As we continue the resurgence of Open Mic, I have put together a few small articles that I found interesting. I am, for the record, attempting to post more often each week. Although, as it is for many, I find myself often with very little time to research and write the way that I would like. But what I do here at SUFA I do because I have a passion for writing and an equal passion for following the world of politics. What I need is a machine that can take what I think and immediately put ink to paper for me (or fingers to keyboard, as it may be). I find myself wanting to write, but simply running out of hours in the day with which to do so. So instead I find that I see a topic and try to find a minute to throw the link into a draft for open mic and hope that I get time later to address it. As a result, here are a few topics I found interesting in the last week…
USWeapon Topic #1
Cuba Encourages Capitalism While Marking the 58th Anniversary of the Start of Communism
Machado, 81, who spoke for 25 minutes while President Raul Castro who attended the ceremony sat silent, blamed corruption and inertia for Cuba’s economic woes. In past years the holiday was marked by lengthy speeches from Fidel Castro lauding the revolution and attacking the U.S. government.
But this year leaders of the island nation of more than 11 million people are trying to encourage different ways of thinking, including allowing limited private enterprise.
Three hundred thousand Cubans have entered the private sector in the past year — small businessmen and women who work out of their homes or yards — or a 1956 Ford Victoria, like Juan, a Havana taxi driver and new entrepreneur.
And people are buying, even if it means spending more money. For example, a government haircut in Cuba costs about eight cents. A private-sector barber costs five times more, but for some, style is worth the extra pesos.
“Having a license from the government to do this just makes my life easier,” Juan says. “It means I don’t have to hide from the inspectors anymore.”
The piecemeal capitalism is doled out by an increasingly desperate Communist leadership trying to keep the Cuban economy afloat.
Read the Rest of the Article Here: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/07/29/cubas-58th-anniversary-start-communist-revolution/#ixzz1Tbpf5yds
USWeapon Topic #2
Federal Judge Rules Florida Drug Law Unconstitutional
U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven found the 9-year-old law unconstitutional in a decision Wednesday and called for the resentencing of Mackle Shelton, who had faced 18 years in prison.
The ruling could pave the way for drug cases currently in the courts to be thrown out.
“Obviously, we are immediately drafting motions and pursuing this line on behalf of our own clients’ (cases) that are pending, but we can’t do much retroactively since those cases are closed,” said Bob Wesley, public defender for Orange and Osceola counties. “I think it will be a robust line of litigation for all of us who appear in Florida criminal courts.”
Tampa attorney James Felman, who won the landmark case, says the Florida legislature went too far.
“What the legislature attempted to do was essentially presume guilt and then let you come in and prove your innocence if you wish to avoid being imprisoned,” Felman told MyFoxTampaBay.com.
When the law was passed in 2002, Florida became the only state not to require that a suspect have knowledge that a controlled substance is illegal to be convicted.
Read the Rest of the Article Here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/07/30/federal-judge-rules-florida-drug-law-unconstitutional/#ixzz1Tbr0SSyd
Common Man Topic #1
Here is a chart that Common Man sent over and wanted me to post for discussion…