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If Only Al Sharpton’s Mother Gave Him a Good Smack Upside the Head

Friday, May 1st, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

My colleagues Paula Boylard and Michael Walsh have declared Baltimore’s Mother of the Year, Toya Graham, a “bad parent” for slapping her rioting teenager upside the head. The essence of their argument: had she raised him better from the beginning, with good, solid biblical values, he wouldn’t have been there in the first place. That’s […]

How the Drug War Keeps People Poor

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

You could find a worse way to spend seven minutes than considering the above video with an open mind. John McWhorter, a teacher of linguistics at the Center for American Studies at Columbia University, explains the link between the War on Drugs and perpetual poverty within inner-city communities. McWhorter relates the provocative fact that black […]

Here’s Why Blacks Aren’t Voting Republican

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Black Americans vote for Democrats 95% of the time. Republicans frequently argue that blacks should recognize the historic role which the Republican Party played in ending slavery, defeating Jim Crow, and fighting for civil rights. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly demonstrates in the above clip why that narrative doesn’t connect with blacks. People care more about […]

The Real Problem with American Coffee Isn’t the Beans, but the Culture

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

I’m far more of a wine connoisseur than a coffee drinker. Years ago I cut back to half decaf in order to cut back on migraines and stomach trouble. The hi-test sludge my editor prefers could never cross my lips for fear of bodily damage. The one thing I associate with brutal American coffee is […]

Can Conservatives & Libertarians Unify? A Review of The Conservatarian Manifesto

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Both conservatism and libertarianism carry a certain reputation for adherence to core principles, and while both philosophies share a few common ideals, there are certain sticking points — like immigration, the war on drugs, and abortion– that tend to separate the two philosophies. Conventional wisdom holds that conservatism and libertarianism sit in different areas on […]

Here’s A Creative Way to Make Sure Food Stamps Aren’t Wasted on Weed, Booze, & Lap Dances

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Colorado is stuck between a hookah and a hard place on preventing welfare recipients from using their EBTs to buy legalized weed: Despite mounting evidence that “welfare for weed” is more than an urban myth, Democratic legislators are balking at a bill that would add marijuana dispensaries and strip clubs to the list of places, […]

The Sad Truth About the Vaccine Debate’s Superstitious Roots

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - by Aaron C. Smith

Things looked pretty darn good in the middle of the twentieth century. We split the atom, using its energy for power and to send the most dead-end, dead-enders of the Axis scurrying. The Green Revolution saved a billion people from starving to death. On the micro level, we developed vaccines for polio, mumps measles and […]

VIDEO: Israel Is One of the World’s Medical Marijuana Capitals?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Actually, not so high: In a greenhouse in the mountains of the Galilee, a technician in a lab coat is coddling a marijuana seedling that is coveted for life-saving medical benefits for epileptic children, doctors say — without the high. Named “Rafael,” for a healing angel called upon by Moses, this varietal of cannabis is […]

Is Colorado’s Governor Right About Pot Legalization?

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Colorado voters spoke, but our governor wishes he didn’t have to listen: “If I could’ve waved a wand the day after the election, I would’ve reversed the election and said, ‘This was a bad idea,’ ” Hickenlooper said Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “You don’t want to be the first person to do something like […]

Did the 1960s Really Happen? (Part Two)

Monday, January 19th, 2015 - by Kathy Shaidle

As last week’s epically embarrassing “James Taylor” fiasco demonstrated, the Western establishment acts like the Sixties never ended. But as I’ve been insisting for some time, in many respects, that “Sixties” never really happened. All that “peace and love,” “soixant-huitard” stuff comprised but a slender slice of the 1960s, and much of that was bogus, […]

Will Weed Legalization Cause Teen Drug Use to Drop?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

One year after legalization, marijuana use is down among teens in Colorado and in Washington State: University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, now in its 40th year, surveys 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade in schools nationwide about their use of alcohol, legal and illegal drugs and cigarettes. “There is […]

In Colorado, We Are Entering a Stoned New World

Friday, December 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

I suppose this was inevitable — a nicely appointed RV to take you and some friends on a tour to some of Colorado’s natural wonders, and to some of Colorado’s perfectly legal head shops. They even do weddings. (H/T, Colorado Rebecca.) We are entering a Stoned New World here, as Colorado entrepreneurs come up with […]

Do Drug Trials Often Fail to Reveal the Harmful Side Effects They Discover?

