Andrew Cuomo thinks casinos will revitalize upstate New York tourism and jump-start local economies. Considering that the east coast mecca of gambling, Atlantic City, has a 13.1% unemployment rate and is the second “most violent city in New Jersey,” I’m going to go ahead and disagree.
Paul Craig Roberts, writing for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Reagan and is a former columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
Because nothing fosters “peace and prosperity” like accusing your own government, without any evidence whatsoever, of murdering thousands of people. Also, one would hope that Ron Paul’s staff would think twice before publishing insane editorials (you know, after this whole thing) but apparently that lesson has not yet been learned.
Jim DeMint, head of the Heritage Foundation, helpfully proving that he does not understand how slavery ended in the United States. Lincoln’s love, while real, needed millions of troops and workers to enforce, for example.
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Joe Russo, director of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
So the new Captain America movie, which I saw last night, explicitly associates the U.S. security state with World War II-era fascism. I’ll refrain from explaining how so as to avoid spoilers, but it’s fairly obvious and jarring when it occurs in the film (or at least I thought it was). It’s remarkable that a movie designed to appeal to as broad an audience as possible is willing to tell its viewers that America has gone from battling authoritarians to emulating them. I suspect the message will fly right over some people’s heads, but it’s refreshing to witness a big budget movie make a bold political statement rather than simply peddle the usual “kill ‘em all” nationalistic nonsense.
With deaths from heroin and opioid prescription pills soaring, [New York] Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Thursday is expected to announce a push to have law enforcement officers across the state carry a drug that is effectively an antidote to overdose.
The program…would help provide a kit with the drug, naloxone, and the training to use it to every state and local officer in New York…
The state’s Good Samaritan law protects those who call the police during an overdose, even if they too were using illegal drugs. Those who administer naloxone are also protected from liability. The drug, which is not habit forming and gives no high to an overdosing user, is nontoxic.
I went to a prep school where kids had money and did every drug known to man, and I never saw a cop. There are guys who work here in downtown Manhattan, guys who work on Wall Street, they’re doing blow, they’re doing pills, they’re doing everything. They don’t have to worry about getting picked up and strip-searched by the police on their way home. It just doesn’t happen.
… The problem is that after we allow the situation to go on, it starts to feel natural. “Oh, of course, that’s where crimes are committed, so that’s where we put cops.” That’s not true. If you sent cops into the community where I grew up, you would have just as many drug arrests as you do in Bed-Stuy.
The stenographer has decided to take a much-needed vacation with his wife and son at the Overlook Hotel, a place he felt he had been to before. “I mean, we all have moments of déjà vu, but this was ridiculous. It was almost as though I knew what was going to be around every corner,” he said.