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  • In Conversation with Quentin Tarantino

    08/30/2015 6:01:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    vulture.com ^ | 8/23/15 | Lane Brown
    ...You supported Obama. How do you think he’s done? I think he’s fantastic. He’s my favorite president, hands down, of my lifetime. He’s been awesome this past year. Especially the rapid, one-after-another-after-another-after-another aspect of it. It’s almost like take no prisoners. His he-doesn’t-give-a-shit attitude has just been so cool. Everyone always talks about these lame-duck presidents. I’ve never seen anybody end with this kind of ending. All the people who supported him along the way that questioned this or that and the other? All of their questions are being answered now.
  • Amy Schumer, Chuck Schumer team up for gun control

    08/03/2015 8:17:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 55 replies
    Newsday ^ | 8/3/15
    Stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer is teaming up with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to call for tighter gun control. She will join the senator on Monday as he unveils a three-part plan that would make it harder for violent criminals and mentally ill to obtain guns. They cited the recent shooting in a Louisiana movie theater that killed two women and injured nine others during a screening of the movie "Trainwreck" starring Amy Schumer. Amy Schumer is the senator's cousin.
  • Obama to Announce the ‘Biggest, Most Important Step We’ve Ever Taken’ on Climate Change

    08/03/2015 7:31:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 8/3/2015 | Liz Klimas
    President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. The tweaks to Obama’s unprecedented emissions limits on power plants, to be unveiled at the White House on Monday, aim to address a bevy of concerns raised by both environmentalist and the energy industry. The Environmental Protection Agency received more than 4 million public comments after Obama announced the proposed version last year, and opponents of the plan attempted unsuccessfully to stop it in Congress and in the courts.
  • Obama’s secret Iran deals exposed

    07/27/2015 11:56:40 AM PDT · by pabianice · 35 replies
    Wa Post ^ | 7/27/15 | Theissen
    ...[Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.)] says they asked whether they could see those agreements. He says IAEA officials replied, “ ‘Oh no, of course not, no, you’re not going to get to see those.’ And so everybody on our side of the table asked, ‘Has Secretary Kerry seen these?’ ‘No, Secretary Kerry hasn’t seen them. No American is ever going to get to see them.’ ” It turns out that only the two parties — the IAEA and Iran — get to see the actual agreements (though you can see a picture of Iranian and IAEA officials holding up what appear...
  • Exhuming the bodies in / at <b><i><u>Arlington Cemetery</b></i></u> in Virginia

    07/21/2015 9:28:42 AM PDT · by Stanwood_Dave · 6 replies
    7/21/15 | D.P. Guadalupe, A.K.A., Stanwooddave
    Call their bluff and ask about exhuming the bodies in / at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia
  • China Makes It Official, Launches The Bank That Humiliated Washington

    06/30/2015 10:22:19 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6-30-15 | Tyler Durden
    In March, China was “handed a propaganda coup” (to use WSJ’s words), when the UK decided, in the face of loud protestations from Washington, to support Beijing’s efforts to launch a new development bank aimed at filling the gaps left by traditional post-war multilateral institutions such as the IMF and the ADB. The US claims it has concerns about governance and adherence to international norms around corruption and environmental protocol, but as even the most casual observers are well aware, the real concern in Washington (and in Tokyo) is that China will use the bank as an instrument of...
  • It’s Rand Paul vs. Almost Everybody on Patriot Act

    05/31/2015 5:29:06 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 108 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 05/30/2015 | Steven Dennis
    Rand Paul’s presidential campaign wants to portray his fight to block any Patriot Act extension as a faceoff against President Barack Obama. But the Kentucky senator is waging an increasingly lonely battle. Some of his usual tea party allies are abandoning him. House Republican leaders are not pleased with his antics. And then there’s Paul’s feud with the senior senator from Kentucky and the most prominent Republican to endorse his presidential campaign, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Put it this way — there aren’t many times that Obama, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, Speaker John A. Boehner, House Majority Leader...
  • Tesla is apparently recharging ’emissions free’ electric cars with a diesel generator

