January 31, 2014

In The News

Death By Vodka
Russia is figuratively floating away on a sea of distilled potatoes.
Researchers tracked about 151,000 adult men in the Russian cities of Barnaul, Byisk and Tomsk from 1999 to 2010. They interviewed them about their drinking habits and, when about 8,000 later died, followed up to monitor their causes of death.

The risk of dying before age 55 for those who said they drank three or more half-liter bottles of vodka a week was a shocking 35 percent.

Overall, a quarter of Russian men die before reaching 55, compared with 7 percent of men in the United Kingdom and less than 1 percent in the United States. The life expectancy for men in Russia is 64 years — placing it among the lowest 50 countries in the world in that category.

Feds In An Uproar
It's not just illegal aliens the Obama administration wants to protect, felony drug dealers are also in line to be treated as an endangered species. And federal prosecutors are pushing back.
The Attorney General announced last week that he would support the Durbin-Lee bill pending in the Senate. That legislation would drastically cut back on mandatory minimum sentences for drug pushers -- not just for pot, but for all drug offenses, including major and repeat trafficking in heroin, meth, PCP and other extremely dangerous, and often lethal, drugs.

As career DOJ prosecutors know, strong mandatory minimum statutes are essential to rein in the sometimes ideological, sometimes naive, and sometimes careless decisions of sentencing courts. I explained why here, here and here, keying off a recent discussion by the Second Circuit.

When the Attorney General decided to join the effort to kneecap mandatory minimums, career attorneys could remain silent no longer.
H/T Powerline

A Fluke In Congress
Pfizer and Trojan have already sponsored a NASCAR entry in her name, the "Sperminator."
Sandra Fluke, the birth-control activist who helped Democrats launch their "Republican war on women" theme in the 2012 elections, is reported to be considering a run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). Waxman announced his retirement after 20 terms in the U.S. House on Thursday morning.

Fluke, who reports her profession as "Social Justice Attorney," is from Los Angeles. The field of potential Democratic candidates is already filling quickly with state and local politicians who have bided their time for four decades, waiting for Waxman to leave an opening. But Fluke's national profile could draw big donors.

NYC Girds It's Loins For The Super Bowl

Hookers and cocaine and pimps, oh my!
The most strenuous action on Super Bowl Sunday won’t take place on the playing field. Well, not the official one.

Practitioners of the world’s oldest profession are dusting off racy lingerie, brushing up on dirty pillow talk, oiling up leather paddles and gearing up for profitable debauchery unseen since the days of ancient Rome, or this country’s last mega-sporting event.

“Sometimes, you get the winners who are celebrating, and sometimes you get the losers who are lamenting, poor guys,’’ a woman who goes by the name Ethyl Radykle, a manager of The Dungeons of Mistress Elizabeth bondage parlor in Midtown, told me.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York law enforcement authorities cracked down Thursday on a prostitution ring that they said advertised on public access cable TV, took credit cards and used text messages to market "party packs" of cocaine and sex to clients.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the gang had been under surveillance for 11 months, but authorities decided to act now in the hope of disrupting any parties that might have been in the works for the upcoming Super Bowl weekend.

No Respect For Jersey

Fox 2 News Headlines
The Super Bowl is actually being hosted in East Rutherford, NJ, site of the MetLife Stadium. The Mayor of East Rutherford is looking for tickets. New York told him to take a hike, but a surprising source stepped up...


Doom said...

Russian men have no chance at an honest living, not enough to support a family or themselves. Then again, they have been that way for more generations that I could easily count. Actually, if anything, I would guess their alcohol use has decreased, as bad as it may seem. Under the czars, but worse under communism, things have improved oh so very slightly. Now, if they are willing to murder, they have a slim chance at climbing a few ranks up, and they don't have to murder innocent people this time, mostly. Just other thugs.

Kid said...

Have you seen the Russian driving vids on utube? (dash cam is mandatory for insurance) It seems each one has at least a coupe people trying to commit suicide by walking in front of a truck. Seems the vodka would be more fun, but maybe those folks can't afford it.

LL said...

Russian domestic consumption vodka is nothing like the good stuff available outside Russia. The exception would be the elite in Russia.

It's like grain alcohol and a lot of people go blind by drinking it.

sig94 said...

As the article opines, it's a culture thing. Every year about 1400 college kids kill themselves by binge drinking. Russian men are brought up to believe that it is a sign of manliness to consume dangerous quantities of alcohol... kinda the same thing here in the States. Men who can't "hold their liquor" are viewed as less than manly.

I was never a long ball hitter either. I would get drunk, get dizzy and puke. Good time? Not really unless you're into vomiting.