Federal Judge in California Rules State’s Death Penalty is Unconstitutional

I’ve never been a fan of the death penalty. Needless to say, today’s ruling by a federal judge in Orange County, California, that the death penalty is unconstitutional, comes as good news in my opinion. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney said today that “the state’s death penalty has created long delays and uncertainty for inmates, most of whom will never be executed.” He noted that more than 900 people have been sentenced to death in California since 1978 but only 13 have been executed. “For the rest, the dysfunctional administration of California’s death penalty system has resulted, and will continue to result, in an inordinate and unpredictable period of delay preceding their actual execution,” Carney wrote. An interesting aside on … Continue reading

Governor Patrick Offers to Help Children Crossing South Western Border

Unlike governors in some states who are turning their backs on the child refugee crisis in the south west, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick stepped up today and said he wanted to help the child refugees that have been crossing the border into the U.S. from Mexico.  In comments to a reporter today, Patrick recalled a situation during the Holocaust when the U.S. turned away a ship full of Jewish children: “My inclination is to remember what happened when a ship full of Jewish children tried to come to the United States in 1939 and the United States turned them away, and many of them went to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps,” Patrick said when a reporter asked how he … Continue reading

Supremes Uphold Nuns Habits

Per the Supremes… Nuns won’t have to pay for libidinous employee’s bad habits. The Supreme Court extended an injunction in place since Dec. 31 preventing several religious nonprofit organizations from needing to fill out paperwork in order to be exempted from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. In order to receive the benefits of the injunction, the Friday court order detailed, however, that applicants must “inform the Secretary of Health and Human Services in writing that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services.” With so many health reasons connected to why so many women take birth control, I find this so disheartening:  

Springsteen and Fallon Mock Christie as He Struggles to Distance Himself from Scandal

On Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen released “High Hopes,” his 18th studio album. Springsteen also took to the stage on “Late Night” with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to mock New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the wake of Christie’s BridgeGate Scandal: Christie’s intial explanation, “that it was a move to punish a Democratic mayor who had refused to endorse Christie’s reelection bid,” is being met with a lot of skepticism as “two special legislative committees” begin investigations into the scandal on Thursday. The panels will have subpoena power, which means that in the coming weeks and months, a parade of former and current Christie administration officials — as well as many of the governor’s closest political associates — will be called to testify. … Continue reading

The New Yorker Hits Christie with Hard Cover

Governor Christie is getting hit on all sides, including Barry Blitt’s hard hitting political cartoon on the cover of the new issue of the New Yorker: “I’m hoping this cartoon diverts a lot of traffic to my Web site,” Barry Blitt says about “Playing in Traffic,” the image of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that he penned for next week’s cover. Read the latest from the NY Times on the Christie scandal: Bridge Scandal Documents Indicate Effort to Hide Political Motive: Officials loyal to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey went to elaborate means to make it appear that the September closing of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., was part of a traffic study, even though … Continue reading

Here’s the Rub on Christie’s BridgeGate

Note the last line in the quote below and understand why the Christie BridgeGate scandal will not go away… Someone died… Emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations – including one in which a 91-year-old woman lay unconscious – due to traffic gridlock caused by unannounced closures of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, according to the head of the borough’s EMS department. The woman later died, borough records show. More here. I don’t buy for a second that Christie “knew nothing about this.” Into the political abyss for Christie.

Christie Throws Aid Under the Bus, On the George Washington Bridge

Talk about your dirty, old school politics… This is ugly, just plain ugly: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denied knowing about a scheme orchestrated by his administration to bully a local political rival, calling the reported actions of a top aide “unacceptable.” He vowed to hold members of his administration accountable. Christie said he was previously unaware of apparent actions taken by his deputy chief of staff to orchestrate the controversial closure of local access lanes to the congested George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., in the midst of a re-election campaign. The action prompted massive traffic gridlock in the city on its first day of school. Christie is claiming to have no prior knowledge of the scheme, thus … Continue reading

Colorado’s Pot Sales Are High

Business is booming for Colorado pot dispensaries in their first week  of legal recreational sales. The Huffington Posts reports, “Owners of the 37 new dispensaries around the state reported first week retail sales to The Huffington Post that, when added together, were roughly $5 million.” Wow… “That’s a lot of green for Colorado’s legal weed.” As all eyes are on Colorado as the first state to sell recreation weed, what many are seeing is the tax revenue potentional for Colorado and other states that folllow in their path of ending the pot prohibition and reaping in the taxes. Bloomberg reported last week, prior to the January 1st opening of dispensaries allow to sell for recreational use: Colorado projects $578.1 million a year in … Continue reading