    05/28/2015 10:36:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 55 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | May 28, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    Bishop Hill points us to this video of the Tesla Supercharging station at the Harris Ranch exit of Interstate 5 in California. He writes: “How can one resist posting a video of Tesla electric cars being recharged (so it is claimed) using a diesel generator? These people love the environment you see.” The video shows a portable diesel generator next to the charging station and some Tesla automobiles. Watch this short video:
  • My Islamic Faith Prevents Me From Paying Interest on My Student Loans

    04/22/2015 1:28:57 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    Huffington ^ | 4/22/15 | Steve Rhode
    Dear Steve, I had two citi-student loans and at some point in time within the last 5 years they went to Navient (Sallie Mae) I recently called to ask if I could get a lower pay-off amount as the original loans were 32K and now they are up to about 64K because of deferment and interest. They said no and I believe these may have been private loans. My conditions have changed. I was born into Islam, but never knew much about my religion. Since 2012 I have been learning more about my faith and it is strictly forbidden in...
  • Grassley: DOJ gun ban unfair to veterans

    04/19/2015 11:04:19 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 15, 2015 | By Tim Devaney
    The Obama administration is unfairly blocking tens of thousands of military veterans from owning guns, a Republican senator is charging. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is filled with military veterans who are essentially banned from owning guns, even though they may not be a danger to society, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote this week in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. The gun ban "effectively voids their Second Amendment rights,” Grassley said. At issue is whether these veterans are suffering from mental illnesses. According to a 2013 Senate report, the Department of...
  • Should meat be taxed like alcohol and cigarettes?

    04/16/2015 12:37:12 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 95 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 4-16-2015 | Heather Moore
    <p>At this time of year, the last thing anyone wants to think about is paying more taxes. But there's one tax I'm in favor of - and you should be, too, if you care about your health and the health of the planet: a sin tax on meat, cheese and other animal-based foods.</p>
  • Communist prom theme chosen for U.S. high school: ‘Prom-munism’

    03/10/2015 12:42:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 7 2015 | Phillip Swarts
    Students at an Albuquerque, N.M., school decided that communism should be the theme for their prom — now dubbed "Prom-munism." The decision by seniors at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School has upset some members of the school. One student who spoke to local CBS affiliate KRQE, but asked to remain anonymous, said "I hope that Cottonwood would realize the seriousness of having a very powerful and destructive idea as the theme for a prom."
  • Hey Merkel and Other Appeasers, Your Idiot 'Peace Deal' with Putin is Going Just Great...

    02/20/2015 7:16:40 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 February 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Perhaps we can try another once he's in Kiev... or Riga As previously noted here, thinking all at the table are negotiating in good-faith (when dealing with serially-dishonest former KGB agents who want to take things from you) is probably not a very good idea- when what we ought to be doing is arming the Ukrainians to the teeth and putting troops in Poland to exhibit (residual) NATO resolve. The Russians' completely ignoring the latest Minsk accord and continuing to slaughter Ukrainian citizens in the name of 'Novorossiya' without pause should be all the evidence any thinking person would need to...
  • Houston UPS driver fired after camera catches him peeing on house during delivery (VIDEO)

    01/28/2015 7:32:13 PM PST · by doug from upland · 47 replies
    nydailynews ^ | 1-2015
    Ben Lucas was shocked when he found his packages damaged earlier this month. That's when he went to the surveillance videotape and saw the shocking moment the driver urinated on his home. UPS eventually apologized and fired the seasonal deliveryman. This guy puts the pee in UPS. A Houston deliveryman was canned from his job after a customer caught him on camera taking a leak on the side of his house. Ben Lucas went to the tape after items inside a package delivered to his home this month in the Heights neighborhood were broken and busted open. He suspected the...
  • Obama Proposes to Make ANWR a Wilderness

