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Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Posted by on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Bad news for legalization: "A United Nations-based drug agency urged the United States government on Tuesday to challenge the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, saying the state laws violate international drug treaties." I'm guessing we'll hear more than one federal prosecutor cite this UN "urge" in the next year or so—and I bet attorney general Holder had something to do with it.

And here are a few artifacts from a Seattle pot bust circa 1939. “After the repeal of alcohol prohibition in 1933, Harry Anslinger, who headed the federal Bureau of Narcotics, turned his attention to pot. He told of sensational crimes reportedly committed by marijuana addicts. "'No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a philosopher, a joyous reveler in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer,’ he wrote in a 1937 magazine article called ‘Marijuana: Assassin of Youth.'"

Nixon was a piker compared to Berlusconi: "Former Italian prime minister sentenced to one year in jail... [but] his sentence does not affect his eligibility for government."

Have you been following this Bolshoi Ballet throwing-acid-in-the-director's-face drama? It is sad and it is nuts.

I should've guessed George Lucas was a Norman Rockwell/Maxfield Parrish kind of guy: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to build a museum dedicated to visual storytelling in San Francisco's Presidio that would house an art collection he amassed over more than four decades. The filmmaker said he has long sought to showcase his collection of 150 years of populist art, which includes illustrations by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, comics and digital technology.

Today in ominous first sentences: "In Wednesday's fatal mauling at a Fresno County cat sanctuary, a more experienced volunteer repeatedly tried to coax the lion away from the doomed intern."

Cleaning house or quashing dissent (or maybe a little bit of both)? Mexico's President Nieto "sounded a warning shot to his ruling party over corruption, saying no one is above the law as he tries to tackle the graft that has blighted its reputation in the past. Speaking just days after the head of Mexico's powerful teachers' union was arrested on charges of embezzling around $200 million, Pena Nieto vowed a new era of transparency at a congress attended by some 4,200 members of his Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI."

Some LGBTQ rights organizers turn their base towards immigration reform (which is marvelous, since the way we have managed our borders has been one of the most shameful and stupid parts of our 20th century): "In a way, their involvement is one of reciprocity — an acknowledgment of the broad support by immigrants of same-sex marriage last November. But it also reflects the overlap of two big political movements with shared constituents, whose struggles have often been cast in terms of human and civil rights."

And now, a solo number from the greatest spaceman/cowboy/thought-experiment musical ever made: The American Astronaut.


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John Scott Tynes 1
Great movie. I love the two thugs who enter the bathroom to deliver a beatdown in the form of a musical number.
Posted by John Scott Tynes on March 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
I would hate to think the will of American voters is subject to U.N. approval. I don't think I could forgive such a thing.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on March 7, 2013 at 8:35 AM · Report this
Since when have international treaties stopped us from doing any number of things related to the military?
Posted by Rocky Mountain Ben on March 7, 2013 at 8:36 AM · Report this
Re: the legalization headline: Cascadia just keeps sounding better and better.
Posted by Tent_Liberation_Army on March 7, 2013 at 8:39 AM · Report this
Ironic, because we were the ones who aggressively made prohibition a cornerstone of UN policy. From what I've read, aside from Mao's China, no one else really cared.

On another note, Peña Nieto didn't actually send a warning shot to his ruling party, because Elba Esther Gordillo was the leader of another political party (Nueva Alianza) that ran a candidate against him during the "elections." If anything, he was trying to enforce a monopoly on graft while preparing the path for the privatization of the school system.
Posted by redemma on March 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 6
Washington and Colorado may have to join North Korea as pariah states.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 7, 2013 at 8:44 AM · Report this
raindrop 7
Who cares what the UN says? We should have gotten out of the UN decades ago. Spin off UNICEF to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and peacekeeping to NATO.
The UN is a black hole of wasted money and it is is as bad idea as Wilson's League of Nations.
Its committees are no better than a intergalactic Star Wars cocktail bar that even Obama doesn't bother with them.
Tear down that ugly leaking moldy building and put up a new Hotel and Resort shopping complex, and a park.
Posted by raindrop on March 7, 2013 at 8:47 AM · Report this
a philosopher, a joyous reveler in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer,

Two out of five for philosopher there, so that's pretty good odds I must say.
Posted by LMcGuff on March 7, 2013 at 8:48 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 9
@7 You are not helping.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on March 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM · Report this
seatackled 10
By the way, I haven't seen anything by Marti for a while. How is she doing? I hope she's okay.
Posted by seatackled on March 7, 2013 at 8:59 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 11
RE: Zoo volunteer killed by lion.

Sucks that both the lion and the woman were killed.

