That Oh-So-Gray 2nd Amendment (Part 2) : THE FRONT PAGE ONLINE

What if the Second Amendment didn’t actually say what it says? Here it is: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Arms is the key word. And it creates an explicit gray area. Interpreted literally, it means we all have the right to weapons. But what those weapons consist of is a matter of opinion.

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That Oh-So-Gray 2nd Amendment (Part 1) : THE FRONT PAGE ONLINE

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Washington D.C. gun ban was unconstitutional, that was surprising. Less surprising is a Chicago man challenging the court to take the ruling (D.C. vs. Heller), which applies to federal territories, and expand it to cover all states and cities. On the surface, the issue is about the Second Amendment right to own a gun. The discussion has been fierce by both gun-rights and gun-control advocates. But there’s a suspicious equivocation going on, one that clouds the philosophical heart of the matter, between defense and gun ownership....

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‘A Serious Man’: Serious About Questions, But Not About Answers : THE FRONT PAGE ONLINE

Entertainment: * (out of two)
Craft: ** (out of two)

...and Compassion for All : THE FRONT PAGE ONLINE

Apologies, again, for the delay in updating the blog. Usual reason: stuff hitting fans and all that. Here's last week's musings on the Cove, compassion, and the human ability to feel - or not to feel - empathy for other living creatures.

Backwards in High Heels: A Bronze Start to a Silver Jubilee Year : THE FRONT PAGE ONLINE

On stage at the ICT in Long Beach:

Backwards in High Heels. Conceived & Developed By Lynnette Barkley & Christopher McGovern
Book/Original Songs/Arrangements by Christopher McGovern. Starring: Matt Bauer, Christopher Carothers, Robin De Lano, Heather Lee, Jeff Payton, Anna Aimee White. On stage at the International City Theatre in Long Beach until Sunday, March 21. Visit http://www.ictlongbeach.org/ for more information.

"Sure he [Fred Astaire] was great, but don't forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards . . . and in high heels!"
-- Bob Thaves 1982 © NEA Inc.