    01/25/2015 10:18:39 AM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Sunday, January 25, 2015 | Sean Cockerham
    The White House is proposing to designate the oil-rich coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness permanently off limits to drilling. The proposal sets up a showdown with Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, who said the White House also intends to put much of the Arctic Ocean off limits to drilling in the new five-year offshore leasing plan to be released this week. SNIP Obama’s proposal to designate 12.3 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness would require Congressional approval, and there is no chance...
  • I am not Charlie

    01/09/2015 2:46:07 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 106 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 8, 2015
    I am not Charlie Regarding “Massacre at French paper stuns world” (Jan. 8), the killing of 12 people at the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, is appalling. Hopefully, the perpetrators will soon be caught and prosecuted. The fact that 12 people are dead over cartoons by white, male cartoonists is horrible. Free speech is an important part of our society and criticism of Charlie Hebdo cartoons is also speech. But no one should be killed over cartoons. However, the statement “Je Suis Charlie” (I Am Charlie) ignores the magazine’s history of xenophobia, racism, sexism and homophobia. I sympathize with the victims’...
  • The Unsung X-Factor That Could Upend The Next Presidential Election

    01/06/2015 12:45:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Ralph Benko
    One, and only one, candidate, Barack Obama, caught the X-factor and improbably got himself nominated and elected, and re-elected, president. Another improbable candidate could catch it again.What is that X-factor? How does it upend things?Peace and personal security continued to flourish in 2014 and are likely to continue into 2015 and beyond. This is important news. It also is news the news media can ill afford to report. But voters sense it.Two of our greatest public intellectuals, Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack, provide a defining “state of the world” summation in Slate.com inThe World Is Not Falling Apart. The evidence...
  • “I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house”: Gun Control PSA Tells Kids to Steal Parents’ Guns,

    12/22/2014 10:40:37 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 50 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 12/22/14 | Max Slavo
    ..Turn Them in at School The PSA video above shows a young teen dramatically rifling through his parents’ drawer, only to take out a handgun and put it in his backpack, all while his mother is downstairs reading. The next day, he brings the gun to school, sits through class, and places it on a startled teacher’s desk before asking, “Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.” This is independent director Rejina Sincic’s idea of how to end gun violence and keep children safe. The message at the end reads, “Our children...
  • My take on the Tamir Rice shooting

    12/01/2014 7:36:52 AM PST · by Pauli67 · 7 replies
    Est Quod Est ^ | 12/1/2014 | Pauli
    Tamir Rice's father should be absolutely ashamed of himself for not teaching his son that playing with guns (which have been doctored to look real) in public and not listening to policemen with real weapons will get you killed. I realize that his father, Leonard Warner, has a criminal history, but that should only make him more ashamed that he hadn't taught his son simple survival skills, and what a mistake it is to play chicken with the cops. Someone should do a quick anecdotal study about how many of these kids involved in these high-profile shootings (Trayvon Martin, Michael...
  • The odd joys of government lunacy

    11/28/2014 3:10:01 AM PST · by W.
    New York Post ^ | 26 Nov 2014 | George F. Will
    Before the tryptophan in the turkey induces somnolence, give thanks for living in such an entertaining country. This year, for example, we learned that California’s legislature includes 93 persons who seem never to have had sex. They enacted the “affirmative consent” law directing college administrators to tell students that sexual consent cannot be silence but must be “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” and “ongoing throughout a sexual activity.” Claremont McKenna College requires “all” — not “both,” which would discriminate against groups — participants in a sexual engagement to understand that withdrawal of consent can be any behavior conveying “that an...
  • Joe Biden's littlest fan: 3-year-old girl who...regularly 'speaks' to VP on her toy phone

    11/12/2014 4:54:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/11/14 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Many children have imaginary friends. But few of those BFFs are called Joe Biden.... ....Earlier this year, Avery's grandmother, Becky Burke, posted a message on Biden's website, informing him of his littlest fan and their regular 'chats', according to KCCI News 8.... Then, last Wednesday night, she answered the phone - and Biden was on the other end. 'He said, "This is Joe Biden" and I said, "Who the hell is this?' said Ms Burke. 'And he said, "This is Joe Biden", and I said, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry I said that to you.”
  • Denver Post: A Building Can Be Racist

