Maybe it was the after effects of Hurricane Sandy, maybe it was sheer laziness on Judge Nap's part, or maybe I was away from my computer more this week (which seems pretty unlikely). However, Judge Nap really seemed to slack off this week, only sending out some 40 updates, when last week I had 153 to choose from.
Regardless the reason, it doesn't mean that the Laughing Judge neglected any of his favourite topics. They were all there, from drones, to Ludwig von Mises, to legalization of marijuana, the to government being the enemy. Let's deconstruct, shall we?
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Friday, November 2, 2012
Let's not forget -- as Geraldo clearly has not -- that on September 12th, Fox "News" was already politicizing the deaths in the Benghazi attack. However, it must be noted, Fox "News" was merely regurgitating Mendacious Mitt's talking points from the night before. Mittens began politicizing this tragedy while it was still ongoing and before anyone knew there had even been deaths.
That's why for the past 7 weeks Fox "News" had done little more than make up lies about what happened in Benghazi in order to smear President Obama. It's been virtually non-stop. This past week Fox "News" barely took time out to report on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy because that would have taken precious time away from blaming President Obama for the Libyan attack.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
At the time I didn't have the language, or understanding of why they appealed to me so greatly. However, in hindsight based on my collected knowledge of musical genres, I can see how Terry Knight wove in bits of Psychedelia, Vaudeville, Country, Blues, Folk, and Jazz and then infused it all with a Rock and Roll sensibility that at once made it sound familiar, yet different. All I knew at the time is that I would listen to these two LPs -- from start to finish -- and then do it all over again and again and again.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Dateline October 31, 1896 - The incomparable Ethel Waters is born in Chester, Pennsylvania, the result of a rape of her mother, who was reportedly only 13 years old at the time. Waters was raised in extreme poverty and said of her own childhood, "I never was a child. I never was cuddled, or liked, or understood by my family." Waters was married at the age of 13 to an abusive man, whom she soon left. For a time she worked as a maid, toiling in a Philadelphia hotel for $4.75 a week. On her 17th birthday she was cajoled into singing two songs at a party. From that ad hoc performance she was offered a job to sing professionally in Baltimore.
Monday, October 29, 2012
|Bizarro is owned by DC Comics|
It was a very busy week for the Fox "News" spinners: Mittens lost another debate and there were all those Benghazi lies to invent. That's why I managed to collect 265 separate screen captures. After removing the duplicates and those that were meant to deflect away from the GOP lies, this is what we were left with this week. Let's get to it, shall we?
Sunday, October 28, 2012
|Detroit on January 16, 1920, the day before prohibition began.|
Prohibition turned law-abiding citizens into criminals, made a mockery of the justice system, caused illicit drinking to seem glamorous and fun, encouraged neighborhood gangs to become national crime syndicates, permitted government officials to bend and sometimes even break the law, and fostered cynicism and hypocrisy that corroded the social contract all across the country. With Prohibition in place, but ineffectively enforced, one observer noted, America had hardly freed itself from the scourge of alcohol abuse – instead, the "drys" had their law, while the "wets" had their liquor.I highly recommend the three-part Ken Burns-Lynn Novik documentary Prohibition. Here's a taste:
'Merka learned almost nothing from Prohibition. No sooner did the country do away with Prohibition, it brought in the Marihuana [sic] Tax Act of 1937. Oddly enough, the law did not outlaw marijuana; it merely required paying a tax of about a dollar to deal in hemp, marijuana, or cannabis. However, it was impossible to obtain a tax stamp. This effectively made marijuana illegal even though there are many uses for marijuana, whether for smoking or making products out of hemp, such as paper.
One of Anslinger's weapons in his campaign to outlaw marijuana was undisguised racism, as DrugWarRant.com clearly lays out in its report on Why Is Marijuana Illegal:
He also promoted and frequently read from “Gore Files” — wild reefer-madness-style exploitation tales of ax murderers on marijuana and sex and… Negroes. Here are some quotes that have been widely attributed to Anslinger and his Gore Files:
“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”And he loved to pull out his own version of the “assassin” definition:
“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”
“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”
“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
“Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”
“You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”
“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”
“In the year 1090, there was founded in Persia the religious and military order of the Assassins, whose history is one of cruelty, barbarity, and murder, and for good reason: the members were confirmed users of hashish, or marihuana, and it is from the Arabs’ ‘hashashin’ that we have the English word ‘assassin.’”
Harry Anslinger got some additional help from William Randolf Hearst, owner of a huge chain of newspapers. Hearst had lots of reasons to help. First, he hated Mexicans. Second, he had invested heavily in the timber industry to support his newspaper chain and didn’t want to see the development of hemp paper in competition. Third, he had lost 800,000 acres of timberland to Pancho Villa, so he hated Mexicans. Fourth, telling lurid lies about Mexicans (and the devil marijuana weed causing violence) sold newspapers, making him rich.Movies such as Reefer Madness (1936) helped to drive the national hysteria:
While the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was supplanted by various laws over the years, the result is the same: Marijuana is still illegal. Some of the costs of the War on Drugs include:
- Amount spent annually in the U.S. on the war on drugs: More than $51,000,000,000
- Number of people arrested in 2010 in the U.S. on nonviolent drug charges: 1,638,846
- Number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation in 2010: 853,838
- Number of those charged with marijuana law violations who were arrested for possession only: 750,591 (88 percent)
- Number of Americans incarcerated in 2009 in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,424,279 or 1 in every 99.1 adults, the highest incarceration rate in the world
- Fraction of people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison that are black or Hispanic, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites: 2/3
- Number of states that allow the medical use of marijuana: 17 + District of Columbia
- Estimated annual revenue that California would raise if it taxed and regulated the sale of marijuana: $1,400,000,000
- Number of students who have lost federal financial aid eligibility because of a drug conviction: 200,000+
- Tax revenue that drug legalization would yield annually, if currently-illegal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco: $46.7 billion
It’s time we tax and regulate marijuana. The War on Drugs is a proven failure. We have spent several decades and close to a trillion dollars trying to eliminate drugs.Isn't it time to do away with the War on Drugs?
Consider these facts:
We learned a valuable lesson with alcohol prohibition in this country. Prohibition created black markets and violence as gangs fought to control the market. The same thing is true today. Mexican cartels make the majority of their profits distributing marijuana in 230 American cities, and the resulting violence is tragic. That’s why the presidents of many Latin American countries signed a declaration that the war on drugs needs to be ended.
- The last three Presidents and half of American adults have said they have smoked marijuana.
- More children have tried marijuana, which is illegal, than cigarettes, which are regulated.
- Last year we arrested 850,000 people for marijuana, mostly for possession.
- So far, fourteen states have passed medical marijuana laws enabling sick people to benefit.
- Massachusetts, Denver, and Seattle have either successfully decriminalized, or instituted lowest priority law enforcement policies for marijuana possession.
Ron Mann's 1999 documantary Grass: The History Of Marijuana is a great overview of how marijuana became illegal.