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Split State Affairs

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


It is a sad fact of life that many terrible things happen in threes. With news this week of the demise of the marriage of reality stars Kris and Bruce Jenner, not to mention the threat of a Jo-Bro break up, I have been on pins and needles waiting to find out what was going to go next. Imagine my surprise when it wasn’t a couple or boy band threatening to go bust, but rather a state. Et tu, Colorado?

Though some may think otherwise—you know who you are—secession from the Union is not an option. But that’s not what’s going on in Colorado. The state isn’t looking to drop the country’s total to 49—it’s looking to bring the grand total up to 51. There are 11 counties in Colorado that want out of the state due to an alternative energy mandate and gun legislation, which some have summed up as a lack of “respect for their rural lifestyles.” Is this a serious threat? You betcha. Residents of those 11 counties will vote in November as to whether or not they want to leave the state. If that passes, then Colorado will have to vote to agree to let them out. Should Colorado be agreeable, the rebel counties will then have to get Congress to agree to admit a new state to the United States. While “uphill battle” seems to be a mild classification of the situation, it’s not unheard of. The most recent instance of it happening was West Virginia in 1863.

The troubling thing is that Colorado isn’t the only state where such discussions are happening. Counties are threatening to jump ship from California to Maryland,  hoping to have the same success that Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, and West Virginia had back in the day. Looks like we better start a search for the new Betsy Ross, because if any of these splits actually happen, we’re going to need a flag makeover.

The Humor Is Strong With This One

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


In the days of yore, if you had some witty commentary to share with the world, you would take to Facebook and put it as a status. But these days, it seems that all the cool kids are beyond Facebook. Why share your wit or big ideas with just your circle of friends when you can go straight to the Commander in Chief?

Those familiar with this blog know all about We the People, the White House’s petition website that brought us the people the recipe for Obama’s presidential beer. We the People has gotten quite a bit of press lately. Strangely enough, where previous petitions made much of secession, the current trend is deportation, from Piers Morgan (which the White House has responded to in the negative) to Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (which I’m told makes sense if you heard the commentary for the BCS Championship game). Clearly, people are having fun—albeit a bit mean spirited at times—with these petitions. Last week, the White House proved that it could have just as much fun.

Last November, John D started the petition to Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. The petition has 34, 435 signatures. Since the petition surpassed the required signatures (25,000 within 30 days), the White House decided to respond. In a post titled “This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For,” Paul Shawcross explained why the Obama administration will not be pursuing plans for a Death Star. (Spoiler alert: reasons for the no center around the 852 quadrillion cost, the fact that blowing up planets is frowned upon, and the ease with which a certain Master Skywalker was able to destroy the original.)

In case you’ve been wondering, the petition for Texas to secede from the union, which reached 125,746 signatures, including both Texans and non-Texans, was also recently addressed by the White House. Invoking President Lincoln, Jon Carson wrote an eloquent response which can be summed up rather succinctly: nope.