    10/30/2014 10:08:14 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 64 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/30/14 | Aurelius
    The Denver Post is wondering if Union Station is itself racist. Columnist Ray Mark Rinaldi wonders, "Did diversity miss the train in Union Station's architecture?" He continues, (emphasis mine) "The urban playground at Union Station isn't drawing people of color and it may be the building's fault." How can an inanimate object be racist? The newly designed Union Station is very popular, says Rinaldi. "If, that is," he warns, "you are white and not paying attention. Or if you think diversity doesn't matter." It's design is an "Architecture of exclusivity," he writes. "The symmetry, arched windows, ornate cornice and stacked,...
  • Pot should be legalized, regulated and sold like alcohol, says addiction centre

    10/10/2014 10:53:02 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 165 replies
    CityNews Toronto ^ | 10/09/2014 | Sheryl Ubelacker
    Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity. In a policy statement released Thursday, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto said cannabis should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly and with limited availability and an age limit, possibly through outlets similar to provincially operated liquor stores. “Legalization means that we remove all penalties for cannabis possession and use by adults,” said Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at CAMH. “Canada’s...
  • Aspen elementary school employees blow whistles to enforce ‘silent lunch’

    10/07/2014 8:50:25 AM PDT · by NCjim · 60 replies
    EAG ^ | October 7, 2014 | Victor Skinner
    ASPEN, Colo. – Aspen Elementary School officials want students to be quiet during their 20-minute lunch, and have imposed a new set of rules and penalties for talkative youngsters to keep down cafeteria chatter. Many parents, however, are speaking up about the policy, which was outlined in a school newsletter that was recently sent home with students. School administrators reportedly told students they must use a 1-inch rule to speak during their lunch, meaning they can only open their mouths one inch to whisper, according to the Aspen Times.
  • A 33-year police veteran stars in Oregon’s new $2M marijuana legalization ad campaign

    10/02/2014 10:45:21 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 2, 201 4 | Niraj Chokshi
    Marijuana legalization advocates in Oregon have launched a $2 million-plus ad campaign starring a 33-year police veteran. The new ad, embedded below, features Pete Tutmark, a former patrol sergeant and sheriff’s deputy. Tutmark criticizes what he calls a “broken” system that diverts resources from important crime-solving to drug arrests and urges his fellow Oregonians to vote yes on measure 91 this fall, which would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana use. “Last year in Oregon, there were 13,000 citations and arrests for marijuana,” he says in the ad. “That takes time, time better spent solving murders, rape cases, finding missing children....
  • FCC Considering Move to Ban NFL Redskins Team Name

    09/30/2014 3:43:12 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 73 replies
    Reuters via Fox Business ^ | 9/30/14 | Alina Selyukh
    The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday.
  • Iraq was then, Syria is now

    09/30/2014 2:59:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 7 replies
    Nattional Review Online ^ | Sept. 30, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Iraq War lies now mostly in the realm of myth. We have forgotten exactly how we got both into and out of the war. The October 2002 joint congressional authorization to go to war was not just about fears of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Other worries prompted broad bipartisan support for the resolution. A majority of Democratic senators (as evidenced by their passionate speeches from the Senate floor) cited many of the resolution’s 23 writs. The latter were mostly concerned with things other than WMD: harboring terrorists, offering bounties for suicide bombers, giving refuge to at least one...
  • Washington Post: NFL Should Hire Eric Holder to Rebuild Public Trust

    09/27/2014 9:26:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Wow. The Washington Post either has a really weird sense of humor, or they are wildly disconnected from the political atmosphere in America. In an opinion piece (I know, it’s kinda hard to tell nowadays) writer Mark Maske speculated on a possible career option for Eric Holder, now that he has resigned from the position of Attorney General. According to Maske, Holder should lend his credibility and professionalism to the troubled NFL… And no, I don’t think this was satire. According to the WashPo:Here is one bit of unsolicited advice for the NFL: Hire Eric H. Holder Jr. and put him...
  • Commentary: Why we should repeal the 17th Amendment

