Where things will go your way...or they won't
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
"I said it before and I’ll say it again - fence off Utah, put all the fundies in there, and let them stone all the sinners they want. "
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Indeed, they do. In our peculiar obsession to track down the Willie Nelsons, the Rush Limbaughs and now the Michael Phelpses of society -- nonviolent, victimless imbibers of drugs -- we've actually made society less safe. That's the conclusion of 10,000 cops, prosecutors, judges and others who make up the membership of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
Howard Wooldridge, LEAP's Washington representative, is a former cop and detective who lectures civic clubs and congressional staffers on the futility of drug laws that reduce public safety by wasting time and money. He points to child pornography as just one example.
As of last April, he says, law enforcement had identified 623,000 computers containing child pornography, including downloadable video of child rape. Only a fraction of those have been pursued with search warrants, thanks to limited resources and staff shortages. What's worse, Wooldridge says, is that three times out of five a search warrant also produces a child victim on the premises.
Another example: Last year, Human Rights Watch reported that as many as 400,000 rape kits containing evidence were sitting unopened in criminal labs and storage facilities. Between the Los Angeles Police Department and the L.A. County sheriff's office, nearly 12,000 kits were unopened, according to an NPR report in December.
The sad thing about this is that it should be common sense that locking up more than three quarter of a million people for smoking weed(in 2007) is absurd. But Jeebus hates drugs, so off we go.
(I will spend the rest of the day perusing the bible to find the exact jeebus qoute on that.)
Update: 100 years of drug war. Weeeeeee!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
“What we are dealing with today is the greatest power grab by the federal government since the war of northern aggression,” Stevenson said, R-Webb City, referring what Southern states called the North’s attempt to end slavery in the 1860s.
The remark caused a sudden gasp heard throughout the House’s chamber.
I guess courting the white supremacist vote never goes out of style in dixie.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
UPDATE: Due to some confusion in the audience, I would like to apologize and say that the above post may be a joke.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Michael Steele new RNC chairman says that government jobs are not jobs. Really? Really? This dude is fucking nuts. Jobs are not jobs. This is the stupidest shit I have ever heard.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I think the problem with the American media is that it’s full of Americans who overestimate the importance of American micro-politics, and so, consciously or subconsciously, undertake every damn story as a public-opinion-shaping framing our counter-framing exercise and eventually forget how to report the obvious interpretation of events.
That's not a bug, that's a feature. It attracts a demographic that can be packaged for advertisers: Tribal-warfare junkies with the attention spans of lemurs. Naturally, the different tribes are attracted by different colors of shiny objects...