Sunday, December 26, 2010
“We’re locking up people that take a couple of puffs of marijuana and the next thing you know they’ve got ten years – they’ve got mandatory sentences and these judges, they throw up their hand and say ‘What can we do, it’s mandatory sentences.’ We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes, and that’s one of them. I mean, I’m not exactly for the use of drugs, don’t get me wrong, but I just believe criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of just a few ounces of pot, and that kind of thing, I mean it’s costing us a fortune, and it’s ruining young people. The young people go into prisons, they go in as youths, and they come out as hardened criminals.”
-Rev. Pat Robertson
Monday, December 20, 2010
"What are the differences between [Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg and Julian Assange? Let's take a look: Assange gives you private information on corporations for free, and he's a villian. Zuckerberg gives your private information to corporations for money and Time magazine declares him 'Man of the Year.' Thanks to WikiLeaks, you can see how corrupt governments operate in the shadows and then lie to those who elect them. Thanks to Facebook, you can finally figure out which 'Sex & The City' character you are."
-NBC's Saturday Night Live
-NBC's Saturday Night Live
Thursday, December 16, 2010
"As drugs minister in the Home Office I saw how prohibition fails to reduce the harm that drugs cause in the UK, fuelling burglaries, gifting the trade to gangsters and increasing HIV infections. My experience as Defence Secretary, with specific responsibilities in Afghanistan, showed to me that the War on Drugs creates the very conditions that perpetuate the illegal trade, while undermining international development and security. My departure from the front benches gives me the freedom to express my long held view that, whilst it was put in place with the best of intentions, the War on Drugs has been nothing short of a disaster." - Bob Ainsworth, Britain's former drugs minister.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
"Speaking of authoritarianism, the loathsome Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) -- the National-Security-State-
venerating Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee who lives off her defense contractor-husband's vast wealth --announced that she supports re-writing and expanding the Espionage Act of 1917 to make it easier to prosecute WikiLeaks and those like them; as always, Feinstein abuses her role as Chair of the 'oversight' Committee not to scrutinize and limit the abuses of the intelligence community but to protect them at all costs, as that's where her source of wealth and power lie. She was responding to yesterday's announcement that Joe Lieberman -- joined by GOP Senators Scott Brown and John Ensign -- introduced a bill intended to make it easier to prosecute Assange. Exactly as Dowd says, when it comes to authoritarian punishments for those who dare to expose what the U.S. Government does, the mindset is entirely bipartisan."
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is a hawk with a long legacy of supporting corporate elites, but to her credit, she has been trying to get Bisphenol A banned. Bisphenol A is already banned in Europe and Canada. It's a plastic used in canned foods and baby bottles. It's VERY toxic. (Yes, it's in baby bottles!) Tuesday the Senate passed a food safety bill-- but before they passed it, they removed Feinstein's amendment to ban Bisphenol A.