matthewj

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  • matthewj commented on the blog post China and Russia Basically Tell Obama to Screw Off

    2013-06-25 12:24:19View | Delete

    I think it’s no coincidence that Snowden is making his way through China and Russia before seeking asylum. He seems pretty bright and it seems like he may be intentionally stirring the pot a bit in more ways than just the leaks…

  • matthewj commented on the blog post So Do Democrats Actually Want to Govern or Not?

    2012-11-15 09:14:20View | Delete

    If Democrats don’t change the Senate rules at the beginning of the next session it will mean they believe having a go-to excuse for broken promises is more important than having a semi-functioning government system. It will be a telling moment to determine if Democrats are serious about governing or they just really like playing the part on TV.

    So will FDL come out strongly against Democrats not just on this issue but in future elections if they don’t make this change?

  • Jon, which states would you like to see in both 2014 and 2016? Do you think there is a possibility for some states to skip a medical program and go straight to full legalization / regulation in the next 2-4 years? Any thoughts on Minnesota in particular?

  • matthewj commented on the blog post Just Say Now and the 2012 Election

    2012-11-12 12:54:12View | Delete

    Thanks for all your hard work on this issue. It is very exciting to see the cracks in the wall really starting to appear.

    I’m in Minnesota. We don’t have voter initiatives although it is possible for the legislature to refer issues to the voters. We were able to get rid of the republican control of our legislature this year opening the door to progress on this issue. The Democratic legislature actually passed (relatively restricteve) medical marijuana a few years ago but it was vetoed by Tim Pawlenty. Now that we have both a Democratic legislature and governor we should see movement. I’m hoping they will pass medical marijuana again and Dayton will enact it. I’m also hoping they will be willing to refer full legalization / regulation to the voters in 2014 or 2016 if they aren’t willing to enact it outright. Minnesota is ready for a new approach.

  • matthewj commented on the diary post Respectable Murderers: An Open Letter to Dan Ellsberg by David Swanson.

    2012-11-02 06:18:58View | Delete

    Ellsberg can be respected while still vehemently disagreeing that his position is appropriate or even logically consistent. From my point of view he is courageous and has done and does much good, yet his position on Obama and Democrats is logically and ethically inconsistent and therefore incoherent. Of course he is not alone. Many people [...]

  • matthewj commented on the diary post Respectable Murderers: An Open Letter to Dan Ellsberg by David Swanson.

    2012-11-01 19:57:52View | Delete

    #1. Ellsberg says Obama has earned impeachment. A few lines later, he encourages people to vote for Obama, i.e. vote for someone who has committed a crime so great that they aren’t fit for the office you’re voting them into.

    I can’t imagine a more vivid illustration of the cognitive dissonance that exists in the mind [...]

  • matthewj commented on the diary post Respectable Murderers: An Open Letter to Dan Ellsberg by David Swanson.

    2012-11-01 19:51:47View | Delete

    I think it’s fair to call what passes for elections in the U.S. today legacy party charades. Legacy party because the current parties are tools of the elites and in no way representative of the people. They are unsustainable and will be replaced by new power structures eventually (hopefully sooner than later). The election process [...]

  • matthewj commented on the diary post Respectable Murderers: An Open Letter to Dan Ellsberg by David Swanson.

    2012-11-01 17:44:15View | Delete

    Yes the two biggest things our so-called elections do are
    1)waste and divert our time and energy
    2)make us argue with each other over the relatively unimportant thing we’re wasting our time on

    I hope you’re referring to the legacy party charade and not elections in general.

  • matthewj commented on the diary post Respectable Murderers: An Open Letter to Dan Ellsberg by David Swanson.

    2012-11-01 17:40:48View | Delete

    allowing this stupid election to set people at each other’s throats who have strong and meaningful alliances where it matters is abjectly ridiculous. Thanks for leading by example.

    Many of us (on both sides I suppose) feel the question of whether or not Democrats deserve support is something that actually matters immensely. The attitude that this does [...]

  • matthewj commented on the diary post Matt Stoller vs. Peter Coyote and the Case Against the Case for Obama by cassiodorus.

    2012-11-01 05:31:42View | Delete

    I should add that I would not be frustrated or disappointed about any of this if I wasn’t so grateful for everything else that happens here at FDL. It is precisely because this site and community see so many issues so clearly and take so much important action that I have come to have very [...]

  • matthewj commented on the diary post Matt Stoller vs. Peter Coyote and the Case Against the Case for Obama by cassiodorus.

    2012-11-01 05:26:45View | Delete

    Where’s that FDL diary of you at a Keystone protest? Where’s that FDL diary of you getting arrested for Manning? Where’s that FDL diary of you filing but not paying your federal income taxes as a protest. What scares the hell out of me is that thanks to all-time-talkers like you, we’re already past the point [...]

  • matthewj commented on the diary post Matt Stoller vs. Peter Coyote and the Case Against the Case for Obama by cassiodorus.

    2012-11-01 05:18:23View | Delete

    That is so special. Yes, compare Jane Hamsher to the lamestream media mavens. She is “fair and balanced” the same as our corporate spokesliars.

    My statement was specifically in the context of whether or not to vote for Democratic party candidates. In that context I do believe it is true. Have you ever seen Jane take [...]

  • matthewj commented on the diary post Matt Stoller vs. Peter Coyote and the Case Against the Case for Obama by cassiodorus.

    2012-10-31 13:00:41View | Delete

    We run a site where a community collectively discusses issues, and that doesn’t include pogroms where people are purged for impurity of thought. If you think that’s what we need to be you have quite a wait on your hands.

    I don’t think anyone needs to be excluded for impurity, but I do think the issue [...]

  • matthewj commented on the diary post Matt Stoller vs. Peter Coyote and the Case Against the Case for Obama by cassiodorus.

    2012-10-31 11:44:06View | Delete

    The Stoller-Coyote debate is an important one, which echos the discussion happening within the community at FDL. I’m going to put this on the front page and I hope it encourages a thoughtful and respectful conversation. There are valid points on both sides and the issue is far from settled. Please be respectful of others as [...]

  • Chris, you say you are sure a revolt is coming. Do you have any sense of how many years out it might be?

  • matthewj commented on the diary post Organizing Against War Within a War Party by David Swanson.

    2012-09-04 16:35:03View | Delete

    Yep, you must ditch both legacy parties and act on your own. Don’t give them any support or votes ever again. They are both beyond hope.

  • Agree. Pretty disappointing that they’d be involved in this…

  • Can this be used as an opportunity to throw Guantanamo back in his face? After all, Harold and Kumar are escaped fugitives from there… :)

  • Great! I will enjoy reading it and learning more… :)

  • Thanks Martin. It sounds like emphasizing the synergy could be an important way to make sure the idea of low THC strains only doesn’t take hold. Does your book go in-depth on this synergy? I’m looking forward to reading it…

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