April 21, 2008
Today, Sullum and Stimson begin their Dust-Up by comparing drug decriminalization and legalization. Later in the week, they'll discuss drug-related violence, federal raids of marijuana dispensaries and more. Prohibition didn't work then; it isn't working now By Jacob Sullum The main disadvantage of "drug legalization" is the implication that the natural course of things, the default position, is for the government to dictate which substances people may put into their bodies.
January 31, 2010 |
Dark films, particularly those that engage with social and political themes, dominated the Sundance Film Festival awards Saturday night. "Winter's Bone," writer/director Debra Granik's mystery-tinged tale about an impoverished teenager (Jennifer Lawrence) searching for her missing, meth-cooking father in the wooded Missouri Ozarks, won both the grand jury prize in the U.S. dramatic category and the prestigious Waldo Salt screenwriting award. And rugged terrain of a different sort was the setting for the winner of the U.S. documentary grand jury prize, "Restrepo," Sebastian Junger's and Tim Hetherington's vérité examination of a U.S. Army unit stationed in Afghanistan's dangerous Korengal Valley.
April 2, 2010 |
The latest report from the government shows that employers are starting to put more people on the payroll again. But millions of Americans who are earning an income are doing so without the benefits or security that once came standard with most jobs. Lance Anderson, 58, is one of them. Since losing his job as a graphic designer three years ago, he's been making a living as a freelancer. At first, Anderson enjoyed the freedom of working from the studio in the back of his Bay Area home.
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March 29, 2010 |
Doctors and other medical personnel who volunteered last August at the largest free health clinic ever held in Los Angeles could practically watch as their patients slipped through the holes in the county's safety net. Among the 6,300 uninsured and underinsured seeking care at the Forum in Inglewood last year, Dr. Natalie Nevins diagnosed a 58-year-old woman as having diabetes and dangerously high blood sugar. The woman, who had recently lost her job and health insurance, refused to be hospitalized, afraid of the expense.
March 22, 2010 |
Ending the Democrats' decades-long quest to create a healthcare safety net to match Social Security, the House of Representatives on Sunday night approved sweeping legislation to guarantee Americans access to medical care for the first time, delivering President Obama the biggest victory of his young presidency. The bill, which passed 219 to 212 without a single Republican vote, would make a nearly $1-trillion commitment in taxpayer money over the next decade to help an estimated 32 million uninsured Americans get health coverage.
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March 21, 2010
The U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, was established in 1969. California residents received $4.8 billion in food stamp benefits in 2009. WHO QUALIFIES: The program is available to U.S. citizens and many legal residents. Net household income after certain deductions must be at or below the poverty line -- $903 a month for a single adult or $1,838 for a family of four. Most applicants must show that their total household income does not exceed 130% of the federal poverty level -- $1,174 a month for a single adult or $2,389 for a family of four.
March 23, 2010 |
Education historian Diane Ravitch is half right. In her March 14 Times Op-Ed article, "The Big Idea — it's bad education policy," Ravitch warns that there is no silver-bullet solution to our education problems. For the record: In a previous version of this article, one sentence incorrectly referred to Diane Ravitch as a man. She is correct. Having been an ardent supporter of the standards-based accountability strategy of the last 25 years and a champion of school choice, she has seen the light and become a convert, like St. Paul on the road to Damascus.
December 7, 2009 |
In his Nov. 22 Times Op-Ed article, "Monogamy isn't easy, naturally," biologist David P. Barash claims that because monogamy is rare in the animal world, it is therefore unnatural behavior for humans. The logic of the argument is critically flawed. In stating that dedication to a single individual is "against" human nature and that no one is "cut out for monogamy," Barash fails to recognize that the human is unlike any other creature on the planet. Comparing our behavior patterns to birds or animals may, at times, prove helpful in understanding our species, but it should not be used to determine what is and what is not "natural" for humans.
December 23, 2009 |
By now there is little doubt that hypocrisy has become Washington's standing policy on foreign affairs. What is astounding is the lack of shame in such overt duplicity as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's (R-Fla.) accusations in her Dec. 14 Times Op-Ed article that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorists -- when she herself has a track record of supporting terrorists. In February 1988, Orlando Bosch was arrested in Miami and implicated in the 1976 plot to blow up Cubana Flight 455, a terrorist act that killed 73 passengers.
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December 21, 2009 |
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she plans to introduce legislation today to establish two national monuments on roughly 1 million acres of Mojave Desert outback that is home to bighorn sheep and desert tortoises, extinct volcanoes, sand dunes and ancient petroglyphs. Its centerpiece, Mojave Trails National Monument, would prohibit development on 941,000 acres of federal land and former railroad company property along a 105-mile stretch of old Route 66, between Ludlow and Needles.