    09/24/2014 11:11:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Elko Daily Free Press ^ | September 24, 2014 | Thomas Mitchell
    We managed to repeal the 18th Amendment, which created Prohibition. It is time to repeal the 17th. What? You have no idea what the 17th Amendment is? Well, it is the one that effectively ended federalism by taking the power to appoint U.S. senators from state legislatures and having the citizens directly elect them, as they had always done with the House of Representatives. We may not get better senators, but it is likely they would not try dictating to the states what they should do — as they did when they set the national speed limit at 55 mph...
  • Feeling good about being unemployed

    09/20/2014 6:09:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Patrice Lewis
    Way back in about 1987, I was working as a projects coordinator for a male-dominated branch of a huge corporation. About twice a year the company would fly us down to Los Angeles for two days of meetings. Normally these were grave, serious sessions full of graphs and flowcharts and vocabulary words like “parameter” and “synergy.” But one year, in a move straight out of a Dilbert cartoon, we were required to sit through a motivational seminar on corporate leadership and team building.
  • Ninth Circuit Affirms That It’s Illegal To Wear American Flag Shirts On Cinco De Mayo

    09/18/2014 7:55:38 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 103 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | Eric Owens
    It’s official: the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order declining a request for an en banc hearing in a case involving four students in at a California high school who were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The full slate of Ninth Circuit judges has thus agreed with a lower district court and with a trio of appellate judges that officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif. could censor students who wanted to wear flag-emblazoned shirts. The federal appeals court issued its denial of an en banc hearing...
  • Visiting Cuba Feels Like Going Back in Time (AFRO Reports)

    09/15/2014 7:19:12 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 51 replies
    The Afro ^ | 9/11/14 | Pat Wheeler
    Yes, you can go to Cuba legally. Yes, you can have your passport stamped. And yes, it’s safe there. These were just a few of the questions I was bombarded with before and after I went to Cuba in July. Going to Cuba for Americans is probably the easiest it has been in years. Under the Clinton and Obama administrations, travel restrictions have been eased.
  • Hillary: Global Climate Change ‘Most Consequential Of Challenges’

    09/05/2014 5:32:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 42 replies
    CBS DC ^ | Sept. 5, 2014 | AP
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the U.S. should become what she called the world’s 21st-century clean energy superpower, during remarks resembling both a campaign speech and a call to action at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. Clinton cast the threat of global climate change as real, and “the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges” faced by the nation and the world. “The data is unforgiving,” the former New York senator and first lady said to a standing room crowd of more than 800 people at a Las Vegas Strip resort. “No...
  • It Begins: "Central Banks Should Hand Consumers Cash Directly"

    08/28/2014 6:53:33 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 55 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/26/2014 | Tyler Durden
    ... The reasoning was very simple: in a country (and world) drowning with debt, there are only two options to extinguish said debt: inflate it away or default. Anything else is kicking the can while making the problem even worse. ... Moments ago a stunning article appearing in the "Foreign Affairs" publication of the influential and policy-setting Council of Foreign Relations, titled "Print Less but Transfer More: Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly to the People." ... In it we read the now conventional admission of failure by Keynesians, who however, unwilling to actually admit they have been wrong,...
  • Advertisement removed after resident expresses offense [offending word: bacon]

    08/23/2014 3:00:27 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 106 replies
    WPTZ.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Hannah McDonald
    WINOOSKI, Vt. —A sign on a lamp post at the bottom of the Winooski Circle displayed the words "Yield [for] Sneakers Bacon" until Friday morning. The bistro owners took it down. It got there as part of "Operation Bloom." A city program put it in place to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses do some gardening they can post an advertisement where they do it, but the word "bacon" on the Sneakers Bistro sign started a discussion about diversity on the Winooski Front Porch Forum. It started with a post from one woman who wrote that the sign was...
  • Teen Arrested, Suspended for Shooting a Dinosaur (In a Story He Wrote)

