Daily Show

I was asked about the appearance of Eugene Jarecki on The Daily Show on Tuesday, promoting his new movie: “The House I Live In.” I hadn’t had a chance to check it out yet, so I appreciate the heads up.

It turned into quite an interview with a lengthy extended section for the web only (both sections embedded below, hopefully. If you have trouble getting them to work, go right to the Daily Show site).

Stewart started off a little shaky, trying to inject some humor in ways that felt a bit forced (and you could tell he realized it), but then the interview started working, with Jon playing devil’s advocate and giving Jarecki good openings to not just talk about the movie, but about the entire drug war and criminal justice system. And I thought Jarecki did very well, keeping the discussion on track and not getting thrown by anything.

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  1. OhutumValik says:

    Just watched it with my morning coffee; quite thorough and markedly serious. I hate it that I’ll have to wait for a DVD release to view a legit copy of the movie.

    • claygooding says:

      Awesome interview,,and I will probably have to wait for a dvd of the doc to see it or PBS airs it.

      PS: J/G bumper sticker/t-shirt/yard sign,

      Vote J/G,,cause Romney is just a white-washed Obama with a gold plated pin striping of corporate greed.

      • stlgonzo says:

        Someone stole my Gary Johnson sign last night and put an Obama sign in its place. I plan on painting “Never Again” on the Obama sign and replacing my Johnson sign with a much larger one.

        • Maria says:

          You as well? My Gary Johnson bumper sticker got half scraped off last week. I think some people are afraid. Eh. I have more.

          As for ‘The House I Live In’ I can’t wait for the opening next weekend. It’s not the type of movie I’d usually go see in a theater but that’s one I’ll be on file for supporting (big screen/sound system/ticket prices get reserved for visual treats).

        • darkcycle says:

          Funny, last election it was my Obama lawn sign that kept getting torn up… the times, they are a changin’, huh?

        • stlgonzo says:

          I wonder if I should paint “Choom Gang Traitor” instead.

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  3. Duncan20903 says:


    A bit off topic but a few public figures unexpectedly did some remarkably honest things in the past couple of days.

    A medicinal cannabis cultivator in Maine was burglarized and his plants stolen. The police were called and they promptly caught the thief and returned the plants to the grower with only minimal controversy.

    Ellsworth Police Chief John DeLeo stated on Monday that as far as he was concerned, returning the plants was legal.

    In New York State Governor Cuomo told State Lawmakers they aren’t getting a raise unless they decriminalize petty possession “public view” cannabis.

    New York State legislators want a pay raise for the first time since 1999. Governor Andrew Cuomo wants young minorities to stop getting screwed by New York’s bizarre “public view” marijuana law, and the NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy — and the governor made it clear yesterday that lawmakers won’t get a pay bump until they get to work on decriminalizing “public view” marijuana.

    While not a particularly admirable position, the Arkansas Pharmacists Association was brutally honest in opposition to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act. None of the standard prohibasite rhetoric about the children, DUI, the law is the law blah, blah, blah. They’re against it because it includes no profit for licensed pharmacists.

    “The APA opposes this Act as it is currently written,” it said. “APA’s position on the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act should not be construed as directly supporting or opposing the legalization of marijuana; rather, the position reflects directly the question that will be placed before Arkansas voters in November.”

    “The APA believes that if marijuana is legalized in Arkansas, pharmacists should be the healthcare professionals who dispense the medication, not unlicensed, untrained individuals who work in ‘marijuana dispensaries,’” said APA Executive Vice President Mark Riley. “Pharmacists are highly educated healthcare professionals who understand the pharmacology of medications, including marijuana. There are Arkansas licensed pharmacies in 74 of Arkansas’s 75 counties providing access for patients throughout the state.”

    • darkcycle says:

      *sigh* Integrity and fair play are so rare they are notable when they occur. Thanks, Duncan. If only these weren’t isolated instances.

    • claygooding says:

      The APA should take into consideration that they lose their license if they dispense marijuana until the Feds re-schedule marijuana.

  4. claygooding says:

    The grower lost 75% of the plants due to lack of proper handling and care while the plants were in police custody,,however,,his lawyer should be able to re-coop his losses from the tax payers deep pockets,,hitting people in their pocketbooks usually gets more response and support for change than appealing to their intelligence or compassion,sadly.

  5. In line with Eugene Jarecki,

    “The human and financial costs of the drug war are way too high to go on ignoring them. America’s behind-the-scenes war kills as many if not more people than conventional wars and destroys many more lives through senseless prison terms, corruption and discriminatory enforcement. It takes courage to confront controversial issues. But a refusal to address the disastrous war on drugs and propose alternatives ignores public demands for change and places cowardice before the fundamental responsibility of creating viable and fair public policies.”

  6. Francis says:

    Couple who used profits from marijuana farm to help Kenyan village sentenced to 3 years in jail
    Sorry for the OT, but this story really has my blood boiling. The moral backwardness of the drug war is simply staggering.

    Here’s the comment I left:

    “You were growing [marijuana] on a significant scale, jetting off to Kenya on it,” judge Sean Morris said. “I am sure you were doing good things in Kenya with your drug money, whether that was to appease your consciences, I can only speculate.”

    Yes, they were growing a plant and selling it in consensual exchanges. So your speculation they were donating that money to “appease [their] consciences” is … odd. YOU on the other are using the violence of the state to lock two humanitarians in cages for three years. So I’d be a little more curious to hear how you appease YOUR conscience? Let me guess, it’s ok because “drugs are bad” (even when those “drugs” are infinitely safer than legal alternatives like deadly, addictive, and violence-promoting alcohol)? Or maybe you’d justify your actions by pointing out that you “don’t make the law” and that you were “just following orders”? I hope that one day you realize the enormity of the injustice you’ve committed. I can think of no fitter punishment.

