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Texas Senator Ted Cruz will try to shoehorn is anti-Obamacare agenda into the nomination proceedings of Sylvia Matthews Burwell. “I think Burwell presents an ideal opportunity to examine the failures that are Obamacare. And four years ago, reasonable…
Why are they worried? Republicans will just lie about whatever happens there and, in their minds, then it won't have happened, right? Republicans: Lying is what they do.
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Religious conservatives are urging the Republican Party to remove Las Vegas from its list of potential cities for their 2016 convention. “The GOP is supposedly interested in reaching out to conservatives and evangelicals. Maybe that’s just a front…
With a h/t to our own, Lucian Dixon...
Last night I had the most horrible of dreams -- a nightmare. Well, it was a nightmare in the sense that it caused me to wake up in a panicked state with a veneer of sweat across my forehead.
It went something like this. My son came home with a document -- the results of his psychological testing that was mandated in his application for a full time work position that he really wanted badly. He was a little concerned, so as a loving dad, I asked him what's up? He handed me a paper, the test results. Stamped across it was the word, "APPROVED."
Hell, I couldn't see anything the matter with that. I had more problems with his potential employer administering a psych test to see if he was qualified for this job -- the assistant director of IT for a middle-sized company. It wasn't anything that would have so great an impact that it required this kind of examination.
But it was done. And he was approved. So, the dream was going along just fine until my son asked me to look at the questions -- more of a profile assessment. My son was found to have all of the traits listed below, which were attributed to Psychology Today:
Oh my God. My son, whom I love, was a conservative. A friggin' Republican right-wing conservative! I panicked. What had I done wrong? I had raised him with love. I had never laid a hand on him and seldom even raised my voice with him. I had traveled with him to many countries to see and experience the world. We'd participated in many charity events. He was a good team player in baseball and soccer. He learned American Sign Language as his foreign language requirement so he could help those who might not be able to hear. He went to university and got his Bachelor of Science degree. He has a long-term girl friend. How could this happen to me -- or more importantly to him?
And then I woke up. My son heard me yelling and rushed in, joining my wife with great concern. I hugged them both when I realized this was a dream. A horrible dream. My son never took such a test. And he assured me that he was still very much a left-leaning Democrat.
Now that should have been the end of it right there. But as with most good spooky stories, it's not.
In an email from Lucian to me which I read last night before retiring, was this study. And these qualities listed above are actually the traits Psychology Today compiled after vast studies and assessments, which best sum up today's right-wing conservative.
Oh, and the horror of it all? How can we survive with thinking like that running rampant among us?
I'd go back to sleep if I wasn't so worried about that dream becoming a reality.
Lesson here... don't go to sleep and let the right wing run free. Let's sleep but do it in shifts. It's the only protection we've got against mass insanity. That and our vote. Keep these Republican wackadoos from reaching office, local, state and national. Don't let the fact that the upcoming elections are "only" mid-terms. They are more important now than ever before. Get your asses out of your chairs and vote.
Don't say you weren't warned.
Okay, I'm not telling anyone that they should smoke anything. I'm just commenting on the new study out by the American Journal of Public Health. They conducted a study on marijuana laws and suicide rates. From the results which follow, one could certainly make a furthering argument for legalization, but not just for medical reasons. For law enforcement.
Suicide is against the law. I know, how are you going to prosecute someone after their dead? Well, that's really not the point. Suicide is a crime as is assisted suicide. There have been prosecutions for those. Think Dr. Kevorkian.
According to the results of this study, maybe crime will go down.
Objectives. We estimated the association between legalizing medical marijuana and suicides.
Conclusions.Suicides among men aged 20 through 39 years fell after medical marijuana legalization compared with those in states that did not legalize. The negative relationship between legalization and suicides among young men is consistent with the hypothesis that marijuana can be used to cope with stressful life events.
Think of all those suicides smoking grass might be preventing. And with each one, that's another crime not committed. HuffPo goes on in its reporting of this study:
The researchers took a close look at state-level suicide data over a 17-year period, from 1990 to 2007, from the National Vital Statistics System’s mortality detail files. They analyzed data from the 12 states that had legalized medical marijuana during that time and compared it with states that continued to criminalize the drug. In states that had legalized marijuana for medical use, there was a 10.8 percent reduction in the suicide rate of men in their 20s and a 9.4 percent reduction in men in their 30s, the study found.
Could it be Reefer Madness actually saves lives? Draw your own conclusions, but add this life- saving use for cannabis to the hopper of reasons to legalize (and of course, tax) recreational marijuana, not just for medical use. The life it saves may be your very own. And don't forget how it's also going to cut down on crime. This has win-win-win written all over it.
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