• It seems that we’re all overlooking the prime driver of police opposition to MJ legalization: There’s tons of federal MONEY to be had for police to use in their drug-war ops, and I’m guessing that the cops need to keep on reporting arrests and/or convictions to justify continued funding on this gravy train.

    So, if MJ is legalized, the cops lose a big revenue stream. Since the right wing is starving state and local governments of revenues otherwise, the cops need to keep the drug-war money flowing in. As we keep reminding ourselves: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” ― Upton Sinclair, in “I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked.”

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post Shades of Peter the Great! by Deena Stryker.

    2013-09-05 23:29:23View | Delete

    Indonesian – Javanese dialect.

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post Government Should Not Define What a Reporter Is – or Isn’t by brasch.

    2013-08-19 22:03:02View | Delete

    So, Mike Grunwald, the “Senior” correspondent for Time magazine, is a “journalist” – even when he tweets that he can’t wait for the US to kill Assange by drone.

    Thanks, DiFi, for relieving me of my ignorance!

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the blog post The Roundup for August 16, 2013

    2013-08-18 14:16:43View | Delete

    Indeed, exactly my point – as others have pointed out as well. At best, they’ll get branded. Worse, they are exposed to prosecution that even the speech-or-debate clause cannot immunize them from.

    As I’ve long said to many others, but not here at FDL, Osama bin Laden won the GWOT – he destroyed our country by letting the US kill its Constitution in overreaction to the 9-11 attacks – “everything has changed” the great MSM and countless empty talking heads said. I didn’t know that 9-11 amended the Constitution, but de facto it did.

    @Fatster – thanks for the compliment. Alas, I’m not in a position to do much of a diary on this.

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the blog post The Roundup for August 16, 2013

    2013-08-18 12:47:29View | Delete

    I think Wyden, Udall and others face far worse than being removed from the Intelligence Committee if they do anything like what Sen Mike Gravel did at the time of the Watergate papers. The “speech or debate” clause, at Art I sec 6, states that members of Congress:

    “..shall in all Cases, except Treason, FELONY, and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their attendance at the Session of their Respective Houses, and in going to and from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.”

    [CAPS added.]

    Holder would just get indictments of the Senator(s) involved for committing the FELONY of unauthorized disclosure of classified info. The Senator(s) would not only be removed from the Intelligence Committee, but likely be defrocked as Senators, prosecuted, and jailed. And then there’s also that little thing in the NDAA about indefinite detention in the absence of charges.

  • CORRECTION (I don’t know why the preview function isn’t working!: Holder makes no assurances that new charges WILL NOT be laid against Snowden that do carry the death penalty.

  • And @ reader 22: Two comments: First, people seem not to be reading Holder’s letter to Putin carefully at all. It says that the charges currently filed against Snowden do not carry the death penalty. Yet Holder makes no assurance whatever that new charges, involving the death penalty, might be laid against Snowden later on.

    Second, The Senate Intelligence Committee chair, DiFi, and her ranking Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, called Snowden a “traitor” or his conduct “treason,” I forget which. Probably several House GOPs, too.

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post Mixed Messages: Where does Rep. Hanabusa stand on Social Security? by paiagirl.

    2013-07-21 21:07:28View | Delete

    Thank you, C Tut! Good to hear from you!

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post Mixed Messages: Where does Rep. Hanabusa stand on Social Security? by paiagirl.

    2013-07-21 14:55:31View | Delete

    I’ve just caught up with this thread. I’m a long-time Hawaii resident and active in the Dem Party for the express purpose of pulling it leftward. I just want to endorse everything that Paiagirl has said about both Hawaii politics in general and the Schatz-Hanabusa race in particular. You will not, ever, in a real [...]

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post The Pursuit of Edward Snowden: Washington in a Rage, Striving to Run the World by Norman Solomon.

    2013-06-24 13:13:13View | Delete

    Manning and Snowden need to receive the next Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Thank you, Moderator. Will do.

