Fast and Furious

The legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal issued 18 new or amended subpoenas Monday, indicating its inquiry is stretching deeper into the governor’s office and branching out into new areas.

Governor Christie, once considered the front-runner for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, has his own investigation running, but his office would not say anything about it as the governor prepared to head to Chicago for a speech on the economy and for a fundraising visit for GOP candidates.

When can a government kill its own people?

The straightforward question has anything but a simple answer, especially for the government of a nation founded on inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Monday’s news that the Obama administration is considering a military hit on an American terrorist raises anew the issue of what justifies such a step, according to both the law and the public conscience in an era of political, social and technological evolution.

One day after he shook up the sports world with the announcement that he was aiming to be the NFL’s first openly gay player, Michael Sam found what he had been looking for all along.

Acceptance.

That was the message sent from all around the NFL on Monday in the hours after the Missouri star revealed his sexuality to the world. As players around the league tweeted mostly words of support, NFL Players Association president Dominique Foxworth promised the union “will accept him with open arms, as will our players.”

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes pleaded guilty in October 2012 to Brian Terry’s murder near the US-Mexico border.

Relatives remembered Terry as a dedicated family man and a “hero” at a sentencing hearing on Monday.

Weapons found at the scene of his death were linked to a US anti-gun-running scheme called Fast and Furious.

Under the Fast and Furious programme, US federal agents allowed criminals to purchase as many as 2,000 guns in order to trace them to major arms traffickers.

But the agents lost track of 1,400 of the guns, including two found at the scene of Terry’s death.

A US Justice Department report has cited 14 people for possible disciplinary action for their roles in Fast and Furious.

Over the last few days there has been much debate about the (most recent) great debate, the Nye vs. Ham, the evolution vs. creationism sound-off. While some argued that it was bad for science, or pointed out that believing in evolution doesn’t mean that you can’t be religious too, or that it was about time scientists stood-up and had their voices heard, a crucial point has been left out—that your religious point of view may not be the most important determinant of whether or not you “believe” in evolution. There’s increasing evidence that while religion is certainly an important part of belief in creationism, not believing in evolution is tied not just to religious allegiances, but more and more to political ones.

A recent study from Pew found that Republicans were not only significantly less likely to “believe in evolution” than their independent or Democratic counterparts, but that the numbers who did believe in evolution dropped considerably between 2009 and 2013.

Things are moving fast and things may seem to get out of your grasp. You do not need to conform to the world around you. You believe in what you believe in and other people believe in what they believe in and that is the way it is. There is nothing you can do alone to change things. You can change the world immediately around you that will eventually change the world forever. It takes all of us.