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February 13, 2014
18:39 // 2 months ago
Marijuana prohibition has been a long-term failure. Forcing marijuana into the underground market ensures authorities have no control of the product. Regulating marijuana would allow the product to be sold safely and responsibly by legitimate businesses in appropriate locations.
Rhode Island State Sen. Joshua Miller • In a statement, released via the official Rhode Island State Senate website, after introducing a bill that would legalize the use of recreational marijuana for all adults aged 21 or older. The Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act was also introduced to the Rhode Island House of Representatives on Wednesday, by Rep. Edith Ajello, and would make Rhode Island the third state to legalize use of the plant. Medical marijuana was approved by voters back in 2006, and a recent Public Policy Polling study shows a slight majority of voters in the state support regulating cannabis like alcohol. source
16:34 // 2 months ago

Michael Sam’s decision to open up about his sexuality has generated quite a bit of discussion among sports fans and broadcasters alike this week, but few have offered thoughts as on-the-nose as this two-minute segment from Dale Hansen, sports analyst for Dallas’ WFAA 8 News. If a league worth billions welcomes the founders of dog-fighting rings, drunk drivers, accused rapists, and a whole lot more, it seems pretty disgusting to suggest that a gay man would be the only one who isn’t welcome in an NFL locker room. source

16:10 // 2 months ago
February 12, 2014
15:44 // 2 months ago

Latest snowstorms leave hundreds of thousands without power

  • 200K+ people in the state of Georgia have lost power during the latest round of winter storms to batter the South during what has been (for many states) one of the coldest seasons on record. Similar, though smaller-scale, problems have also been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and a number of other southern states. Though Wednesday’s cold weather didn’t lead to the same gridlock and isolation as last month’s snowstorm, it does offer the latest example of the sorts of problems that even public notices can’t fix, and has already led President Obama to approve new federal relief funding for the state. source
15:14 // 2 months ago
14:53 // 2 months ago

Trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber to begin later this year

  • November 3 Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will officially go on trial just before the end of 2014, much earlier than the September 2015 timeline proposed by his defense team, more than 18 months after the attacks he stands accused of carrying out with his brother, Tamerlan. Tsarnaev’s attorneys argued that they needed more time to prepare for trial, as a result of “sluggish” responses from government organizations, but Judge George O’Toole Jr denied the request. source
14:12 // 2 months ago
February 11, 2014
I’m hoping it is a reminder to all elected officials that we don’t owe an allegiance to the federal government, we owe an allegiance to the constitution. We don’t need people in office who are going to help the federal government violate our constitutional rights
Maryland Representative Mike Smigiel • Offering up his thoughts on what he and seven other Republicans hope to accomplish with a new bill that they introduced to the Maryland House of Representatives last Thursday that aims to shut off the water, electricity and other services needed to keep the National Security Administration headquarters in Fort Meade fully operational. The bill would make it illegal for utility companies to offer their services to organizations that collect Americans’ personal data without a specific warrant, and would also bar any company caught doing-so from ever receiving state contracts. If passed, the bill could prove particularly troublesome for a planned NSA data center that the Washington Post says would need access to roughly 5 million gallons of water per day. source
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February 6, 2014
15:14 // 2 months ago