Monthly Archives: March 2009

Obama says no to dope

President Obama uncharacteristically answered a very serious question today about marijuana legalization by laughing it off as a joke.

Andrew Sullivan responds:

The chuckle suggests a man of his generation. The dismissiveness toward the question of ending Prohibition as both a good in itself and a form of tax revenue is, however, depressing. His answer was a non-answer. I’m tired of having the Prohibition issue treated as if it’s trivial or a joke. It is neither. It is about freedom and it’s deadly serious. As for your online audience, Mr president, have you forgotten who got you elected?

I agree with that completely–very disappointing. But then I realized…if you’re a black man who just got elected President, and you’re still trying to gain the trust of all the old white people who voted against you because they thought you were a terrorist, would your first move be to legalize drugs? Probably not.

The Mexican drug war is not going away

Mexico’s  violent drug war has been a major topic of discussion in news today. And there is no doubt the highlighting of the deteriorating situation will cause Lou Dobbs to throw a hissy fit about border security and dangerous Mexicans tonight. Thankfully, adults are in charge of the government now, and Hillary Clinton, in her new truth telling role as Secretary of State,  lays the blame squarely on our shoulders:

“Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” she said. “Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.”
“I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility,” she told reporters accompanying her to Mexico City a day after the administration of President Barack Obama said it would send more money, technology and manpower to secure the United States’ southwestern frontier and help Mexico battle the cartels.

She is absolutely right. 90% of the guns confiscated in the current battle between drug cartels and the Mexican government originated in the US. 90%. That is not a misprint. In Mexico, you can’t just walk into a gun store and buy an ammunition cache like you can here. In fact, you can’t buy a hand gun at all. Unfortunately, our gun control laws will never tightened enough to significantly improve that problem. This is underscored by the fact that since Barack Obama became President, backwoods nutjobs have been buying up virtually ALL the guns in gun stores.

So can we keep our guns and solve the problem? Of course, and it is simple. We could legalize drugs–so says Jeffrey Miron, Harvard Economist on cnn.com.  He is echoing comment made by former Presidents from Brazil, Mexico, and Columbia a couple months ago. They all argue this position, an idea that will hopefully soon become more mainstream in the coming months and years.

Legalizing drugs is no longer a moral or economic issue, it  has become vital to our national security.

Jon Stewart vs. Jim Cramer Aftermath

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If you have not already watched Jon Stewart totally eviscerate CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Thursday’s Daily Show, please do. It is riveting television. Stewart relentlessly went after both Cramer and his parent network for furthering and masking our country’s financial problems by cheerleading bad stocks, ignoring fraudulent business practices and sucking up to lying CEOs, instead of doing what a credible news organization is supposed to do–investigate and expose them.

Since Stewart started his all out attack on CNBC more than a week ago, Cramer’s ratings have dropped 10%. Meanwhile, The Daily Show‘s ratings have never been higher.

The interview was almost universally lauded for its honesty and hard hitting questions by media critics, many of which are usually  swept under the rug or ignored by mainstream journalists, who are too wary to take on their own. Even White House enjoyed it.

The one hold out was, not surprisingly, pundit Tucker Carlson, who ironically dismissed Stewart as a “partisan hack.” Carlson, it should be noted, is probably still stinging from when his own CNN show, Crossfire, was embarrassed and later canceled following a guest appearance by Stewart, in which he verbally demolished Carlson worse than he did Cramer.

While that was previously the most famous example of Jon Stewart’s media crusade, it was certainly not the only time he has taken on the establishment for its failure to honestly report. Here’s a link to more videos of other members of the Media Elite getting caught in Stewart’s cross hairs.

Michael Steele: Pro-choice and on the way out

You can be a lot of things and still be the leader of the Republican party.

You can be an alcoholic for most of your life, an inarticulate public speaker, and generally incompetent (George Bush).

You can be corrupt, unethical, and an overall horrible human being (Tom Delay).

You can make a fool of yourself and your party in virtually every interview you are involved in (Michael Steele).

You can even be a drug addict and a serial womanizer despite the party’s anti-drug and pro-marriage platform (Rush Limbaugh).

But what you can’t be, what is completely out of the question, is anything close to pro-choice. And Michael Steele just committed that ultimate sin. He is as good as done.

Shaq on fire, on the court and off

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Last Friday, a week shy of his 37th birthday, Shaquille O’Neal  abused All-Star big man Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors, scoring 45 points on 20 of 25 shooting. Afterward, O’Neal insisted he could do that every night if only he got more touches.

“I think I’m the only player who looks at each and every center,” he said, “and says to myself, ‘That’s barbecued chicken down there.”

Chris Bosh had a slightly different point of view:

Toronto’s Chris Bosh had an explanation for how Shaquille O’Neal scored 45 points: He cheated.
“He was just camping down in the lane,” Bosh said Friday night, after O’Neal’s biggest scoring night in six years led Phoenix to a 133-113 victory over the Raptors. “I mean, if they’re not calling three seconds – I thought it was a rule, but I guess not.”

Old age may have slowed his feet a bit, but apparently not his tongue. Shaq responded by comparing his skinnier opponent to the world’s most famous drag queen:

“I heard what Chris Bosh said, and that’s strong words coming from the RuPaul of big men,” O’Neal said. “I’m going to do the same thing (in their next meeting) I did before – make him quit. Make ‘em quit and complain. It’s what I do.”

Then on Sunday, fresh off his physical and verbal assault of Bosh, O’Neal  scored 36 points, and led the Suns to an upset over the favored LA Lakers, despite his old arch rival and teammate Kobe Bryant scoring 49.

After the game, a questioner who wondered aloud how the 37 year old is suddenly acting like he’s 25 again. O’Neal responded unfazed, in his legendary monotone delivery:

“It’s what I do.  I’ve been doing it since 1992. If you don’t believe it, Google me.”

It is no wonder Shaq mentioned Google because lately, he has been all over the internet. He now has one of the most popular Twitter accounts, originally starting it because someone posted under his name as an impostor. After publicly proving his tweet-legitimacy (and then some) last week, he proclaimed:

“To all twitterers , if u c me n public come say hi, we r not the same we r from twitteronia, we connect.”