The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study that tracks the amount of fatal car chrashes and their causes. Fatal car crashes with drivers under the influence of pot have tripled in the United States between 1999 and 2010.
Of course contradicts the argument for those who believe pot should be legalized because it is “less harmful” than alcohol.
“Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana,” said Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, co-author of the study. “If a driver is under the influence of alcohol, their risk of a fatal crash is 13 times higher than the risk of the driver who is not under the influence of alcohol,” Li said. “But if the driver is under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, their risk increased to 24 times that of a sober person.”
The researchers found that drugs played an increasing role in fatal traffic accidents. Drugged driving accounted for more than 28 percent of traffic deaths in 2010, which is 16 percent more than it was in 1999.The researchers also found that marijuana was the main drug involved in the increase. It contributed to 12 percent of fatal crashes, compared to only 4 percent in 1999.
Flip-flop much? Wendy Davis should have a a new bumper sticker printed that says:
"Wendy Davis, Candidate for Governor & Lying Sack of Shit"
Check out her new positions on the issues this week.
WENDY DAVIS FLIP FLOPS ON ABORTION BAN – NOW SUPPORTS 20 WEEK BAN
“I would line up with most people in Texas who would prefer that that’s not something that happens outside of those two arenas. My concern, even in the way the 20-week ban was written in this particular bill, was that it didn’t give enough deference between a woman and her doctor making this difficult decision, and instead tried to legislatively define what it was.”
“The Supreme Court sets that viability and it probably will be revisited. It’s one that deserves that kind of reflection to determine whether that kind of constitutional protection should exist at a time period less than what it is right now. It was the least objectionable. I would have and could have voted to allow that to go through, if I felt like we had tightly defined the ability for a woman and a doctor to be making this decision together and not have the Legislature get too deep in the weeds of how we would describe when that was appropriate.”
WENDY DAVIS AGREES WITH GOVERNOR RICK PERRY
“I do believe that Governor Perry’s approach is a reasonable approach, that we as a state need to think about the cost of that incarceration and, obviously, the cost to the taxpayers as a consequence of it, and whether we’re really solving any problem for the state by virtue of incarcerations for small amounts of marijuana possession. I don’t know where the state is on that, as a population. Certainly as governor I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that.”
WENDY DAVIS IS PRO-OPEN CARRY
“Obviously in Texas we have a culture that respects the Second Amendment right and privilege of owning and carrying guns — but we also, of course, have respect and understand a the rights and privileges of property owners to make decisions about what’s right for them. My position on open carry reflects my respect for both of those principles, and I believe that municipalities, school districts, hospitals, private property owners should be the ones that ultimately have a say as to whether this is right for them and their facilities.”
BREAKING: Wendy Davis' ex-husband announces he will take custody of the abortion position she no longer wants.
The CBO is apparently channeling Fox News, and being subsidized by Ted Cruz and the Koch brothers. In their latest report, the Congressional Budget Office reported that Obamacare will kill the jobs of at least 2 million workers and drive them out of the labor market by 2017. Why? Because Obamacare punishes businesses who hire full-time employees.
Of course, combine that with the stagnation of the U.S. economy in general, the outlook is grim. The CBO also added an extra $1 trillion to the cumulative deficit over the next decade.
To make matters worse, the CBO projected that public debt will rise to 80% of the GDP by 2024.
Why do conservatives bother with this crap? She had a huge opportunity to answer the question, "Why did you go from being a liberal to a conservative?" She blew it. Apologized for being a conservative.Too bad.
Faucahontas has gone off the reservation. Again. This time in her Op-Ed for the Huffington Post, America’s favorite fake Cherokee sweetheart has hijacked a mantra of late: “The poor pay more.”
She cites the report released this week from the OIG of the Postal Service that claims that 68 million Americans (“more than a quarter of all households”) have no bank accounts. She refers to this as being “underserved by the banking system.”
The use of this language is tell-tale and reminiscent of the push to force lower income people into home ownership – a disastrous liberal plan that caused the collapse of the U.S. economy that has still not recovered today.
Warren cites the amount of fees per household paid for check cashing (“$2,412 per household”) but that number also includes payday loans – not a banking fee at all. With this total, she claims: “That means the average underserved household spends roughly 10 percent of its annual income on interest and fees -- about the same amount they spend on food.”
Warren fails to consider the real reasons why most of the underclass does not have bank accounts.
1) They immigrated from other countries where they are culturally suspicious of banks.
2) They have not learned English and do not believe banks serve non English-speaking persons.
3) They are cash only to avoid paying taxes and paying fees.
4) They are off the grid and want to avoid having to use identity documentation usually because their ID is stolen, forged or non-existent.
5) They have existing, abandoned bank accounts that are overdrawn and cannot make a deposit because those funds will be used to cover the overdraft.
6) They have a history of writing bad checks and cannot qualify for a bank account.
And as if her dire warnings about this huge problem that traps poor people at the “bottom of the economic ladder” is not enough, Warren takes is one step further (straight from the liberal housing agenda theme) and blames the ultimate economic bogeyman – the predatory lender.
“Families rely on financial services more than ever, but those who need them most -- who struggle to make ends meet -- too often must contend with sky-high interest rates and tricks and traps buried in the fine print of their loan products.”
Of course this crisis is not an actual emergency. But nevertheless she has a solution. No it’s not free birth control or light rail …it is this: the United States Postal Service would offer banking services. Her ally in this asinine push is the newest regulatory commission created by the Obama administration that apparently does not have enough to do – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). She describes the CFPB as “a cop on the beat that is putting in place commonsense rules to protect consumers and ensure that payday lenders are held accountable when they break the law.”
Opponents of socialism everywhere should tremble at this description of a hazy agency with police powers granted by an authoritarian Executive Branch.
Not only would the Post Office offer bill pay and check cashing services, but “small dollar loans” as well.
Shocking shocker. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC) has admitted that 200 African and Afro-American Studies were essentially fake classes. Since the 1990s, classes focusing on black studies had class rolls inflated with athletes. It was discovered that there were 500 unauthorized grade changes. Supporting the evidence that the classes were a sham, a UNC athletic tutor, Mary Willingham, discovered that UNC athletes had deficient reading abilities. Willingham has since been suspended for using data that would need to have been approved for use by a review board.
The classes were largely untaught and unsupervised. This was underscored by the felony charge against UNC former Department Chair Julius Nyang’oro, after receiving at least $12,000 for teaching a class he did not ever show up for during the summer semester of 2011.
The university continues to peddle the meme that classes were not created for athletes to get passed through the system .
“Although we don’t have evidence that the anomalous courses were initiated in order to benefit athletes, close to half who did enroll were student-athletes,” Chancellor Carol Folt said in an interview with the News & Observer.