    08/20/2014 5:05:34 PM PDT · by bamahead · 102 replies
    Reason ^ | August 20, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Now that summer is over and school is starting up again, it's time for the torrent of ridiculous "zero tolerance" suspensions and arrests to resume. Summerville High School in Summerville, South Carolina, is wasting no time: A 16-year-old student was arrested and suspended for writing a story in which he used a gun to kill a dinosaur. The student, Alex Stone, was assigned by a teacher to write a story about himself. Stone chose to embellish his story with obviously fictional details, like dinosaurs. But the teacher saw the word "gun" and the rest is history, according to NBC-12: Stone...
  • The World Trade Center Has A New, Very Confusing Logo

    The World Trade Center Has A New, Very Confusing Logo Cramming in a mind-melting series of visual allusions, the $3 million WTC logo is also an ad. The World Trade Center has a new logo. Part of a $3.57 million branding endeavor, it's a riff on space and negative space, presence, and absence. It’s like a Rubin vase test, playing tricks on the eye and asking viewers to see what they want to see. Which would almost be poetic if not for the fact that it could also be read as an ad for a luxury shopping mall. To be...
  • Fight racial disparity by legalizing marijuana: Guest opinion (Oregon lunicy)

    08/16/2014 7:28:46 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 08/16/2014 | Sandeep Kumar
    Racial disparities tend to exist where one doesn't expect them. Situations provoke them to appear, and — if we're willing — we take notice and act. For decades, social justice advocates have referenced the racial disparity in citations and arrests for marijuana. liberal blah, blah . . Ending the war on marijuana won't end racial disparity in Oregon, but it would diminish it. Criminalizing marijuana allows racial inequality to fester. We can't reduce racial disparity where we don't know it exists, nor when we lack practical solutions. In the case of marijuana arrests, we have both. Isn't it responsible and...
  • Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows

    08/08/2014 1:36:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 153 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 8th, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out that even before the first...
  • Noah Goes National, Five Year Old "Apparently Kid" Is Internet Sensation [follow up interview]

    08/06/2014 4:13:57 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 8-6-14 | wnep
    Apparently Kid getting his 15 minutes. Same link here
  • Jury awards parents $27 million in McDonald's negligence lawsuit

    07/31/2014 4:24:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Bryan Eagle ^ | 7/30/2014 | Maggie Kiely
    A Brazos County jury on Wednesday awarded a $27 million in a lawsuit against McDonald’s relating to the 2012 deaths of two Blinn College students.Jurors found McDonald’s negligence to be 97 percent responsible for the deaths of Denton Ward, 18, of Flower Mound, and Lauren Bailey Crisp, 19, of Flower Mound, both of whom died in the early morning hours of Feb. 18, 2012. The remaining 3 percent of liability was laid on the men who violently attacked Ward and his friend, Tanner Giesen, 21, in the parking lot of the McDonald’s at 801 University Drive. The jury’s verdict reflects...
  • The Pitfalls of Modern Capitalism

    07/24/2014 3:25:34 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 27 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 24 July 2014 | James Kohn
    When Adam Smith put to paper the principles of market systems that Marx would later dismiss as capitalism, people were still dedicated to their religious faiths. Smith -- who was not in Washington at the time (ba-dum-tssshhh) -- knew this, and, even prior to releasing this monumental work, he laid the foundation of what his market system would be based on: “moral sentiments”. Smith was not a relativist, but he believed that morals were commonly held -- after all, Christendom was still holding on, albeit just barely and for dear life. True, enlightened capitalism, while inferior to distributism, is at...
  • H.R. 5093: Children’s Firearm Marketing Safety Act

