Dazed and confused in Canada.
The Conservative government is launching a $1.3 billion dollar medical marijuana program, effectively becoming the world’s biggest pot dealer. Under the new plan, small-scale, 体彩手机在线怎么下载grown medical marijuana is out and large-scale, big business medical marijuana is in – you know, to keep everything standardized, legal, and… profitable. There are currently 37,400 legitimate medical marijuana users in Canada but that number is projected to increase to as many as 450,000 people by 2024. Since the profit potential for medical marijuana is pretty big, over a hundred firms have already applied for producer and distributor status. Pot for everyone! (with a letter from their doctor….)
made it to theatres but the Hillary Clinton documentary will never see the light of day. The film’s director, Charles Ferfuson, announced that the Clinton doc is cancelled because he wasn’t able to obtain access to anyone with personal knowledge of the potential 2016 presidential candidate. Which loosely translates into: The Clintons threatened to destroy anyone who talked to him. According to Ferguson, when he approached people for interviews he found that “nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans — and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration.” Maybe try a Ted Cruz miniseries next? America loves a good train wreck!
The popes are about to get holier! In breaking news from the Vatican, Pope Francis has announced that Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints in April 2014. The double sainting will be the first in history – and is thought to be a way to unify Catholics. The two popes were as different as popes could be (so not that different); John Paul II is seen as a conservative, while John XXIII is seen as a hero for progressive Catholics. And how does a pope go about getting a sainthood? By performing at least two disease-curing miracles of course! Pope Benedict better get moving. BBC News
As activists continue to push for the Saudi ban on women drivers to be lifted, Saudi clerics must find creative new scare tactics to keep women off the roads.
One conservative Saudi cleric, Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan, is leading the way with his comment:
“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards,” Sheikh Lohaidan said, not citing any studies to back up his claims (spoiler alert: there aren’t any).
“That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees.”
As one of the 21 members of the Senior Council of Scholars, Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan is able to advise the government and write religious edicts. The influential conservative is known for his opposition to reforms that increase freedoms for women, so it’s no surprise he’s against the latest campaign to lift the driving ban.
As of now, only men are permitted to acquire driving licenses in Saudi Arabia and women caught driving can be punished through fines and arrests (which isn’t too bad for Saudi Arabia, the land of beheading). Activists have been trying to end the Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules for decades now. The latest campaign, which has spread throughout the social media world, calls for women to defy the driving ban on October 26 – if, of course, they want to risk damaging their ovaries… from the severe beating Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan will give them when he catches them driving.
The U.S. government could shutdown on Tuesday if Congress can’t reach a deal on a temporary spending budget bill, costing more than 700,000 jobs and $200 million a day in the Washington area.
Looks like Senator Ted Cruz found something that was a bigger job killer than Obamacare: himself.
The Democrats and Republicans have been going back and forth on this bill – adding funding for Obamacare (Democrats), removing funding for Obamacare (Republicans), reciting children’s books for 21 hours for no reason (Ted Cruz), re-adding funding for Obamacare (Democrats), etc.
The political bickering isn’t just limited to Democrats vs. Republicans. Fighting has occurred within the Republican party as well, between those who hate Obamacare so much that they’d be willing to shutdown government and those who don’t hate it that much and realize that the economic and political consequences of a Republican-induced shutdown would probably be worse than requiring Americans get health insurance.
Congress has until midnight tonight to get their sh*t together and pass the temporary spending bill in order to avoid a shutdown and continue funding the federal government’s operations, employees, and services.
But as of now the ball is in the Senate’s court. At 2pm on Monday, the Senate will take up the House-approved spending bill, which delays implementing Obamacare for another year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already vowed to reject the House bill and its new amendments, saying “” and any changes to Obamacare would be a deal-killer. So once again, they’ll take out the anti-Obamacare stuff and send it back to Congress. And this process will continue until the Republicans agree to it or until 12:01am when everything goes black.
And to make matters worse, the debt ceiling crisis is back and is far more worrisome than some temporary spending bill… but let’s just deal with one government showdown at a time.