The guest host for Shepard Smith’s Studio B on Fox had Fox News Judicial Analyst former Judge Andrew Napolitano, who is a libertarian in favor of legalization, on the show to talk about the proposed law in California.
Napolitano was great.
But does anybody know who the schmuck host was? [The schmuck guest host was Rick Folbaum.] Check out his response to the idea of legalizing marijuana:
“I’m just not sure. I’m not sure and I worry that you get these drugs in the house. We’ve seen what happens with legal firearms that are in a house that are not stored properly. Kids get their hands on them. Terrible, terrible tragedies take place, and I worry what happens when you start allowing people to have pot in their house.”
Radley Balko‘s take on this…
“It would be dangerous to legalize pot because… kids might shoot each other with joints?”
It was very obvious that the moderator has never taken 5 minutes to read the proposition. It specifically holds a ban on personal sales. I was also surprised that the Judge felt it wouldn’t pass this time around. Of course, the Judge isn’t a Left Coaster, either.
We’ve also seen what happens when you get SWAT teams bustin’ into someones house and openning fire on the innocent inhabitants. Terrible, terrible tragedies.
it is truly pathetic to watch seemingly intelligent people have their brains melt out their mouths.
Ok I havent watched the Vid yet but have to respond.
Terrible, terrible tragedies take place, and I worry what happens when you start allowing people to have pot in their house.â€
What ? A kid finds your stash, getts the munchies , eats all the chips ahoy and captain crunch then takes a nap? FSS! How about the terrible terrible tragedies that happen when we allow people to have a Cabinet FULL of pharm drug?
I also have to agree with Strayan , the SWAT teams busting in to arrest people for alittle weed is much more dangerous than a kid that gets high off his parent stash. Get outta here! The obviously is a moron.
Someone needs to inform that putz “host” that EVERY substance in his medicine cabinet is a greater hazard than Cannabis. Like what Judge Young said about raw potatoes. When the kids lose a parent to arrest over pot, THAT is a hazard; one which must be eliminated.
What a stellar example of the mentality (or lack there-of) of the fools who keep supporting prohibition. All their arguments are so full of ignorance and mythical mumbo jumbo – it just makes it so much more obvious that the intelligent solution is legalization, regulation, taxation, and EDUCATION.
Wake up America! 1) vote these fools out of office and 2) vote for ones that ACTIVELY support legalization (not just talk about it).
aah, the substanceless “if” argument… what if… watch out for falling bricks! This wall too shall fall. Either that or we become one big lock-up – just arrest everybody and get it over with.
Here’s Wikipedia on Shepard Smith:
“The Fox Report with Shepard Smith remains the top-rated newscast in cable news and is ranked third in the top programs in U.S. cable news. Shepard Smith tied for second (along with Dan Rather and Peter Jennings) as the most trusted news anchor on both network and cable news in a 2003 TV Guide poll.”
But, to his credit:
“In April 2009, in response to the claim that techniques such as waterboarding may have been effective in fighting terrorism, Smith said in an online Fox News show, ‘I don’t give a rat’s ass if it helps. We are America! We do not fucking torture!'”
It sounds like he’s only ignor’nt… he might be educable.
Anyone find a contact email address for Mr Smith?
Actually, Allan, from what I’ve heard, if Shep had been hosting, he might have agreed some with Napolitano. This was a guest host — I still haven’t been able to figure out who it is.
kinda reminds me of the episode from The Office when Ed Helms shouts THE FIRE IS SHOOTING AT US!
Every single time I return home from a hard days work, am faced with a fattenned clown who does no useful work whatsoever blathering on and on about this and that. I want to poke them with a pin just to watch them flubber around the room like a flying farting balloon.
The guest host is Rick Fulbaum, Fulcrum, something like that.
Can’t watch the video, it keeps rebuffing, or whatever that’s called.
Thanks, denmark! That was enough for me to narrow it down. It’s Rick Folbaum.
You’re welcome Pete. Don’t watch much cable news myself anymore, too much to read on the internet these days that is far more interesting. Thank goodness it was Rick Folbaum instead of Trace Gallager, another guest host on Smith’s show that would best be described as a speed freak. Used to enjoy listening to Trace when he was based in California but since they moved him to New York he’s changed.
The video clip worked this time and the Judge is masterful in putting in all the relevant facts with the ridiculously limited amount of time the producers give to a subject.
Pleased to hear everything the Judge says concerning prohibition, he even managed to get the dreaded Federal law junk in the interview. The Judge said: “The government should be more concerned about people making choices for themselves and about them bearing their own responsibility”, that’s when Rick said the stupid thing he did that you quoted.
Thanks denmark, Pete… here’s the email addie: email@example.com (subject “attn: R Folbaum”)…
Wont somebody please think of the children who might be left alone in a house with a loaded bong and firearm!!!
Folks, he was very clearly leading Napolitano through his pro legalization arguments, tossing one softball after another. This was a friendly interview.
Some people at Fox are sympathetic with the libertarian viewpoint and favor legalization, just as do some serious intellectual conservatives. Napolitano’s tenure at Fox and friendly interviews like this one are evidence of that.
I’ll say it again: Allies in this fight can come from strange directions. Just because someone is from the Right doesn’t mean they must disagree with us. Welcome friends wherever you find them–it’s the only way to get the majorities we need to change things.
And remember that the Democrats are happily waging the drug war, too. They are 100% in charge right now, and the drug war is not going away, is it?
Yes, it was a friendly and sympathetic interview — friendly and sympathetic to Napolitano, who is much more secure in his job than Folbaum. But it was definitely not sympathetic to reform, unless you count absolute stupidity as sympathetic. Compare Folbaum’s ridiculous nonsense to the smart interview by Dylan Ratigan. It’s not even in the same universe.
This is not a liberal versus conservative thing. Both Napolitano who was great, and Folbaum, who was a schmuck, are on Fox.
You are welcome allan420. I’m not so sure that writing to Fox News does any good. I’ve written to them before and never received a reply nor seen many changes in the way opinions are throw around like candy in a parade.
Have you read the book The Man Who Owns the News by Michael Wolff? What’s his butt is very powerful, and yes I know his name, just feeling a tad bit sarcastic today. The book was written in 2008 and I doubt there’s been many changes in Murdoch’s thought patterns.
Fox News is not alone in their thirst for sensationalizing, exaggerating, and yes, running into the frigging ground whatever news item they decide will bring in the ratings.
There used to be a time when a person felt they could trust what the newscasters were saying, however, that is almost extinct in my opinion.
Our own government won’t hold themselves accountable for the horrors of Prohibition, why would a money monger care to do the same or the shows producer who has to please their boss?
Anyway, just rambling on, sorry. Today’s a “I’m really physically tired” day.
I disagree. The interviewer was totally tossing softballs. It was like, “Hey, here’s a weak prohibitionist argument, care to rebut it? Oh, here’s another one. And here’s another that will give you a chance to make “my side” look unreasonable…”
Seriously, it seemed like he was totally helping Napolitano deliver his case. That, or my long held belief in drug reform made his arguments sound so weak to me that I just couldn’t take them seriously.
Legalize it and learn the many ways to consume cannabis. Smoking is not healthy. e mail Democrartic Party or White House, “Stop the Drug War!”).