Recent legislation has permitted the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state. Those who support legalization often tout the lack of serious medical consequences associated with the drug. Most of us know people who used marijuana in high school or college and seem to have suffered no significant medical consequences. As the medical and scientific literature continues to accumulate, however, it is becoming clearer that the claim that marijuana is medically harmless is false. There is a significant and consistent relationship between marijuana use and the development of schizophrenia and related disorders.
The first aerial pictures have emerged showing the utter devastation of an Arizona town and surrounding forest, where 19 courageous firefighters lost their lives battling wild fires on Sunday. The sobering images show scores of homes burned to the ground and charred forest in Yarnell following the worst rural firefighting tragedy in 80 years and came as more than 1,000 people turned out to a gym at the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to honor those killed. The brave men--whose average age was just 27--were outflanked and engulfed by wind-whipped flames in seconds, before some could scramble into cocoon-like
The six Spitfires, two Hurricanes, a Lancaster, a Dakota and two Chipmunks delight thousands of spectators each year at flying displays across Britain. And now a glorious set of previously-unseen photographs documenting the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight over the years has been released. The first memorial flight was flown in September 1945 over The Mall in central London, and the event soon became an annual commemoration. The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight team was formed just over a decade later in 1957 by Wing Commander Peter Thompson. It serves as a permanent reminder of the 544 RAF
“A lot of people think Black English is just bad grammar, but that’s like saying that a cocker spaniel is a bad kind of Saint Bernard…” — Columbia University Associate Professor of English John McWhorter It’s true: some people on Twitter criticized last week’s courtroom testimony of Rachel Jeantel, a friend of Trayvon Martin’s who was speaking with Mr. Martin shortly before he died in a fight with George Zimmerman on the evening of February 26, 2012. Most of the criticism was about the content of her testimony and her aggressive behavior when being cross-examined, saying “Yes, sir”
John Kerry may be the only adult in America outside the bubble of academia who thinks now is the right time to pursue peace between Israelis and Palestinians. He is certainly the only one in the Middle East who believes that. Since assuming his role as America’s top diplomat, the former Massachusetts senator has seemingly made Israeli-Palestinian peace his number one priority. He has visited the region five times since February in order to achieve this herculean task, including a recent four day visit where he shuttled back and forth between Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders.
George W. Bush isn’t a man to gloat. If he were, his message to Africans, as he visits the continent at the same time as President Obama, would be: “Miss me yet?” The answer, according to the Washington Post, is a resounding “yes.” Consider this passage from the Post’s story “Bush AIDS policies shadow Obama in Africa”: [A]cross this continent, many Africans wish Obama was more like Bush in his social and health policies, particularly in the fight against HIV/AIDS — one of the former president’s signature foreign policy aid programs. Bush poured billions of dollars into the effort
If you think the federal student-loan program looks like a bad deal for taxpayers, imagine how it would look with honest accounting. And now you don´t need to imagine thanks to a new report that´s receiving far too little attention. Turns out that the official "savings" for taxpayers of $184 billion over the next decade really add up to $95 billion in losses. Here´s the scam: Lawmakers peddle what is a massive subsidy for universities while claiming that student loans generate a windfall for the taxpayer. This phony windfall is conjured by creative accounting that politicians mandated
R ESIDENTS CALL LIFE at Pismo Dunes Senior Park "Pismodise." California is a notoriously youthful culture, but eventually the perpetually young get very old. If they´re lucky enough to live in Pismodise, a trailer park on the Central Coast, they can exit its palm-lined entrance, cross the road, amble across the capacious sand of Pismo State Beach, and dip their toes in the Pacific Ocean while contemplating eternity (or a cocktail). To move into Pismodise you must meet four conditions: Be 55 or older, keep your dog under 20 pounds, be present when guests stay at your home,
I don’t know if Members of Congress will be hearing about it in town hall gatherings and other meetings back home over the Fourth of July recess, but the rolling thunder of the approaching ObamaCare train can be heard in the distance. Smart Democrats are beginning to get frantic about the need to suppress the confusion and hide the cost of ObamaCare between now and the 2014 midterm elections. We are just three months away from the October 1st enrollment start date and so far, nothing about the ObamaCare implementation process should be politically encouraging for Democrats.
