Owners of tobacco and so-called "head" shops say they have no plans to stop selling bongs and glass pipes despite a new ban on the sale of the items beginning July 1. The bill, signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Rick Scott, makes it a first-degree misdemeanor to "knowingly and willfully" sell any device classified as drug paraphernalia, which includes bongs and glass, ceramic, acrylic or ceramic smoking pipes. St. Petersburg Democratic Rep. Darryl Rouson, who sponsored the bill, said he is taking aim at the hypocrisy of stores that classify themselves as tobacco outlets but make most
The problem with the furor over head shops is that one could go to an electrical or plumbing supply shop and purchase items that, although not as "pretty" as you could get from a tobacconist, would work just as well as a conveyance for the smoke. As I have said before, the so-called War on Drugs in unwinnable, and should be abandoned. If paternalistic do-gooder lawmakers continue to treat citizens as irresponsible children in legislation and regulation, that´s exactly what their constituents will eventually turn into.
Think Progress, quoting the New York Times relates how President Obama found the very idea of the Keystone Pipeline funny. (Snip) But the Chinese and Indians, no less than the Japanese, take a dim view of President Obama’s ability to do anything — even keep the Navy going. They’re probably convinced, not without reason, that he’ll someday melt the ships down into Obamaphones. (Snip) Perhaps never in the history of human enterprise has so little been achieved by individuals with so exalted a view of themselves. The clowns don’t know they’re the show.
‘Massive Jailbreak: More Than 1,000 Inmates Escape From Prison Near Benghazi’ writes the Blaze and ‘Iraq jailbreak [500 escaped] highlights al-Qaeda affiliate’s ascendancy, says the Washington Post. (Snip) When Obama left the Middle East to engage in his “war of necessity” — remember that? — he forgot to turn off the oven, left the flatiron running on a shirt and put a can of charcoal lighter on a smoldering barbecue. The mainstream media is one of the biggest liabiities of the administration. It allows it to lie to itself; to continue believing that everything is alright long after the last
In an e-mail to supporters, First Lady Michelle Obama says she grew up in a family that didn´t need help from the government, and that her husband is working to make Americans free from dependence on government once again. In her message sent yesterday from email@example.com, Mrs. Obama says: "When I was growing up, a family like mine -- living on my hard-working father´s salary at the city water plant -- could build a solid life without much debt and without relying on any form of public assistance. Today, for too many families, that American promise is no longer
The fallout of the George Zimmerman trial continues, as one of the trial jurors made some startling admissions during an ABC interview: "The only minority on the all-female jury that voted to acquit George Zimmerman said today that Zimmerman “got away with murder” for killing Trayvon Martin and feels she owes an apology Martin’s parents. ´You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,´ said the woman who was identified only as Juror B29 during the trial. ´But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look
A Long Island beauty says NYPD cops seized her iPhone and that one of them stole sexually explicit photos and videos meant for her boyfriend’s eyes only. Pamela Held, 27, of Deer Park, is poised to sue the city and the Police Department, accusing a cop of invading her privacy by forwarding the provocative images from her iPhone. The steamy images of Held were sent to a personal cell phone that her lawyer said belongs to Officer Sean Christian. “It makes me sick,” Held told the Daily News. “I don’t even want to think about what he’s done with them.”
