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FULL text and video: Obama urges military action on Syria   Leave a comment

As much as I disagree with Pres. Obama on intervening in Syria, I give him credit for at least going to Congress and requesting their stamp of approval on military intervention in Syria.

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Posted August 31, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

Mary Cheney calls her sister ‘dead wrong’ on same-sex marriage   Leave a comment

Although it would appear Liz Cheney is clearly pandering to the base on this issue, it also squarely puts her on the wrong side of the marriage equality debate; I mean, seriously…even her father, Darth Cheney, is a supporter of marriage equality.

Posted August 31, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

CMB Music: Motorhead – “Born To Raise Hell”   Leave a comment

….the story of my life at times….just saying. 😉

Posted August 30, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Gee, Thanks…   Leave a comment

…NRA for protecting yet another would-be mass murderer with ineffectual gun laws & regulations….quoting:

Federal agents were tracking Ohio resident Richard Schmidt’s imports of counterfeit sports jerseys when they stumbled upon his arsenal of 18 guns, more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition, and bulletproof body armor. Besides the arsenal, he had lists of Jewish and black leaders in Detroit, MI. He is also an ex-felon who killed a Hispanic man and wounded two others 24 years ago.

Yet before December, no one even noticed that Schmidt, 47, was amassing weapons illegally, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Instead, federal investigators zeroed in on his sports memorabilia shop around September 2011, tracking his shipments of knock-off jerseys from China for over a year before they discovered the cache of firearms.(Think Progress)

This is but another reason why we need sensible, reasonably-enforced gun regulations: even under current federal law, a person such as Mr. Schmidt should have never been able to amass the supposed arsenal that he was able to gather, yet thanks to groups such as the National Rifle Association, America’s gun laws are so riddled with loopholes and barriers that it’s amazing any gun-law enforcement is carried out at all. Indeed, as Think Progress points out,

Indeed, Schmidt might have been able to stockpile firearms so easily thanks to decades of hard work by the the gun lobby. Combating calls for stricter background checks on private gun sales, the National Rifle Association insisted the bill would create a national registry of gun owners which would be used to confiscate weapons and enact tyranny. This fearmongering has also hobbled federal law enforcement agents, who are forbidden from keeping any records of gun purchases. That means individuals like Schmidt can potentially avoid background checks when they purchase firearms, or they can obtain guns through a straw purchaser that law enforcement cannot track because any records revealing the purchaser’s activities would have been destroyed.(Think Progress)

Like I said earlier, “Gee, thanks NRA for making us feel so much safer in our homes and neighborhoods and cities…”

Posted August 30, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Six Crazy Stories From Wingnut Land You Might Have Missed This Week   Leave a comment

Posted August 30, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

CMB Music: The Chambers Brothers – “Time Has Come Today”   Leave a comment

…definitely an appropriate song in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech; it’s time has definitely come today, especially given all the current problems afflicting this great republic…

Posted August 29, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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DOJ Won’t Challenge State Marijuana Laws   Leave a comment

Ever since Colorado & Washington passed state-level laws decriminalizing and regulating the sale and consumption of marijuana along the same lines as those of alcohol, there has been lots of discussion as to whether Washington, through the Dept. of Justice (and other federal agencies) would mount a challenge to those laws (on the grounds that, under federal law, it remains illegal to possess, sell and/or distribute marijuana)…well, the DOJ has made its’ intentions clear, according to Think Progress. Quoting:

More than six months after Washington and Colorado passed ballot initiatives to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said today he would not sue to block the implementation of the laws — at least not until he sees how the laws operate in effect.(Think Progress)

Translation: for now, it is a wait-and-see approach coming from Washington; rather than challenge the laws in federal court, AG Holder and Co. are, on the surface, willing to allow both Colorado & Washington the chance to let their laws go into full effect and see what takes places. This makes good sense: unless I’m mistaken (and if anyone reads this, feel free to correct me in the comments section below), marijuana for personal, medicinal usage is essentially going to be treated as if you were consuming alcohol purchases through a state’s control system. 

Another item that points to this as the likely course is a memo circulated by the Justice Dept. to federal prosecutors this week, which lays out where federal authorities should focus in regards to marijuana possession and distribution (click on the link above for the guideline); in essence, this basically means that if you’re doing something that would garner the interest of state authorities, you’re probably going to catch heat from the heat also; as the DOJ memo states (paraphrasing): 

The Department’s guidance on this rests on the expectation that states and localities that have enacted laws regulating marijuana-related conduct will have (a) strong and effective regulatory system in place AND (a) strong enforcement mechanism in place as well.(paraphrased from DOJ memo)

Put simply, as long as states and localities follow those two provisions, the Feds’ will grant them leeway on federal drug enforcement issues. For what it’s worth, I’m of the opinion that what we will eventually see, in terms of marijuana consumption, is something akin to the Alcohol Beverage Control system(s) currently in place in 18 states.

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