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Oh my God!!!! Everyone in Colorado is going to get high!

At least that's what it sounds like if you read CNN or some of the other press.

I wish people would realize that NO ONE in Colorado who wasn't getting high last week will be getting high today. Hell, the kids that my kids go to school with will still be getting high, even though they can't "legally" buy weed. All the MMJ patients, many of whom have no illness worse than the dreaded "really, really, really want to get high" disease, will still be getting high, they just won't have to get put into the state registry or even give their last name to the cashier at the pot store.

And you still can't buy pot legally in Colorado Springs, so all of those poor people who have to live among the right wing junta that control the city will probably still buy their pot illegally, simply because it's less trouble and less expensive.

You see, very little will change in Colorado. In fact, I will go out on a limb here, and say that almost NOTHING will change in Colorado, except that we might see a slightly higher rate of new school buildings because of the tax revenue.

Robert Corry arrested: Colorado marijuana attorney taken in for public pot use

Source: Boulder Daily Camera

Robert J. Corry, the marijuana activist and attorney who handed out free joints in Denver's Civic Center park earlier this month, was arrested Wednesday for smoking marijuana in public during the Rockies game.

According to a police report, Corry and a woman were seen smoking a joint between a gate and the concourse at Coors Field when officers approached. An officer asked Corry to hand over the joint, and Corry responded, "No, I don't have to, it's legal," according to the report.

Read more: http://www.dailycamera.com/top-stories/ci_24190735/colorado-marijuana-attorney-robert-corry-arrested-public-pot

It's too bad that the champion of legalizing pot in Colorado is such a jerk.

In the last few weeks Corry sponsored joint give-aways in Denver and Boulder. The cops stayed away and let the event go forward, and they were very successful--big crowds, lots of media coverage. At the one in Boulder he even linked it to flood-relief, claiming that he was helping relieve the considerable stress that the community is under.

He's doing great work and appears to be pretty smart. It's a real shame that he's so full of himself.

Why Newtown is Different

(I hope this passes the exceptions rule on guns. I wrote it this morning after reading the New Republic article.)

I wouldn't have understood it before I had children. For the first thirty years of my life I considered myself a sane, rational human being. But once my son was born, and then my daughter, I began to understand that my youthful assumptions had simply ignored the suppressed tendencies that emerged once I was a parent, and I became a different creature altogether.

And what is that? An irrational, thoroughly untempered wild animal whose sole purpose in life is to protect the children I have borne. Nothing else matters. Ever. The impulse to protect our children outweighs everything, sometimes even the law, sometimes even our own self-preservation. I remember my husband trying to explain to my son why there were terrorists in the world. Without, of course, condoning violence, he attempted to illustrate the hopelessness that exists in some corners of the world, "What would you do if your child was sick, and the person who had the medicine that would save your child's life wouldn't give it to you, even though it would simply go to waste in his possession?" Naturally, our son couldn't understand, but he will some day. When he is protecting his own children.

As parents we all understand, even if we cannot empathize, the pain that the parents of the children at Sandy Hook Elementary have suffered. This doesn't assume that non-parents cannot also understand. Indeed I have friends with no children of their own who have adopted mine (pseudo godparents, or adopted aunts and uncles), and I believe they would protect my children as passionately as I would. The instinct is in all of us, and it is raw and fierce.

And that, I believe, is why Newtown is different. The fact that innocents were killed has never been enough. Even Columbine, which I think until now came the closest to tapping that wild-animal instinct, wasn't enough for us to all feel the hurt, indeed the betrayal, that Newtown instilled. Betrayal? Yes, the betrayal by our fellow man to not have somehow stopped this from happening. It wasn't bad enough that teenagers, who at least have stronger abilities to protect themselves, were murdered on our watch. But five-year olds? How did we let this happen? As parents we not only feel betrayed by each other, but ashamed of ourselves. We, none of us, can look the Newtown families in the eye and claim to have done enough. No shower in the world will wash away that stain.

And not only did we not protect the children! We didn't even protect the people who were protecting the children! The heroic efforts of the adult victims at Sandy Hook prevented even more children from dying, but they had to lose their lives to do it. Shame on us! How could we!?

Even after the horrific shooting in Tucson, the only two names I remembered for years were Gabriella Giffords and Christina Taylor Green. Christina was nine years old when she was gunned down. My own daughter was thirteen, and I could barely look at her that day without crying.

