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Tuesday Toon Roundup 1- Exit, Stage Right

After Legalizing Recreational Weed, Colorado Has Lowest Teen Use in the Country

Cannabis prohibitionists have long cautioned that legalizing the plant will inevitably lead to increased use among teens, couching their restrictive beliefs in concern for the youth. While some of these concerns may be genuine, a recent survey from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment demonstrates — for the second year in a row — that youth in Colorado do not use cannabis any more than teens in other parts of the country. In fact, by at least one measure, they use less.

The Healthy Kids Colorado survey is a “voluntary survey that collects anonymous, self-reported health information from middle and high school students across Colorado,” according to the initiative’s website. Over 17,000 middle- and high-schoolers throughout the state were randomly selected to participate. The survey is conducted every other year, and the 2015 version, released this week, confirmed the 2013 findings that marijuana use among teens in Colorado had fallen flat.

As the Denver Post reported:

“The 2013 version of the survey found that 19.7 percent of teens had used marijuana in the past month. The 2015 version puts that number at 21.2 percent, but Larry Wolk, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said that increase is not statistically significant — meaning it could be a wiggle in the data and not a meaningful increase. In 2009, at the beginning of the state’s boom in medical marijuana stores, the rate was 24.8 percent.”

The survey analysts found 78 percent of teens, roughly four out of five, had not used cannabis in the last month.


Tea Party Group In Mississippi Folds, ‘We’re All Worn Out’ Says Leader Now Profiting Off Obamacare

The South Mississippi Tea Party is no more as their June 20th meeting was promoted as their last and the Sun Herald quoted the former Chairman Barry Neyrey: ““We’re all worn out. Most of our members are older people.”

As the GOP battles over supporting Donald Trump or not, groups like the Tea Party sound more and more disillusioned, primed the pass the proverbial baton to a younger, like-minded leader.

With some irony, Neyrey is now working on Obamacare , the bane of the Tea Party, creating software to help businesses meet upcoming deadlines for complying with IRS regulations created under the health care law.


Monday Toon Roundup 3-The Rest






Monday Toon Roundup 2- The Man of Many Names

Monday Toon Roundup 1- Leaving so soon?

Dan Rather Worries That The Media Has Become ‘A Business Partner Of Donald Trump’

The former CBS News anchor warns that “there has been some media complicity” in the candidate’s rise.

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather on Sunday had some words of advice — and caution — for journalists covering presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Rather criticized cable news networks’ wall-to-wall coverage of the real estate mogul and warned that they may have been “complicit” in Trump’s rise to the top of the GOP field.

“What I worry about is, in a way, the media is a political partner, a business partner of Donald Trump,” Rather said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

“The media wants the ratings,” he went on. “Trump delivers the ratings. In a way, they’re business partners.”



The Fining of Black America

By Dan Kopf ·

In March 2010, years before Ferguson, Missouri, became known for sparking the Black Lives Matter movement, the city’s Finance Director contacted the Chief of Police with a solution to the city’s budget problems.

The Finance Director wanted the police to generate more revenues from fines — money paid for infractions like traffic violations and missing court appointments. He warned that the city would be in financial trouble “unless ticket writing ramps up significantly before the end of the year.” “Given that we are looking at a substantial sales tax shortfall,” he wrote, “it’s not an insignificant issue.”

The Finance Director’s request surfaced as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. The investigation was instigated by the civil unrest that followed the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old African American man named Michael Brown in August 2014. Its goal was to better understand why the citizens of Ferguson felt so at odds with the police department chartered to protect them.

The Justice Department concluded that the mistrust between the police and the community primarily resulted from excessive fining. “Ferguson’s law enforcement practices are shaped by the City’s focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs,” the report read. The use of fines to fund the government undermined “law enforcement legitimacy among African Americans in particular.”

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Sunday's Doonesbury- Talking about Trump

VW emissions scandal: South Korea first country to issue arrest warrant for VW executive

A South Korean court has issued the first warrant for the arrest of a Volkswagen AG executive, in connection with its recent admission to cheating in vehicle emissions tests. The warrant is the first of its kind to be issued against a VW executive anywhere in the world.

In September, the car maker admitted to using software to falsify production tests on some diesel cars. Legal action is now being contemplated in the US, Germany, South Korea and other countries.

An official at the South Korean prosecution office told Reuters: "This is just the beginning of the investigation. He declined to be named as the investigation was still ongoing.

The executive of VW's South Korean subsidiary faces five charges which cover, among other allegations, the fabrication of documents and violation of the Air Quality Preservation Law, Seoul Central District Court spokesman, Shin Jae-hwan, confirmed.

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