    07/21/2014 6:51:50 PM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    govtrack.us ^ | 7/14/2014 | unknown
    To direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules prohibiting the marketing of firearms to children, and for other purposes.
  • Federal Judge Forbids Use of ‘Redskins’ in Court Documents

    07/15/2014 4:57:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 14 | Theresa Vargas
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office isn’t the only federal authority that has taken a stance against the name of the Washington Redskins. A federal judge in Maryland issued a ruling last week that purposely did not contain the team’s name, which has been described as an offensive slur against Native Americans. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte, who is presiding over a lawsuit that former New York Giants linebacker Barrett Green brought against the Redskins, issued a 21-page ruling with this footnote on the first page: “Pro Football’s team is popularly known as the Washington ‘Redskins,’ but the Court...
  • Hot Zone: Is climate change destabilizing Iraq?

    06/27/2014 6:50:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Slate ^ | June 27, 2014 | Eric Holthaus, meteorologist
    ISIS emerged around the same time Iraq experienced its warmest March-April-May season on record. It may just be an interesting coincidence, but it could mean more.This winter was not a good one for farmers in the Fertile Crescent. A punishing drought hit most of Syria and northern Iraq during what’s normally the wettest time of the year. In the mountains of eastern Turkey, which form the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, snow and rain were less than half of normal. The region has seen one of the worst droughts in decades. Drought is becoming a fixture in the...
  • Immigration Reform Can't Wait

    06/18/2014 5:53:52 PM PDT · by Theoria · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 18 June 2014 | Rupert Murdoch
    There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers. When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank. Not simply because I think he is an intelligent and talented member of Congress, or because I worry about the future of the Republican Party. Like others who want comprehensive immigration reform, I worried that Mr. Cantor's loss would be misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single,...
  • Obama got it right on Iraq

    06/18/2014 3:19:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | by Eugene Robinson
    President Obama’s instincts about Iraq and Syria have been sound from the beginning: Greater U.S. engagement probably cannot make things better but certainly can make them worse, both for the people of the region and for our national interests. Obama’s only mistake was to buy, for a time, the notion that Bush’s troop surge had miraculously healed ancient divisions and made the dream of a pluralist democracy still possible. There are aspects of Obama’s foreign policy that I question. His heavy reliance on drone strikes may create as many terrorists as it eliminates. He should have realized that the National...
  • AZ Judge: PTSD approved for medical marijuana use

    06/10/2014 9:30:46 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 7 replies
    Airzona Daily Sun ^ | June 7, 2014
    Judge: PTSD approved for medical marijuana use PHOENIX — State Health Director Will Humble acted illegally in denying access to medical marijuana to people — many of them former soldiers — suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, an administrative law judge has ruled. Judge Thomas Shedden said Humble relied solely on the lack of scientific “peer-reviewed” studies in determining that PTSD should not be added to the list of conditions for which marijuana could be made available. But the judge said the health chief should also have considered the testimony of doctors and nurses who said the drug has helped their...
  • Republicans slam Obama over Bowe Bergdahl swap. Why he won't care. (+video)

    06/02/2014 5:20:01 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6/2/14 | Mark Sappenfield
    ....Obama negotiated with terrorists. He broke the laws that govern transfers at Guantánamo Bay. He has strengthened the enemies of the Afghan government that the United States has fought to establish with blood and treasure for a decade.... ... in the administration’s answers to all these criticisms, it becomes apparent that this weekend’s prisoner swap is about more than Sergeant Bergdahl. It is a statement of Obama’s deeply held views about American foreign policy,
  • Bob Bergdahl now tweeting for more Guantanamo releases [Dad of kid who was released for Taliban]

    06/01/2014 7:08:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    twitchy ^ | 6/1/14
    Only hours after appearing at a press conference to give thanks for the freeing of his POW son in exchange for five top Taliban leaders, Bob Bergdahl returned to Twitter to promote a Guardian video in which family members lobby for the release of five Tunisians held at Guantanamo Bay. Earlier, Bergdahl had apparently deleted a tweet reading, “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners.”