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General => Politics, Government & The Law => Topic started by: random axe on November 05, 2008, 06:04:55 PM

Title: The Results
Post by: random axe on November 05, 2008, 06:04:55 PM
Well . . . my blacklisting fortunately turns out to have been irrelevant, in a productive sense:  With one exception, every local issue that I knew enough about to make a decision on seems to have gone the way I would have voted.  In the one case where it didn't -- the Congressional assjack who claimed that his Dem opponent wanted to tax me in order to give free health coverage to Bill Gates :eyeroll: -- the dude won by a landslide, so . . . oh well.  He outspent his opponent by an equally huge margin.

Two local props, both passed:  Legalizing medical marijuana and stem cell research.  OK.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: whidB on November 05, 2008, 06:08:55 PM

Two local props, both passed:  Legalizing medical marijuana and stem cell research.  OK.

Awesome. So...they're going to start growing it up in the U.P., eh?
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: random axe on November 05, 2008, 06:20:04 PM
A certain stoner employee of mine said, "One of my roommates' fathers is a pharmacist, so I guess he'll be our supplier now!"

I said, "Oh, your glaucoma is really flaring up, huh?"
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: eldiem on November 05, 2008, 09:38:42 PM
Right he'll be their supplier the same way he supplies them with oxycontin and fentanyl patches.

Note: I'm not saying the drugs are equivalent, pharmacologically, but possession of any w/o a prescription will probably get you into some deep doo doo. (Technical term)
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: random axe on November 06, 2008, 04:12:07 PM
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Right he'll be their supplier the same way he supplies them with oxycontin and fentanyl patches.

Well, for all I know . . . .   The kids around here seem to have endless supplies of Ritalin and Adderol (sp?) and so on.  Oxycontin and the like isn't their speed (as it were).  They all want stuff that lets them cram for an exam just an hour ahead of time, or stay up all night and write a paper.  Drugs are the new cheating.



Meanwhile, check it:  Next Pres Photoganza (http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/11/the_next_president_of_the_unit.html?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed1)

I like 2, 13, and 20.  Holy moley.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: Talix on November 06, 2008, 08:40:39 PM
I like 11 - looks almost Biblical.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: mrcookieface on November 06, 2008, 09:14:06 PM
 :clap:

Those are all completely fantastic shots.  Thanks for that!


Title: Re: The Results
Post by: sm0k4 on November 08, 2008, 10:16:32 AM
11 is good, but it's all about 20. The caption should be AMERICAN BADASS and this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKLeCjySMi8) should be the soundtrack.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: Talix on November 08, 2008, 10:36:37 AM
Hey!  You look like someone who lives in a BLUE state!  :banana:
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: sm0k4 on November 08, 2008, 10:50:02 AM
Hey!  You look like someone who lives in a BLUE state!  :banana:

I KNOW RIGHT!!!  :nanaparty: :nanaparty: :nanaparty:
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: hajen on November 08, 2008, 04:40:54 PM
:clap:

=)
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: feffer on November 08, 2008, 04:55:52 PM
Punk made me ask my mom how she liked living in a blue state.  She said she didn't like it one bit, and she and my dad went to their friends' house to drink and mourn.  Heh heh.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: hajen on November 08, 2008, 05:44:08 PM
 :lol: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: random axe on November 09, 2008, 01:33:32 PM
Hey, right now, there's just blue states and loser states.  Might as well be happy to be on the winning side, even if it's only by luck.

:innocent:


I know, I know -- I've already heard 'The Red Will Rise Again!'

I also heard a rumor that some Texans are starting a petition asking Bush not to come back to Texas after his term is up.  I am SO hoping that that's true . . . . :pray:
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: sm0k4 on November 09, 2008, 04:24:31 PM
Hey, and what's up with Michigan passing medical marijuana? How YOU doon, axe? If I was you I'd be thinking my glaucoma was actin up. 8)
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: feffer on November 09, 2008, 04:39:12 PM
Why can't I find a picture of Hans Moleman at the Phish concert?
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: random axe on November 10, 2008, 12:07:42 PM
Pot makes me angry and sometimes violent.  Fortunately, I don't like it anyway.  A 'room' contact high is OK, but, hell, I get a contact buzz from drunk people.  If I were an anesthesiologist, I'd be fired for going numb and passing out during every operation.

I'm kind of surprised that the medical marijuana thing passed up here, but I haven't lived here that long, so I guess I didn't have my finger on the pulse of that one.  People up here are mostly ill-informed dumbasses, same as everywhere else, but they're still cranky about the Big Three closing auto plants, which is probably still the prime political motivator.  It'll always be The Economy, Stupid here until some politician actually does something about it.  The last big new-industry initiative I'm aware of is when we started taking Canada's garbage.

:eyeroll:
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: whidB on November 10, 2008, 01:07:09 PM
The medical marijuana thing didn't really "pass."

The Feds'll still strongarm that one. I guess the more states that have the nerve to stand up to them, the better...

It's not going too well out here on the West Coast...
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: NexR on November 10, 2008, 01:24:36 PM
I think the reality is that most people alive now have at least tried marijuana, are aware it's not really the danger the gov't says it is, consider that the crackdown on it probably causes more harm than good, and recognize there are medical benefits to it.  Ultimately, even people who don't use it, generally don't care that others do.  And at the minimum most people think the federal policies are foolish and unrealistic.

But it's clear nobody in Washington is really willing to stand up, state the obvious, and make a change.  Until they do, the only way to do anything about it is to get state police forces to stop enforcing the policy.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: random axe on November 10, 2008, 01:36:42 PM
They still use cocaine medically, especially for neurosurgery.  And the war against pot is hugely, hugely, hugely more harmful to society than pot itself could really hope to be.

