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bullet image Marijuana in the classroom? Sometimes it’s legal — Interesting article at Christian Science Monitor is surprisingly well-balanced, even noting that this is nothing new — kids have been doing worse drugs (Ritalin) at school.

bullet image Marijuana and the Massachusetts Senate Race

bullet image By now, you’ve probably heard something about the campaign finance decision by the Supreme Court. Before you come to conclusions about how it affects us, or whether it was a bad decision, I suggest you read these two excellent posts by Glenn Greenwald:

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6 comments to Open Thread

  • I think we’d all benefit from the civility associated with using our given names when posting.

  • DavesNotHere

    Glenn’s thoughts on Citizens United were good to see, and hopefully will help dispel some of the hysteria from this decision. And its not like the Constitution can’t be amended if we want to change something. That is how it is supposed to work.

    Or 10 years from now a different Supreme Court could rule the other way again, which I would say is not how it is supposed to work. We’ve had an arbitrary interpretation of our Constitution since two political parties figured out how to twist it to further advantage their chances at power.

    As long as there is transparency in the money flow, I’m smart enough to figure out when bad unions and corporations are backing bad candidates and policies. We’ve got to see through their BS just like we have to see through the politicians BS.

    Speaking of bad decisions influenced by business that the people in that community and everywhere else should do something about, I thought about this I heard on NPR recently. I’ve known about the Bail Bonds racket for years, and its especially idiotic now with GPS ankle jails.

    Bail Burden Keeps U.S. Jails Stuffed With Inmates

    Also at Grits for Breakfast

  • Ed Dunkle

    The Dems deserved to lose the Massachusetts senate race. Coakley was a horrible candidate, and judging by her record as a government prosecutor, a horrible person.

  • DdC

    “Marijuana is taken by musicians.
    And I’m not speaking about good musicians,
    but the jazz type…”
    ~ Harry J. Anslinger

    Mexican Musicians Face Jail for Songs Glorifying Drug Trafficking
    A new proposal by Mexico’s ruling party could result in musicians being sent to prison for performing songs that glorify drug trafficking.

    “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US,
    and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers.
    Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use.
    This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations
    with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”
    ~ Harry J. Anslinger

    Yeah, the Free Mexican Air Force is flyin’ tonight

    In the Morenos Mountains campesinos are planting their fields
    While the ghost of Zapata rides a horse that can still outrun the wheel
    While free in the sky high above, nearly clear out of sight
    It’s the Free Mexican Air Force flyin’ tonight.
    In the City of Angels a cowboy is cooling his heels
    Remembering that God gave us herbs and the fruits of the fields
    But a criminal law that makes outlaws of those seeking light
    Made the Free Mexican Air Force, Mescalito riding his white horse —
    Yeah the Free Mexican Air Force is flyin’ tonight!
    (After every verse:) Flying so high – yi – hiyeeeee! …

    How strange that an innocent herb causes money to burn
    They’ll jail you or kill you for making those rich fat cats squirm.
    They’re the fools who make rules with no difference between wrong and right
    That’s why the Free Mexican Air Force is flyin’ tonight.
    Uncle Sam in his misery put a Nix on the fields of Guerrero
    Sayin’ shoot down all gringos and wetbacks who dare wear sombreros
    Either run for your life, surrender, or stand up and fight —
    Or join the Free Mexican Air Force, Mescalito riding his white horse,
    Yeah the Free Mexican Air Force is flying tonight!

    It is not marijuana destroying the minds of the young
    But confusion continued for power and greed in all forms
    Well, the borders of evil will fall to the smugglers of light
    We’re the Free Mexican Air Force and we’re flyin’ tonight!
    In San Antonio they tell me that power and money are one
    They can buy us or sell you to keep you afraid, on the run
    But no one can stop us! My vision is clearly in sight
    And the Free Mexican Air Force, Mescalito riding his white horse,
    Yeah the Free Mexican Air Force is flyin’ tonight

    Some were smoking Colitas while other were loading their guns
    Blowing smoke from their six-shooters, spinning their barrels for fun
    Contrabandistas, banditos alike —
    We’re the Free Mexican Air Force and we’re flyin’ tonight.
    High in the hills we are harvesting sweet sinsemilla
    Yeah the law wants it all ’cause they know that the wild weed can free ya
    And freedom for us is a prison for the rulers of might
    That’s why the Free Mexican Air Force — Mescalito riding his white horse —
    Yeah, the Free Mexican Air Force is flyin’ tonight
    Flyin’ so high- yi- yee…Flyin’ tonight!
    ~ Free Mexican Air Force by Peter Rowan

  • DdC

    Alaska court rejects religious appeal in marijuana case
    Jan 25 2010
    The Alaska Court of Appeals rejected a religion defense in the drug case of a Craig couple who anointed themselves with a mixture of marijuana juice and olive oil.

    Blasphemy

  • DdC

    Corruptisima republica plurimae leges.
    [The more corrupt a republic, the more laws.]
    — Tacitus, Annals III 27

    Jury Nullification

    The only freedom which counts is the freedom to do what some other people think to be wrong. There is no point in demanding freedom to do that which all will applaud. All the so-called liberties or rights are things which have to be asserted against others who claim that if such things are to be allowed their own rights are infringed or their own liberties threatened. This is always true, even when we speak of
    the freedom to worship, of the right of free speech or association, or of public assembly. If we are to allow freedoms at all there will constantly be complaints that either the liberty itself or the way in which it is exercised is being abused, and, if it is a genuine freedom, these complaints will often be justified. There is no way of having a
    free society in which there is not abuse. Abuse is the very hallmark of liberty.
    — Lord Hailsham,
    former Chief Justice, “The Dilemma of Democracy”

    Reefer Madness By Abbie Hoffman
    The Nation, November 21, 1987

    The Great Marijuana Hoax by Allen Ginsberg

    Marijuana Revolution by John Sinclair