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Getting it

Finally, someone in the government is willing to speak up and state this glaring truth, potentially risking the displeasure of his boss…

If you think about the enormous changes that have been made in terms of people’s use of tobacco, for example, that wasn’t because they were arrested.

Exactly.

Boy, I sure wish President Obama heard that.

[Stolen from Scott Morgan]

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30 comments to Getting it

  • Ben

    Obama SAID that himself. That’s a transcript of his remarks. And by the way, he immediately follows it with “So I think taking a comprehensive approach that includes interdiction and law enforcement…”

  • claygooding

    Yes,,his lips were moving when he said it,,but his ears were turned off.

  • I don’t know how one can steal from me words that came out of the mouth of the President of the United States. But seeing my name without a hyperlink reminds me how long it’s been since I’ve posted my opinions anywhere. Lemme see what I can do about that.

    • darkcycle

      Yeah, chime in more often, Scott. Good to see you here. A little blatant thievery to get your attention works, does it?

  • claygooding

    Kerli is claiming substantial reductions in drug use,,when the only substantial drop was in tobacco,,without arresting everyone that had tobacco,,,of course he never reported that,,,would be bad for his search and seize plan.

  • Chris

    Pizza delivery guy calls cops on customer who smoked marijuana
    http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=222842

    Of all people.. and this guy had a medical marijuana recommendation in Colorado. No charges were filed of course, but it’s great to hear that we’re at this point.

  • Francis

    But just think how much greater the reduction in tobacco use could have been if we had incarcerated millions of smokers?! It’s not too late! /sarc

    • oh shame on you! Baaaad Francis…

      The thing is tho’ the dramatic reduction in tobacco use meme is one of the easiest to remember and one of the easiest for the unconvinced to grasp. Use it! No cops, no SWAT raids, no DEA. Treating adults like adults is appreciated by adults.

  • claygooding

    If the ONDCP moved tobacco to schedule 1,,by this time next year he could have arrested enough people to claim he had something to do with the drop in tobacco use,,the man needs something to show as a success,,quickly,,sleeping America might swallow his crap,,but budget cutters may be a little more skeptical,,

    They are reporting another recession is inevitable and will be more devastating than the last,,with no relief in sight,,higher unemployment,,less sales of goods and rising prices,,one financial talking head reports that “coffee” could go as high as $70 for a 2# can.

    I think that bureaucracies are in for a beating.

  • DdC

    Getting it. F.a.s.c.i.s.m

    A War on Voting:
    Could Redistricting and Voting Law Changes Help Republicans Win in 2012?

    A new report by the Brennan Center for Justice warns changes to voting laws could strip the voting rights of more than 5 million people — a higher number than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections. Its findings reveal some 3.2 million people in Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin do not have the state identification they will now need to vote. Others will be kept from the voting booth by tougher restrictions for convicted prisoners and laws requiring proof of U.S. citizenship. In 2012, states that have cracked down on voting rights will account for 63 percent of the 270 Electoral College votes needed for a presidential victory. We speak with Ari Berman, author of the new article in Rolling Stone magazine, “The GOP War on Voting,” and with ProPublica reporter Lois Beckett, who co-wrote, “The Hidden Hands in Redistricting: Corporations and Other Powerful Interests,” about how money is helping re-shape Congressional districts along partisan lines, a practice known as gerrymandering. [Includes rush transcript]

    Tell Holder: Protect Every Citizen’s Right to Vote!

    youtube A War of Voting:
    Could Redistricting and Voting Law Changes Help Republicans Win in 2012?

    “Herding Donkeys:[
    The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics

    ALEC Exposed:
    State Legislative Bills Drafted by Secretive Corporate-Lawmaker Coalition

    • Windy

      I have to ask, have ANY Democrats (other than Barney Frank) EVER done ONE thing to end prohibition? NO! Forget the Democrats they are NOT our friends.

      Neither have most Republicans helped our cause, except Ron Paul and now Gary Johnson. Stop playing major party politics and start supporting the INDIVIDUALS who WILL help end prohibition let’s get Ron Paul nominated and, hopefully, Gary Johnson as his running mate. As for lower level offices, get behind the libertarian in those races.

