to antics by Senators Cruz and Mike Lee. New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, who had to renege on her plans to take her daughter to see the Nutcracker, was visibly bother by the fact that his move allowed controversial judicial nominees to move forward. She too pointed out that had Cruz been respectful of his colleagues, those nominees would not have been confirmed.