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Archive for November, 2008

Of Marriages and Civil Unions

Posted by Anthony on November 18, 2008

By Anthony J. Aschettino

In the giddying days following the election of Barack Obama, a momentous occasion for a multitude of reasons, many in America could have been forgiven for losing sight of several ballot initiatives from across the country. Although one of the more radical ones was defeated (Colorado’s attempt to define life as beginning at the moment of fertilization), sadly another ridiculous one was passed. California’s “Proposition 8” effectively overrides that state’s Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage by amending the state constitution to read that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Veterans Day?

Posted by Anthony on November 11, 2008

By Anthony J. Aschettino

Todays date, the Eleventh of November, Two-thousand and Eight, marks the ninetieth anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, after a little more than four years of the most horrific fighting in the history of military conflict, the guns fell silent on the Western Front. There are only a handful of survivors from the Great War left alive today; all are over one-hundred years of age, and before long we will have lost our last direct connections to those bloody years. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Does it Mean to Be a Hero?

Posted by Anthony on November 4, 2008

By Anthony J. Aschettino

As the election season enters its final days (or, most likely by the time this article goes to print, its final day) questions still remain, and will remain to be debated long after the final votes are tallied, about the rhetoric of the Presidential election. It is of course only natural for the candidates to attempt and define themselves as something positive as well as cultivate an equally negative character assesement for their opponents. Thus Senator Obama would like the electorate to associate himself with words like “hope” and “change”, whereas he has sought to imply that his opponent is simply “more of the same”. Senator McCain has likewise lobbed words such as “Socialist” and “inexperienced” over at the Obama camp while identifying himself by the now ubiquitous term “maverick” as well as “patriotic”. There is one term, however, that both all people involved have ceded to the McCain camp: that of “hero” or “war hero” when describing Senator McCain. Read the rest of this entry »

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