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Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan has a 5-point lead over Democrat Anthony Brown in a surprisingly close race in Maryland, according to a poll conducted on behalf of the Hogan campaign and obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD.The survey of more than 500 likely Maryland voters finds Hogan with 44 percent support, while Brown, the lieutenant governor, has 39 percent support. Fourteen percent say they remain undecided. That’s a 17-point swing from the campaign’s internal poll… Continue reading
British MPs were debating drugs policy on Thursday as a Home Office study backed decriminalisation of mood-altering substances. The New Psychoactive Substances Review, carried out by a panel of experts, concluded that treating drug possession as a health problem rather than a criminal matter has no impact on levels of substance misuse. The House of Commons was discussing a motion proposed by Green MP Caroline Lucas in the wake of a petition which gathered more… Continue reading
Today, in an article for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Apple CEO Tim Cook makes an announcement: “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”Cook continues, writing: “The company I am so fortunate to lead has … taken a strong stand in support of a workplace equality bill before Congress, just as we stood for marriage equality in our home state of California.” While he “doesn’t consider himself… Continue reading
A Pennsylvania coroner said this week that the state’s law required him to auction off guns that were used in suicides and other accidental violent deaths, even though his county has not held a similar auction in 30 years. Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha told WTAE that his office planned to sell 97 guns during the Nov. 8 auction. He said that families of the deceased are given one year to claim the weapons, and… Continue reading
Kansas City, Mo. The sound of nearly three decades of pent-up excitement reverberated through Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night. It came in the form of thunderous applause. It came from fans who stood when they had reason to, and stood when they had no reason at all. Then, the door to the visitors’ bullpen swung open, and out came Madison Bumgarner, who did what the San Francisco Giants did throughout their latest championship run. He… Continue reading
While we liberals are getting our panties all up in a bunch over racist Halloween costumes, the Christian Right is focusing on… the family… as usual… and the much more important issue that is the evil and sinful nature of Halloween. To spread the gospel on the perils of the holiday, I present these five eloquent quotes against Halloween. Consider yourself warned! 1. Druid sheep murder, serious stuff.  When Pat Robertson… Continue reading
The five upgrade contracts were awarded in Colorado, Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, and New Mexico. According to the documents, the need for the upgrade is the result of “a requirement for increased security standards for background investigation contractors accessing Personally Identifiable Information.” No source is cited for the “requirement for increased security standards”: The BPA referenced in the document covers at least 47 transactions stretching back to 2009 totaling… Continue reading
The sexual exploitation of children is the norm on some streets and estates in Greater Manchester, according to a police report commissioned in the wake of a grooming scandal in Rochdale. The inquiry led by lawmaker Ann Coffey said child sex abuse could be fueled by increasing sexualization of young people, such as through explicit images, music videos and “sexting.” It was commissioned in the wake of the 2012 Rochdale case, in which nine Asian… Continue reading

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