And I say this not really being any fan of pot -- and I even do consider it a 'gateway drug', although obviously that effect is absurdly magnified by the scaremeisters.  Pot's less dangerous than alcohol.  Less harmful than most of the pills the college kids are gulping down nowadays.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: random axe on November 13, 2008, 06:32:45 PM
I have to say that all this Obamamania is still :lol: me up (but in a good way).  Personally, I don't see the public getting all disappointed when it turns out he doesn't exhale sunshine and crap prosperity; I think people's expectations will tend toward realistic goals, and I think (not sure yet, but I think) he'll be able to handle the media well enough.

I like how he's sort of stepped up and started acting like he's been in office two months already.  Keep the momentum going, man.  And I'm loving the crazy public optimism.  The Opinion Research poll released today was hilarious.  Per CNN:

Nearly two-thirds of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday say President-elect Barack Obama will change the country for the better, with 25 percent saying Obama won't change the country and 9 percent indicating that he will change the country for the worse.

That's some approval rating for a President who hasn't even been sworn in yet.

The public thinks it's likely that Obama will improve race relations, improve economic conditions, bring stability to the financial markets, make the U.S. safer from terrorism, reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil, reduce global warming, win the war in Afghanistan and remove U.S. troops from Iraq without causing a major upheaval in that country.

And then, this summer . . . .

I also like that his popularity has gone up twelve points since the election.  :rollin:

I also love Palin's crazy attempts to horn in on it.  She still thinks he's a terrorist, but she's "proud of him", and she'd be "honored" to have a Cabinet position in his administration.  This is the new bipartisanship?  I can imagine what's next.  'I don't hate the Democrats, and, frankly, I'd be honored if they'd make me Speaker of the House.  If they won't, that's a shame -- a real return to partisan-politics-as-usual!'
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: NexR on November 13, 2008, 07:24:40 PM
...and she'd be "honored" to have a Cabinet position in his administration. 

She said that?  Thuahahahahaha!  Sure, that'll happen.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: flipper on November 13, 2008, 07:34:02 PM
Head of the NHL will become a cabinet level position.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: whidB on November 14, 2008, 10:37:38 AM
God, if the Clintons get into the Obama administration in ANY fucking way... :angry:

There's a good reason I voted against him in '96...
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: random axe on November 15, 2008, 01:10:54 PM
Dick Cavett eviscerates Sarah Palin in the NY Times (http://cavett.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/the-wild-wordsmith-of-wasilla/?em). :lol:

Effortlessly, and largely by quoting her.  For instance, when asked about whether or not she ever had trouble discerning between Africa Is A Continent and Africa Is A Country, she said

My concern has been the atrocities there in Darfur and the relevance to me with that issue as we spoke about Africa and some of the countries there that were kind of the people succumbing to the dictators and the corruption of some collapsed governments on the continent, the relevance was Alaska?s investment in Darfur with some of our permanent fund dollars.

She makes Dan Quayle sound like Gandhi.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: stormneedle on November 15, 2008, 01:31:56 PM
I'm waiting for her to take the place of Dan Qualye at the bottom of the Civilization leadership skill listings.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: random axe on November 15, 2008, 03:29:28 PM
I'm just remembering a :lol: article I read, maybe last summer, about some radicon think tank whose members -- except Dan Quayle -- had all been part of the Shrub administration.

Poor Dan!  Picked last again!

I bet they let him raise money, though.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: NexR on November 15, 2008, 06:39:00 PM
I had a funny dream last night where a hs/college buddy of mine, Barack Obama, and I were partying it up back home in Springfield (as though he grew up with us) for some fair/parade deal like a St. Patty's Day parade (the everybody's partying kind).  My buddy and I totally peer pressured him into boozing and he caved.  Irreverent libations followed.

The next day I wake up at another friend's house, walk downstairs to the kitchen, and flip on the news.  Obama missed his appearance/speech, and the press was wailing on him because word of our exploits had gotten around and everyone knew why he was blowing off 80,000 people. 

My buddy comes downstairs, we exchange, "heys," and then he absorbs the news.  He turns to me and asks, "Did we just cost Obama the election?"
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: NexR on November 15, 2008, 06:40:22 PM
Before ya'll get interpretive, I've got it covered.  Besides, I've left out a lot that's irrelevant.  It's just a funny dream.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: feffer on November 15, 2008, 09:13:45 PM
Funny, I dreamed last night that I slept right through the anti-Prop 8 march and rally.  For some reason I was visiting family in Indiana, and the entire country got to vote on whether CA would keep it or overturn it.    "Keep it" won by 3, which isn't mathematically possible.  Anyway, I got pissed off and yelled at my mom, my aunt, neighbors, random strangers...

I didn't sleep through the rally in real life, but we slept late enough to miss the march.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: whidB on November 17, 2008, 10:47:03 AM
I dunno about you guys, but Obama's plan to staff his ride with ex-Clintonites doesn't sit too well.

I hope to Bob he doesn't let Hillary be his SOS. Seriously, how is that "change?"

I'll be cranking the Who if he does...
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: random axe on November 18, 2008, 10:30:03 AM
I don't mind the Clintons so much.  Hillary is good for a cabinet position.  I think she could be an effective SOS, although I wouldn't mind seeing her take a stick to the Interior.



edit:  OK, wait, that sounds really wrong, but I mean, of course, the Department of the Interior.


No, Tom DeLay, or something, would be a bad sign.  Hillary I can definitely live with.  Bill, I think, is not going to get in to the cabinet.
Title: Re: The Results
Post by: whidB on November 18, 2008, 10:36:40 AM
I do mind the Clintons, knowing what I know now...