Chris Christie Opposed to Relaxed Pot Laws in New Jersey

With marijuana now legal in Colorado and Washington and the sky still unlikely to fall to the ground anytime soon, other states are considering following their lead in legalizing pot as a way to raise revenue, improve the public’s relations with the police and in general stop wasting everyone’s time.

We all know who loves a good time-waster, of course: Chris Christie, who says he is opposed to any relaxed pot laws. The Inquirer‘s Jan Hefler notes Christie’s recent opposition at a town-hall meeting:

In a town hall in Flemington last week, Christie, a Republican, told the crowd that he would not decriminalize or legalize marijuana, because it would be “the wrong message to send to children” and young adults. Legalization would allow the “state-sanctioned use of marijuana for people who do not have a legitimate need for it,” he said, adding he supports marijuana use for medical ailments.

I don’t know. People are always complaining about young people not being interested in politics. What better way to find the future leaders of tomorrow than by getting them into politics because of a pot bill!

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Nation’s Largest Rape-Victim Advocacy Group: It’s Not “Rape Culture”

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At long last, there’s been a heartening development in the escalating war between anti-”rape culture” activists and due-process advocates.

In case you haven’t been following along, college students have been filing Title IX complaints with the Department of Education at a furious rate, claiming their schools have been lax in prosecuting what Vice President Joe Biden once termed an “epidemic of rape” on campuses; others have been shouting that the Department of Education’s rules for investigating sexual assaults trample the rights of the accused to fair treatment and hearings; and for the first time, a male student’s claim that his school’s judiciary board violated his Title IX rights by expelling him and using him as a scapegoat to appease the feds has been allowed to proceed in a federal court.

Now into the fray comes the strangest player of all: RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, which just announced that it has sent a 16-page letter to the task force appointed by the President to address the campus-sexual-assault problem, outlining its recommendations on what should be done. And RAINN — the “nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization,” according to its website, says “rape culture” has nothing to do with it.

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Philly’s Markieff Morris Is a Candidate For NBA Sixth Man Award

We’ll take a break from our Sixers laments for a moment of hometown pride. Markieff Morris, who grew up here, is helping power the Phoenix Suns to an unexpected playoff spot — they’re just on the outside, but have had more of a winning season than anybody expected — and may be a candidate for the Sixth Man Award.

Fansided reports:

This season, Morris is averaging career-bests in points (13.6 per game), rebounds (5.9), assists (1.7) and field goal percentage (47.8 percent). His three-point shooting has dropped all the way down to 28.9 percent, but since Morris only takes 1.4 attempts from downtown on a nightly basis, the Suns can live with it. Phoenix is 20-8 this season when Morris scores at least 15 points.

What about his twin brother, Marcus? Sun-N-Gun reports:

This season, Marcus is averaging 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field. His contribution to the Suns surprisingly successful season has been major, because he is a versatile scorer off the bench. His ability to hit jump shots in important to an offense with point guards based around slashing and driving to the rim.  His rebounding has clearly improved and his confidence is far greater than it once was. On a Suns’ team where any one player can almost take over a game on any given night, Marcus is a very useful tool.

Gen Y to Boomers: You Taught Us to Be “Flaky Dreamers”

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Bitching about an up-and-coming generation is nothing new. And now it’s Gen Y’s turn to bear the brunt of the complaining. We have been dubbed entitled, lazy, over-sharing and egotistical. While I don’t dispute that social media rules our lives or that we can be wishy-washy when it comes to choosing a career, I do think that my generation has been put under more intense scrutiny than prior generations thanks to the information age that we live in.

If you do a Google search on “bad things about Gen Y,” some 586 million results will pop up compared to the sparse 32 million or so for “good things about Gen Y.” The latest articles to “explain” millennials (such as this by my colleague Sandy Hingston) perpetuate the negative stereotypes. We’re seen as a group of whiners who don’t have a work ethic and think we’re all special snowflakes or Peter Pan. Many of these pieces fail to address the economic shit-show that happened while most of us were preparing ourselves for post-collegiate life. But I digress.

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Chris Christie Spars with Audience at Town Hall-Style Meeting

You’re not going to believe this, but Chris Christie argued with audience members at a town hall-style meeting in Middlesex County last night.

The Inquirer’s Maddie Hanna writes that Christie first had to deal with a coordinated call-and-response chant from protesters over “corrupt uses of Hurricane Sandy money.” Sadly, we don’t learn what the chant is, but my guess is “Hey, ho, hey, ho/Corrupt uses of Hurricane Sandy money have got to go!” Okay, maybe not.

Christie told the audience the protesters were from the Communication Workers of America — “people who we – we, collectively – have been standing up against for the last 4 1/2 years.” The union denied the affiliation.

The second disruption was more fun, because it featured better quotes from Christie.

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After Ukraine, Good Luck Getting Iran to Give Up Nukes

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Hardliners in Iran are using America’s impotence in dealing with the crisis in the Ukraine as an example of what happens when you give up your nuclear strength.

Twenty years ago, no one would have messed with the Ukraine. Russia certainly would not have dared to move forces to its doorstep.

In 1994 Ukraine was the third largest nuclear power. That same year Ukraine agreed to give up its nuclear arsenal with the promise from the United States and Russia that neither country would use force or threaten action against the newly independent nation.

Ironically, Ukraine gave all of its nuclear warheads — 1,900 long range and 2,500 short range – to Russia.

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Trigger Warning: This Article Will Offend Those Who Like Trigger Warnings

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A few days back, a student at Temple filed a grievance against the university with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office on Civil Rights. The student claims officials at the school discriminated against him regarding his request that special accommodations be made for him because he has bipolar disorder. The student, David Harris, wanted extra time to work on a paper “so he could take it to the writing center,” according to Temple’s student paper.

Harris’s beef is that Temple’s “unofficial policy” regarding “accommodations letters” is that they must be hand-delivered to a faculty member. Harris, who is studying social work, claims that disabled students are frequently “abused” by faculty members who are presented with such letters. How? “[O]ftentimes professors take the opportunity to question the student as to why they need this accommodation and what the nature of their disability is,” he explained.

When I read about Mr. Harris, I was reminded of a newspaper story I saw last year about Grand Valley State University in Michigan, which paid a $40,000 settlement to a student who kept an “assistance animal” guinea pig in her dorm room. The school was perfectly fine with letting Kendra Velzen keep the critter in her dorm room, seeing as, as her attorney explained, it “provides her with emotional support and attachment.” (She suffers, the article said, from depression.) Where GVSU dug in was in refusing to allow her to take her support guinea pig to class and to food service areas. So she threatened to sue. And the school paid out. Read more »

12 Things You Need to Stop Whining About Now

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Got complaints?  Hate your life?  Please stop whining.  I don’t want to hear it.  And I especially don’t want to hear…

I don’t feel good. Really?  Your tummy hurts?  You have a headache?  A bug?  In 1918 a flu pandemic killed 100 million people. Today you go to the Acme and get a flu shot for $15.  In 1952, 38,000 people contracted polio in America alone. Polio? Gone. So, please.  Go to work. You’re not sick.  You’re just hung-over.

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Jerry Sandusky’s Wife to Speak Publicly About Sex Abuse Case for First Time

Gotta hand it to the producers of the Today show. Even with the declining ratings, the show still manages to pull off most of the best “gets” in morning TV — hell, even in all of TV news. (Also, it reports on the cutest viral videos.) Tomorrow on Today, Dottie Sandusky, Jerry’s wife, will speak for the first time.

The Daily Collegian‘s Megan Caldwell writes:

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