    • darkcycle says:

      Weird, that shows up on the comments feed as one of Pete’s lead posts….How’d you do that?
      As far as the story is concerned…Francis, they don’t care HOW marijuana helps people. Certainly shouldn’t surprise anybody on the couch. They will jail you if you give away medicine to sick people. But yeah. F’d up is what it is.

  7. allan says:

    well Damitol!® We need a campaign to ban alcohol.

  8. darkcycle says:

    I-502 on track to win in Washington. IN YOUR FACE, PROHIBICITES!

    • allan says:


      just blame it on darkcycle




















      wow, that was interesting, I really need to get in there and do some maintenance, shit just keeps falling out… and there might be more of those, crikey

    • darkcycle says:

      I blatantly stole that one from Duncan. Least I thinks it were Duncan…heh. But it fits, don’t it?

      • Duncan20903 says:


        Prohibasite(s) is newspeak for the phrase prohibitionist parasite(s). It was lazy me who invented that word a couple of days ago. Not that I care if someone else wants to take credit (blame).

  9. Duncan20903 says:

    Until today I was unaware that Scott Adams (Dilbert) chooses to enjoy cannabis from time to time.

    ‘Dilbert’ Creator Scott Adams Backs Romney In Marijuana Dream

  10. Peter says:

    Why on earth did Jon Stewart not call the president on the drug war when he interviewed him, the day after he interviewed Eugene Jarecki? Oh, I see… Obama only agreed to come on if he chose Stewart’s questions for him.

  11. crut says:

    Arkansas MM opposition… youtube Link wow… I registered just to put this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z14t6KtmVLw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    • darkcycle says:

      Yeah. No culture war there in Arkansas. Nothing like manipulating scary images of young people to make you fear medicine.

      • Francis says:

        Director: “Sean, for this take, why don’t you try looking suddenly over your left shoulder for no apparent reason? I really want to get a good shot of those stretched earlobes of yours. I think the target demo will find them very threatening.”

        Also, what’s up with dude playing the part of “scary black drug dealer man”? I get why he’s a young African-American male. I get the sleeveless white t-shirt. I get the (three) guns on the table (with a handful of scattered bullets for good measure). But it looks to me like he’s got the big bowl of herb on a scale(?) and then he’s just eyeballing the baggies? That’s friggin’ criminal.

        • Matthew Meyer says:

          So hilarious. I didn’t notice he wasn’t even weighing the bags, but lookit how he’s sprinkling little tiny bits into each one…

    • Peter says:

      no doubt the “family council” will turn out to be an unholy alliace of the usual prohib vested interest groups: beer prisons police and pharma

  12. claygooding says:

    Must-See TV: ’60 Minutes’ to Highlight MMJ Debate, Colorado Medical Marijuana Industry


    Medical marijuana will take center stage this Sunday, with “60 Minutes” airing a segment that explores the cannabis industry in Colorado and the legal issues surrounding MMJ.

    The piece – called “Rocky Mountain High” – elevates the medical marijuana debate just two weeks before the elections, when two states (Arkansas and Massachusetts) will vote on whether to legalize MMJ. At the same time, three other states – Colorado, Oregon and Washington – will vote on measures to legalize the general use of marijuana.

    We are really shaking things up when 60 Minutes does a show on it.

  13. Byddaf yn egluro: says:

    Please help Sheriff Ed Dean to determine what happened to a large supply of marijuana missing from the Sheriff’s Office’s evidence room!


  14. Duncan20903 says:


    I know that everyone has been on pins and needles waiting, and I’m finally ready to make my official predictions for Election Day:

    Washington & Massachusetts, we win.
    Oregon, Montana and Arkansas, we lose.
    Colorado is a dead heat, too close to call. Whichever way it goes the margin will be an Arizona like 50.0001% to 49.9999%.

    Gary Johnson and Governor Jim Gray will get the most votes of any Libertarian ticket, perhaps even more than the total number of votes ever cast for a Libertarian ticket.

    With great regret I predict that either Mr. Obama or Mr. Romney will be elected POTUS. Better luck in 2016 folks.

  15. claygooding says:

    Amid drug war, Mexico fights wave of common crime


    In cities and towns across Mexico, a nearly six-year offensive against drug cartels has been accompanied by a surge in common crime: assaults and robberies that grab no headlines but make life miserable for ordinary citizens.

    Some experts blame the drug war for distracting law-enforcement from pursuing common criminals. Others say drug cartels have turned to common crime as a way to fund their clashes with each other, and with troops and federal police. “snipped”

    I say the police are so busy covering murders or gathering info on cartel members around them that common crime has taken a back seat.

    And we have no idea what kind of bounty police could be paid for that info,,

    • claygooding says:

      No comments at the above link so I found one that does.


      It’s an AP article and is spreading fast.

      • Byddaf yn egluro: says:

        Here is Julien Codman’s testimony, who was a member of the Massachusetts bar, given before the Senate Hearings of 1926:.

        “we will produce additional evidence on this point, that it is not appropriate legislation to enforce the eighteenth amendment; that it has done incredible harm instead of good; that as a temperance measure it has been a pitiable failure; that it has failed to prevent drinking; that it has failed to decrease crime; that, as a matter of fact, it has increased both; that it has promoted bootlegging and smuggling to an extent never known before”

        “We believe that the time has come for definite action, but it is impossible to lay before Congress any one bill which, while clearly within the provisions of the Constitution, will be a panacea for the evils that the Volstead Act has caused. We must not be vain enough to believe, as the prohibitionists do, that the age-old question of the regulation of alcohol can be settled forever by the passage of a single law. With the experience of the Volstead law as a warning, it behooves us to proceed with caution, one step at a time, to climb out of the legislative well into which we have been pushed.”

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