We are very saddened tonight by the news of the conviction of author and medical marijuana activist Ed Rosenthal in San Francisco. He will be sentenced Tuesday to a mandatory minimum ten year sentence. The maximum sentence is life.
Howie Kurtz has the GOP pegged on this one:
Generally, I am pro-choice- my choice is that I will never support it- but I also choose to let others make their own decision and to live with themselves. However, it is illustrative that the ‘party of choice’ really isn’t:
Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., promised to bring up the abortion issue if he finds himself debating President Bush next year.
“I’ll tell him, ‘There’s a fundamental difference between he and I (sic; it’s been a long time since Kerry’s prep school grammar classes): I trust women to make their own decisions. You don’t,” Kerry said. Fine words. But it looks like the only decision John Kerry trusts women to make is the decision to have or not have an abortion.
He doesn’t trust a woman to make the decision to invest her Social Security taxes in private accounts that would provide her a more comfortable retirement. He doesn’t trust a woman to own a gun. He doesn’t trust a woman to make her own decision on where her children will go to school.
The truth hurts. I’d vote for this party:
Too many people these days think “choice” only refers to abortion. I’d like to hear a presidential candidate say, “I believe in a woman’s right to choose. I believe in a woman’s right to choose whether to have a child. I believe in a woman’s right to choose any job someone will hire her for. I believe in a woman’s right to choose to own a gun. I believe in a woman’s right to choose the school she thinks is best for her child, public or private. I believe in a woman’s right to choose what kinds of art she will spend her money on, even if she prefers Madonna or Randy Travis and Congress wants to give her money to Robert Mapplethorpe or Luciano Pavarotti. I believe in a woman’s right to choose to drive a cab, even if she doesn’t have a license. I believe in a woman’s right to choose the employees she wants for her business, even if they don’t fit some government quota. I believe in a woman’s right to choose the drugs she prefers for recreation, whether she chooses Coors or cocaine. I believe in a woman’s right to choose how to spend all of her hard-earned money, without giving half of it to the government.”
Whether or not you support the right to choose abortion, surely that is a more difficult issue, involving more lives and more complexities than the right to choose a school for your child, to use marijuana, or to own a gun. And yet many of the supporters of “a woman’s right to choose” don’t support a woman’s right to make those choices.
It was widely reported that Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf had concerns about a possible war in Iraq:
“The thought of Saddam Hussein with a sophisticated nuclear capability is a frightening thought, OK?” he said. “Now, having said that, I don’t know what intelligence the U.S. government has. And before I can just stand up and say, ‘Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we need to invade Iraq,’ I guess I would like to have better information.”
And so – in sharp contrast to the Bush administration – he supports letting the UN weapons inspectors drive the timetable: “I think it is very important for us to wait and see what the inspectors come up with, and hopefully they come up with something conclusive.”
This morning, on Today, Schwarzkopf seemed to say that he was now convinced that war was a necessary option:
But on Wednesday, Gen.Schwarzkopf told NBC’s Today show he thought President Bush’s State of the Union speech was “very compelling,” and he said he looks forward to hearing the declassified information that Secretary of State Colin Powell will share with the world next week.
“Saddam’s got to go,” Schwarzkopf said Wednesday morning. “He’s a monster in every single way you can think of and with the linkage to the terrorists, it’s scary what in fact could be done.”
Schwarzkopf said he expects key facts to emerge after Powell briefs the U.N. Security Council next Wednesday. “I think that the intelligence people obviously have information about activities, and I think you’re going to see proof of those activities that show that in fact Saddam Hussein still has nuclear weapons or chemical weapons or biological weapons in his possession and has in fact hidden them someplace…I think that there’s going to be conclusive evidence to show that he has not destroyed all the weapons that they say he’s destroyed.”
I am not sure why he changed his mind, particularly since the President presented no new evidence (the evidence he stated has been on record- people have just conveniently ignored it).
My question- Is there a possibility that this was staged, that Schwarzkopf had always been in favor of an invasion, and the thought was that if he changed his mind publicly, it would help to sway public opinion? This sounds paranoid, but I am cynical enough to think this might have been the case. Another possibility is that he simply does not like Rumsfelfd…
My reaction- ehh on the domestic issues, FINALLY on the Iraq issue. For some reason, Bush looked like I feel when I have had too much of the Green Death NyQuil. Here is the text of the speech, and here are some of my favorite parts:
The 108 U.N. inspectors were sent to conduct–were not sent to conduct a scavenger hunt for hidden materials across a country the size of California. The job of the inspectors is to verify that Iraq’s regime is disarming.
I am sure we will have to explain this to the block-headed multi-lateralists about 52,000 more times- but it was nice to hear the President state it one more time on the record. They insist that we go through the UN, we do and unanimously pass resolution 1441, and then the peace-at-all-costs crowd either doesn’t have the decency or is too stupid to understand it. Compared with the outline of how successful disarmament should be undertaken, the material breach aspect is a closed case already. BTW, if you don’t believe me, Hans Blix said so yesterday.
If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option.
This reminded me of my favorite Mike Tyson press conference when he said about his opponents- “They all have their strategies, then I hit them.” Sitting around waiting for a smoking gun means we have been shot at- great logic, hunh?
All free nations have a stake in preventing sudden and catastrophic attacks, and we’re asking them to join us, and many are doing so. Yet the course of this nation does not depend on the decisions of others.
Translation: The reason I have two hands is so I can give the middle finger to France and Germany at the same time.
I am sure the Eunuchs and the left will go into apoplexy about this- ‘Bush lost our allies, Bush lost our allies!’ Hell, if your wife finally breaks up with you after secretly having a lengthy affair with a convict, do you blame yourself for losing her? Germany and France are now on notice that they can keep playing games, or enter the realm of serious nations- and remember, for these two it really is all about the oil and business.
Again, Locke’s rebuttal was ridiculous. I saw Teddy
Chappaquiddick Kennedy talk for a few minutes on NBC and then MSNBC, and he was far more effective than Locke, and I HATE Kennedy and don’t believe a damn thing the murderer has to say. And for the love of God, does Hillary not know how to smile- and could she please quit whispering during SOTU addresses?
I give it a 5 (of 10) on the domestic issues, a 10 on the Aids funding and the rehab, and a 9.5 on Iraq.
Sgt. Stryker discusses working for Al Gore:
Even though he had lost, Gore wasn’t through with us yet. The weekend before the Inauguration, Gore took two of our C-20’s out to Aspen for one last free vacation. Unfortunately, I was working that weekend, so I had the privelage of standing by the nose of the plane while Gore gave a speech to some people assembled out on the flightline and then took pictures with them. That lasted for the good part of an hour. He and Tipper finally boarded one plane while his staff and some press boarded the other. For the life of me, I can’t remember if I blocked out Gore’s plane or his staff’s bird, although I like to remember it as Gore’s. The plane flashed its lights, I started waving it forward, the engines came up and I turned it out to the taxiway. As I gave the “marshalling complete” sign and saluted, I yelled good riddance to the bastard. Ah, jet noise! You can’t hear a damned thing I’m saying.