Open Thread

- Reform-friendly Gil Kerlikowske was approved in a 91-1 vote by the Senate to be the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. A recent Zogby poll showed that a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana. And Governor Schwarzenegger in California says it’s time for a debate about it. What can go wrong?


A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Thursday U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., will serve as Crime and Drugs Subcommittee chairman.

An unidentified Democratic Party source told CNN the decision to give Specter the chairmanship of the subcommittee was intended to help him get re-elected and to avoid any conflict as the Judiciary Committee considers a Supreme Court nomination.

I’m trying to come up with a positive way to interpret that, but I can’t.

– Mexico is following the lead of Portugal and appears ready to decriminalize low-level drug possession. This won’t affect their war on the cartels since their customer base is up north, but it’s worth noting two things: 1) The Obama Administration isn’t interfering like the Bush Administration did the last time Mexico tried this; and 2) Mexico’s drug policy is now far more progressive than ours.

– After a vanity license plate in Colorado was rejected for potentially being interpreted as obscene, a state Senator lashed out at the ACLU by saying that he wanted a license plate that says ACLUSUX. The ACLU responded by saying that they’d represent him if the plate is rejected. I’ve always wondered why there’s so much animosity towards the ACLU, but I think I get it now. With so many people who demand to have a different set of rules for themselves than for everyone else, the most terrifying thing is an organization that prides itself on intellectual consistency with respect to our rights.

– The medical marijuana community in Seattle lost a very good friend recently. Longtime patient advocate Dennis Moyers passed away. I found Dennis to be one of the most interesting and thoughtful people to discuss medical marijuana with. His years as a patient himself gave him great insight into the battle that’s been waged to deny people from taking a medicine that they’ve discovered to be tremendously beneficial. His latest effort was to encourage the Obama Administration to set up liaison within the Federal government to meet with medical marijuana patients and develop smart policy. The online petition is here.


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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Trust on Issues
    Voters Put Democrats, GOP In Dead Heat Over Economy
    Monday, May 11, 2009
    When it comes to the handling of the economy, Democrats and Republicans are in a virtual tie in terms of voter trust.

    For the second straight month, Republicans have inched closer to Democrats when it comes to who voters trust more to handle economic issues. Now 44% trust the Democrats more on the economy, while 43% trust the GOP more, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

    This is the closest the two parties have been on the issue since last August. Last month, voters trusted Democrats more on the issue by a 45% to 42% margin.

    Men now trust Republicans more on the economy by a 48% to 41% margin, while women prefer Democrats by a 48% to 38% margin.

    Out of 10 key issues tracked monthly by Rasmussen Reports, voters trust Democrats more on five and the GOP more on four. The parties are tied on abortion, each having 41% voter support. From January through March, Democrats held the advantage on eight issues

    Things are really tightening up for 2010.
    All this with the Republicans far from being organized. The US is still a mighty Conservative Nation.

    Surveys of 1,000 Likely Voters
    May 5-8, 2009


    Health Care


    Social Security



    Nat’l Security



    Gov’t Ethics


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    ByeByeGOP spews:

    CYNCYN – YAWN – I see you’re so ashamed of your own bullshit you no longer even source it. No matter – the last poll that really counted was on Nov 4. Just exactly who did the American public trust on the economy then bitch? Go look it up – I’ll wait – oh yeah DEMOCRATS! LOL!

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    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Have you noticed the big war brewing within the GOP? The old guard – Newt the Hoot and WHATADICK Cheney along with FlipFlop McSame are trying to hold power while the new liars, Canter & Steele are trying to grab it. Meantime, the extreme nutcases on the faaaar right who want a theocracy are in a battle with new blood that wants to abandon the hate-filled platform of the GOP’s past. This is gonna be fun to watch!

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    delbert spews:

    Why is it every picture of Michelle Obama seems to be missing something?

    Ah! Her Bat’leth, where’d it go?

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    Marvin Stamn spews:

    Dead Woman Gets Federal Stimulus Check
    Some could point out this is just another example of government ineptetude and waste.
    Millions of Americans on Social Security are receiving $250 checks as part of the president’s stimulus plan — including an Anne Arundel woman who died more than 40 years ago.
    I say it’s democrat politics as usual.
    After all, she made a contribution to obamas campaign and voted for him, doesn’t that earn her a check?

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    Marvin Stamn spews:

    An observation…
    Down here in so cal, the santa barbara fires are getting a lot of airtime on the television news. People affected by the fires are being interviewed.
    The majority are praising the firefighters and also complaining about there not being enough firefighters. Because of the lack of firefighters choices have to be made as to which houses get saved. Of course, when the firetruck pulls u7p they are not going to waste their time with houses already engulfed in flames or a house that is the last one on a street that all the other houses have/are burning.
    Except one guy. He was being interviewed because his house was the only one left standing in a neighborhood of houses burned down. He said that firetrucks never showed up on his street. He explained why his house is still standing. He went to home depot and spent a few hundred $ on lawn sprinklers and pvc pipe. Twice a month he would turn on the hose to test the system for leaks. WHen the fire got close, he turned it on and saved his own house.
    He knew better than to depend on the government, he did for himself.
    He’s sleeping in his own bed tonight.

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    Seattle Jew, a true liberal spews:

    &. Stamm

    GOSH, sounds simple!

    For a “few hundred dollars” I can exempt myself from needing protection from fires! Hell, I’ll betcha my insurance company would cut my premiums to .. well not much.

    THEN, if I added a few loaded guns, I would not need burglar insurance either!

    Whatta Deal!!!!!!!