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Ah, hypocrisy.

But you realize that local TV news isn't news at all, but carefully calibrated scare propaganda aimed at a small portion of the population that gets off on scare propaganda, and that that segment is insane, stupid, right-wing beyond imagining, and scared to go out of their houses? Those are the people who call. They're not real Americans, but try telling them that.

Don't watch local news.

Newspapers, on the other hand, are supposed to be for grownups.

Posted by Fnarf | August 22, 2008 5:16 PM
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I always suspected that you wrote your own letters, like "Ann Landers"...

Posted by um | August 22, 2008 5:17 PM
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Nope, too lazy.

But I can see why you would think that, since I am a bad, bad man, and no one likes me, and no one should read my blog.

Posted by Dan Savage | August 22, 2008 5:23 PM
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Ah, the perils of a for-profit model of informing the public. One might almost speculate that such a model is incompatible with the need for citizens in a representative democracy to be well informed.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 22, 2008 5:25 PM
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Murder and child rape, however, are not offensive; they’re usually the lead stories.

That doesn't make any sense. An accurate analogy would be if the news report included a story on whether current law enforcement procedures are effective at stopping child rape or murder. There might actually be a good case that they don't, but it would be at least as controversial to say that on a local news program.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 22, 2008 5:44 PM
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It's amazing that the same people who think that the oil companies and Dick Cheney run America also believe that illegal drugs are grown by beneficient hippies and not by gangland mercenaries.

Every puff is another child possibly hurt by gunfire on Rainier Avenue, yet these Web 2.0 Liberals are happily insulated by their blogs, white skin and social status.

What a bunch of puffed up idiotic crime causing hypocrites.

Posted by John Bailo | August 22, 2008 5:48 PM
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It's good to know that people in Omaha smoke pot.....

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | August 22, 2008 5:57 PM
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I'm a prosecuting attorney for low-level misdeameanors (like possession of marijuana) in a major west coast city, and I regularly smoke pot. In the courthouse. Sometimes with the public defenders. Yes, the hypocrisy astounds me too.

Posted by Very, very anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:59 PM
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#6: This is known as circular logic. Put simply, you are citing an effect as a cause.

Back in the day when alcohol was the illegal product made in hidden mountain distilleries, smuggled into population centers by gun-toting rum-runners and distributed by gangsters, pot was perfectly legal to grow in a field right out in the open. How many people got killed as a result of the pot trade then? Approximately zero. By contrast, many people died as a result of the crime associated with the illegal alcohol trade (and many people people died or went blind from consuming improperly-distilled whiskey.)

By your "reasoning," the day the law changed the morality of these two substances flipped positions, and evil became the new good.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 22, 2008 6:10 PM
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Dan, when are you going to start targeting the Times and PI's religion reporters with SFCH posts? After all, their "god" doesn't exist, and these journalists are reporting on religious events with impunity, never questioning the existence of this "god", or procuring quotes from atheists that show an alternate view. Surely they deserve the same treatment?

Posted by rb | August 22, 2008 6:29 PM
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#9: "By your "reasoning," the day the law changed the morality of these two substances flipped positions, and evil became the new good."

Point taken! Yes, I am loathe to prosecute the use of a substance, by adults, in their own home, when it can be grown or produced in their own home.

However, I would say that the typical lazy bones Slog writer, wanting to "ride out the weekend" would pursue the drug with the same amount of effort as he would a bag of potato chips or a pizza...that is he would call the "Dope Man...the Dope Man...da-dope da-dope man" who is tied into these large scale operations.

And, as I have written in the past, those who have to share working quarters or friendships with pot users, on the morning after, are in for bouts of paranoia and tragic down moments, which, for person in a position of power or influence, could have negative impacts on others.

Posted by John Bailo | August 22, 2008 6:45 PM
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Completely fake letter. But thanks for playing!

Posted by Bob | August 22, 2008 8:36 PM
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Fantastic insight from a non-Seattleite. Except, this thought is totally unneeded:

"Oh, and by the way: more than half of the people working in the newsroom regularly smoke pot. At the station, even."

Uh, whatever. But totally unneeded. He's not in Seattle, so pot is easy to find. Everyone knows that, but no Seattleite acknowledges it. Perhaps if we admit it, then we can start to make pot as accessible here as it is everywhere else in America.

Posted by James | August 22, 2008 8:36 PM
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Old ladies have their T.V. stations on speed dial.

Posted by Vince | August 23, 2008 6:42 AM
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John Bailo @6, anyone who uses "Liberals" as derogatory slang is instantly a Republican hack and loses all respect with me as well as many people on this blog. Also, I love how you worked in the whole "think of the children!" angle. Seriously, go fuck yourself.

Posted by Brandon J. | August 23, 2008 10:50 AM
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those who have to share working quarters or friendships with pot users, on the morning after, are in for bouts of paranoia and tragic down moments, which, for person in a position of power or influence, could have negative impacts on others

Dude, WTF? Tragic down moments? Seriously?

I second Brandon J. Really go fuck yourself...

Posted by Mike in MO | August 24, 2008 9:57 AM

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