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  •  Something else that's gotta change... (7+ / 0-)

    Over and over gain on cable news yesterday all I heard concerning what Bloomberg was going to do was about him banning styrofoam cups.

    Billionaire New York mayor Michael Bloomberg promised eye-catching changes Thursday for his last days in office, including reduced penalties for marijuana possession and a ban on Styrofoam cups.
    ... not a freakin' peep about him [essentially] decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, which is HUGE news.

    Thanks for informing us. It's hard telling when cable news outlets would have got around to reporting it.

    (especially when a stinking cruise ship being towed into port demanded wall-to-wall cable news coverage)

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:01:40 AM PST

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    •  The 'Liberal Media' always toes the GOP line (7+ / 0-)

      on the Weed.

      Unsure why the Liberal Media would be so conservative on this most Liberal of Values.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:10:38 AM PST

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      •  Maybe it's the "Nixon could go to China", (3+ / 0-)
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        but "Oh noes, people would call us Communists!" thing.

        GOP: Bankers, billionaires, suckers, and dupes.

        by gzodik on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:29:55 AM PST

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      •  I have to ask would you rathar (3+ / 0-)
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        have the tradmed hem and haw over if Bloomberg is "endangering the children" and all that non-sense, or have this baby step pass under the radar?  Anything that keeps this ball rolling is good for me.

        Honestly if the tradmed keeps their mouth shut till it is decriminilized I think that would be helpful, we really do not need George or Gregory with their sourpuff sad face saying "is our kids safe from reefer madness?".  They can keep thier mouth's shut for all I care and if it becomes legal without fanfare so be it.  I just do not want to go to jail, fuck those talking heads and you know they are the reason it is still illegal.  Less media play on this the better in my book.

        "To the corruptions of Christianity, I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself." Thomas Jefferson

        by meatwad420 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:10:51 AM PST

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        •  You have a point... (2+ / 0-)
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          Of course, since I do like to keep up on developments like this, I would have appreciated at least a passing mention from progressive media outlets.

          But you're right, that last thing this movement needs right now is for the corporate media to start slobberin' all over it. After we have statistics indicating its success -- that's a different story.

          For once, the media might actually be doing the right thing.

          (and they wouldn't even know they're doing it)


          "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

          by markthshark on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:59:50 AM PST

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      •  We know the 'Liberal Media' (1+ / 0-)
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        is owned and operated by the 'Conservative Bosses' who you would THINK would support legalization and the end to all the money, prisons and all that goes with keeping marijuana illegal.

        I know way too many 'white folks' who use and they are not the ones being taken to jail.

        Here in the South, the prisons are full of non-violent drug offenders - just another way to lock up the 'darks' where nobody will miss them, except their children, mothers, fathers, friends, etc.

        Last night, ABC News never mentioned the Filibuster of the Defense Secretary directly - used all kinds of words to go around that dirty word.

        -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

        by MarciaJ720 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:18:02 AM PST

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    •  After all, that crise ship is CORPORATE news... (3+ / 0-)

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      by Floyd Blue on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:11:50 AM PST

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    •  This is a surprisingly smart move, but (2+ / 0-)
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      [essentially] decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana,

      ...umm... I don't see that. If folks are still being summoned to face charges after their release, or if there's any entry on their record, then it's still illegal. It sounds like you're still getting arrested, you're just not getting held until your arraignment.

      Being in jail overnight is a nasty experience, but it's not life-changing for most folks. Having a record for possession probably is- A lot of opportunities just vanish.

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