2:48 PM, Jun 26, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Michael M. Grynbaum of the New York Times reports a court has ruled in favor of individual freedom.
The state’s highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s final appeal and handing a major victory to the American soft-drink industry, which bitterly opposed the plan.
So if a private, commercial enterprise chooses to offer a washtub sized serving of Mountain Dew and can find customers who will agree on a price, then the state has no jurisdiction. Cannot prohibit the transaction throw anyone in jail, impose fines, close businesses or do any of the other things the modern nanny state so much enjoys doing.
The good news is that the court ruled in this fashion. The bad news is that it ever got the opportunity.
And that two judges dissented.
9:59 PM, Jun 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton tells ABC's Diane Sawyer that she's probably on blood thinners for the rest of her life:
"We have to immediately put you on blood thinners," Clinton says the doctor told her during her health scare at the end of 2012. "So I went, was there for three days, and then got it --"
"So blood thinners now," says Sawyer.
"Blood thinners. Yeah," Clinton says nodding.
8:15 AM, Jun 5, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The administration for children and families, part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued guidance in a memo
1:04 PM, May 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama has been briefed on mystery virus MERS, White House spokesman Jay Carney said at today's briefing.
7:17 AM, Apr 25, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is looking for custom-made chairs, but not just any chairs.
7:01 AM, Feb 19, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Department of Defense (DOD) has just announced that the public will be invited to vote in a video competition called "Fight the Enemy." In this case, the enemy is tobacco. The innovation office of the military's assistant secretary of defense for health affairs is sponsoring the competition among U.S. service members around the world who were invited to film and submit "tobacco countermarketing" videos.
1:14 PM, Dec 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In a routine, short-run economic downturn, people tend to adopt more healthy behaviors. You quit smoking and cut back on the drinking because … well, maybe to save money and maybe because you tend to focus more on the essentials and live less indulgently. But our current long, lingering economic malaise seems to have pushed people toward unhealthy choices. For release, perhaps, or from a fatalistic sense that things may not get better and so what.
8:21 AM, Oct 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Allentown, Pennsylvania TV station reports that, because of Obamacare, one mother is forced to choose between a "new health plan or putting food on the table":
"One mother tells us the choice for her has come down to selecting a new health plan or putting food on the table," reporter Will Lewis says.
"A small group of people bound together by the need for health insurance, all say they are the people that the Affordable Care Act is not helping."
6:13 AM, Aug 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The office of the vice president announced last night that Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, is in Houston being evaluated after "an episode of disorientation and weakness."
"This morning, the Vice President accompanied his son Beau Biden to Houston, Texas, where Beau is being evaluated to determine the cause of an episode of disorientation and weakness that he experienced while on vacation with his family last week," reads a statement from the vice president's office.
"Further information about the Vice President’s schedule will be forthcoming."
The irrational hostility to e-cigarettes.Aug 5, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 44 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Smokeless, odorless, and, indeed, tobacco-less, electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” in common parlance, are projected to become a $1 billion industry this year. Yes, that’s “electronic” cigarettes: battery-powered gadgets that convert liquid nicotine into vapor, which the user inhales. The act is known—unfortunately, if accurately—as “vaping.” (It’s important to note that one doesn’t smoke an e-cigarette.) Some e-cigs are made to closely resemble actual cigarettes—they have the same shape and color and even an LED light at the end, designed to simulate a lit butt.
10:21 AM, Jul 6, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"Because of the way in which baseball links the generations it has been a channel through which vital traits of American character are instilled. The health of baseball concerns all of America, and the health of America — perhaps especially the American family — finds itself reflected in the state of our national pastime. Baseball is a mirror of American liberty and of the virtues necessary to sustain it."
—Diana Schaub, "America at the Bat," National Affairs, Winter 2010.
7:55 PM, Jul 2, 2013 • By FRED BARNES
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today agreed to be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill to ban abortion after an unborn child is 20 weeks old. A similar measure passed the House last month and a state version is now being debated in the Texas legislature, where it is likely to be approved.