The Marijauna Debate Rages On

Found this gem by Davis Sweet on The Huffington Post blog.

Let me state the following so that you might understand my position. I have used marijuana when I was a young man. Got high frequently yet seem to suffer no ill effects from it now in mid-life. Haven’t actually touched the stuff in more than a decade because quite frankly the thrill is somewhat gone, and my brief career in law enforcement meant I couldn’t partake.

Wait, wait, wait. Did I mention that many in law enforcement DO actually partake? Had I also mentioned that they don’t seem to suffer any ill effects from smoking the old whacky tobacky.

Might I also tell you about my aunt and uncle. Regular tokers yet both are lucid, intelligent, and loving, as well as incredibly talented. Might I mention my partner, who occasionally has some and is the sweetest and again, most incredibly talented and intelligent person I know? How about the contact highs I get from going to very loud concerts. I’m not talking philharmonic here, I’m talking about the funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk. Actually when I come to think about it, P-Funk is best enjoyed whilst stoned, same with Pink Floyd.

I consider marijuana no worse than alcohol and other legal drugs. I am also one that thinks that pain management in the United States happens to be a joke and that marijuana would be beneficial to those in pain, both physcially and mentally.

Imagine how much happier we’d all be if we could just light up every now and then and kick back, listen to some good tunes, maybe make a little love, maybe create our masterpiece. In short, who knows what beneficial thing might come from one being stoned.

What is really mind blowing is imagining if our elected officials and corporate masters had a few tokes every now and then. Just picture what it would do for diplomacy, or more succinctly what it could do for democracy.

Some day we’ll stop this lunacy and relieve the pain of our brothers and sisters. Free those wrongfully imprisoned for posession, remove the power from the hands of organized crime. That’s what legalizing marijuana would do.

Hannity and Colmes vs. Shirley Phelps Roper

Yes, Shirley Phelps Roper. Whether you’re a loved one of a fallen soldier, or gay person you KNOW who the identity of the Phelps Clan. You know that their favorite pastime is to spread vitriol in order to deflect their own religious shortcomings.

First watch the video clip

It is an absolute train wreck. Note that Mrs. Phelps-Roper looks so demented. Perhaps its the inbreeding in the Phelps clan. Also note how she states that the WBC membership is less than one hundred, last count I heard they were at 80 people. The Phelps clan makes up 80% of those 80, or a total of 64. Those 64 are the cretinous spawn of old Fred the Fraud and the other ilk that subscribe to their twisted worldview and marry into such a dysfunctional family.

If you want to find out more about the Westboro Baptist Church and its ilk, vist this site. Also keep in mind that the Phelps clan is on several domestic terrorist watch lists. That’s right – terrorists.

The media should stop giving them attention. Then they’d just shrivel up and blow away, die off, whatever the case. It’s bad enough that they’re allowed to maintain web sites that do nothing but spew hatred. Maybe a DDOS is in order. Or maybe an elite squad to….., oh never mind. Let’s just say that despite the slippery slope argument against it, assassination is sometimes a valuable tool.

The utlimate solution that will be appreciated by the squeamish is to contact media throughout the U.S. and ask them WHY they continue to run footage of those hateful bastards.

If enough of us do so, maybe the media will get the message.

Three Alabama Students Expelled for showing Porn

Initially I laughed at this.

First, it’s because there’ s always someone bad in the class that would bring a porn DVD, magazine, book, or what have you to school. Call it an adolescent version of show and tell.

Second is because there’s always a goody two shoes that has to ruin it for everyone else.

But then I thought about it and I was very unhappy that the students were expelled for this incident. My apologies to those that feel it necessary but zero tolerance is ridiculous to me. There has to be leeway for discretion when it comes to disciplinary measures. I suspect that the reasoning for zero tolerance is that we’re such a litigation happy society that educators feel they must protect themselves using ludicrous measures.

The result of such a litigious society is that we’ve also become a society that abdicates the responsibility to self. It’s always someone elses problem, a principle amply demonstrated in the late Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy which is actually 6 books.

I suppose that if you’ve read my blog you might get the idea that I’m an individualist. But make no mistake, I see the value that society affords us. For example, in many cases it probably prevents me from punching someones lights out. Instead I make nice even though I may strongly dislike the person. Problem is I seem to attract those I strongly dislike. But that’s life.

Nova: Dimming the Sun

Many of the items on my blog deal with things I’ve found that have to do with our environment. This program on PBS is scary. If you haven’t caught it yet, I strongly suggest you find out when it runs next by going to PBS website.

And while I’m at it, please support your local PBS station. I say this as a member of WGBH Boston PBS.

Los Angeles vs. the Homeless

It appears that the Federal Appeals Court for the 9th circuit has overturned the LAPD and city policy that regularly harassed the homeless in LA’s Skid Row.

That they threw it out under the grounds of the 8th Amendment using the cruel and unusual punishment points of the amendment.

What I find most interesting is the dissent written by justice Pamela A. Rymer. She has to be a conservative Christian Republican for in her dissent she writes:

Judge Pamela A. Rymer issued a strong dissent that took issue with both the majority ‘s interpretation of the facts and its conclusion. The Los Angeles code “does not punish people simply because they are homeless,” wrote Rymer, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush. “It targets conduct – sitting, lying or sleeping on city sidewalks – that can be committed by those with homes as well as those without.”

What I find more interesting is that my own city has a law on the books that targets this behavior. It’s called “Failure to Move” It’s in Article 1, section 16-13. It’s obvious purpose is harassment but nobody has challenged it yet.

When I worked at the state AG’s office we used to get fingerprint cards that we’d have to reject because every other PD in the state of RI had agreed to uniform statutes and Failure to Move wasn’t one of them.

But in the case of Los Angeles I’d be willing to bet that there was another motivator for the harassment. It would be interesting to look at the deeds for the properties surrounding Skid Row. I’d be willing to lay odds that a developer is interested in gentrifying the area.

The homeless get it from all ends. And it is a never ending cycle of abuse. Maybe if a few true Christians would step up to the plate, things would be different.