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“Hydrogen Bomb”

By Al Rex

Not to mention, “When You see Those Flying Saucers”

By the Buchanan Brothers

  • Barack Obama sadObama administration no longer even pretending to be opposed to indefinite detainment, or Gitmo in general. 
  • The New York Times’ John Tierney on why the crime rate in New York City has declined so much — soft on police, but a very good and useful read. I intend to study this further — perhaps while wearing my minarchist hat. I guess I would rather have more police and fewer prisons as well, but I doubt it’s that simple…
  • Two phenomenal ’60s collections of Life photos: a piece of 1969’s drug war, and  a look at Appalachia in 1964.
  • SWAT team silliness and video game hysteria and Sweden!
  • Wonkette is at least as tedious as Gawker whenever the word “libertarian” comes up.
  • Everyone panic!
  • North Korea continues to make everyone want to throw up — even if every single story that appears isn’t true.
  • Colorado prison population declines.  Yay. [Via: John Payne]
  • School choice week, bitches. I say bitches, because this link goes to The Hill.
  • I am a feminist asshole about high heels, I freely admit it. But have you seen The Towering Inferno or other disaster movies? Even with Steve McQueen and Paul Newman saving the day, those are not shoes to flee in. And also, people who lazily lean on the nature of nature vs. nature, remember when men wore high heels?
  • Girls apparently continues the glorious tradition of mocking magazine maestra Jane Pratt. 1) Daria will forever do it — and everything — better because 2) Girls is just pretty okay. But my God, the few times I have visited xojane.com — yeah it deserves to be satirized.
  • My Dad’s John Steinbeck obsession continues! Please note this here New York Post story by dad, this Reason Hit and Run blog about him, and of course, this here e-book
  • Hey yeah, aren’t we going to need to ask some of these “terrorists” questions sometimes?
  • Two of these politicians will be gone soon…And that’s actually sad.
  • Need moar nukes plz.
  • “A Visual History of Presidents Awkwardly Meeting the Losers They Defeated”
  • The Supreme Court case that may outlaw used bookstores; Or: maybe Stephan Kinsella’s obsession with IP is for good reason.
  • Matt Welch is on Red Eye tonight at 3 a.m., so y’all should probably watch if you have insomnia.  Welch is better than John Bolton, that is the important thing. I think you should watch, I guess because I can’t because it’s a little depressing to watch Reason people on TV still? Also, Red Eye, I love/hate you so, but will I ever be on you? Probably not.
  • John Cusack doesn’t approve of Michael Moynihan’s grasp of history and Oliver Stone’s lack thereof and the actor has taken to twitter to poorly express his outrage. The old cliche that if you don’t agree with me, you were paid off is tiresome. My dad got that a lot when I was growing up, yet we still didn’t have a pool in spite of all that dirty money from oil companies (this is a lie, FYI). Still, nice that the quality of celebrity that Moynihan is annoying is only increasing. I am a little jealous.
  • This is just how I get my news every morning!
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John Payne, executive director of Show Me Cannabis Regulation would like everyone, including people who are pro-legalization, to stop acting like the topic is an excuse to make jokes about Cheetos.

Yes, jokes can be found in all subjects, and allies doing it is less offensive than when the president brushes legalization questions off with a stoner joke, but the point still stands. This issue is finally, almost, something legitimate to discuss after only a trillion dollars, 50,000 dead Mexicans, militarized SWAT teams, and scores of thousands of arrested Americans. We get it, the munchies, LOL, so funny.

Payne:

This policy is killing thousands of people abroad, eroding our civil liberties by ransacking our homes and suffocating free speech, and creating a permanent underclass of people who have been convicted of nothing more than possessing a plant. I can think of no other domestic policy in the United States today that does so much damage and all in the name of a policy that has been entirely ineffective at preventing people from using marijuana.

When most politically-engaged Americans start to think of cannabis prohibition in these terms, the laughter will stop, and newscasters will stop showing B-roll of people taking bong rips every time they interview a cannabis law reformer. The consequences of cannabis prohibition are deadly serious, and it is time that this issue moves from the periphery of our political discourse to front and center.

The whole thing here.

Previous heroics on the subject: Penn Jillete’s delicious rant about Obama not taking the issues seriously, this video response to hack extraordinaire Kal Penn’s winking video that urged stoners to vote Obama, Michael C. Moynihan, omsbudsmaning on Red Eye, reminding a former prosecutor/bimbo that the drug war is terrible and wrong.