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As I diaried last week, in December, 2014, Congress passed a funding bill (CR Omnibus) with an amendment proposed by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and Dem. Sam Farr from prohibiting the Justice Department from spending any money in 2015 to prevent states "from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana."

As the Seattle PI points out, however, the DOJ is going rogue on medical marijuana and contends that the prohibition is essentially  meaningless.

The DOJ responded by stating that the amendment does not prevent prosecution of individuals or dispensaries.  Rather, the DOJ claims, it only stops the department from “impeding the ability of states to carry out their medical marijuana laws,” but does not prevent prosecutions of individuals and dispensaries. ...  Yes, really.

Congressmen Farr and Rohrbacher have responded that the DOJ's interpretation is "emphatically wrong."

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In December, 2014, Congress passed a funding bill (CR Omnibus) with an amendment proposed by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and Dem. Sam Farr from prohibiting the Justice Department from spending any money in 2015 to prevent states "from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana."

A Justice Department spokesman, however, has told the Los Angeles Times that the restriction on medical marijuana enforcement does not apply to individual cases like proceedings against three dispensaries in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Patrick Rodenbush, a spokesman for the Justice Department, said in a statement Wednesday that it did not not believe the amendment applies to cases against individuals or organizations.

Rather, he said, it stops the department from “impeding the ability of states to carry out their medical marijuana laws,” contrary to some claims from people being prosecuted that the amendment blocks such prosecutions.

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We can expect a lot of Republican votes to repeal Obamacare, and a lot of complaints that Obama won't "negotiate" or "meet" with Republicans.  Obama should call the bluff, and give a speech on the Republican campaigns to "Repeal and replace."

My Republican colleagues complain about Obamacare, and I acknowledge that there are ways we can make it better.  But Republicans keep saying that they want to "Repeal and Replace"  "Repeal and Replace."  But so far, we only see votes to "Repeal" with no plans to "Replace."  If there are any good ideas out there for actually replacing the ACA with something better.  Please, show it to me, and show it to the American people, so that we can act on a plan that is better.  

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I am so sick of this "Cut Cap and Balanced" alleged "plan" offered by the Republicans.  I am looking for the best name to really describe it.  

So far my best is (1) Cult, Cracked & Unbalanced.  I'm also thinking
(2) Crud, Crap & Baggage
(3) Nuts, Hacks & Bastards
(4) Stud, Craps & Baccarat (for gamblers)
(5) Pus, Cankers and Boils (for dermatologists)

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What should the Republican plan really be called?

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Tue Nov 30, 2010 at 02:39 PM PST

The Consequences of Pragmatism

by zdefender

OK. I stole this title from an excellent book by Richard Rorty.  I am using it because there is a lot of misinformation about "pragmatism" floating around on this site, giving the venerable American philosophical school of pragmatism a bad name.

To read the diaries about the evils of "pragmatism" on this site, would make one think that democrats are willing to engage in abhorent compromises just to get a bill passed.

Pragmatism does not mean "compromise" but simply that the worth of any idea, program, or action should be measured by its consequences.

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Who is your favorite pragmatist philospher?

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The only outstanding state-wide race in California that has not been officially declared a victory for the Democratic candidate, just got one step closer, as the LA Weekly blog just called the AG Race for Democrat San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris.  Harris who is half-African American and half Indian American will become the first woman,first African American, first Indian American and first Asian American to hold the office.

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Not surprisingly, it turns out that one of Rand Paul's big donors is a California Porn Site operator .

FEC records show that the founder of the site Zivity.com--Cyan Banister-- and her husband, contributed $4,800 to Paul earlier this year.

Banister says that she likes Paul's limited government views, and said she likes his "strong values that resonate with mine."

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Those supporting the right to marry have been afraid that the most conservative supreme court in decades will eventually overturn Judge Walker's decision which found that Prop 8 violates equal protection and due process, by denying same sex couples the same right to marry that opposite sex couples have.

Now, however, evangelicals are also afraid that the Supreme Court will affirm Judge Walker's decision, and wipe out all of the same-sex marriage bans across the country.

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Mon Mar 22, 2010 at 01:03 PM PDT

Camels and Health Care Reform

by zdefender

The Health Care Reform debate and passage has me thinking of camels these days.  Let's start with the obvious:

A camel is a horse designed by committee.
Attributed to Sir Alec Issigonis

Here, of course, the health care reform bill is mutant camel with pork thrown in for the insurance industry, various special state interests and a special deal with abortion foes.  The stallion we once strived for, the single payer or public option is gone, replaced by a sturdy, but oddly shaped beast of burden.

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Wed Feb 17, 2010 at 11:17 AM PST

The GOP -- Coalition of the Unwilling

by zdefender

Why has the GOP become, the "Party of No"?  the "Coalition of the Unwilling?" the "Contras?"  Because it is a coalition of widely diverse interests that have little in common except "no."

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What's the best nickname for the GOP?

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Now I've seen it all.  A jewish teen engages in the ritual of praying with Tefilin (T'filin) on a plane and ends up being investigated as a terrorist, and the plane is forced to land.

Just so this doesn't happen again, I will provide a little intro to Tefilin.

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Sometimes it seems to me that there is a Grateful Dead lyric for every situation.  As Tom Hanks in "You've Got Mail" said that "The Godfather" was an I Ching, I sometimes feel the same way about Dead lyrics.
Over the past few years of hanging out a DailyKos, I've made a comment here and there, sometimes snarky, sometimes not, quoting a Grateful Dead lyric.

So for fun, I've collected a few, and invite you all to share your own.

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