One of the strangest things about the modern progression in liberal thought is its increasing comfort with elitism and high style. Over the last 30 years, the enjoyment of refined tastes, both material and psychological, has become a hallmark of liberalism — hand in glove with the art of professional altruism, so necessary to the guilt-free enjoyment of the good life. Take most any contemporary issue, and the theme of elite progressivism predominates. Higher education? A visitor from Mars would note that the current system of universities and colleges is designed to promote the interests of an elite
In a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776, John Adams forecast that generations of Americans would celebrate July 2—the day the Continental Congress had declared independence: "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations
Political insiders may consider overhauling the tax code a long shot this fall, but special-interest groups and corporations aren’t taking any chances. Since the beginning of 2013, companies, trade associations, and advocacy groups have hired new representation, ramped up lobbying efforts, and formed new coalitions with such vague-sounding appellations as BUILD, all in the name of preserving the status quo—or at least, groups’ individual tax breaks or provisions. Even coalitions such as ACT that broadly support tax reform advocate for lowering corporate tax rates in exchange for eliminating yet-to-be-determined tax breaks, but that is a tired approach
Jennifer Lopez gave a special concert Saturday for Turkmenistani dictator Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, wishing the autocrat the “very, very happiest birthday.” Now she’s very, very sorry she took $1 million for the show. J.Lo is hardly the first performer to go on the dictator circuit. Sting took $2 million to play for Uzbekistan’s Islam Karimov in 2006. Mariah Carey took $1 million to play four songs for Moammar Khadafy’s family on New Year’s Eve in 2008. Usher and Beyoncé followed suit the very next year. Sure, Karimov boiled someone alive, and the Khadafys sponsored terrorist attacks on American
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) may have voted against the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill last week, but he seemingly does not count himself among the conservative critics of the bill who oppose any and all forms of “amnesty” for illegal immigrants currently living inside the United States. In an interview with WNDtv, Sen. Paul took on the critics of so-called “amnesty” who oppose efforts to “normalize” illegal immigrants and absorb them into the United States. “Let’s get them work visas, let’s normalize them, let’s make them taxpayers,” he said of the 11 million undocumented immigrants
The anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks has submitted 19 additional requests for asylum on behalf of National Security Agency leak source Edward Snowden, the organization announced Monday night. The 19 requests, which were filed by WikiLeaks’ legal advisor Sarah Harrison at the Russian consulate, come in addition to outstanding requests in Iceland and Ecuador. The new requests include what are sure to be some controversial possible destinations — including Venezuela, China, and Cuba. Here are the 19 countries: Republic of Austria, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Cuba,
A Texas legislator and her pink sneakers have been lionized for an eleventh-hour filibuster against a bill that would have made it illegal for mothers to abort babies past 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in the case of severe fetal abnormalities or to protect the life or health of the mother. People actually cheered this. But the fight is not over. The bill will be reintroduced, and supporters of the ban are optimistic it will pass. For now, Wendy Davis has achieved the dubious victory of maintaining a very dark status quo.
