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The 5 Best Drug Scares of 2013
Reason, by Jacob Sullum

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Posted By:zoidberg, 12/26/2013 9:36:46 PM

Drug policy and rationality go together like hot fudge and anchovies. From marijuana to Salvia divinorum, from cocaine to "bath salts," from absinthe to Four Loko, panic precipitates and perpetuates prohibition. The process can be observed every day as activists, politicians, and yellow journalists conspire to keep the American public alarmed about the psychoactive substances other people are consuming. Sometimes their best efforts are inadequate, as illustrated by the marijuana stores that will start opening in Colorado next Wednesday. More often, horror stories about what happens when people are allowed to exercise dominion over their own minds and bodies

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The 5 Best Drug Scares of 2013
Reason, by Jacob Sullum    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 12/26/2013 9:36:46 PM     Post Reply
Drug policy and rationality go together like hot fudge and anchovies. From marijuana to Salvia divinorum, from cocaine to "bath salts," from absinthe to Four Loko, panic precipitates and perpetuates prohibition. The process can be observed every day as activists, politicians, and yellow journalists conspire to keep the American public alarmed about the psychoactive substances other people are consuming. Sometimes their best efforts are inadequate, as illustrated by the marijuana stores that will start opening in Colorado next Wednesday. More often, horror stories about what happens when people are allowed to exercise dominion over their own minds and bodies

   

 

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Hernando teacher suspended after
requiring fourth-grader to participate
in Pledge of Allegiance
Tampa Bay Times, by Danny Valentine    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 11/5/2013 5:24:58 PM     Post Reply
The fourth-grader at Explorer K-8 School stood silently on Sept. 11, hands by his side, as his classmates recited the Pledge of Allegiance. A Jehovah´s Witness forbidden from worshiping objects, the boy´s behavior was not unusual. He had never joined his peers in the ritual of placing his right hand on his heart. He had never spoken the words: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands ... ." But that morning was different.

The Underwhelming Reality of
Medical Marijuana Laws
Reason, by Steve Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 10/31/2013 12:18:06 PM     Post Reply
In 1996, as California voters considered whether to make theirs the first state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, they were warned that they were on the verge of creating a grim wasteland from which they might never escape.(Snip) That was 17 years ago, and today, it´s clear that the critics were under the influence of some hallucinogenic substance. As a way of destroying the California way of life, Proposition 215 has been a bust. In one respect, the opponents were right: The program is so lenient that getting medical marijuana is easy for anyone claiming

Alan Turing’s story could be
rebooted by calls to pardon
late computer legend
Washington Post, by Anthony Faiola    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 9/20/2013 7:41:07 AM     Post Reply
BLETCHLEY, England — A founding father of the modern computer, Alan Turing devised a machine that unraveled the enigma of Nazi codes and aided the defeat of Adolf Hitler. Convicted of homosexuality after World War II and sentenced to chemical castration, Turing — an avid fan of the film “Snow White” — was found dead in 1954 from cyanide poisoning, a bitten apple by his bedside.(Snip) Responding to a campaign by laureates such as Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, the British Parliament is moving toward granting Turing a posthumous pardon.

Washington Navy Yard Already
Suffers the Restrictions That
Gun Control Advocates Favor
Reason, by J.D. Tuccille    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 9/17/2013 2:59:59 PM     Post Reply
Yet another mass shooting, and flags fly across the country at half-mast to mourn the 13 dead at the Washington Navy Yard—well, 12 of them, anyway, since one of the bodies was that of the murderer. Gun control advocates wasted no time in demanding new restrictions on the means of self-defense. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who used to carry a pistol for her own defense, responded to the crime by saying, "Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless loss of life.”

