“Bootleggers and Baptists” Not a Significant Problem for Pot

By: Monday July 29, 2013 12:25 pm

For a student of history the storyline is not new. The same thing existed with alcohol prohibition. It was called “bootleggers and baptists”, because the groups most opposed to ending prohibition were the true believers and the bootleggers getting rich off the black market. Many alcohol sellers during prohibition were even pharmacies selling “medicinal whiskey.”

While I’ve seen a fair amount written about this narrative, the actual scale of this problem for cannabis legalization so far appears to be small.

 

The Public Option “Alternatives” Are Proving to be Mostly Worthless

By: Monday June 24, 2013 9:55 am

When Democrats killed the public option several attempts were made to create face saving “alternatives.” Two actual made it into the Affordable Care Act, the CO-OP provision and “multi-state plans” overseen by the Office of Personal Management. As the law is set to be implemented it is growing abundantly clear neither will provide much benefit.

Anyone Can Link Phone Numbers to Individuals

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 12:10 pm

One of the most bizarre defenses of the NSA program collecting Americans’ phone metadata is the claim it is not so bad because they are not actively linking the phone numbers to individuals. It appears to be a talking point because I have now seen it made several times. The most recent was by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) in a Politico interview:

Holder’s Off-the-Record Meetings With the Press: A Ploy Intended to Make a Public Relations Point

By: Friday May 31, 2013 4:30 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole and other Justice Department officials held two planned off-the-record meetings with the press on Thursday and Friday. At the moment, details from the Friday meeting have yet to be publicized by media executives or representatives who attended, but there are numerous details from the Thursday meeting that have surfaced.

Holder in Damage Control Mode

By: Wednesday May 29, 2013 11:15 am

Attorney General Eric Holder is in full damage control mode following news that the Department of Justice aggressively investigated journalists. According to Politico, Holder is meeting with several bureau chiefs.

Problems at Politico: New York Times Story Divides Newsroom

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 3:56 pm

A story on the New York Times by Politico’s Media Writer Dylan Byers has set their newsroom on fire, literally. Screams, gun shots, and white on white racial epithets are flying as the reporting staff at Politico tries to pray their way through an existential crisis. How can a political blog keep making things stories that are not stories? I gchated with people who should have know better to find out.

The Concern Trolls Very Serious People Are Out

By: Friday April 12, 2013 1:19 pm

Word leaked last Friday (April 5) that Chained CPI was going to be part of President Obama’s budget, prompting me to point out a simple truth, “A Bad Idea Is a Bad Idea, No Matter Who Proposes It.” Of course, starting Monday, all the usual suspects and even a few somewhat surprising suspects started pushing the idea as a wonderful thing, maybe even as good as sliced bread.

Why I Love Saxby Chambliss’s Honesty on Gay Marriage

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 8:47 am

While Chambliss is talking about same-sex marriage, this basic line could easily be adapted to explain almost every other major position of the Republican Party. Chambliss isn’t unemployed, so he is not going to need unemployment insurance. Chambliss can’t get pregnant, so he doesn’t need the right to choose. Chambliss makes more than minimum wage, so he doesn’t need minimum wage laws. Chambliss is not an Iraqi, so the war will not hurt him.

GOP Wants to Take From Retirees to Pay for Military Spending

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 5:45 pm

If nothing is done, the sequestration cuts will take place in less than a month and roughly half the cuts come from the military. House Republicans want to cut Medicare and Social Security instead to pay for stopping the sequestration cuts.

Today’s Anti-Social Security Propaganda

By: Monday January 28, 2013 11:20 am

Well, it looks like there is a new push on in the long term destruction of Social Security today. Now, I usually write about the plight of the long term unemployed and underemployed but I am getting close to Social Security eligibility so decided I would discuss the anti Social Security effort today.

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