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We're supposed to be better than that, and maybe we finally are.....

For the first time, a majority of Republicans are in favor of legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup poll out Wednesday.

Fifty-one percent of Republicans tell Gallup that, yes, marijuana should be legal, up from 42 percent last year.

That support has led to a whopping two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) supporting pot legalization, the highest ever recorded by Gallup. Gallup has data on the question since 1969.

Marijuana was made illegal in the United States on the back of a campaign financed and promoted by the Hearst paper empire, which was deeply concerned about the ability of hemp to displace wood pulp for paper production.  The Hearsts owned vast expanses of pulp wood forest along with newspapers and used the latter to protect the former by driving public opinion about marijuana -- thereby effectively outlawing hemp.

Then there was the raw xenophobic and intentional lies spun in movies like Reefer Madness, which made the claim that Mexicans like to smoke weed (possibly true) but after doing so inevitably became raving animals who would uncontrollably******white women.  It was therefore essential to prohibit marijuana, you see.

That is what actually happened folks.  It was an intentional lie then and still is today.

Laws are not supposed to be predicated on lies, and when they are and the lie is discovered the government has an obligation to scrap said law.  Yet for decades it has refused to do exactly that.

Today we have jackwads like Jeff Sessions who still want to run this sort of crap -- a morality-based play that essentially argues that a plant should be illegal to grow, possess and consume because he thinks its bad.  "Good people don't smoke pot", basically, is his argument, and while he's certainly entitled to his opinion enforcing that opinion by law is another matter entirely.

Leave the medicinal argument aside for a moment (which is quite strong as well, I remind you.)  After all I've been known to gargle with a shot of scotch when I have sore throat.  Whether that's "safe and effective" isn't really the point; what's on-point is that I have every right to put ethanol in my body should I so choose and the risks and benefits of doing so are mine.

In a land where we have an opiod epidemic (which, I remind you, is driven not by illegal drugs but by doctors pushing this crap on people who they know are at high risk of physical addiction) I can find no argument at all for maintaining marijuana, a drug that is not physically addictive, as an illegal substance when even some small percentage of those who might seek a pain script from a doctor would likely instead choose to toke up a joint.

Some 60,000 people a year die from opiod overdoses in this country today.  If even 5% of those people would have chosen to smoke a joint instead and thus never start down the road of opiod addiction we'd be +3,000 people a year and we'd have the tax revenue from the doobies they bought and consumed.

Of course the medical and pharmaceutical industries hate this idea; they make a hell of a lot of money killing those 60,000 people a year, never mind all the side effects and medical treatment required due to same.  Anything that reduces the ability to push poisons on the public under the name of "medicine" you can bet both doctors and pharma will oppose.

I often wonder why it is that given both the medical profession's and pharmaceutical companies unbroken record in this regard, along with the pile of dead bodies from opioid addiction they have created the people in this nation at-large have not yet risen up with gallows and bonfires, laying in orders for enough BBQ sauce to make the outcome palatable.

Smoking anything is a bad idea for obvious reasons but I remind you that nobody has to smoke marijuana to consume it.  You can choose edibles or a vape pen that uses oil; said vapes are both nearly odorless and harmless to others, and of course so are edibles -- other than the risk of someone getting very stoned by accident if they eat your pan of brownies.  (One could even argue that outcome is deserved if they didn't ask if it was ok to have some first!)

Legalization is thus a double win.  It is long past time to remove marijuana from our federal drug laws, leaving us with a regulated and taxed system of distribution for those 21 and over who choose to consume it, just as we have today for alcohol.  To not do so immediately is a travesty that both destroys lives and empowers bigotry, including among people who ought to know better like Jeff Sessions and other members of our federal and state governments.

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2017-11-07 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Note the lack of actual exposition of the issue here:

The detention of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy in South Texas last month for immigration violations spotlights a harsh reality of the borderlands. Undocumented immigrants who live north of the border, but south of a string of Border Patrol checkpoints, say they feel trapped. They fear seeking specialized medical care or visiting family. Some call it la jaula, which is Spanish for "the cage"; others call it la isla, "the island."

The issue?

WHO IS PAYING FOR SAID MEDICAL CARE?

If you're illegal and worried about deportation you're not paying taxes and otherwise identifying yourself in the country illegally.  Therefore what's really going on here is that these people are being deterred from seeking to rob the citizens of this nation by compelling them to provide medical care they cannot pay for either directly or via insurance.

They could choose to go back to their home nation where they might have access to their own country's medical system.  Instead they choose to whine about being "deterred" from stealing.

I say in response to this: Bravo.

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2017-11-05 07:07 by Karl Denninger
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As I pointed out here:

We now know that Kevin Spacey didn't just allegedly assault a boy (adolescent, and well under the age of consent) many years ago -- he was also very sexually aggressive recently including during most of the work for Netflix on "House of Cards".

In fact this isn't just harassment being alleged -- it includes assault.

What's additionally been alleged is that almost-literally everyone in the crew knew damn well this crap was going on.

So here's the problem: This sort of crap doesn't continue for that length of time over that many people without the parent company turning a blind eye to it -- at least.

So this was  a "one-off", you excuse it with?

Doesn't look that way.

Netflix is withholding any action against actor Danny Masterson or his show, “The Ranch,” despite four******allegations against him, the Huffington Post reported Friday.

“We are aware of the allegations and the subsequent investigation, and will respond if developments occur,” Netflix said in a statement.

The allegations were made in 2004.

Netflix obviously (with any sort of checking) either knew or would have known other than for intentional refusal to look that these allegations were serious.

It put forward the show anyway.

On Oct. 17, Netflix announced the release date for the fourth season of “The Ranch,” long after news of the investigation was reported.

And why not?

Americans will and do continue to pay a subscription fee to a company that employs people like this.  In other words you not only support sexual assault with your words you also support it with your money each and every month.

If any material percentage of the population of this country gave a damn about sexual assault -- really, actually cared about it instead of using it as a political foil -- NETFLIX AND THESE OTHER FIRMS IN THE "ENTERTAINMENT" WORLD WOULD ALREADY BE OUT OF BUSINESS AS THEY WOULD NOT HAVE A SINGLE NON-RAPIST CUSTOMER REMAINING.

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