The officers checked out the vehicle with Cesar, a federal drug-sniffing dog, who alerted them to three framed pictures of Jesus in the vehicle.
Apparently, Jesus won’t intercede to mask the odor of pot.
Not a good day for Felipe.
Anger, fear and skepticism received Mexican President Felipe CalderÃ³n in JuÃ¡rez on Thursday.
Testimonials of leaders in the city where more than 4,500 people have died in the past two years had the same theme: enough with the violence.
CalderÃ³n, his wife, Margarita Zavala, and seven members of his Cabinet were surrounded by hundreds of heavily armed soldiers and police officers.
At the Cibeles convention center, business, religious and education leaders complained about the brutality of the drug war, human-rights violations by the military, unemployment and increasing taxes.
One of the advantages of being a lame-duck governor is being able to pursue sound public policy even when it is politically unpopular. Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s sensible record of releasing ailing and elderly prisoners whose cost of incarceration outweighs any continuing threat to public safety is a case in point.
Granholm has commuted the sentences of 124 prisoners in her seven-year-tenure, the great majority since she was re-elected to her current and final term in 2006.
Good for her.
Every tax dollar spent on incarceration is a dollar unavailable for police protection, preschool education, drug and alcohol courts, and other programs that have been proved to reduce violent crime. Criminals who represent a continuing threat to the public must be kept behind bars. But a state that increasingly lacks the wherewithal to support even basic law enforcement functions simply cannot afford to incarcerate those who no longer pose a threat.
Or who never posed a threat to begin with…
Speaking of commutations and pardons…
The ACLU is trying to get President Obama to commute the sentence of Hamedah Hasan, a grandmother who has spent 16 years in prison so far (with 10 more to go) for a first-time non-violent crack cocaine offense.
Go take action at their site.
President Obama has gone 387 days (and counting) without granting a single pardon or commutation. This makes him one of the slowest-acting Presidents in history to exercise the power of forgiveness.
Tell President Obama to send Hamedah Hasan home today.
Get your power back
Does anyone else find it ironic that Apolo Ohno, a top Olympic athlete who must endure countless drug tests to prove that he doesn’t have even the tiniest amount of hundreds of different banned drugs, is being sponsored by a drug company whose main products we’re no longer allowed to buy without registering and being put on a list? Opening of the ad says to the Olympic athlete… “Get your power back!” … with the understanding that you do it by using their drug.
I wonder what would happen if NORML tried to be a sponsor of the Olympics… (preferably snowboarding).
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