  • The following, quoted in full, comes from warisacrime.org. It explains what the Second Amendment is supposed to mean, as opposed to how the RATS have perverted it:

    [mod note: Please do not post a full piece published by someone else at another site without their permission. Give us an excerpt, and then post a link back to the original. We don't like it when people take our content and put it up elsewhere without permission, and want to treat others with the same respect.]

    The Second Amendment Does NOT Condone Random Slaughter
    By davidswanson – Posted on 15 December 2012
    By Harvey Wasserman

    The Second Amendment does NOT guarantee the right of any and all citizens to own any and all kinds of guns.

    It DEMANDS, in the name of national security, that we regulate it.

    NEVER let assertions of the so-called “sanctity” of the 2d Amendment bully you into thinking it guarantees unregulated weapon ownership.

    It does NOT.

    Contrary to the propaganda perpetrated by the gun lobby, the 2d Amendment is the most heavily modified, curbed, explained, complex and contradictory of all the first ten Amendments. [snip]

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post What the Washington Post doesn’t know about Hawaii by Mauimom.

    2012-12-21 07:51:49View | Delete

    There was some activity to get Cayetano to jump in, but I understand that he has declined. The strong momentum seems to be for a young ‘un who can build seniority the way Inouye did. That’s, of course, only one of the reasons that most of the State has been in thrall of him for [...]

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post What the Washington Post doesn’t know about Hawaii by Mauimom.

    2012-12-21 07:42:31View | Delete

    Tony Gill announced in an internal Dem email yesterday. Once it leaked out into the media, I felt free to mention it here.

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post What the Washington Post doesn’t know about Hawaii by Mauimom.

    2012-12-20 17:46:03View | Delete

    One more: Evidently Esther Kia`aina, who had been a Congressional staffer for both Ed Case and Mazie Hirono, has joined the fray. She ran in the Second District primary in which Tulsi blew Mufi away, but Esther came in a poor third. She has no other electoral experience. I don’t think she’ll even make the [...]

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post What the Washington Post doesn’t know about Hawaii by Mauimom.

    2012-12-20 17:41:32View | Delete

    Forgot the quote marks in one of the paragraphs above: The Honolulu Star Advertiser stated: QUOTE Abercrombie said today “every weight” will be given to Inouye’s request, but added any discussion on who he might appoint is premature until the state party presents its list of nominees. END QUOTE. START MY COMMENT: This can be [...]

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post What the Washington Post doesn’t know about Hawaii by Mauimom.

    2012-12-20 17:32:32View | Delete

    More late news from Paradise: State Sen Will Espero of Waipahu in Leeward Oahu has also declared his candidacy. He’s a leader in the Filipino community. He reflects a lot of their values: economic liberal, social conservative. (He was among those who voted against civil unions for gay couples in 2009.) Abercrombie issued an interesting [...]

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post What the Washington Post doesn’t know about Hawaii by Mauimom.

    2012-12-20 17:00:06View | Delete

    Late-breaking news from one of the Honolulu TV stations: Lt. Gov Brian Schatz will be a candidate for the Senate appointment. This is now quite sticky for the Governor, assuming that both Schatz and Hanabusa are put on the Dem Party’s list of three. The Gov angers his Lt. Gov, with whom he must continue [...]

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post What the Washington Post doesn’t know about Hawaii by Mauimom.

    2012-12-20 16:22:32View | Delete

    And I thank you, It’s fun to discuss.

  • Sanctimonious Purist commented on the diary post What the Washington Post doesn’t know about Hawaii by Mauimom.

    2012-12-20 15:27:58View | Delete

    Aloha!, C Tut: I seriously doubt that Calvin Say will be on the list. For info of other readers: Calvin has been the Blue Dog speaker of the Hawaii House of Reps for the past 13 years. He’s 60 years old and is losing a tug of war to the guy he ousted as Speaker [...]

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