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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:18 AM

Gingrich's Death Penalty for Pot

http://www.celebstoner.com/201201249497/news/marijuana-news/gingrichs-death-penalty-for-pot.html

Gingrich's Death Penalty for Pot
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:47


In 1996, when he was in Congress, Newt Gingrich proposed to amend the Controlled Substances Act to include a provision for the death penalty for anyone who brings two ounces of marijuana or other drugs into the country.

Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson slams Gingrich, who's running for the Republican presidential nomination. "Some of Speaker Gingrich’s ideas over the years are nothing short of scary," says Johnson. "The War on Drugs is a failure, and bold steps are in order to align drug policy with reality and humanity. But Newt Gingrich’s notion of bold is not what we need."

About H.R. 4170 (Drug Import Death Penalty Act of 1996), Johnson notes: "Anyone coming home to the U.S. and caught carrying enough marijuana (two ounces) to distribute would be sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole - or if caught twice, would be sentenced to death."

Gingrich recently defended this position when he stated: "We need to think through a strategy that makes it radically less likely that we're going to have drugs in this country. Places like Singapore have been the most successful at doing that. They've been very draconian. And they have communicated with great intention that they intend to stop drugs from coming into their country."

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limpyhobbler Jan 2012 #1
Old and In the Way Jan 2012 #2
G_j Jan 2012 #4
Mojorabbit Jan 2012 #3
DCKit Jan 2012 #5
Fuzz Jan 2012 #6
eomer Jan 2012 #7
G_j Jan 2012 #10
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whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #9

Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:19 AM

1. fascist!

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:24 AM

2. Yeah Newt, lets become "just like Singapore".

A place where you could be arrested for bringing chewing gum into the country. What a freak.

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Response to Old and In the Way (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:34 AM

4. I'm sure he'd love this too: Caning: corporal punishment in Singapore

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3c9_1304013159

Caning: corporal punishment in Singapore (Graphic Video)

Singaporean law allows caning to be ordered for over 30 offences, including hostage-taking, robbery, gang robbery with murder, drug use, vandalism, and rioting. Caning is also a mandatory punishment for certain offences such as rape, drug trafficking, illegal money-lending, and for visiting foreigners who overstay their visa by more than 90 days, a measure designed to deter illegal immigrant workers.

Caning is in practice always ordered in addition to a jail sentence and never as a punishment by itself. It is administered in an enclosed area in the prison, out of view of the public and other inmates. Those present are limited to the inmate, prison wardens, medical officers, the caning officer and sometimes high-ranking prison officials to witness the punishment.

An inmate sentenced to caning receives no advance warning as to when he will be caned, and is notified only on the day his sentence is to be carried out. In the caning room, the inmate is ordered to strip naked and receives a medical examination by the prison doctor to check whether he is medically fit for caning, by measuring his blood pressure and other physical conditions. If the doctor gives the green light, the inmate then receives his caning, but if he is certified unfit for punishment, he is sent back to the court for his prison term to be increased instead. A prison official confirms with him the number of strokes he is to receive.

The inmate is then led to the A-shaped frame (called a "caning trestle") and his wrists and ankles secured tightly to the frame by strong leather straps in such a way that he assumes a bent-over position on the frame at an angle of close to 90° at the hip, with his posterior protruding. Protective padding is placed on his lower back to protect the vulnerable kidney and lower spine area from any mis-strokes so that only his buttocks are exposed to the cane. The officer administering the caning takes up position beside the frame and delivers the number of strokes specified in the sentence, at intervals of 10 to 15 seconds. He is required to put his full force into each stroke. The strokes are administered all in one caning session, unless the medical officer certifies that the inmate cannot receive any more strokes because of his condition, in which case
the rest of the strokes are converted to additional prison time.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:31 AM

3. Wow! I don't remember that.

I love these little jewels coming to light.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:44 AM

5. Newt Gingrich: Enema of the PPL. nt

 

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:50 AM

6. Yay, more death!

 

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:46 PM

7. He's not too strong on logic, either.

If the first offense gets you life in prison without parole, why the need for draconian punishment for the second offense? Who is going to commit those second offenses? Escapees?

Obviously this was just theatrics and pandering (also known as "par for the course").

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Response to eomer (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:32 AM

10. his is a seperate reality

with it's own logic.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:50 PM

8. I guess he won't be getting an endorsement from Rush then.

NOT.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 01:02 PM

9. Beyond batshit

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