Archive for the ‘YES’ Category

How to stop the drug wars

March 6, 2009

Mar 5th 2009
From The Economist print edition

Prohibition has failed; legalisation is the least bad solution

Illustration by Noma Bar

A HUNDRED years ago a group of foreign diplomats gathered in Shanghai for the first-ever international effort to ban trade in a narcotic drug. On February 26th 1909 they agreed to set up the International Opium Commission—just a few decades after Britain had fought a war with China to assert its right to peddle the stuff. Many other bans of mood-altering drugs have followed. In 1998 the UN General Assembly committed member countries to achieving a “drug-free world” and to “eliminating or significantly reducing” the production of opium, cocaine and cannabis by 2008.

That is the kind of promise politicians love to make. It assuages the sense of moral panic that has been the handmaiden of prohibition for a century. It is intended to reassure the parents of teenagers across the world. Yet it is a hugely irresponsible promise, because it cannot be fulfilled. (more…)

Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama : Election Night

November 19, 2008

Chicago, IL | November 04, 2008

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. (more…)

Election unleashes a flood of hope worldwide

November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

PARIS: From the front lines of Iraq to more genteel spots like Harry’s Bar in Paris, the election of Barack Obama opened a floodgate for the world’s hope that a new U.S. leader would redeem promises of change, rewrite the political script and provide a kind of leadership that would erase the bitterness of the Bush years.

Whether it was because of Obama’s youth, race, message or manner, some European leaders abandoned diplomatic niceties to compete for extravagance in their praise, while others outside the United States – fascinated by an election that had been scrutinized around the globe – reached for their most telling comparisons. (more…)

Suddenly, it may be cool to be an American again

November 6, 2008

VIENNA, Austria – She was a stranger, and she kissed me. Just for being an American.

It happened on the bus on my way to work Wednesday morning, a few hours after compatriots clamoring for change swept Barack Obama to his historic victory. I was on the phone, and the 20-something Austrian woman seated in front of me overheard me speaking English.

Without a word, she turned, pecked me on the cheek and stepped off at the next stop.

Nothing was said, but the message was clear: Today, we are all Americans. (more…)

Marijuana Does Not Raise Lung Cancer Risk

October 24, 2008

Tuesday , May 23, 2006

By Salynn Boyles

People who smoke marijuana do not appear to be at increased risk for developing lung cancer, new research suggests.

While a clear increase in cancer risk was seen among cigarette smokers in the study, no such association was seen for regular cannabis users. (more…)

Powell Backs Obama and Criticizes McCain Tactics

October 19, 2008

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president on Sunday morning, calling him a “transformational figure” who has reached out to all Americans with an inclusive campaign and displayed “a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity” and “a depth of knowledge” in his approach to the nation’s problems.

The endorsement, on the NBC public-affairs program “Meet the Press,” was a major blow to Senator John McCain, who has been a good friend of Mr. Powell’s for decades. Mr. Powell, a Republican, has advised Mr. McCain in the past on foreign policy. (more…)

Colin Powell Is Ready To Endorse

October 15, 2008

October 15, 2008
Lawrence O’Donnell
Posted October 15, 2008 | 09:22 AM (EST)

When Colin Powell turns off his TV after the final presidential debate, he will have learned everything he is going to learn about the candidates vying to succeed his former boss, George W. Bush. Powell has made it clear that he has been thinking about an endorsement for a long time but wanted to hear more from the candidates before making his choice. It now seems beyond doubt that Colin Powell will endorse Barack Obama and thereby hammer the final nail in the coffin of the Republican campaign to hold onto the White House. (more…)

House Rejects Bailout Package, 228-205; Stocks Plunge

September 29, 2008
September 30, 2008

WASHINGTON — In a moment of historic drama in the Capitol and on Wall Street, the House of Representatives voted on Monday to reject a $700 billion rescue of the financial industry. The vote came in stunning defiance of President Bush and Congressional leaders of both parties, who said the bailout was needed to prevent a widespread financial collapse.

The vote against the measure was 228 to 205, with 133 Republicans joining 95 Democrats in opposition. The bill was backed by 140 Democrats and 65 Republicans. (more…)

Universities want lawmakers to consider drinking at 18

August 20, 2008

by Kia Carter

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — Support for a lower drinking age is coming from a surprising place. A group, made up of presidents from some of the nation’s top universities, wants lawmakers to consider a national drinking age of 18.

Freshmen at Augustana are gearing up for the start of a new experience. But what if turning 18 and entering college carried the right to drink alcohol? Nearly 100 presidents at Universities like Duke, Dartmouth, Ohio State and Syracuse, to name a few, support the consideration. (more…)

Republican Forms Obama Support Group

August 13, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


This is a rush transcript from “America’s Election HQ,” August 12, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

HEATHER NAUERT, HOST: Fresh from formally endorsing Barack Obama, we are going to talk to one of those Obama-cans. With me now, a former Republican congressman from Iowa, his name is Jim Leach. He served 30 years in the Congress.

Welcome, Mr. Leach. Let me ask you, you were never considered to be a very conservative member of the Republican Party, but nevertheless, why did you decide to abandon your party and support Barack Obama?

JIM LEACH, (R) FMR. IOWA CONGRESSMAN: Well, I think the country is in great difficulty today. In fact, I’ve never known a time period in which the American brand has been more tarnished in more parts of the world — and the national interest really requires a new approach, new ideas, new energy, a new generation of leadership, and beyond that, let me just say this is the time the country has got to put country before party. (more…)