Monthly Archives: February 2009
This bit of news this week had me smiling don’t cha know:
In response to a question at a Wednesday news conference, US Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will no longer raid medical marijuana dispensaries in states where they are legal under state law. The announcement marks the fulfillment of a President Obama campaign promise, and it marks the end of 13 years of stubborn federal resistance to state medical marijuana programs.
DEA raids of medical marijuana facilities in California continued after Obama’s election in November and even after his inauguration last month. Holder was asked if those raids represented Justice Department policy under the new administration.
“Shortly after the inauguration there were raids on California medical marijuana dispensaries. Do you expect these to continue?” the reporter asked, noting that the president had promised to end the raids in the campaign.
“No,” Holder responded. “What the president said during the campaign, you’ll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we’ll be doing in law enforcement. He was my boss during the campaign. He is formally and technically and by law my boss now. What he said during the campaign is now American policy.”
Praise Buddha! The reason this is grand news here in Bakersfield is that all our dispensaries were raided so they all have been closed for over a year, do to fear of another DEA raid, which btw all raids were sanctioned by our redneck DA and Head Sheriff. Only one dispensary owner was charged with federal crimes, the rest just lost all their inventory and money in the bank.
Nothing like a four hour trip to pick up a prescription, ya know?
Now, watch him actually say the words.
Today’s Hardball show really goes after Issa’s “Democrat” party bullshit. Tweety calls Issa on his use of the word and reminds him that it’s the “Democratic” Party. Barney Frank holds his own with Issa.
Tweety then goes after the Rethugs for bitching and not offering anything new. No shit Sherlock!
It sure wasn’t the folks in the center and it damn sure wasn’t me. His whole shtick, aka his speech, was that government is bad and tax cuts are good. Check out this quote:
Today in Washington, some are promising that government will rescue us from the economic storms raging all around us.
Those of us who lived through Hurricane Katrina — we have our doubts.
Horseshit. It was a REPUBLICAN-led Congress and Administration that fucked Louisiana and the gulf region before and after Katrina. Does this nitwit think people are going to forget that fact?
He also lied his ever-lovin ass off. Spreading bullshit about what is in the stimulus plan, which has been a Republican staple:
But Democratic leaders in Congress — they rejected this approach. Instead of trusting us to make wise decisions with our own money, they passed the largest government spending bill in history, with a price tag of more than $1 trillion with interest. While some of the projects in the bill make sense, their legislation is larded with wasteful spending. It includes $300 million to buy new cars for the government, $8 billion for high-speed rail projects, such as a “magnetic levitation” line from Las Vegas to Disneyland, and $140 million for something called “volcano monitoring.” Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, D.C.
There is NO SPECIFIC language regarding highspeed rail and the locations to fund. That determination will be made by Ray LaHood, a fucking Rethug and Obama’s Transporation Secretary.
As for the ‘volcano monitoring..Mother Jones has a good point in their article on Jindal’s lies and fabrications:
The ‘volcano monitoring’ part is almost as misleading. According to ProPublica, the relevant portion of the stimulus money is for “U.S. Geological Survey facilities and equipment, including stream gages, seismic and volcano monitoring systems and national map activities.” It seems obvious that employing geologists, building facilities, buying equipment, and paying people to map the country all have a stimulative effect. But more importantly, why does Bobby Jindal think monitoring volcanoes is a bad thing for the government to be doing? There doesn’t seem to be any immediate way for private enterprise to profit from monitoring volcanoes (maybe selling volcano insurance?), but there is obviously a huge public benefit from making sure volcanoes are monitored: warning people if a volcano is going to erupt. Isn’t that obvious?
It’s the same Rethuglican bs…it’s was just being spouted by a new face. How they expect to win hearts and minds with this fuckery is beyond me.
Did he mention the San Francisco salt marsh mouse? That is another favorite lie of the Rethugs. If he did, I missed it.
UPDATE: For the nimrods, that still believe the salt marsh mouse story…here is a news link debunking it.
There is more crapola in his speech but frankly I don’t have the stomach for it this morning as my back is screaming at me.
Lately he resembles The Shrub, with his support of various Shrub bullshit policies…like the hell hole called Bagram, trying to quash the wiretapping court case and last but not least, the missing White House emails. WTF dude?
Needless to say, he isn’t on my list of top ten good humans recently. He is scaring me to tell the truth.
So, today he will address both houses of Congress Critters. Sort of a rookie State of the Union speechifying moment.
The Domestic Agenda has everyone’s attention…but the issues I list at the top are important too. We can not forget them…or let Obama continue business as usual regarding them.
I love Meerkats. I have always been enthralled with the little guys. These two were born at the Australia Zoo. Just a little cuteness to brighten up a day that will be filled with bad, horrible, depressing news.