And the beat goes on. The ridiculous assertions of the NRA that what is needed now is more guns, guns in schools, and fewer gun restrictions are not only absurd on their face, they belie the almost daily drum beat of news about accidental shootings, domestic violence shootings, and shootings by gangs in turf wars or drug wars. Without guns, these wouldn't even be wars. Problems, perhaps, but not wars. We hear of shootings of police officers, fire fighters, and even civilians who simply want to help an injured person. We read of road rage shootings, drive by shootings, and shootings like the one that occurred in my own small town when a beloved husband, friend and father was senselessly murdered because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time when a disturbed man with a gun snapped.

Yes, Newtown is different. It is why the NRA is now on its heels. It's why Mayor Bloomberg feels compelled to spend his millions on stopping the next Newtown from happening, the next place name to become the name of a disastrous loss of life because someone was able to get their hands on a gun and ammunition too easily. Newtown, Tucson, Aurora, Columbine, ad nauseam. Where will it happen next? Throw a dart at a map, and that could be it…unless.

Unless we keep our promises to our children. Unless we keep our promises to ourselves and to each other to protect the most innocent and defenseless among us. Unless we stop the easy sale of guns and bullets to anyone with enough money. Unless we keep those assault weapons, those death machines out of the hands of the mentally ill, the immature, and the criminal.

"They want to repeal the second amendment!!!!" Cries the NRA, the most vocal front for the gun manufacturers. "They want to take away our guns!" they warn. Well, you're damn right we do! If you can't be bothered to keep it contained and safe from anyone too ill, young, drunk, careless or demonstrably evil getting their hands on it, then HELL YES! I want to take away your guns! I never again want your gun to kill your child or my child or anyone's child. If you're too lazy, stupid or just don't care enough to keep your instrument of death away from those who should not have it, then yeah, I fiercely wish to take away your gun!

Why? Because Newtown was different.

In case you missed it...video

I truly believe this should be mandatory viewing for anyone in the position of making gun policy in this country. His main point, which I whole-heartedly agree with, is that the right to own a weapon is SECONDARY to the right to life of his son, the others at Sandy Hook, and all of us. But he says it much more poignantly:

Yesterday I posted a comment online in support of this letter to the editor...


It's headline is "It's Time to Repeal the Second Amendment"

And it is.

I could go on and on about how the 2nd amendment doesn't--or shouldn't--make it legal for every single person in every single state to own as many guns and as much ammunition as they can get their hands on! And about how a "well regulated militia", even if it was ever a valid reason to make guns legal, is no more applicable to our world than are wooden butter churns or small pox vaccinations. And how no one has EVER thwarted a nut intent upon mowing down as many children as possible by using a legally obtained, legally concealed gun of his/her own to shoot the shooter before he completes his grisly task. Or how "this isn't the time to discuss it".

This is the PERFECT goddamn time to discuss it!

How Our States Were Named

I'm having a "Publisher's Special" sale for the next ten days to catch any procrastinators (like myself ) who still have tough names on their Christmas lists, and have already blown through their budget (again, like me ).

If you'd like to check it out...


K&R if your getting a little tired of people telling you to K&R their posts.

I'll K&R if I want to. Not because you tell me to.

Great history of the Mountain Meadows Massacre

The title is "Massacre at Mountain Meadows" (duh), and there are three authors: Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley, Jr., and Glen M. Leonard.

It was published in 2008, and it takes a new look at the causes and repercussions of the massacre. In light of our most recent election and the Mormon theme, this book is even kind of timely.

It uses some new methods to look at the psychological and emotional justifications by the perpetrators in the run-up to the tragedy.

It's very well written. I'm a little over half way through, and I'm loving it (in a morbid, educational sort of way ).

Boulder DA dismissing small-scale marijuana possession cases in light of Amendment 64

Source: Boulder Daily Camera

District Attorney Stan Garnett today announced that his office will dismiss all pending cases of marijuana possession under one ounce, saying the overwhelming support for Amendment 64 in Boulder County would make it highly unlikely a jury would ever reach a guilty verdict in any of those cases.

"You've seen an end to mere possession cases in Boulder County under my office," Garnett said.

Garnett said his office will also not prosecute any marijuana paraphernalia charges in light of Amendment 64 passing statewide earlier this month. Amendment 64 will legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in Colorado for those over the age of 21.

Read more: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_21994403/boulder-da-dismissing-marijuana-possession-cases-light-amendment


Did anyone else notice that when the woman asked Romney about specific tax deductions that he might or might not keep, he STILL would not say? It got kind of glossed over, but she mentioned four specific deductions (education, mortgage, charitable, and one other that I can't remember), and Romney gave a long, rambling answer but still didn't say if he would get rid of those specific deductions.
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