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The Choom Corp.
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto

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Posted By:BamaMan, 1/31/2014 4:27:17 PM

Whether or not legalizing marijuana is a good idea, as a purely descriptive matter it is an idea whose time has come. In 1996 California voters approved Proposition 215, a ballot measure immunizing from prosecution those who use marijuana under a physician´s recommendation. A 2003 state law, drolly titled Senate Bill 420, established a regulatory regime designed to "facilitate the prompt identification of qualified patients . . . in order to avoid unnecessary arrest"--i.e., to make medical marijuana easier to obtain. Since 1996, 19 more states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to permit medical marijuana, according to ProCon.org.

      


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The Choom Corp.
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 1/31/2014 4:27:17 PM     Post Reply
Whether or not legalizing marijuana is a good idea, as a purely descriptive matter it is an idea whose time has come. In 1996 California voters approved Proposition 215, a ballot measure immunizing from prosecution those who use marijuana under a physician´s recommendation. A 2003 state law, drolly titled Senate Bill 420, established a regulatory regime designed to "facilitate the prompt identification of qualified patients . . . in order to avoid unnecessary arrest"--i.e., to make medical marijuana easier to obtain. Since 1996, 19 more states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to permit medical marijuana, according to ProCon.org.

   

 

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Just the Flacks
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 1/17/2014 4:16:16 PM     Post Reply
Ezra Klein is back in line. The Journolist founder, who now runs Wonkblog for the Washington Post, took some flak from other left-liberal journalists last year when he acknowledged that the ObamaCare exchanges had serious technical flaws. But now, as we move into Phase 3 of the ObamaCare failure--the unraveling of its economic assumptions--Klein and his wonkblogger staff are full denial. One result has been an entertaining and informative set of rebuttals from the heterodox liberal blogger Mickey Kaus. It began with a Dec. 17 post by Wonkblog´s Sarah Kliff with the less-reassuring-than-intended title "Why Obamacare Won´t Spiral Into Fiery, Actuarial

All Your Health Are Belong to Us
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 1/13/2014 3:45:29 PM     Post Reply
"Expect the unexpected" has been good advice for anyone following American economic news since 2009. That news has usually been bad, and almost always "unexpectedly" so. The surprise is a product of ideological bias: With a kindred spirit in the White House, liberal reporters expect (or at least hope for) good things to happen. A cynical observer might suggest that there is an element of deliberate spin involved, with reporters hoping to keep readers´ expectations afloat until next month´s report. This Reuters dispatch applies the practice to a new subject: Health insurer Humana Inc said on Thursday that it projected its enrollment

Free Hunter Yelton
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 12/11/2013 2:37:11 PM     Post Reply
Hunter Yelton of Cañon City, Colo., is accused of sexual harassment. Hunter Yelton is 6 years old and in the first grade. "He has a crush on a girl at school, who likes him back," reports Colorado Springs´ KRDO-TV. "It may sound innocent enough," the station intones. But in Barack Obama´s America, even a small boy can become a sexual suspect. "It was during class yeah," Hunter tells the station. "We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That´s what happened." His mother continues explaining: "[The girl] was fine with it, they are ´boyfriend and

Who Sabotaged ObamaCare?
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 11/5/2013 4:35:24 PM     Post Reply
One of the excuses for the technical incompetence of ObamaCare is that the president and his team were the victims of "sabotage" by congressional Republicans. Todd Purdum, a leftist longtime New York Times reporter, put forward this claim in a Politico op-ed last week, and yesterday the Washington Post´s Jonathan Capehart, perhaps Obama´s most effusive male admirer, echoed it, citing a deeply reported story by his Post colleagues Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin. The idea that Republicans have "sabotaged" ObamaCare is ludicrous on its face. Sabotage entails destroying or damaging something by subverting it--by stealthily undermining it from within. Republican opposition

