DOMA: Defense of Marriage Act (terminally ill)

DOMA

DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, born on September 21, 1996, was pronounced terminally ill by The United States Supreme Court, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The 16-year-old bill was declared unconstitutional. This means that it can no longer be defended by United States officials and that states that have enacted legislation permitting same-gender marriage […]

RIBALD [RIB-uhld] : to use coarse language, foul-mouthed

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The internet is ablaze with the video of the first-day-on-the-job (and last!) news anchor at a Dakota tv station who didn’t know the mike was on yet and let loose with a pretty graphic comment.  Yes, he was fired after his first day. David (Papi)  Ortiz, beloved Designated Hitter for the Red Sox, added an […]

EQUALITY IN MARRIAGE: some thoughts

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The debate over same-gender marriage and its legality can, indeed, said to be raging throughout this country.   As we speak (or read) the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue in a precedent-setting action. At this point it is not clear what they will decide, or if they will even come to a decision.   There […]

IATROGENIC [ahy-a-truh-JEN-ik]: a medical disorder caused by the inadvertent diagnosis, manner, or treatment of a physician

“ Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.” How many times have we heard this, or something like it?  There’s  no question that some therapies required as treatment for serious illnesses are painful, nauseating, debillitating, and just plain awful.   But the hope is that the therapy is temporary and the result is permanent. The […]

SUPREME COURT: the ultimate voice regarding federal law

National anxiety over the pending response of the Supreme Court regarding the legality of the Health Care Bill highlights the importance of the makeup of the court.   Prognostications over the split of votes and whether Justice Kennedy will swing one way or the other if the usual liberal/conservative patterns prevail serve to make the point […]

CORPORATION: persons united in a body for some purpose

The dialogue/argument about the nature of corporations has picked up steam in the last few weeks as those involved in politics articulate their affection for or displeasure with the Supreme Court’s approval of SuperPac funding.  In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a 2010 decision, the Courts indicated that non-affiliated groups could collect and dispense […]