File This Under “Good Public Policy : Duuuhh”

File This Under “Good Public Policy : Duuuhh”

recent study confirms what medical marijuana advocates have long tried to argue: the cannabis plant can serve as a less addictive alternative to prescription painkillers.

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week, found that the states that enacted medical marijuana laws between 1999 and 2010 — more than a dozen at the time — reported 1,700 fewer prescription painkiller overdose…

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Intolerance of Bigotry in the name of Tolerance is not Hypocrisy, it is Progress

Intolerance of Bigotry in the name of Tolerance is not Hypocrisy, it is Progress

Perhaps seeking to blunt that criticism, Rubio acknowledged the United States has a history of discrimination against gays and lesbians. He added that his opponents pose what he called legitimate policy questions and urged a respectful discussion going forward: “Tolerance is also a two-way street.”

But he said he could not support such marriages despite a quick-moving shift in public opinion on…

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In Seattle, One Cop Wrote 80% of Pot Tickets

In Seattle, One Cop Wrote 80% of Pot Tickets

In Seattle, One Cop Wrote 80% of Pot Tickets.

And there ya go.  This is a new century.  This kind of folks can retire and then turn on Fox and get angrier and angrier until they cancel the cable and then slowly return to normal.

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Russia Keeps the Crap, Ignores the Good

Russia Keeps the Crap, Ignores the Good

Funny news story combo today….


Moscow (AFP) – Fugitive US intelligence operative Edward Snowden has been granted a three-year residence permit in Russia, his lawyer said on Thursday, in the latest blow to Moscow’s deeply strained relations with Washington.
— [story]

…..and…..


MOSCOW — Russia announced on Thursday that it was banning the import of a wide range of food and agricultural products…

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European Spacecraft Pulls Alongside Comet

European Spacecraft Pulls Alongside Comet

After 10 years and a journey of four billion miles, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at its destination on Wednesday for the first extended, close examination of a comet.

A six-minute thruster firing at 5 a.m. Eastern time, the last in a series of 10 over the past few months, slowed Rosetta to the pace of a person walking, about two miles per hour relative to the speed of…

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What’s More Likely to Be Bullshit

What’s More Likely to Be Bullshit

I’m glad this is a thing…http://www.reddit.com/r/conspiratard

BTW, I noticed a great one the other day….

You know how kooky some people are who think the U.S. faked the moon landing? It would take nearly 1,000 people, scientists, politicians, lawyers, astronauts, etc, all in on it, faking the data, and telling the same “lie” for generations.

But the thing is…in order to think that global warming…

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A Tale of Two Tax Cuts (it’s actually the same cuts, just two different realities)

A Tale of Two Tax Cuts (it’s actually the same cuts, just two different realities)

The subject here is Kansas headlong dive into supply-side economics.   For a quick refresher, here’s how these same economic ideas failed the nation, when it was used for the same experiment (see also here).

So…where are we now….

There was a windstorm of hasty excuses in recent weeks after Kansas reported that it took in $338 million less than expectedin the 2014 fiscal year and would have to…

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Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry’s Plan to Spend Millions for Phots Ops

Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry’s Plan to Spend Millions for Phots Ops

Why would you spend millions of dollars sending troops to the border who can’t actually detain anyone? That’s what some Texas sheriffs of border towns are asking in the wake of Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to send 1,000 National Guards members to the Texas/Mexico border in the next month, according to the Dallas Morning News. For them, it would be more useful to spend the money on hiring more deputies…

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Senate GOP Refuses to Even Debate the Notion that Women Have a Right to Contraception

Senate GOP Refuses to Even Debate the Notion that Women Have a Right to Contraception

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections, a legislative setback for Democrats that they hope will be a political winner in November’s elections.

The vote was 56-43 to move ahead on the measure, short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed.

Democrats…

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