Conservatives should support less stringent punishments for marijuana possession, Texas Governor Rick Perry declared Tuesday during a taping of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
"We've been able to shut down a prison in the state of Texas — that's conservative, man!" Perry said, to loud applause from the audience. The Texas governor argued that his conservative state has led the nation in making penalties for marijuana less harsh. "For over a decade, we've lowered the penalties," he said.
Perry explained the rationale behind this reform: "We're trying to be smart about it, you don't want to ruin a kid's life for having a joint." This statement also found a great deal of applause, despite the boos and jeers when Kimmel introduced the governor. The crowd from Austin skewed liberal, or as Perry put it, "Austin's the blueberry in the tomato soup." more >>
Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, was robbed of $600,000 in donations over the weekend.
"We were heartbroken to learn today that funds were stolen from the church over the weekend. This includes cash, checks and envelopes containing written credit card information, and it is limited only to those funds contributed in the church services on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2014," Lakewood told the 45,000-strong congregation, the biggest in America, in a statement on Monday.
FOX 26 reported that Houston police are currently looking for clues on who might have broken into the church safe. The crime was discovered early Monday morning by a Lakewood employee. Around $200,000 of the stolen money is believed to be in cash, while the rest included donations made by checks and credit cards. more >>
A woman in Clarksville, Tennessee is being held for a psychological evaluation after being charged with the homicide of her 7-month-old daughter. Stefany Paige Johnson is accused of murdering daughter Astrid, but told police that "Jesus came down" and took the child to heaven.
Johnson was reportedly running naked, screaming in the road when authorities responded to the reports of her actions. When the authorities entered the home, they found Astrid unconscious on the couch. Johnson was "uncooperative and belligerent" when police arrived, according to the Clarksville Police report.
"Jesus came down and took Astrid to heaven," while she was bathing the girl, Johnson told police when asked what happened. That was the only explanation she gave, leading to authorities calling for a psychological evaluation. more >>
Peter Lanza, the father of mass murderer Adam Lanza, who killed 28 people including himself and his mother in the infamous December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., has publicly broken his silence for the first time since the incident and says he wished his son had never been born.
The elder Lanza opened up about how the incident has affected him in a report in The New Yorker, explaining it was about six months after the shooting before the reality of what happened dawned on him. He's still trying to make sense of it.
Growing up "on the wrong side of the tracks" in Cincinnati, I experienced some of the racial crimes committed – blacks on whites; whites on blacks. But what was most concerning were the heinous acts of violence that involved black perpetrators on black victims, especially involving black men.
The murder of young black men is not an uncommon occurrence. During the first two weeks of this year, fourteen people were murdered in Baltimore, Maryland, an average of one murder a day in a city of just over 600,000 people. By the end of the month, the count had reached 27. Last year, there were 234 murders in Baltimore, and the overwhelming majority of the victims were African American.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between eight and nine thousand African Americans are murdered each year. Of course crimes where a black is murdered by a non-black-as in the slayings of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis-receive the most media attention. But in fact, more than 90 percent of black murder victims are killed by other blacks. Unsurprisingly, most killings are related to drugs or gang activity. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – A panel on marijuana legalization led to a spirited debate on the social costs of drug use and the drug war at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.
"Marijuana makes people dumber, do we really need more dumb people right now?" asked Chris Beach, executive producer of Bill Bennett's show "Morning in America." Beach passionately argued that the effort to crack down on marijuana and other drugs is worth the cost to taxpayers. He insisted that America is falling behind in terms of education and "I don't think it's going to help us catch up to legalize marijuana."
Mary Katharine Ham, editor-at-large of HotAir.com and winner of CPAC's "Blogger of the Year" award, vehemently declared that the drug war is not worth the social and economic costs, especially to minority youth. "The weed itself is less damaging than the criminal justice system can be to a young person, certainly of low economic status," Ham told CP in an interview following the panel. more >>