      The Bush and Obama administrations’ dramatic expansion of executive power (and the certainty of some Supreme Court judges choosing to retire soon, making new appointments in the next administration also a certainty) makes the selection of the next president one of the most important decisions the citizens of this nation will ever make. PUT YOUR NATION AHEAD OF YOUR PARTY and vote for Ron Paul!
      Ron Paul upholds the Constitution, always, and will appoint judges who will also uphold the Constitution. Ron Paul is the only one who can rescue this country and end the WoD, on either side of the aisle.

      I vote small government and pro individual choice. Every issue. Every time. No exceptions. No excuses.

  • claygooding

    I commented at the huffington piece,,,onward and up the hill

  • Duncan20903

    .
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    At 9:36 PM on October 4, 2011 haypenny said:

    the feds are after Maryjane Capone

    if you cant bust em then tax em

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/04/BAC51LDGO6.DTL#ixzz1ZsnQuMAp

  • Peter

    off topic but ive been struck by the witch craft accusations made bt the prosecution aginst amanda knox along with the high level of vicious posts on blogs quite a number have referred to “pot smoker knox”

    • Duncan20903

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      There are significantly more than 20 million of us in the USA. Yet unless never a one of us commits or is a victim of a crime then we’re all criminals.

      Nobody has ever managed to cleanse humanity of criminal activities, and we can’t be left alone unless we do that? It’s preposterous. These people have an extreme problem with confirmation bias.

      Know Nothing prohibitionist, thy name is hypocrisy!

  • Francis

    The conservatives at NRO are (rightfully) outraged about a Wisconsin court ruling that says that owners of milk cows do not have a right to drink milk from their own cows. Here’s the comment I attempted to leave:

    “That’s absurd! As conservatives, we believe that individuals have a fundamental human right to decide for themselves what to put into their own bodies… except for, you know, that one exception.”

    • darkcycle

      The Government wishes to mandate the consumption of only corporate food. We’ve been on this road for a loooong time now. Look at the Commerce clause! The current interpretation came about because a farmer in the great depression decided TO GROW WHEAT TO FED HIS OWN FAMILY.
      Gardening is a revolutionary act in this country. Resist! GROW YER OWN!!! I’m not kidding! It drives ’em CRAZY (for some unfathomable reason).

    • Duncan20903

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      What if the farmers paired up, and Farmer Jacob drinks the milk from farmer Zebadiah’s cow, and vice versa? That way they’re not drinking milk from their own cows. They could even keep each others herd of cows to limit any confusion.

      I quit drinking milk when I learned that the USDA finds a certain level of pus in milk intended for the public’s consumption to be acceptable.

  • divadab

    Another nail in the coffin of the family farm, added to these:
    1) when alcohol prohibition was introduced, it ended the ability of farmers to distill alcohol for fuel – which powered not only their own alcohol-powered Model T (Henry Ford made gas and alcohol versions), but also provided cash selling alcohol to passing drivers. When alcohol prohibition ended, the monopolist oil cartel ensured that farmers were still prohibited from distilling alcohol fuel.
    2) Cannabis prohibition similarly ended the ability of farmers to grow their own fuel (hemp seed oil is clean fuel for a diesel). Whose interests were served? The global oil oligopoly, working against the people for their own greed.

    And of course, the federal government is now so far from its founding ideals it considers almost all the Founders criminals for growing hemp, as they all did on their farms. What can we say about a federal government that would not only throw George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in jail, but also steal their house and farm, shoot their dogs, humiliate them and their wives in front of their families, and place their children with paid strangers?

    Unbelievable that Americans are so brainwashed and docile to accept this usurper government of oppression and greed.

  • and here’s what happens when you just cut the sides off the box:

    the civil liberties monitoring project

    Reminds me of one the stories I heard about the Ruch Barter Fair in So OR… it seems the Fair security crew had a VN vet, former radio _specialist_ assisting… every time the gendarmes would try and breach the perimeter, the security crew was there first. “Gosh Ed, how do they do that?”

    Better proactive than… ummm… most anything!