British Columbia tightened its driving-while-impaired law in 2010 to make a BAC as low as .05 an offense, and they say the results have been significant:
Mayor Tom Henry has had plenty of good ideas. But he had one very bad idea when he flirted with trying to get a casino here as an economic development tool. Casinos do not develop the local economy. In fact, building one is about the fastest way to wreck a local economy:
From the "some of us more equal than others" school of journalism comes this Tweet by one Stefan Becket, the poltics editor at .Mic, about two reporter getting arrested at the scene of unrest in Ferguson, Mo.:
Reporters are granted a privilege by the Constitution. Like it or not, their rights being violated rise about that of an average citizen's.
I don't have anything to say about Robin Williams the performer or public figure. That's been well-covered all over the say. But I'm a little troubled by all the posible reasons given for the depression that led him to commit suicide: He had money trouble, his career was sputtering, he had survivor's guilt, his drug and acohol abuse caught up with him. Michael Levine, a publicist who knew him for 30 years, gets it right:
Are you embarrassed to be seen eating out alone?
About 57 percent of eating and beverage occasions now occur when people are by themselves, according to a recent report from The NPD Group, a market research firm. The portion is highest for non-meal occasions (industry speak for snacking) followed by breakfast, lunch and then dinner.
I've been victimized, and I've been scandalized. I've been traumatized, and I've been terrorized. I've been vandalized, and I've been trivialized. Now I've also been Balkanized:
This is a long and depressing article about how print journalism has gone from heady optimism a year ago when Jeff Bezos plunked down $250 million for The Washington Post to despair and fear today because Gannett, Tribune Company and E.W. Scripps -- three of the biggest players -- are kicking their newspapers to the curb as do-or-die stand-alones so they can concentrate on their TV properties.
Caught one of those panel discussions on Fox last night in which George Will said America's foreign policy these days is "complete disengagment." Events happen in the world, and we merely watch and comment on them. The DL (designated liberal) of the day -- it was either A.B. Stoddard or Kirsten Powers -- said, well, yes, that's true, but that's what the American people want. "Do you think anybody could be elected president today by saying we should re-engage in Iraq or Afghanistan?"
Always wanted the romantic life of the outlaw? Congratulations, you may already be one!
The federal government has created more than 400 new crimes since 2008, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
I try not to write anything too gushy about somebody I like or too mean about somebody I don't, especially if they're realatively new on the scene. Unfolding events might illustrate the error of my thinking, and I wouldn't want to be too embarrassed about something I've put out there on the record. I wonder if Mark Medford ot the Huffington Post is a little bit embarrassed by what he wrote in 2008 about Barack Obama:
This is the best argument against the death penalty, stemming from the one thing people on all sides of the debate should be concerned about:
CORSICANA, Tex. — For more than 20 years, the prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham of murdering his three young daughters has insisted that the authorities made no deals to secure the testimony of the jailhouse informer who told jurors that Willingham confessed the crime to him.