Monday, December 8th, 2014 - by Theodore Dalrymple

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: that is what one swears to tell in a court of law. One lies there and then. It is a noble ideal that one swears to, but one that in practice is impossible to live up to. Not only is the truth rarely pure and […]

There’s an Illegal App for That

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

But that’s not how they see it in the City of Buttinsky Angels: The Los Angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday to shut down a mobile phone application that arranges medical marijuana home deliveries. The suit alleges that the iPhone and Android free app, Nestdrop, is a “flagrant attempt” to bypass restrictions contained in […]

Do SSRI Antidepressants Increase Suicidal Thoughts?

Monday, November 10th, 2014 - by Theodore Dalrymple

  Hope springs eternal, but so do financial crises in hospitals. Once, while researching the history of the hospital in which I was working at the time, I discovered that it had been so short of money in the 1840s that it had been forced to sell some land to a railway company that wanted […]

What Do You Predict for Marijuana Laws & Culture In the Next 10 Years?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

From USA Today: “Where America landed on marijuana” While Florida voters narrowly rejected a plan to legalize medical marijuana, voters in Washington, D.C., Oregon, and Alaska approved recreational pot posession and use by adults And in Guam, voters legalized medical marijuana use, according to initial returns showing Proposal 14A passing with more than half of […]

‘I’m Just Trying to Troll People and Make Them Feel Really Bad.’

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Sex and Death Daily Survey

Don’t miss last week’s links, collected here: “The 2 Most Disgusting, Soul-Crushing Stories From Last Week (And 81 Competitors)” and Monday’s round-up here: “Man Sent By ISIS to Rape Pit Bull In Neighbor’s Yard? Clown Thugs Terrorize Paris?“ See shocking stories you think should should be included? Tweet them to @DaveSwindle. At Vice Tuesday: 1. THE GUY […]

Can We Stop Calling Clash Drummer Topper Headon ‘Underrated’?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 - by Kathy Shaidle

My PJ Media colleague Allston has just launched his call for your “greatest rock drummers.” (Be sure to add your nominations in his comments.) Allston will annoy a lot of people by saying that Keith Moon wasn’t a good drummer. I’ll leave it to actual drummers and other musicians to fight that out. As a […]

Why Smoking Bans Are More Dangerous Than Smoking

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - by Robert Wargas

One lamentable feature of the contemporary West is the ruthless efficiency of the nanny state. It works overnight. You wake up, slouch over your coffee and corn flakes, and read of the new Bad Thing that must be stopped Right Now. In Britain, the latest activity slated for oblivion is smoking in public parks. Readers, […]

Is It Better to Drink Coffee or Tea? Or Avoid Both?

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

Hat tip to Jon Rowe, from The Atlantic in 2012: “The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like” “Coffee and caffeine have been inexorably intertwined in our thinking, but truth is coffee contains a whole lot of other stuff with biological benefits,” said Martin. And most concerns about caffeine’s negative effects on the heart […]

Are You a Bad Person if You Give to the Homeless?

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 - by Robert Wargas

A few weeks ago, I was in New York City to meet someone for drinks, and got on the subway at 34th and 7th to head downtown. I dislike the New York subway for many reasons. It is the only such system in a major Western city to look as if it had been swapped […]

Flip the Frog Hallucinating in the Opium Den

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

Is It Really a Shock So Many Americans Are On Drugs?

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - by Helen Smith

I read the headline at Drudge: HHS shock: 1 in 12 Americans use illegal drugs, could fill all MLB stadiums 19 times: America is doped up — and drunk. According to a shocking new report from the Health and Human Services Department, there were 24.6 million people aged 12 or older who used illicit drugs […]

Free Pot for Veterans This Saturday!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Vets in Colorado Springs will have the chance to get free pot this Saturday, courtesy of Operation Grow4Vets: The organization’s goal is to help veterans suffering from emotional and physical pain. They hosted their largest-ever cannabis giveaway event in Denver Saturday. KDVR reported about 500 people–mostly veterans–attended that event. Each veteran at Saturday’s event got […]