The following is adapted from a speech delivered on January 15, 2019, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.
Seventy miles northwest of New York City is a hospital that looks like a prison, its drab brick buildings wrapped in layers of fencing and barbed wire. This grim facility is called the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Institute. It’s one of three places the state of New York sends the criminally mentally ill—defendants judged not guilty by reason of insanity.
Until recently, my wife Jackie—Dr. Jacqueline Berenson—was a senior psychiatrist there. Many of Mid-Hudson’s 300 patients are killers and arsonists. At least one is a cannibal. Most have been diagnosed with psychotic disorders like schizophrenia that provoked them to violence against family members or strangers.
A couple of years ago, Jackie was telling me about a patient. In passing, she said something like, Of course he’d been smoking pot his whole life.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2019) – Bills filed in the Tennessee legislature would require state courts to fully inform jurors of their right to use discretion in rendering verdicts.
Sen. Frank Nicely (R-Strawberry Plains) filed Senate Bill (SB369) on Jan. 30. Rep. Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville) filed a companion bill (HB368) the following day. Under the proposed law, courts would be required to fully inform jurors of their rights at the request of a defendant’s attorney using the following language.
The Heritage Foundation, Jan 25th, 2019
The lower court rulings defy not only common sense, but the Constitution.
Importantly, the high court didn’t reject the request filed by the Justice Department to allow President Trump to end DACA. The request is still pending.
The issue at stake is what power the Constitution gives the president to act alone by issuing executive orders, without seeking approval from Congress.
According to the most recent figures only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have attained a high school education – despite a majority of them now being adults.
Lawmakers are opening the door to reviving deeply polarizing immigration negotiations as they search for a way out of the partial government shutdown, which hit the two-week mark on Friday.
An agreement to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws has eluded Congress for years, underscoring the difficult path awaiting lawmakers and the White House if they decide to broaden the divisive border wall fight.
But with President Trump and congressional Democrats at a stalemate with no signs of reaching an agreement to reopen roughly 25 percent of the government, making immigration reform part of the negotiations is gaining traction among senators on both sides of the aisle who are eager for a way out of the shutdown.
For those of you who were not here in Parker County 20 years ago, you may not know about the horrendous incident that destroyed four families. A driver in a drunken stupor, crashed his pickup into a car in which four young ladies were riding. All four were killed.
The following is an account from one who remembers
It’s been 20 years since this horrible night happened and I still think of these girls. I knew Lacey the best out of the girls and she even kicked my butt playing basketball a few times to be honest. I remember how she was always so nice and seemed to be smiling often.
The Air Force released its 2018 Electromagnetic Defense Task Force report last week, which concluded that an electromagnetic pulse—generated either by a nuclear weapon or solar flare—could cripple systems that rely on the electromagnetic spectrum.
The report echoes a recent Heritage Foundation assessment that warns the United States is ill-prepared for such an event.
American Military News, , December 14, 2018
By 2020, the Army plans to start using new 6.8mm rifles that are said to be “better than any weapon on earth today, by far.”
Army Chief of Staff. Gen. Mark Milley said the new assault rifle “will tear through any body armor with the pressure of a battle tank, strike from unprecedented ranges, and withstand the rigors of weather, terrain and soldier use,” Fox News reported.
The Army claims that the 6.8mm rifle will be a huge upgrade to the outdated M16 and M4 weapons in terms of capabilities.
What to know: Misleading statistics continue to dominate the school finance debate. They’re wrong, and they’re not helping move Texas forward, as just the latest example shows.
“According to the state’s recent budget projections, public schools are expected to see $55.4 billion in funding for the 2019 fiscal year, up from $44 billion in 2010. However, Texas is spending less per student by about 6.3 percent,” the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.
“Property owners will also end up shelling out more for schools. The local share of school revenue — the part funded by property taxes — will go up to 55.5 percent, while the state’s share will drop to 35 percent. Federal money fills in the gaps.”