Yesterday, Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter introduced legislation S.64, a bill that will require states to send government bureaucrats to conduct medical tests on the blood or urine of recipients of assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Why? Senator Vitter is concerned that people who are receiving welfare payments might be using […]
Look through local news outlets around the country and you’ll find local police departments with anecdotal reports heralding the explosion of a “meth epidemic.”
But is the country really being struck by a meth epidemic? Not according to national statistics (click images to visit source data, provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the University […]
How would you feel if a soldier arrived at the door of your house and announced that on behalf of the U.S. military, he would be installing a voice recorder under your kitchen table to capture all of your conversations, and also splicing a data recorder into the cables in your basement to monitor your […]
April 25 is National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
April 27 is National Take Our Drugs Back to the Pharmacist Day.
I can’t decide whether that makes April 26:
National Take Our Daughters and Sons to the Pharmacist Day, National Take Our Drugs to Work Day, or National Take Our Drugs to […]
It’s often said in authoritarian religious circles that “God is NOT mocked!”, “God CANNOT be mocked!,” or “God WILL NOT be mocked!”. As an empirical matter, the God character and His supposed standards are actually mocked on a regular basis. In the first decade of the 21st Century, two religious leaders predicted that such mockery […]
Remember the early ’90s public service announcement, This is Your Brain on Drugs?
I don’t know when they came out with it, but Robot Chicken has a response:
Remember George W. Bush? Remember thinking that a vote for Barack Obama would be a vote to bring the Homeland Security state of George W. Bush under control?
Well, think again.
According to federal law, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) is supposed to report on the uses of the Patriot Act […]
“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. I mean, it’s crazy.” — White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, August 10 2010
Barack Obama was required by law, upon assuming the presidency, to appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This board is supposed to have […]
There’s a reasonable expectation today that when you go out in public you will be under surveillance most of the time. I think most people understand that, and they support it.
— Lewiston, Maine Assistant City Administrator Phil Nadeau
With a crime rate well below the national average, Lewiston, Maine is not a dangerous place […]
Just for kicks, here are my five political predictions for Congress in 2010:
1. The Defense of Marriage Act will not be repealed. After telling gay and lesbian Americans to wait for the passage of health care reform for the length of 2009, 2010 arrives as an election year. So “wait ’till next year” will […]