What Fresh Hell Is This?
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 10/10/2013 3:56:22 PM     Post Reply
You know the ObamaCare debut isn´t going well when a pair of supporters, Nick Wing and Jeffrey Young of the Puffington Host, pen an article with the headline "9 Valid Concerns We Can All Have About Obamacare, Without Thinking It Will Literally Bring Hell on Earth." Talk about damning with faint praise! Actually, let´s dwell on that headline for a moment. As much as some people hate ObamaCare, nobody thinks it will literally bring hell on earth. We say that with confidence because literal hell on earth is a contradiction in terms. When hell is understood as a physical place, it

   

 

  


 
Brendan Mahoney Saves ObamaCare
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 10/2/2013 3:55:33 PM     Post Reply
"People complain of having to stand in line for hours, often in vain, and many are losing patience with the government´s explanation that unsavory conspirators are to blame for the nation´s problems," reports the New York Times. But enough about Venezuela. Let´s talk about ObamaCare. "President Barack Obama on Monday said he "absolutely" expects glitches and problems," Politico reports. And these glitches, according to the president, will continue at least until the end of the year: "In the first week, first month, first three months, I would suspect that there will be glitches."

Partisanship and ´Voting Rights´
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 8/20/2013 4:13:08 PM     Post Reply
Another day, another wrongheaded attack on Shelby v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. But this one contains a bit of a surprise. Writing at Slate, Richard Hasen begins by fundamentally misstating the court´s finding: "Substituting their own judgment for that of Congress, the five justices in the Shelby County majority expressed confidence that the act´s ´preclearance´ provision was no longer necessary, and that there would be ample other tools to fight discrimination in voting." In fact, the court let stand the automatic preclearance provision, known as Section 5. Section 4, which

Does the IRS target
tax cheats in red states?
Birmingham News [AL], by John Archibald    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 5/22/2013 5:51:04 PM     Post Reply
We know about the IRS and the Tea Party. But is there politics in IRS prosecutions? Do IRS agents zero in on red states more than blue? Residents in Montgomery, in the red heart of a red state in the Middle District of Alabama, are 3½ times as likely to have tax cases referred to federal prosecutors than the average Joe in Anytown, USA, according to AL.com analysis of 2012 federal records gathered and maintained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse in Syracuse, NY. In Mobile´s Southern District of Alabama, odds of an IRS referral are 2¾ what you´ll find

A Crisis of Authority
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 5/20/2013 4:16:03 PM     Post Reply
Democracy is in peril: That is an emerging theme of the liberal left´s response to the Obama scandals. The argument misses the point, no doubt deliberately. What we are witnessing now is not a crisis of democracy but a crisis of authority. The administrative state, in thrall to a decadent cultural elite, has lost the consent of the governed. "After a week of scandal obsession during which the nation´s capital and the media virtually ignored the problems most voters care about--jobs, incomes, growth, opportunity, education--it´s worth asking if there is something especially flawed about our democracy,"

President Asterisk
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 5/17/2013 4:21:44 PM     Post Reply
No one can deny that Barack Obama is a highly skilled politician, at least by the measure of election outcomes. His record is undefeated, save for an ill-advised 2000 primary challenge to an entrenched incumbent congressman. His 2008 presidential victory, after a fraction of a term in the U.S. Senate, was especially dazzling. It disproved those who said that Hillary Clinton was invincible, that a left-wing Democrat couldn´t win, and that America wasn´t ready for a black president. No one can deny that Lance Armstrong and Mark McGwire were highly skilled athletes.

   

 

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Nuts to Nutter
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 3/19/2013 4:52:43 PM     Post Reply
Let´s dispense with the free-speech question first. In a letter to the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission, Mayor Michael Nutter writes: (Snip) The only correct answer to Nutter´s query is "Nuts!" The question isn´t even a close one: A magazine article obviously cannot be the "equivalent of ´[falsely] shouting "fire!" in a crowded theater,´ " which by the way is the laziest cliché in all of constitutional law. Nor does the essay in question, published in the March issue of Philadelphia magazine, run afoul of any of the First Amendment´s limited and narrow exceptions: libel, invasion of privacy,



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