I was raised in the small town of South Whitley just 25 miles west of Fort Wayne and moved to Fort Wayne almost 25 years ago. I now live in the historic West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
I am retired and love gardening, crafts of all kinds, working on my home, and collecting books for my small library.
I have loved politics for decades and have a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D.
Category Archives: Rights and Liberties
Judge Posner has stunned the legal community with a rare judicial mea culpa: an admittance that he was asleep at the wheel six years ago when he wrote that he really thought voter fraud was an okay reason to have … Continue reading
“Those who would give up essential liberty for security, deserve neither.” Benjamin Franklin Ideals and philosophies certainly change when one’s position in the world changes. President Obama’s push to “double down” on data mining is disconcerting as well as frightening … Continue reading
Republicans have, once again, framed an issue to suit their own misguided – and downright false – interpretation of our Constitution. The original body of our U.S. Constitution contains scant mention of religion. One prohibition is the requirement of a … Continue reading
I recently drove to Florida and took a detour to Alabama to see three civil rights memorials which had been on my mind for quite some time: 1) the Birmingham, Alabama, location of the jail where Martin Luther King, Jr. … Continue reading
I recently took a short trip to Florida and ran smack dab into the body scanner issue at our little, ole airport. Now, I am not sure what basis is used to establish the need for these things, but Fort … Continue reading
Eight years after 9/11, the public is still surrendering to fear and willing to sacrifice “essential liberty” for a little bit of security. Promulgated under the guise of protecting unsuspecting Hoosiers from identity theft, new Indiana BMV rules, which demand … Continue reading
When it comes to getting the government out of our lives, the anti-choice crowd exercises a double standard. Senate Bill 417 introduced by Senator Jean Leising of Indianapolis mandates a woman considering an abortion shall obtain an ultrasound at least … Continue reading
The Indiana Senate and House are again poised for a tussle over an anti-choice bill that would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in the county in which the abortion is performed. SB89 … Continue reading
SUPREME COURT SAYS JUDGES CAN USE DISCRETION – FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES ARE ADVISORY NOT MANDATORY
The United States Supreme Court on Monday decided that judges may use discretion in imposing sentences in federal drug cases. In Kimbrough v. United States, ___ U.S. ___ (2007), the Supreme Court fell in step with the U.S. Sentencing Commission which earlier this year … Continue reading
Mark Souder has become a crusader for biometrics identification (ID) cards; however, he admits the political climate is not yet ripe. That statement alone indicates he must think sometime in the future it will be ripe. Biometrics is, generally, the … Continue reading