Medical marijuana activists like to claim that cannabis has never killed anyone. While it is true that cannabis is remarkably non-toxic ("the safest therapeutically-active substance known to man," according to a DEA judge), medical marijuana use has actually killed many people in the United States.
For in the now fourteen states that allow legal medicinal use of cannabis, a registered patient in need of a life-saving organ transplant will be disqualified for "abuse of illicit substances". For people like Tim Garon of Seattle, that was a death sentence.
You may recall the ONDCP "Burrito Taster" ad campaign I mocked a while back (The Drug Czar’s Latest Ads - Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work (even if “potheads” aren’t). GanjaBlue via Twitter asked the universe for a parody of that ad featuring Michael Phelps.
Your wish is my command. Feel free to copy and re-post this anywhere you like, so long as you provide a link back to the Stash. -- "R"R
So I asked rhetorically, "What could George W. Bush fuck up in the last thirty minutes of his presidency?"
I got the answer in the form of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, installed by George W. Bush (and a feline Senate), fucking up a simple THIRTY FIVE WORD OATH!
ROBERTS: I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear... that I will execute the office of President to the United States faithfully... and will to the best of my ability... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
How incredibly appropriate that the final punctuation mark on the Bush Maladministration is his chief arbiter of the Constitution verbally assaulting it, or lacking the intellectual capacity to memorize it.
Now counting down to the wingnut theory that Barack Hussein Obama, the guy who faked his birth certificate and is a secret foreign-born Muslim terrist, isn't really the president because he didn't truly recite the oath of office... which is, according to Article II:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
The Democratic House and Democratic Senate just said it is perfectly reasonable for the most unpopular president in the history of the United States to tell corporations to violate the Constitution on his order alone. The Democratic House and Democratic Senate just caved in to Mr. 23% Approval Rating to create an ex post facto immunity for lawbreaking on his authority alone.
And the Democratic nominee for president thought that would be a nice power to have once he's in office. The Democratic nominee for president just told us that should he feel it necessary, he can order the private sector to spy on us illegally without any repercussions or accountability.
All because of political convenience. All because they feared the "Barack Obama voted to enrich trial lawyers and help Osama bin Laden" attack ad. All because they were afraid the Republicans would call them names.
The Drug Enforcement Administration was created by President Richard Nixon through an Executive Order [on] July [1,] 1973 in order to establish a single unified command to combat "an all-out global war on the drug menace." At its outset, the DEA had 1,470 Special Agents and a budget of less than $75 million. Furthermore, in 1974, the DEA had 43 foreign offices in 31 countries. Today, the DEA has 5,235 Special Agents, a budget of more than $2.3 billion and 86 foreign offices in 62 countries.
So the DEA turns thirty-five this week. That deserves a special celebration. Let's bust out our handy-dandy calculator and the official government stats. Time to play Rate the DEA!
Today the DEA has twice the offices in twice the countries with four times the manpower than when it started thirty-five years ago. In 1973, the DEA had $0.075 billion to work with; today you have $2.3 billion. That's an increase of 3,067%, or a dramatic thirty-fold increase. Just what have the American People received for this $31.4 billion dollar, thirty-five year investment?
A couple weeks back I had Former Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia as an entry in the Lunatic Fringe Awards who was introducing John W. McCain and said, of Barack Obama, that "You can have your Tiger Woods, we've got Senator McCain.". I didn't really understand how that was a slam. Isn't Tiger Woods the best golfer of our era, perhaps all time?
I can't believe this story isn't 72pt font headlined on every major newspaper. I can't believe this story isn't first on the crawl on CNN, MSNBC, & FAUX News. I can't believe that we've caught a potential muslim extremist terrorist red-handed trying to blow up Congress and we're not hearing word one about it.
This just in from the Jackson Sun in Jackson, TN:
With all the brouhaha over the Coretta Scott King funeral, I get the nagging feeling we all may be ignoring more important issues. It's become so obvious that we "lefties" have fallen very out of touch with mainstream America.
So, in the interest of honest inquiry and tolerance for dissenting views, we owe it to ourselves as "lefties" to learn from our morally superior brothers and sisters on the right side of the aisle (why do you think they call it "right", anyway?).
We have so much to learn, and so little time before the Rapture comes and condemns us to a thousand-year reign of hell on earth. I propose we all take the opportunity to educate ourselves by asking our friends to complete A Modest Survey: Fifty Questions for Compassionate Christian Conservatives.
I live in an apartment complex. A hive, I call it. Across from my doorway is an apartment that has been vacant for two months now.
There are 1,000 evacuees from Katrina coming to Portland who need shelter. State officials are trying to line up housing for them. People are volunteering space in their own homes.
And those apartments, at least a dozen in my complex alone, sit empty.
I am trying to get the owner of my apartment complex to donate at least one empty apartment to the relief efforts, and I encourage all you Kossacks to do the same. Read more of my saga after the jump.
Dang, with news like this
, we'd better order up a new round of tax cuts for the rich... you know, to give a boost to the economy, right?...
WASHINGTON - The nation's poverty rate rose to 12.7 percent of the population last year, the fourth consecutive annual increase, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.
Overall, there were 37 million people living in poverty, up 1.1 million people from 2003.
(Oregonian) WASHINGTON -- A predominantly Republican congressional committee thrashed the White House drug czar's office Tuesday, saying it should scrap its failed national drug control strategy and craft an emergency plan to halt the epidemic spread of methamphetamine.
"This committee is trying desperately to say, 'Lead! You're the executive branch," said Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., who led the hearing on the spread of meth across the nation's heartland.
Boy, I hate it when I have to agree with Mark Souder, John Mica, and Tom Osbourne, but they're right. Meth is the country's biggest drug scourge.
Dang it, somebody's got to do something about these lousy poll numbers! 51% of Americans think the administration deliberately misled America over Iraq's WMDs. 53% said we can't or won't win the war in Iraq. Sure, 53% said that going to Iraq was not a mistake, but who wants to say that 1,785 servicemen died for a mistake? Even so, 58% thought that we couldn't succeed in setting up a stable democracy in Iraq.
After all, Bush may be a lame duck, but the GOP needs to do well in these upcoming 2006 mid-term congressional elections.