Everything on this planet would be better off if humans disappeared.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on March 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM · Report this
re: gay rights, immigration rights.

maybe one day progressives will take up voting rights for DC and puerto rico residents. they have second class citizenship status by law. a huge de jure discrimination issue. few liberals and progressives seem to care. it's likely that undocumented aliens in say, texas, will get the right to vote for a senator in the senate before DC residents do, although many of them have lived there for generations, built the capitol building, served in wars, pay taxes, etc. ironically, not only do they have less rights than us here in the 50 states, we have domination over them as WE vote for the people who make laws binding on THEM. Same with puerto rico. maybe one day liberals will takeup the cause of ending second class citizenship for everyone. certainly, there is no moral case that DC and puerto rico persons are less deserving of equal voting rights than you and me? or that we are morally entitled to rule over them?
Posted by equality for all. right? on March 7, 2013 at 9:14 AM · Report this
sloegin 13
Treaty law is a lousy way to invalidate legislation, but hey, supremacy clause. The US could always walk away from the treaty they created, but we will no doubt see the AG saying "Oh noes, my hands are tied".
Posted by sloegin on March 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 14
@13 I don't think Eric Holder is that dumb.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on March 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 15
Stompin' Tom Connors died last night...anyone, anyone? RIP Tom!…
Posted by ArtBasketSara on March 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM · Report this
I don't think that the UN drug-status-quo group arguing for more drug-status-quo is that interesting and we'll hear from the the AG soon enough...

I am much more interested in what this does to various coalitions at the national level.

I believe the Republican's currently have the black-helicopter fighters, the drug moralists, the lop floors from the UN building brigade, the state's rights militia, all sorts of profit-seeking corporationists... I am interested to see their reactions and genuinely believe that we might see a few of their heads literally explode.
Posted by Can You Have Cognitive Dissonance Without Cognition? on March 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 17
Great movie.

@15 for the How To Identify True Canadians win.
Posted by Will in Seattle on March 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM · Report this
The treaties are what allow the MMJ and Dutch coffeeshops. NAW just wrote the law wrong.....Not OK for the 3% of the US in WA to violate the treaties of the remaining 97%. You are naive to think that these treaties are not important in world affairs where the USA plays, not WA.
Posted by pupuguru on March 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Damn those herb trees from the 30's are big. What strains we're they growing back then? Probably some dank ass bud.
Posted by S T on March 7, 2013 at 11:09 AM · Report this
As far as that legalization thingy, please go back and read my rant titled The Parameters and Prof. Ravi Batra's book, Greenspan's Fraud (the section on how the Mexican banking system was privatized and purchased under NAFTA, and the id's of the purchasers and financial backers/supporters of NAFTA).

Why Soledad O'Brien (one of CNN's many talking twats) and Robert Reich (dullwitted douchetard) can't do arithmetic.

Almost daily one hears Soledad prattle on about that "70% consumer economy" nonsense, along with similar drivel from Robert Reich (who, had he an inch of self-respect or decency, would have slinked into a corner and STFU forevermore after that pile of Wall Street-blowjob bullcrap he wrote, The Work of Nations --- shame, shame on you, douchey Reich (and please move to the neocon side, sonny!).

In an arithmetic problem one has to state all of the problem, not just one part or portion of it: so who the eff is responsible for the vast majority of that "70% consumption" figure???

The top five banksters make up 70% or greater of the American GDP --- note the similar figures just cited?

Ergo, a lot of that consumption is in financial products and services of the top five banksters, capice?????

Furthermore, it doesn't take a rocket scientist (but perhaps someone higher on the evolutionary scale than a Reich or Soledad) to comprehend that they avoid mentioning the super-concentration of wealth each time they prattle on about that "70% consumption" figure; it is the top 15% which makes up the vast majority of that 70% figure.

Now why don't they ever frigging mention this rather obvious item?

'Nuff said, doom out .....
Posted by sgt_doom on March 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 21
Police have said they believed Mr Dmitrichenko had paid his alleged accomplices 50,000 roubles (£1,090; $1,600) for the attack.

Cheap. Does $1,600 go a lot further in Russia than here?


Puerto Ricans are welcome to join the union and gain voting rights if that's what they prefer. They continually vote that option down however. Are you suggesting we force them to become a state against their will?
Posted by keshmeshi on March 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM · Report this
That doesn't even make any fucking sense. Does that mean Canada and Holland have violated said treaty? The fuck?
Posted by K on March 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Treaties allow for research, medicine and religion..... for retail commercial sales sanctioned by government and taxed to benefit government....NOT ALLOWED AT ALL... If it were possible to tax cannabis the Dutch would have done it years ago. The international political pressure has kept any nation from withdrawing. This has been at the power of the USA to intimidate the world over aid and military sanctions. So now, as the cookie is crumbling, the USA is in a bind.. The WA law, I 502, and the Colorado amendment, A64, put the USA in violation of the very treaties the USA has used to bully the world. The new laws should have been written as studies, then the USA could justify it until change came easier. Keep in mind the differences between policy and politcs and law. All are in play here.
Posted by pupuguru on March 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM · Report this

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