Matt Fairbanks, an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, warned a Utah senate panel considering a bill that would allow certain patients to be treated with edible forms of marijuana last Thursday that the decision to pass it could lead to severe environmental damage, including stoned rabbits.
"I deal in facts. I deal in science. I want the science studied and looked at, and specifically gone over. I appreciate the testimony that comes before us, I appreciate people's pain. My concern is with the growing of marijuana. How quickly the growing of a cash crop can get out of hand," said Fairbanks, in a recording of his testimony before the panel beginning at about the 58:30 mark below.
Fairbanks explained that, as a member of Utah's "marijuana eradication team," he's witnessed severe environmental damage caused by the growing of marijuana on public land. more >>
Two Supreme Court justices who officiated gay weddings don't need to recuse themselves from an upcoming case where they'll be ruling on the legality of state level gay marriage bans, despite demands from social conservative groups that they "disqualify" themselves, according to legal experts.
In April, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal from the Sixth Circuit regarding the constitutionality of state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.
Calls have been made by some conservative groups for Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse themselves from the case because they've officiated gay weddings. more >>
While the world waits for America to join the fight against ISIS, there is little or no explanation from the Obama Administration as to why they will not move to protect the innocents.
In the early stages of the horror, ISIS militants engaged in the premeditated extermination of Christians in Iraq. Who could forget the images of these fathers, mothers and children fleeing to the tops of the mountains for safety with no food, water or weapons to protect themselves? Who can forget the images of these innocent children being raped and beheaded.
Just recently, hundreds of Christian souls, including women and children, were kidnapped for which diabolical acts will be committed upon them. more >>
For years, the foregone conclusion within the chattering political class has been that Hillary Clinton will be crowned the Democrat nominee for President in 2016.
But in yet another ethical misstep, the Clinton political machine is having to answer for taking $1.6 billion into its foundation; much came from foreign governments like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as from a long list of corporations and politically motivated individuals seeking favor from America's most powerful and pliable political family. Of the seven top donors of $25 million or more, four were foreign.
In essence, the Clinton foundation has become a Super PAC to advance her brand and political ambitions and to finance the couple's lifestyle. It is a semi-legal way to shake down folks for money. One L.A. writer has noted that only a fraction of the funds collected have gone to true charities. more >>
We now know that Hillary Clinton evaded government record keeping and jeopardized national security by using a private email account while Secretary of State. Troubling as this incident is, it points to larger and more disturbing lessons about the woman who may become our next president.
As The New York Times piece that broke the Clinton email story notes: "The revelation about the private email account echoes longstanding criticisms directed at both the former secretary and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for a lack of transparency and an inclination toward secrecy." Yes, but why such secrecy to begin with? In part, of course, this is garden-variety political self-protection. Yet in the Clintons' case—and particularly with Hillary—something more is at play.
Hillary's penchant for secrecy has its roots in her decades-long efforts to disguise her power-sharing arrangement with Bill. For years she served as both unelected Arkansas co-governor and unelected American co-president. The public rightly frowned on this evasion of constitutional, electoral, and bureaucratic propriety, which in turn drove Hillary to obsessive secrecy and badly hampered the functioning of Clinton administrations at both the state and national levels. more >>
Reports show that ISIS has now threatened war against Twitter employees for blocking accounts associated to the Islamic State.
Are we all that surprised given that much of our initiatives against ISIS have been a slew of incompetent talking points and hashtag diplomacy? The State Department has been less than clear as to who our enemy is since they refuse to name radical Islam as the root of the problem.
The United States needs to take a firm stand against ISIS and all the evil that it represents. As ISIS beheads, burns, and tortures innocent human beings we continue to just stand idly by with our hands tied. As ISIS grows, American exceptionalism fades. more >>