Why the War on Drugs Is Worse
Than NSA Spying
Reason, by John Stossel    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 6/20/2013 10:14:36 PM     Post Reply
As Americans obsess over NSA spying, abuse by the IRS and other assaults on our freedom, I can´t get my mind off the thousand other ways politicians abuse us. In their arrogance, they assume that only they solve social problems. They will solve them by banning this and that, subsidizing groups they deem worthy and setting up massive bureaucracies with a mandate to cure, treat and rescue wayward souls.(Snip)It´s true that some Americans destroy their lives and their families´ lives by using drugs. Others struggle with addiction. But if illegal drugs are as horrible and addictive as we´ve been told,

   

 

  


 
To Win Millennials, the GOP Needs
to Embrace Its Inner Libertarian
Daily Beast, by Nick Gillespie    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 6/5/2013 9:44:49 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this year, Bobby Jindal, the GOP governor of Louisiana, surveyed the wreckage of Mitt Romney’s sad-sack presidential campaign and told his fellow Republicans that if they ever want to capture the White House again, “we must stop being the stupid party.” While Michele Bachmann’s decision not to run for a fifth term helps the party out on that score, a new report from the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) strongly suggests that another tack would be even more successful: The GOP should embrace its small, youthful, and increasingly influential libertarian caucus that focuses

Obama Continues His War on the
Fourth Amendment
Reason, by Andrew Napolitano    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 5/2/2013 7:25:35 AM     Post Reply
Here they go again. The Obama administration has asked its allies in Congress to introduce legislation that would permit the feds to continue their march through the Fourth Amendment when it comes to obtaining private information about all of us. The Fourth Amendment, which guarantees the right to be left alone, was written largely in response to legislation Parliament enacted in the colonial era that permitted British soldiers to write their own search warrants and then use those warrants as a legal basis to enter private homes. The ostensible purpose of doing that was to search through the colonists´ papers

Who Cares What the Majority
Wants on Guns?
Reason, by David Harsanyi    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 4/18/2013 7:25:25 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has been struggling to wrap his head around the "unimaginable" idea that Congress may "defy" the American people and stop a vote on a gun control package compromise. The notion, he says, resists the "overwhelming instinct of the American people" after the massacre in Newtown, Conn., to pass gun control legislation. Well, the unthinkable happened. The Senate´s sweeping gun legislation came up short on the votes required to move forward. And despite all the idealistic calls for passage and despite the fact that many pundits and advocates seem to believe that something should be law simply

Will the Right Come Around on Pot?
Reason, by A. Barton Hinkle    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 3/11/2013 10:52:26 AM     Post Reply
Advocates of treating marijuana more like alcohol gained another ally recently: the United Nations. The U.N. would claim otherwise. In fact, the U.N.’s International Narcotics Control Board would hotly deny it. The agency’s latest report laments the legalization of pot in Colorado and Washington, declaring the approval of recreational marijuana use “in contravention to” the 1961 U.N. Convention on Narcotics.(Snip)Here in the U.S., United Nations disapproval can only help the cause of legalization where it needs help the most: on the right.(Snip)The syllogism is easy enough to follow: The U.N. should not tell Washington what it can do

The Right to Self Defense
Isn´t Negotiable
Reason, by Andrew Napolitano    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 3/7/2013 11:03:51 AM     Post Reply
In all the noise caused by the Obama administration´s direct assault on the right of every person to keep and bear arms, the essence of the issue has been drowned out. The president and his big-government colleagues want you to believe that only the government can keep you free and safe, so to them, the essence of this debate is about obedience to law. To those who have killed innocents among us, obedience to law is the last of their thoughts. And to those who believe that the Constitution means what it says

   

 

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Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul
Join Forces to Legalize Hemp
Reason, by Matthew Hurtt    Original Article
Posted By: zoidberg- 3/4/2013 2:27:24 PM     Post Reply
Supporters of industrial hemp gained a powerful ally in Washington several weeks ago when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined fellow Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul and Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) as a co-sponsor of S.359, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. The House companion, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), has 28 co-sponsors. The bills would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp, the domestic production of which has been illegal since 1970. Though manufacturing hemp is currently just as illegal as growing smokable pot, 10 states already have frameworks



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Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/25/2013 4:57:34 AM     Post Reply
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