Last Friday, Americans learned that those wishing a license to kill have two choices. They can join Her Majesty's Secret Service, arduously working their way to 007 status, or they can move to Florida, purchase and conceal a weapon, initiate a fight, and when the fight turns bad, shoot from "self defense."
The Supreme Court giveth and the Supreme Court taketh away.
To understand why Texas' new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend.
For years now, I have been writing this column in an effort to change hearts and minds about the direction our country is headed. At the inception, the concept was to write a light-hearted weekly diatribe that subtly influenced opinion in the SCV.
Couldn't we have one?"
The next time you walk into your favorite coffee shop and get into line, take note of a curious yet common phenomenon.
Everyone loves a comeback story. As a City Council member and the current mayor of Santa Clarita, some of my proudest moments include the revitalization of our neighborhoods, parks, business centers and facilities for all residents to enjoy.
Two big recent occurrences in local city politics for those few but faithful who pay attention: The at-large race for three City Council seats in 2014 gets more and more crowded with two incumbents seeking to defend their seats and (now) six serious challengers - and perhaps one more to come - scrumming over the "open" seat left by Frank Ferry's decision not to seek a fourth term - or for all three seats, depending on one's level of optimism.
Reference two front-page headlines in The Signal of Tuesday, July 9: "DUIs remain high" and "Driver in fatal crash sentenced."
For years, illegal immigrants have been referred to as "in the shadows." The phrase is nonsense.
As a not-so-serious part of their ongoing effort to get rid of Obamacare, House Republicans in May started a Twitter fight they called #ObamacareInThreeWords. Rep. Darrell Issa got things started with a tweet that said simply, "Serious Sticker Shock." Rep. Michele Bachmann added "IRS In Charge." Sen. Richard Burr tossed in "Huge Train Wreck."
The land of the Pharaohs is in dismay - again. On July 3, the Egyptian Army ousted the democratically elected President, Mohamed Morsi, in a coup d'etat that was initially bloodless, but now is slowly turning violent as various political factions clash in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere. Egyptians must now recognize they stand on the precipice of disaster.
New York City's politics has now gotten more titillating. First came news that Anthony Weiner, the Democrat whose crotch-shot sexting to a woman he never met led to his resignation from Congress, was running for mayor. Now comes the news that former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer, who resigned due to his involvement in a prostitution scandal, is running for city comptroller.
When the framers of the Declaration of Independence declared that among the "unalienable rights" imputed to each of us by our Creator is "the pursuit of happiness" they were really on to something. In their wisdom they declared that, while life and liberty were rights endowed to all, when it came to happiness only the right to pursue it fell to each of us. That is, happiness is not something we come into this world automatically entitled to enjoy. It is something we must pursue.
The current US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has handed down some really excellent decisions, such as in the Heller, McDonald, and Citizen's United cases. They've also managed to hand down some real stinkers. The Obamacare case comes immediately to mind.
In my first 100 days at the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, I've learned a lot more about the Santa Clarita Valley and about the unique economic development considerations that I think are our biggest strengths.
On Nov. 30, Americans came together in support of their communities to celebrate Small Business Saturday.
There's been a lot of hubbub this week around President Obama's recent "selfie." For those still without teenagers, or simply lagging in the latest technological fads, a selfie is when someone takes a picture of themselves.
Build it once. Build it right.
There is no denying that Barack Obama has had a long and difficult row to hoe. On the night of his inauguration in 2009, 13 Republican House and Senate leaders, plus Newt Gingrich and spinmeister Frank Luntz, met secretly in Washington to coordinate tactics to destroy his presidency.
I don't know why it happens every year. Our offices here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy get inundated with letters addressed to Saint Nicholas. We forward as many as we can to the Jolly Old Elf but a few we keep behind to share with you. Enjoy.