Twitter went public the other day, #doesthisreallychangemylifeoraffectmeinanyway? I don’t get it to be honest. The abbreviations used for texting are bad enough but the whole hash tag thing is really just plan silly and often very annoying. There are even guides on how to properly hashtag your event. Trying to have a conversation these days is something almost foreign. Properly formulated sentences replaced by text speak and hash tags.
I remember a time when following the every move of another was considered stalking, now it is somehow cool? I do miss the days where what everyone else had for lunch was none of my concern. A time when things were not moving so fast that I had to have current, real-time information at the touch of my fingers. The days where a phone was just a means of communication and not a necessary appendage. I guess it is cliche, words said by each generation to the next, I miss the good ole days.
I woke up today to the same dire warnings of impending doom on the news. “The government will shut down in just a few days”. If I close my eyes I see chicken little running our country. Regardless of the side you agree with, I would think that most in this country would be just disgusted with he dysfunction in our fine nations capital.
When you look at polls, both the Congress and President have awful approval numbers. As a country we disapprove of many initiatives that the administration is pushing. Our elected officials at all levels spend hours in front of cameras, giving interviews and flat-out sucking the air out of the room instead of doing what they were all elected for, doing the business of the people who elected them.
So the question is, how do these same people that we disapprove of, those who continue to ignore what “we the people” want keep getting elected? Most complain about Washington but maybe everyone needs to take a moment to reflect and look in the mirror.
Looks like this weekend will be spent doing anything and everything except watching, reading or listening to the news!
So after the operation weed whacker story yesterday, the news did a few minutes examining the changing opinions on marijuana. It was actually very interesting. The reports went out asking normal folks walking along about their thoughts on legalization. They talked to all types of people random age, sex and color yet the answer was over whelmingly the same. People did not seem to care what others did as long as it was done responsibly.
From there they talked to both the police commissioner and DA of Phila who of course were not pro legalization but both agreed it was time to change laws. In PA no matter what the quantity you are caught with, you are arrested, charged and taken in to the station. Why would two men charged with upholding the law and order say they feel that it may be time to at least change some laws? Well, to start, $320 million spent in Pennsylvania alone on what they described as small quantity possession charges. Thousands of arrests, time in court, police that could be out on the streets addressing the violence issues running rampant in the city.
I am not arguing one way or the other on the topic. I had never really put much thought into it to be honest but those numbers do draw my attention. If nothing else it is a very interesting debate.