As we approach July 4, 2013, is America in a pre-revolutionary state? Are we headed for a Tahrir Square of our own with the attendant mammoth social turmoil, possibly even violence. Could it happen here? We are two-thirds of the way into the most incompetent presidency in our history. People everywhere are fed up. Even many of the so-called liberals who propelled Barack Obama into office have stopped defending him in the face of an unprecedented number of scandals coming at us one after the other like hideous monsters in some non-stop computer game. And now looming is the monster of monsters,
Remember when Tea Party activists got accused of being “Astroturfers,” paid lackeys of the eeeeeevil Koch Brothers, instead of legitimate protesters interested only in political change? Good times, good times. As this ad on Craigslist in Austin dates two days ago demonstrates — heh, pardon the pun! — Wendy Davis isn’t the only pro-abortion progressive in Texas suffering from a case of projection:(Snip for graphic)In case it gets taken down, I’ve cached the page here. The special session got announced by Gov. Rick Perry on the 26th; this ad went up three days later, and just two days
NSA leaker Edward Snowden broke his weeklong silence on Monday, defending his “right to seek asylum” while separately claiming he remains “free and able” to publish sensitive information on U.S. surveillance. The statements came as Wikileaks revealed that Snowden had made requests for asylum or asylum assistance to 19 additional countries around the world, following earlier requests made to the countries of Ecuador and Iceland. In a statement issued on the WikiLeaks website, Snowden attacked the Obama administration, saying, “On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic ‘wheeling and dealing’ over my case.
MILWAUKEE -- The archbishop of Milwaukee wrote a letter in 2003 to the Vatican office overseeing clergy sex abuse cases begging it to remove a priest who had repeatedly abused children, showed no remorse and at least once engaged in sexual activity with a young boy, the child´s mother and her female friend. The archdiocese provided the priest with counseling and alcohol abuse treatment, limited his job assignments, eventually ordering him to stop dressing as a priest and barring him from seminary buildings. It only received more reports of abuse
Sixty-four Islamists in the United Arab Emirates have been jailed over allegations of a plot to overthrow the government, local TV reports. Many of those convicted were imprisoned for at least seven years, it was reported. At least 25 were acquitted. The 94 defendants were accused of trying to seize power in the Emirates. The verdict ended a trial criticised by human rights groups, which said the judge failed to investigate "credible" allegations of torture of defendants. The Federal Supreme Court jailed 56 of the 94 for between seven and 10 years, reports said. Eight defendants no longer in the
Revelations from European leaders on Monday that the National Security Agency bugged European Union offices in Washington and hacked into its computer network bring to light hypocrisy on the part of the U.S. government. In 2011, the Pentagon released its first formal cyber strategy, which called computer hacking from other nations an "act of war," according to the Wall Street Journal. In late June of this year, WSJ reported that Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, released information alleging the U.S. government was hacking Chinese targets "that include the nation´s mobile-phone companies and one of the country´s most prestigious universities."
President Barack Obama toasted the founding dictator of post-colonial Tanzania on Monday, who collectivized the nation’s low-tech agricultural sector, established a one-party state and left that African nation’s economy in ruins. “[Y]ou might say an American child is my child. We might say a Tanzanian child is my child,” Obama said after quoting the Tanzanian saying “my neighbor’s child is my child.” “In this way, both of our nations will be looking after all of our children and we’ll be living out the vision of President [Julius] Nyerere,” Obama continued.
All animals and plants will vanish from the Earth within the next billion years, a new study suggests. But ironically the end of the world is going to arrive as a result of too little carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, rather than too much. Currently experts are trying to find ways to cut levels of the greenhouse gas to prevent global warming running out of control. But as the Sun ages and grows hotter, greater evaporation and chemical reactions with rainwater will take away more and more carbon dioxide. In less than a billion years, its levels will be too low for photosynthesising plants to survive,
"Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity," the actor said in a statement. Pierce Brosnan´s daughter Charlotte has died after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 41. Brosnan said in a statement that Charlotte, who had been battling cancer for three years, died Friday afternoon surrounded by her husband, Alex Smith; their children, Isabella, 14, and Lucas, 8; and her brothers, Christopher and Sean. "Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity," Brosnan said.
It´s word bubble time at Pew Research Center, and that´s not really good news for President Obama, especially when compared to the one word Americans used to describe former President George W. Bush as this time. The word "incompetent" is a popular word for both, though Obama just edged Bush in those references, 27-26. Another shared word is "honest." Here Bush won with 31 references, Obama just 18. And "liar" also appears high on both the Bush and Obama list, with Obama collecting the most,