For some reason, I can't shake the feeling that half of America is in love with John McCain right now. Sure, he appears to be in the hole, but then again we all thought nobody would dare vote to keep Bush in office.
McCain and Bush are Gods to America.
I am sooo sick of hearing about weed. Can't we just legalize it already?
You're telling me, Dianna... Next week, we can have a weed-free edition of TWOD.
Yah, unfortunately that won't be happening any time soon...I'm crossing my fingers that we see it in my lifetime. But not holding my breath.
And I can personally attest that weed is good for you. I'd have lost my mind ages ago if it wasn't for it, or at least be a fairly regular sleeping pill/pain pill/anxiety pill user. I'll give opponents that it's not good on the lungs. But it's a trade off.
Republicans are for states' rights except when they're against them.
Agreed, flaminbanjo. When it comes to oh, say, abortion, it's all about "states' rights" to restrict; but forget about it when it comes to drugs. Arg! Fuckers!
Yikes, Hillary looks like she's rolling big time.
Yeah, what we need in this country is a bunch of stoned hippies trying to run an already broken system. Great.
More weed for everyone. Make sure you get stoned and go driving around town. After all, it isn't bad for you.
So, we are going to get the stoners all pissed off at the Democrats for not wanting to legalize weed (see "How to loose a General Election") and then those same stoners will go and vote for... gee I don't know... Ralph Nader? Were any of you paying attention in 2000? Just plug your nose and just vote for the Democrat. Unless President Thompson is something that sounds exciting.
Speaking of paying attention, Cato, are we reading the same post? Clinton's and Obama's quotes are pro-reform. And, maybe stoners in other cities are getting the message from on high to support Nader, but the stoners in Seattle have been getting the message to support Dems.
Though I'm in favor of both public smoking bans and marijuana decriminalization, I have to say I'm glad the public smoking bans are happening first.
I was living in England when cannabis was moved from "Class A" to "Class B." Then a few months after I went back to the States they moved it even lower, to "Class C." If they backtrack now-- after all the great changes they've made-- it would be severely disappointing. I'm glad that this proposed chage would require agreement of both houses of Parliament to become law. I'll be watching this one. Too bad David Blunkett isn't home secretary anymore.
And I've got to say, I appreciate Clinton's firmness on the DEA tip... if she becomes pres, I'm gonna hold her ass to it!
So Bush meets this Marine who lost both his legs in Iraq and says \"Good Man, We\'re Gonna Get Him Some New Legs...\" Bush is the guy Dan Savage supported to start a war in Iraq. The Marine is the guy who is paying the price for Bush\'s stupidity and incompetence.
Excerpts below from Dan Savage\'s \"Say yes to war\" piece Oct. 2002
\"While the American left is content to see an Iraqi dictator terrorizing the Iraqi people, the Bushies in D.C. are not. \"We do not intend to put American lives at risk to replace one dictator with another,\" Dick Cheney recently told reporters. For those of you who were too busy making papier-mâché puppets of George W. Bush last week to read the papers, you may have missed this page-one statement in last Friday\'s New York Times: \"The White House is developing a detailed plan, modeled on the postwar occupation of Japan, to install an American-led military government in Iraq if the United States topples Saddam Hussein.\"\"
\"In the meantime, invading and rebuilding Iraq will not only free the Iraqi people, it will also make the Saudis aware of the consequences they face if they continue to oppress their own people while exporting terrorism and terrorists. The War on Iraq will make it clear to our friends and enemies in the Middle East (and elsewhere) that we mean business: Free your people, reform your societies, liberalize, and democratize... or we\'re going to come over there, remove you from power, free your people, and reform your societies for ourselves\"
Wholly assumptions, Cato. I'll end up voting for the Democrat; I definitely didn't vote for Nader in 2000.
Way to make assumptions, Cato. I'll vote for the Democrat in 2008 and I certainly didn't vote for Nader in 2000.
only a democrat in the start of their second term as president could even broach the subject of fucking legalizing it already.
hillary won't be the one. gore, maybe, but al junior sure put him in a hole with his idiotic drugged hybrid driving.
That's true, maxsolomon. Pushing "legalization" would be political suicide for a national candidate of either major party. But there's no reason to let semantics get in the way of fixing our asshatted drug laws. Candidates and electeds can safely advocate for incremental reforms that already have majority support, such as stopping federal raids in medical marijuana states, providing mandatory treatment instead of prison terms, and replacing jail terms with citations for adults caught with marijuana for personal use. These minor reforms are not election losers and aren't reserved for Naderesque asswipes.
One of the problems is that progressives repeat a self-defeating mantra that drug laws will forever remain a draconian mess. Why do we fucking do this to ourselves? It's not 1972 anymore. Local drug law reforms have been snowballing since 1996. We need to wake the fuck up and embrace that change is possible--but only if supporters insist that their mainstream candidates support popular drug policy reforms.
I work for an organization, MAPS, that recently won a landmark lawsuit against the DEA regarding medical marijuana. With one more step in the approval process, we are urging the DEA to accept the recommendation by their own Administrative Law Judge to grant a license to grow marijuana for FDA trials to determine whether or not it has medicinal value. In an effort to put pressure on the DEA, Reps. John Olver (D-MA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) are co-sponsoring a Congressional Sign-On Letter urging the DEA to accept the Recommended Ruling.
This legal struggle has taken years. If the DEA rules against granting the license, there’s no telling how many more years will go by before marijuana is evaluated in FDA trials. For decades, the federal government has excluded marijuana from highly-demanded drug development research. Now is a unique window of opportunity to change this!
To learn more about MAPS, please visit our web site at http://www.maps.org -- For background on the case and to contact your Representative, see MAPS' DEA Lawsuit page http://www.maps.org/mmj/DEAlawsuit.html.
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