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One Horrible Rich Person...

Snyder Killed Some Trees; Park Ranger's Career Goes Down in Flames


Dan Snyder couldn’t see the Potomac River from his mansion, so the Washington NFL team’s owner exploited his government connections to do something about it.

Snyder, who’s pegged in Deadspin as a “horrible rich person” cut down 140 trees behind his Maryland estate – even though the trees were on national park property – and wrecked a park ranger’s career in the process.

Deadspin reports that in June of 2004, P. Daniel Smith, National Parks special assistant, and his National Park Service colleagues, which included the C&O Canal’s new interim superintendent, Kevin Brandt, met with Snyder and his attorney at his mansion to work out a deal to remove the trees.

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Smith was a special assistant to Fran Mainella, who, in 2001, President Bush tapped to run the NPS. Smith and his colleagues agreed to grant Snyder a special use permit to clear 200 feet of trees on the slope behind his house, on the condition that he replace them with 600 native saplings, according to the Washington Monthly, the magazine that reported the full story. Also reported was the fact that no one had sought the proper permits or commissioned an environmental assessment, and they ignored a recommendation from the park’s horticulture specialist that cutting the trees would have adverse affects on the ecosystem.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/01/07/snyder-killed-some-trees-wrecked-park-rangers-career-152992

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On The Money...

Know Your Potheads...

Unless sex and/or drugs are involved Republican politicians rarely admit blame for their scandals

And then barely at that.

Christie is upholding that fine tradition.

Mannequin Must Think He’s Some Pretty Hot Shit

Mannequin Must Think He’s Some Pretty Hot Shit

David Brooks smoked weed when he was young, now he regrets it, thinks no one else should

I've never smoked weed, ever, I don't regret not ever smoking, but I don't think that people should be prohibited from doing so.

We're both 52, two months difference, so it's not like it's that big of one. He went to school in Canada and now he's some right wing demagogue. I went to school in Michigan and spent most of my adult life in the military, where it was part of my job to process the separations of troops who were caught smoking weed and yet, I came out about as a pretty lefty guy as one could be.

What the fuck has Brooks done to slather his hands with the blood of weed smokers? Has he ever looked into their eyes as he was part of the process that ruined their lives? I don't think so.

I don't regret that at all either, I didn't think that weed smoking had its place for people who were in uniform.

He's white and I'm black, but it's been my observation that white guys can pretty much smoke weed at will, without any fear of being hassled by the cops. Black guys tend to get targeted by the cops as suspected weed smokers, even when a lot of them have not smoked or possessed weed at all.

In that, we're living in two different worlds.

Brooks couldn't be bothered to acknowledge that fact.

By the way, the way that Brooks is acting, with his dope smoking past and all, his "regrets" seem awfully hypocritical, as he could still be smoking it today (secretly), and being the white, middle class, right wing demagogue that he is, no one would even care.

Me, I have to live in this world of weed prohibition, where my rights and the rights of others could be violated at the drop of a hat on mere suspicion. Where poor people are suspected of smoking dope merely because they use the social safety net. Where jails are filled with their black and brown bodies merely because they're too poor to afford bail.

Brooks wants that all to stay the same… Hell, he's already had his unpunished thrills. I want it to change because it's unjust and unfair. Yet, he's all for ruining the lives of people for weed and would stay detached from the process as much as possible.

I've never smoked weed and chances are that I never will… But unlike Brooks, my own position isn't one of hypocrisy and isn't either self-serving or dripping with demagoguery.

It's about making world that has more freedom and fairness and less prejudice and fear.

Is good to find...

Let's bake some biscuits!

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