Prosecutors have begun making the case to a Suffolk County grand jury that former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez should be charged in the shooting death of two men on a South End street last July, according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation. “The case against Hernandez appears to be strengthening,” one of the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case publicly. The proceedings are conducted behind closed doors, so details of the case against Hernandez are unknown. But the fact that the case has gone
NEW YORK — New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admits he sent additional explicit photos and texts to a woman online. The new lewd correspondence was posted Monday by the gossip website The Dirty. The woman involved was not identified. Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after acknowledging having sexual conversations with at least a half-dozen women. The woman says her online relationship with Weiner lasted for six months and continued into last summer. In his statement, Weiner does not address when the newly revealed exchange happened. He does say his behavior created “challenges in our marriage
TALLAHASSEE - State authorities on Monday sent a warning letter to the lead group behind the now-weeklong Capitol sit-in, saying the organization wasn´t registered to solicit donations and could be fined. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which enforces Florida´s charitable contributions law, sent the letter to Dream Defenders´ business address in Hialeah. A copy of the letter was provided to The Tampa Tribune. Dream Defenders filed papers with the Department of State in August 2012 to be recognized as a nonprofit corporation. The group did not, though, file paperwork with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season, a 65-game ban announced Monday by Major League Baseball in what appears to be the first salvo in the league´s fight against players allegedly tied to the Biogenesis lab. The announcement from commissioner Bud Selig said the suspension was for violations of the basic agreement and its joint drug prevention and treatment program and is effective immediately. "As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect," Braun said in a statement released by MLB that did not
GULLANE, Scotland — Lee Westwood is positioned to win the first major title of his career. Boy, does that sound familiar. Long considered one of the best players without a signature win on his resume, the Englishman curled in a 60-foot eagle putt on the way to a 1-under 70 Saturday that put him two strokes ahead of Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan. The 40-year-old Westwood has been a perennial contender in majors, finishing second or third a staggering seven times. But he´s never been able to finish the job. He´ll try to do it
The George Zimmerman saga came to an end last weekend when a jury of six Florida women found the neighborhood-watch captain not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But even before the 15-month legal process had begun last year, the United Nations´ top human-rights official had rendered a guilty verdict—against Mr. Zimmerman and the entire U.S. judicial system. "Justice must be done for the victim," said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at an April 2012 press conference. "It´s not just this individual case. It calls into question the delivery of justice
While the nation´s attention remains focused on the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict, a senseless Tampa crime reveals more about threats to Americans, black and white. The 49-year-old manager of a Family Dollar Store on 40th Street was shot to death during a robbery Sunday. Horsley Shorter Jr., a 26-year Army veteran, was coming to the defense of the clerk who was being held up. Although it should be irrelevant, it seems appropriate to acknowledge during this week of racial tension that Shorter was black. The young clerk he died defending was white. Shorter´s heroism stands
Conservative bloggers went wild Monday when they got wind of the Congressional Black Caucus’ suggestion that President Obama pick Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston for the post of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Rich Cooper, avid blogger for Security Debrief, responded to the news of the Jackson Lee recommendation in a post by saying, “Apparently, it is not a joke. For reasons that baffle any sense of reality, it is a serious gesture on the part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to encourage President Obama to nominate Rep. Jackson Lee
There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
America is in great shape energy-wise. We have more gas and oil reserves than ever before. Indeed, the United States could shortly become the world’s largest exporter of coal. Our cheaper power rates may bring energy-intensive industry back from Europe and Asia. If America’s small colleges are nearly broke and our public schools failing, nonetheless our blue-chip universities’ math, science, and engineering departments, and professional schools, remain the best in the world. (Snip)In our age, Nobel laureate, exempt Al Gore proved a fraud: the feminist who was accused of groping a woman in crazed sex-poodle fashion;
It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Many low-income families receive government assistance to help them purchase food and housing. Diapers are another story, a new study suggests. In what they are calling the first peer-reviewed study to quantify diaper need, Yale University researchers have found nearly a third of mothers cannot afford to purchase their infants diapers, raising health risks for not only babies but for moms who become stressed over the finances. "Notably absent from the antipoverty efforts targeting families is an essential staple for the health of children, diapers," wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Megan Smith,
Mideast: The sequester has "cost jobs," says President Obama, and "gutted investments in education and science and medical research." But somehow he´s earmarked $500 million for Hamas terrorists. Circumventing Congress and with no fanfare, President Obama last week issued an executive order enabling him to send an additional $500 million directly to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank — much of which you can bet will wind up going to the Iranian-backed Hamas terrorist organization. According to Obama, "it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of" Congress´ legislative restrictions "in
The mother of Trayvon Martin said Monday that she believed Florida’s Stand Your Ground law played a role in her son’s shooting death, but she wasn’t ready to support a boycott of the state for not changing the self-defense law. “The thing about this law is I just think it assisted the person who killed my son to get away with murder,” Sybrina Fulton, the mother of the 17-year-old from Miami Gardens, said at a National Bar Association event in Miami Beach. “I think we have to change these laws so people don’t get
A group of experts advising the nation’s premier cancer research institution has recommended sweeping changes in the approach to cancer detection and treatment, including changes in the very definition of cancer and eliminating the word entirely from some common diagnoses. (Snip) The group, which includes some of the top scientists in cancer research, also suggested that many lesions detected during breast, prostate, thyroid, lung and other cancer screenings should not be called cancer at all but should instead be reclassified as IDLE conditions, which stands for “indolent lesions of
Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that