– The video in this post from Glenn Greenwald, showing a flag-filled rally of morons shouting racist slurs at Muslim families attending a charity event, is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen in a while:
– Another Friday in the Middle East and North Africa means another day of demonstrations. The AP has a roundup here.
– Today at the Seattle Times building on John St, there’s an all-day protest against the Drug Czar’s apparent attempt to put pressure on the Times for their endorsement of an end to marijuana prohibition.
UPDATE: I was down at the Seattle Times building around lunchtime today. The rumor going around was that the meeting with Kerlikowske was at 2:30, although it was never confirmed and I had to leave before then. The Times has so far today only put out a short piece from the AP [emphasis mine]:
Pro-marijuana protesters in Seattle are telling White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske to “get with The Times.”
The group rallied outside as Kerlikowske met Friday with the editorial board of The Seattle Times, which recently endorsed marijuana legalization.
Kerlikowske is the former Seattle police chief who now heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He says chronic marijuana use is linked to mental illness and other health problems, and argues that legalizing cannabis would not be the cure-all proponents make it out to be because the black market would adapt to offer tax-free marijuana.
Of course! Just like how our city is besieged by gangsters who sell us tax-free whiskey and rum. At a certain point, you almost have to feel sorry for poor old Gil.