"GOP House Backs State Medical Marijuana Laws"
"McDaniel’s big argument, which has won him huge backing from conservative groups like Club for Growth, is that [his opponent] votes for ‘wasteful spending’ and Mississippi needs a senator who will ‘get the government off your back.’
“…If McDaniel does win, the nation should honor the clear preference of Mississippians and stop giving them $3 back in federal money for every $1 they send to Washington. Really, get those cotton subsidies out of their hair."
"The country may return to democracy in around 14 months as long as ‘peace, order and reform is achieved,’ said Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the head of the junta."
"For a president who came to office hoping to restore public faith in government as a force for good in society, the mess at the Department of Veterans Affairs threatens to undercut his reputation for effectiveness."
OK, it's a rhetorical question. But still.
And for (massive) Work Avoidance Bonus Points, check out the Social Security Administration’s actuarial tables.
"'It's no wonder the prices are so high,' said sports consultant Ed Desser, a former president of NBA Television and New Media Ventures. 'There just aren't enough teams for all the billionaires who want them.'"
Imagine our distress.
"The new nutrition standards for school meals are so complex that since October 2010, USDA has released approximately 200 policy memos to clarify the regulations. The Q&A document on the Final Rule on the “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs” is in its 7th iteration and is 62 pages long."
"'The gym is decorated; people dress up (some of them); we expect dignified behavior,' school Superintendent Dr. Robert Lupo wrote about the punishment on his blog."
"In California, people 70 and up must renew their driver’s licenses in person to be interviewed, take a vision test, make a practice run and pass a written quiz.
"And yet the state gave Elliot Rodger, who’d been mentally ill for years and openly posted threats to the public on YouTube and Facebook, a gun license… "
"We’re planning to build about a hundred prototype vehicles, and later this summer…"
"Less than half of youths ages 12 to 15 are even close to being aerobically fit, according to data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
"Decently behaved teenagers are here to stay."
"On Tuesday, following his surprise Memorial Day visit to Bagram Air Force Base outside Kabul, President Obama announced that the United States plans to keep at least 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan until 2016, further delaying the end of what he calls ‘America’s longest war.’
"But in his remarks at the White House, the president didn’t say that the nearly 10,000 U.S. troops he’s asking to remain in an ‘advisory role’ will be augmented by a huge army of private contractors."
"Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has been called a hero by some and a traitor by others for leaking classified US surveillance documents, said he didn't intend to make Russia his home when he hatched his plan.
"Speaking to NBC News about Snowden's comments, Secretary of State John Kerry said that his answer about not wanting to end up in Russia was 'dumb,' adding that if he'd really like to come back to the US, 'we'll have him on a flight today.'"
"The study authors concluded that it’s easier for people to stick to a diet and exercise plan if they’re not also depriving themselves of the diet sodas they’re used to drinking."
"Christine LaGarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund—best known for lending money to developing countries on the condition that the those states make policy changes—is taking on inequality too, warning in a speech Tuesday that rising inequality is threatening global financial stability, democracy, and human rights.
"'One of the leading economic stories of our time is rising income inequality, and the dark shadow it casts across the global economy,' LaGarde said."
"The most troubling issue in David Barron’s record is his role as the author of the legal opinion that justified what is rather coldly referred to as ‘extrajudicial killing’ by the United States federal government. Put more plainly, David Barron concocted a legal justification for President Barack Obama, so that the President could order the U.S. military to execute American citizens, because of suspicion of criminal behavior, without any trial or due process."
(H/T PEA POD)
"It is reasonable to ask how two more years of a sizable American troop presence — which one official said could cost $20 billion in 2015 — will advance a stable Afghanistan in a way that 13 years of war and the 100,000 troops deployed there at the peak were unable to guarantee."
"I was standing on the No. 6 train years ago riding home from Hunter College, where I teach, when the doors opened and a short fellow was standing there holding an entire large pizza box.…"
Scary. But I once carried a full-length mirror crosstown on the Canarsie line and managed to get it home in one piece. Vertical is a little easier.
I just used the phrase, "as happy as a clam", expressing my satisfaction with this afternoon’s weather—does anybody ever say that any more? It used to seem fairly common. Maybe it’s been replaced by amazing, who knows?
(OK, that’s a little grumpy, huh?)
…to get out and do your errands all of a morning, dodging the occasional raindrop as you go, or to wait and do them in the afternoon when the sky has cleared and the sun is bright and perfect for sitting in with good book, well…
…that’s no question, Bunky.
What page were we on?
"‘There’s a frenzy of experimentation going on with the future of messaging, with new ways of communicating on mobile that go beyond typing something and hitting ‘send’… ’"
Any day with a parade is a good day.
"Then Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011, Disney tried to trademark the name SEAL Team Six, and things ratcheted up from there. "
"‘They deliberately make it hard for anyone to determine when changes are made, although they could easily make that information public,’ Professor Lazarus wrote in the study, which will be published in The Harvard Law Review."